Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
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- Consignor Settlement
If you have a small number of items that can easily be transported safely to our gallery, you are welcome to bring the items to us for an initial evaluation, but an appointment is highly recommended.
Please call (540) 434-3939 (press 3 for the office) or email us to schedule an appointment.
Although walk-ins are accepted, we highly recommend that you contact us in advance to schedule an appointment. Without an appointment, it is possible that the appropriate person may not be available when you arrive. If you decide to leave your item with us for evaluation, we will issue a receipt for your merchandise and contact you after the evaluation to discuss further disposition.
If you have a large consignment or are not located in close proximity to our gallery, we strongly suggest that you email or mail photographs of your items if possible. Group or room shots are sufficient for this preliminary evaluation. Once we review your photos, we will contact you to discuss the next appropriate step.
If you do not have the means to provide photographs, we will be happy to try to arrange an on-site evaluation.
A pre-auction estimate may be provided upon request as part of the pre-consignment process. This is not an appraised value, but an estimate of what we believe your merchandise may bring at public auction in our venue. Estimates are based on past-sale history of similar items, current market trends, condition, age, provenance, etc.
The majority of our items are sold without reserve, therefore, if you are expecting a certain return on a particular item, please voice this during the evaluation process. If we feel that your expectation is unattainable at auction, we may suggest another avenue.
Provenance (the history of the ownership of an object) is an extremely important factor to many collectors and dealers. Solid documented provenance can result in a bid price that is several times higher than that which a comparable item without provenance may bring. If any of your items carry provenance, please mention this information in your initial contact with us. Documentation supporting the provenance may be required in order to include the information in the catalogue.
Once it is determined that your merchandise is appropriate for one of our auctions, and you would like to consign your items to us, the next step is to complete a consignment contract.
Consigned property is inventoried and transferred to our care via a signed consignment agreement/contract. If necessary, a more detailed inventory will be made during the cataloguing process. By consigning your items with us, you are declaring that you are the rightful owner of the property. All consigned property is fully insured while in our care.
We prefer to have consigned property in our possession at least two to three months prior to the auction to ensure that the merchandise is properly researched and photographed, and that it receives the proper exposure to potential clients, both institutional and private.
Every year Jeff & Beverley Evans travel extensively to attend national glass and antiques shows and seminars in order to showcase select lots and promote upcoming auctions. Venues have included the Colonial Williamsburg Antiques forum, MESDA furniture seminars, the annual National American Glass Club seminar, the annual Westchester Glass show in Greenwich, CT, and the Sandwich Glass Museum glass show in Sandwich, MA. Jeff and Beverley will also be available at the biannual Harrisburg, PA Eastern National Antiques Show to evaluate and pick up consignments.
In addition to the national and international exposure we receive as a result of our web and Internet auction catalogues, we also advertise in major antiques trade papers such as Antique Week, Maine Antiques Digest, Antiques and the Arts Weekly (Newtown Bee), Antiques & Auction News, the Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, and promote our auctions through various collector’s clubs utilizing their mailing lists (when authorized), as well as our own auction client mailing lists. Click for example of advertising postcard.
All of our catalogues are offered on the internet on our own site (see past sales results) and on a separate bidding platform that provides LIVE bidding in real time by computer (e.g. Invaluable and LiveAuctioneers).
Personal Delivery by Consignor:
Please contact us to make arrangements to deliver your consignment at a mutually convenient time.
Shipping to Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates:
Please contact us prior to shipping any items to us.
To afford the best possible protection, we recommend that all glass and fragile items be carefully cushioned with bubble-wrap or other acceptable padding material and double-boxed with at least 3 inches of space between the inner and outer boxes. We are not responsible for items that are damaged due to improper packaging.
Pick up by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates:
If you cannot bring or ship your items to us, please ask about the possibility of a pick up. We have traveled all across the country and to Canada to pick up consignments for auction. We are happy to provide a firm quote for this additional packing and pick up service.
We are well known for providing detailed catalogued descriptions of our auctioned lots. Each catalogued lot is thoroughly inspected for imperfections and/or restoration during the cataloguing process, and unlike many auction houses, we guarantee all items to be in the condition noted in our catalogue. Our extensive knowledge and understanding of the merchandise we handle allows us to produce one of the most trusted and respected auction catalogues in the business.
At the auctioneer's discretion, certain articles may be grouped with other similar items from the same consignor to form an attractive single lot. Uncatalogued and choice/block lot sessions will be considered when deemed beneficial to the collection.
In addition to the online catalogue, we may produce full-color printed catalogues for special collections (e.g. May 22, 2010 auction).
Following is a sample of a past auction lot listing, showing our standard catalogued information. This lot from the Duff and Molly Allen Collection sold for $15,820 (includes buyer’s premium) on 10/18/2008:
Lot 221. Important New York State Free-Blown and Threaded Sugar Bowl with Ball Cover, aquamarine, bulbous urn-form body with a wide, nearly flat, flared rim, applied threading from rim to upper body, two bold applied strap-type handles with medial ribs and generous curls, wide rough pontil mark under the base, fitted with a slightly bluer free-blown ball cover with a pontil-marked knop finial. Along with a copy of the 1990 Skinner auction catalogue with this bowl on the cover. Attributed to the Saratoga, NY, Mountain Glass Works. Circa 1845-1865. 7 3/4" high overall, 5 3/8" high rim, 8 1/2" wide overall, 4 3/4" diameter rim, 4 1/2" diameter body. Undamaged except for a 1/4" and 1/2" loss to the lower threading, expected usage wear to the rim, handles, and body.
Estimate: $5,000 to $8,000.
Reference: Published McKearin Am. Glass, pl. 69, fig. 6. See Antiques/American Glass, vol. 1, p. 24, fig. 2, for a nearly identical example from the Melvin P. Billups collection.
Provenance: Skinner, Inc., 10/6/90, lot #780, $3,520.
Ex-coll: George S. McKearin.
American Art Association Anderson Galleries, The Private Collection of George S. McKearin at Public Auction, 4/22/1931, lot #48, $125.
Exhibited Third International Antiques Exposition, Grand Central Palace, 1931, catalogue #241.
Catalogue Note: This sugar bowl represents a fairly naive yet extremely bold and expressive example of American Folk Art in glass by an unidentified New York State artisan. Two additional examples, undoubtedly produced by the same blower, feature nearly identical vase-like forms, threaded necks, bold handles, and knopped ball covers. The first was sold at the Anderson Galleries' 1934 dispersal of the William Mitchell Van Winkle collection, lot #133, where it reached $200; its current whereabouts is unknown. The second, from the Billups collection referenced above, now resides in the collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art, a gift of Mr. Billups in memory of his wife, Clarice Marston Billups.
Consignor settlement is provided 30 days after the auction and mailed to the address on your consignment contract. Settlement includes a guaranteed check and complete itemization of items sold.
We ask that you please allow us the full 30 days to complete the settlement process. Each auction generally involves multiple consignors and requires at least 2-3 weeks of post-sale processing before we have resolved all bidder accounts. We appreciate your patience!
On rare occasions when we have not collected payment from the winning bidder in time for consignor settlement, your consignment check will not include payment for the unpaid items. Any such items will be identified in your settlement documentation. We may extend the payment period, not to exceed an additional 30 days, in order to make further attempts at collecting the monies owed. If our attempts are ultimately unsuccessful, you will have the option to have the merchandise returned to you or to resell the item(s) in the next appropriate auction, as determined by the auctioneer.
Inscribed W. Miller, Strasburg, VA 1833 Stoneware 12" Jar - Sold $34,100, June 21, 2003, lot 1001. A record auction price for Shenandoah Valley stoneware.
Free-blown Gadroon Decorated 11" Candlestick, Possibly the New Bremen Glassmanufactory, Frederick Co., MD, Circa 1780 - Sold $20,900, April 30, 2005, lot 2, from the Dr. Martin & Elizabeth Stohlman Collection.
Shenandoah Valley Walnut Four-door Sideboard/Pie Safe, Circa 1850, 75" long - Sold $31,900, November 12, 2005, lot 510, for a Rockingham Co., VA estate.