Ornate Chinese plaque leads our five auction highlights

Ornate Chinese plaque with famille rose panels, which hammered for $440,000 and sold for $563,200 with buyer’s premium at Regency Auction House.

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Warhol and Haring, signed two-dollar bills, sold for $4,500 at Wright.
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ROCKAWAY, N.J. — Cataloged simply as an ‘ornate Chinese plaque’ and estimated at $600-$800, a Qing lacquer and porcelain panel hammered for the jaw-dropping sum of $440,000 at Regency Auction House‘s November 7 sale. The winning bid, which totaled $563,200 with buyer’s premium, was taken in the room against an internet bidder from LiveAuctioneers.

The famille rose panels, each 6.5 by 9in, were the main attraction. They are 18th century (the seals read Qian and Long for the emperor Qianlong (1735-96) and painted in a flamboyant blue-green style, with highlights in yellow, rose-pink and red in the manner of Tang Ying, the famed supervisor of the imperial kilns and a central figure in the development of Chinese porcelain. Two depict landscapes and two show botanical specimens.

The inscriptions to the panels are imperial poems eulogizing the subject matter. The emperor was a prolific poet and essayist with more than 40,000 poems and 1,300 pieces of prose recorded in his collected writings. Although few are considered literary masterpieces, inscribed pieces such as this have an emotional resonance with Chinese buyers and command a premium in the market.

The carved and painted frame is not of the period — it is probably a late Qing confection crafted in the late 19th to the early 20th century — but the additional porcelain elements applied in relief are probably 18th-century too. They included two fish, which were common symbols for wealth and prosperity, and models of playful children, which expressed the desire for a prosperous family. Some of these were damaged, but the panels were in perfect condition.
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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — An intriguing portrait of a young girl gathering wheat in a field stormed past its modest $700-$900 estimate to hammer at $10,000 at Bonhams Skinner, a most surprising lot from its November 2 European Art Online sale. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

The Little Gleaner, by Italian artist Umberto Coromaldi (1870-1948), is undated but includes a U.S. Customs stamp on the reverse, additionally marked Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Held in San Francisco in 1915, the exposition was a reintroduction of the post-1906 earthquake- and fire-ravaged city to the world, complete with Beaux Arts architecture that still stands today.

It’s likely Coromaldi sent the piece for inclusion in the Italian area of the exhibit. As a Rome-based painter, he was a regular participant in art exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe, and The Little Gleaner was from his most productive period, just before World War I.

The piece was from the estate of Chase Mishkin (1937-2022), a Los Angeles carpet heiress turned Broadway producer who gained success with the Dame Edna and Memphis productions of the early 2000s, for which she each won Tony Awards.
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Warhol and Haring, signed two-dollar bills, sold for $4,500 at Wright.
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WILLISTON, Vt. — A cache of letters sent from a clipper ship captain in Shanghai during the Second Opium War (1856-1860) to his sons in the Charlestown area of Boston resounded with bidders at Merrill’s Auctioneers November 3, skyrocketing beyond its estimate of $400-$600 to hammer at $7,000 and sell for $8,820 with buyer’s premium.

Captain Charles A. Ranlett, Sr. was skipper of the Surprise, an 1850-built clipper ship used in Chinese trade. He found himself in Shanghai as part of his journeys in the 1850s and dispatched a series of letters to his sons Seth and Alonzo at their home in Charlestown. Interestingly, according to the National Archives, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother Sara transited on the Surprise as part of the Delano’s family business trading in China and later recounted the “master of the Surprise as ‘a young man of excellent education.’ ‘His name was Ranlett,’ she recalled, ‘and before we got to China, he and I had a grand birthday celebration.’”

Included in the collection of letters was a Chinese document, wrapped in a paper, with a Ranlett family note stating it was the last pass given to transit the Bocca Tigres Forts, which guarded Canton during the Battle of the Bogue in November 1856 during the Second Opium War.
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Warhol and Haring, signed two-dollar bills, sold for $4,500 at Wright.
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NEW YORK – Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) arrived on the Amalfi Coast in 1923 and ultimately created more than 100 works based on its landscape. The seaside village of Atrani and the Collegiata di Santa Maria Maddalena cast a particular charm and inspired some of his most famous later works, most notably the series of Metamorphosis prints.

Escher painted and drew Atrani and its topography from a number of different vantage points during his many visits. Swann Auction Galleries’ November 2 Old Master Through Modern Prints sale included a particularly rare woodcut. Titled Coast of Amalfi (Composition) it measured 27.5 by 29in (70 by 74cm) and dated from 1934.

The auction house described it as “a superb, dark and evenly-printed impression of an exceedingly scarce woodcut, with strong contrasts. We have not found another impression at auction in the past 30 years.”

Estimated at $20,000-$30,000, it hammered for $240,000 and sold for $312,000 with buyer’s premium.

According to Artprice, this is the second-highest price at auction for an Escher print, next to the $600,000 bid at Sotheby’s in April 2022 for one of the edition of 30 of Reptiles from 1943.
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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Trained at the Krakow School of Fine Arts as well as the Paris École des Beaux Arts, Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929) is credited with the rise in popularity of symbolism in late 19th- and early 20th-century Poland. He is particularly well known for his self-portraits, painting dozens of them towards the end of his life.

Self Portrait with Black Cap from 1925, a 2ft 2in by 15in (65 by 36cm) oil on canvas mounted on paperboard, depicts the artist in his trademark black cap in the interior of the Luslawice Mansion, where the artist’s sisters lived, and where he visited often.

Malczewski’s work appears for sale with some regularity in Poland, where six-figure prices are relatively common. However, this picture, which hammered for $120,000 and sold for $153,600 with buyer’s premium on November 2, was sold in Massachusetts.

It was part of an exceptional collection of more than 60 Polish paintings offered at Bonhams Skinner on behalf of the family of the logician and mathematician Alfred Tarski (1901-1983). Like many of the artists in his collection, Tarski had been born in Warsaw to Jewish parents. He and his wife Maria Witkowska had been avid art collectors but left Poland after the Nazi invasion in 1939, moving to California, where Tarski taught mathematics at Berkeley.
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Japanese postwar toys dominated Elmer’s Toy Museum liquidation sale at Milestone

I. Y. (Japan) Romance cycle, large version, $21,000 ($25,200 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.

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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — Japanese tin toys from the postwar period were the top earners at the first Elmer’s Toy Museum liquidation event at Milestone Auctions October 28. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

As documented in LiveAuctioneers News’ presale coverage, Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum was a popular destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors from 1994 to 2002 in Fountain City, Wisconsin. After founder Elmer Duellman’s passing in 2019, his children elected to auction the collection with Milestone, bringing an amazing 20,000 lots to market during the next few years.

As predicted, the postwar Japanese tin performed best with collectors bidding live and through LiveAuctioneers and they sent some key toy motorcycle lots skyrocketing.

The sale’s top seller was the ‘large’ version of the I. Y. (Japan) Romance cycle, featuring a male and female rider atop a friction-drive bike with a single headlight (other, less valuable versions have a three-light array). It sold for $21,000 ($25,200 with buyer’s premium).

Marusan’s Indian tin-friction motorcycle features ‘authentic’ Indian-brand markings on both the bike and the rider, and it comes with a tough-to-find original box. Bidders on the floor and on LiveAuctioneers battled it out for the toy, which ultimately sold via LiveAuctioneers for $15,500 ($18,600 with buyer’s premium).

Tipp & Co. of Nuremberg checked in with its 12in wind-up motorcycle with sidecar. This time, the floor beat out internet bidders to win the toy at $11,000 ($13,200 with buyer’s premium).

Always a hit at auction is Yonezawa’s Atom Jet Racer, a monumental friction-drive space-themed vehicle toy that clocks in at an amazing 26in in length. The tail fin was a replacement, but that didn’t stop bidding from reaching $11,000 ($13,200 with buyer’s premium).

Postwar American brands made a showing with the highly anticipated new-in-box Tonka no. 210 Road Builders Set. The five-piece set with pristine original packaging ended up selling above estimate at $16,500 ($19,800 with buyer’s premium).
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I. Y. (Japan) Romance cycle, large version, which sold for $21,000 ($25,200 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.
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Marusan Indian tin-friction motorcycle with original box, which sold for $15,500 ($18,600 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.
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Tipp & Co. with sidecar, which sold for $11,000 ($13,200 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.
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Yonezawa Atom Jet Racer, which sold for $11,000 ($13,200 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.
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New-in-box Tonka no. 210 Road Builders Set, which sold for $16,500 ($19,800 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.
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Nine Albert York works romped at Hindman’s Sieg art collection sale

Albert York, Zinnias in a Glass Vase, sold for $120,000 ($156,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.

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NEW YORK — Phil and Judy Sieg were small-town Pennsylvania childhood sweethearts, living a quiet life as alums of their beloved Penn State Nittany Lions, raising a family, and remarkably, amassing an astounding private art collection that came to market after Phil’s 2021 passing. Hindman brought the collection to its New York saleroom October 26, and while having some of the most anticipated lots pass, many surprising results emerged from the depths of the catalog. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

With the Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) Calm Summer Day from 1863 and all three of the Lucie Rie (1902-1995) bowls passing, four of Hindman’s most anticipated lots failed to sell. But this simply opened the floor, and bidders’ wallets, to other opportunities that produced notable results.

Still life painter Albert York (1928-2009) turned out to be a big winner, with nine of his works selling above or within their estimates. Exclusively represented by Davis & Langdale since the early 1960s, the Siegs acquired the York works from the gallery during a long period. Zinnias in a Glass Vase from 1981 triumphed, hammering for $120,000 and selling for $156,000 with buyer’s premium.

York’s Porch Bench with Seated Figure from around 1967 also exceeded estimates, hammering for $140,000 and selling for $182,000 with buyer’s premium against a high estimate of $80,000.

Contemporary realist Francis Speight (1896-1989) painted rural landscapes as he saw them, traveling the countryside in search of views worth rendering. White House with Variations from 1930 was purchased by the Siegs directly from the artist in 1975, suggesting the importance of the work to Speight — he kept it for 45 years. The hammer fell at $100,000 and it sold for $130,000 with buyer’s premium, far above the $40,000 high estimate.

German American still life painter extraordinaire Severin Roesen (1848-1872) continues to captivate art buyers more than 150 years after his passing. Still Life of Fruit with Bird’s Nest is believed by Hindman to have been finished between 1860-70. It, too, topped expectations, hammering for $37,500 and selling for $48,750 with buyer’s premium against a high estimate of $25,000.

The painstaking realism of Dumpster by Carlos Marcote (b. 1950-) also performed markedly well. Purchased from his dealer Staempfli Gallery in New York in 1983, the 1976 oil on canvas hammered for $2,250 and sold for $2,925 with buyer’s premium, half again as much as the high estimate.
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Albert York, ‘Zinnias in a Glass Vase,’ which sold for $120,000 ($156,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Albert York, ‘Porch Bench with Seated Figure,’ which sold for $140,000 ($182,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Francis Speight, ‘White House with Variations,’ which sold for $100,000 ($130,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Severin Roesen, ‘Still Life of Fruit with Bird’s Nest,’ which sold for $37,500 ($48,750 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Carlos Marcote, ‘Dumpster,’ which sold for $2,250 ($2,925 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Gems and Glamour: Fine Jewelry and Stones presented in New York Dec. 19

18K gold, pearl, sapphire and diamond jackrabbit pin, estimated at $5,000-$6,000 at Jasper52.

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NEW YORK – A vintage pin in the form of a jackrabbit, a colored diamond in a platinum ring setting, and a pair of Garavelli clip earrings will jockey for top-lot status at Jasper52’s Gems and Glamour: Fine Jewelry and Stones sale, which will be held on Tuesday, December 19, starting at 4 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The jackrabbit pin employs a natural South Sea pearl as the creature’s belly, and crafts the rest of its body from 18K yellow and white gold, .20 carats’ worth of natural round sapphires, and 1.10 carats of natural diamonds that possess H color and Si1 clarity. It carries an estimate of $5,000-$6,000.

The radiant-cut colored diamond at the center of the platinum ring setting weighs 3.12 carats, sports brown, green and yellow hues, and is attended by an additional carat’s worth of diamonds in marquise and baguette cuts. A GIA report is available for the colored diamond. The ring, which is size 6.5, is estimated at $62,000-$74,000.

Completing the highlights is a pair of clip earrings by Garavelli that feature 26 carats of natural green amethysts with .60 of a cart of brown diamonds, set in 18K gold. The estimate for the earrings is $5,000-$6,000.
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18K gold, pearl, sapphire and diamond jackrabbit pin, estimated at $5,000-$6,000 at Jasper52.
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Platinum ring with GIA-certified 3.12-carat brownish greenish yellow diamond, estimated at $62,000-$74,000 at Jasper52.
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Green amethyst, brown diamond and 18K gold clip earrings by Garavelli, estimated at $5,000-$6,000 at Jasper52.
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