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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.

Ornate Chinese plaque leads our five auction highlights

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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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