Gallery Report: January 2011

One lot comprising antique album leaves from China sold for $1.23 million at a sale of Asian Works of Art & Fine Jewelry held in December by Skinner Inc., in Marlborough, Mass. Also, a Zhang Daqian modern painting achieved $424,000; a platinum and diamond solitaire hammered for $207,375; an 18kt gold colored diamond and diamond ring coasted to $165,900; a painting album went for $154,050; a Zhang Ruocheng handscroll made $130,350; and a Harry Winston platinum and diamond solitaire hit $100,725. Prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.


UMC bullet board,$2,938,


An original UMC Metal Cartridges reprint lithograph bullet board showing ships and a battleship scene, with over 170 attached cartridges, sold for $2,938 in an Internet and catalog auction that ended Nov. 20 by, based in Matthews, N.C. Also, a rare Imperial German six-place medal bar set, made around 1880, soared to $2,910; a Martini lever-action single-shot rifle with 27 1/2-inch barrel and pristine .45 caliber bore hit $1,525; and a Peters Referee salesman’s sample two-piece box made $1,509. Prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.


Tiffany peony floor lamp, $172,500, James D. Julia


A spectacular Tiffany peony border floor lamp on a decorated senior base sold for $172,500 at a Fine Lamp & Art Glass Auction held Dec. 1-2 by James D. Julia Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a Tiffany daffodil table lamp on its original twisted vine base coasted to $57,500; a Tiffany poinsettia table lamp with intense dichroic geometric background realized $48,875; a Tiffany aquamarine paperweight vase changed hands for $34,500; and a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre advertising plaque topped out at $25,300. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Hermes Birkin bag, $50,788, Heritage


A Hermes 35cm matte black porous crocodile Birkin bag with palladium hardware sold for $50,788 at a Luxury Accessories Auction held Dec. 13 by Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas. Also, a Hermes 32cm shiny Bleu Saphir alligator Kelly bag with gold hardware rose to $47,800; a Hermes 30cm shiny fuchsia porous crocodile Birkin bag brought $41,825; and a rare Louis Vuitton Vision Monogramme mink and black alligator Le Fabuleux bag from the 2004 Les Extraordinares Collection made $8,963. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.


1909 Marklin steamboat, $63,250, Bertoia Auctions


A circa-1909 Marklin “Priscilla” toy steamboat, 19 inches long, sold for $63,250 at a Toys for the Mantel Sale held Nov. 12-14 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Fisher Father Christmas in auto, circa 1912, one of only a few known, soared to $25,875; an early 1900s Marklin steam-powered horse-drawn fire pump breezed to $17,250; and a Bing 1 gauge train set with “Express” electric locomotive and tender, Speisewagon dining car and Wagons-Lits sleeping car changed hands for $12,650. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Abdul-Jabbar jacket, $96,631, Grey Flannel


A1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks photo-documented warm-up jacket worn by basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sold for $96,631 at a Holiday Auction held Dec. 8 by Grey Flannel Auctions in Westhampton, N.Y. Also, a 1957-58 Bob Pettit St. Louis Hawks game-used autographed home jersey hit the mark for $73,409; a turn-of-the-century Princeton University game-used wool football jersey with Spalding label fetched $69,769; and a 1967-68 Bill Russell Boston Celtics worn warm-up jacket hit $41,435. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Georgian dollhouse, $132,250, Noel Barrett


Asuperb circa 1740-1750 dollhouse styled as a Georgian quoined “stone” mansion and known as The van Haeften House (owing to its prior ownership by the Baroness Ann van Haeften) sold for $132,500 at a sale of Dollhouses, Toys, Miniatures and Holiday Items held Nov. 19-20 by Noel Barrett Auctions in New Hope, Pa. The items had formerly been displayed at the Old Salem Toy Museum in Old Salem, N.C. Also, a late-19th-century English butcher shop with butcher figures and various meats brought $33,350. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Home Run Cigar tin, $18,400, Morphy’s


AHome Run Cigar tin with a colorful baseball theme, one of only a few known examples, sold for $18,400 at a sale of the David and Marcia Hirsch Collection held Nov. 19-20 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a lot of two Yellow Kid items, including a Ginger Wafer tin and puppet/doll on a stand with celluloid pin attached to a gown, hammered for $10,350; a porcelain flange sign advertising Spalding Athletic Goods hit $7,500; and an Every-Ready Shaving Brushes store display went for $5,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Colt Army revolver, $368,000, Rock Island


Apresentation Colt buntline special single-action Army revolver from the J.A. Hegeman and Stagecoach Museum Collection sold for $368,000 at a Firearms Premiere Sale held Dec. 3-5 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Moline, Ill. Also, a Jeffery double-barrel rifle in 600 nitro express caliber realized $126,500; an original Iron Frame Henry rifle rang out at $120,750; a 1939 gold-plated Mauser Luger brought $74,750; and an historic Civil War 7th Illinois Infantry inscribed Henry lever-action rifle made $57,500. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Perceval painting, $43,375, Weschler’s


An original oil painting by John de Burgh Perceval (Australian, 1923-2000), titled Lady in Paddys River, sold for $43,375 at a sale of Jewelry, Coins & Watches, American & European Fine Art and 20th Century Decorative Arts held Dec. 4 by Weschler’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Washington, D.C. Also, an Edwardian lady’s platinum, diamond and seed pearl pendant watch by Vacheron & Constantin went for $28,200; and a Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum pattern 217-piece sterling flatware service hit $21,150. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Joseph Floch painting, $29,500, Carl W. Stinson


An interior scene of a reclining nude model with an artist at work in the background by the Austrian-born artist Joseph Floch sold for $29,500 at a sale of New England Estates & Collections held Nov. 21 by Carl W. Stinson in Wilmington, Mass. Also, a pair of marine paintings by Robert Salmon brought $17,700; a Tiffany Studios bronze table lamp lit up the room for $9,440; a Chinese zitan stand went for $8,190; and a Tiffany glass vase in spring green, sprightly with white dots, changed hands for $5,900. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.


Chinese hanging panel, $345,000, Kaminski


A19th-century Chinese scholar’s hanging panel, inlaid with intricately carved jade, agate, wood, ivory, lapis and coral, sold for $345,000 at an auction held Dec. 29-30 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. The piece sold to a London dealer, buying on behalf of a Chinese collector. Also, a mid-18th-century North Shore Queen Anne walnut highboy, probably made in Ipswich or the Salem area of Massachusetts, realized $41,400. The buyer was a collector who plans to donate it to the Cape Ann Museum. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Meiping China vase, $1.16 million, Nagel


An Imperial blue and white Meiping China vase, Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period, sold for $1.16 million at an auction held Nov. 4-5 by the Nagel auction house in Stuttgart, Germany. Also, a 17 1/4-inch tall bronze figure of a standing Buddha (Liao Dynasty, 10th or early 11th century) commanded $1.55 million; a Buddhist votive stele made of marble rose to $662,000; a figure of a Hva Shang (Ming Dynasty) made $857,000; and a fire-gilded bronze figure of a Bodhisattva went for $174,000. Prices include a 33 percent buyer’s premium.


Early Texas 25-cent note, $63,250, Heritage


Arare Republic of Texas Exchequer note in the amount of 25 cents, dated May 1, 1843 and hand-signed by Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, sold for $63,250 at an auction held Jan. 11 by Heritage Auction Galleries. The auction was conducted in Tampa, Fla. The piece of paper money was found in one of the dozens of used textbooks purchased for only $10 last year by an Austin, Texas, area couple. Only about two dozen Texas Exchequer notes are known to exist. The price includes a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Lalique Hirondelles vase, $132,000, Ron Rhoads


Arare red Lalique Hirondelles vase sold for $132,000 at a sale of the Stanley Baker Estate held Nov. 26-27 by Ron Rhoads Auction Center in Spring City, Pa. It was a new world auction record for a Lalique Hirondelles vase. Baker’s wife, Myrtle, bought the piece in the 1960s for $1,600. Also, a Carl Ohms painting went to an Austrian bidder for $13,800; a Rittenberg painting, titled In the Studio, fetched $16,100; a Duffner & Kimberly lamp rose to $7,475; and a Gazelle Replicar rolled away for $7,707. Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.

Guy Wiggins painting, $43,700, Fairfield Auction


An oil on canvas snowy winter scene titled Washington Square by Guy Wiggins, dated 1935 and measuring 20 inches by 24 inches, sold for $43,700 at an auction held Nov. 21 by Fairfield Auction in Newtown, Conn. Also, a diamond necklace with a pair of 3-carat diamonds realized $28,750; a “Crown Point” powder horn in an old mellow surface coasted to $18,400; a large bronze cast after Ernest Justin Ferrand made $5,462; and a lithograph print by John Woodrow Wilson titled Mother and Child (1952) hit $5,175. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.