Gallery Report: January 2012

A late 17th- or early 18th-century unsigned Continental portrait of a bearded man shown knitting, with red wax seals on verso, sold for $384,000 at an auction held Nov. 18-20 by Millea Brothers in Morristown, N.J. Also, a Portuguese colonial period tortoise and ivory chest on stand breezed to $38,400; a large pair of Sevres cobalt blue urn or lamp bases with bronze mounts realized $37,200; and a Chinese eight-panel hardwood screen with blue and white porcelain plaques depicting landscapes went for $12,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Bronze Chinese Buddha, $143,000, Alderfer Auction


A Chinese gilt-bronze seated Buddha statue, probably made in the late 19th or early 20th century and large at 20 1/2 inches tall, sold for $143,000 at an Asian Discovery Sale held Nov. 17 by Alderfer Auction & Appraisal in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a pair of cinnabar lamps created from a hand-carved mold and given a Chinese red lacquer finish achieved $3,300; a beautiful Chinese porcelain vase decorated with fish commanded $1,320; and one lot consisting of two highly collectible Japanese carved netsuke figures made $1,044. Prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.



Andy Warhol book, $45,600, Swann Gallery


An association copy of Andy Warhol’s book 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy, with 18 lithographs (New York, 1954), sold for $45,600 at a sale of Art, Press & Illustrated Books held Nov. 8 by Swann Galleries in New York. Also, a signed copy of David Hockney’s Paper Pools, with a lithograph (London, 1990), hit $10,800; Lysistrata with six etched plates by Pablo Picasso, signed by the artist (New York, 1934), brought $6,480; and an original ink and watercolor by Beatrix Potter made $14,400. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


11-carat diamond ring, $69,000, James D. Julia


An 11-carat natural yellow brilliant cut diamond set in a platinum band with 14 smaller diamonds sold for $69,000 at a Glass & Lamp Auction held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 by James D. Julia Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a Tiffany Nasturtium leaded glass lamp with bold green leaves and polychrome flowers brought $57,500; a Tiffany Studios Arrowroot table lamp with a conical shade decorated with flowers in various stages of bloom hit $51,750; and a Eugene Michel cameo and intaglio carved vase rose to $47,150. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Marklin clockwork boat, $41,400, Bertoia Auction


A Marklin Avalanche tinplate clockwork boat, 16 inches long, sold for $41,400 at a Toys on World Tour Auction held Nov. 11-12 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, an Ives cloth-dressed man on a tin rocking horse went for $39,100; a Vichy automaton of a lady with a hand mirror, 30 inches tall, with Jumeau head, reached $18,400; a circa-1932 Arcade cast-iron Mack dump truck rolled off for $17,250; and a Hans Eberl clockwork two-seat tourer with turbaned drives and clown passengers made $10,925. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Joe DiMaggio jersey, $256,858, Grey Flannel


A New York Yankees road jersey worn by Joe DiMaggio in 1948 and possibly into 1949, with the left sleeve showing evidence of a black armband to memorialize Babe Ruth, who died on Aug. 16 of 1948, sold for $256,858 at a Holiday Auction held Nov. 30 by Grey Flannel Auctions in Westhampton, N.Y. Also, a baseball signed by all the members of the 1927 World Series champion Yankees (including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig) hit $86,581; and a Sandy Koufax 1966 game-worn Los Angeles Dodgers road jersey made $131,770. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Signed Hennell bracelet, $23,400, Woodbury Auction


A stunning Art Deco platinum, diamond and blue sapphire bracelet, signed Hennell, sold for $23,400 at a Holiday Fine Estates Auction held Dec. 3 by Woodbury Auction, LLC, in Woodbury, Conn. Also, an Art Deco platinum jeweled charm bracelet with six platinum figural charms, and a platinum and diamond solitaire engagement ring (2.85 carats), both peaked at $9,945; a pair of rare diminutive celadon jade bowls fetched $4,680; and a New England Chippendale six-drawer maple tall chest hit $2,640. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


Guy Wiggins painting, $13,800, Carlsen Gallery


An original oil on canvas painting by Guy Wiggins, titled Blizzard on Fifth Avenue, sold for $13,800 at an auction held Nov. 26 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas by R.A. Blakelock titled Indian in Autumnal Landscape went for $13,225; a signed oil on canvas by Karl Knaths titled Vista Del Mar fetched $10,350; an 18kt gold Patek Philippe wristwatch brought $8,913; and an oil on canvas by J. Rothschild, titled Still Life With Egyptian Wall, went for $6,325. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.



Charles White drawing, $306,000, Swann Gallery


A 1953 crayon and charcoal drawing by Charles White, titled Work and very large scale, 4 feet tall, depicting a laborer carrying wood beams, sold for $306,000 at a sale of African-American Fine Art held Oct. 6 by Swann Galleries in New York City. Also, a 1962 oil on canvas by Lois Mailou Jones, titled Marche de Kenscoff, Haiti, coasted to $32,400 (a record for the artist); a circa-1945 oil on canvas by Joseph Delaney titled Low Key made a record $33,600); and a Henry Bannarn sculpture hit $24,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.