The Auction Block

Doyle New York

Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Elephants, early 20th century
Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000
Auction Date: March 16

Part of Doyle’s Asian Works of Art Auction, each elephant stands four-square on a rectangular base, the head held low with the trunk curled under between long, gently curved tusks. They are both set with a saddle and elaborate trappings, supporting a vase with a pearl and flame finial. This beautiful décor looms large: height 72 inches, length 47 ½ inches, width 24 inches.

Christie’s London

18ct Gold Sapphire and Coloured Diamond ‘Chiocciola’ Ring
De Grisogono
Estimate: $4,000 – $4,600
Auction Date: March 4

This opulent ring is of stylized crossover design, the single terminal set ‘en tremblant’ with briolette-cut yellow and orange sapphires, to a brilliant-cut yellow diamond looped surround and single shoulder. It will be part of Christie’s London’s popular Jewelery Auction.


Japanesque Tea Caddy, c. 1880
Hammered Sterling Silver and Mixed-Metal
Tiffany & Co.
Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000
Auction Date: March 4

This wonderful hammered tea caddy, with gilded interior, has a body and cover decorated with applied vines, dragonflies and gourds in copper and gold, along with ‘mokume’ butterflies. It will be part of Bonham’s Auction of Fine Furniture, Silver, Decorative Arts and Clocks.


Theatre Des Errements III, 1963, gouache on paper
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000
Auction Date: March 5

Sotheby’s March 5 Contemporary Curated auction will highlight a diverse range of works from the brightest stars of the post-war and contemporary periods. Examples from the Ab-Ex and Color Field artists will be offered side-by-side with important works from the Pop and Pictures Generation, as well as cutting-edge visionaries of today. This Dubuffet piece is sure to attract a great deal of attention.

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