The Auction Block
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The Potomack Company
“Indian Capturing an Eagle, No 5”
John Joseph Boyle (1852 – 1917)
Estimate: $15,000 – $25,000
Auction Date: June 13
“Indian Capturing an Eagle, No. 5,” by renowned American artist John Joseph Boyle, depicts a young Native American man kneeling over an eagle and plucking a feather pensively from his catch. The sculpture was cast by New York’s Roman Bronze Works and presented in 1908 as a gift from Boyle to his friend, the industrial artist and art educator Leslie W. Miller
Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976)
“Peel Park, Salford”
Auction Date: June 16
Lowry’s paintings, featuring factories and textile mills in northern England populated by his iconic “matchstick” men and women, are by no means as naive or simplistic as they appear on first look. The throngs that haunt the canvases were, according to the artist, “part of a private beauty that haunted (me).” Peel Park, Salford, was one of his best-loved subjects. This work will be offered as part of the European Art & Old Master auction.
Grand and Petite Sonnerie Desk Clock,
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
Auction Date: June 17
The dial and case of the clock are signed Cartier, Paris, and the movement and case are numbered. Part of Christie’s Auction of Important Watches, this superb piece has several exquisite features, including a white enamel dial, Roman numerals, an outer minute track with Arabic five-minute divisions, diamond-set hands, and a green guilloché case with white enamel border, the top with diamond-set initials.
Singing Bird Scent Flask, c. 1790
Estimate: $800,000 – $1,200,000
Auction Date: June 11
Unseen for generations, many of the timepieces in the Swiss Mechanical Marvels collection were created by preeminent artists of the late 18th and early 19th century, such as Jacquet-Droz and Piguet & Meylan. The highlight of the collection is the Singing Bird Scent Flask, a gold-enameled, pearl-and-gem-set piece, made specifically for the Chinese market. Music plays from the bird through a miniature six-pipe organ. The bird’s beak moves realistically, the body swivels and the tail goes up and down
Doyle New York
Gold and White Enamel Bangle Bracelet
Tiffany & Co., Schlumberger, France
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
Auction Date: June 11
This 18-kt. gold bracelet, signed Tiffany & Co., is part of Doyle New York’s Auction of Fine Jewelry. Including over 650 lots with more moderate estimates than in the Important Jewelry sales, the showcase includes glittering creations set with diamonds, colored stones and pearls, as well as gold, jewelry, fine watches and gentlemen’s accessories. Among the selection of fine watches for ladies and gentlemen are examples by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Boucheron, Graff, Cartier, Bulgari, Piaget, Blancpain and Tiffany & Co.
Diamond Rivière Necklace
Estimate: $ 1.4 million – $1.8 million
Auction Date: June 22
Part of Bonham New York’s Fine Jewelry Sale, this spectacular rivière comprises a graduated line of 51 round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing more than 70 carats, joined by a heart-shaped clasp weighing 2.04 carats and mounted in platinum. Each of the round diamonds in the necklace have ‘excellent’ grades from the Gemological Institute of America for polish, symmetry and cut — known in the industry as ‘Triple X’ (needless to say, this is extremely rare).