The Auction Block Jan. 10, 2018

“Les Ombres Sur la Prairie”
Blanche Hoschedé-Monet (1865–1947) Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000
Auction Date: January 23

Blanche Hoschedé-Monet became part of a family at the core of the French Impressionist movement when her mother became Claude Monet’s second wife. She subsequently married Monet’s eldest son, Jean. Encouraged by her stepfather, she would paint next to him, and soon became his assistant and sole pupil. This painting depicts a field of poplar trees at Ajoux, between Giverny and the Seine.

“Samson Captured by the Philistines”
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino (1591–1666)

Estimate: $80,000 – $100,000
Auction Date: January 31

This powerful drawing by Guercino is a newly discovered compositional study for a painting now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. According to biographer Carlo Cesare Malvasia, the painting was executed in Ferrara in 1619 for Cardinal Jacopo Serra, the papal legate to the city. The drawing is the most finished preparatory study for the painting that has so far been identified.

Gold-Mounted Quartz Model of a Duckling, 1899-1907 Fabergé, St. Petersburg
Estimate: $15,000 – $25,000
Auction Date: January 31

Doyle will hold an auction of Russian Works of Art, showcasing a wide selection of Fabergé, icons, silver, bronzes and memorabilia from private collections, including works from the descendants of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Grand Duke George Mikhailovich. Members of the imperial family purchased several hardstone models of ducks from Fabergé.

Album of 47 Photographs of Hawaii, 1874-77

Estimate: $11,000 – $16,000
Auction Date: February 7

This early album of photographs of Hawaii, part of Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration Sale, was assembled between 1874 and 1877. Including five prints signed by Hawaiian royalty, it may have been presented to United States Treasury Secretary John Sherman in the hope of gaining his support for the 1875 Reciprocity Treaty, which allowed tariff-free imports of Hawaiian sugar into the U.S.


Bringing the Hammer Down
Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items

Rolex Watch With “Pepsi” Bezel, c. 1967 Auction Date: December 13
Estimate: $15,000 – $25,000
Final Selling Price: Unsold

A winter storm lifts from Yosemite Park.

“Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley, California,” 1944 Ansel Adams (1902–1984)
Auction Date: December 14
Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
Final Selling Price: $62,500

Bronze Polish Synagogue Menorah

Auction Date: December 20

Estimate: $7,000 – $10,000
Final Selling Price: $7,500


Tiffany Studios Table Lamp, c. 1905

Auction Date: December 14

Estimate: $50,000 – $70,000
Final Selling Price: $143,750




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