January 2023 Auction Block  

A new year full of new items auctioned from Doyle, Christie’s, Weschler’s, Potomack, Hindman and Sotheby’s. This month, a Tiffany flatware set sold for well over asking price, a baby grand piano sold for over $3,000 and more.  


Tiffany Sterling Silver Olympian Flatware 

Estimate: $7,000-$10,000 

Sold for: $15,120 

From the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Collection, the Tiffany flatware set is comprised of dinner and lunch forks, fruit spoons, dessert spoons, gumbo soup spoons, a carving fork and more. The set sold for well over asking price.  


Bob Thompson’s “Trees and River”   

Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 

Sold for: $88,200 

Artist Bob Thompson’s (1936-1966) “Trees and River” signed and dated “B Thompson ’60.” The oil on canvas sold for almost three times its estimated value.  


Petrof Baby Grand Piano 

Estimate: $1,000-$2,000 

Sold for: $3,200 

A Petrof ebonized baby grand piano sold for over $3,000. The piano comes with a built-in humidifier. Petrof is currently the largest producer of acoustic grand and upright pianos in Europe.  


A Pair of Silver-Gilt and Shaded Enamel Candlesticks 

Estimate: $4,000-$6,000 

Sold for: $10,710 

The candlesticks in Russian style with varicolor foliate strapwork, shoulders applied with cockerels on chicken feet, hung with enameled bellflowers. The candlesticks bear a pseudo-Russian mark AT in oval.  

Potomack Auctions 

Hilda Shapiro Thorpe, American 1920-2000, Untitled, Oil on Canvas 

Estimate: $500-$700 

Sold for: $24,000 

The estimate for this painting by artist Hilda Shapiro Thorpe was estimated at just $500-$700. It ended up selling for $24,000, setting a record for the artist and reflecting the resurgence of interest overall in her work and the Washington Color School. The movement got its start in the 1950s when a group of Washington artists got together, influenced by the “Color Field Painting” in New York.


Alexander Calder Painting: “Butterfly & Shore Bird”

Estimate: $40,000-$60,000
Sold for: $93,750
This Alexander Calder (1898-1976) painting sold for well over the asking price. “Butterfly and Shore Bird” was exhibited in Flint, Michigan at the Flint Institute of Art for “Alexander Calder: Mobiles, Stabiles, Gouaches and Drawings from the Michigan Collections.” It ran February 20 through March 27, 1983.

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