Auction Block: March 2023

This month’s auctions brought luxe jewelry to the fore as well as paintings from Matisse and Maik.   

The Potomack Company 

A Panoramic View of Pilgrims Visiting Holy Sites at the Shivalik Hills Near Sirmaur 

Estimate: $50,000-$70,000 

Sold for: $114,000 

This opaque watercolor on paper is heightened with gold and silver. Verso dated by inscription to 1824 and the Verso gallery label reads: “Doris Wiener Gallery; verso dated: 1881 (Vikrama Samvat Era) in Devanagari.  


An 18K White Gold and Diamond Ring 


Sold for: $239,775, inc. premium 

This marquise-shaped diamond weighing 6.09 carats is accented by two rows of round diamonds with additional round diamonds along the shanks of the ring, all weighing about 4.3 carats. The ring was part of the “California Jewels” auction, and was held in philanthropist Peggy Cravens’ collection. Cravens was a stylish arts maven who donated much of her time and money to arts organizations. Her collection boasts the likes of Tiffany, Gucci, Cartier and Chanel.  


Pair of Antique Silver, Gold and Diamond Earrings 

Estimate: $8,000-$12,000 

Sold for: $20,160 

A pair of antique silver, gold and diamond earrings sold for almost twice the estimate. They were from the estate of Laura Osinoff, executive director for the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.  


Henri Matisse Autoportrait 

Estimate : $80,000-$120,000 

Sold for : $138,600 

This Henri Matisse (1869-1954) self-portrait drawn in 1927 with pen and India ink on paper is stamped with Matisse’s initials in the upper left corner.  


Henri Hecht Maik “Cheetah,” 1978 

Estimate: $1,000-$1,500 

Sold for: $22,680 

Part of a Palm Beach Fine Art auction, this Henri Hecht Maik (1922-1993) sold for around 15 times its estimate. The colorful oil on canvas is a bright and interesting painting from the artist whose work is variously described as familiar and strange, childlike and sophisticated, and quiet and vocal with color.  





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