December Auction Block

Our last auction block of the year includes a Matisse painting, Tahitian pearl necklace, cabinet plates, a photograph by Ruth Orkin and nine loose diamonds that sold for well over their estimated price. 


Set of Two Meissen Gilt-Decorated Reticulated Procelain Pate-Sur-Pate Cabinet Plates 


Estimate: $800-$1,200 

Sold for: $10,080 

These late 19th century/early 20th century plates are decorated with a scene showing a young Cupid whispering to a young girl (or perhaps a young Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul). There is also a young girl with a spool of thread in white slip or enamel. The depiction is against a vibrant cobalt blue colored background. The plates’ diameter is 9 1/8 inches. 



Grand Paysage aux Arbres by Henri Matisse 


Estimate : $300,000-$500,000 

Sold for : $693,000 

This property from a member of the Matisse family was auctioned in early November. It sold for over $100,000 more than the original estimated price. The work is confirmed as authentic by Georges Matisse. 


Tahitian Pearl Necklace 



Sold for: $6,400 

From one of Bonhams’ Fine Jewelry Collections, this necklace is composed of 31 cultured pearls ranging in size from 12 to 15 mm. It is accented with an 18k white gold and full-cut diamond boule clasp. The necklace length is 17 ¾ inches. 


“American Girl in Florence, Italy, 1951” by Ruth Orkin 

Estimate: $10,000-$15,000 

Sold for: $18,900 

This piece by photographer Ruth Orkin (1921-1985) is a gelatin silver print, mounted on board and printed in the early 1980s. It is accompanied by a letter of authentication, signed by Estate Executor Mary Engel. 


Nine Loose Round Brilliant-Cut Diamonds 

Estimate: $100-$200 

Sold for: $1,500  

The diamonds are good quality, well-matched stones. Weschler’s Auctions reports their average color as H-K and clarity as VS-SI1. The diamonds were part of Weschler’s “Metro Online” auction from late November. 







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