June 2024 Auction Block 

Auctions this month included a wide variety of items, including an oil painting by Dutch artist Simon Jacobsz de Vlieger and a watercolor by Washington Color School artist Kenneth Victor Young. A butterfly-shaped pin sold for almost $30,000 and a Picasso vase went for twice its estimate.


A Coastal Landscape with Dutch Frigates Exchanging Salutes  

Doyle. “A Coastal Landscape with Dutch Frigates Exchanging Salutes.”

Estimate: $60,000–$80,000

Sold for: $419,600

“A Coastal Landscape with Dutch Frigates Exchanging Salutes,” by Dutch painter Simon Jacobsz de Vlieger, is believed to have been completed in 1647 or 1648. Part of a European nobleman’s collection, the oil painting on a cradled panel is signed “S De Vlieger” on the hull of the boat in the foreground.


The Potomack Company

Untitled by Kenneth Victor Young 

The Potomack Company. Untitled by Kenneth Victor Young.

Estimate: $3,000–$6,000

Sold for: $15,240

This untitled watercolor on paper is by artist and educator Kenneth Victor Young, who died in Washington, D.C., in 2017 at the age of 83. He is associated with the Washington Color School movement. A gift from the artist, the work descended to the seller.



Gros oiseau corrida” (A.R. 191) by Pablo Picasso 

Christie’s. “Gros oiseau corrida” (A.R. 191) by Pablo Picasso.

Estimate: $80,000–$120,000

Sold for: $214,200

Created on June 22, 1953, this white earthenware ceramic vase, one of a numbered edition of 25, is by the great Pablo Picasso. It is stamped and numbered “Madoura Plein Feu/Edition Picasso/3” on the inside neck.



Plique-A-Jour Enamel and Diamond Butterfly  

Bonhams. Plique-A-Jour Enamel and Diamond Butterfly.

Sold for: $28,160

This butterfly-shaped pin features plique-a-jour enamel wings and body, set with old European-cut diamonds. Its ruby eyes and pear-shaped diamond antennae are mounted in platinum and gold. Believed to have been created c. 1900-10, the pin, in its original fitted box, includes brooch, tiara and haircomb fittings.


Freemans | Hindman

Whole Plate Daguerreotype of San Francisco, Circa 1852-1853 

Freemans | Hindman. Whole Plate Daguerreotype of San Francisco, Circa 1852-1853.

Estimate: $30,000–$50,000

Sold for: $66,675

This whole plate daguerreotype, housed in a fully separated leatherette case, shows the southeast corner of Front and Sacramento Streets in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. If you look closely, you can see signs representing importers who offered wares to miners in search of fortunes, as well as commission merchants.



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