Weschler’s Tiffany & Co. Lucida Platinum and Diamond Solitaire Ring Auction Date: September 19 Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 Love is in the air at Weschler’s with a selection of nearly twenty diamond engagement rings, from their fall Capital Collections Estate Auction. The standout is a Tiffany & Co. Lucida platinum and diamond solitaire ring, set with an internally flawless, E-color, diamond weighing 1.63 carats. The auction will also feature an important selection of 20th century American works of art cultivated from prominent Washington, DC collections. www.Weschlers.com Sotheby’s New York Platinum, 18 Karat Gold, Colored Stone and Diamond ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ Brooch, Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., France, circa 1963 Auction Date: September 23 Estimate: $150/250,000 From an ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ brooch by Schlumberger boasting fantastical colored stone plumage, to an Art Deco inspired pair of David Webb diamond earrings framed by swirling enamelwork, the Important Jewels sale this September deftly guides collectors from day to night. Modern classics are mixed among exquisite period jewels including a rare Belle Époque garland design bracelet by Cartier. The sale also offers a superb array of top quality colored gemstones and diamonds, many of which are set in signed mountings. www.Sothebys.com Potomack Company Magnificent String of Opal Beads with Diamond and Sapphire Clasp Auction Date: October 18 Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 This resplendent necklace consists of 29 graduated gemstone orbs in a rainbow of hues with a larger oval opal, sapphire and diamond clasp. Opal was considered good luck in the Middle Ages and is celebrated today as the October birthstone. www.PotomackCompany.com Doyle New York Rose Gold, Platinum, Mystery-Set Ruby and Diamond Leaf Clip-Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels Auction Date: October 21 Estimate: $150,000 - $250,000 Part of Doyle New York’s Important Jewelry Auction. 18 carat brooch, composed of three overlapping leaves mystery-set with 316 square, rectangular and fancy-shaped rubies, centering fine ribbon-like veins and topped by two stylized leaves set with 20 tapered baguette and baguette diamonds. www.DoyleNewYork.com Freeman’s 9.69 Carat Diamond Ring with Diamond Accents Auction Date: November 3 Estimate: $75,000 - $95,000 This pear shape diamond set in a platinum ring with triangular-cut diamond accents will be sold in Freeman’s Fine Jewelry & Watches auction on November 3. www.FreemansAuction.com BRINGING DOWN THE HAMMER Sotheby’s July 16, Fine Jewels Auction Enamel and Diamond Bracelet, Verger Fréres, ca. 1920 Estimate: $34,280 – $51,420 Final Selling Price: $127,693 Bonham’s July 02, Post-War & Contemporary Art (London) Lucio Fontana (Italian, 1899 – 1968) Concetto Spaziale, 1952 oil on canvas Estimate: $400,000 – $565,000 Final Selling Price: $1,241,847 Christie’s September 03, Out of the Ordinary auction (London, South Kensington) Mark Stoddart ‘Hippo’ Dining Table, 2002 Estimate: $8,285 - $11,599 Final Selling Price: $28,805
Bonhams Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Danseuses et contrebasse ('Dancers and bass'), ca. 1879-1880 oil on panel ca. 1879-1880 Auction Date: Nov. 4, 2014 Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000 Part of the Impressionist and Modern Art Auction, this rare oil by Degas shows the painter at work again on his beloved dancers. With the recent 2012 exhibit at The Phillips Collection, “Degas' Dancers at the Barre,” and the recently opened “Degas' Little Dancer” at the National Gallery, this painting is a piece of a reinvigorated history for any Washington collector. This auction covers works from the dawn of Impressionism to the fracturing of traditions in the Post-War period, from Degas to Dalí, covering the movements that define recent Western Art. Artists represented include Monet, Bonnard, Sisley, Pissarro, Rodin, Picasso, Miró and Ernst ,to name but a few. www.Bonhams.com Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) "Campbell's Soup I,” 1968 The complete set of ten color screenprints on wove paper. Auction Date: Nov. 2, 2014 Estimate: $250,000-400,000 Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup I,” a complete set of ten screenprints, is the centerpiece of the Modern & Contemporary Art sale, featuring works by Calder, Dubuffet and Bertoia, among others. These screenprints were purchased directly from the artist during one of their first showings at Leo Castelli’s gallery in 1968 by Lois Cowles Harrison,. The daughter of famed Warhol collector (and founder of Look Magazine) Gardner Cowles Jr., Cowles Harrison was an avid and early collector of Warhol and other Pop artists. Potomack Company Rare Gilt Bronze Mounted Kingwood Meuble de Milieu By Joseph-Emmanuel Zweiner, Paris, ca. 1880 Auction Date: Oct. 18, 2014 Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000 Cabinetmaker Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (1849-1895) was born in Germany and moved to Paris to practice his craft. He was renowned for his copies of 18th century furniture from public collections and won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. This cabinet is after a design by Charles Cressent (1685-1768). www.PotomackCompany.com Doyle New York Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) Woman, 1965 Oil on paper laid to panel Auction Date: Nov. 11. 2014 Estimate: $200,000 – $400,000 This seminal de Kooning will be offered with Doyle's Post-War and Contemporary Art sale on Nov. 11, from the Estate of the Honorable Roy M. Goodman. The piece was initially acquired directly from the artist by New York State Senator Goodman (1930-2014), who was a dedicated and effective advocate for the arts in New York for more than forty years. Senator Goodman was even named an Ambassador for the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts “in recognition of his unwavering support of the arts and cultural affairs.” The work is inscribed to Goodman by the artist himself on a notecard affixed to the reverse.
Doyle New York Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Elephants, early 20th century Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000 Auction Date: March 16 Part of Doyle’s Asian Works of Art Auction, each elephant stands four-square on a rectangular base, the head held low with the trunk curled under between long, gently curved tusks. They are both set with a saddle and elaborate trappings, supporting a vase with a pearl and flame finial. This beautiful décor looms large: height 72 inches, length 47 ½ inches, width 24 inches. Christie’s London 18ct Gold Sapphire and Coloured Diamond ‘Chiocciola’ Ring De Grisogono Estimate: $4,000 – $4,600 Auction Date: March 4 This opulent ring is of stylized crossover design, the single terminal set ‘en tremblant’ with briolette-cut yellow and orange sapphires, to a brilliant-cut yellow diamond looped surround and single shoulder. It will be part of Christie’s London’s popular Jewelery Auction. Bonhams Japanesque Tea Caddy, c. 1880 Hammered Sterling Silver and Mixed-Metal Tiffany & Co. Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000 Auction Date: March 4 This wonderful hammered tea caddy, with gilded interior, has a body and cover decorated with applied vines, dragonflies and gourds in copper and gold, along with ‘mokume’ butterflies. It will be part of Bonham’s Auction of Fine Furniture, Silver, Decorative Arts and Clocks. Sotheby’s Theatre Des Errements III, 1963, gouache on paper Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000 Auction Date: March 5 Sotheby’s March 5 Contemporary Curated auction will highlight a diverse range of works from the brightest stars of the post-war and contemporary periods. Examples from the Ab-Ex and Color Field artists will be offered side-by-side with important works from the Pop and Pictures Generation, as well as cutting-edge visionaries of today. This Dubuffet piece is sure to attract a great deal of attention.
Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items. Bonhams Shamrock V, 1995, oil on canvas John Mecray (b. 1939) Auction Date: Jan. 30 Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000 Final Selling Price: $62,500 Sotheby’s Bacchante with Grapes Carried by Two Bacchantes and a Bacchant, dated 1800 Claude Michel, called Clodion (1738-1814)? Auction Date: Jan. 29 Estimate: $600,000 – $1,000,000 Final Selling Price: $2,853,000 Christie’s Tete de Chevre de Profil, 1950 Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Auction Date: Feb. 6 Estimate: $3,000 – $4,600 Final Selling Price: $15,310 Freeman’s Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum and 14ct Rose Gold Spray Brooch Torre Vincent? Auction Date: Feb. 9 Estimate: $1,400 – $1,800?? Final Selling Price: $1,875 (buyer’s premium included) Doyle New York St. Sebastian, oil on canvas? Follower of Jacopo Tintoretto? Auction Date: Jan. 28 Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000?? Final Selling Price: $16,250 (buyer’s premium included)
Sotheby’s Silent Seasons – Summer No. II Oil on Canvas Will Barnet (1911 – 2012) Estimate: $60,000 – $90,000 Auction Date: April 23 Sotheby’s April sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture includes a rich array of American artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries, including this iconic painting by Will Barnet, which exhibits the artist’s characteristic motifs of the human figure and animals in casual scenes of daily life, depicted in a state of dreamlike whimsy. Other highlights include Gifford Beal’s ‘Fish Houses, Winter Day,’ as well as works by George Inness, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and notable 20th century artists like Charles Burchfield and Norman Rockwell. christie's A massive pair of Napoleon III ormolu-mounted Japanese Imari Porcelain thirteen-light torchère Estimate: $120,000 - $180,000 Auction Date: April 16 Part of Christie’s auction, The Opulent Eye: 19th Century Funriture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Glass, each of these rather magnificent torch lamps is of bottle outline with a pair of profusely scrolled acanthus handles, issuing thirteen scrolled candle-branches on entwined dolphin support. A truly opulent sight. bonham's An Important Suite of Diamond and Ruby Jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels French, 1988 Estimate: $180,000 - $220,000 Auction Date: April 15 This diamond and ruby suite from the 1980's, part of Bonham’s Fine Jewelry sale, is a beautiful and romantic example of Van Cleef & Arpel's graceful designs set with superbly matched calibré set cut rubies and diamonds. This suite is a fine example of Van Cleef & Arpels interpretation of the unique time and fashion which characterized the 1980's with the image of wealth and success expressed in impressive jewels and dress. Freeman’s Special Minguren I Coffee Table Curly maple burl and walnut George Nakashima (1905 – 1990) Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Auction Date:April 22 The American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts sale at Freeman’s is a welcome treat for those interested in the unique history and style of American craft and design. From the 18th century to the 20th century, the selection ranges from a Chippendale walnut case clock ca. 1775, to 20th century master furniture makers like George Nakashima, whose renowned “natural wood” design is on full display with this beautiful coffee table. Other offerings include Oriental rugs and carpets, as well as rare coins. doyle new york Frida Kahlo Archive Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000 Auction Date: April 15 Doyle New York’s auction of Rare Books, Maps & Autographs is highlighted by an archive of unpublished love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to Jose Bartoli.This group of letters is dated between August 1946—when Kahlo had just turned 39—and November 1949. Her letters were written while Kahlo was recuperating at home in Mexico City from a spinal fusion performed in June of 46. The archive comprising approximately 25 letters in Spanish from Kahlo to Bartoli.
Sotheby's “Untitled VII” (from “Men in the Cities”) Robert Longo (b. 1953) Auction Date: April 1 Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000 Final Selling Price: $8,750 Doyle New York “Shoe Shine Boy with Dog,” 1900 John George Brown (1831-1913) Auction Date: April 1 Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Final Selling Price: $56,250 (includes Buyer's Premium) Christie's “Near Gloucester,” c. 1916-19 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924) Auction Date: March 25 Estimate: $150,000 – $250,000 Final Selling Price: $125,000 Bonhams Amethyst, Turquoise and Diamond Ring Jean Schlumberger Auction Date: March 31 Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000 Final Selling Price: $52,500 Freeman's Chinese "Jun" Bowl, Late Yuan Auction Date: March 14 Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000 Final Selling Price: $25,000
Sotheby’s San Ildefonso Polychrome Lidded Jar, New Mexico Tony Da (1940-2008) Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000 Auction Date: May 21 Sotheby’s sale of American Indian Art is distinguished by the Charles and Sharon Aberle Collection, which features early and exceptionally fine Navajo blankets. The sale also includes diverse works of Native art from the Great Lakes to the Northwest Coast, comprising basketry, pottery, carvings and jewelry. Freeman’s Monumental Napoleon III Bronze Twin-Handled Urn Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Auction Date: May 19 Mounted on a rouge griotte marble pedestal, this urn is offered as part of Freeman’s upcoming sale of English & Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts. The sale will feature rare works of 18th-century porcelain by Chelsea and Worcester, speaking to a period of production that was guided by a fascination with natural forms, driven by advances both in botany and in taste. Bonhams “...Emerging into an opening that appeared to have been formed partly by the ravages of the wind, and partly by those of fire,” 1925 Oil on canvas N. C. Wyeth (American, 1882-1945) Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000 Auction Date: May 20 The father of Andrew Wyeth, Newell Convers Wyeth was one of the great American illustrators. His “Treasure Island” illustrations are widely considered to be among the greatest of all time. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books. The present painting is an illustration from “The Deerslayer” by James Fenimore Cooper. Doyle New York Russian Silver Gilt and Cloisonné Enamel Coffee Pot Workmaster Fedor Ruckert, Moscow, c. 1896-1908 Estimate: $40,000 – $50,000 Auction Date: June 3 Enameled silver is one of Russia's greatest artistic legacies. The acknowledged master of this work was Fedor Ruckert (1840-1917), a silversmith of German origin working in Moscow in the final years of Romanov rule. This exquisite piece is part of Doyle New York’s auction of 19th- and 20th-century fine and decorative arts, reflecting the opulence of the Belle Époque. Christie’s “Benefits Supervisor Resting” Lucian Freud (1922-2011) Estimate: $30 million – $50 million Auction Date: May 13 As part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, this landmark painting by Lucian Freud will go on sale alongside equally monumental works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Kline, Hans Hoffman, Jeff Koons, David Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Francis Bacon and others. Bringing the Hammer Down Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items. Doyle New York Frida Kahlo Archive Auction Date: April 15 Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000?? Final Selling Price: $137,000? Christie's Napoleon III Japanese Imari Porcelain Torchères Auction Date: April 16 Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000 Final Selling Price: $149,000 Bonhams Fair Copy of Enola Gay Log Book Auction Date: April 29 Final Selling Price: $50,000 Sotheby's “Silent Seasons – Summer No. II” Will Barnet (1911-2012) Auction Date: April 23 Estimate: $60,000 – $90,000 Final Selling Price: $118,750 Freeman's Special Minguren I Coffee Table George Nakashima (1905-1990) Auction Date: April 22 Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000? Final Selling Price: $55,000
The Potomack Company “Indian Capturing an Eagle, No 5” John Joseph Boyle (1852 – 1917) Estimate: $15,000 – $25,000 Auction Date: June 13 “Indian Capturing an Eagle, No. 5,” by renowned American artist John Joseph Boyle, depicts a young Native American man kneeling over an eagle and plucking a feather pensively from his catch. The sculpture was cast by New York's Roman Bronze Works and presented in 1908 as a gift from Boyle to his friend, the industrial artist and art educator Leslie W. Miller Freeman's Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) "Peel Park, Salford" Estimate: $250,000-$350,000 Auction Date: June 16 Lowry's paintings, featuring factories and textile mills in northern England populated by his iconic "matchstick" men and women, are by no means as naive or simplistic as they appear on first look. The throngs that haunt the canvases were, according to the artist, "part of a private beauty that haunted (me)." Peel Park, Salford, was one of his best-loved subjects. This work will be offered as part of the European Art & Old Master auction. Christie’s Grand and Petite Sonnerie Desk Clock, c. 1925 Cartier, Paris Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Auction Date: June 17 The dial and case of the clock are signed Cartier, Paris, and the movement and case are numbered. Part of Christie’s Auction of Important Watches, this superb piece has several exquisite features, including a white enamel dial, Roman numerals, an outer minute track with Arabic five-minute divisions, diamond-set hands, and a green guilloché case with white enamel border, the top with diamond-set initials. Sotheby’s Singing Bird Scent Flask, c. 1790 Estimate: $800,000 – $1,200,000 Auction Date: June 11 Unseen for generations, many of the timepieces in the Swiss Mechanical Marvels collection were created by preeminent artists of the late 18th and early 19th century, such as Jacquet-Droz and Piguet & Meylan. The highlight of the collection is the Singing Bird Scent Flask, a gold-enameled, pearl-and-gem-set piece, made specifically for the Chinese market. Music plays from the bird through a miniature six-pipe organ. The bird’s beak moves realistically, the body swivels and the tail goes up and down Doyle New York Gold and White Enamel Bangle Bracelet Tiffany & Co., Schlumberger, France Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000 Auction Date: June 11 This 18-kt. gold bracelet, signed Tiffany & Co., is part of Doyle New York’s Auction of Fine Jewelry. Including over 650 lots with more moderate estimates than in the Important Jewelry sales, the showcase includes glittering creations set with diamonds, colored stones and pearls, as well as gold, jewelry, fine watches and gentlemen’s accessories. Among the selection of fine watches for ladies and gentlemen are examples by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Boucheron, Graff, Cartier, Bulgari, Piaget, Blancpain and Tiffany & Co. Christie’s Diamond Rivière Necklace Estimate: $ 1.4 million – $1.8 million Auction Date: June 22 Part of Bonham New York’s Fine Jewelry Sale, this spectacular rivière comprises a graduated line of 51 round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing more than 70 carats, joined by a heart-shaped clasp weighing 2.04 carats and mounted in platinum. Each of the round diamonds in the necklace have ‘excellent’ grades from the Gemological Institute of America for polish, symmetry and cut — known in the industry as ‘Triple X’ (needless to say, this is extremely rare).
Christie’s “Benefits Supervisor Resting” Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) Auction Date: May 13 Estimate: $30 million – $50 million Final Selling Price: $56.2 million Sotheby’s San Ildefonso Polychrome Lidded Jar Tony Da (1940 – 2008) Auction Date: May 21 Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000 Final Selling Price: $68,750 Bonhams “...Emerging into an opening that appeared to have been formed partly by the ravages of the wind, and partly by those of fire” N. C. Wyeth (1882 – 1945) Auction Date: May 20 Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000 Final Selling Price: $1,325,000 Freeman’s Napoleon III Twin-Handled Urn Auction Date: May 19 Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Final Selling Price: $131,000
Attention Presidential Partisans, Party Loyalists and Political Junkies: Preserve your campaign memorabilia. It too could become rare and valuable, someday making your descendants a fortune... Bonhams Bonhams Presents a Presidential Treasures Exhibition at the Decatur House Auction Date: March 25 Bonhams will host their Presidential Treasures exhibition at Decatur House (1610 H St NW) on Friday, March 25th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring highlights from the Caren Archive, including the first appearance of George Washington in print and the first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In addition, highlights from the collections of Kennedy administration staff members will be on display, including Mary Gallagher, Sue Vogelsinger, Preston Bruce and others who will be in attendance to share their recollections with guests. In this presidential election year, the exhibition is timed in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the publication of “Profiles in Courage,” John F. Kennedy’s seminal investigation of episodes of political bravery in the senate. Admission is free of charge. Bonhams.com Weschlers Thomas Jefferson Autographed Letter, Signed to Henry Dearborn Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 Auction Date: March 18 Henry Dearborn was an American soldier and statesman who served in George Washington’s Continental Army and was present at the British surrender at Yorktown. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Dearborn his secretary of war (which is how he addresses Dearborn in the letter), a position he held until 1809. During his tenure, Dearborn helped plan the removal of Indians beyond the Mississippi River. Weschlers.com Swann Auction Galleries “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself,” Frederick Douglass First edition copy, Published at the North Star Office, 1848 Estimate: $18,000 - $22,000 Auction Date: March 31 When Frederick Douglass's “Narrative” first appeared in 1845, he had already been lecturing for more than four years as the shining star of the New England abolitionists. It was an instant best-seller, going through 5,000 copies of the first printing in four months. It was the success of the book that alerted Douglass’s owner as to his whereabouts, which forced Douglass to leave the country for two years. In the fall of 1845, he set sail for Cork, Ireland, to begin a two-year lecture tour of Great Britain. Few original copies still exist of this text. Part of Swann’s auction of Printed and Manuscript African Americana. SwannGalleries.com Doyle New York United States Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace Medal, 1862 Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000 Auction Date: April 25 Silver Indian Peace Medals are some of the rarest and most sought-after items among American coin collectors. Issued during the presidencies of George Washington through Benjamin Harrison, the medals were presented to Native Americans with the intent of creating peaceful relationships, usually to mark an important occasion, such as the signing of a treaty. Fewer than 4,000 were ever produced, and today it is estimated that a mere 500 can be accounted for. This auction offers two of these rarities: an 1862 Abraham Lincoln medal and an 1871 Ulysses Grant medal. The sale also offers a wide selection of American and world coins, bank notes, medals and postage stamps. DoyleNewYork.com The Potomack Company “Mourning Picture of Columbia, Commemorating George and Martha Washington” Embroidered and painted silk work by Eliza Gould, early 19th century Auction Date: April 9 This stunning piece of Americana folk heritage is part of Potomack Company’s upcoming live auction. The female figure in the picture is Columbia, an iconic woman akin to the French Marianne who represents the historic pet name once given to the United States in reference to Christopher Columbus (hence The District of “Columbia”). She stands weeping beside a memorial plinth with painted likenesses of George and Martha Washington, within an oval embroidered frame surmounted by two urns, a weeping willow tree above, building and church in the background on a silk ground. PotomackCompany.com