Marc Chagall figural drawing, $16,250, The Woodshed Gallery

Marc Chagall figural drawing

A sanguine drawing on white paper by the Russian-born French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled Village Berger Descending (aka Dream of the Dance), sold for $16,250 in an internet-only fine art auction held Feb. 22 by The Woodshed Gallery in Franklin, Mass. Another drawing by Chagall, titled Violinist and Family, fetched $9,600. Also, an ink drawing on tan paper by Man Ray, titled Female Figure (1951), brought $9,375; and Jean Cocteau’s Mermaids hit $720. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.


19th century toy fire pumper, $33,000, Cordier Auctions

19th century toy fire pumper

A 19th century tinplate and wood toy fire pumper sold for $33,000 at a Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction held Feb. 11 by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a cast bronze signed by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (Fr., 1827-1901), bearing the Hippolyte Peyrol foundry mark, went for $23,000; a life-size portrait of 18th century royal Marie Leszczynska finished at $1,000; and a Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company (London) 204 troy ounce sterling silver tray hit $7,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


15th c. choir book page fragment, $18,000, John Moran Auctioneers 

15th c. choir book page

A 15th century Italian antiphonal choir book illuminated page fragment, in excellent condition for its age, sold for $18,000 at a Decorative Art Auction held Feb. 21 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia. Calif. Also, a 24-piece set of Gorham sterling silver dinner and bread plates achieved $11,400; a painting by Alan Lowndes (Br., 1921-1978), titled An Actor (Charles Laughton), realized $10,200; and a tripodal LouisXVI-style fern stand by Francois Linke went for $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


George V casket, $68,750, Bonhams

George V casket

An important George V 18kt yellow gold London Freedom Casket by Mappin & Webb, Sheffield, sold for $68,750 at an Elegant Home Auction held Feb. 27-28 y Bonhams in Los Angeles. Also, a magnificent German Baroque walnut secretary from the first half of the 18th century sold for $45,000; a pair of French gilt bronze-mounted champlevé enamel and porcelain vases reached $31,250; and a whimsical Coney Island carousel horse by Charles Loof galloped off for $23,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Holland & Holland shotgun, $43,050, Morphy Auctions

Holland & Holland shotgun

A cased Holland & Holland Royal Grade two-barrel shotgun hit the mark for $43,050 at a Firearms Auction held Feb. 24-26 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a rare Winchester Model 1886 “Big 50” smooth-bore lever action rifle rang out at $36,900; a John Rigby & Co. .470 caliber double hammerless sporting rifle sold for $27,060; a Colt U.S. Model 1873 Cavalry revolver brought $20,910; and a U.S. Springfield Air Service Model 1903 bolt action rifle went for $17,220. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.