R. J. Horner case clock, $68,750, Leslie Hindman

R. J. Horner case clock

A monumental Victorian clock with a case attributed to R. J. Horner sold for $68,750 at a sale of property from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection of the Minnesota Historical Society held July 17-18 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Also, a 19th century Agra rug gaveled for $53,750; a Turkish “Lotto” rug fetched $50,000; a 19th century still life with fruit by an unknown artist made $15,000; a Venetian painted commode brought $32,500; and a Continental alabaster plaque hit $20,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Ives Railway Lines set, $6,000, Cordier Auctions

Ives Railway Lines set

An Ives 1134 Railway Lines freight set sold for $6,000 at a Toy & Train Auction held July 2nd by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a Lionel 199 Ives derrick with red top chugged off for $5,500; an Uncle Sam mechanical bank went for $2,900; a set of four Star Wars figures breezed to $650; a Giuseppe Armani Cinderella and the Prince pairing rose to $325; two Lionel Harnischfeger cars in original boxes fetched $2,200; and a set of Dick Tracy figures sold for $425. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Toulouse-Lautrec poster, $96,000, Poster Auctions


A poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Fr., 1864-1901), done in 1899 and depicting the Moulin Rouge dancer Jane Avril in a serpentine dress, sold for $96,000 at an auction held June 22nd by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, a Moet & Chandon diptych and an original nude life study for La Crepuscule by Alphonse Mucha (Fr., 1860-1939) both made $38,400; and a rare 1938 poster for St. Raphael by Charles Loupot (Fr., 1892-1962) hammered for $84,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Charles Safford Canada goose, $517,500, Guyette & Deeter, Inc.

Charles Safford Canada goose

An important Canada goose by Charles Safford sold for $517,500 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 25-26 by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) in Portsmouth, N.H. It was the 12th most expensive decoy ever sold at auction. Also, a squaw drake by Joseph Lincoln soared to $143,750; a greenwing teal, also by Lincoln, fetched $74,750; and a full size decorative yellowlegs by Elmer Crowell flew off for $47,150. The auction grossed just under $2.25 million. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Chinese porcelain fish bowl, $22,500, John Moran Auctioneers

Chinese porcelain fish bowl

A large Chinese porcelain fish bowl with blue and brown foliate and shell designs on a white ground sold for $22,500 at a Studio Auction held August 8th by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a painting by Chang Reynolds (Calif., c. 1914-1987), depicting Ringling Brothers circus elephants hammered for $6,000; a pair of early 20th century French moustache-back leather armchairs brought $4,200; and an untitled painting by Hans Zimmer (Calif., 1910-1996) made $4,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.