John Folinsbee oil painting, $165,200, Ahlers & Ogletree

John Folinsbee oil painting

An oil on canvas painting by John Fulton Folinsbee (Am., 1892-1972), titled River at New Hope, sold for $165,200 at a Signature Estates Auction held Jan. 6-7 by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery in Atlanta, Ga. Also, an 18kt gold, emerald and diamond necklace pendant rose to $35,400; a hand-painted French china dinner service, designed by Van Day Truex (Am., 1904-1979) for Tiffany & Co., brought $12,400; and a Qing dynasty porcelain Tianqiuping vase went for $3,025. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Simon Willard tall case clock, $48,800, Grogan & Company

Simon Willard tall case clock

A Simon Willard tall case clock chimed on time for $48,800 at an auction held December 7th by Grogan & Company in Boston, Mass. Also, a Chinese silk and metallic thread signature carpet realized $21,960; an E. Howard & Co. no. 10 figure eight wall clock fetched $8,540; a Brussels historical tapestry measuring 11 feet 7 inches by 15 feet 4 inches changed hands for $17,080; and a gorgeous Bakshaish carpet measuring 12 feet 9 inches by 11 feet topped out at $16,500. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.


John Paul Miller brooch/pendant, $60,500, Rachel Davis Fine Arts

John Paul Miller brooch

An elegant 18kt gold and enamel octopus pendant/brooch by John Paul Miller sold for $60,500 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held December 9th by Rachel Davis Fine Arts in Cleveland, Ohio. Also, another creation by Miller – a sterling and enamel brooch with a fish design – brought $5,745; a group of 14 Chinese coin holders (no coins) fetched $5,140; and an early 19th century American needlepoint on silk “mourning” textile by Phebe Swan hammered for $2,420. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Giorgio Morandi etching, $13,570, William J. Jenack

Giorgio Morandi etching

An etching by Giorgio Morandi (It., 1890-1964), titled Paesaggio-Casa a Grizzana (Landscape with House), sold for $13,750 at an auction held December 3rd by William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas floral still life by David Burliuk (Russ., 1882-1967) knocked down for $7,670; a chalk drawing of a cherub by Giovanni Battista (It., 1727-1783) breezed to $1,062; and a colorful pair of 18kt diamond, sapphire and ruby earrings made $1,062. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Joan Snyder abstract oil painting, $65,625, Capsule Gallery Auction

Joan Snyder abstract oil

An abstract expressionist oil on canvas painting by Joan Snyder (Am., b. 1940), titled Thru the Flat Big (1971), sold for $65,625 at an inaugural auction held November 16th by Capsule Gallery Auction in New York City. Also, a large abstract work by Stanislav Kolibal (Czech., b. 1925) realized $41,250; an acrylic on paper by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) brought $40,000; and an aluminum work by Conrad Marca-Relli (Am., 1913-2000) gaveled for $11,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.