Chinese snuff bottle, $5,842, Crescent City
A 19th century Chinese porcelain snuff bottle, 4 ¾ inches tall, sold for $5,842 at a multi-estates auction held Nov. 12-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a 13-piece 19th century Royal Vienna cobalt porcelain tea set rose to $4,920; a German World War II helmet, circa 1944, brought $4,305; an oil on canvas painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (New Orleans, 1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Oaks, garnered $4,612; and a 19th century American rococo mahogany full tester bed made $3,998. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Fenton art glass vase, $3,450, Direct Auction
A rare, 11 ½ inch tall Karnak red Fenton art glass vase sold for $3,450 at an auction held Nov. 1 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, a circa-1900 French bracket clock with bronze ormolu mounts and a matching, sconce-like mounting shelf underneath chimed on time for $2,243; a 14kt white gold diamond tennis bracelet with approximately 7.90 carats of diamonds and the original box realized $2,875; and an orange onyx sculpture of a seated woman by Felipe Castaneda (Mex., b. 1933) hit $1,725. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Patek Philippe wristwatch, $276,000, Eldred's Auction
A Patek Philippe 18kt gold chronograph wristwatch sold for $276,000 at a Fine & Decorative Art Auction held Oct. 29 by Eldred's Auction in East Dennis, Mass. Also, a Black Forest carving of a stag on a wall mount went for $1,800; a lovely, colorful 19th century Baccarat paperweight gaveled for $2,640; a Tiffany Furnaces lamp in the Art Deco pattern, 14 ½ inches tall, hammered for $1,200; and an unsigned Dutch oil on panel harbor scene measuring 7 ¼ inches by 9 ¼ inches (sight), finished at $2,160. All prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Ward Brothers pintail hen, $201,250, Guyette & Deeter
A Ward Brothers “humpback” style pintail hen sold for $201,250 at a Fall Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held Nov. 10 by Guyette & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at Talbot County Community Center in Easton, Md. It was a new auction record for a Ward Brothers decoy. Also, a bufflehead drake by Elmer Crowell (Cape Cod, Mass.) soared to $143,750; a ruddy turnstone shorebird by Obediah Verity (Seaford, N.Y.) made $57,500; and a canvasback hen by John English (Florence, N.J.) hit $51,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Willem de Kooning oil, $66.3 million, Christie's
An oil on canvas painting by William de Kooning (1904-1997), Untitled XXV, painted in 1977, sold for $66.3 million at a Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale held Nov. 15 by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a 1961 oil on canvas by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), titled Les Grandes Arteres, finished at $23.8 million; an oil on canvas by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932), titled Abstraktes Bild, painted in 1994, brought $22.1 million; and a 1999 oil on canvas by John Currin (b. 1962), titled Nice 'n Easy, rose to $12 million. Prices include the buyer's premium.