Automaton musical clock, $998,250, Fontaine’s Auction

Automaton musical clock

A very rare 18th century English-made pagoda form automaton musical clock, produced for the Chinese Qing Imperial Court, sold for $998,250 at an Antique & Fine Arts Auction, held Jan. 21 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Joseph Jennens oak Horner 9-tube grandfather clock chimed on time for $25,410; an E. Howard (Boston, Mass.) floor standing regulator clock realized $24,200; and a French industrial animated steam pump clock finished at $20,570. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

“Jonah the Whale” bank, $119,925, Morphy Auctions

Jonah the Whale bank

A “Jonah the Whale” cast iron mechanical bank by J. & E. Stevens sold for $119,925 at a Mechanical & Still Bank Sale held Jan. 14 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an unmarked cast iron “Seek Him Frisk” mechanical bank featuring a playful cat and dog gaveled for $48,000; a Charles A. Bailey “Wishbone” mechanical bank earned $39,000; and a “Little Red Riding Hood” mechanical bank by W. S. Reed huffed and puffed and finally knocked down for $33,210. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Large famille rose dish, $118,750, Christie’s

Large famille rose dish

A very large Chinese famille rose dish from the Yongzheng Period (1723-1735) sold for $118,750 at a sale of Chinese Export Art held during Americana Week, Jan. 18-20, by Christie’s in New York City. Also that week, a painting by Richard Clague (1821-1873), titled North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain at Mandeville, went for $1.6 million (a new auction record for the artist); and an early 20th century 14kt gold flatware service with the mark of Reed & Barton (Taunton, Mass.) hit $189,900. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Important Paul Evans cabinet, $382,000, Rago Arts & Auction

Important Paul Evans cabinet

An important cabinet by Paul Evans sold for $382,000 at a Design Auction held Jan. 21-22 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. It was a new auction record for the Delaware Valley Modernist. Also, a ribbon-handled vase by George Ohr went for $87,500; a sculptural metal wall-hanging cabinet by Paul Evans brought $112,500; a Murrine a Dama vase by Paolo Venini achieved $46,875; and a large Sonambient sculpture by Harry Bertoia finished at $56,250. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

Chinese “Lime Green” vase, $87,500, Kaminski Auctions

Chinese Lime Green vase

A Chinese “Lime Green” vase of globular form, just 8 ¼ inches tall and on its original 18th century wood stand, sold for $87,500 at an auction held Jan. 15 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a Chinese Sang-de-Boeuf “Yuhuchun” vase with a pear-shaped form and covered in a deep red glaze with the Qianlong mark on the vase’s base climbed to $18,750; and a mobile by the Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc, titled Continental Lumiere No. 23 1968, gaveled for $13,750. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium

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