Theophile Fragonard oil, $10,455, Crescent City

Theophile Fragonard oil

An oil painting by Theophile Evariste Fragonard (Fr., 1806-1876), titled The Secret Letter, sold for $10,455 at an auction held June 4-5 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a platinum lady's dinner ring, with an 11.33-carat oval sapphire atop a border of round diamonds, gaveled for $7,800; a 19th century French Directoire Louis XV-style carved mahogany double door bordelaise hit $3,321; and a pair of 19th century gilt and patinated bronze and marble 6-light candelabra finished at $2,091. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.


Circa 100 BC Greek ring, $152,100, Thomaston Place

Circa 100 BC Greek ring

A circa 100 BC Greek gold and cabochon emerald ring sold for $152,100 at a Spring Fine Art & Antiques Auction held May 21-22 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a Qing Dynasty cauldron form two-handled open bronze censer with Kangxi seal mark went for $70,200; a circa 1900 Daum Nancy cameo glass stalk vase made $14,040; a painting of the schooner J.W. Seaver by Joseph Smith (Am., 1798-1876) fetched $17,550; and a rare Revolutionary War broadside finished at $17,550. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.


Buddha on lotus shrine, $9,500, Carlsen Gallery

Buddha on lotus shrine

A 19th century lacquer and wood Buddha on a lotus shrine sold for $9,500 at an auction held May 22 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an English gate leg drop-leaf dining table finished at $4,250; an identical amount was paid for a two-panel, 12 inch by 12 inch “Remember Me” sailor's Valentine; a 36-inch-tall marble Greek statue, signed “F. Vichi and titled Greek Slave, rose to $4,000; and an 18th century Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut four-drawer chest went to a determined bidder for $3,250. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer's premium.


King Farouk Magician Box, $1.21 million, Sotheby's

King Farouk Magician Box

The celebrated King Farouk Magician Box timepiece, made in Geneva, Switzerland circa 1820 and attributed to Piguet & Meylan, with the goldsmith's mark of Chenevard Jouvet & Cie, sold for $1.21 million at an Important Watches Auction held June 8 by Sotheby's in New York City. Also, a rare Patek Philippe yellow gold world time wristwatch with enamel dial depicting Eurasia, made in 1949, climbed to $730,000; and a circa-1800 watch attributed to Piguet & Capt and titled The Cherry Pickers garnered $490,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.


Van Briggle / Rookwood vase, $187,500, Rago Arts & Auction

Van Briggle Rookwood vase

An early Artus Van Briggle/Rookwood vase sold for $187,500 at a 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Auction held June 4-5 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Paul Evans sculpture front cabinet brought $175,000; a Dale Chihuly chandelier lit up the room for $56,375; a Tiffany Studios Mermaid lamp gaveled for $20,000; a Carlo Mollino coffee table fetched $50,000; a Mary Louise McLaughlin Losanti vase hit $30,000; and a Gustav Stickley bridal chest changed hands for $23,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.