Lacour’s bitters bottle, $35,650, American Bottle

Lacour's bitters bottle

A Lacour’s early Western bitters bottle, made circa 1866-1875, the earliest variant and in a rare color, sold for $35,650 in a two-part online and catalog auction held Feb. 10-18 and March 3-11 by American Bottle Auctions of Sacramento, Calif. An E. G. Lyons & Co. Western bitters bottle made around 1868-1871, with a backwards “N”, also made $35,650; a Dr. Henley’s “Eye Opener” medicine bottle (1873) fetched $20,125; and a Catawba Wine bitters, circa 1860-1866, hit $18,400. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Fenton cameo vase, $375, Cordier Auctions

Fenton cameo vase

A Fenton Panda carved cameo vase, numbered 5 of 350, sold for $375 at an auction held Feb. 26 by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a Fenton Burmese epergne centerpiece brought $300; a Burmese Roses Gone with the Wind lamp in the original box lit up the room for $290; a hand-painted Fenton Custard scenic lamp numbered 354 of 950 illuminated the gallery for $260; and 11 Fenton glass logo plaques went for $320. The sale grossed more than $22,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Picasso ‘Face and Owl’ vase, $25,620, Schwenke Auctioneers

Picasso Face and Owl vase

A partially glazed earthenware “Face and Owl” vase made in 1958 by Pablo Picasso (Sp., 1881-1973), from Madoura Pottery in France sold for $25,620 at a Modern Design Estates Auction held March 29th by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. An abstract cityscape oil on canvas by Lamar Dodd (Am., 1907-1986), titled City, signed and dated 1952, rose to $12,065; and a Mid-Century Modern round marble breakfast or dining table with a conical marble base made $2,928. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Yo Youren calligraphy essay, $121,000, Clars Auction Gallery

Yu Youren calligraphy essay

A calligraphy ink on paper two-page essay by master calligrapher Yo Youren (Chinese, 1879-1964), discussing artists of the late Ming and Quing dynasties, sold for $121,000 in an auction held March 19th by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a 1929 du Pont rolling chassis coasted to $48,400; an ink and color on paper by Zgang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983), titled Splashed Color Autumn Landscape, brought $33,275; and a 17th century English oak drop-leaf table hit $19,360. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.