A Japanese Nihonto steel katana (traditional sword used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan), ca. 1521-1525, sold for $7,475 in an online auction held on LiveAuctioneers.com by Jasper52, based in New York City. Also, a wool Persian rug made circa 1900-1939, 9 feet by 11 feet 8 inches, brought $7,187; an El Primero Helios stainless steel men’s watch slipped onto a new wrist for $6,900; and a 14kt gold 2.00-carat round diamond engagement ring (HI, SI1) went for $6,900. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Gustav Gurschner vase, $12,500, Freeman’s

A decorated vase made circa 1900 by Gustav Gurschner (Austrian, 1873-1970) sold for $12,500 at a Collector’s Sale held February 7th by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a pair of oversize armchairs crafted in 1961 by Richard Koga (Am., 20th c.) rose to $10,400; a group of 19 American molded flasks, probably 20th century, fetched $9,375; a pair of Viking chairs, circa 1975, by Michael Coffey, brought $8,750; and a painting by Lee Lippman (Am., b. 1926) went for $6,875. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


19th century sugar chest, $263,250, Cordier’s

An early 19th century folk art painted sugar chest sold for $263,250 at a Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction held February 11th by Cordier’s Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. The buyer was Kelly Kinzle, owner of Kelly Kinzle Antiques in New Oxford, Pa. The consignor said their grandmother used it as a toy chest as a child. Family provenance places the 36-inch-tall chest in the South, possibly Kentucky, but Mr. Kinzle suspects it might ultimately trace back to Pennsylvania. The price includes a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


8 carved jade and stone objects, $7,800, John Moran Auctioneers

Eight carved jade and stone objects sold as one lot for $7,800 at a Studio Decorative Art Auction held January 23rd by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a woodblock on paper artwork by Charles William Bartlett (Hi., 1860-1940), of a figure paddling an outrigger canoe, changed hands for $4,200; a group of five woodblock prints depicting California Missions and other scenes brought $4,062; and a patinated bronze sculpture by Mark Rossi (Am., b. 1952) made $3,900. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Two stained glass panels, $46,360, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Two stained glass panels, removed from a home in Johnstown, Pa., where they had been installed in 1912, sold for $46,360 at an Americana & International Auction held January 27th by Pook & Pook, Inc., in Downingtown, Pa. Also, a circa 1770 Philadelphia Chippendale high-chest gaveled for $21,960; a Pennsylvania painted pine dower chest realized $19,520; a Johann Antes American-made cello played a sweet tune for $20,740; and a Patek Philippe singing bird music box hit $19,520. Prices include the buyer’s premium.