This Week’s Top Lots: November 2 – 6

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* Sotheby’s New York/November 2, Russian Art
The sale total was just under $13.8 million, with 98 of 122 lots sold. The top lot was Boris Dmitrievich Grigoriev’s Mother and Child that sold for $1.3 million (estimate $500,000-700,000). Other top lots were an award portrait miniature of Peter the Great that sold for $1.3 million (estimate $80,000-120,000), and Konstantin Alexeevich Korovin’s At the Window that sold for $1.1 million (estimate $600,000-800,000).

* Christie’s London/November 3, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
The sale total was £5.7 million. The top lot was an enameled famille rose model of a Buddist stupa that sold for £229,250 (estimate £60,000-80,000). Other top lots were a small Song Dynasty Guanyao vase that sold for £193,250 (estimate £6,000-8,000), and an 18th-century Mughal-style white jade bowl that sold for £175,250 (estimate £10,000-15,000).

* Bonhams San Francisco/November 3, Prints
The top lot was Ed Ruscha’s Standard Station that sold for $170,000 (estimate $30,000-40,000). Other top lots were Warhol’s The New Spirit (Donald Duck), from Ads that sold for $32,940 (estimate $20,000-25,000), and Picasso’s Bust of a Woman that sold for $17,080 (estimate $8,000-10,000).

* Christie’s New York/November 3, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale
The sale total was $65.6 million, with 28 of 40 lots sold. The top lot was Edgar Degas’s Danseuses pastel that sold for $10.7 million (estimate $7-9 million). Other top lots were Rodin’s Le Baiser that sold for $6.3 million (estimate $1.5-2 million), Tamara De Lempicka’s Portrait du Marquis Sommi that sold for $4.3 million (estimate $2-3 million), and Salvador Dali’s Nu dans la plaine de Rosas that sold for $4 million (estimate $2-3 million).

* Christie’s New York/November 4, Impressionist and Modern Day Sale

The sale total was $14.4 million. The top lot was Giorgio De Chirico’s L’amore del mondo that sold for $902,500 (estimate $500,000-700,000). Other top lots Barbara Hepworth’s Makutu that sold for $638,500 (estimate $200,000-300,000), and Alexej Von Jawlensky’s Berglandschaft mit Häusern that sold for $578,500 (estimate $200,000-300,000).

* Christie’s New York/November 4, Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper
The sale total was $8.3 million. The top lot was George Grosz’s Der neue Mensch that sold for $1.3 million (estimate $300,000-500,000). Other top lots were Matisse’s Etude pour Circé no.1 that sold for $518,500 (estimate $200,000-300,000), and Kurt Schwitters’s Ohne Titel that sold for $302,500 (estimate $100,000-150,000).

* Sotheby’s London/November 4, Carlton Towers
The sale total was £1.9 million, with 96 of 117 lots sold. The top lot was a pair of circular panel paintings by Dirk van der Aa that sold for £241,250 (estimate £50,000-70,000). Other top lots were two pairs of Paul Storr wine coolers that sold for £147,650 (estimate £60,000-80,000), and a German or Austrian 18th-century iron strong box that sold for £73,250 (estimate £6,000-9,000).

* Sotheby’s London/November 4, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
The sale total was £8.2 million. The top lot was a massive imperial green jade Ba zheng mao nian zhi bao seal that sold for £3.5 million (estimate £400,000-600,000). Other top lots were a pair of 19th-century jade ruyi scepters that sold for £481,250 (estimate £12,000-18,000), and a Qing dynasty imperial carved lacquer panel that sold for £313,250 (estimate £80,000-120,000).

* Sotheby’s New York/November 4, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale
The sale total was $181.7 million, with 56 of 66 lots sold. The top lot Giacometti’s L’homme qui Chavire that sold for $19.3 million (estimate $8-12 million). Other top lots were André Derain’s Barques au port de Collioure that sold for over $14 million (estimate $6-8 million), and Kees Van Dongen’s Jeune Arabe that sold for $13.8 million (estimate $7-10 million)—both auction records.

* Christie’s London/November 5, Spanish Splendor
The sale total was £1.6 million. The top lot was a pair of 17th-century royal German silver two-light wall sconces that sold for £247,250 (estimate £70,000-100,000). Other top lots were a pair of circa 1800 Spanish marquetry commodes that sold for £193,250 (estimate £60,000-100,000), and a blue and cut-glass by Baccarat chandelier that sold for £49,250 (estimate £6,000-10,000).

* Bonhams London/November 5, Japanese Art
The top lot was a Meiji-period cloisonné enamel model of an ox-drawn carriage that sold for £252,000 (estimate £25,000-30,000). Other top lots were a cloisonné enamel model of a traditional games board that sold for £216,000 (estimate £25,000-35,000), and a 17th-century ormolu-mounted Kakiemon model of a seated bijin figure that sold for £132,000 (estimate £50,000-70,000).

* Sotheby’s New York/November 5, Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale
The sale total was $30.8 million, with 165 of 219 lots sold. The top lot was Giorgio de Chirico’s Trovatore that sold for $1.7 million (estimate $400,000-600,000). Other top lots were Camille Claudel’s La Valse (deuxième version) that sold for $932,500 (estimate $300,000-500,000), and Pierre Bonnard’s Nu accroupi penché en avant that sold for $662,500 (estimate $200,000-300,000).

* Christie’s London/November 5, Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries
The sale total was £2.7 million. The top lot was a 16th-century German table cabinet that sold for £1.1 million (estimate £60,000-100,000). Other top lots were a mother-of-pearl inlay, parcel-gilt japanned, giltwood and ebonized cabinet-on-stand that sold for £91,250 (estimate £15,000-25,000), and an 18th-century carved marble skull that sold for £60,050 (estimate £10,000-15,000).

* Bonhams London/November 5, Chinese Art
The top lot was an archaic bronze ritual food vessal that sold for £490,400 (estimate £40,000-60,000). Other top lots were a bronze ritual wine vessal that sold for £378,400 (estimate £20,000-30,000), and an 18th-century cloisonné and champlevé enamel figure of Guanyin that sold for £305,600 (estimate £20,000-30,000).

Images from above: Award portrait miniature of Peter the Great, Russian, early 18th century. Courtesy of Sotheby’s; Standard Station by Ed Ruscha, 1966. Courtesy of Bonhams; Strong box, German or Austrian, early 18th century. Courtesy of Sotheby’s; Chandelier by Baccarat, circa 1960. Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2009; Figure of Guanyin, Chinese, 18th century. Courtesy of Bonhams.