This Week’s Top Lots: September 26 – October 2

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* Skinner Boston/September 26, American Indian & Ethnographic Art
The top lot was a tie between a 19th century carved Maori figure of a man (estimate $30,000-50,000) and a 19th century carved wood triple-blade gunstock club (estimate $25,000-35,000) that each sold for $35,500. Another top lot was a pre-Columbian carved limestone figure that sold for $29,625 (estimate $6,000-8,000).

* Christie’s New York/September 28, American Paintings
The sale total was just over $2 million, 123 of 188 lots sold. The top lot was a three-way tie between Soren Emil Carlsen’s Summer Mist (estimate $30,000-50,000), Edward Kemeys’s Coyote (estimate $10,000-15,000), and John Fabian Carlson’s Forest Silence (estimate $40,000-60,000) that each sold for $80,500—the latter two both setting auction records.

* Sotheby’s London/September 29, Powderham Castle & Seaton Delaval Hall

The sale total was just over £1.8 million, 166 of 210 lots sold. The top lot was a Vincennes covered fish broth bowl and stand that sold for £181,250 (estimate £15,000-20,000). Other top lots were a pair of Queen Anne gilt-wood wall mirrors that sold for £102,050 (estimate £40,000-60,000), a French gold and enamel dagger and scabbard that sold for £92,450 (estimate £15,000-20,000), and a pair of cast iron snakes that sold for £55,250 (estimate £6,000-8,000).

* Sotheby’s London/September 30, The Scottish Sale

The sale total was £3.3 million. The top lot was Samuel John Peploe’s Red and Pink Roses, Oranges and Fan that sold for £421,250 (estimate £300,000-500,000). Other top lots were Peploe’s Still Life of Roses with a Green Tablecloth that sold for £301,250 (estimate £250,000-350,000), George Leslie Hunter’s Street Scene, Venice that sold for £193,250 (estimate £150,000-250,000), and John Duncan Fergusson’s Boulevard Montparnasse, Evening that sold for £121,250 (estimate £100,000-150,000).

* Bonhams London/September 30, The Chelsea Collection of Severin Wunderman
The top lot was a collection of glass newel post finials that sold for £22,800 (estimate £400-600). Other top lots were a pair carved marble skulls that sold for £21,600 (estimate £700-1,000), and a French rosewood vitrine that sold for £19,200 (estimate £4,000-6,000).

* Sotheby’s New York/September 30, American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture
The sale total was $801,875, 86 of 114 lots sold. The top lot was a Federal draft-case clock (dial signed by Joshua Wilder) that sold for $80,500 (estimate $40,000-80,000). Other top sales were prints by Robert Havell after Audubon: Great White Heron sold for $52,500 (estimate $20,000-30,000), and American White Pelican sold for $43,750 (estimate $50,000-70,000).

* Christie’s New York/September 30, American Furniture, Folk Art, and Prints
The sale total was just over $2 million, 123 of 188 lots sold. The top lot was a three-way tie between Soren Emil Carlsen’s Summer Mist (estimate $30,000-50,000), Edward Kemeys’s Coyote (estimate $10,000-15,000), and John Fabian Carlson’s Forest Silence (estimate $40,000-60,000) that each sold for $80,500-the latter two both setting auction records.

* Sotheby’s New York/October 2, European Furniture, Tapestries, Ceramics, and Carpets
The sale total was $2.8 million. The top lot was a 19th-century Italian marble center table that sold for $104,500 (estimate $15,000-20,000). Other top sales a pair of Italian giltwood console tables with alabaster tops that sold for $62,500 (estimate $40,000-60,000), a pair of massive Ginori maiolica vases that sold for $50,000 (estimate $15,000-25,000), and a circa 1830 Paris porcelain part dinner and dessert service that sold for $46,875 (estimate $8,000-12,000).

Images from above: Fish broth bowl and stand by Vincennes, 1754/55. Courtesy of Sotheby’s. Newel post finials. Courtesy of Bonhams. Center table, Italian, 19th century. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.