Strong Auction Results for DC-Area Consignors

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Consignors throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region have long turned to Sotheby’s Washington DC & Baltimore consultants to provide valuation and sales expertise. Knowing what will be most in-demand in our salesrooms each season means strong auction prices, such as the $4.4 million result for an exquisite Qing Dynasty jade seal and the estimate-doubling $850,000 for Marc Chagall’s dreamlike Bouquet Avec Les Amoureux à Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Click ahead to see more high-performing art and objects with Mid-Atlantic provenance.  

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Strong Auction Results for DC-Area Consignors

  • A White Jade 'Horse' Group Qing Dynasty, 18th Century. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $538,000.
    A particularly tender scene, this naturalistically carved jade shows a recumbent horse with its mate grooming its fur. This rare and finely detailed composition reached more than three times its high estimate at auction in 2015.  
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Patio Door – Small, 1955. Sold At Sotheby’s New York $634,000.
    Painted in 1955, Black Patio Door – Small is one of several works Georgia O’Keeffe derived from the architectural features of her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her interpretation is strikingly minimal, composed of four crisply defined geometric areas of colour with the door simplified to a slender black rectangle set against a sand-colored wall, while a vertical strip at the right suggests the three-dimensionality of the patio.
  • Castellani, Archaeological-Revival Gold and Coloured Glass Bead Necklace. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $100,000.
    Emulating the aesthetics of the ancient world, this extraordinary necklace is decorated with a fringe of gold grapevine leaves alternating with grape clusters composed of purple and green glass beads. This piece more than tripled its high estimate at auction in 2016. 
  • Da Guan Tang Bao: An Important Imperial Jade Seal Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $4,450,000.
    This jade seal is adorned by two exquisitely carved intertwined dragons. The dragons are precisely detailed – small scales cover their forms and they bare small, sharp fangs. The seal’s inscription reads Da Guan Tang Ba (Seal of the Hall of Great Observation), and poems by the Qianlong Emperor are engraved on its sides. At auction in 2015, this remarkable seal garnered over three times its high estimate.
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Shipboard Girl (C. II.6), 1965. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $43,750.
    Roy Lichtenstein's iconic Pop works of the 1960s refer to comic-strip images and mimick the aesthetics of commerical printing techniques. Made at the height of the artist’s career, Shipboard Girl (C. II.6) had a strong auction performance in 2017. 
  • John Marin, Maple in Autumn, 1946. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $62,500.
    Throughout his career, American artist John Marin frequently depicted the Maine Coast and its surrounding landscape, and these luminous works, such as Maine In Autumn, are among his most admired.
  • A Gold And Silver-Inlaid Bronze Tapir-Form Vessel, Ming Dynasty, 16th or 17th Century. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $492,500.
    In the form of a tapir, an herbivorous animal native to Southeast Asia and South America, this rare vessel is based on ancient prototypes from China's Warring States period (475–221 BC). At auction in March of 2017, this vessel inspired heated bidding, reaching an astonishing 16 times its high estimate.  
  • Marc Chagall, Bouquet Avec Les Amoureux à Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 1949. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $850,000
    Bouquet avec les amoureux à Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a wonderfully evocative vision, which combines Chagall's recurring symbolic motifs with his passion for colour. This dream-like arrangement was most likely painted during his four-month stay in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat between January and May of 1949, a brief period during which he created only gouaches. This bright and whimsical work fetched almost twice its high estimate at auction.
  • Sturtevant J Hamblen, Young Boy in Grey with Flowers, circa 1855. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $150,000.
    This portrait of a young boy dating from the 1850s was a favourite of the 2016 Important Americana Sale, nearly doubling its high estimate at auction. 
  • Robert Motherwell, Automatism With Splash, 1966. Sold for $237,500.
    In Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell’s series of automatisms from the 1960, the artist intuitively dripped ink or paint onto paper. Reliant on chance and spontaneity, these works share commonalities with the drip paintings of Jackson Pollock. At auction this ink and acrylic work nearly doubled its high estimate. 

  • Van Cleef & Arpels, Fine Platinum and Diamond Pendant. Sold at Sotheby’s New York for $538,000.
    This dazzling Van Cleef & Arpels pendant, sold in April 2016, features a pear-shaped diamond weighing 8.45 carats, offset by baguette and calf's head-shaped diamonds.  
  • Pierre Soulages, Peinture 92 x 65 cm, 15 Janvier 1956, 1956. Sold at Sotheby’s Paris for €1,111,500.
    French artist Pierre Soulages is known as the “painter of black,” but he is not simply a creator of monochromes. Rather, his abstract compositions reveal myriad reflections and colour interactions black can offer. In this dynamic work of 1956, powerful, hatch-like strokes of black seem to hover above a background marked in white, green and burnt red hues.   


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