Auction Highlights

La Tache Bleue (1975). From a group of four Alexander Calder tapestries found rolled up under a bed at a Central Park South estate. The group sold for $72,500 in Capsule's November 2018 Art + Design auction.

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Auction Highlights

La Tache Bleue (1975). From a group of four Alexander Calder tapestries found rolled up under a bed at a Central Park South estate. The group sold for $72,500 in Capsule's November 2018 Art + Design auction.

Zao Wou-Ki

Oiseaux dans les nids, 1951

Zao Wou-ki’s 1951 oil on canvas, Oiseaux dans les nids, sold for $487,500 on May 20, 2017.

Important Chinese painting recognized upon arrival

Recognizing it immediately from across the room, Nick Thorn saw Oiseaux dans les Nids leaning up on the cataloger’s desk and walked right over to it. Squinting at the Pinyin signature, he said “That’s a Zao Wou-ki — that’s a fantastic painting.” The consignor had acquired it from a New York City estate but did not know who the artist was. Having sold a Zao Wou-ki several years before, Nick was familiar with the Chinese-French artist’s 1950s style and signature.

In somewhat of a precarious condition and in real need of a cleaning, the work was sent out for restoration, while the Fondation Zao Wou-Ki in Switzerland assisted in its authentication. The painting was exhibited in both New York and Litchfield, Connecticut. Once at auction, bidding was fast, enthusiastic, and exciting, with ten phone bidders competing for this early example of Zao Wou-ki’s work — ultimately driving the price way above its $250,000 high estimate.

Detail of Zao Wou-ki’s Pinyin signature.

Tiffany Studios

Four Tiffany lamps sold for a total of $367,800

In a small apartment in Kew Gardens, Queens, partially hidden under piles of vintage modern furniture and wrapped in yellowed pages of the New York Times from the 1970s, these four Tiffany lamps were a part of an incredible trove that eventually sold for well over $500,000. The turtleback tile hanging lantern (pictured lower left) was the most rare and unusual of the group —  it alone sold for $177,000.

Designs from Tiffany Studios, clockwise from top left: Dogwood, leaded glass and patinated bronze hanging chandelier, c. 1910, sold for $79,800; patinated bronze, leaded glass and favrile Chainmail glass hanging chandelier, sold for $48,000; A rare Tiffany Studios turtleback tile, leaded glass and bronze acorn form hanging lantern, sold for $177,000; Dragonfly leaded glass and bronze table lamp, c. 1905, sold for $63,000.

Tiffany Studios

Four Tiffany lamps sold for a total of $367,800

In a small apartment in Kew Gardens, Queens, partially hidden under piles of vintage modern furniture and wrapped in yellowed pages of the New York Times from the 1970s, these four Tiffany lamps were a part of an incredible trove that eventually sold for well over $500,000. The turtleback tile hanging lantern (pictured lower left) was the most rare and unusual of the group —  it alone sold for $177,000.

Designs from Tiffany Studios, clockwise from top left: Dogwood, leaded glass and patinated bronze hanging chandelier, c. 1910, sold for $79,800; patinated bronze, leaded glass and favrile Chainmail glass hanging chandelier, sold for $48,000; A rare Tiffany Studios turtleback tile, leaded glass and bronze acorn form hanging lantern, sold for $177,000; Dragonfly leaded glass and bronze table lamp, c. 1905, sold for $63,000.

18th-Century Litchfield, Connecticut Tea Table

This 18th-Century Litchfield Tea Table was discovered in an a colonial house, where it had likely been since it was made, nearly 300 years ago. It sold for $59,400.

18th-Century Litchfield, Connecticut Tea Table

This 18th-Century Litchfield Tea Table was discovered in an a colonial house, where it had likely been since it was made, nearly 300 years ago. It sold for $59,400.

Chinese Imperial Porcelain Vase

This Chinese imperial porcelain vase, with robin’s egg blue glaze and an incised mark on the base from the Ch’ien-lung period, sold from a priavte Upper East Side estate for $234,000.

Chinese Imperial Porcelain Vase

This Chinese imperial porcelain vase, with robin’s egg blue glaze and an incised mark on the base from the Ch’ien-lung period, sold from a priavte Upper East Side estate for $234,000.

Six Carat Kashmir Sapphire Ring with Diamonds

This Kashmir sapphire, diamond ring from the Rosalie Coe Weir estate realized a $377,000 price at Litchfield’s Important & Fine Jewelry auction.

Just the tip of the iceberg from the outstanding collection of Rosalie Coe Weir

This amazingly deep blue sapphire mounted in an elegant Art Deco setting drew bidders from across the world, including several competitors from India looking to take the stone back home. Other antique jewelry from the Weir vault included a Burmese sapphire ring, a 4 carat diamond ring, a Cartier tennis bracelet, and more.

Six Carat Kashmir Sapphire Ring with Diamonds

This Kashmir sapphire, diamond ring from the Rosalie Coe Weir estate realized a $377,000 price at Litchfield’s Important & Fine Jewelry auction.

Just the tip of the iceberg from the outstanding collection of Rosalie Coe Weir

This amazingly deep blue sapphire mounted in an elegant Art Deco setting drew bidders from across the world, including several competitors from India looking to take the stone back home. Other antique jewelry from the Weir vault included a Burmese sapphire ring, a 4 carat diamond ring, a Cartier tennis bracelet and more.