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 Novemmber 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, Nick Thorn saw Oiseaux dans les Nids from across the room, 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 very  familiar with the Chinese-French artist’s 1950’s style and signature.

In somewhat 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 distinguished 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 1970’s, 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 — alone it sold for $177,000.

Clockwise from top left: Tiffany Studios Dogwood Leaded Glass & Patinated Bronze Hanging Chandelier, c. 1910, sold for $79,800; Tiffany Studios Patinated Bronze, Leaded Glass & Favrile Chainmail Glass Hanging Chandelier, sold for $48,000; A Rare Tiffany Studios Turtleback Tile, Leaded Glass & Bronze Acorn Form Hanging Lantern, sold for $177,000; Tiffany Studios Dragonfly Leaded Glass & 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 1970’s, 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 — alone it sold for $177,000.

Clockwise from top left: Tiffany Studios Dogwood Leaded Glass & Patinated Bronze Hanging Chandelier, c. 1910, sold for $79,800; Tiffany Studios Patinated Bronze, Leaded Glass & Favrile Chainmail Glass Hanging Chandelier, sold for $48,000; A Rare Tiffany Studios Turtleback Tile, Leaded Glass & Bronze Acorn Form Hanging Lantern, sold for $177,000; Tiffany Studios Dragonfly Leaded Glass & 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. 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. Sold for $59,400.

Chinese Imperial Porcelain Vase

This Chinese Imperial porcelain vase, with robin’s egg blue glaze and Chien Lung period incised mark on base sold from a private upper east side estate for $234,000.

Chinese Imperial Porcelain Vase

This Chinese Imperial porcelain vase, with robin’s egg blue glaze and Chien Lung period incised mark on base sold from a private upper east side estate for $234,000.

Six Carat Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Kashmir sapphire and 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 so much more.

Six Carat Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Kashmir sapphire and 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 so much more.