A 40-by-18-inch hanging scroll attributed to Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), one of the best-known Chinese artists of the 20th century, was the top seller at James D. Julia’s Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction last month.
The ink and color scroll, depicting a scholar with a cane walking in a landscape, sold for $165,900 against a $20,000-$30,000 estimate. It was from the estate of a Taiwan diplomatic family that included Ye Gongchao (1904-81), who served as the Republic of China’s foreign minister from 1950 to 1958 and its ambassador to the United States from 1958 to 1961.
Topping the more than 400 paintings was a 1950 painting of Filipino peasants planting rice by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (1892-1972), one of the Philippines’ most important artists. It sold for $100,725 against a $50,000-$80,000 estimate.
This also was the estimate for another painting by Amorsolo “Sunday Morning, 1959,” depicting shoppers at a grass-roofed stand at the foot of a long line of steps leading to a church, which brought $53,325.
A painting by the Bangor, Maine-born artist Waldo Peirce of his longtime friend Ernest Hemingway standing in a boat in Key West, Fla., and holding a bonita also brought $53,325. The estimate was $2,000-$3,000.
The more than 60 weather vanes were topped by two late 19th-century copper vanes that each brought $47,400. They were a grasshopper vane attributed to L.W. Cushing & Sons of Waltham and a rare “Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword” vane.
Designed as a quill pen breaking a sword blade, the vane was engraved “C. Curtis/ Wyncote Penn/1892” for its original owner the Portland, Maine-born publisher of the Saturday Evening Post, whose Renaissance Revival mansion “Lyndon” was in Wyncote, Penn.
Other top selling offerings included a circa 1400 Chinese porcelain shallow 13-inch diameter bowl ($47,400) and a 19-inch high Japanese Mei Ji period (1858-1912) bronze figure of a gentleman in windblown robes ( $43,8450).
Topping the furniture offerings was an 18th-century Massachusetts tiger maple corner chair that brought $35,550, which also was the price realized for a rare Chinese 18th/19th-century 16-inch long jade scepter and for an emerald green jade pendant with matching earrings.
The four-day auction grossed over $5.7 million.
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A private New England collection of jewelry will be sold at Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Auction Tuesday at 10 a.m. at its Boston gallery with the proceeds to benefit the Campaign for Catholic Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building Catholic schools in Greater Boston.
Highlighting the 107 lots of jewelry are a Tiffany Arts & Crafts 18-karat gold tourmaline and sapphire necklace ($40,000-$50,000), a wide- strap platinum bracelet designed as a braid set with full-cut diamonds weighing about 65 carats ($30,000-$40,000), and a natural pearl three-strand 15-inch long necklace ($15,000-$20,000).
Another important offering is a collection of hand crafted jewelry, enamel plaques, and panels by Frank Gardner Hale (1876-1946), one of the most important figures in the American Arts and Crafts movement.
The 34-lot collection has been consigned by descendants of Hale, a Norwich, Conn., native and Boston Museum School graduate, who opened a shop in Boston in 1907 and the following year was made a master by the Boston Arts & Crafts Society.
The jewelry is highlighted by a gold, aquamarine, and enamel pendant ($3,000-$5,000), a platinum, pearl, and diamond brooch, and a gold and pink tourmaline necklace, each with a $1,000-$1,500 estimate.
An archive of original drawings of jewelry designs, plaster models, and Hale memorabilia has a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.
The sale includes a large selection of Art Deco jewelry highlighted by a 4.32-carat diamond ring and a necklace featuring a carved jade bead with a tassel of graduated pearls suspended from a pearl and diamond chain. Each piece has a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.
The expected top seller of the 662-lot auction is a 10.02-carat pear-shape diamond solitaire with a $70,000-$90,000 estimate.
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The entire contents of Centre Farm, 567 Main St. Lynnfield, home of the late Dr. Alfred and Maureen Donovan, will be offered at an on-site sale Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. by John McInnis Auctioneers. Dr. Donovan died in 2011 at 90.
In addition to antiques and the furnishings of the 1785 farmhouse there are the contents from the barn and carriage shed including four antique cars, the oldest a 1926 Model T open touring car ($6,000-$10,000), and horse-drawn vehicles.
Other offerings are as varied as medical nstruments, a Babe Ruth-signed baseball ($3,000-$6,000), items relating to the noted Boston physician and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, an 1862 oil painting of Castle Island in Boston Harbor ($5,000-$10,000) by the Dorchester-born artist Sylvester P. Hogdon (1830-1906), stereo views, early games, Shaker and Mission furniture, and over 200 lots of jewelry including a 3.33-carat diamond solitaire.
Topping the antiques is an 18th-century walnut secretary-desk by the North Carolina cabinetmaker William Seay (1750- 1815), which once was in the Kennebunkport, Maine, home of the late historical novelist Kenneth Roberts. The estimate is $50,000-$70,000.Virginia Bohlin can be reached at email@example.com