WICHITA, Kan. – An outstanding, marked KPM oval porcelain plaque, boasting a finely detailed portrait titled Rembrandt’s Mother, sold for $7,250 at the sale of the lifetime personal collections of Elizabeth and the late Clarence Lee Dubois of Arkansas. The auction was conducted Feb. 13 in the 4-H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita, Kan.
Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan., served as auctioneers for the event, which attracted approximately 100 on-site bidders and nearly 50 absentee bids. In addition, over 250 people registered to bid online, through Proxibid.com. “It was a good sale because the quality of the merchandise was so high,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, “plus the weather was nice.”
Mr. and Mrs. Dubois were dedicated collectors of KPM porcelain, Tiffany sterling, Pickard, art glass, Limoges table sets and Oriental and flume paperweights. In all, 520 lots crossed the block. The top achiever was the KPM oval porcelain plaque, which measured 20 inches by 16 inches, had no visible artist’s signature and was of excellent condition and quality.
Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.
A pair of 12 1/2-inch KPM porcelain vases featuring a colorful bird sitting in branch décor and having great gold highlights, realized $4,750; a 16-inch by 10 inch German porcelain plaque with a finely detailed scene of La Belle Chocolatiere brought $3,900; and a 10-inch by 17 1/2-inch porcelain plaque set in the original ebony shadow box frame, signed R. Diettrich, rose to $3,900.
A marked KPM porcelain plaque showing young women carrying flowers to a shrine, wonderfully detailed and signed A. Loffler, commanded $3,800; a 14-inch beehive mark porcelain plaque set in a round gilt wooden frame, artist signed W. Lojos, made $3,500; and a French porcelain tile adjustable fireplace screen in a gilt frame with adjusting knobs hit $3,500.
A marked KPM porcelain plaque in a gilt wooden frame, with a scene of a young girl holding a cat while the cat watches a butterfly, coasted to $3,200; a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver reticulated basket with an elaborate embossed blackberry and leaf décor achieved $2,900; and a marked Tiffany & Co. pedestal urn-shaped clock with a yellow satin porcelain body hit $2,800.
A marked KPM porcelain plaque featuring a beautifully detailed scene of a servant girl with tea tray, artist signed, soared to $2,600; a marked KPM porcelain plaque showing young Renaissance women carrying a sacred relic achieved $2,400; and a Victorian Mary Gregory-style vase on a figural stand, with a Reed & Barton silver plate stork base, topped out at $2,200.
A 7-inch marked Meissen crossed-sword figurine, depicting a siren sitting on a rock ledge with a harp and sea serpent, went for $2,000; a set of four Royal Worcester scenic fruit plates, nicely detailed and artist signed H.H. Price, breezed to $1,900; and a 6-inch bronze figurine on a marble base of a young girl, artist signed F. Preiss, crossed the block at $1,700.
A 10 1/2-inch Pickard two-handled vase, with a brocaded gold background and multi-colored hummingbird décor, demanded $1,600; a set of six Royal Worcester fruit décor cups and saucers with great detailing, artist signed Schuck, hammered for $1,400; and an 11 1/2-inch decorated Burmese gourd-shaped vase with a heavily enameled bamboo décor earned $1,400.
A nice oil painting in fine condition, signed by the artist F. Cassell and depicting a scene of five dogs preparing to attack a rat, went to a determined bidder for $1,250; a 20-inch figural four-lily epergne with an outstanding gilt metal three-camel base finished at $1,200; and a set of 12 Theodore Haviland oyster plates, white with a pick rose décor and gold highlights, hit $900.
Woody Auction has several big sales planned for the spring and early summer. The first will be an American Brilliant Cut Glass auction slated for March 20 at the Holiday Inn Airport West in St. Louis, Mo. Then, on April 3, an antique auction will be held at the same venue as the sale just conducted, at the Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita, Kan.
The crown jewel event of the season promises to be the sale of the Dale Gabel Collection in St. Charles, Mo., the weekend of April 9-10. After that, there is an antique auction slated for May 22, featuring a nice biscuit jar collection, and another antique auction is scheduled for June 5. Information for these and all Woody Auction events may be seen at www.woodyauction.com.
Photos courtesy Woody Auction.
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