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Gems and Art

Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo | February 5th, 2017

Grogan & Company, Boston, Massachusetts

The weight of the February 5 sale at Grogan & Company in Boston, Massachusetts, was on the carats—of diamonds, that is, as bidders pursued over 120 lots of jewelry. Art took a bit of a backseat to the sparkle.

The highlight was the 9.19-carat pear-shaped diamond ring with two tapered baguettes that sold online with buyer’s premium for $103,700 (est. $75,000/100,000). The ring was accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) report stating that the diamond was F color, SI1 clarity, with no fluorescence. It came from a New Jersey collection and went to a Florida collector.


The highlight of the sale was this glittering 9.19-carat pear-shaped diamond ring with two tapered baguettes that sold to an online bidder for $103,700 (est. $75,000/100,000). It came from a New Jersey collection and went to a Florida collector. Grogan photo.

Speaking several days after the sale, Lucy P. Grogan, vice president and gallery director of the firm her parents established 30 years ago, said she was pleased by the competition for lots that generated a full house in the Beacon Hill gallery. Grogan sales are very much a family affair, with Michael and Nancy at the helm, Lucy in the gallery, and her siblings, Emily and George, on hand to help out with the phones along with their aunt Patty G. Peterson, Michael’s sister.

George Grogan was on the phone with one dealer for much of the jewelry portion of the sale and was successful on most lots sought, including a platinum, sapphire, and diamond ring in a bezel setting with a 3.00-carat sapphire and two diamonds for $61,000, (est. $2000/4000). The ring came from a New York estate. The same buyer won two line bracelets for $7320 each. One was a platinum and sapphire line bracelet by Tiffany & Co. with 58 channel-set sapphires; the other was a yellow gold, platinum, diamond, and emerald example set with emerald-cut diamonds and emeralds.


This platinum and diamond pendant with a European-cut diamond of approximately 3.55 carats, flanked by two single-cut diamonds, is suspended from a pendant that appears to be missing four gemstones. It sold for $51,240 (est. $15,000/20,000). It came from an area estate and went to the trade. Grogan photo.


This pair of platinum and diamond ear pendants is made with marquise-cut diamond ear clips of about 5.20 total carats weight and baguettes of about 4.00 carats suspending a removable cascading chandelier pendant of 5.32 carats of full-cut diamonds and pear-shape diamonds of 4.65 carats, for a total weight of about 19.17 carats. The pair sold on the phone for $33,550 (est. $25,000/35,000). Grogan photo.

A Cartier platinum and diamond prong-set ring, 2.00 carats with two baguettes, was estimated at $12,000/18,000 and brought $19,520. A platinum, sapphire, and diamond ring was prong-set with a 5.23-carat emerald-cut Ceylon sapphire framed by 12 full-cut diamonds and two baguettes; it sold for $24,400 (est. $20,000/30,000). A 14k white gold and 2.25-carat emerald ring was accompanied by a GIA report affirming that the stone is Colombian with minor clarity enhancement. Estimated at $4000/6000, it sold on the phone for $14,640.


This 18k white gold, sapphire, and diamond ring with a cushion-cut sapphire of 4.45 carats, flanked by two triangular diamonds of .75 carat each, sold for $30,500 (est. $15,000/25,000). The ring came from the estate of artist and fashion designer Jane Warren Jones of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Toronto, Canada, who acquired her jewelry mostly in the 1940s through the 1960s. Grogan photo.

Landscape with a Copse of Trees, an 18" x 24" oil on canvas, was attributed to Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and brought $9150 (est. $3000/5000). A typed label attached to the back of its frame read “…Landscapes and figures by Thomas Gainsborough Sold Christies 1798 Coll. Kingson.” The painting came from an Ohio collection. A snowy mountain view by Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972), a 16" x 20" oil on canvas, was signed by the artist and sold for $6100.

A Civil War presentation sword and accompanying collection of letters and ephemera of E. Alfred Ingall of Lynn, Massachusetts, whose name was improperly recorded in military records as E.A. Ingalls, sold for $6100. The lot included Ingall’s diary, which began January 1, 1863, and about 150 letters to and from Lieutenant Ingall of the 8th Regiment, Massachusetts,V.M., Ingall family papers of the 19th century, and a presentation sword to Ingall by his friends, April 17, 1862.

A French brass and nickel lighthouse clock barometer with a revolving top and two thermometers, one in English and the other in French, by Alibert of Paris drew $3965 from an online bidder.


This lighthouse clock attributed to Simon Willard generated much interest and brought $14,640 from an online bidder. The 28" tall clock is made with a rocking ship above a painted dial and dates from around 1818. It came from a South Shore, Massachusetts, collection and was exhibited last year at the Willard House & Clock Museum in Grafton, Massachusetts. Grogan photo.


This Federal mahogany tall clock with an eight-day time-and-strike movement by Joakim Hill of Flemington, New Jersey, is inscribed “Joakim Hill, No. 77, January 14, 1811.” It sold for $14,640 (est. $7000/10,000). Its provenance includes C.L. Prickett, Yardley, Pennsylvania.

In line with Grogan & Company’s decision upon moving to the Boston gallery to leave the heavy lifting to someone else, fewer than five pieces of furniture were offered. A George III diminutive four-drawer mahogany drum-top table with satinwood inlay, circa 1800, retained a bone nameplate engraved “Mary A. Abercorn.” The table realized $4575 (est. $2000/3000) on the phone. A Regency pair of two-drawer book cabinets in parcel-gilt black paint sold to a phone bidder for $3355. Both came from a Boston collection.

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The highlight of the fine art was this 21½" tall bronze, On the War Path by Cyrus Dallin (1861-1944), that is signed and stamped “Gorham Co. Founders Q490” and realized $24,400 (est. $20,000/40,000) from a phone bidder.


Head of a Young Girl, a 16" x 13" oil on canvas portrait of a pretty child, attributed to Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), came from an Ohio collection and sold for $18,300 (est. $3000/5000).


This textured gold compact by Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, is decorated with three sections, each with 12 stones—the first with circle-cut rubies, the middle with 12 round brilliant-cut diamonds, and the far side with 12 circle-cut sapphires. It sold on the phone for $11,590 (est. $4000/6000). Grogan photo.


This Massachusetts seaside view, Nahant [and] Egg Rock from the Lynn Shore, an 1848 oil on canvas, 22" x 27½", by John Amory Codman (1824-1886) of Boston sold on the phone for $14,640 (est. $1500/2500). The picture, which sold in 2014 for $3500, is initialed and dated “J.A.C. 1848” on the top of the barrel on the right side of the image. Codman, an artist whose work is held in several museum collections, was also the father of philanthropist Martha C. Codman, who at 70 married the 34-year old Russian tenor Maxim Karolik. The wedding took place in southern France—sparing prim Bostonians their blushes—and the couple lived in Newport (in a house designed by the bride’s cousin Ogden Codman Jr.), in Washington, D.C., and in Boston. Their gifts to major museums established a number of collections in each one.


This 11¾" diameter Iznik polychrome pottery dish, made in Turkey, possibly in the 16th or 17th century, is decorated with a central flower head, a turret design border, and breaking wave rim, and on the reverse with blue flower heads. It retains a label on the back reading “Ausstellung Muham. Kunst / München 1910.” It had suffered some damage and was restored. From a Boston collection and estimated at $1500/3000, it sold for $13,420. In this auction there were several lots of old Turkish ceramics that generally brought higher than expected prices.


This 11 5/8" Iznik pottery dish from Turkey, made possibly in the 17th century and decorated with a central figure with floral sprigs and flower heads on the reverse, came from a Boston collection and sold for $17,080 (est. $800/1200).


Originally published in the May 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest

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