KPM porcelain plaque soars to $7,250 at Woody Auction An outstanding, marked KPM oval porcelain plaque, boasting a finely detailed portrait titled Rembrandt’s Mother, sold for $7,250 at an estate sale held Feb. 13 by Wooy Auction in Wichita, Kansas.
News-Antique.com - Feb 18,2010 - (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 around 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 ½-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 ½-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