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Auction Report: ‘Rembrandt’s Mother’ Oval KPM Plaque Leads Kansas Estate Sale

by WorthPoint Staff (02/23/10).

The top lot of the sale of the lifetime personal collections of Elizabeth and the late Clarence Lee Dubois of Arkansas was this outstanding marked KPM oval porcelain plaque, titled “Rembrandt’s Mother,” which gaveled for $7,250.

The top lot of the sale of the lifetime personal collections of Elizabeth and the late Clarence Lee Dubois of Arkansas was this outstanding marked KPM oval porcelain plaque, titled “Rembrandt’s Mother,” which gaveled for $7,250.

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. 1, 20103 in the 4-H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Center here in Wichita.

Woody Auction served as auctioneers for the event, which attracted around 100 on-site bidders and nearly 50 absentee bids. In addition, more than 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.

Pair KPM vases

KPM porcelain vases with colorful bird décor with gold highlights brought $4,750.

• 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, also 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.

This signed Tiffany & Co. sterling silver reticulated basket  sold for $2,900.

This signed Tiffany & Co. sterling silver reticulated basket sold for $2,900.

• 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.

This 7-inch marked Meissen crossed sword figurine of a siren with harp and serpent went for $2,000.

This 7-inch marked Meissen crossed sword figurine of a siren with harp and serpent went for $2,000.

• 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 ½-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 ½-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.

For more information about this or upcoming sales at Woody Auction, call 316.747.2694, e-mail to info@woodyauction.com or visit the Woody Auction Web site.

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One Response to “Auction Report: ‘Rembrandt’s Mother’ Oval KPM Plaque Leads Kansas Estate Sale”

  1. Joe Heller says:

    The porcelain piece is really fantastic! I’m pretty sure I saw a very similar piece at a flea market in Bucks county, but the details escape me. But still, it’s incredible that the painter quotes its price so high!

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