* The European furniture and decorative arts sale at Skinner in Boston on Saturday included nearly 1000 lots—the top lot was a 16th-century Flemish tapestry that brought $237,000, well above its estimate of $30,000-50,0000. Another remarkable lot was a Russian gold-washed silver and enamel kovsh from the early 20th century that was sold for $78,210 (estimate $7,000-9,000), while a large 19th-century banded agate cameo, which was estimated at $1,000-1,500, brought $8,295.
* Also this week, on Wednesday and Thursday, Skinner hosted a Discovery auction in Marlborough, where the top lot was a Hawkes & Company glass charger that was sold for $10, 665 (estimate $200-300).
* On Thursday Christie’s New York sale of European furniture, works of art, tapestries and carpets totaled $1.17 million many items fetching above their estimates. The top lot was a late-17th century ivory and marquetry cabinet with etched mirror glass that brought $140,500 (estimate $40,000-60,000). The second highest lot was a Flemish mythological game park tapestry that sold for $86,500 (estimate $30,000-50,000). Other noteworthy lots were a pair of Italian blue-painted and parcel-silver demilune consoles that brought $35,000 (estimate $12,000-18,000), and a 17th century carved marble relief depicting Diana at her bath that realized $21,250 (estimate $5,000-8,000).
* In related news, items from Michael Jackson’s personal collection went on view this week at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The four-day sale was scheduled to begin on April 22, but was abruptly cancelled on April 14 after a settlement was reached between Jackson and the auction house. Of the 1,390 lots—that included everything from Jackson’s famous Swarovski crystal studded gloves to a custom-made Rolls Royce limousine—one of the top lots was a 10-foot tall bronze statute of a bound Indian by Glenna Goodacre estimated at $150,000 and $250,000.
Images from above: Tapestry, Flemish, 16th century; Cameo of Hera and Zeus, late 19th century. Images courtesy of Skinner; Cabinet on stand, Dutch, late 17th century. Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd. 2009.