* The top lot of the August 8 sale of the estate of Joseph Stanley at Rago in Lambertville, New Jersey was an 18th century slant front desk that sold for $42,700 (estimate $1,200-1,500). Other top lots were an English Chippendale-style sofa that sold for $18,300 (estimate $2,000-3,000), and a set of Regency parlor furniture that sold for $17,080 (estimate $2,000-3,000).
* At the August 8 & 9 estates sale at New Orleans Auctions the top lot was pair of 18-karat white gold, emerald, and diamond earrings that sold for $45,600 (estimate $35,000-50,000). Other top lots were a Renaissance Revival desk attributed to the Doe Hazelton Company and made for the US House of Representatives that sold for $13,200 (estimate $7,000-10,000), and a late 19th-century Louis XVI-style bureau that sold for $15,600 (estimate $8,000-12,000).
* The top lot of the August 9 sale of country Americana at Skinner in Marlborough was Chippendale-style tiger maple and bird’s eye maple carved desk bookcase by Donald Dunlap that sold for $21,330 (estimate $5,000-7,000). Other top sales were a molded and gilded sheet copper rooster weathervane that sold for $8,295 (estimate $3,000-5,000), a redware face jug that sold for $10,665 (estimate $100-150), and a gilded and painted sailboat weathervane that also sold for $8,295 (estimate $500-700).
* On August 12 the top lot of the jewelry sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge was a single-stone 3.52 carat diamond ring that sold for £9,120 (estimate £6,000-8,000). Anther top sale was a step-cut single-stone 2.02 carat diamond ring that sold for £7,440 (estimate £3,500-4,000).
Images from above: Desk, American, c. 1760-1780; Courtesy of Rago Arts. Sailboat weathervane, American, early to mid-20th century; Courtesy of Skinner, Inc.