Published: December 16, 2003
– Despite the intense and challenging weather conditions New Englanders were subjected to during the first blizzard of the winter season, the December 7 auction for Grogan & Company was hugely successful.
The highlight of the sale was the Eighteenth Century green jade gilt decorated musical chime estimated at $6/8,000. The chime, which surfaced in the Donald and Pauline MacDonald jade collection, attracted the attention of collectors and dealers of Asian material from all parts of the globe. With six phones active — including one customer from Hong Kong — and much floor interest, the rare piece sold to a phone bidder for a solid $149,500.
Another piece from the same collection, a mottled pale and bright green jade covered censer, estimated at $2,5/3,500, went off the block for a stunning $132,250. A Saturday Evening Girls decorated bowl estimated at $2/3,000 brought $23,000. The entire sale netted the gallery more than $800,000.
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