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Sublime Painting by American Landscape Artist John F. Kensett (1816-1872) Soars to $1.08 Million at Cottone Auctions

Geneseo, NY, USA, October 6, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A truly sublime painting titled Singing Beach & Eagle Rock, Magnolia, Massachusetts by American landscape artist John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872), was the top lot in Cottone Auctions’ Fine Art, Antiques and Clock auction held on Saturday, September 18th. The painting saw trade competition into the high six figures, and easily surpassed its estimate, selling to a private collector by phone for $1.08 million. Overall, the sale grossed $3.7 million.

The Kensett painting was purchased in 1955 by Mrs. Adrian Smith (formerly Lusyd Wright Keating) of Buffalo, New York, from Victor D. Spark of New York, and bequested to her daughter Cynthia Doolittle in 1971. It was previously twice exhibited at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, first in 1958 and again in 1983.

“It has been a privilege to market the painting,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. “I was pleased for our consignor – the Doolittles – who could have sent their things anywhere but gave us the opportunity.”

Catalog notes included quotes regarding the painting, including a letter by John K. Howat, assistant curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Mrs. Adrian W. Smith, on May 25, 1965, stating, “The Kensett strikes me as being a very fine one. The arrangement and colors are very clear and forceful — a good sign in Kensett’s work. The silence of these spare Kensetts is very impressive.”

More recently, Susan Crane, associate curator Albright Knox Art Gallery, in a letter to Mr. & Mrs. Doolittle on March 24, 1983, said, “Your Kensett was an important element in the success of the show — it really made the room glow. Several art historians, in fact, commented on its excellence. It really does rank with the most magnificent of his works, and we are grateful to have been able to show it in the context of his ‘peers’.”

There were also many outstanding lamps in the auction. These were led by a rare Tiffany Studios elaborate Peony lamp on a telescopic library base with a 22-inch shade ($390,000); a fine Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp on a reticulated Indian base with a 20-inch shade ($153,600); a Tiffany Studios, Lily Pad table lamp on a twisted vine base with a 20-inch shade ($127,200); a Tiffany Studios Bamboo table lamp with a 16-inch shade ($136,800); and a rare Duffner and Kimberly Poppy floor lamp on a renaissance floor base ($98,400).

Modern and contemporary art included an oil on canvas designator by Ted Stamm (American, 1944-1984), titled DGR-32 (Dodger), selling for $55,200 to an overseas buyer. A gouache by Patrick Heron sold for $23,400 and Maternite by Vu Cao Dam brought $21,600. An oil on board by British artist Tristram Hillier titled The Mud Berth sold to a U.K buyer for $16,200.

An Early Tibetan Thangka from a private Rochester, New York collection sold to the phones for $30,000. A fine Turkish sword (Kilij) from the historic Wadsworth family sold to a buyer in Istanbul for $24,000, and a rare 17th century scagliola table, also from the Wadsworth family, brought $12,000.

The clocks category featured a rare E. Howard & Co. No. 49 astronomical hanging regulator, purchased directly from Edward Howard in 1875 by Henry Abbott, which sold for $174,000 to a bidder by phone. Other highlights included a rare D. J. Gale astronomical calendar gallery clock, patent model 1871, selling for $43,200, and a Robert Houdin (Paris) mystery swinging clock, which sold for $12,000.

Americana featured two exemplary Navajo weavings, one a Second Phase chief’s blanket, circa 1860-1870, the other a Navajo transitional blanket, in near pristine condition. Both were descended in the family of Othniel Charles Marsh, a paleontologist at Yale University. The blankets were purportedly given to him by Red Cloud, the native American Sioux chief. After intense competition, the blankets totaled $204,000.

Period furniture was led by a fine and rare Chippendale serpentine blocked-end slant-front desk, circa 1770, figured mahogany with a deep rich amber patina, shell carved and blocked interior, block ends and bold ball and claw feet with original period brasses, from the Wadsworth family ($15,000); and a diminutive New England Queen Anne tiger maple highboy, circa 1740-1760, with a deep rich honey brown patina, cabriole legs and pad feet with period brasses, purchased from Israel Sack in the 1940’s ($18,600).

For more information about Cottone Auctions and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auction events, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com; or, call (585) 243-1000.

About Cottone Auctions:
Since 1985, Cottone Auctions has expertly handled a diverse mix of fine art and antiques for national and international audiences. With average sales between $1 million and $2.5 million, our typical offerings include Fine Jewelry, Asian Art, Modern Design, American & European Paintings, Decorative Items, Americana, Native American, Oriental Rugs, and more. Allow Cottone to be your gateway to the international art market through live internet and unlimited phone bidding. Cottone Auctions strives to provide welcoming personal service with outstanding final results. We are proud to work with private individuals, estates, museums, and institutions across the United States and all over the world. If you represent a museum, have a private collection, or are deaccessioning a single time or an estate, contact us today to learn more about how to consign. To learn more, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com.

Gorgeous Galle Cameo Glass Vases Lead The Way in Neue Auctions’ Online-Only Art & Antiques Auction held September 25th

Beachwood, OH, USA, October 8, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Vibrant, colorful vases and table lamps by Galle and other famous makers, lithographs by Charles Burchfield, Alberto Giacometti and other noted artists, Mid-Century Modern furniture pieces, original oil paintings, sterling silver flatware and more all came up for bid in Neue Auctions’ online-only Art & Antiques auction held September 25th.

The two top lots were Galle vases. A Galle cameo glass blown out vase with a Plums design, 15 ½ inches tall, of baluster form, fire polished with pendant branches heavy with plums, finished at $9,840; while a large Galle cameo glass vase, Lilies, 23 inches tall, of baluster form with incised Galle signature, cameo carved with lily flowers on long leafy stems, changed hands for $9,225.

A lovely Galle cameo glass scenic table lamp, the base with tall pines in a mountain landscape, the shade showing eagles soaring over clouds, 14 inches tall, sold within estimate for $4,612. Also, a Muller Freres scenic cameo glass lamp with a domed shade on a baluster base, 14 ½ inches tall, the shade cameo carved with a hunting dog, pheasant, pond and trees, made $1,722.

The sale consisted of 404 lots that included undiscovered finds in many categories. Most were acquired from regional estates and longtime collectors. Most items sold within estimate or above. “We also had the most viewers ever watching the auction,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions, “and that was exciting for our team members. The strength of this sale and its statistics tell me online bidding is healthy. Now’s a good time to sell the finer things to a global audience.”

Maciejewski added, “The bottom line is, as long as our consignors and bidders are happy, we’re happy, and profitable, too. This allows us to continue bringing in the best auction inventory, whether through referral or marketing. We’re constantly reviewing fine collections for auction.”

Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

A lithograph on paper by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled Summer Benediction, the Print Club of Cleveland publication #31 for 1953, edition of 250 plus 10, went for $5,228 (a record price for the image); while framed a lithograph on Arches paper by Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966), titled House in Majolica, signed and numbered (“26/65”), rose to $3,690.

The paintings category featured an oil on canvas marine work by Mauritz Frederik De Haas (Dutch/American, 1832-1895), of a craggy coast with figures along the rocks and sails at sea, signed, that rang up $8,610; and an oil on wood panel tranquil river scene with two boys in a boat by Emilio Sanchez Perrier (Spanish, 1855-1907), also signed, that commanded $4,612.

A lovely collection of oil paintings by the American artist Andre (Gittelson) Gisson (1921-2003) came up for bid, including a beautiful oil on linen canvas Still Life with Flowers that was signed upper right and housed in a 32 inch by 38 inch frame ($2,091); and a colorful and vibrant oil on canvas Paris street scene, signed lower left, 24 inches by 12 inches (sight, less frame) ($1,845).

Fans and collectors of silver had much to consider, including a Gorham Buttercup sterling flatware service that brought $2,214; a Towle sterling flatware service in the King Richard pattern in a fitted felt-lined case, weighing 90.66511 oz. troy ($1,722); and several pieces of Old English silver, including a Hester Bateman sterling silver tea caddy produced in 1784 ($1,230).

Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali both were represented in the sale. An etching on chine colle by Matisse (French, 1869-1954), titled Nu Pour Cleveland, rendered in 1932, signed and numbered (“231/250”), brought $4,612; while a signed lithograph in colors with collage from 1971 by Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), titled Trotting Horses No. 2, from Dali’s Currier & Ives series, hit $1,476.

A set of ten vintage Eero Saarinen black wool upholstered executive chairs, comprising eight side chairs and two armchairs, with tubular chrome steel legs, each one 37 inches tall, gaveled for a respectable $5,842. Also, a Charles and Ray Eames molded LCW lounge chair made from molded ash plywood with a shaped back and seat and raised on molded legs, realized $1,476.

Mid-Century Modern furniture was led by a dining/conference table in solid walnut, the long oval form with squared ends raised on squared legs, 117 inches in length and 45 inches deep ($4,612); and a walnut stereo cabinet, rectangular form with hinged doors, inset stereo speakers and Empire Gold turntable and a Macintosh MX 110, plus a variety of vintage albums ($1,476).

A beautiful Mettlach stoneware charger by Heinrich Schlitt, 17 ½ inches in diameter, the large circular form depicting a scholarly gnome reading a book in a toadstool forest, signed lower left with impressed marks for Mettlach and stamped ‘2698’, earned $3,321. Also, a Royal Worcester Embassy pattern dinner service for twelve with the Royal Worcester mark in black made $3,075.

As mentioned, numerous items sailed past their high estimates. A few examples are as follows:

  • A large 19th century carved pine and scallop shell ornament with a gilded finish, 15 inches tall with a wire for hanging, sold for $2,460 against an estimate of $300-$500.
  • A Grand Tour early Christian brass relief of The Crucifixion, cast in low to high relief with the corpus Christi flanked by apostles, rose to $1,845 against a $400-$700 estimate.
  • A pair of conical black enameled Swedish lamp shades with teak wood arms and mounts, designed for Luxus by Uno & A-sten Kristiansson (sold for $1,599, estimate $150-$300).
  • A Bitossi for Raymor ceramic vase, cylindrical form and glazed with concentric rings in various colors and glaze textures, signed Italy 1393A (sold $1,599, estimate $100-$300).

Internet bidding was facilitated by the two platforms: Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

Neue Auctions’ next event is slated for Saturday, October 30th, at 10 am Eastern time. The auction will feature fine art, antiques, jewelry, carpets, furniture, decorative arts and more. To learn more about Neue Auctions, visit www.neueauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Neue Auctions:
Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notifications and information regarding all current and future sales. For info, visit www.neueauctions.com. Neue Auctions’ next event is slated for Saturday, October 30th, at 10 am Eastern time. The auction will feature fine art, antiques, jewelry, carpets, furniture, decorative arts and more. To learn more about Neue Auctions, visit www.neueauctions.com.

A Cubist Oil Painting by Maqbool Fida Husain (Indian, 1915-2011) will Headline Bruneau & Co.’s Sept. 30th Online Auction

Cranston, RI, USA, September 18, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A dynamic oil on canvas Cubist painting by the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain, an early 20th century Tiffany Studios ‘Bleeding Heart’ table lamp, and a circa 1904 Caille Brothers (Chicago) Eclipse upright 25-cent slot machine are all expected to do well in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction on Thursday, September 30th.

The online-only auction has a start time of 6 pm Eastern and will be highlighted by a single-owner collection of antiques and collectibles. In all, 333 lots will come up for bid. All items can be previewed, by appointment only, in the Bruneau & Co. gallery located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. For an appointment, call 401-533-9980, or send an email to info@bruneauandco.com.

“I enjoy doing the online bidding during these online-only auctions because it is like a video game with so much action,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer. Company president Kevin Bruneau added, “You never know what you’re going to find in a house, especially in New England. The single-owner collection being sold was just five minutes away from the gallery.”

With a stout pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000, the Cubist painting by Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1915-2011) is a strong pick for top lot of the auction. The monotone composition of gray, black and white depicts a rider on the back of a wild horse. Impressive at 46 inches by 24 inches (sight, less frame), the work comes with a certificate of authenticity from Husain’s son, Shafat.

Maqbool Fida Husain was dubbed the “Picasso of India”. He started off painting billboard signs in India but quickly started blending together folk, tribal and mythological arts in a unique, modified Cubist style. He was one of the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artists of the 20th century and was a founding member of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group.

The early 20th century Tiffany Studios (N.Y.) ‘Bleeding Heart’ table lamp, 22 inches tall overall, has an emerald green marbled glass grid lampshade with yellow leaf and vine belting over a thin, shapely column, supported by a round base. The lamp presents beautifully and was in working order at testing. The lampshade measures 16 inches in diameter (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

The Caille Brothers Eclipse 25-cent slot machine, manufactured in Chicago around 1904, is a 63-inch-tall upright floor wheel model having an oak cabinet with a glass front and decorated with cherubs framed by Corinthian columns and ornate acanthus leaves and fine figural metal work throughout. The handsome machine, restored about 15 years ago, should fetch $10,000-$15,000.

A large 20th century marble fountain that at one time graced the grounds of the Russian Embassy in the United States, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$4,000. The base alone is 46 inches tall and the ornately carved basin, 17 inches tall and 36 inches in diameter, is decorated with three eagles having outstretched wings, supported by a column with putti, dolphins, swags and sphinx.

A bronze, enamel and hardstone Viennese dancer sculpture by the noted Austrian artist Gerda Iro Gerdago (1906-2004), 14 ¼ inches in height, is estimated to sell for $800-$1,200. The sculpture depicts a woman frozen in a dynamic pose, while dressed in an elaborate costume of navy blue and lavender enamel over gilded bronze. The work is signed “Gerdago” on the hem of her skirt.

Gerdago studied in Berlin and Paris before working as an assistant to the architect Oskar Strnad. During this time, she began to design statuettes of figures in dramatic poses often dressed in futuristic costumes and eccentric headgear. The Viennese foundry Artur Rubinstein had also produced some of her designs and created Gerdago signed objects.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction on Thursday, September 30th, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may send an e-mail to info@bruneauandco.com. Or, you can phone them at 401-533-9980. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, please visit www.bruneauandco.com.

Important Oil Painting by John F. Kensett (1816-1872) will Headline Cottone Auctions’ September 18th Online-Only Auction

Geneseo, NY, USA, August 12, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Cottone Auctions’ late summer Fine Art, Antiques and Clock auction returns on Saturday, September 18th at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time, featuring items from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Doolittle, Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., including an important work by John F. Kensett (American, 1816-1872), and outstanding early 20th century lighting by Tiffany Studios.

Also offered will be fine clocks from the collection of W. C. Moodie, Sr. and sons, which represent three generations of clock collecting in East Hanover, N.J., items from the prominent Wadsworth family of Geneseo, N.Y., plus items from private institutions, estates and individuals. The sale will be held online.

A fresh to the market oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Kensett, titled Singing Beach & Eagle Rock, Magnolia, Massachusetts, highlights the fine arts being offered. With a pre-sale estimate of $200,000-$400,000, it is the highlight of the fine art category.

“Your Kensett strikes me as being a very fine one,” said John K. Howat, assistant curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a letter to Mrs. Adrian W. Smith on May 25, 1965. “The painting’s arrangement and colors are very clear and forceful—a good sign in Kensett’s work. The silence of these spare Kensetts is very impressive.”

Another fine painting is a portrait by Jules Joseph LeFebvre (French, 1836-1911), titled Morning Glory (est. $50,000-$80,000), from the estate of Mickey Sabety of Oceanside, N.Y., acquired in the early 1950s. Modern and contemporary art includes an oil on canvas designator by Ted Stamm (American, 1944-1984), titled DGR-32 (Dodger), 1976 (est. $40,000-$60,000). Other artists including, Ed Ruscha, Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis, Patrick Heron and Vu Cao Dam.

The many outstanding lamps will be led by a rare Tiffany Studios elaborate Peony lamp on a telescopic library base with a 22-inch shade (est. $250,000-$500,000); a fine Tiffany Studios Nasturtium table lamp on a tree trunk base with a 22-inch shade (est. $70,000-$100,000); a Tiffany Studios, Lily Pad table lamp on a twisted vine base with a 20-inch shade (est. $60,000-$80,000), a rare Tiffany Studios grape trellis chandelier (est. $50,000 – $80,000), and a rare Duffner and Kimberly Poppy floor lamp on a renaissance floor base (est. $50,000-$80,000).

The clocks category features a rare E. Howard & Co. No 49 astronomical hanging regulator, purchased directly from Edward Howard in 1875 by Henry Abbott (est. $50,000-$80,000). Other highlights include a rare D. J. Gale astronomical calendar gallery clock, patent model 1871 (est. $15,000-$25,000) and a Robert Houdin, Paris mystery swinging clock (est. $7,000-$10,000).

Americana will feature two exemplary Navajo weavings, one a Second Phase chief’s blanket, circa 1860-1870 (est. $40,000-$60,000), the other a Navajo transitional blanket (est. $10,000-$15,000), in near pristine condition. Both were descended in the family of Othniel Charles Marsh, a paleontologist at Yale University. The blankets were purportedly given to him by Red Cloud, the native American Sioux chief.

Period furniture will be led by a fine and rare Chippendale serpentine blocked-end slant-front desk, circa 1770 (est. $7,000-$10,000), figured mahogany with a deep rich amber patina, shell carved and blocked interior, block ends and bold ball and claw feet with original period brasses, from the Wadsworth family; and a diminutive New England Queen Anne tiger maple highboy, circa 1740-1760, with a deep rich honey brown patina, cabriole legs and pad feet with period brasses, purchased from Israel Sack in the 1940’s and estimated to hammer for $7,000-$10,000.

In all, more than 200 quality lots will come up for bid. Previews are by appointment. Online bidding will be facilitated by Cottone Auctions; register to bid at live.cottoneauctions.com. Bidding via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com will also be available. Telephone and absentee bids will be accepted. To place bids, call the Cottone Auctions gallery at (585) 243-1000, or register through the website.

For more information about Cottone Auctions’ Saturday, September 18th auction, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com; or call (585) 243-1000.

About Cottone Auctions:
Since 1985, Cottone Auctions has expertly handled a diverse mix of fine art and antiques for national and international audiences.With average sales between $1 million and $2.5 million, our typical offerings include Fine Jewelry, Asian Art, Modern Design, American & European Paintings, Decorative Items, Americana, Native American, Oriental Rugs, and more. Allow Cottone to be your gateway to the international art market through live internet and unlimited phone bidding. For more information, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com.

Rafael Osona’s Aug. 7-8 Online Auction will Feature A Lincoln-Signed Document, A Rev-War Muster Roll, Rembrandt Etchings

Nantucket, MA, USA, July 22, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A Civil War document signed by then-President Abraham Lincoln and a rare 1775 American Revolutionary War Muster Roll are just a couple of the expected star lots in Rafael Osona Auctions’ annual, two-day online auction slated for the weekend of August 7th and 8th, at 9:30 am Eastern time both days. Over 700 lots will be sold.

The auction will be headlined by the Gail and Rich Mellin collection of Chinese export porcelain of Canton design, American furniture, fine arts and décor. The Mellins are esteemed antiques dealers in Canton and export porcelains and are offering Part 1 of their collection from their recently sold Connecticut residence; property from the descendants of Francis Elias Spinner, U.S. Treasurer appointed by Lincoln; and fine antique rugs, China Trade art, and export porcelains from the Marie and Rick Wackenhut collection from the Starbuck East Brick mansion in Nantucket.

The Day 1 auction on Saturday, August 7th, is titled Americana, Fine Art, Pacific Trade & Décor.

The Lincoln signed document with others will be part of the Day 1 offerings, which total more than 500 lots. The Lincoln lot is a signed presidential appointment, naming Francis E. Spinner as U.S. Treasurer, a post he held until 1875. The document, which also has the signature of Secretary of State William H. Seward, plus the Presidential seal, should bring $4,000-$6,000. Two Rembrandt etchings, titled Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill and The Windmill, descended in the Spinner collection.

An exceptional offering of six original paintings by the noted Nantucket artist Anne Ramsdell Congdon (1873-1958) will come up for bid, an example being an oil on board titled View from Mill Hill, and measuring 14 ¼ inches by 18 ½ inches (sight, less frame). The work depicts a figure, presumably Ruth Haviland Sutton, with Nantucket harbor off in the distance (estimate: $30,000-$50,000). It is a rare event for Osona Auctions to offer six works by this esteemed artist and the offerings happen to coincide with the Nantucket Historical Association’s major exhibit of over 40 works by Congdon titled Anne Ramsdell Congdon’s Nantucket Renaissance.

A featured lot from the Mellin collection is a rare late 18th century Canton fish bowl, 27 inches in diameter, the interior painted with a hills and stream landscape design encircled by multiple borders. It should reach $3,000-$5,000, while an equally scarce, 19th century Canton covered beefsteak platter with hot water reservoir (one of three known), 23 inches long, has an estimate of $5,000-$6,000.

Also from the Mellin collection are two China Trade fans. One, circa 1850, is very fine gouache on paper with carved bone sticks depicting an early view panel of an important seaport. The other, very fine gouache on paper with carved mother of pearl sticks, shows the ports of Macao, Canton and Hong Kong. The reverse of both is a figural Mandarin scene with applied bone painted faces and fabric clothing (each estimate: $7,000-$10,000).

A significant number of Chinese Export porcelains (from a private Nantucket collection) are sprinkled throughout the auction. One standout lot is a gorgeous pair of underglaze blue baluster vases with covers, circa 18th century, both 21 inches tall, with ten cartouche-shaped on versa pieces reserved from a chicken skin ground, applied leopard handles, a foo lion finial and gilt detailing (estimate: $25,000-$35,000).

Period carpets from the Marie and Rick Wackenhut collection, which decorated the recently sold East Brick in Nantucket – one of three mansion homes built by whale oil merchant Joseph Starbuck (1774-1861) for his three sons – will be sold. One is a beautiful antique Serapi handwoven wool carpet, produced circa 1890, measuring 9 feet 5 inches by 14 feet (estimate: $12,000-$15,000). Others are wonderful examples of Heriz, Ferahan Sarouk, and Mahal rugs.

Three oil on Masonite paintings by the Massachusetts artist Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. (1910-1982) will cross the auction block. All are whimsical depictions that contain mermaids. They’re titled Quail Hollow (estimate: $25,000-$35,000), Sailor’s Surprise (estimate: $25,000-$35,000) and The Sea Fairies (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Shellwork include three pairs of 18th century French coquille figures of a man and woman with wood painted faces and hands, arms and legs. They have estimates ranging from $2,000-$5,000.

Shellwork furniture will also be offered. Lots include a 19th century shell-encrusted tall case clock with a dial painted by E. Sanford of Plymouth, Mass. (estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a circa 1870 Victorian shell-encrusted dresser with mirror, 80 inches tall (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); and a pair of shell-encrusted concrete obelisks, both 5 feet 8 inches tall (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Fine American furniture including untouched highboys, chest on chest, Windsor writing chairs, desks, bureaus, games tables, Tennessee sugar chest, Philadelphia cupboard will delight the collector; not to mention fine tea caddies, estate jewelry including a Cartier gold owl brooch, Nantucket lightship baskets, Bellamy carved framed mirror, Tiffany Studios daffodil lamp, Russian icons and an array of fine art and porcelains.

Day 2 titled The Marine Auction is held August 8th. One expected top lot is the Nantucket birdcage, circa 1870, made from whalebone, cherry wood and antique whale ivory by Joseph Clapp (1825-1909), similar to one in the collection of the Nantucket Historical Association. The wonderfully constructed, 18 inches tall by 18 ¾ inch wide birdcage should hit $25,000-$35,000.

Among the lots of 19th century scrimshaw whale teeth are three examples attributed to the Britannia Engraver from the first quarter 19th century, one depicting a British ship engaged in battle, 7 inches long; a pair of historically important scrimshaw and polychrome sperm whale teeth depicting a 28-star American flag with George Washington, commemorating the annexation of Texas to the United States occurring during the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848 by an unknown scrimshander. Both are estimated at $12,000-$18,000.

Walking sticks will feature a finely carved, circa 1850 antique whale ivory clenched fist with snake grip stick (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), a stick carved by the same hand with inlaid shaft sold at a previous Osona auction for $45,000. Ancillary offerings will include spinning jennies, pie crimpers, whalebone busks, tools, fids, swifts, watch hutches, beckets, harpoons, log book and documents.

An 18th century French prisoner-of-war bone ship model in a straw marquetry and parquetry case has an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. The finely detailed, fully outfitted 60-gun ship-of-the-line has a carved female figurehead and baleen, bone and brass pinned plank-on-frame hull, set on a baleen, wood and bone carved gallery stand, with two small ship finials.

An oil on canvas laid down to panel by a follower of Abraham Storck (Dutch, 1644-1708), titled Seascape with Two Dutch Man-o-War Off the Bay of Smyrna (early 18th century), measuring 56 inches by 64 ½ inches, should gavel for $5,000-$7,000. The painting previously sold at Christie’s (1983) and Sotheby’s (2003), plus other maritime art.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted (for more on this, visit www.RafaelOsonaAuctions.com). A live four-day exhibition preview will be held August 3rd thru 6th, from 10 am to 5 pm Eastern time, in the American Legion Hall located at 21 Washington Street on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

To learn more about Rafael Osona Auctions and the two-day auction (Americana, Fine Art, Pacific Trade & Décor on Aug. 7, Marine Auction on Aug. 8), visit www.RafaelOsonaAuctions.com.

About Rafael Osona Auctions:
Rafael Osona Auctions has been recognized since 1980 as a premier dealer in 18th-21st century antiques and arts. The family owned, full-service auction house conducts more than a dozen auctions annually, reaching regional and global buyers. It showcases exceptional decorative and fine arts and is an undisputed industry leader in material related to Nantucket and the maritime. To learn more about Rafael Osona Auctions, visit www.RafaelOsonaAuctions.com.

Tiffany Dragonfly Table Lamp and Furniture by George Nakashima will be in Uniques and Antiques’ Aug. 3-5 Online Auction

Aston, PA, USA, July 20, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A three-day, online-only Modern Design auction is planned for August 3rd-5th by Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales, with Wednesday, August 4th being dedicated to an Artisan Studio auction, highlighted by a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp and the Katherine Mezger collection of George Nakashima furniture. Overall, more than 1,500 lots will be offered across the three days.

The marquis lot of the Artisan Studio sale is undoubtedly the Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp, which has an estimate of $250,000-$375,000 (although similar examples have sold for $500,000-$800,000). The 31-inch-tall lamp is a wonderful example of Tiffany’s early 20th century master craftsmanship. It boasts a drop head shade on a rare bird skeleton base with “Four Seasons” multicolored and shaped jewels, wisteria blue, green and purple glass.

“We’ve been holding Modern Design auctions since 1995, and this three-day auction is a continuation of our series of early August ‘Season kickoff’ auctions that so many buyers look forward to,” said Kent Jackson, a General Manager of Uniques and Antiques and a licensed auctioneer in the state of Pennsylvania. “The quality is very strong throughout all three days.”

Timothy Aikens, Director of Acquisitions for Uniques and Antiques, remarked, “It was exciting walking into an untouched home with over 50 pieces of original Nakashima furnishings, virtually untouched since the 1960’s. There was another piece around every corner. You often dream of finding a collection like this. You never see this much, all in one home, with the original owner.”

The Katherine Mezger collection of Nakashima furniture promises to be a Day 2 highlight. Katherine worked at the Nakashima studio until she retired in 1969. She amassed a collection of over 50 pieces of Nakashima furniture. This is the first time these items have been seen on the market. All items from this collection will receive a letter of provenance from the Mezger estate.

Nakashima pieces from the Mezger collection will include the following:

  • A rare American live edge walnut floor lamp on a trestle base, 61 inches tall by 16 inches wide (estimate: $5,000-$8,000).
  • A single slab American walnut table with one butterfly joint, boasting beautiful grain, 47 inches wide by 28 ½ inches deep (estimate: $5,000-$8,000).
  • An American walnut picture frame having a simple elegant construction with bowed sides (estimate: $1,500-$2,000). The picture frame includes a copy of wedding photo of Ms. Mezger and her husband. According to Ms. Mezger’s family, Mr. Nakashima gifted the couple a coffee table on the occasion of their wedding.

In addition to the Nakashima pieces, furniture lots in the Artisan Studio auction will also feature creations from Phil Powell, Frederick Weinberg, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Silas Seandel, Inge and Luciano Rubino, Paavo Tynell, Val Bertoia, Tommi Parzinger, Fritz Hansen, Robert Whitley, Ludwig Sander, Sarah Grant, Guido Gambone, Paul Evans, and Aldo Tura.

Furniture lots expected to do well include an eight-piece Inge and Luciano Rubino dining set consisting of seven dining chairs with leather “dog bone” backrests and seats, plus a large table with three alternating inverted triangle bases; and an original handcrafted cabinet armoire by Phil Powell, having two antique stained glass panel doors, signature carved wood side panels and carved polychrome wood brackets, nearly 8 feet tall (both lots are estimated at $5,000-$8,000).

Fine art will be led by an American Modernist abstract painting by Ludwig Sander, titled Sioux II (1971), in a red and blue palette, artist signed on verso, 22 inches by 20 inches (estimate: $3,000-$4,000); a figural wall sculpture by Frederick Weinberg that lights up, white painted metal armature with molded figures, 50 inches tall (estimate: $3,000-$4,000); and two sonambient sound sculptures by Val Bertoia one titled 12 Cat Tail Rods, 51 inches tall (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Two chandeliers are expected to light up the room. One is a diminutive Modernist lighting snowflake chandelier attributed to Paavo Tynell, unmarked, with four glass shades, 21 inches tall by 20 inches wide (estimate: $3,000-$4,000). The other is a Tommi Parzinger bronze Modernist chandelier, having eight arms to hold tall candle form lights and a central decorative element, 39 inches tall by 24 inches wide, in very good condition with light wear (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The three-day event will officially get underway on Tuesday, August 3rd, at 10 am Eastern time. Lot 1 will get things going with a Raymond Loewy double-sided DF 2000 cabinet credenza bar, 36 inches tall by 78 ½ inches wide and complete with the original bottle storage trays (estimate: $3,000-$4,000). A little later in the day, a set of six Norman Cherner antique dining chairs made from laminated wood on chrome rod legs, each chair marked, is expected to bring $400-$600.

Also on day one, two pairs of Fritz Hansen iconic egg lounge chairs will be offered as separate lots, with each pair having a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Both pairs are upholstered forms on metal pedestal bases, marked FH Denmark, all original, displaying very crunchy foam and in need of a reupholstering. One pair has wine colored upholstery; the other is desert sand colored.

Kent Jackson said the market for mid-century and decorator items is good right now. “We have a group of dedicated consignors and estate managers who help us curate the most current and in-demand merchandise,” he said, adding that Uniques and Antiques, located outside Philadelphia, offers New York City curbside deliveries about a week after the auction, for a reasonable fee.

Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidspirit.com. Phone bids will be accepted on items with a $300 minimum bid. Absentee bids are accepted for any amount.

Live, in-gallery previews will be held on Sunday, August 1st, from 12 noon to 5 pm; Monday, August 2nd, from 10 am-6 pm; and Tuesday, August 3rd, by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (610) 485-7400, or email to info@uniquesandantiques.com. The gallery is located at 2500 Market Street in Upper Chichester, Pa., just 10 miles outside of Philadelphia.

To learn more about Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales and the three-day online auction scheduled for August 3rd, 4th and 5th, please visit www.UniquesandAntiques.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales:
Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales, founded in 1987, is a full-service auction and appraisal company. The firm has over 30 years of experience selling antiques, jewelry, fine art, modern design and real estate. They have the experience and international exposure to sell all types of personal property, real estate and liquidations. To inquire about consigning a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (610) 485-7400; or, you can send an email to info@uniquesandantiques.com. To learn more about Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales, please visit www.UniquesandAntiques.com.

Andrew Jones Auctions’ Online-Only Design for The Home and Garden Auction, July 25th, will Feature Over 200 Quality Lots

Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA, July 12, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Andrew Jones Auctions will offer a strong selection of fine art along with antiques and design from antiquity through the 21st century in an online-only signature Design for the Home and Garden auction scheduled for Sunday, July 25th, beginning promptly at 11 am Pacific time. More than 200 quality lots will be offered to the highest bidder.

The collection of Los Angeles tastemaker Keith McCoy of Keith H. McCoy & Associates evokes the English country house, highlighted by an Irish George II mahogany side table (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), a George III mahogany bachelor’s chest of drawers (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a George III mahogany breakfront bookcase (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), and luxurious Fortuny upholstered seat furniture, including a George III blind fret carved mahogany armchair (estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

The collection also features animalier and sporting paintings, including The Meet by Joseph Francis Walker (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), Henry Barraud’s Sheep, cattle, stags and a pony in a wooded landscape (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), as well as works by Léon Eugène Auguste Abry, John E. Ferneley, Edward Benjamin Herberte, John Frederick Herring, Jr., Gustave Mardoche Neymark, William H. Robinson, John Francis Sartorius, George Wright and other noted artists.

In keeping with the animalier theme, from other private sources there are artworks such as Marie H. Guise Newcomb’s A Good Point (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), as well as bronzes, including the near life-size Panthère dévorant un lièvre after the model by Antoine Louis Bayre, produced at the Susse Frères foundry (estimate: $10,000-$20,000) from the collection of Daniel Hornbeck, as well as a model of a standing bull after Auguste Nicolas Cain (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Additional European works in bronze feature the Neapolitan Dancer after Albert Ernest Carriere Belleuse (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), an abstract screen by Hubert Dalwood (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), as well as an allegorical work of l’Histoire after the model by Georges Bareau (estimate: $2,000-$3,000) and pieces by Ferdinand Barbedienne and after Albert Henry Atkins, Alfred Boucher, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Henri Chapu, Renzo Colombo, Etienne-Henri Dumaige Jean-Leon Gérôme, François-Raoul Larche and René de Saint-Marceaux.

The painting offerings run the gamut from works after Italian masters like Feast in the House of Levi after Paolo Veronese Caliari (estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Austrian court painter to Ferdinand I, Jakob Seisenegger’s Portrait of a Young Man (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and School of Peter Lely 1st Duchess of Cleveland (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) to European landscapists like Albert Kappis’s Unloading the Day’s Catch (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and Alexis Podchernikoff’s large oil on canvas View through the eucalyptus (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

American plein air modernist master Armin Hansen’s Steam schooner coming to dock, Monterey (estimate: 4,000-$6,000) is abstracted yet evocative of the gritty fishing port. Bernard Lorjou’s bold expressionist works are Still life with duck and sunflower (estimate: $2,000-$3,000), French Marching Band (Fanfare) (estimate: $1,000-$1,500) and Barge on the Loire River (estimate: $800-$1,200).

The collection of Daniel Hornbeck features unusual and varied pieces, including a 1769 Danish Neoclassical stained pine clavichord by Otto Joachim Tiefenbrun (estimate: $2,000-$4,000), reputedly a gift of Edvard Grieg to his musical colleague Anton Louis Hornbeck. Also from the collection is a pair of Italian Baroque white marble models of cherubs (estimate: $3,000-$5,000), a pair of Dresden porcelain covered vases (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), an Italian Rococo polychrome decorated tall case clock, Padua, 1760 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), an 18th century Dutch marquetry bureau (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a 17th century Spanish Baroque table cabinet, as well as carpets and more.

Additional various owners highlights include a French gilt bronze mounted lacquer inset mahogany side cabinet by François Linke (estimate: $5,000-$7,000), a Spanish walnut monument maquette attributed to Felipe Vigarny de Borgona, probably first half 16th century (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), a George III mahogany architect’s desk by Gillows of Lancaster, circa 1800 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), and an Italian gilt bronze mounted fruitwood bureau cabinet, 17th century, branded with a ducal coronet and with elaborately engraved lockplate (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Also offered will be a pair of Irish George III inlaid satinwood card tables, circa 1790 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), a wonderful pair of Italian Baroque scaliola trompe l’oeil panels by Tarsilla Vittoria Seyter, Rome, 18th century (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), a set of twelve Berlin (K.P.M.) porcelain armorial soup bowls decorated with the arms of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, circa 1832-1837 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000), an Anthony Redmile ostrich egg faux snuff mull (estimate: $700-$900), and an R. Lalique frosted amber glass Courlis vase (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The auction also includes antiquities, early works of art, fine silver, porcelain and garden accessories, sculpture, including a pair of lead models of sphinxes, and furniture, featuring designs by Brown Jordan and Michael Taylor. A standout lot is a unique scrapbook of autographed notes, caricatures, photographic portraits, lithographs and sketches by Paul Verlaine, compiled by Emile Loubet and Edouard Champion, 1896 (estimate: $50,000-$70,000) from a private Malibu collection. From the same source is a collection of five watercolors by Paul Signac (each estimated at $3,000-$5,000).

Online bidding will be facilitated by AndrewJonesAuctions.com, Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Absentee bids will also be accepted. Safe, physically distanced live previews will be held by appointment only at the Andrew Jones Auctions gallery prior to the auction. Plans may change in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of health Covid-19 restrictions. Contact the gallery for details. The gallery is located at 2221 South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. Absentee bids will also be accepted. To schedule a preview appointment, call (213) 748-8008.

For more information about Andrew Jones Auctions and the Design for the Home and Garden auction on Sunday, July 25th, at 11 am Pacific time, please visit www.andrewjonesauctions.com.

About Andrew Jones Auctions:
Opened in the summer of 2018, Andrew Jones Auctions is a full-service fine art and antiques auction house specializing in the liquidation of estates and collections featuring fine art, antiques and collectibles. The firm understands market trends and has foresight for the 21st century. The highly experienced staff has a wealth of knowledge with international savvy, having worked for many years at major international auction houses in North America and Europe, sourcing property from all corners of the United States. Andrew Jones Auctions’ sales are diverse and eclectic, and feature fine diamonds to contemporary art, spanning from the antiquity to today. For more information about Andrew Jones Auctions, please visit www.andrewjonesauctions.com.

Bruneau & Co.’s Online-Only Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction, June 17th, has Items Pulled from Prominent Local Estates

Cranston, RI, USA, June 8, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- An online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction packed with over 300 quality lots, mostly pulled from prominent estates throughout New England, is planned for Thursday, June 17th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, which has been hosting successful Internet sales since the start of the pandemic but is looking forward to resuming live, in-gallery events.

“This will be yet another great auction with an eclectic mix of antiques, fine art, furniture, jewelry, and more,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president and owner of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, adding, “Hopefully this will be our last time with an online-only sale. We would love to get our crowd back into the gallery.” Bruneau said telephone and absentee bids would also be accepted.

An immaculate, hand-carved Alaskan Inuit walrus ivory chess set, the pieces modeled after native fauna with exquisite calcification, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The set, with a case, was purchased in San Francisco in 1903 and includes a note that reads, “Chessmen. They were made to order in Alaska of walrus…by an Indian for a consul there, from his ideas.” The pawns are local animals, the walrus heads are bishops and bears (just two) are the knights.

A monumental early 20th century bronze Art Nouveau three-basin fountain, 92 inches tall by 62 ½ inches wide, should realize $2,000-$3,000. The fountain has a figural central column depicting a bare breasted woman sitting atop an eagle with wings outstretched, while she carries an acanthus leaf cornucopia on her shoulder. The top basin is decorated with flowers and wheat sheaths and the fountain itself is supported by a decorative base.

An oil on canvas maritime ship painting attributed to Thomas Buttersworth (English, 1768-1842), depicting a sailing vessel cutting through choppy waves, is expected to bring $1,000-$2,000. The 20 inch by 36 inch painting (canvas, less frame) has an old label on verso that’s marked, “Schooner Yacht Defender by Buttersworth.” Thomas Buttersworth was an English seaman of the Napoleonic wars period who became a respected marine painter.

An 1885 first-edition copy of the Mark Twain classic book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published by Charles L. Webster and Company (N.Y.), should change hands for $1,000-$1,500. The book has a green cloth cover (an indicator of its being a first-edition), while several typos and other printing errors reveal that the book’s proofreader may have been asleep at the switch.

An oil on board tonalist winter scene by John Fabian Carlson (N.Y./Colo./Sweden, 1875-1945), 8 inched by 10 inches (sight, less frame) and artist signed “J. F. Carlson” lower left, carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The landscape rendering depicts a snow-covered meadow with dried tall grass peeking through melted patches and bare trees reaching towards the sky. Carlson was involved in the Arts and Crafts Movement as part of the Byrdcliffe Colony.

A 19th century Chinese porcelain Sancai statue of a seated bearded man (or emperor), dressed in yellow and green and decorated with a five-toed dragon upon a dragon throne with figural foo beast legs and floral motif, is expected to knock down for $1,000-$2,000. The statue, a little over 9 ½ inches tall, is from the collection of a Barrington, Rhode Island estate. It shows general wear associated with age but otherwise is in good shape.

A four-piece bronze and slag glass desk set made in the early 20th century by Tiffany & Co. (N.Y.) should rise to $800-$1,000. The set includes a large inkwell, a small cylindrical inkwell and an ink blotter decorated with botanical themes over green slag glass, plus a pen wipe with incised botanical pattern. It comes from the collection of a Somerset, Mass. estate and each piece is marked “Tiffany Studios New York” on bottom.

A group of nine U.S. 2 ½ dollar U.S. gold coins from the collection of a Lincoln, Rhode Island estate will be sold as one lot and has an estimate of $600-$900. The gold coins, in varying grades of circulated condition, are dated from 1911-1929 (a 1911, two 1912, two 1913, one 1926, two 1927 and one 1929). The coins have a weight as seen of 41.8 grams.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay.

Previews of all individual items will be available by appointment only, the week of auction. To schedule an appointment, call 401-533-9980; or, send an email to info@bruneauandco.com. The gallery is located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. All COVID-19 protocols will be enforced.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Estates Fine Art & Antique auction planned for Thursday, June 17th, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates posted often.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may send an e-mail to info@bruneauandco.com. Or, you can phone them at 401-533-9980. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, please visit www.bruneauandco.com.