American & European Art at Gray's Auction

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  • October 14, 2010

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Heywood Hardy (British, 1842-1933) A Hunting Morning, Oil on Canvas. Est. $15,000 - 20,000.

Painting, Prints, Drawings & Sculptures come up for auction at Gray's in Cleveland on October 28, at 1pm.  Auctioneer Deborah J. Gray has curated a marvelous array of artworks dating from the 16th to 20th century.

Notable highlights of the auction include Lot No 20, an evocative hunting scene A Hunting Morning, oil on canvas by Heywood Hardy (1843 - 1933), the British painter most well-known for his hunting and sporting scenes.  In this painting Hardy intimately captures the excitement and hubbub of the early morning meet.

In the sculptures section of the auction of particular note is Lot 96, a rare bronze, three-arm floriform candelabrum attributed to Jessie M. Preston, the early 20th century, Arts & Crafts, Chicago-based metalsmith. 

With a hint of Art Nouveau, Preston has designed a lotus flower and lily pad motif elegantly arranged on three varying planes at the end of three, sinuously intertwined arms, which rise from a circular base, encircled with a stylized Japanesque Koi fish and wave design.  The candelabrum is estimated at $15,000 - 20,000.

This Jessie M. Preston candelabrum is estimated at $15,000 - 20,000.

Lots 104 - 108 are a collection of five beautifully executed watercolors by the recently deceased artist Robert Verity Clem (1933 - 2010) featuring birds in their natural habitat.  Often referred to as the Andrew Wyeth of birds, Clem captures the idiosyncrasies of the individual species in a realist manner.

A very large oil on canvas by American Leon Berkowitz (1919-1987) is at Lot 114.  Berkowitz was among a small but innovative group of artists working in Washington DC who became known as the Washington Color School. Berkowitz however resisted being confined to a group. He preferred to acknowledge the greater influences of poetry, music and physics rather than the formal emphasis on color for color's sake.  Russian born abstract artist William Brui who fled the Soviet Union in the 1970's has an equally magnificent oil on canvas entitled Etrous at Lot 113. Together with Berkowitz's Corona #7 at Lot 114, Brui's Etrous are the largest works of art in the 167 lot auction, which also features drawings by Johann Evangelist Holzer (1709-1740), Jean-Jacques De Boissieu and Lot 25 a stunning study of Birds of Prey attributed to Melchior de Hondecoeter, estimated at $2,000 - 4,000.

The October 28th auction will take place in the auction showrooms at Gray's Auctioneers, 10717 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio at 1pm.  Live online bidding is provided by, together with telephone bidding and absentee bidding offered directly through Gray's. The showrooms will be open for preview October 18 - 28, Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturdays by appointment.

Gray's Auctioneers & Appraisers are the only licensed, bonded, and insured auction house in Cleveland holding monthly live auctions.  Deborah J. Gray, auctioneer, opened her eponymous auction house in 2007 with her partner Serena Harragin, and together they have transformed the abandoned building which used to house a Citroen dealership, into a driving force in the vibrant Cleveland Fine Art and Antiques auction market.

Five watercolors by Robert Verity Clem (1933 - 2010) featuring birds in their natural habitats are each estimated between $1,000 and $1,500.

Auctions are held live monthly in our Cleveland auction showrooms with simultaneous global on-line bidding and telephone bidding.  Live on-line bidding is available through Gray’s Live and Gray’s also offers other convenient options which include absentee bidding on our website, by phone, in person, via email, or by fax. 

The complete illustrated catalog for this auction, can be found on Gray’s website at or please call 215-458-7695 for additional information.

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