GENESEO, N.Y. – Original artworks by Alexander Calder, Stephen Scott Young and Pablo Picasso will be just a few of the more than 700 premier lots expected to excite bidders at a Fine Art & Antique Auction slated for Sept- 25-26 by Cottone Auctions, in the firm’s gallery located at 120 Court Street. Start times are 12 noon on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday, all Eastern time.
In addition to American and European paintings, the auction will also feature fine antique clocks, lamps by Tiffany and others, art glass, silver, sculptures, estate jewelry, American and European furniture, Asian items, Oriental rugs, Native American items, Americana and more. Some of the lots are from The Strong Museum and The Memorial Art Gallery; both are in Rochester, N.Y.
The original work by Alexander Calder (Am., 1898-1976) is a gouache on Canson and Montgolfier wove paper, titled Bosbies & Uniforms. Measuring 29 ¾ inches by 43 inches (sight), it is estimated to sell for $60,000-$80,000. Calder is best known for his kinetic abstract mobiles and floor pieces but he was also an adept painter, working mostly in watercolor, oil and gouache.
Another example of Modern Design artwork, by the iconic Spanish-born master Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), is a rendering on a plate, titled Woman’s Face. It has two stamps on the underside, for “Madura Plein Feu” and “D’Apres Picasso,” and is expected to bring $10,000-$15,000. Art pieces by Picasso continue to be in high demand, despite the fact that he produced in abundance.
A master work by contemporary American painter Stephen Scott Young (b. 1957), titled Shadow Games (1995), carries an estimate of $80,000-$120,000. The drybrush with watercolor painting, 22 inches by 32 inches (sight) is artist signed and dated lower right. Young is best known for his watercolor paintings.
Young was inspired by the work of Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, and his style is noted for his strikingly realistic use of watercolor and eloquent simplicity of subject matter, done in the American tradition. Young is often referred to as the Winslow Homer of his day, and his works are in high demand.
Exclusive antique clocks from two major collections are certain to spark intense bidding wars. From the collection of Dr. Joseph Arvay (N.J.) is a rare miniature Mark Leavenworth shelf clock with figured mahogany case, banded inlaid brass, full carved pineapple columns and claw feet. The clock (est. $25,000-$30,000) boasts an old finish, rich patina and original painted wood dial. It was previously in the Peter Zaharis collection.
From the collection of Dr. Warren Hammerschlag (also N.J.) comes a fine and rare Asa Munger “stovepipe” shelf clock (Auburn, N.Y.), with a grained mahogany case and painted, tapered stovepipe metal pillars, gold leafed and stenciled, with fruit compotes and foliage. The vignettes include portraits of Henry Clay and Robert Fulton. The clock should realize $15,000-$25,000. It was also once in the Peter Zaharis collection.
Additional clocks will include a Joseph Ives shelf clock with mahogany and ebonized case, a Simon Willard tall case clock (warranted for Capt. Benjamin Webb, 1778), a tall case clock made by Elnathan Taber (Roxbury, Mass.) with highly figured mahogany case with fan and fine inlay, a rare Aaron Willard, Jr. striking banjo clock, and a fine early example Simon Willard banjo clock.
Asian lots will feature an extremely rare carved and polychromed Japanese figure of Jizo Bosatu, with intricate metal necklace and inlaid crystal byakugo, from the 13th century Kamakura Period (est. $25,000-$35,000); an important pair of bronze mixed metal vases signed Miyao Eisuke (est. $20,000-$30,000); and a superb pair of monumental Japanese Meiji inlaid bronze mixed metal vases attributed to Suzuki Chokichi (est. $25,000-$35,000).
Other Asian lots will include jade, porcelain, Satsuma, bronzes, cloisonné, jewelry, hardwood screens, furniture and more. Fine estate jewelry items – always a big hit with bidders, especially on the floor, where the items truly dazzle up-close – will feature a stunning star sapphire and diamond ring totaling a staggering 10-plus carats, a Rolex watch, fine brooches and other pieces.
Decorative items will include a collection of bronzes featuring a Katherine Lane Weems bronze kangaroo, an Edward McCartan bronze of a boy playing a flute, a 19th century pair of Meissen cockatoos, a French porcelain vase marked “Sevres” and artist-signed “A. Lheri”; hand-painted and enameled irises, an Art Nouveau woman and a 17th century German casket gunmaker’s box.
From lamps and art glass comes a Tiffany Studios table lamp with Turtleback counterbalance, signed red shade and artichoke patterned base (est. $30,000-$40,000); a Lemon Leaf lamp with shade, signed Tiffany Studios (N.Y.), with the original patinated bronze base, signed; a Tiffany Studios patinated bronze Mushroom lamp base, signed; and a Tiffany Studios 12-light Lily lamp.
Period furniture will feature a fine and rare Philadelphia serpentine front sideboard, circa 1790, made from highly figured mahogany with intricate satinwood and bellflower inlay. The piece was purchased from the private collection of Peter Bissell Cooperstown (N.Y.) and was referenced in the book American Antique Furniture (Vol. 1, Edgar G. Miller, N.Y., Dover Publications, 1966, p. 538-540). It comes from the collection of Dr. Warren Hammerschlag (N.J.) and is expected to fetch $15,000-$25,000.
Also sold will be an 18th century Pennsylvania figured walnut secretary with carved shell, arch-top rosettes, tombstone doors, fluted quarter-columns and a serpentine interior; and other furniture pieces.
Returning to artwork, noteworthy lots will include a figural bronze statue by Tony Rosenthal, titled Fisherman, signed and dated 1949 and pulled from the private collection of Peter Bissel Cooperstown and estimated to sell for $4,000-$6,000. a wonderful still life oil on canvas by Jan Pauwel Gillemans the Elder (Flemish, 1618-1675), signed and dated (1657), 18 inches by 24 inches (est. $60,000-$80,000); and an impressive oil on canvas by the noted French artist Paul Delamain (1821-1882), titled Arabian Salute (1880), signed lower left, 39 inches by 52 inches and exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum (est. 30,000-$50,000).
Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A full online catalog will be available at the Cottone website (www.cottoneauctions.com) around Sept. 1st. To order a complimentary color catalog by mail, call Cottone at (585) 243-1000. Previews will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, from noon-6 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m.-noon; and Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; or by appointment.
Cottone Auctions is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call (585) 243-1000; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cottone Auctions' gallery, at 120 Court Street in Geneseo, N.Y. (zip code: 14454) is located just south of Rochester and east of Buffalo. For directions and all other inquiries call (585) 243-1000.
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