• CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts
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  • September 21, 2018

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20th c. art to be sold includes this abstract mixed media on paper by Afro Basaldella (Italian, 1912-1976) dated 1948. This (and the large canvas by Julian Stanczak) is from the estate of a fellow artist and friend of both artists. In 1956, Afro, as he is known, was given the award as Best Italian Artist at the Venice Biennale.
Julian Stanczak (Polish/American, 1928-2017) unfolding and the rain op art abstract, red and blue sgn. and dated on reverse J. Stanczak 1966, titled on stretcher, acrylic on canvas, 52 by 62 in.

On Sunday, September 30th, CRN Auctions will conduct their Annual Fall Auction of antiques and fine arts at their gallery in Cambridge, MA offering a mix of items ranging in geographical origin and spanning the 17th through mid 20th centuries.

Among the approx. 80 lots of works of art offered, included, from the estate of artist William C. Collins, is a large Op-Art canvas by Julian Stanczak, and an abstract by Afro Basadella (both works were acquired from the artist). A color lithograph by Paul Cezanne, purchased in Paris in the 1950’s, is also from the Collins estate. These three works are on the market the first time since he acquired them. Go to the CRN website to see the wide range of artwork to be sold.

American antique furniture is always present at CRN Auctions including an 18th c. Chippendale ox-bow desk with ball and claw feet and original brass, and two sideboards attrib. to Salem cabinetmaker William Hook, the other to the Seymours of Boston. Accessories include a collection of 19th c. sailor made and nautical items such as ditty boxes, whalebone items, and shell valentines. English furniture includes a George II red and gold chinoiserie secretary/desk and a pair of George II sidechairs from a Cambridge, MA. Brattle Street home.

Also being sold is antique and 20th c. silver, Chinese Export porcelains, carpets, European porcelains, French and other Continental furniture and accessories, and more.

The online catalogue and absentee bid forms are available on the website:

The sale will commence at 11 a.m. For live online bidding go to either or

CRN Auctions, Inc.
57 Bay State Rd.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
About CRN Auctions, Inc.

Established in 1975, auctioneers of fine American, European and Asian furniture, art and accessories

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