A monumental William Frederick de Haas (1830-1880) oil on canvas depicting The Maine Shoreline highlights Weschler's Capital Collections Estate Auction on November 16th. In a private, local collection for over fifty years, the painting captures the solitude and vastness of the New England coastline and is an exceptional example of de Haas's work. The 38 x 58-inch painting is estimated to bring $40,000-$60,000, reflecting a renewed collector interest in American Luminist paintings.
Other works of art to be offered include: an oil on canvas, Harvesting Hay in the Valley of Jungfrau by Herman Herzog (German/American 1832-1932), estimated at $30,000-$50,000; Giovanni Maria Benozzi's (Italian 1809-1873) carrara marble sculpture of Lillie Bradhurst, estimated at $30,000-$50,000; an oil on canvas by Wolf Kahn (German/American b.1927) titled Hidden Pond in Early Spring, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; a Chaim Gross (American 1904-1991) bronze sculpture, Baby Balancing III, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; fine lithographic works by Alphonse Mucha (Czech 1860-1939) and Bernard Buffet (French 1928-1999); as well as over 50 other works by American and European artists.
Collectors of Tiffany & Co. jewelry and sterling silver will be pleased with a large selection of lots including: a pair of 18-karat white-gold, cultured pearl and diamond chip earrings, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; a platinum, cultured pearl and diamond 'Fireworks' brooch, set with one large cultured pearl measuring 8.95 mm, surrounded by 142 round brilliant-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 2.85 carats, estimated at $5,000-$6,000; a sterling and cut glass tantalus, estimated at $1,000-$1,500; sterling flatware services in the Shell & Thread pattern, 82 pieces estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and English King pattern, 137 pieces estimated at $5,000-$8000. Other sterling silver makers, such as S. Kirk & Son, Wallace, Gorham, Buccellati, and Reed & Barton are also well represented.
A selection of 18-karat yellow-gold watches will be offered by Cartier, Rolex and Patek Philippe, each estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Fine jewelry lots include: a tested 18-karat yellow-gold and round, brilliant-cut diamond ring, weighing approximately 1.65 carats, estimated at $7,000-$9,000; an Art Deco platinum, diamond and synthetic ruby cocktail bracelet, circa 1920, centered with one ascher-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.35 carats, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; a 14-karat yellow and white-gold solitaire diamond ring, weighing approximately 1.70 carats, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; and a Russian18-karat white-gold and diamond cocktail bracelet, gross weight 24.1 dwt, estimated at $7,000-$9,000.
Standouts among the American furniture include a fine Chippendale figured mahogany secretary bookcase, Massachusetts, circa 1770, estimated at $3,000-$5,000; a Federal brass mounted inlaid mahogany tall case clock by Nathan Tabor, Roxbury, Massachusetts, circa 1800, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a Federal satinwood inlaid mahogany serpentine tambour ladies' writing desk, Massachusetts, circa 1805, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. These highlights are complemented by a diverse selection of Pennsylvania corner cupboards, Queen Anne and Federal chests, sideboards, drop-leaf tables, highboys, lowboys and pembroke tables.
Among the many fine Persian rugs and carpets to be offered are a Serapi rug, circa 1900 (12 ft 6 in x 9 ft 6 in), estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a Mahal rug, 1st quarter 20th century (13ft 10 in x 10 ft 6 in), estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Asian arts include a fine selection of Chinese porcelains, Chinese silver, jade and hardstone hand mirrors, fine Japanese woodblock prints, including a 96-sheet, accordion folding album of Oban tate-e by Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese 1835-1900) depicting actors, some forming diptychs and part triptychs, each signed, sealed and with title cartouches, some with date and publisher's seals, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
English and Continental furniture and decorations are well represented and include an impressive Dutch Rococo style marquetry walnut bombe side cabinet, composed of 19th century elements, estimated at $2,000-$3,000; an Empire ormolu mounted parcel gilt and ebonized wood gentleman's dressing table, early 19th century, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; a Charles X ormolu figural mantel clock, circa 1825, estimated at $2,000-$4,000; a 63-piece Hermès 'Africa' dinner service, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; and an unusual Italian Baroque style walnut trompe l'oeil table desk with figural inkstand and stool, carved with an illusionistic draped tablecloth, estimated at $800-$1,200.
Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century modern offerings include a Majorelle fruitwood marquetry carved walnut and kingwood 'Les Blés Chicoreé' sideboard, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; a Gustav Stickley oak sideboard, estimated at $2,000-$4,000, and a fine set of eight sculptured metal dining chairs by Paul Evans, estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and matching glass top sculptured bronze dining table estimated at $7,000-$10,000. Art pottery by Rookwood, Van Briggle and Pablo Picasso will be offered, as will art glass from Tiffany Studios and Quezal.
Exhibition begins November 10th at Weschler's 909 E Street, NW Gallery. For online bidding options and to see a complete illustrated catalogue for this auction please visit www.weschlers.com.