BOSTON, MA: Grogan & Company’s June Auction features a high quality and well curated selection of paintings, jewelry, decorative arts, and furniture. The 400 lot auction will be held on Sunday, June 21st at their Beacon Hill gallery.
The auction opens with a selection of 19th and 20th century American and European paintings from The Boston Art Club. Established in 1854 by local Boston artists including Benjamin Champney, Alfred Ordway, and Samuel Lancaster Gerry, The Club’s mission was to provide a democratic venue in which to teach, promote, and sell art. Still active today with approximately 250 members, The Club is deaccessioning this selection of over 130 works to benefit their acquisition fund. Highlights from the collection include Reginald Marsh’s Burlesque Dancer. The 19 ¼ x 15 ¾ inch oil on canvas was painted in the mid-1940s and exhibited at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor’s Second Annual Exhibition in San Francisco. The painting bears a $10,000-15,000 estimate. Additional highlights include a selection of three Raoul Dufy works that came to The Boston Art Club through Dufy’s studio assistant, Andre Robert, and La Galerie 18’s owner, Anthony Field. The largest, a watercolor titled Butterflies, is estimated at $10,000-15,000. Additional offerings from The Club’s collection include works by John Joseph Enneking, Philip Little, Charles Francois Daubigny, Andrew Karoly, George Elmer Browne, E.E. Cummings, Charles Frederic Ramsey, Chi Kwan Chen, and others.
Following The Club’s collection, the auction features a selection of fine art from various private collections. Included in this group is a large-scale Jack Lorimer Gray painting titled The Grand Banks. The 30 x 50 in. oil on canvas depicts a fishing dory amongst schooners and bears a $15,000-25,000 estimate. Another American fine art highlight is Laura Coombs Hill’s floral pastel, Lilies & Iris. The 22 ¾ x 19 in. originates from the Connecticut collection of the early-20th century actress, producer, and director Eva La Gallienne and is estimated at $3,000-5,000.
European Fine Art highlights include Andre Lhote’s watercolor La Marine a L’accordeon. The 19 x 15 ¾ in. painting is the study for Lhote's larger 1920 oil on canvas of the same title and composition that sold at Sotheby's New York, November 7, 2012, Lot 118. This study bears a $6,000-8,000 estimate. Marc Chagall’s lithograph The Bay rounds out the mid-century offerings. The 19 x 25 ½ in. print comes from a local Boston collection and is estimated at $4,000-6,000.
Additional fine art offerings include Kiki Kogelnik’s whimsical Multi-Stripe Head. The Murano glass sculpture is part of her “Venetian Head” series. It stands 14 ½ in. tall and is estimated at $20,000-25,000. Another sculpture highlight is two Marius Jean Antonin Mercie bronzes L’amee and Danse du Sabre. The two impressive bronze figures stand 16 ¾ in. tall and are estimated at $8,000-12,000.
The 100 lot jewelry portion of the sale is headlined by a Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond ring. The 3.26 cts. round brilliant-cut colored diamond is framed by near-colorless diamonds in a spectacular setting. It is estimated at $20,000-40,000. Other jewelry highlights include an Edwardian Platinum and Diamond brooch. The impressive brooch is set with five old European-cut diamonds and additional diamonds weighing almost 9 cts. total. It is estimated at $12,000-18,000. A nice roster of signed pieces complete the jewelry offerings with pieces by Cartier, Tiffany & Company, LaCloche, Boucheron, Patek Philippe, and Rolex.
Following the jewelry, The June Auction offers a comprehensive selection of silver, decorative arts, and furniture. The highlight of several silver coffee and tea services is a Mexican Silver Coffee and Tea Service by San Francisco marker Tango Aceves. The service was commissioned in 1950 by a private collector and is being offered with a $5,000-7,000 estimate. A Tiffany Studios Favrille Glass and Bronze Four Light Newel Post Table Lamp stands 24 ½ in. and is estimated at $7,000-10,000. The furniture offerings are few, but impressive. A rare American Chippendale Serpentine Front Carved Table from the 18th century bears a $5,000-15,000 estimate, and a Simon Willard Federal Mahogany Inlaid Tall Case Clock bears a $5,000-10,000 estimate.
The exhibition hours for The June Auction begin on Thursday, June 18th at 12 noon at Grogan’s Boston gallery. For more information including a fully illustrated online catalogue, visit www.groganco.com.
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Established in 1987, Grogan & Company assists the Boston and greater New England community with the sale of their fine art and antiques. Specializing in quality jewelry, fine art, silver, decorative arts, and Oriental carpets, Grogan & Company holds four to six auctions annually featuring items across all collecting genres.
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