Cowan's Auctions Fine and Decorative Art Auction will take place on October 10-11, 2014. The sale will include over 1,400 lots and will be held at Cowan's Auctions’ salesroom. The auction will feature Cincinnati, Kentucky and Indiana paintings, fine groupings of 19th and 20th century Western Art, Georgian silver, inkwells, American and Continental furniture, glass, works on paper, bronzes and sculptures. The sale will consist of two days. Day one will take place on October 10th and will highlight nearly 800 un-catalogued items in the décor portion of the auction, and day two will feature almost 700 lots in the catalogued portion of the sale
Exceptional regional paintings will be offered in the catalogued portion of the sale. Works by Elizabeth Nourse and Frank Duveneck will lead the charge. A painting titled “Rentrant de L’eglise Penmarc’h” by Elizabeth Nourse is estimated to bring anywhere between $30,000/50,000, and a work by Frank Duveneck, titled “Venetian Interior,” is expected to fetch $20,000/30,000.
Cowan’s is also pleased to present another portion of the Clarence and Mildred Long Collection of Indiana Artists. Clarence and Mildred were life-long residents of Indiana who met during their time as undergraduates at Indiana University. Along with significant charitable work, they were dedicated to promoting the state’s unique history and culture. In addition to their own collecting, they were highly involved in Indianapolis art circles. Clarence was a member of the Indiana University Board of Trustees for nine years. During this time he was influential in the establishment of the art museum on the Bloomington campus. Mildred was a tireless volunteer as a docent at the Indianapolis Art Museum and served as a member of the Indiana State Arts Commission for ten years. The Long family’s tradition of sharing the art and culture of Indiana is continued by their son, Dr. W. Randall Long, who recently donated “Boys at the Swimming Hole, a charcoal drawing by noted illustrator Worth Brehm, to the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home in Indianapolis.
“This is by far and wide the strongest Collection of Indiana paintings and Brown County artists that we have ever sold,” notes Graydon Sikes, Director of Paintings and Prints. “Clarence and Mildred Long amassed a serious and comprehensive Collection in the 1960’s and 70’s, and they bought from galleries, dealers and private collectors all over the country. We’re thrilled to be offering this portion, which contains some of the highlights.”
In addition to these exceptional regional works, fine silver will be featured in the upcoming auction. A Rare Gorham Coin Presentation Water Pitcher is estimated at $7,000/9,000, a Colonel Orland Smith Presentation Silver Service is estimated to bring $5,000/7,000, and an American Coin Water Pitcher by Vincent LaForme is estimated at $5,000/7,000.
American and Continental furniture is expected to perform well in the auction. A Chippendale Block Front Chest on Chest is expected to bring $2,000/4,000, a Herter Brothers Marquetry Center Table is estimated at $4,000/6,000, and a Baltimore Federal Inlaid Sideboard is estimated at $2,000/4,000.
Sculptures, pottery and bronzes will also be up for auction in the October 10-11th sale. An Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask is expected to sell for $9,000/12,000, a Warrior Bronze by Georges Bareau is estimated at $4,000/6,000, and a Russian Bronze Sled Scene after Vassily Gratchev is estimated at $2,000/3,000.
Additional notable lots in the sale will include a rare Pint-Sized Andrew Clemens Sand Bottle, estimated to bring $15,000/25,000, a Bembe and Kimbel U.S. House of Representatives Chair is estimated at $10,000/15,000, a Louis XV-Style Boulle Work Balloon Case Bracket Clock is expected to fetch $5,000/7,000, and a John Bennett Tall Bottle Vase is estimated at $3,000/5,000.
About Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.
As one of the nation’s leading auction houses with sales approaching $20 million, Cowan’s has been helping individuals and institutions build important collections for more than a decade. The company’s seven divisions of American History, American Indian and
Western Art, American and European Fine and Decorative Art, Historic Firearms & Early Militaria, Asian Art, Ceramics, and Jewelry hold semi-annual cataloged sales that routinely set records for rare offerings.