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  • March 17, 2011

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Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), Nathan Hale, bronze ($80,000-$120,000)
William LeRoy Metcalf (1858-1925), Old Homestead in Springtime ($20,000-$30,000)
A Lovig teak desk, circa 1970 ($800-$1,200)


On April 2nd, Weschler’s spring auction of American & European Fine Art and 20th Century Decorative Arts will feature fresh-to-the-market offerings including works by Edouard Léon Cortès, Willard LeRoy Metcalf, Frederick William MacMonnies among other notable artists, plus an exceptional selection of works by Tiffany Studios, Georg Jensen and Albert Paley. The auction will be on exhibit March 26th through March 31st in Weschler’s Washington, D.C. gallery.

One notable American work on the auction block is an early oil on canvas by William LeRoy Metcalf (1858-1925). The serene oil, Old Homestead in Springtime, is anticipated to bring between $20,000-$30,000. In addition, two works by Arthur Parton (1842-1914), Apple Blossoms and Field of Hay, carry estimates ranging from $1,000-$7,000 and back on the auction block, is a pastel on paper mounted on Bainbridge Illustration Board by Everett Shinn (1876-1953), Masquerade, which carries a $70,000-$90,000 pre-sale estimate.

A bronze sculpture of the American Revolution patriot Nathan Hale will also be offered. The bronze, sculpted by the renowned American sculptor Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), depicts the shackled and bound Hale in the hero’s last moments before his hanging for spying on British troops in 1776. The bronze is anticipated to fetch between $80,000-$120,000.

European paintings will be highlighted by two vivid Parisian street scenes by French artist Edouard Léon Cortès (1882-1969), Tramways à la Madeleine and Boulevard de La Madeleine, which hold pre-sale estimates ranging from $8,000 to $30,000. Other offerings include a watercolor on paper by German artist Max Pechstein (1881-1955), Water Bearers on a Bridge ($15,000-$15,000); Jetsam by Tristram Hillier (British 1905-1983) ($5,000-$7,000); and a late 16th-early 17th century Italian School of The Visitation, which holds a $4,000-$6,000 pre-sale estimate.

Standouts among the European and American prints are nine works by German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) which carry estimates ranging from $1,000-$5,000 and a lithograph in color by Chinese artist Zao Wou-Ki (b. 1921), Montagnes et Soleil, holds a $3,000-$5,000 pre-sale estimate.

The 20th Century furniture offerings will feature a seven-piece powder-coated aluminum patio set by Richard Schultz, from the 1966 Collection, which carries a $1,000-$1,500 pre-sale estimate; a Modernica purple wool upholstered medium 'cloud' sofa, after a design by Isamu Noguchi, late 20th century ($600-$800); and a Lovig teak desk, circa 1970, which is expected to bring between $800-$1,200.

Works by Albert Paley will also be showcased and include two pairs of steel bookends, each dated 2000, and hold a $1,200-$1,800 pre-sale estimate. In addition, a steel fire tool stand with three firs tools, dated 1996, is anticipated to bring $4,000-$6,000.

The selection of metalwork will include four lots if Georg Jensen silver featuring a sterling gravy boat in the Blossom pattern, 1915-1930, which is expected to fetch $1,000-$2,000 and an Art Deco bronze mirror attributed to Oscar Bach, circa 1930s, holds a $1,000-$1,500 pre-sale estimate.

Highlighting the pottery and glass offerings is a Continental parcel gilt and enamel decorated glass ‘lotus’ stemware service, first half 20th century ($1,000-$1,500); a Daum enamel decorated cameo glass vase, circa 1900 ($1,500-$2,500); a Tiffany furnaces gold favrile glass and enamel decorated gilt bronze trumpet vase, circa 1920s ($1,500-$2,500); and a Claude Conover ‘pitlac’ stoneware vessel, circa 1970, hold a $4,000-$6,000 pre-sale estimate.

For more information on Weschler’s April 2nd auction of American and European Fine Art and 20th Century Decorative Arts, contact Weschler’s at (202) 628-1281. The items may be viewed online at www.weschlers.com or at www.artfact.com.

Caroline Simms/John Middlebrook

Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers
40 West Gude Drive
Suite 100
Rockville, Maryland
About Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Since 1890, Weschler’s is one of the leading auctioneers & appraisers of fine art, jewelry, furniture, decorations and Asian works of art.

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