Cottone Auctions Will Present a Spring Fine Art & Antiques Auction on Saturday, March 27

  • GENESEO, New York
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  • March 11, 2021

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Rare Tiffany Studios, New York Pond Lily Table Lamp. Ht. 26 in. Shade Dia 20 1/2 in. Est. $60,000-$80,000
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This auction will feature items from the estate of Dr. Seymour Ira Schwartz, Rochester, NY, and the estate of Dr. Eugene L. Gaier, Buffalo, NY. As well as items from various museums, estates & individuals.

Cottone Auction’s spring ONLINE: Fine Art & Antiques auction returns on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at 12PM EST. Cottone Auctions is pleased to offer selections from the estate of Dr. Seymour Ira Schwartz, Rochester, NY, a distinguished alumni professor for the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester. He was one of the most prolific and honored surgeons in American history with further successes outside of the field of medicine as a renowned author and cartographic historian. The auction will also feature a collection of modern art from the estate of Dr. Eugene L. Gaier, Buffalo, New York. An alumni professor for the Department of Psychology at the University of Buffalo. He was a patron of the arts with a passion for printmaking.

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) Peacock Chair. 38 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. Est. $10,000-$15,000
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The sale will be held online at Cottone Auctions gallery at 120 Court Street, Geneseo, NY. Previews are being offered by appointment only. Online bidding will be facilitated by the Cottone Auctions website, register to bid at Bidding via and will also be available. Telephone and absentee bids will be accepted. To place bids, please call the Cottone Auctions gallery at (585) 243-1000, or register through our website.

More than 200 lots of 20th century design, fine lamps by Tiffany Studios, paintings, prints, Asian items, estate jewelry, sculpture, decorative arts and americana will come under the gavel on the day of sale. The full catalog, complete with photos and descriptions, can be viewed online at

The many outstanding lamps offered in this sale are led by a breathtaking rare Tiffany Studios, New York Pond Lily lamp with a 20 1/2 inch shade diameter (est. 60,000 - $80,000); a fine Tiffany Studios, Daffodil Table Lamp (est. $30,000 - $50,000); a rare Tiffany Studios, Tulip Table Lamp (est. $30,000 - $50,000) and a rare Tiffany Studios, Daffodil Table Lamp with an oil lamp base, 14 inch shade diameter (est. $15,000 - $25,000). Also offered is a fine Handel Parrot lamp, est. $7,000-$10,000.

Standouts in 20th century include a Frank Lloyd Wright Peacock Chair, made for the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, and once owned by his pupil, Edgar Tafel (est. $10,000-$15,000) as well as a Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. bronze sculpture “Birdman I”, estimated at $7,000-$10,000. Edmondo Bacci (Italian, 1913-1989) "Avvenimento 7R, Venizia, estimated at $5,000-$8,000 from the estate of Alice Harnoncourt Whiteside, New York, NY. Also a watercolor and gouache by Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893-1967) titled “Oat Field" from the Campbell estate, Buffalo, NY, will be offered, est. $10,000-$15,000.

Selling from the Schwartz collection will include a large folio etching “L’Adorateur du soleil” (Sun Worshipper) by Joan Miró, estimated at $8,000-$12,000, as well as several etchings and lithographs by René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) including Les Bijoux Indiscrets, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

18th Century Massachusetts Queen Anne Highboy. Ht. 88 W 40 1/2 in. Est. $10,000-$15,000
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Notable items from the Gaier estate include a Bridget Riley screenprint on plexiglass, “Untitled [Fragment 4/6]”, estimated at $5,000 - $8,000, a work by Michael Goldberg (American, 1924-2007) oil on paper (est. $3,000-$5,000) as well as works by artists Pierre Soulages, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Grace Hartigan, Wayne Thiebaud, John Baldessari, Antoni Tàpies, Richard Diebenkorn, Alberto Giacometti, Frank Stella, Sorel Etrog, Nathan Oliveira and Bernard Meadows, to name a few.

Estate jewelry highlights include a rare 6.69 ct Lightning Ridge Australian Black Opal, (est. $10,000-$15,000); a Tiffany & Co Belle Époque combination pin and pendant (est. $5,000-$8,000); and a 14K gold and slide style pendant watch necklace (est. $2,000-$3,000).

To be offered in sculpture and decorative arts is a fine bronze sculpture by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, titled "The Vine" est. $7,000-$10,000. A fine & rare 3-piece garniture gilt bronze Japonisme clock, retailed by Theodore B. Starr, is from a private estate, est. $5,000-$8,000. A Russian Imperial hand painted porcelain plate, no. 12, est. $6,000-$8,000 was made during the reign of Nicolai II, and is from the estate of Elizabeth M. Yates, Buffalo, NY, She originally purchased the plate from Hammer Galleries. An oil on panel painting of two cardinals by Jehan Georges Vibert (French, 1840-1902), est. $5,000-$8,000 also from the Yates estate.

In the category of Americana, a rare Joseph Wills Philadelphia Queen Anne Tall Case Clock, circa 1760, has a figured walnut case, old surface, engraved brass dial with cast brass elements. It features an 8-day time and strike, with calendar, weight driven movement, and has a pagoda top with tomb stone side panels. The clock stands at 104 inches tall and appears to be in working order (est. $15,000-$25,000). An 18th Century Massachusetts Queen Anne Highboy from Boston, circa 1735-1750 is mahogany with a bonnet top, broken arch pediment, carved double fan, cabriole legs with rare carved shell knees and pad feet. See example in 'American Furniture 1993, Beckerdite/Miller, p. 196, figure 52'. Ht. 88 W 40 1/2 in. (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Cottone Auctions is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate, or a collection, call (585) 243-1000 or email

For more information about Cottone Auctions Saturday, March 27th auction, please visit or call (585) 243-1000.


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