Asian Objects Draw International Interest in Eclectic Connecticut Fine Estate Auction Being Held by Schwenke Auctioneers Sunday, February 28th.

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  • February 23, 2016

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Two Chinese Painted Snuff Bottles

Several Asian lots being offered at Schwenke Auctioneers February 28th Eclectic CT Fine Estate Auction are drawing unprecedented interest. Among the top lots with over 20,000 online views is lot 259, two signed Chinese painted snuff bottles comprising a rock crystal interior painted bottle and an incised and painted porcelain bottle.

An Asian gilt bronze guanyin in elaborate dress on a foliate base is also drawing significant attention, along with a Tibetan Thangka depicting Padmasambhava, and another framed Thangka depicting an Ahart surrounded by three deities.

Framed Thangka Depicting Padmasambhava

Other fine Asian lots being offered include a Khmer polished sandstone figure of goddess Uma, Angkor Wat Style, 12th century, wearing a striated sarong, central sash with beading and leaf-shaped pendants, large frontal overfold covering wide belt with oblong jewels, upper arms with beaded quatrefoil armlets, chest with broad foliate ornamented collar on display stand. Provenance: See Sotheby's Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art sale, New York, Saturday, October 6, 1990 Lot 240. The figure measures 19 3/4" high, 7 3/4" wide. Also on offer is a fine Chinese Export blue and white porcelain vase, K'ang Hsi Period (1662-1722) made for Near Eastern market with wood stand, measuring 20" high, 8" diameter. The offerings also include a pair of Chinese carved spinach jade footed bowls on wood stands, measuring 1" high, 7 1/4" diameter.

Chinese furniture is represented with a rare Chinese recessed-leg painting table, late Ming Dynasty or early Qing Dynasty, with single-panel top set within the wide rectangular mitred frame with mortise and tenon top and stretcher construction, with inset bamboo field in top, the frame supported on thick rounded legs joined by pairs of stretchers and rounded shaped supports. This Pingtouan form is referred to in the Classic of Lu Ban as a 'character one' table due to its similarity in profile to the single horizontal stroke of the Chinese character for one. Several examples of this elegant form have been published. See "Splendor of Style, Classical Furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties", National Museum of History, Taipei, 1999, p. 143, for a large huanghuali recessed-leg painting table of similar form, dated to the 16th or 17th century. See, also, G. Ecke, "Chinese Domestic Furniture", Rutland Tokyo, 1962, pl. 46, no. 36, for another example. Dimensions are 69" long, 26" deep, 34" high.

Several Thai items will cross the block, including a framed Thai painting of figures in courtyard, pigment and gilt on fabric, with provenance: from the collection of Jim Thompson, founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, Bangkok, Thailand. Sight size: 15 3/4" high, 11" wide.

Among the many Mid-Century items being sold is a Frank Gehry for Knoll bentwood "Face Off" table with glass top and four "Hat Trick" chairs, branded "Gehry Knoll made in USA 02/20/93, 02/06?/93, 7/10/92, 02/27/93". Dimensions are 33 1/2" high, 23" wide, 18" deep to 28 3/4" high, 42" diameter. There is also a Frank Gehry for Knoll bentwood coffee table with glass top, branded "Gehry Knoll 4/16/93" and measuring 14" high, 39 3/4" wide, 39 3/4" deep.

Framed Thangka, Pigment/Fabric

Other Mid-Century items include a Modernist bronze sculpture, cast as five pairs of wrestlers in a series of consecutive poses simulating a Judo throw, mounted on a plexiglass stand, sculpture measuring 7" high, 39" wide, 4 1/4" deep; a Modernist chrome coffee table with glass top measuring 15 1/4" high, 48" wide, 20" deep; a Modernist Le Corbusier style chrome and suede settee sized 25" high, 61" wide, 32 1/2" deep; three separate Modernist chrome and glass floor lamps; and two rare Murano glass modern lamps. Also offered is a pair of Knoll Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs, upholstered in brown leather, measuring 30 1/2" high, 30" wide.

One of the most unique silver lots being sold is a pair of Cambodian .900 silver pumpkin form containers with chased foliate decoration, both stamped 90%, measuring 7" high, 9" diameter and weighing 58.8 troy ounces. Also offered is an important Georg Jensen sterling silver flatware service for twelve in the Continental pattern marked "Georg Jensen Denmark", Jensen cloth rolls included; the service comprises fourteen dinner forks, twenty-two fish forks, three luncheon forks, twelve demitasse spoons, fourteen teaspoons, twelve dessert/soup spoons, twelve dinner knives, twelve luncheon knives, twelve butter knives, pair salad servers, cake knife, pastry server, and jam spoon. Total weighable silver is 120.29 troy ounces.

Several English and Continental furniture items are also being offered, including a fine Regency mahogany brass mounted credenza/serving table with three brass grillwork doors and brass gallery, 19th century measuring 64" wide, 34" high, 20 1/4" deep; a Regency inlaid mahogany two pedestal dining table, 19th century sized at 28 1/4" high, 57" wide, 50 1/4" deep, together with two extra leaves. Also being sold is a fine Irish (Dublin) Georgian mahogany tall case clock, having a broken arch crest over carved lion moulding, engraved brass and steel dial signed "Wm. Edwards-Dublin", the case with scalloped arched door on bracket base, sized at 89" high, 20" wide, 9 3/4" deep.

This sale also features American formal and country painted furniture, including a fine Pennsylvania softwood corner cabinet, several chest and tables, early 18th century seating furniture, and a fine American mid-Atlantic mahogany tall case clock, probably Pennsylvania, with broken arch in inlaid mahogany case having a painted moon phase dial, case with bellflower vine and urn inlay on bracket base, standing 98" high, 20" wide, 10 3/4" deep. American folk art items include an unusual carved folk art sculptural panel of an automobile, a painted barber pole, and other interesting items.

The sale includes many fine art lots from multiple countries and varying mediums, including a charming Victorian portrait of young girl, oil on panel signed lower right "W.Schmakal 1889" and liner lettered "W. Schmakal", sight size: 8" high, 6" wide; A. Herbe (Austrian, b. 1910), "Room Interior" oil on canvas, signed lower right "A. Herbe", sight size, 23 1/4" high, 29 1/2" wide; Mabel Maugham Beldy (English, 20th century) "Dance Hall" mixed media fabric collage, paint and pencil, signed lower left "Beldy". Framed, not examined out of frame, sight size: 15 1/2" high, 19 1/2" wide; Art Werger (American, b. 1955), "Beneath The Surface: Dissolve" multiple plate etching, titled, numbered, signed, dated in pencil "23/30 Art Werger 1997", sight size: 24" high, 36" wide; Francis E Jamieson (aka Stanley Penn) (UK Scottish,1895 - 1950), fine framed landscape painting, oil on canvas, sight size: 20" high, 30" wide ; English School "Horse In Landscape" oil on canvas, unsigned, sight size: 17 1/2" high, 23 1/2" wide; American School 20th century drawing, "Woman With Pears", titled, signed indistinctly, sight size: 25" high, 19" wide; Yasuo Kuniyoshi (Japan, France, 1893-1953), "Female Acrobat", red crayon drawing, signed, sight size: 15 1/2" high, 13" wide; Giovanni Batista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778), "Prospetto D'un' Regio Cortile...." engraving, sight size 10 3/8" high, 14 3/4" wide; Aaron Berkman (American, 1900-1991), "Segovia Spain" watercolor, signed, titled lower left "A. Berkman", sight size: 12 1/4" high, 10 1/4" wide; Reynolds Beal (American 1866-1951) original charcoal drawing of a Cavalier on colored academy paper with white highlights, signed in pencil lower right “R. B. 1886”, sight size 12 1/4" high, 10 1/4" wide; Bernard Lennon (Connecticut, 1914-1992), "Farmhouse In Winter" oil on board, signed lower right "Lennon", sight size: 7 1/2" high, 11 1/2" wide; Jeanette Agnew Lyon (Ohio, B. 1862), "Sailboats" oil on board, signed lower right, "Ruth Coulter Galleries Cleveland, Ohio" label verso, sight size 16 1/2" high, 13 1/2" wide; Andre Vignoles (French, b. 1920), "Table Arrangement" oil on canvas, signed, dated lower right "A. Vignoles 57", A. Tooth and Sons, London, gallery label verso, sight size: 25 1/4" high, 38 3/4" wide; C. Myron Clark (Massachusetts, 1858-1925), "Nova Scotia Brigantine" oil on board, signed, dated lower left, signed, titled verso, sight size: 9 1/2" high, 14 1/2" wide; Georges Jacqmotte (Belgian, 1874-1949), "Le Mimosa" oil on canvas, signed lower right "G_ _ Jacqmotte", titled, dated 1946, signed on stretcher verso, sight size 27 1/4" high, 23 1/4" wide; Wilhelm Heinrich Rohmeyer (German, 1882-1936), "Swimming Hole" oil on board, signed lower left "Rohmeyer", sight size: 17" high, 26 1/4" wide; Rolph Scarlett (American, 1889-1984), "Abstract" crayon on board, signed in pencil L.R. Scarlett, 8 1/4" high, 12 3/8" wide; Cecil Vezin Grant (American, b. 1880), "Winter Landscape" oil on canvas, signed lower left "C.V. Grant", sight size: 19 1/4" high, 23 1/4" wide; Henri Alphonse Barnoin (French, 1882-1940) "Brittany Coastal Scene" oil on board, signed lower right "H. Barnoin", sight size 8" high, 5 3/4" wide; Friedrich Ernst Morgenstern (German, 1853-1919), "Ship Scene" oil on board, unsigned with photo stating "Painted 1886 in Ostende" with sales receipt and certificate of authenticity from J. P. Schneider, Frankfurt, Germany, sight size: 10 1/4" high, 16" wide; Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528), portfolio edited by Otto Fischer published in 1938 in Berlin by Deutsche Buch-Gemenschaft, containing approximately 350 reproduction woodcuts in portfolio, each print approximately 13" high, 19" wide; and Sujarit Hirankul (Thai, 1946-1982), "Rice Fields" oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right and verso, "1971", sight size: 20 1/2" high, 26 1/2" wide.

Over two dozen Croatian folk art paintings are being sold for a New York City estate. The works include Nebojsa Uglesic (Croatia, 1940-1985), "Tea Party" pastel on paper, signed lower right, 27 1/2" high, 29 1/2" wide; Safet Zec (Serbia, b. 1943) "Pociteljska Medresa" etching, aquatint, watercolor and pencil on paper, plate size 8 1/2" high, 7 1/2" wide; Joze Ciuha (Slovenia, b. 1924), "Shoriavio" color lithograph, signed, numbered 114/135, 19 1/2" high, 37 1/2" wide; Dragica Loncaric (Croatian, b. 1956), silkscreen of colorful abstract geometric bird, signed, numbered 50/150, in mat, sight size 18 1/2" high, 26 1/2" wide; Stjepan Dukin (Croatian, 1945) "Resting" reverse painting, oil paint on glass, signed lower right, sight size 16" high, 20" wide; Georgio Zennaro (Italian, b. 1926), "Abstract" silkscreen, signed, numbered 2/100, 26" high, 30" wide; Franjo Filipovic (Croatian, b. 1930), "Summer" reverse painting, oil on glass, signed lower right, sight size 19 3/4" high, 23 3/4" wide; Josip Horvat Jaska (Croatian, 1939-1981), "Going Skiing" reverse painting, oil on glass, signed, sight size 10" high, 20" wide; and Edo Murtic (Croatian, 1921-2004), "Abstract" tempera paint on paper, signed, sight size 13 3/4" high, 26" wide.

This auction also will feature several estate oriental carpets including Persian and Caucasian room and scatter sized rugs, including a very fine and brilliantly colored Persian area rug, early 20th century, measuring 4' 4" long, 6' 6" wide.

The auction also includes a large collection of Asian decorative arts from a New Milford estate; American, English and Continental decorative arts from a Sandy Hook estate; folk art and American country furniture from the Stevenson Collection; English & other sterling silver, jewelry, fine art, miscellaneous decorative arts; a collection of Croatian folk art paintings from a West 83rd Street estate; a group of ethnic art from a West 93rd Street estate; a group of American and English furniture and decorative arts from an Ulster County, NY estate; and estate oriental rugs. The sale is being held at the firm’s auction hall at Middle Quarter Plaza in Woodbury. Preview times are Thursday, February 25th from 10am to 5pm; Friday February 26th from 10am to 5pm; Saturday, February 27th from 10am to 5pm; and Sunday, February 28th from 9am to sale time.

The catalog for the sale is viewable at www.woodburyauction.com. Absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction by registering directly with Schwenke Auctioneers, and the sale will be broadcast live on Live Auctioneers, Invaluable and Auction Zip. To register or arrange for absentee or phone bidding, please call Schwenke Auctioneers at 203-266-0323.

Schwenke Auctioneers
710 Main Street South
Woodbury, Connecticut
203-266-0323
http://www.woodburyauction.com

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