Clarke Auction - Sun. 2/27 Noon - Meissen, Irving Penn, Tiffany, Josef Albers

  • LARCHMONT, New York
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  • February 23, 2011

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Italian Carved Harlequin - 19th Century
Tom Curran - Clarke Auction

360 lots including Meissen collection; Tiffany Favrile, sterling, and coin silver; photographs by Irving Penn, Horst Horst, Duane Michals, Ansel Adams, Harold Kahn; a 19th C. Italian carved harlequin; art by Josef Albers, Samuel Colman, John Rhoden, JF Herring; Midcentury Modern; Antiques including possible Horner Bookcase; an Edgar Brandt Chandelier, and a striking oil on door graffiti tribute to the late Michael Stewart. 

On Sunday, February 27th at 12:00 Noon, Clarke Auction will sell 360+ lots drawn from estates in Bronxville, Greenwich, Larchmont, Ossining, Park Avenue, Central Park West, and Brooklyn Heights. 

Fine Art Photography

Drawn from a Manhattan estate, examples from Irving Penn, Horst Horst, Harry Callahan, Ansel Adams, Duane Michals, Howard Frank, and Harold Kahn. The same estate also provided a large bronze of a reclining nude signed Moore as well as a collection of gay and straight erotica and a high quality collection of interior design books. 


Works by Samuel Colman, A.V. Willis, Alexander Brook, John Frederick Herring II, Carlos Vazquez, Andre Andreoli, Paul Jouve, Charles Culver, Hugh O'Donnell, Darren Waterston, Leonard Besser, Robert Brackman, Marcel Herrfeldt, Rubi Roth, David Nemerov, Johan Sejg, Aurelio James Yammerino, Alfred Bendiner, Walter Gaudnek; a circa 1840 large French pastel "Summer Wedding"; a 19th C. oil of French lancers; and a mystery oil as found in a 19th C. attic, variously thought to be a 17th C. Old Master or a 19th C. Heinrich Hofmann.

African-American Art

A John Rhoden mixed metal and glass modernist sculpture, purchased directly from the artist; two Walter III Cade oils, and a group of African-American works and subjects, including an oil attributed to Richandra Rhoden. 

Of special interest is a Josef Albers hand-signed 1972 two volume folio Formulation:Articulation in good condition, straight from a private Larchmont collection. 


From a noted Bronxville estate, a Meissen collection includes[/b] a nodder, two figural bowls, a dancer and harlequin, and a putto with ram-form bowl

Polychromed Harlequin

The same Bronxville estate also provided a [b]19th century Italian carved and polychromed 40" harlequin[/b] with original paint and in good condition.

In contrast, another Bronxville location produced a period graffiti oil on door, heavily inscribed tribute to the 1983 New York graffiti martyr Michael Stewart. 

Sterling and silver

Examples such as[/b] 19th C. Tiffany coin silver, a Tiffany sterling serving pieces, plate, bowl, and vanity set, 19th C. Morgan silver dollars, an older octagonal lidded jar with crest & monogram, a Sterling J.E. Caldwell & Co.pedestal centerpiece, a 48 troy ounce sterling pitcher, large Chinese export-style sterling chargers and platters, large mixed lots of assorted sterling, and assorted lots of Sterling and Continental silver still being catalogued. 

Midcentury Modern Design

Includes two pairs of Bertoia chairs in good condition, Knoll swivel armchairs, a bamboo-based round dining table, green embossed leather and glass end tables, and assorted midcentury furniture and lighting. 

Edgar Brandt Chandelier

Chandeliers and lighting examples are[/b]highlighted by a spectacular Edgar Brandt patinated wrought iron chandelier with ten signed Daum shades from a Madison Avenue, a pair of old ceramic decorated Chinese lamps, an ArteLuce desk lamp, a pair of gilt bronze rams-head and variegated marble table lamps, bouillotte lamps, and a French gilt bronze 42" by 36" chandelier from a Scarsdale dining room. 

Other Decorative Arts 

Examples are Tiffany Favrile, Dresden, Daum Nancy and Daum France, Nymphenburg, Steuben, Royal Copenhagen and B&G figurines, Sevres, a collection of Chinese snuff jars and boxes; a collection of Japanese, Chinese, and European ivory figures, some appear quite old; an exceptional Lalique green agate box with nude cover, and malachite pieces including carved animals.

Antique Furniture

Includes a heavily-carved oak bookcase, possibly Horner; two heavily-carved oak desks; an French oak armoire, a sideboard with hutch and a marble-topped Victorian dresser and mirror as well as other pieces being catalogued. 

Traditional furniture examples are dining tables and chairs with several examples of banded and inlaid examples including a triple pedestal and a quarter-sawn oak Remington Rand library table. 

Previews onsite are Friday and Saturday, February 25th and 26th, 12 Noon to 6:00 pm. The auction will take place on Sunday, February 27th, at 12:00 Noon.

Full catalogue at

Tom Curran
Clarke Auction

Clarke Auction
2372 Boston Post Rd
Larchmont, New York
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Established fourteen years ago in Larchmont by Ronan Clarke, a Dubliner transported to New York, and as of September 1, moved into a new building on Larchmont's Boston Post Road.

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