Fine Art & Antiques - March 19th at 12 EST
The sale will include more than 275 lots and feature the collections of the estate of Elizabeth Strasenburgh, Rochester, New York, Randy and Bette Swift, Fernandina Beach, Florida, The David K. Anderson Grandchildren’s Trust, Buffalo, New York, various Upstate New York Museums & Institutions, as well as items from various prominent estates & individuals
Cottone Auctions will offer fresh to the market works including a rare and important early carved ebony sculpture by Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Femme Assise, circa 1928 measuring 16 ½ inches (est. $30,000-$50,000). Previously published and illustrated in Edouard Raymond, Paris Montparnasse, Sandy Calder ou le Fil de Ser Devient Statue, June 15, 1929, pg. 39.
Upon arrival in 1926, in the Montparnasse district of Paris, Calder met Picasso, Brancusi, Zadkine and Pascin. At that time, the young Calder sculpted the nude in wood, a material that he borrowed from several of his artist friends such as Brancusi (Madame LR, 1914-1917) or Zadkine (Maternity, 1912-1914).
A fine and rare oak hall chair by the incomparable Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) from the estate of Jane Wolcott Steinhausen of Rochester, New York, will be offered. The chair has unusual carved feet, in undisturbed original condition and finish, signed with the artist monogram and dated 1901, measuring at Ht. 58 inches (est. $50,000-$80,000).
“My designs are my own. I evolve them. They are like those of no other period nor people...I do not read Ruskin nor anybody nor anything that might influence my ideas. I never get them from books...They are mine and into their execution I put all my heart and force and that is why they appeal.” —Charles Rohlfs, House Beautiful, January 1900
20th century highlights from the estate of Elizabeth Strasenburgh include a watercolor by Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953) Les Bateau à Voile, 19 5/8 by 25 3/8 inches (est. $30,000-$50,000) and an oil painting by Max Weber (American, 1881-1961) who was a personal friend of Betty’s, (est. $15,000-$25,000). Other standouts include a stainless steel kinetic sculpture by the late George Rickey (1907-2002), titled Four W’s, will hit the block. Standing at over 8 ft. with a rotating diameter of 5 ft. 6 in., dated 1986-93 and is the third of an edition of three. The kinetic sculpture was acquired directly from the artist in 1994 and has remained in the family of the original owners (est. $50,000-$80,000). Several works by Wendell Castle (1932-2018) an American furniture artist and a leading figure in American craft will also be offered.
The many fine lamps by Tiffany Studios, including Peony Table lamp, with an 18 inch shade (est. 60,000 - $80,000); a Bamboo Table Lamp with a 16 inch shade (est. 40,000 - $60,000); a Red Poppy Table Lamp with a 20 inch shade (est. $50,000 - $80,000). Also offered is a fine and rare Duffner & Kimberly Henry II Table Lamp and Adam Lamp.
Over 30 lots of estate jewelry, including a 9 carat pear shaped diamond ring, (est. $100,000-$150,000) & watches by Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe.
Paintings will feature a Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929) titled La Closerie des Lilas, oil on wood panel, 4 by 6 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000). A rare oil painting by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923) titled Playa de Valencia. Likely painted in 1904, the summer of which Sorolla spent painting on the El Cabanal beach in Valencia. Here he produced numerous small scale beach scenes, painted on the spot. The work was published and exhibited by The Hispanic Society of America in 1909, (est. $20,000-$40,000). A Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859-1942) oil on canvas of Capri, 9 1/2 by 15 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000). Morning Glory by Jules Joseph LeFebvre (French, 1826-1911) oil on canvas, measuring 50 by 33 1/2 inches (est. $25,000-$50,000).
In Americana a large and impressive early carved and painted architectural eagle, with traces of original paint and gilding, measuring 72 inches long, from a Cortland, New York estate (est. $7,000-$10,000). A 19th century painted portrait of George Washington, modeled after Gilbert Stuart, 30 by 24 inches (est. $5,000-$8,000). A painting by William Aiken Walker (American, 1838-1921) of a family of cotton pickers, measuring 12 1/4 by 9 1/4 inches (est. $10,000-$15,000).
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