Selkirk Curates Museum-Quality Collection for Winter Gallery Auction

  • ST. LOUIS, Missouri
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  • January 15, 2016

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Bronze by Charles Marion Russell titled "The Snake Priest". Lot 89 in the January 23rd auction at Selkirk.
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Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers evokes the refined elegance of a selectively curated museum collection for their Winter Gallery Auction on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Winter Gallery Auction begins at 10:00 a.m. Central and will offer examples of significant American, European and Asian fine art, sculpture and furniture. Many items are fresh to market from original private collections, with provenance of local, national and international interest.

“We are welcoming 2016 as the beginning of our first full year in our new St. Louis Gallery with property consigned from private collections from as far away as New York and Arizona, and from as near as our own neighborhood of stately homes in the Central West End,” said Jeff Jeffers, CEO and Principal Auctioneer. “Our specialists have curated a refined collection for a truly stunning Gallery Auction.”

“The range of estimated values, along with the knowledge and customer-focus of our team, will make the Winter Auction very appealing for experienced collectors, said Shane David Hall, Director and Specialist, Fine Art and 20th Century Design. “At the same time, we will make it comfortable and accessible for new customers starting a collection or seeking fine art and unique objects that will make a meaningful statement in their homes.”

Lot 316: MARQUIS DIAMOND RING. American, 20th century. Approximately 5.95ct marquis diamond measuring 19mm x 9.42mm x 5.72mm. M/N color, I clarity, strong blue fluorescence, set in platinum mount flanked by .15ct baguette diamonds. Estimate $ 8,000-12,000
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Setting the tone for the auction, a 1929 Steinway grand piano graces the gallery’s front parlor. Valued at $10,000 to $12,000, the piano with restored ebony case, soundboard and bench, is positioned in front of the iconic 1929 lithograph “Parapluie Revel,” depicting three figures with black umbrellas. Measuring more than 10 feet high and nearly 7 feet wide, lithograph’s sheer size makes it a signature piece for the Winter Gallery Auction. Leonetto Cappiello, who is now often called “the father of modern advertising” because of his innovation in poster design, produced the advertisement for Revel, the luxury umbrella manufacturer. The lithograph, signed and dated "1929" lower left, is valued at $3,000 to $5,000.

Important American artists are well represented in the Winter Gallery Auction:

The poignant scene of an elderly African-American couple gazing at the portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, perhaps in mourning, is representative of many works by Harry Herman Roseland, who mostly is known for his paintings of African Americans. It has been reported that Oprah Winfrey has stated that her favorite painting in her personal collection is Roseland's 1904 work, “To the Highest Bidder.” The painting in an elaborate gilt frame being offered in the Winter Gallery Auction is titled “Contemplating Lincoln,” and is valued at $15,000 to $25,000.

New England Summer,” an overlooking view of a village along a body of water, is oil on canvas in a gilt frame. Signed lower left, it is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.
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Joe Jones, born in St. Louis in 1909, was among America’s most significant, and controversial, 20th century painters. His most notable murals and paintings depict the plight of the working man. As a young painter, his St. Louis patrons funded Jones’ travel to an artist colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It was there that his leftist was ideology ignited, and he subsequently emerged as a major artist, bursting onto the national scene. Jones’ “New England Summer,” an overlooking view of a village along a body of water, is oil on canvas in a gilt frame. Signed lower left, it is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.

Also born in St. Louis, Charles Marion Russell became a legendary painter and sculptor of the American western frontier. Russell created the model for The Snake Priest in 1914 and was first cast by the Zoppo Foundry in 1916. This image celebrates the Hopi villages of New Mexico where every other year the Snake Ceremony took place over a 24 day period. The sculpture depicts the exact moment in the Hopi ceremony when the priest exerts control over the reptile. Similar examples are found in major western museum collections. The estimated value of the bronze is $4,000 to $6,000.

Prominent 19th century European painters are also featured in the auction:

A delightful depiction of highly expressive, 19th century children playing make-believe is the theme of “Compassion and Authority” by Englishman, Charles Hunt. The signed and dated oil on canvas is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.

Bucolic scenes are depicted in excellent mid-to-late century oil paintings by French and German painters. In “Genre Scene” by Aime Perret, a man and woman stand together in a field with a large haystack in early evening light. Featuring an elaborate gilt plaster frame, the signed oil on canvas is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.

Also evoking the serenity of the countryside, a young girl standing with a cow in a rural landscape is the subject of “Peasant Girl and Cow” by Carl Emil Otto Weber, one of the first to paint in the Breton village of Pont-Aven which later developed into an artists' colony. The estimated value of the signed oil on canvas is $4,000 to $6,000.

Among other featured items, also detailed below, the auction includes: a collection of Ten Grueby Faience Company Tiles in the Arts and Crafts style (estimate $7,000 - $9,000); numerous stunning jade items (up to $3,000); and a pair of large blue and white Chinese Nanking cargo chargers dating from the mid-18th century. ($1,500-2,500).

Selkirk’s Winter Gallery Auction full catalog may be browsed online. The Gallery is located at 4739 McPherson in the St. Louis Central West End. Preview hours will be held from January 17th through the auction on January 23rd. Selkirk is accepting quality items for its upcoming Spring Eclectic Auction on March 12, 2016 and Spring Gallery Auction on May 21, 2016. For further information regarding how to sell at Selkirk or for a valuation of your item(s), please contact info@selkirkauctions.com or call 314.696.9041.


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