Sale Comprises Estate Jewelry & Watches, Cameras, Folk Art, Americana, Political Ephemera, Fine Art & Outsider Art, Books & Rugs
Woodbury, CT – On Sunday, April 25th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold its Spring Fine Estates Auction comprising over 600 lots of estate property including a broad selection of estate jewelry and watches, Asian decorative arts, American, English and Continental decorative arts, outsider art, folk art and American country and formal furniture, sterling silver, fine art, miscellaneous decorative arts, estate oriental rugs and books.
The auction is a live online sale with absentee and phone bidding, plus live internet bidding on multiple platforms. The auction begins at 11:00 am on April 25th. Preview is primarily online due to COVID-19 concerns, but in person preview by advance appointment will be available from Thursday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 24th.
One of the featured lots is the gold record presented to Paul McCartney for “Let It Be”, which was gifted to McCartney’s manager, the late Vincent Remeo. The award is being sold along with a black and white studio portrait of Paul McCartney, also from the collection of the late Mr. Romeo.
The auction sports two classic vehicles, a 1989 Mercedes Benz 560SL Convertible and a 1998 Jaguar XJ8 Convertible. Both vehicles have been garage kept and are in exceptional condition according to owner/auctioneer Thomas Schwenke.
Three different estates yielded over 100 lots of estate jewelry, ranging from 18K gold and diamond necklaces and bracelets to 14K gold pins and watches and 18K gold and diamond ladies’ watches by Bucherer and Bueche Girod. Over 100 watches are being sold, including several hunter-cased engraved pocket watches and an unusual sterling railroad pocket watch. Several coin lots, booked and loose, are also being sold for one of the estates.
A collection in Roxbury Connecticut provided a number of American folk art items, and political memorabilia, including a George Washington large patriotic banner on cloth with hanging rod, probably late 19th century, 73" high, 43" wide. Folk art from other estates and collections includes a fine tramp art mirror, landscape design hooked rug, and several fine trade signs and weathervanes.
A collector from New York City is offering over sixty lots of folk art and American country furniture, including a green painted cupboard, painted fire-board, early primitive still life oil on canvas, and reverse painted and watercolor artworks. Also being offered from that collection are a number of fine stands, tables, chairs and a group of quite fine tole/tinware lighting – sconces, tole student and bouillotte lamps and four early tin chandeliers. Also, the collection includes an important Federal mahogany inlaid chest with drop panel, attributed to Judkins & Senter, cabinetmakers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Fine art abounds, with over 100 diverse lots offered. An early large portrait of an unidentified sitter clearly a member of the Knights Hospitalier of Malta is being sold for a Woodbury, Connecticut estate, along with other decorative arts and American furniture, including a cherrywood corner cupboard in excellent condition. Offered for a collector in Southbury, Connecticut is another portrait, Circle of Mathieu Le Nain (French, 1607-1677) but unsigned, of a young man. The oil on canvas presents the unidentified subject shown half length, and measures 23 34/" high, 19 14" wide. The work was exhibited: São Paulo, Museo de Arte, O Retrato na França, January 1952, no. 7; Johannesburg, Art Gallery, Three Centuries of French Painting: François I-Napoleon I, March-April 1974. Provenance: Vivier, Tours, Christies New York, February 9, 2009 lot 65.
Other fine art includes an abstract oil on canvas "The Lie Is The Reality" by Reginald T, Holmes, (Canadian, 1934-2004), signed, titled, dated verso, canvas size: 20" high, 20" wide; and works by Fred Bull; John MacKenzie; outsider artist Justin McCarthy; Stanley Lindwasser, an abstract artist from Brooklyn; Edson Newquist; Arild Rosenkrantz; Willem Frederik Noordijk; Agnes Sims; Frank Geary; L. Salaburski; Schildt; illustrator Ben Stahl; Alberto Davila; and many more.
Several fine Asian lots are being offered, including a number of Japanese woodblock prints; several Tibetan thangkas; Chinese porcelain and pottery, featuring a large pair of red palace size vases; pairs of Asian vases and jars; and a large collection of Chinese jade and hardstone carvings. Of special interest are a large size full length gilt carved standing Guanyin, finely robed and jeweled figure with flaming mandorla and holding a double gourd vase, on a lotus carved base, measuring 51" high, 18" wide, 15" deep. From a different estate is a very fine Burmese carved, gilded, lacquered, "jeweled " and mother of pearl inlaid reclining Buddha, 19th century, measuring 13 1/2" high, 46" long, 17" deep.
Many lots of sterling silver are being sold, including four sterling partial flatware services: A Gorham partial sterling flatware service for 12, in the Mythologique pattern, comprising twelve knives, twelve dinner forks, twelve salad forks, twelve cream soup spoons, twelve tea spoons, twelve smaller tea spoons w/gilt bowls, six butter spreaders, three servings spoons and seven serving items, together with six non-matching sterling butter spreaders marked for Baker-Manchester, Providence RI. 94 pieces total, all monogrammed. Largest: Weighable silver: 114 OZT; a Viners English sterling flatware service comprising 11 dinner forks, 10 luncheon forks, 12 soup spoons, 6 serving spoons, 12 tablespoons, 12 teaspoons, 12 dinner knives, 12 luncheon knives, 10 smaller teaspoons (possibly demitasse), 12 grapefruit spoons, 9 iced tea spoons, 2 salt spoons, 2 mustard spoons, 2 spreaders, 2 small servers; olive fork, 2 serving spoons, 3 ladles, 12 fish forks, 12 fish knives, serving fork and knife together with the following sterling handled items: 11 small forks, 2 carving sets, knife, sharpener. Use wear, one smaller teaspoon with damage to handle end, a few nicks. Weighable sterling: 240.235 OZT; an International sterling flatware service for twelve in the "Avalon" pattern comprising 12 dinner forks, 11 luncheon forks, 12 salad forks, 11 seafood forks, 12 tablespoons, 12 soup spoons, 12 teaspoons, 9 round spoons, 12 demitasse spoons, 24 dinner knives, 12 butter knives. Weighable sterling: 148.755 OZT; followed by a companion group of International sterling serving pieces in "Avalon" pattern comprising 12 fish knives, 12 tablespoons, 3 graduated serving forks, 3 graduated ladles, 2 servers, sugar tongs, jam spoon and spreader. Weight: 95.975 OZT, both provenance: Estate of Jeanne Poli, West Haven, CT.
An estate library from Bridgewater, Connecticut is being sold, representing dozens of works by noted English author W. M. Thackeray. One of the more special lots from that collection is Thackeray’s “The Christmas Books” comprising The Rose and the Ring, 1st ed. 1855, The Kickleburys on the Rhine, 1st ed. 1850, Dr. Birch and his Young Friends, 1st ed. 1849, Our Street, 2nd ed. 1858, and Mrs, Perkins's Ball, 3rd ed. ND. They are being offered lotted together with The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond, 1st ed. London, Bradbury and Evans, 1849. In conforming 3/4 green and gilt Morocco. 8vo. The largest: 8 1/2" high, 6 1/4" wide.
Over a dozen estate oriental carpets will cross the block, including Persian, Caucasian, Indian and Turkish room and scatter sized rugs. Of special interest is a blue tone Oushak carpet measuring 6 feet by 9 feet.
The catalog for the sale is viewable at www.woodburyauction.com. This sale is live online with absentee and phone bidding available by registering directly with Schwenke Auctioneers. Absentee and real time online bidding is available through Live Auctioneers, Invaluable and Bidsquare. For additional information please call the auction hall office at 203-266-0323.