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Plate, signed by Solomon Grim (1787-1827),
Rockland Township, Berks County, Penn.,
1816. Lead-glazed earthenware. Philip
and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at
Ursinus College. “Roots” exhibition.
The earliest section of Dewees Tavern dates from the mid-1700s. Over the Board chair, probably Naza-
years, the building served as a tavern, boarding house, polling place and reth, Northampton County,
stagecoach stop. Penn., 1750-85. Walnut, red
oak. Rocky Hill Collection.
This chair is from the Mora-
vian Sisters’ House in Naz-
areth. Known as a Brett-
stuhl, the chair’s seat and
back is made of sawn
boards while the legs
were shaped by a plane
or knife. Gallery Two.
Dewees Tavern Opens Its Doors
For New Center For Pennsylvania German Studies
BY LAURA BEACH artifacts, most of it dating from the Eighteenth and two of the project will include HVAC upgrades and
Nineteenth Centuries and some of it on loan from improved storage facilities.
TRAPPE, PENN. — The approaching centennial of Dietrich American Foundation and other important
the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of collections, fill four ground-floor galleries and a Visitors to the Dewees Tavern enter, appropriately,
Art is one of many reminders that everything old stair hall. Twentieth Century pieces include paint- through the taproom before proceeding to the first
may soon be new again. Spurred by Lisa Minardi, ings by dealer Hattie Brunner and Trappe native gallery, where some of the earliest objects are on
updated studies of Pennsylvania German decora- David Ellinger. A fifth gallery features the tempo- view. Dated 1744, a domed-top chest with heavy
tive arts are on the upswing, to cite one example of rary exhibition “Roots: Ursinus College and the iron straps speaks to the 80,000 German-speaking
the revival underway. Pennsylvania Germans,” drawn from collections of immigrants who arrived in Pennsylvania by 1775.
the now defunct Pennsylvania Folklife Society and Ephrata Cloister, founded in 1732, is represented by
The expert’s latest project is the new Center for on view through December 31. Gavin Ashworth’s a hanging cupboard of about 1745. A Chester Coun-
Pennsylvania German Studies, which opened in photos, underwritten by William K. du Pont, illus- ty spice box from the Nottingham area has line-and-
September in the newly renovated Dewees Tavern, trate the accompanying Roots catalog. berry inlay and was probably made between 1740
one of five linked sites in Trappe, a historic cross- and 1750.
roads roughly 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Renovations to Dewees Tavern began in February
Minardi — who directs the Speaker’s House in and continued through the summer. Skilled volun- Lancaster’s high style, a distinctive mix of German
Trappe and the Lutheran Archives Center At Phila- teers did most of the carpentry and electrical work, and English traditions, is visible in gallery two. A
delphia, where some of Trappe’s important papers local businesses donated products and services and circa 1770-85 high chest of drawers from the Dietri-
are housed — enlisted friends and colleagues in the college students helped out with everything from ch American Foundation is, in Minardi’s words, “a
project, for which collectors Joan and the late Victor cataloging to yardwork as the September opening tour de force of Lancaster carving,” with distinctive
Johnson provided seed money. The auctioneers Pook approached. Amendments to the historic building’s stippling enlivening its robustly ornamented bonnet.
& Pook and Morphy pitched in with moving help interior include new lighting, new visitor amenities
and sponsorships. and refreshed finishes to floors and walls. Phase A promised gift to Historic Trappe from William K.
( continued on page 30 )
Semi-permanent displays of Pennsylvania art and
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It was the summer of 1986. Without any legal
permission, 28-year-old Keith Haring (1958-1990)
climbed a ladder and painted his famous “Crack
Is Wack” mural on the concrete wall of a handball
court at East 128th Street and the Harlem River
Drive. It took Haring just one day to create the Sheena Brown/NYC Parks photo
work that is alive with the colors, lines and kinetic,
hedonistic symbology immediately identifiable as his graffiti-style vocabulary. Fast forward more than three
decades later, and two artists this past October completed hundreds of hours in recreating Haring’s bold state-
ment. Jonathan Kuhn, director of art and antiquities for the New York City Parks Department, provided some
insight into the mural and its recent recreation, a joint project with the Keith Haring Foundation.
This project was a bit out of the norm How was the restoration of the “Crack Is highway next to it underwent four years of restoration.
of what the parks department does. Wack” mural accomplished? They actually raised the profile of the Harlem River Drive
How did it come about? to bring it up above the flood plain. It means that today
They had to remove much of the top layer. Any original you have to exit the highway to see it. There is an access
The work is not an official, permanent artwork in our paint was sealed. Before they did all that, they traced it ramp off the new highway construction where people exit
collection, but we treat it as such, given the magnitude of out in sections across the entire mural in three tiers. They into city traffic. I noticed when I was there the other day
the artist and the fact that there’s a foundation established also had pictures provided by the foundation. There wasn’t that virtually every car paused for a moment as phones
to preserve his legacy. We have no permanent outdoor much of the original left because of previous campaigns were whipped out to take a picture.
painted murals because of their physical properties. You and flaking off. It is then a very precise recreation of the
can’t ensure their permanent longevity. This one was work with these paints and color matching exactly based How long do you expect the restoration to last?
painted, as you know, originally illicitly on an active on photographic evidence — each time in consultation
handball court — concrete walls that are now many with the Keith Haring Foundation. That I can’t say with certainty. But the mural is a testament
decades old. to the enduring power of his art, and the restoration is
How did the two artists come to be selected already getting a lot of attention. It’s on the unofficial tour
How do you keep apprised of how such for the project? of New York sites. It represents the era of the 1980s. Keith
works are holding up? himself was involved in championing causes, an early advo-
Louise and William are what I’d call scenic artists. Lou- cate for AIDS research. We are grateful to the conservators
We inspect all of our works on an annual basis and we ise has worked with the Haring Foundation previously. and the Keith Haring Foundation for its continuing sup-
keep our eye particularly on works of the greatest signifi- She was recommended to them quite a number of years port to preserve this mural’s vibrancy and flair for all to see.
cance. This work is not far from our monuments field ago, having done work on behalf of the New Museum.
crew shops on Randall’s Island, three blocks away. We She had worked on a different outdoor mural by Keith A Keith Haring mural that was removed
keep an eye on it always. We’ve worked with the Keith that I believe was on Houston Street. William works from the walls of a New York youth center
Haring Foundation now for 25 years or more to preserve with her frequently on interiors and wall preparations. sold at Bonhams recently for $3.86 million
the two murals that he did within our parks — the other They came in, took tracings, knocked off mechanically — the first site-specific work by the artist
being in the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center — for- anything that wasn’t adhering on the mural, sealed in to hit the auction block. On the same day,
merly known as the Carmine Street Recreation Center, the small remnants, filled gaps in the wall and reestab- at a fashion and textiles auction in New
a lengthy mural he created on the swimming pool wall lished what was the original profile of the drawing. York City, the top lot was a textile piece,
with a sea theme. “Jesus and His Children” with Keith Har-
Any insight as to why Haring chose this ing squibbles, 1988, which the artist did for
When was the last time the East Harlem particular spot for his mural? punk and pop fashion designer and artist
mural was attended to? Stephen Sprouse. It sold for $20,000. Are we
He may have been thinking about how the crack epidemic witnessing a Keith Haring season?
The last time was in 2012, each time with the authoriza- disproportionately affected disadvantaged communities
tion, preapproval and sponsorship of the Keith Haring such as East Harlem. This playground was also highly I can’t say for sure, but I think Keith’s art has never gone
Foundation. visible to passing motorists. Back then, there was nothing,
not even a fence, between it and the highway. Interest- out of fashion and, if anything, interest in his work has
How did that repainting compare with ingly, the park itself has undergone some renovations. The
what was just done recently? grown over time. —W.A. Demers
It was a very thorough job in 2012. With some hind- NYC Parks photo
sight, the issues of the wall breathing, flaking off of the
paint due to weathering were factors. Walls breathe. It’s a
concrete wall, and the material expands and contracts —
imperceptibly to the eye — but moisture gets in and then
evaporates from the sides of the wall. As it does so, the
paint becomes compromised. It’s the same reason why
houses get repainted.
Who pays the bill?
The Keith Haring Foundation, in its entirety. The
work commenced in late July or early August and
finished on October 17. The artists — Louise Hun-
nicutt and William Tibbals — worked 648 hours on
the restoration. This time, our in-house conservator,
John Saunders, suggested a more durable paint system
and preparation of the wall surface by the German
company Keim. We’ve actually used their product on
historic pieces — for example, the Heinrich Heine
monument near the Bronx County Courthouse, which
is a sort of white Tyrolean marble fountain, carved late
Nineteenth Century. There we used the product to
disguise the graffiti that could not be removed by any
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Palm Beach Modern’s Modern Art & Design Auction—
Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s Sheep Lead Auction At $468,000
Auction Action In West Palm Beach, Fla.
Two Francois-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) “Mouton” epoxy David Hockney (b 1937), “Hotel Acatlan,” artist’s proof lithograph on two sheets of HMP
stone and patinated bronze sculptures, 1990 edition of 250, handmade wove paper, signed, 1985, A.P. XIII/XX, authenticated by the David Hockney
signed in the concrete and in the bronze sold separately to Foundation made $67,600.
the same successful bidder in Switzerland for $247,000 and
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. cois-Xavier Lalanne (1927-
— A rainy day in the Palm 2008). The double-signed sculp-
Beaches meant no golf or ten- tures from a 1990 edition of 250
nis, but it didn’t stop more than were auctioned separately and
120 art aficionados from gath- consecutively, each with a
ering at Palm Beach Modern’s $150/200,000 estimate. Seven
(PBMA) November 9 auction, phone bidders were in active
which totaled $1.8 million and pursuit. One of them, bidding
recorded an 85 percent sell- from Switzerland, prevailed on
through rate. The auction both sheep with winning bids
attracted a record number of of $247,000 and $221,000,
bidders, 4,500 from all sources respectively.
combined and 4,000 via the The first of three sessions
internet. comprising the auction was
“We pride ourselves on service devoted to ceramics and opened
and making our auctions an with 19 lots of Ettore Sottsass
enjoyable experience, which (1917-2007) artist’s proofs from
includes providing a catered a Miami, Fla., collection. All
lunch and free valet parking were prototypes created for
for all who attend,” said PBMA Bitossi’s The Hollywood Collec- Large Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), “Hibou Diego Giacometti (1902-1985),”Oiseau,”
co-owner and auctioneer Rico tion and had been owned by the Noir Perche (Perched Black Owl),” painted bronze sculpture, stamped signature on
Baca. “When the downpour consignor since the 1980s. The earthenware dish, 17 inches diameter, underside, 3¾ by 7½ by 2¼ inches was bid to
began on the morning of the ceramics were 100 percent sold, Madoura ed. 20/100, earned $13,000. $41,600
sale, we quickly arranged for a with the highest-priced piece
canopy to be installed at the being a 19½-inch “Totem,” Two lots of abstract paintings
front door so guests could which realized $3,250. proved especially popular with
arrive dry and comfortable. We Other ceramic highlights bidders, who pushed prices
think those small touches are included a 1984 Betty Wood- beyond the high estimates: a
important.” man (1930-2018) monumental Paul Jenkins (1923-2012)
Those entering the gallery earthenware sculpture titled acrylic on canvas, $41,600
would have been forgiven for “Roman Reflections,” $16,900; against an estimate of
thinking a luxurious petting and a large Pablo Picasso $18/25,000; and a suite of four
zoo had been installed. Howev- (1881-1973) “Hibou Noir Perche works in acrylic by Joseph
er, the sheep safely grazing (Perched Black Owl)” painted Marioni (b 1943) titled “Opus
there were the sale’s top lots: earthenware dish, $13,000. 17: Umber Meditation First
two epoxy stone and bronze PBMA’s selection of Picasso Performance/10.” The quartet
“Mouton” sculptures by Fran- pottery was 100 percent sold. more than doubled its high
estimate at $28,600.
Aggressive bidding on French
paintings led to pleasing
results, in particular for paint-
ings by Charles Levier, Roger
Muhl, Camille Hilaire and
Claude Venard (1913-1999). Sorel Etrog (1933-2014), Joan Miro (1893-1983), “La
Venard’s expansive 51-by-15¼- “Rushman,” bronze figural Harpie,” artist’s proof, aqua-
inch canvas depicting urban sculpture, signed, ed. 3/7, tint on paper, 37½ by 27 inch-
architecture was bid to $35,100 fetched $57,200. es, garnered $9,100.
— more than four times the
high estimate — while his reaching $57,200. Diego Gia- reached $22,100; while his
28½-by-36-inch stylized floral cometti’s (1902-1985) 7½-inch 1989 “Big Blonde” screen print,
still life rose to $16,900 against bronze avian sculpture titled 34 from an edition of 100,
an $8/12,000 estimate. “Oiseau” surpassed expecta- earned $18,200. Both sur-
Bronzes have always fared tions, soaring to $41,600. passed their high estimates.
well in PBMA sales, and those An entire session was dedi- Many other prints sold above
entered in the November 9 cated to prints and editions, estimate, including two Ells-
event were no exception. “Rush- owing to their continued worth Kelly lithographs, $7,800
man” — a 62½-inch figural strength in the marketplace. and $9,100; Joan Miro’s (1893-
bronze sculpture by Canadian The decision to showcase prints 1983) “La Harpie” aquatint art-
Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), “Phenomena Frigate Dawn,” artist Sorel Etrog (1933-2014) paid off handsomely, with a 92 ist’s proof on paper, $9,100; and
acrylic on canvas, 72 by 50 inches (sight), sold for $41,600. — was in step with its estimate, percent sell-through rate. The Yaacov Agam’s “Homage a Tan-
star lot was a signed David tra” polymorph, $16,900
Hockney (b 1937) artist’s proof/ against a $3/5,000 estimate.
lithograph titled “Hotel Acat- Alex Katz and Joel Shapiro
lan.” Created in 1985 on two prints were 100 percent sold.
sheets of HMP handmade wove A wealth of Midcentury Mod-
paper, it was pencil-signed A.P. ern furniture was also offered.
XIII/XX and authenticated by Top lots included a small deep-
the David Hockney Foundation. relief Paul Evans cabinet,
The 38¾- by-84-inch artwork $22,100; and a Philip and Kel-
sold brushed its high estimate vin LaVerne “Tao” coffee table,
at $67,600. $7,800.
Tom Wesselmann’s (1931- Prices given include the buy-
2004) screen print on museum er’s premium, as sated by the
board, signed and titled “Moni- auction house. For information,
Claude Venard (1913-1999), landscape showing urban architecture, 51 by 15¼ inches (sight), ca sitting with Mondrian,” 60 www.modernauctions.com or
went out at $35,100 from a 1989 edition of 100, 561-586-5500.
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December 7 Gallery Auction —
Tiffany Lamps & South Asian Modernist Art At Michaan’s
Doucai lotus-form bowl ($15/20,000).
Tiffany Studios Dragonfly lamp ($75/90,000).
ALAMEDA, CALIF. — Silver draws many bidders to $300/500. A multi-stone, ver- Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960) “Fishing at Sunset,” oil on
December brings the sale of each of Michaan’s monthly auc- meil jewelry suite ($400/600) is canvas ($3/5,000).
the lustrous Tiffany Studios tions. In December, a highlight by designer Kai-Yin Lo, noted
dragonfly lamp #1495-29 to is a Nineteenth Century ster- for creating modern, original “Mother With Dove” by Indian piece ($20/30,000). This North-
Michaan’s in its December 7 ling elephant head bowl by Tif- pieces inspired by her Chinese painter M.F. Husain (1915- ern Wei dynasty artifact features
gallery auction. The lamp is fany & Co, one of several ele- cultural heritage. 2011). His brightly colored fig- numerous figures of Buddha, a
composed of a 20-inch dragon- phant head articles in the urative paintings with Cubist pair of lions and abundant calli-
fly cone shade with strong col- Tiffany & Co archives. The American art in the auction tendencies are singular in graphic inscription. From the
oration ranging from mottled design of this footed centerpiece includes an oil painting, “Fish- style and sometimes contro- same period is a rare Chinese
blue-purples to greenish-blues, bowl, resplendent with repoussé ing at Sunset” ($3/5,000), by versial in subject. “Mother bronze standing figure of Shaky-
atop a rare bronze twisted vine decoration, is attributed to wildlife artist and illustrator With Dove” ($10/15,000) is a amuni ($15/25,000). Among the
base with a striking green and Eugene Soligny, whose works in Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960). large painting suggestive of textiles is a Nineteenth Century
brown patina. silver are found in the collec- Another American painting is themes interwoven throughout Taoist priest’s dragon robe of
tions of the Metropolitan Muse- “Queen Mary ‘36” ($1,2/1,800) Husain’s body of work. imperial yellow silk ($15/20,000).
The shade is unusual in that um of Art and the Art Institute by Cecil Crosley Bell (1906-
all of the Tiffany glass cabochon of Chicago. On two sides of the 1970), known for his dynamic Asian art presented by special- Previews are set for December
“jewels” are plated with an extra bowl are the heads of elephants paintings of New York City and ist Annie Zeng in the auction 1, 5 and 6. Michaan’s Auctions is
layer of glass on the interior, with trunks extended other American places, bustling features, from a San Francisco at 2751 Todd Street. For infor-
deepening the coloration. Esti- ($30/45,000). with color and movement. New collection, a Fifth Century Chi- mation, www.michaans.com or
mated at $75/95,000, the lamp The auction also features York’s neon glow against the nese gilt-bronze Buddhist altar- 510-740-0220.
is accompanied by an original night sky animates Leroy Nei-
bill of sale dating to October 21, period furniture and a rose- man’s vibrant serigraph “Lights
1949. The lamp has been in the wood grand piano in the Neo- of Broadway” ($1,5/2,500). Cali-
same family since its purchase classical style by Collard & Col- fornia landscapes include works
back then. lard (late Nineteenth Century, by Hanson Puthuff and Califor-
$10/15,000). nia Impressionist William
Also among the pieces on offer Jewelry highlights include Ritschel, as well as “Crashing
is a “curtain border” glass and many pieces from the estate of Waves,” by California artist Roi
bronze hanging lamp, Tiffany Sylvia Blumenfeld (1921-2018), Clarkson Colman (1884-1995),
Studios #1615-21, circa 1910 who was an accomplished offered at $1,5/2,000.
($40/60,000). Its iconic design woman of style whose educa-
shows the influence of ancient tion and world travels informed There will be a selection of
and classical art forms on Louis her discerning taste in fine art works by South Asian Modern
Comfort Tiffany’s innovations in and jewelry. Jewels from her artists. The watercolor “Village
glass. The shade is a mosaic of estate include the collection of Scene” ($5/7,000) is by Sayed
rich green-ocher-yellow colors amber, citrine and bronze jew- Haider Raza (1922-2016) who
illuminated by six lights. elry items by Stephen Dweck lived and worked in France as
($400/600) and a David Yur- well as his native India. An ink
Other period lighting of note man amethyst, sterling and and graphite drawing, “Seated
in this auction includes a French 14k yellow gold jewelry suite Woman” ($2/4,000), is by Paki-
Art Deco chandelier of iron and ($500/700). Unique pieces stani artist Abdur Rahman
glass designed by Edgar Brandt include a bug on leaf brooch of Chughtai (1894-1975), widely
for Daum ($25/35,000). cultured pearls, coral, nephrite considered the foremost paint-
jade and 14k yellow gold er of the region. The auction
Another lamp is by Duffner ($300/500). A collection of includes two untitled pastels
and Kimberly, New York, circa enamel jewelry items by Her- on paper by Ram Kumar
1910. The water lily table lamp mès is offered at $400/$600, (1924-2018), a leading Indian
($3/5,000) has been in the same and a vintage pink Chanel jew- abstract painter also associat-
family for decades, its water lily elry suite is estimated ed with the Bombay Progres-
motif in the leaded slag glass sives. Especially noteworthy is
shade repeated in the bronze
Portsmouth Advocates Annual Preservation Awards
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — for continued and sensitive Award, recognizing an individu-
Portsmouth Advocates, a key maintenance of a Historic Prop- al who makes a reality of an
program of the Portsmouth His- erty: for their work on Tibbett’s organization’s mission by bridg-
torical Society (PHS), is prepar- House; ing the theoretical and the prac-
ing for awards season! Since tical, the John Grossman Award
1989, Portsmouth Advocates has *To Charles Seefried, for reha- is named after was a tireless
honored individuals and proj- bilitation of a historic resource: supporter of Portsmouth non-
ects that enhance the city’s for his work on the Larkin-Rice profits and Chair of Portsmouth
unique historic character and House; and to the Fabbrictore Advocates for many years. It was
make Portsmouth a better place Family, for their work on 177 awarded to Robert Thoreson;
to live and work. On Thursday, State Street;
November 21, at Discover Ports- *A special recognition award
mouth, the advocates continued *For preservation planning was presented to Elizabeth
this tradition by presenting and advocacy: awarded to the Dinan, for her reporting cover-
awards to exceptional individu- Save St Patrick’s School team age of Creek Farm.
als and projects completed with- and to the Wentworth-Gardner
in the last year. board of directors; Formed in 1980, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Advocates Advocates was established to
announced the following award *The Arthur J. Gerrier Memo- “promote the maintenance of the
winners: rial Award was presented to historical and architectural
*Michael and Pater Labrie, for John Schnitzler. Presented to an integrity of the structures and
restoring the integrity of a individual who is committed to cityscape of the City of Ports-
resource: for their work on the serving our historic community, mouth.” In 2012, Portsmouth
YMCA Building, Congress the Arthur Gerrier Award is Advocates became part of the
Street façade; named after a longtime member Portsmouth Historical Society.
*To Blair and Jan McCracken, of the Portsmouth Advocates
Board and an outstanding archi- For more information, call 603-
tectural historian; 436-8433, or visit www.ports-
*John Grossman Memorial
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6 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019 The tempera paint-
ing “Breakup” will
Leland Little To Sell Collection Of be sold with a
Works By Artist Andrew Wyeth bronze life cast of
Andrew Wyeth, “Study for
Grape Wine,” pencil study.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — On Andrew Wyeth, “Helga in Orchard.”
Friday, December 6, Leland Lit-
tle Auctions will auction 13 origi- Helga Testorf, who he painted in The collection also includes the and watercolor, was shown at the Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth’s only
nal works by American artist secret for 15 years before reveal- tempera painting “Breakup,” National Gallery of Art, and grandchild, will present a lecture
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), as ing the existence of the “Helga” which will be sold with a bronze “Study for Grape Wine,” a pencil on the artwork. Victoria Wyeth,
part of the sale of a single-owner series in 1985. These paintings life cast of Wyeth’s hands. study, was shown at the Green- who has been lecturing about
collection. All of the works will were the subject of intense media “Breakup” has been included in ville Museum of Art. The tem- her grandfather’s art since she
be offered without reserve, giv- attention and scrutiny, fueled in exhibitions at the Philadelphia pera painting “Grape Wine” is in was a teenager, will share her
ing fine art collectors an oppor- part by Wyeth’s secrecy. The Museum of Art, the Delaware the permanent collection of the personal, firsthand knowledge of
tunity to own a piece of the Helga paintings are considered Art Museum, the Farnsworth Metropolitan Museum of Art in the pieces being sold and her
American artistic canon. some of Wyeth’s most intimate Art Museum and the Greenville New York City. grandfather’s artistic process.
and private works, and the pre- Museum of Art. Several other of
Ten of the Wyeths to be auc- paratory pencil studies and the works to be sold have also In advance of the auction, on Leland Little Auctions is at 620
tioned are pencil studies and watercolors provide a window been included in exhibitions: Wednesday, December 4, at 7 Cornerstone Court. For more
watercolors from the artist’s into his artistic process. “Cape Coat (Helga),” a dry-brush pm, at the Leland Little Auctions information, 919-644-1243 or
depictions of his model and muse gallery, Victoria Browning www.lelandlittle.com.
Twentieth Century & Contemporary Art—
Phillips’ Sale Gets $108 Million, 22 Percent Better Than 2018’s
Auction Action In New York City
Norman Rockwell, “Before the Shot,” 1958, was bid NEW YORK CITY — Phillips’ Twenti-
to $4,700,000. eth Century and contemporary art sale
Jean Michel Basquiat, “The Ring,” 1981, was the on November 14 realized $108 million.
top lot at $15,035,000. The firm’s combined total for the week
was $148,365,00. A total of 42 lots were
Philip Guston’s “Smoking II,” 1973, brought $7,657,500. offered, with 40 sold for 95 percent sold
Fetching $4,580,000 was Joan Miró’s “Paysan catalan inquiet par le by lot and 98 percent sold by value.
passage d’un vol d’oiseaux,” 1952.
Jean-Paul Engelen and Robert Manley,
Phillips’ Worldwide co-heads of Twenti-
eth Century and contemporary art, said,
“At $108 million, our November evening
sale marked a 22 percent increase from
the previous year, in addition to the 58
percent increase in our day sale. As we
find ourselves in a more reserved and
discerning market, buyers are still eager
to acquire truly remarkable works. Jean-
Michel Basquiat’s ‘The Ring’ realized $15
million, and we were delighted to see
such enthusiasm for Norman Rockwell’s
‘Before the Shot,’ which sold for $4.7 mil-
lion to a contemporary collector, a testa-
ment to our deliberate strategy of bring-
ing together works from across different
collecting categories. As more and more
private collectors are entrusting their
works to Phillips, we were able to assem-
ble a sale that was fresh-to-market, with
all but one work hailing from private col-
lections. This strong evening sale result
came on the heels of the highest day sale
total in company history, a record we
have broken for six consecutive seasons,
underscoring the continued growth of
In addition to Basquiat’s “The Ring,”
1981, and Rockwell’s “Before The Shot,”
1958, other evening sale highlights includ-
ed Philip Guston’s “Smoking II,” 1973,
which sold for $7,657,500; Andy Warhol’s
“Late Four-Foot Flowers, 1967, realizing
$7,430,500; Pablo Picasso’s “Femme assise
dans un fauteuil,” 1948, at $4,820,000; and
Joan Miró’s “Paysan catalan inquiet par le
passage d’un vol d’oiseaux,” 1952, going out
A new auction record was set for Sean
Scully, with “Red Bar,” 2003-04, earning
The firm’s day sale on November 13
totaled $40.2 million, with the top lot Josef
Albers, “Homage to the Square: Silent
Gray,” bringing $1,316,000.
Prices given include the buyer’s premium,
as stated by the auction house. For infor-
mation, www.phillips.com or 212-940-1300.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 7
Sale Will Feature Daniel Garber, N.C. Wyeth & Mary Cassatt
A highlight from the Pennsylvania Impressionists section N.C. Wyeth’s “Rebel Jerry and Yankee Jake”
of the sale is Daniel Garber’s “By the River” ($200/300,000), ($200/300,000), a 1931 oil depicting a fero- “Portrait of Mercedes Matter,” 1934, by Hans
a dazzling view of the Delaware River executed in 1929. cious knife fight between two twin brothers. Hoffman ($50/80,000).
Freeman’s Dec. 8 American Art & by Louis Rémy Mignot, which a quintessential beach scene by Susette Keast, three of them
Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction has been kept in the same collec- Edward Henry Potthast consigned through the artist’s
tion of a Roman family for more ($30/50,000), two watercolors by granddaughter.
PHILADELPHIA — On Another notable highlight than 75 years, “Incense Breath- Charles Demuth, “Cyclamen”
December 8 at 2 pm, Freeman’s from the Pennsylvania Impres- ing Morn. – Gray’s Elegy” ($70/100,000) and “Zinnias” Viewing is set for Wednesday-
will conduct its biannual Ameri- sionists section of the sale is ($40/60,000); and “L’Amour ($60/80,000), both from the Friday, December 4-6: 10 am to
can art and Pennsylvania Daniel Garber’s “By the River” Ménétrier (or Pupils of Love or prominent collection of Philip A. 5 pm; Saturday, December 7,
Impressionists auction. As ever, ($200/300,000), a dazzling view Cupid, the Fiddler)” ($20/30,000), Bruno. In addition, the sale will noon to 5 pm; by appointment
the sale will feature works by of the Delaware River executed an early work by Sarah Paxton feature an oil study for a paint- only the morning of the sale.
distinguished American artists, in 1929. Long unrecorded, the Ball Dodson exhibited at the ing by William Glackens titled
including illustrators N.C. Wyeth work resurfaces from a collec- Paris Salon of 1877, long thought “Nude Drying Hair” ($15/25,000) Freeman’s is at 1808 Chestnut
and Norman Rockwell, Hudson tion in Arkansas with a presti- to be lost. A large focus on female and a group of five works by Street. For more information,
River School painters Jasper gious provenance. It represents artists will be made, especially www.freemansauction.com or
Cropsey and Louis Rémy Mignot, a pivotal work for the artist and through a pastel counterproof by 267-414-1211.
as well as Philadelphians Mary an important stylistic change in Mary Cassatt, which the artist
Cassatt and William Glackens. Garber’s career, marked by a executed in Paris in the early EXCITING NEW 2012
Also on offer will be works by new level of sophistication in 1900s under the influence of PRE-BRIMFIELD EVENTS!
famed Pennsylvania Impression- his use of color and light, and by Edgar Degas, four snow scenes
ists Daniel Garber, Fern a bold taste for highly struc- by Fern Coppedge and three Milford
Coppedge and Edward Redfield. tured compositions. works by Mary Elizabeth Price, Antiques Show
including “Hollyhocks and Del- Over 100 Dealers in
An undeniable frontrunner of Among the many Nineteenth phinium Screen” ($50/80,000) Quality Antiques and Collectibles!
the auction will be N.C. Wyeth’s Century pieces on offer, the sale made with gold and silver leaf
“Rebel Jerry and Yankee Jake” will also showcase a section of and depicting a lovely floral Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club
($200/300,000), a 1931 oil Modern works from the mid- motif throughout.
depicting a ferocious knife fight Twentieth Century, including a 50 Emerson Rd. (Intersection of Rtes. 101 & 13)
between two twin brothers. The surrealist scene by Peter Blume Other highlights include an Milford, New Hampshire
painting served as an illustra- ($60/100,000), and a portrait of imposing view of a sailor by
tion for John Fox Jr’s The Little Mercedes Matter by Hans Hoff- John George Brown ($15/25,000),
Shepherd from Kingdom Come, man, which the artist executed
a best-selling novel published in Gloucester in 1934 Four Great Buying Opportunities!
by Charles Scribner’s Sons in ($50/80,000). Of particular note Sundays 10am to 2pm
1903. Set in the vast Kentucky among several works by
mountains during the American Romare Bearden is “New York May 6 Pre-Brimfield Week
Civil War, the oil captures the Scenes,” a series of 23 watercol- July 8 Pre-Brimfield Week
highly anticipated fight between ors depicting various views of August 5 Antiques Week in NH
the Dillon brothers, who grew New York City, completed in September 2 Pre-Brimfield Week
estranged as one embraced the 1979 for John Cassavetes’ film
Union’s side, and the other Gloria ($20/30,000). 10 AM to 11 AM – Admission: $5
chose to remain a rebel and 11 AM to 2 PM – Free Admission
fight alongside the South. Also presented are newly redis-
covered lots; namely a landscape No Sales Tax • All Indoors • Free Parking • Café
Windsor Historical Society’s Jack Donigian, Manager 781-329-1192
Colonial Drinks December 6
Our 36th Year of Quality Antiques Shows
WINDSOR, CONN. — Join society’s education and out-
Windsor Historical Society reach coordinator John Mooney.
(WHS) on Friday, December 6, Then visit four sampling sta-
from 6 to 8 pm, to discover and tions, including the keeping
sample colonial drinks popular room of the society’s Strong-
in New England. You shouldn’t Howard house to see the drinks
be surprised to learn that our made, and for samples of these
area was awash in ales, beers, mostly-forgotten but tasty bev-
wines, and spirits during the erages. Recipes will be provid-
Seventeenth and Eighteenth ed, as will a variety of snacks
Centuries. Everyone from teen- and a non-alcoholic mulled
age farm workers to our found- cider. The cost for this over-
ing fathers imbibed heartily 21-only program is $15, and $14
and often. Ring in the holidays for WHS members.
with an exploration of the ori-
gins and tastes of some of the Windsor Historical Society is
favorite beverages of early at 96 Palisado Avenue. For more
Americans. Ever heard of flip, a information or to make reserva-
surprisingly delicious concoc- tions, 860-688-3813 or www.
tion of beer, rum, eggs, maple windsorhistoricalsociety.org.
syrup, and light cream heated
with a red-hot poker? Syllabub? NEW YORK CITY — Two new
(It’s a wine-based drink fla- exhibitions at the Whitney Muse-
vored with lemon, sugar, vanil- um of American Art are on view
la, and whipped heavy cream.) through January 12: “Rachel
How about rattle-skull made Harrison Life Hack,” and Alan
with beer, rum, lime, and nut- Michelson: Wolf Nation,” at 99
meg? Learn more about the ori- Gansevoort Street For additional
gins of these drinks from the information, www.whitney.org or
8 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Collaboration Between The Currier & Canterbury Shaker Village
The Shakers & The Modern World
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The the press throughout the sec- learn about how they were cut-
Selection of buckets and pails from Enfield and Canter- Currier Museum of Art presents, ond half of the Nineteenth Cen- ting-edge in their branding
bury, N.H., Nineteenth Century, courtesy Canterbury Shak- “The Shakers and the Modern tury and produced large quanti- strategies and how in the Twen-
er Village, Inc. World,” on view through Febru- ties of Shaker goods for sale to tieth Century, the Shaker style
ary 16. The exhibition is drawn the public. By the early 1900s, inspired Modernist designers in
from the extensive holdings at the population had declined, Europe and America who were
Canterbury Shaker Village, cel- and the village began to pro- drawn to the simple lines and
ebrating its 50th anniversary of mote tourism to increase its vis- careful craftsmanship.”
incorporation as a museum this ibility and generate revenue.
year, as well as from the Curri- Historic documents illustrate The exhibition will be accom-
er’s own collection. that the Shakers were quick to panied by public and education-
embrace printed media and al programs developed in collab-
The Shakers have long been photography to promote a more oration with Canterbury Shaker
celebrated for simple, timeless positive image. Village.
design. They were seen by the
world as a devout group with “Shakers were widely revered The Currier Museum features
pure values which were reflect- for their utopian social experi- paintings, sculpture, decorative
ed in their design of furniture ment. This respect was achieved arts and photographs, including
and household objects. Their in part by the Shakers’ astute works by Monet, Picasso,
attempts to convert outsiders to management of their image,” O’Keeffe, Wyeth and LeWitt. It
their radical form of Protestant- stated Andrew Spahr, director presents exhibitions, tours, art
ism caused much anxiety in of collections and exhibitions at classes and special programs
America; as a result, the Shak- the Currier Museum. “This year-round. The Zimmerman
ers developed a branding strat- exhibition is a rare opportunity House, designed by Frank Lloyd
egy to counter negative public to explore not just the beautiful Wright, is a part of the museum.
opinion. They fashioned posi- designs that we know from tra-
tive images of themselves for ditional Shaker images, but to The Currier Museum is at 150
Ash Street. For information, 603-
669-6144 or www.currier.org.
Mount Lebanon rockers, installation view in The Shakers and the Modern World: A collabo-
ration with Canterbury Shaker Village at the Currier Museum of Art. All Canterbury Shak-
er Village, Inc.
Detail of no. 6 Mount Leba-
non Shaker rocker trade-
mark decal, about 1870. Can-
terbury Shaker Village, Inc.
Sisters Marguerite Frost and Eunice Clark playing the sax- Blanket box, Enfield, N.H., about 1840. Pine and maple with
ophone, early Twentieth Century. Archival photograph bone or ivory escutcheons. Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc.
courtesy of Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc.
Case of drawers for sewing patterns, Can- Rocker, Enfield, N.H., circa Sewing desk, Sabbathday Lake, circa 1830, Hart & Shepard, “Dorothy
terbury, about 1840. Pine, walnut knobs and 1840, birch with original red maple case, pine slide and secondary woods, cloak,” Canterbury, 1910-30.
brass escutcheons. Canterbury Shaker Vil- stain, rush seat, 45 by 21 by mahogany pulls on drawers, white porce- Wool and silk with metal
lage, Inc. 19½ inches. Currier Muse- lain pulls on slide, 40¼ by 30¾ by 24¼ inch- clasps. Canterbury Shaker
um of Art, The Henry Mel- es. Currier Museum of Art, The John H. Village, gift of Stephen Miller.
ville Fuller Acquisition Morison Acquisition Fund, 2016.21.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 9
Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Fall Fine & Decorative Arts Auction—
Surging Demand Generates Strong Prices
Auction Action In Mount Crawford, Va.
Ercole Barovier art glass
vase sold for $17,550.
Session II on Saturday consisted Edouard Leon Cortes, Paris street scene, finished at $15,210.
of the firm’s usual diverse selec-
Malagan / Tatanua ceremonial mask brought $17,550. tion of fine and decorative arts going to a European buyer. Other next Fine & Decorative Arts Auc-
and produced strong results and a noteworthy results from the Sat- tion, so the spring 2020 sale
MOUNT CRAWFORD, VA. — Teague Collection, Bloomingda- few surprises, with numerous cat- urday session included an should be another great event!”
The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associ- le, Ind.; a Florida private collec- egories demonstrating signs of Edouard Leon Cortes Paris street
ates October 18-19 fine and deco- tion; and part three of the Mar- continued vigor. Featuring a scene at $15,210; a rare Edison The firm is currently accepting
rative arts auction was a highly cia C. Shaffer collection, broad range of art glass, rare Louis XV floor model phono- consignments for their next Fine
successful event and produced Medford, N.J.; among others. music boxes, silver, jewelry, fine graph, one of only 62 made, & Decorative Arts Auction, cur-
robust prices in multiple catego- The grouping offered in the Fri- art and ceramics, Saturday’s 948- which realized $10,530; and — a rently anticipated to take place
ries. The two-day format consist- day session sparked significant lot session produced consistently late addition to the sale — an in April 2020.
ed of 1,720 lots of material and interest and produced strong strong prices across a number of Emile Galle faience open vase
generated record levels of partic- results overall. The top lot of the collecting categories. One of Sat- decorated with anthropomorphic All prices include the 17 percent
ipation for the firm, a solid indi- day was a Northwood No. 333 urday’s top lots — and the week- insects that sold to a New York buyer’s premium, as reported by
cation of vigor in this diverse leaf mold miniature fairy lamp, end’s biggest surprise — was an bidder on the phone for $6,435. the auction house. For more infor-
segment of the marketplace. Bid- which garnered $5,625 from the antique Malagan / Tatanua cere- mation, www.jeffreysevans.com,
ding was intense throughout Scott Collection. monial mask that brought After the auction, company [email protected] or 540-
each day, with more than 7,000 $17,550. Deaccessioned by the president and auctioneer Jeffrey 434-3939.
registered bidders from more Other noteworthy results from Valentine Museum in Richmond, S. Evans commented, “This sale
than 50 countries participating the Friday session included a Va., the South Pacific ethnograph- generated robust interest across
in house and online. diamond quilt air trap mother- ic object remained in excellent the board, from bidders near and
of-pearl satin glass miniature original condition overall and far. Levels of online participation
Session I on Friday started the finger lamp at $3,802 from the went to a Belgian buyer on the in this auction continue to
weekend off smoothly, with most Lynch collection, a ribbed opal- phone after heated bidding. expand dramatically for us — a
offerings meeting or exceeding escent glass miniature lamp in real indication that there is
expectations. The 772-lot ses- pink at $2,925, and a pair of Saturday’s other top lot was an increased market demand for a
sion featured part one of the Vienna Bohemian decorated Ercole Barovier Tessere diverse range of art and antiques.
miniature lighting collection of glass tumblers or beakers fea- Policrome Murrine art glass The overall excitement and
Yvonne and the late Pete Lynch, turing portraits of Holy Roman vase. Discovered by the consignor strong sales results reflect the
Lincoln, Del.; part one of the Emperor Francis II of Austria at an East Coast yard sale many freshness and high quality of the
Connie Scott collection, Bristol, and Caroline Auguste of Bavaria years ago, the striking cylindrical merchandise offered.” Evans
Conn.; the John & late Evelyn that sold for $2,340. form captivated bidders and added, “We already have several
eventually settled at $17,550, strong items in house for the
Center For Painted Wall Preservation Symposium
Receives Early Funding And Support
SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE ton, N.H., named one of New as reach a targeted audience of
— The Center for the Painted Hampshire Preservation Alli- conservators, collectors, home-
Wall Preservation has received ance’s “Seven to Save” assets; owners and art enthusiasts.
multiple grants to support its musings on painted walls by
upcoming symposium. prominent folk art dealer Ste- The “Conserving the Painted
phen Score; comparative paint Past” symposium on April 3-5,
To help save and protect paint- analysis of three major mural- has online registration opening
decorated plaster walls for ists and discoveries from CPWP January 1. For information,
future generations, the Center founder and advisor Dr Jenni- www.pwpcenter.org/symposium.
for Painted Wall Preservation fer Mass; and a discussion of For information on sponsorship
(CPWP) is planning a sympo- “Less is More” by conservator opportunities, contact CPWP at
sium for April 3-5. The first and CPWP advisor Christine [email protected]
event of its kind, the “Conserv- Thomson.
ing Our Painted Past” sympo-
sium will bring together practi- Several organizations are
tioners in the care and also supporting the event by
conservation of painted walls to offering tours and access to
share case studies and discuss symposium participants of
best practices. museums, private homes and
public buildings. Victoria Man-
CPWP said it is grateful for sion in Portland will share its
early and generous support ongoing period wall conserva-
from the American Folk Art tion. Bowdoin College Museum
Society, the Maine Community of Art in New Brunswick,
Foundation’s Belvedere Tradi- Maine, will offer a special visit
tional Handcrafts Fund, Histor- to “Rufus Porter’s Curious
ic New England’s Herbert and World: Art and Invention in
Louise Whitney Fund for Com- America, 1815-1860,” an exhi-
munity Preservation and the bition planned for December 12
Davis Family Foundation. to May 31.
The symposium will provide The symposium has also
homeowners and conservators received early and enthusiastic
with reliable, responsible and support from conservators and
best practice approaches to pre- collectors since fundraising
serving extant wall decoration began in early September.
for future generations. Promi- CPWP is actively seeking addi-
nent conservators, researchers, tional sponsors for this inaugu-
homeowners, historians, collec- ral symposium on paint-deco-
tors and antiques dealers will rated plaster walls. The event
present an extensive variety of offers a chance to expand schol-
topics. arship and improve the care of
these historic artworks as well
Topics will include preserving
John Avery murals in Middle-
10 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019 Compiled by
Antiques andThe Arts Weekly
Notable Prices Recently Achieved At Various Auction Houses
Staff and Correspondents
Across The Block
include buyer’s premium.
Antique Chinese Cinnabar Eskimo Mask Goes Way North Of Its Eldred’s Had A ‘Brooklyn Bridge’
Lacquered Tray Flies To $4,850 Estimate At Skinner It Would Sell You
DANIA BEACH, FLA. — An antique Chinese cin-
nabar lacquered tray brought $4,850 at Kodner Gal- BOSTON, MASS. — The American Indian and EAST DENNIS, MASS. — One of the more inter-
leries on November 6 as the firm conducted its estate ethnographic arts auction conducted by Skinner on esting top sellers in Eldred’s November 7 antiques
jewelry, art and collectibles auction. It was not the November 9 was led by an Eskimo wood mask, Inu- and accessories auction was an early Twentieth
top lot of the sale. That honor went to a vintage piaq, Alaska, early/mid-Nineteenth Century, which Century unsigned American School street scene
40-carat diamond and platinum necklace, circa was bid to $18,450, leaving its $4/6,000 estimate with the Brooklyn Bridge. The 16-by-20-inch oil on
1940s-50s, that finished at $43.560. The tray, how- far behind. The naturalistic face mask with pierced board was a surprise, selling for $1,560 on a
ever, was a “sleeper,” achieving more than ten times eyes, nostrils and mouth containing small teeth $300/500 estimate to an audience member. For
its low estimate of $400. Resting on a carved wooden with some losses measured 7½ inches high and 5¼ information, 508-385-3116 or www.eldreds.com.
stand, the unmarked outdoor scene with figures and inches wide. Provenance was traced to the Dr John
mountains measured 2 by 15¼ by 10¼ inches on a Beach Driggs collection, Delaware, by family
stand measuring 10½ by 14½ by 6¼ inches. For descent. Driggs was an Episcopal missionary physi-
information, 954-925-2550 or www.kodner.com. cian and educator who served in Point Hope, Alas-
ka, between 1890 and 1910. For information, 617-
350-5400 or www.skinnerinc.com.
1939 Polish Peasant Costumes Portfolio Silver Ram’s Horn Cigar Lighter Smokes Dreamy Orientalist Painting
Returns To Poland The Competition At World Auction Gallery Heading To Paris
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The heaviest hitter in
BEACON, N.Y. — Certainly noteworthy at Hudson World Auction Gallery’s November 10 auction was DEDHAM, MASS. — Caddigan Auctioneers pre-
Valley Auctioneers’ November 4 auction, according a painting by Charles Webster Hawthorne, which sented its fall estate auction on November 2 at the
to Theo de Haas, was a folder titled, “Polisch Peas- sold for $9,300, but there were 300 lots of cigar Holiday Day Inn, a single-session event that fea-
ant Costumes,” a 1939 edition of a collection of Pol- memorabilia from the country cigar store adver- tured American, Midcentury Modern country furni-
ish costumes by Zofia Stryjenska, copyright 1939 by tisement and tobacconia collection of Jerry Ter- ture, a collection of Native American jewelry and
C. Szwedzicki. It sold to a Polish client buying on ranova to contend with. No surprise that a rare important paintings. Among these was a work by
the internet for $5,312. For information, 845-480- sterling silver ram’s horn cigar lighter by Black Antonio Torres Fuster (Spanish, 1874-1945), known
2381 or www.hudsonvalleyauctioneers.com. Starr & Frost (shown) blew away the competition for his odalisque portraits. In the Orientalist style,
in this category to sell for $4,800. The entire 300 this painting in a large gilt frame sold for $5,575 to
lots of cigar memorabilia sold for great prices, well an internet buyer from Paris. “The auction was very
above the estimates. The firm’s next auction is well attended, especially by internet buyers,” noted
December 15, which will include an important col- Joan Caddigan. For information, 781-826-8648 or
lection of art glass. For information, 516-307-8180 www.caddiganauctioneers.com.
Austrian American Artist Mary Deneale Morgan’s ‘Monterey Coast’ Seated Izannah Walker Doll
Betty Lark-Horovitz Archive Triples Estimate At Michaan’s Turns Heads At Withington’s
Achieves $3,900 At PBA Galleries NASHUA, N.H. — Dolls, dolls, dolls took over the
BERKELEY, CALIF. — At PBA Galleries on ALAMEDA, CALIF. — Mary Deneale Morgan Holiday Inn November 6-8 for Withington Auction’s
November 7, an archive of prints, drawings and (American, 1868-1948) “Late Afternoon, Monterey final doll event of 2019. A 17-inch Izannah Walker
ephemera from Austrian American artist Betty Coast” oil on canvas, sold for $21,600, triple its low doll walked away with the top prize of $18,480 after
Lark-Horovitz sold for $3,900. With more than 1,000 estimate, at Michaans’ November 9 auction featur- holding court in an early turned leg doll chair with
individual pieces, many of which were multiples ing diamonds and designer jewels, California paint- worn rush seat. From a Central Falls, R.I., collec-
and assorted items from the artist’s collection, there ings and sculpture, Continental antique furniture tion, the doll featured a stockinet pressed head,
were woodblock prints, etchings, engravings and and a Hopi vase. The 38½-by-35-inch painting was painted facial features, black/brown spill curls,
drawings. The collection also included film nega- purchased in the 1920s from the artist and has applied ears, painted black lace boots with red trim,
tives, printing blocks, proofs and ephemera. Betty been in the same family ever since. For informa- muslin body (possibly recovered) and was dressed
Lark-Horovitz (also known as Betty Lark) studied tion, www.michaans.com or 510-740-0220. in an early antique blue polka dot dress. A dome top
at the renowned Viennese Graphische Lehr und strap trunk with antique clothing and accessories
Versuchsanstalt (State Graphics Institute). In 1926 accompanied the lot with provenance of purchase
she emigrated to the United States with her hus- from Jeannette Fink 1984, originally a gift to Mary
band Karl Lark-Horovitz, a pioneer in the develop- Cornelia Talbot 1865, born November 7, 1862, in
ment of transistors, who became chair of the physics Providence R.I. For information, 603-478-3232 or
department at Purdue University. For information, www.withingtonauction.com.
415-989-2665 or www.pbagalleries.com.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 11
Science Leads Early Printed Books With Newton’s ‘Opticks’
Auction Action In New York City
Albertus Magnus, De mineralibus, wide-margined copy,
Pavia, 1491, realized $17,500.
NEW YORK CITY — Swann the unauthorized third edition, Sir Isaac Newton, Opticks, first edition, first Andrea Alciato, Emblemas, manuscript in
Galleries’ October 24 sale of which earned $6,500. issue, London, 1704, sold for $40,000. Spanish, late Sixteenth-early Seventeenth
early printed, medical, scientific Century, was bid to $11,250.
and travel books saw a full auc- Further science material
tion room and active bidding on included a first edition of Gali- Tudeschis selling for $11,250. of S. Stefano Rotondo in Rome, emblem book. The late Sixteenth
the internet and phones with leo’s 1649 dialogue on the Coper- Bibles and religious texts which brought $8,125; as well as or early Seventeenth Century
particular interest in works by nican and Ptolemaic systems, the last official papal addition to Emblemas brought $11,250.
scientists, as well as incunabula, establishing the validity of included a Bible in Latin printed the Corpus juris canonici with Additional manuscript material
bibles and manuscript publica- heliocentricity, which brought in Nuremberg in 1477 that sold Pope Clemens V’s collection of featured an Eighteenth or early
tions. $16,900; and a second edition for $9,375 and The Holy Byble, decretals compiled during 1305- Nineteenth Century manuscript
Georg Agricola’s De re metallica, conteining the Olde Testament 14, Constitutiones, Nuremberg, cookbook in English that was
Isaac Newton’s Opticks, 1704, 1561, on the first systematic and the Newe, London, 1585, 1482, realizing $6,250. won by an institution for $6,500.
brought $40,000, followed by a treatise on mining and metal- that earned $6,250. Also of note
100 percent sell-through rate for lurgy, which garnered $10,000. was Niccolò Circignani’s 1585 Among the unique items was Prices given include the buyer’s
material relating to the publication with 31 engraved an unpublished Spanish manu- premium, as stated by the auc-
acclaimed scientist. Additional Incunabula performed well plates of Christian martyrdom script version of Andrea Alciato’s tion house. For information,
highlights included Philoso- with “one of the best and most scenes by Giovanni Battista Cav- 1531 Emblemata — the first and www.swanngalleries.com or 212-
phiae naturalis principia math- comprehensive of the western alieri, after frescoes in the church most frequently reprinted 254-4710.
ematica, the third authorized medieval lapidaries,” Albert
edition and the last edition to Magnus’s De mineralibus, 1491,
appear in the Newton’s lifetime, realizing $17,500, and a 1480-
which sold for $9,375, as well as 81 illuminated manuscript by
Nicolaus Panormitanus de
12 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Auction Records Abound In African American Fine Art Sale
Elizabeth Catlett, Kenneth Victor Young, Allan Rohan Crite & More At Swann Galleries
Auction Action In New York City
Kenneth Victor Young, untitled (Abstract Composition), acryl-
ic on canvas, 1972, realized $233,000, a record for the artist.
NEW YORK CITY — On Octo- 1934, which reached $125,000, a Elizabeth Catlett, “Seated Woman,” carved Allan Rohan Crite, “Play at Dark (West-
ber 8, Swann Galleries brought a record for the artist. mahogany, 1962, sold for $389,000, a record minster Street, Madison Park),” oil on can-
historic offering of African Amer- for the artist. vas, 1935, went out at $185,000, a record for
ican fine art across the block. Works by Washington Color the artist.
School artists reached top prices,
Elizabeth Catlett’s 1962 carved including a record for Kenneth and Walter Williams — two sig- included records for Sedrick ist at auction, selling to an insti-
mahogany sculpture “Seated Victor Young at $233,000, with nificant midcentury painters Huckaby III with “Seven Fig- tution for $341,000. Additional
Woman” led the sale at a record- his largest piece to come to auc- Swann has specialized in,” con- ures” — a 1998 oil on canvas artist records included Allan
setting $389,000. “Catlett was tion to date. Sam Gilliam’s 1988 tinued Freeman. Works by Lee- triptych with seven self-portraits Rohan Crite with “Play at Dark
especially deserving of a new acrylic and polypropylene “Rich- Smith featured a variety of — which reached $35,000, and (Westminster Street, Madison
record, and ‘Seated Woman’ was er Scene” earned $161,000, while mediums, including a 1952 oil on Larry Walker with “If People Park),” oil on canvas, 1935, at
the perfect work to do it, embody- the artist’s 1996 mixed-media board landscape with figure, Don’t Feel” — a 2002-04 mix- $185,000, and William H. John-
ing all the wonderful qualities “Snow Lane #1” brought $37,500. $75,000; a 1986 oil on canvas media diptych — which brought son with “Jitterbugs II,” color
found in her wood sculpture,” Additional abstract works “Prelude,” $55,000; and a 1994 $11,875. Also of note was McAr- screen print, circa 1941-42, at
said Nigel Freeman, director of included Romare Bearden’s 1972 watercolor “Les Poseurs,” thur Binion with “Macon: Blue,” $125,000.
African American fine art at mixed-media collage “Girl in a $43,750. Williams’s “Sunflower marking-crayon on birch ply-
Swann. The piece was acquired Garden,” $197,000; a 1960 work Girl,” oil on canvas, circa 1951- wood, 2003, at $68,750. Prices given include the buyer’s
by the Saint Louis Art Museum, on paper by Norman Lewis, 52, brought the second-highest premium, as stated by the auc-
which announced the acquisition $106,000; and “Landscape No. 2,” price for the artist at auction Henry Ossawa Tanner’s “At the tion house.
shortly after the sale. Further oil on canvas, circa 1966, $87,500. with $81,250. Gates (Flight into Egypt),” oil on
sculpture of note included Sar- panel, circa 1926-27, brought the For additional information,
gent Johnson’s “Head of a Negro “Another trend was the rising Standout contemporary works second highest price for the art- www.swanngalleries.com or 212-
Boy,” painted terracotta, circa popularity and value of the 254-4710.
paintings of Hughie Lee-Smith
Evening With Alexis Rockman:
Can Art Drive Change On Climate Change?
GREENWICH, CONN. — On ca, national security issues in for the worse. I used to believe ster War: The Fight Over the
Thursday, December 5, Bruce Washington, DC, and climate that knowledge and information World’s Richest Fishing
Museum Presents poses the change and poverty in New would be enough to open our Grounds, which premiered in
provocative question, “Can Art England. Abel was also part of eyes to environmental devasta- 2018 at the International Mari-
Drive Change on Climate the team that won the 2014 tion and that we would save the time Film Festival.
Change?” Pulitzer Prize for Breaking world.”
News for the paper’s coverage of Abel is now working on a new
Leading the conversation is the Boston Marathon bombings. “I made art partly to cope with film about the race to save
acclaimed artist and climate- He now covers the environment what I was witnessing and to North Atlantic right whales
change activist Alexis Rockman, for the Globe. support a campaign for conser- from extinction and is the host
who will present specially cho- vation. I believed that if one of a new podcast about climate
sen examples of his work and Following Rockman’s presen- could render moments of extinc- change called “Climate Rising.”
discuss how, and why, he uses tation, Abel will join Rockman tion, genocide, population explo-
his art to sound the alarm about for a wide-ranging dialogue at sion and political discord visible, Join us for a night of captivat-
the impending global emergen- the intersection of art and envi- then we might learn to confront ing conversation with Alexis
cy. ronmental activism, followed by and change the conditions lead- Rockman and David Abel in the
a question-and-answer session ing to civilization’s collapse.” latest installment of “Bruce
Adding insight and his own with the audience. Museum Presents,” the muse-
expert perspective is The Boston Along with his reportorial cov- um’s monthly series of public
Globe’s David Abel, who since “I first heard the words ‘cli- erage, Abel has directed several programs featuring thought
1999 has reported on war in the mate change’ in 1994 when I environmentally focused docu- leaders in the fields of art and
Balkans, unrest in Latin Ameri- asked a paleontologist friend, mentaries. They include Glades- science.
‘What are you afraid of for our men: The Last of the Sawgrass
future?’” Rockman told the New Cowboys, a 2016 feature-length Doors open at 6:20 pm for a
York Times in 2018. “He men- film about the US government’s reception with light bites and
tioned climate change and told $16 billion effort to restore the beverages, followed by the panel
me why he was scared. I was Everglades; Sacred Cod, a film discussion and Q&A, 7-8:30 pm.
terrified but hopeful that we about the historic collapse of the Seats are $30 for Museum
could rally as a species and iconic cod fishery in New Eng- members, $45 for non-members.
avoid disaster. A lot has changed land that was broadcast to a
since then — mainly, from an global audience by the Discov- The Bruce Museum is at 1
environmental perspective — ery Channel in 2017; and Lob- Museum Drive. For information
or to reserve a seat, 203-869-
0376 or www.brucemuseum.org.
Comfort & Joy: Huntington Historical Society Quilts
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — The who knew her. Her quilt collec- tion. Nowadays, those who cre-
Huntington Historical Society tion grew substantially over the ate quilts are often individual
has launched an exhibition, years; she simply could not makers. Over many years of
“Comfort & Joy,” in remem- resist the wonder of a beautiful- quilting classes, Joan Orr
brance of Joan Orr, a longtime ly made quilt. The Historical taught hundreds to appreciate,
Huntington Historical Society Society has selected some of her love and learn about the beauty
quilter and quilting teacher. The favorite acquisitions on display, and the meaning of handmade
exhibition will be on view in the along with several quilts that quilts. We hope this very per-
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial she made. sonal exhibition embodies some
Building at the Huntington His- of her passion and both the
tory and Decorative Arts Muse- Historically, quilting was a individual and collective spirit
um though December 31. group enterprise, with many of quilting.
hands and with chatting and
Orr taught quilting for the communing during a quilting The Huntington History &
Huntington Historical Society bee. And many quilt patterns Decorative Arts Museum is at
for many years. She had a pas- had a symbolic significance. 228 Main Street. For informa-
sion for quilting that was infec- Her classes were both an echo tion, 631-351-3244 or www.hun-
tious to her students and to all and a continuance of that tradi- tingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 13
Mamluk Revival Metalwork Exhibit Coming To Huntington Museum Of Art
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. — On holds. Following the demise of complex beauty of flowing cal- while walking the narrow
view through February 9, the the Mamluk sultans in the Six- ligraphy and highly patterned streets of the old city. To my
Huntington Museum of Art teenth Century, new decorative decoration that emerged centu- surprise, the workshops were
presents, “Mamluk Revival styles emerged that reflected ries ago. still there, and the sounds of
Metalwork from The Touma the culture of the ruling Otto- chiseling the brass and inlaying
Collection.” The Mamluks ruled man Empire or European For Dr Joseph Touma, the the silver had not changed.”
much of the area around Syria- sources, effectively ending the desire to collect these objects
Palestine and Egypt from 1250 stylistic era of the Mamluks. reflects great pride in his Syri- Presented by Community
to 1517. Emerging from slave an heritage and brings back Trust Bank, this exhibition will
origins (mamluk is the Arabic By the late Nineteenth Cen- rich memories of his childhood showcase some of the finest
word meaning “slave”), they tury, new interest was shown in in Damascus. “When I was 11 or examples of Mamluk revival
created a powerful empire. preserving the extant examples 12 years old, my family moved metalwork that Touma and his
Their reign saw a flourishing of metalwork from the Mamluk to the Touma ancestral home in wife, Omayma, have collected.
culture that brought with it a period. Many of these were the Christian quarter of the his-
rich period of artistic patron- acquired for the Museum of toric old city of Damascus. I was The Huntington Museum of
age. Arab Art that had been estab- surrounded by artisans who Art is fully accessible and is at
lished in Cairo, and there was were working in the authentic 2033 McCoy Road. For more
One of the most distinguished also a growing export market Damascene craft traditions. information, www.hmoa.org or
craft traditions that emerged for these treasures to satisfy What fascinated me most was 304-529-2701.
during the Mamluk period was the wishes of collectors in the metalwork. At that time,
the production of magnificent Europe and the United States. Incense burner, Sultan Has- most of the metalwork was done
engraved and inlaid metalwork. Unable to fulfill the demands san style, Mamluk Revival by Jewish and Christian arti-
Applying gold, copper and silver for these objects with examples period, Damascus, Syria, late sans, who engraved and inlaid
to the surfaces of metal (usually from the actual Mamluk period, Nineteenth Century. 16½ with silver brass trays and vari-
brass) objects, the work fea- merchants began to employ inches high, 10 inches wide. ous other wares. These work-
tured elaborate Arabic calli- skilled craftsmen in Cairo and style. The intricate craftsman- shops were in the heart of the
graphic inscriptions and com- Damascus to recreate similar ship demonstrated in these Jewish and Christian quarters
plex geometric and floral motifs. objects, using examples in works reflects the long and where we lived. For seven years,
Metalworking centers flour- museums and private collec- proud history of metalworking I observed with fascination the
ished in Damascus and Cairo, tions as guides. For several in the area and highlights the beauty and the complexity of
and the work found its way into decades prior to World War I, their artwork. Fast forward to
the collections of prosperous there was an upsurge in the the 1980s, and my love for this
patrons in the region as well as production of finely crafted art was awakened once more
in wealthy European house- metal objects in the Mamluk during our visits to Damascus
The Fine Arts
Museums Of San
SAN FRANCISCO — The Fine
Arts Museums of San Francisco
have announced the acquisition
of “Penumbra,” 1970, by Frank
Bowling. A central work from the
artist’s innovative and iconic
“Map” series, the painting evokes
the global scale, impact and com-
plexity of the African Diaspora;
thus critiquing a long-reigning
world view distorted by imperial-
ism and colonialism. In celebra-
tion of the acquisition, “Penum-
bra” is on view at the de Young
Museum as part of the interna-
tionally acclaimed exhibition,
“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age
of Black Power 1963-1983,”
through March 15.
“I’m thrilled that the Fine Arts
Museums of San Francisco have
acquired one of my paintings for
its permanent collection and I
feel deeply honored that this
work will be seen by a large audi-
ence in the Bay Area in the com-
ing years. Throughout the six
decades of my career, it has been
my fervent wish for my artwork
to be out in the world for people to
enjoy. The display of ‘Penumbra’
on the walls of your museum is a
wish fulfilled” stated Bowling.
Measuring nearly 8 by 23 feet,
“Penumbra” bridges figuration
and abstraction, stylistically ref-
erencing and advancing the
innovations of abstract expres-
sionism, and color field painting.
Placing his canvas on the floor,
Bowling poured, washed and
sprayed pigment and thinner
onto its surface to mimic the nat-
ural processes of tides/currents
and sedimentation/erosion. The
painting’s rich and luminous
surface was created by applying
and then removing successive
layers of translucent pigment,
leaving overlapping residues.
Bowling uses water, both as a
fluid medium and as a metaphor
in which the overlapping currents
of history, experience and imagi-
nation flow together into a stream-
of-consciousness. Nocturnal and
dream-like, “Penumbra” seems to
plumb and map the emotional
depths of the artist’s own interior
worlds and emotional states.
The De Young Museum is at 50
Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. For
information, 415-750-3600 or
14 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
French Postwar Design Leads Phillips’ Auction Dec. 17
Claggett Wilson’s extendable dining table and set of 12 din- Leading the auction is the red Ours Polaire sofa, 1950s, by Jean Royère ($300/500,000).
ing chairs, circa 1930, offered as two separate lots (chairs
$40/60,000) (table $18/24,000).
NEW YORK CITY — On tum, but soon the sofa became A full-bodied molded copper and zinc Horse and Hoop and rate panels of stainless steel,
December 17, Phillips will host ubiquitous in Royère’s interiors a carved, painted and giltwood Dog weathervane mold assembled using 2,300 bolts.
its final auction of 2019 with of the late 1950s–early 1960s. ($20/30,000) from the Florence Knoll Bassett collection.
the sale of design. Comprising Today it is recognized as one of The sale also continues Phil-
more than 180 lots that bring his most iconic and sought-after Along With Nineteenth Century lips’ offering of works from the
together a variety of design designs. The soft round form of Weathervanes From ACollection Of collection of Florence Knoll
movements from the past cen- the Ours is in keeping with Bassett. Into the late 1950s,
tury, the auction will present an Royère’s whimsical aesthetic as Florence Knoll Bassett which is when Florence discov-
opportunity for collectors of all well as the biomorphic style ered weathervanes “on a whim”
levels and interests to acquire already in full force in the found in Wilson a creative part- Verhoeven’s work reinterprets while on a trip to Paris with her
exceptional examples of Twen- 1950s. The present lot retains ner who conceived a highly orig- Dutch design traditions second husband Harry Hood
tieth and Twenty-First Century the original thick red uphol- inal interior scheme. Wilson through the means of modern Bassett, early America contin-
design. stery, a color that Royère par- was a Modernist American art- technology, while looking at the ued to serve as inspiration for
ticularly favored for this design. ist, whose paintings are now in way technology is developing at American artists as well as
Cordelia Lembo, Phillips’ head the collections of the Smithson- such lightning speed that we prominent collectors. While
of design, New York, said, “With Also among the works by ian American Art Museum and are becoming accustomed to it. Florence Knoll Bassett does not
a strong selection of French and Royère is a Boule armchair, the Metropolitan Museum of His work ignited global atten- seem to have included weather-
Italian postwar design along- which was acquired in 1957 Art. Like many artists in New tion when he created Cinderella vanes in any of her office interi-
side contemporary pieces, from the architect Nadim York at this time, Wilson did Table, first realized in 2005-06. ors, they do appear in images of
Calder jewelry and ceramics, Majdalani in Beirut. Majdalani not discriminate among medi- Jeroen went on to create Lectori her summer home in Vermont.
this sale aims to continue Phil- had met Jean Royère in Paris ums, and in addition to painting Salutem in 2010, taking the She acquired the vanes in Ver-
lips’ strategy of bringing a new and subsequently, in the late and illustrating, he also process and materials to entire- mont as well as in the many
perspective to the traditional 1940s, the two opened an office designed costumes and sets. ly new heights. Working with antiques stores located near the
collecting categories. We are of decoration and architecture The diversity of his projects the collaborative support of his Knoll showroom in midtown
proud to offer works from together, a union that would suggests he may have designed twin brother Joep, Jeroen con- Manhattan and treasured her
esteemed private collections continue into the 1960s. Royère other pieces of furniture in ceived a desk which would collection enough to bring it
this season. On the heels of and Majdalani collaborated on addition to those for the Lew- again be based on a historic sil- with her when she and Bassett
offering artwork from Florence a large number of both residen- isohn dining room, now the only houette, in this case taken from relocated to Coral Gables, Fla.,
Knoll Bassett’s personal collec- tial and commercial interiors known extant examples. a drawing by François Linke. in 1965 and finally to her last
tion in November, the Decem- throughout Lebanon, which at residence in Coconut Grove,
ber sale will include a selection the time was experiencing a Leading the contemporary Instead of being carved out of where she displayed a group to
of her prized weathervanes. We great deal of growth and new selection in the sale is Jeroen a solid material, the piece was striking effect in a custom grid-
are also particularly honored to construction. A rare Oeuf chest Verhoeven’s Lectori Salutem. built of no less than 150 sepa- shaped display.
include exceptional examples of of drawers is an additional
Art Nouveau and Art Deco highlight by Royère in the auc- Phillips specialist Kimberly
ceramics and glass from the col- tion. The chest of drawers was Sørensen said, “It may seem
lection of Ann and Robert created following the Oeuf chair surprising that Florence Knoll
Fromer.” of 1954; while the chair became had an affinity for Nineteenth
a regular feature in his interi- Century weathervanes, but
The sale offers a strong selec- ors, the other furniture is much when we looked into the history
tion of French postwar design, less ubiquitous, documented in of collecting folk art in the
anchored by a selection of works only a few places. Twentieth Century it became
by Jean Royère. Leading the clear that so-called primitive
auction is the red Ours Polaire Three lots from Claggett Wil- objects like these served as a
sofa. Royère first designed the son’s Lewisohn Commission major source of inspiration
Ours Polaire sofa for the rooms will also be offered, including a among Modernists.”
he occupied in his mother’s sideboard, an extendable dining
apartment at 234 rue du Fau- table and a set of 12 dining Auction viewing is scheduled
bourg-Saint-Honoré on the chairs. Wealthy and progressive for December 13-16.
occasion of redecorating her members of New York society in
residence in 1947. Initially the the early Twentieth Century, Phillips is at 450 Park Avenue.
design was slow to gain momen- Mr and Mrs Sam Lewisohn For information, 212-940-1200
Troves Include A Rare Underground Railroad Journal—
Huntington Acquires Two Significant Collections
Of Slavery, Abolition Materials
Zachariah Taylor Shugart (1805- SAN MARINO, CALIF. — The Hunting- County, W.Va. The records shed light on Brown. While Brown’s account book is not
1881), a Quaker abolitionist who ton Library, Art Museum and Botanical an industry that was not plantation-based related to the Underground Railroad, it is
operated a stop on the Underground Gardens has announced that it has but still relied heavily on slave labor. similar to Shugart’s in that it contains
Railroad at his Michigan farm, circa acquired two collections related to aboli- historically valuable records of an aboli-
1864. The Huntington Library, Art tion and slavery in the Nineteenth Cen- “These two important acquisitions high- tionist combatting slavery amid mundane
Museum and Botanical Gardens. tury United States, including an excep- light the complexities of documenting accounts and details of daily life. These
tionally rare account book from the America’s history of slavery,” said Olga were products of an era when many peo-
Underground Railroad. Tsapina, the Norris Foundation curator of ple did not have funds to purchase multi-
American History at the museum. Tsapi- ple account ledgers.
The first group of materials includes the na said those running the Underground
papers of Zachariah Taylor Shugart Railroad rarely kept records because they The two collections, which were pur-
(1805-1881), a Quaker abolitionist who knew they were breaking federal law, chased recently at auction, are currently
operated an Underground Railroad stop making Shugart’s journal especially valu- being cataloged and will be made avail-
at his farm in Cass County, Mich. The cen- able to scholars. able to scholars in the near future. Some
terpiece of the collection is an account led- materials, including Shugart’s ledger,
ger that contains the names of 137 men The journal lists 137 individuals who will be digitized. The new collections
and women who passed through Shugart’s were escaping slavery, some with such complement and enlarge The Hunting-
farm while trying to reach freedom in evocative names as “North Star” or “Gen- ton’s large holdings in material about
Canada; these names are recorded amid eral W. Hampton,” and some denoted only slavery and abolition. These include the
everyday details of Shugart’s business by first name. Some entries include the immense collection of noted Virginia col-
life, including the number of minks he number of children in the group, some- lector Robert A. Brock, which documents
trapped and the debts he was owed. times as many as five. Each entry is three centuries of the history of the
marked with either “S” or “W,” markings American South.
The second collection is the archive of that may have indicated a next stop on
some 2,000 letters and accounts docu- their northward journey. The Huntington Library, Art Museum,
menting the history of the Dickinson & and Botanical Gardens is at 1151 Oxford
Shrewsbury saltworks, a major operation Tsapina said the document was compa- Road. For more information, 626-405-
founded in 1808 in what is now Kanawha rable to another important Huntington 2100 or www.huntington.org.
holding, the ledger of abolitionist John
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 15
Kaja Veilleux getting ready to start the day. Some of the American furniture and paintings on display during the preview.
Thomaston Place Fall Weekend Sale Exceeds $1.4 Million
Auction Action In Thomaston, Maine
THOMASTON, MAINE — jewelry, Twentieth Century transactions, the three-day sale
There’s usually something for design, Oriental rugs and more. grossed more than $1,400,000.
everyone at a Thomaston Place Each day of the sale included
auction. Kaja Veilleux’s most certain categories, and atten- Sharing honors for the highest
recent three-day sale, November dance in the salesroom was price realized of the sale and
8-10, was no different. It offered strong. Most items are sold with- leading the selections on the sec-
more than 1,500 lots that ranged out reserves, meaning that often ond day was a larger-than-life
from early baseball cards, good good buys are to be had. Several ship’s figurehead of Benjamin
American furniture, campaign phone lines were in use, multiple Franklin, for which a phone bid-
furniture, numerous American internet platforms were active der, competing against other
and European paintings, Native and there were numerous absen- phone bidders and the internet,
American objects, decoys, folk tee bids. Food was on the house paid $29,250. It had minor con-
art, miniatures, Asian material, throughout. Including postsale dition issues, which were fully
noted in the catalog. It was a full
Gus Wilson was a lighthouse keeper in the Tying for the highest priced item in the sale was a geomet-
Portland, Maine, area and a well-respected ric abstract painting by Dutch artist Chris Hendrick Beek-
decoy carver, especially known today for man. It earned $29,500.
his large decoys of eider ducks. This one
There were a number of mahogany and sold for $3,802.
camphor wood campaign chests and blan-
ket chests. Several sold to one bidder who
said that he and his wife had just bought a
home in nearby Rockport, Maine, and want-
ed “some nice things for it.” This five-draw-
er mahogany example sold for $4,095.
Review and Onsite Photos by Its wingspread measuring more than 66 inches, this well
Rick Russack, Contributing Editor carved and painted American eagle plaque with American
flags, similar to the work of John Bellamy, sold for $3,510.
Additional Photos Courtesy of
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
One of the best double-sided fish trade signs Three paintings by Maltese artist Frank Salvaged from the Piscataqua River in 1954, this four-
reached $7,020. It’s a John Dory fish, and Portelli surprised everyone, including the pounder cannon, with a barrel more than 54 inches long,
one of the listings on the internet refers to it auctioneer. This one, signed and dated 1957, dated to the Revolutionary War period. It was accompanied
as “sometimes considered one of the world’s was “Resurrezione,” finishing at $19,890. by strong supporting documents and sold for $9,945.
ugliest fish, with no known relatives.” Be Together, the three paintings were estimat-
that as it may, this sign, more than 43 inches ed to sell around $4,000, but they wound up
long, was well carved and painted with wire totaling more than $45,000.
tips to the fins.
16 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
The first day of the sale included several lots of baseball and Finishing at $23,400, John George Brown’s “A
other early sporting cards. A group of ten encapsulated Stitch in Time” was signed and dated 1883. It was
1909-11 baseball cards, from the T206 set of 524 cards, all but the highest priced American painting in the sale.
one advertising Sweet Corporal cigarettes, sold for $4,563.
Tied for the top price of the sale was this 82-inch-tall steamship figurehead of Benjamin
Franklin. The steamer of that name sunk in Lake Superior in 1850 and this figurehead was
salvaged. It sold for $29,250 to a phone bidder, who had strong competition.
Well-made reproduction furniture continues to do well. A Hooked rug stair runners body standing figure of Frank- importance of the internet, a
set of eight modern Chippendale chairs with shell-carved are not common, but this lin, carved and painted oak, and few days after the sale, Veilleux
crests and pierced back splats, made by the Karges Furni- sale had two examples. With had been salvaged from the said that all the bidders for
ture Company, sold for $7,020. folky farm scenes of barn- wreck of the Great Lakes steam- these paintings were from the
In 1970, Andy Wyeth made this ballpoint ink sketch at the yard animals, this 12-panel ship Benjamin Franklin, which island of Malta.
request of the young son of a contractor working on his example realized $1,521. had run aground on a shoal in
workshop. He had kept it until now and it earned $9,945. Lake Superior about 5 am on Topping the American painting
October 9, 1850. All passengers selection was an oil by John
and crew members escaped seri- George Brown (1831-1913), “A
ous injury. The figure was 82 Stitch in Time,” signed and dated
inches tall by 36 inches wide. 1883. It featured a smiling boy
The catalog noted that “steam- seated in a country chair, pulling
ships of this era were the first to a thread through his trousers,
display full length figureheads, a with his arm raised. Brown was
development made possible by vice president of the National
the change to a more vertical Academy of Design from 1899-
stem on steam driven hulls.” 1904. He is best-known for his
genre paintings, and this one
Sharing the honors for top reached $23,400. A portrait of a
priced item of the sale was a woman with parrot attributed to
European painting. Selling on the itinerant deaf artist John
the third day for $29,250 was Brewster Jr (1766-1854) earned
an untitled geometric abstract $11,700. Also doing unexpected-
painting by Chris Hendrick ly well, selling for $9,945, was a
Beekman (1887-1964), a Dutch small ballpoint ink sketch of a
painter, signed and dated 1916. cow and farmhouse at Port
His works are in several muse- Clyde, Maine, by Andrew Wyeth.
ums, and three works of his The catalog noted: “In 1970,
were included in “Contrasts of Mark Daggett, aged 11 or 12, son
Form: Geometric Abstract Art of Wesley Daggett, a contractor
1910-1980” at the Museum of working on Andrew Wyeth’s
Modern Art in 1985-86. Anoth- workshop in Port Clyde, Maine,
er abstract, this one by Russian asked Andrew if he would do a
artist Alexej von Jawlensky sketch for him. Andrew produced
(1864-1961), 90 of whose works this image, signed it, and gave it
are in the Museum Wiesbaden, to Mark. It has been in his pos-
realized $14,040. Also sold on session ever since.”
the third day, at prices far in
excess of estimates, were three The sale included some good
paintings by Maltese artist “brown” furniture, and it did
Frank Portelli (1923-2004). well. There were also some good
Selling for $19,890, signed and buys in the category. A tall Eigh-
dated 1957, was “Resurrezione.” teenth Century sack back Wind-
By the same artist, “Malta... sor chair, bent oak with ash spin-
Cradle of War and Peace,” an dles, remnants of the original
acrylic on canvas with collage, black surface and a well-shaped
signed and dated 1967, sold for seat, brought $2,340. Another
$18,720. Interestingly, and early Windsor, this one a contin-
demonstrating the increasing uous-arm chair, again with rem-
nants of the original black paint,
Thomaston Place Auction
There was large crowd in the salesroom as the auction A selection of Native American items included this unusual Archaic black stone twin-bowl
started. bird pipe. The Ohio Hopwell pipe sold well over the estimate, finishing at $8,190.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 17
seven spindles and well-turned A signed glove used by Tiger Woods at the This sign would probably have brought a whole lot more had it been in one
end posts and legs went for 2000 US Open, which he won, sold for $1,287. of next summer’s decoy auctions. The double-sided sign, George R. Starr Jr
$1,638. Two tiger maple slant M.D., had a raised profile of a Canada goose on one side and a merganser
front desks were sold; one on a on the other. Starr was a decoy collector, author of one the basic books in
bracket base with a good interior the field, and his collection was sold by Richard Bourne in the 1980s in a
brought $3,217, and the other series of auctions. The sign was included in one of those auctions, and a
fetched $2,808. A Boston Shera- copy of the auction catalog accompanied the sign. It brought $644 and
ton card table attributed to John probably made its new owner very happy.
and Thomas Seymour with
inlaid panels finished at $8,190. A tiger maple chest-on-chest by Midcentury pottery included pieces A tall Eighteenth Century sack back
An Eighteenth Century Chip- Eldred Wheeler realized $4,680. by Benedictine monk Brother Thomas Windsor chair of bent oak with ash
pendale mirror with an eagle Bezanson. This 13-inch vase reached spindles and remnants of the original
crest and additional carving, 54 $1,638. black surface and a well-shaped seat
inches tall, went out for $4,388. brought $2,340.
The crowd may have liked Wind-
sor chairs, but they didn’t care what they want. The Maltese furnishing homes in the area bring in good stuff. That’s Wyeth painting and tons more.”
much about Hitchcock chairs. A paintings are a perfect exam- they had recently bought. Each worth the time and effort that Prices given include the buy-
set of eight in good condition, ple. The little Wyeth ballpoint spent a bundle and got some goes into it. Our upcoming win-
including two armchairs with sketch was a surprise. That’s very nice things — they knew ter sale will be a barn-burner. er’s premium, as stated by the
strong paint, brought only $878, the fun of this business. And we what they wanted. The free We have some really great stuff auction house. For information,
and a set of four country Hitch- had some new buyers who were appraisal days continue to for that one, including a large www.thomastonauction.com or
cocks went for $351. 207-354-8141.
One the other hand, quality
reproduction furniture, for the
most part, did well. A set of eight
modern Chippendale chairs with
shell-carved crests and pierced
back splats, made by the Karges
Furniture Company, sold for
$7,020, well above estimate. An
Eldred Wheeler tiger maple
chest-on-chest earned $4,680. A
set of ten bow back Windsors by
the D.R. Dimes Company fin-
ished at $3,803, and a set of
eight bird-cage Windsors by the
same company finished at
The first day of the sale includ-
ed stamps, books and ephemera,
along with a collection of base-
ball cards. A group of ten encap-
sulated 1909-11 cards from the
T206 set of 524 cards, all but one
advertising Sweet Corporal ciga-
rettes, sold for $4,563. Players
included the ever-popular Ty
Cobb. Another group of six, also
from the T206 set, sold for
$3,861. There were also some
cards with SGC grading that
sold individually. A Sweet Capo-
ral, T206 Ty Cobb, red back-
ground, SGC graded 1.5 FR sold
for $1,521, and a Hassan Ciga-
rettes T205 card with Ty Cobb
and a gold border, SGC graded
2.5 GD+ went out for $1,638.
There were several other base-
ball cards sold.
A few days after the sale, Veil-
leux said, “I’m glad to see the
American furniture market has
some life again. We had some
good pieces, and buyers
responded. The same thing was
true with some of the paintings
— buyers find their way to
Whitney Announces Recent Acquisitions,
Including Biennial Works
NEW YORK CITY — The figure against the backdrop of a Levine’s newborn sculptures
Whitney Museum of American monumental landscape execut- (1993–94) over the course of a
Art has announced that it has ed in brilliant colors with vivid day through various collections
acquired more than 250 works attention to the materiality of in homes, galleries and muse-
of art since last April. Among paint; and Kota Ezawa’s pro- ums.
these acquisitions are 88 works jected video animation “Nation-
by 40 artists who were fea- al Anthem,” 2018, that utilizes The Whitney’s collection
tured in the 2019 Whitney repurposed footage of multiple includes nearly 25,000 works
Biennial. NFL teams as the basis for created by approximately 3,500
small-scale watercolor paint- artists during the Twentieth
Other recent acquisitions ings used to create this video and Twenty-First Centuries.
include works by artists who depicting NFL players taking a This focus on the contemporary,
are joining the collection for the knee during “The Star-Span- along with a deep respect for
first time, including Laura gled Banner” in protest of police artists’ creative process and
Aguilar, John Ahearn, Maria violence against unarmed black vision, has guided the muse-
Berrio, Jonathan Lyndon men. um’s collecting ever since its
Chase, ektor garcia, Ajay Kuri- founding in 1930. The collection
an, Wendy Red Star, Wallace & Other workds include Daniel begins with Ashcan school
Donahue and others. Lind-Ramos’s “Maria-Maria,” painting and follows the major
2019, an assembled sculpture movements of the Twentieth
Some of the works acquired made of found materials whose Century in America, with
from the Biennial include John haloed form, blue robes, and strengths in modernism and
Edmonds’s composed photo- title suggest the Virgin Mary social realism, precisionism,
graphs, which feature choreo- but also reference Hurricane abstract expressionism, pop art,
graphed subjects and settings Maria, the devastating 2017 minimalism, postminimalism,
to create portraits such as “Tête storm that struck Puerto Rico; art centered on identity and
d’Homme,” 2018, and “The Vil- Jennifer Packer’s monumental politics that came to the fore in
lain,” 2018, that challenge the painting “A Lesson in Longing,” the 1980s and 1990s and con-
art historical canon while 2019, featuring her signature, temporary work.
simultaneously interrogating gestural figures and adept use
and celebrating black identity; of color; and Carissa Rodri- The Whitney Museum is at 99
Janiva Ellis’s canvas, “Uh Oh, guez’s high-definition video The Gansevoort Street. For more
Look Who Got Wet,” 2019, fea- Maid, 2018, that tracks Sherrie information, www.whitney.org
turing a graphically rendered or 212-570-3600.
18 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Fine Art Sale Shines Spotlight On
Rare Alphonse Mucha Graphics
Rose O’Neill (American, 1874-1944), “Perseus with the Birger Sandzen (Swedish American, 1871-1954), “At The
Head of Medusa,” circa 1900-20, exhibited ink and water- Timberline Pike’s Peak Colo.,” 1925, oil on canvas, 20¼ by
color artwork, signed lower right, titled on verso, 18¼ 20¼ inches (sight). Acquired directly from the artist by his
by 22½ inches. Estate of Robert Allan Haas ($3/5,000). student Wilhelmina Marm, then by descent through her
Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) life-size two-sheet lithograph posters: (left) American actress Mrs Les-
lie Carter, 1908, 89½ by 37 inches ($10/15,000); (right) Sarah Bernhardt in the Greek tragedy Medee at The-
atre de la Renaissance, Paris, 1898, 81½ by 29¼ inches. Both from estate of Robert Allan Haas. ($5/10,000).
Soulis Auctions Presents Lifetime Collection Of Hallmark Cards Master Artist On Dec. 7
LONE JACK, MO. — A collection of very highly regarded in art circles.” later at the Brandywine River Museum tain landscape,” said Soulis. “In addition,
Alphonse Mucha period graphics from Top entries from the Mucha collection of Art. Her ink and watercolor work it has an excellent line of provenance. It
the estate of Hallmark Cards senior “Perseus with the Head of Medusa” was acquired directly from the artist by
master artist Robert Allan Haas (Ameri- include classic, life-size lithograph post- dates circa 1900-20 ($3/5,000). a student of Sandzen’s, then passed by
can, 1950-2018) is the centerpiece of ers of famed stage actresses of the turn of descent through a couple of generations
Dirk Soulis’ December 7 fine art auction the Twentieth Century. One is a dramat- The auction is impressive in its of her family. With all these points con-
at 1 pm Central time. Approximately 60 ic portrayal of Sarah Bernhardt in the breadth, with consignments of Ameri- sidered, it checks off a couple more boxes
of the sale’s 210 lots come from the Haas Greek tragedy Medee (Medea), staged in can, European, Midwest regional paint- than usual and makes the painting even
collection. Many of the works are quite 1898 at Le Theatre de la Renaissance in ings, watercolors, pencil-signed prints more appealing to Sandzen collectors.”
rare and were exhibited at Hallmark’s Paris ($5/10,000). Another highlight, a and bronzes from several Midwestern The Sandzen offering also includes lin-
headquarters and at eight US galleries Mucha poster printed in the United estates and collections. Of special note is ocuts, drypoints and block prints.
as part of a traveling museum exhibition States in 1908, depicts “the American a grouping of Thomas Hart Benton
from 1998 through the early 2000s. Sarah Bernhardt,” actress Caroline Dud- (American, 1889-1975) studies and lith- There are several examples of art with
ley, who intentionally used the stage os, as well as works by Benton’s stu- a Native American theme. A signed Wil-
It is an important collection, said auc- name “Mrs Leslie Carter” following an dents, which were collected from the liam Standing (Native American, 1904-
tioneer Dirk Soulis, not only because of acrimonious divorce. The 89½-inch-tall 1920s to 1960s by a framer/art dealer 1951) oil on board depiction of a brave on
its inherent quality but also because Art Nouveau poster features Carter in who knew the Benton family. horseback, 11½ by 14½ inches (sight), is
Haas was an eminent scholar and the play Kassa ($10/15,000). estimated $3/4,000; while the highest
authority on the subject of Alphonse Leading the collection of works by Kan- estimated of four Taos school oil paint-
Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). “Robert Haas Haas also had an interest in the work sas artists is an early oil on canvas by ings by Fern Knecht, the vibrant “Por-
discovered Alphonse Mucha while a stu- of American artist Rose O’Neill (1874- Birger Sandzen (Swedish American, trait of Toulepela (Swift Lightning),” is
dent at the Ringling College of Art and 1944) and was even an officer of the 1871-1954) that brilliantly captures the expected to reach $3/5,000.
Design. Throughout his life as he pur- International Rose O’Neill Club Founda- distinctive purple, rose and earth tones
sued examples of period art by Mucha, tion. Although O’Neill was best known of the Rocky Mountain West. Titled “At The gallery preview will be conducted
he also maintained a friendly correspon- for the endearing Kewpie characters The Timberline Pike’s Peak Colo.,” it on Friday, December 6, from 2 to 5 pm,
dence with Mucha’s family,” Soulis said. that brought her fame and fortune, she measures 20¼ by 24¼ inches, is artist- on auction day from 11 am until start
“His extensive archive of papers indi- was also a “serious” artist who mixed signed at lower left and pencil-signed time,or by appointment.
cates that the Mucha family often sought fantasy characters with allegorical and dated on verso ($30/50,000). “We see
his opinion on matters of authentication. themes. The Haas collection includes ten Sandzen paintings from the 1940s-50s The gallery is at 529 West Lone Jack
He was extremely knowledgeable and mixed media on paper works by O’Neill with some frequency, but this particular Lee’s Summit Road. For more informa-
that were exhibited in Paris in 1921 and one is from 1925 and is a Rocky Moun- tion, www.soulisauctions.com or 816-
Find Gifts, Start A Collection, Decorate For
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COLUMBUS, OHIO & Find that perfect piece of jewelry at Scott Antique Markets.
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Rows upon rows of booths
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orabilia, military items, toys,
records, all types of fine and
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lection in one row and a beau-
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 19
November 30 & December 1—
Kaminski Will Lay Out Its
Annual Thanksgiving Spread
Sheraton diminutive brandy sideboard with butler’s draw- Late Eighteenth/early Nineteenth Century Albrecht Duerer (German, 1471-1528), “St
er, original finish, water leaf carving, William Hook, Salem, Irish mahogany tea table, 28 by 31 by 20 Jerome in His Study,” monogrammed dated
Mass., circa 1800-15, 42 by 57 by 23½ inches. inches. Provenance: Purchased from M. 1514, 9.6 by 7 inches, old ink script verso.
Turpin Antiques, London, March 4, 1995.
BEVERLY, MASS. — Kamin- with a Thomas Hill painting of having ormolu mounts and Century Turkish silk and cot- the sale beginning at 8 am.
ski Auctions will present its the White Mountains in New porcelain numerals, a circa ton pictorial carpet with Arabic Preview is also open while the
annual Thanksgiving auction Hampshire ($15/25,000). There 1880s classical marble and script. auction is live.
on November 30 and December are several abstract paintings bronze clock and a circa 1880-
1, Saturday and Sunday, start- in the auction, commencing 90s, English mahogany and Preview hours are Monday- The auction gallery is at 117
ing at 10 am EST. The auction with two by Thomas Joseph bronze silent chime mantel Friday, November 25-29, 10 am Elliott Street. For information,
features an Americana collec- and others by Antonio Saura clock from London. to 5 pm, Thursday, November www.kaminskiauctions.com or
tion from a Medford, Mass., and Leon Kelly. There is also a 28, 5 to 8 pm and the days of 978-927-2223.
estate, with additions from double-sided abstract composi- Silver highlights feature an
other North Shore estates. tion signed by L. Popova lower Eighteenth Century English
left in Cyrillic. Of interest is an silver footed salver with
Americana furniture abounds Albrecht Durer (German, 1471- engraved lion in the center,
in the sale, starting with a rare 1528), engraving, of “St Jerome hallmarked for Robert Jones
circa 1800-10 Sheraton carved in His Study,” monogrammed and John Scofield, London,
mahogany inlaid floral and and dated 1514, measuring 9.6 1777-78. The salver measures
checkered card table by Thom- by 7 inches with old ink script 8-1/8 inches in diameter and
as Seymour from his Creek verso. has approximately 11.6 troy
Square workshop in Boston. weight of silver. It is originally
With its original finish and A seascape of Long Island from a 1600s house in Medford,
brass wheels, the card table is Sound by Edward Henry Pot- Mass.
estimated to bring $6/8,000. thast, a Gertrude Abercrombie
cat at full moon oil on board Antique rugs in the auction
Period furniture continues and two oils by Victor Khromin include a Persian Serapi, Per-
with a circa 1800, Hepplewhite (1948-2015) round out the top sian Heriz, antique Persian
carved mahogany and inlaid art lots of the auction. Khro- Mahal and a rare Nineteenth
13-panel bowfront chest from min’s works are both oil paint-
Portsmouth, N.H., and a 1775- ings on a heat-pressured John Sideli Antiques & Fine Arts
95 rare Chippendale carved sculpted surface. They are
mahogany and exotic wood titled “Summer Dream” and 820 Horseneck Road East, Westport, MA 02790 • Phone 508-938-5355 - Cell 413-717-1438
inlaid butler’s secretary book- “The Ladder (Unborn Fears),” [email protected] • www.johnsidelifineart.com
case, thought to be by Niemeier and are signed and dated ‘96-
or Nathan Appleton, of Salem, ’12, marked verso with the stu-
Mass. ($5/7,000). Also, from dio mark “Gilboa, N.Y.”
Salem is a circa 1790 Hepple-
white serpentine front mahog- Decorator’s and modern fur-
any sideboard by Edmund niture collectors should take
Johnson. A published example note of a David Barrett tree
of the sideboard is referenced trunk designer wooden table in
in Salem Cabinet Makers silver leaf with beveled glass
Guide by Chipstone. octagonal top.
A circa 1790-1810 Hepple- Jewelry highlights include an
white lady’s secretary bookcase 18K yellow gold emerald and
that is in original condition diamond ring with sugar loaf
throughout, including original cushion cabochon Zambian
wavy glass is attributed to emerald of approximately 8.12
Emery Moulton, of Lynn, carats, surrounded by 58 round
Mass., will be offered, while a and 24 baguette gem-quality
circa 1790-1810 Hepplewhite diamonds. In September 2019,
carved mahogany and inlaid this ring was appraised for
butler’s secretary desk with $55,000 and came with a GIA
original brasses and stamped report and appraisal certifi-
H.J, is attributed to Michael cate. There is also a platinum
Allison of New York City. diamond ring with a brilliant-
cut round center diamond of G
The selection of Americana color, I1 clarity, approximately
furniture continues with a 2.01 carats, and GIA graded
circa 1755-75 Chippendale “triple excellent.” Twenty-six
carved mahogany linen press round diamonds surround it.
with ball-and-claw feet. This
piece sold previously at Sothe- An 18K white gold ruby and
by’s. diamond ring with an oval bril-
liant-cut Thai ruby, measuring
From the Southern states 2.42 carats surrounded by 22
comes a circa 1790, Hepple- round brilliant cut diamonds, a
white carved mahogany and 14K yellow gold golden sap-
exotic wood inlaid lady’s oval phire and diamond ring with
sewing stand, a circa 1815-25 an oval Ceylon golden sapphire
Sheraton water leaf carved and an 18K white gold black
mahogany canopy bed in origi- star sapphire and diamond
nal finish, signed by cabinet ring by Assil N.Y., ends the
maker JR Rogers, New York. ring selection in the auction.
Both pieces were made for the There is also a carved Victori-
South Carolina market. There an 18-carat Carnelian hard-
is also a circa 1780s, Chippen- stone cameo pendant/brooch.
dale carved mahogany and
wood inlaid serpentine front There are several clocks from
chest from Norfolk, Va., with a Waldingfield Road, Ipswich,
original brasses. Mass., estate, including a circa
1800-20 French mantel clock,
Fine art in the sale begins
20 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
“One of a kind” was how Tom Jewett described a folk carved and painted The Classical mahogany window seat from New York, 1810-25 was the piece
counter discovered in Madison, Maine from the 1860s-70s, shown to the advertised in the show catalog. Nathan Liverant and Son LLC Colchester,
right here. The horse hooked rug, shown upper left corner here, was one of Conn.
many sales. Jewett-Berdan Antiques, Newcastle, Maine.
56th Annual Delaware Antiques Show—
Americana…Front, Center & Forward Looking
WILMINGTON, DEL. — The export decorative arts that were al programming at that institu- graphic turning out to visit with curators and collectors of every
Delaware Antiques Show, a large part of the material cul- tion, which is arguably the epi- dealers and learn about Ameri- ilk and spending level.
recently celebrating its 56th ture of the Eighteenth and center of scholarship on can antiques. This bodes very
anniversary, has always been a Nineteenth Century United American material culture. well for the field and the future One need not be academically
destination for collectors and States. The show, which is locat- of collecting Americana.” minded in order to attend — or
scholars of American furniture, ed less than 10 miles from Win- Carol Cadou, Winterthur’s enjoy — the show, but for those
folk art and fine art as well as terthur museum, library and Charles F. Montgomery director At a time when antique shows that are, the show schedule
English, European and Chinese garden, benefits the education- and CEO, told Antiques and The are dropping the word “antique” includes lectures given by cur-
Arts Weekly in an email, “Win- from their titles and broadening rent or former Winterthur stu-
terthur was thrilled by the their date lines to offer “some- dents as well as scholars in the
energy and excitement sur- thing for everyone,” the Dela- field. These take the place of
rounding this year’s Delaware ware show has resolutely stuck talks by decorators or taste-
Antiques Show. The show to its roots yet continues to makers popular at other shows
patrons were pleased by the attract a crowd passionate for but nonetheless attracts large
high quality and relative afford- traditional — what some might crowds who come to the show,
ability of the dealers’ offerings, call “serious” — furniture and pocketbooks at the ready, to
and we saw a younger demo- small pieces geared to appeal to peruse — and buy — things the
63 dealers bring to whet their
Colette Donovan, Merrimacport, Mass. collecting appetites.
“The Winterthur group is fab-
ulous; no other show has that
dynamic,” said Diana Bittel, the
show’s manager. “While the
entire market is changing and
in flux, they have stuck to their
guns and maintained their mis-
sion and integrity, which is
amazing in this day and age
when it has become more and
more difficult to attract young-
er clients with the material we
have always included in the
Alexandria, Va., dealer,
Sumpter Priddy III had a lot of
interest in a recently acquired
— and not yet for sale — tray
Review and Photos by
Antiques and The Arts Weekly
Madelia Hickman Ring, Assistant Editor
J. Thomas Savage, Winterthur’s director of external affairs,
and Diana Bittel, the show’s manager.
Maria and Peter Warren had some great paintings in addi- Steven Chait with a rare Chinese blue and With James Robinson Inc, was this George IV
tion to their usual diverse offerings of ceramics. From left, white porcelain Rouleau vase, Kangxi peri- circa 1825 diamond tiara, Eighteenth Centu-
“Lovell’s Pond” by J. Weston, a large still life attributed to od, circa late Seventeenth Century. It is dec- ry necklace with rose-cut diamonds and a
the circle of Severin Roesen, and a still life with anemones orated with reserves depicting the eight circa 1815 English silver, gold and diamond
by Edward Chalmers Leavitt (1842-1904). Monroe, Conn. scholars of the wine cup and relates to a pin. New York City and Nantucket, Mass.
bowl in the Palace Museum in Beijing. Ralph
M. Chait Galleries Inc, New York City.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 21
Sales with M. Finkel & Daughter included a 1768 sampler worked by Han- Steven F. Still Antiques, Manheim, Penn.
nah Johnson of West Newbury, Essex County, Mass., shown here flanked by
silver wall sconces, and the one directly above it, which had been worked
in 1821 in Philadelphia by Elizabeth Kline. Philadelphia, Penn.
Diana Bittel discussing a Pennsylvania This is the tea table Sumpter Priddy had When the sponsor of the show also happens to be the epi-
Queen Anne walnut box with a client. Bryn brought that attracted so much attention. center for research in the field of American decorative arts,
Mawr, Penn. He said it was early, from 1715-25, and there are no shortage of experts willing to look and give
probably from Virginia, noting the horse- their opinion on unusual pieces at the show. Wendy Cooper,
bone leg and cloven hoof. It was not yet for Sumpter Priddy and a few lookers on are examining an
sale, and Priddy was happy to hear any unusual table he had brought. Sumpter Priddy, III, Inc,
opinions. Alexandria, Va.
Bette & Melvyn Wolf Inc, Flint, Mich.
“I feel like the serious Americana collectors are looking James and Nancy Glazer American Antiques, Bailey Island,
to the museum affiliated shows as their source among the Maine.
more traditional fairs.” – Patrick Bell, Olde Hope
top tea table he thought was mented Philip Bradley, who said made by Christian Wiltberger,
probably from Virginia, circa the show went well, citing a tall the go-to silversmith for the
1715-25. Priddy has recently chest with herringbone inlay Muhlenberg family.
moved and will spend upcoming attributed to Hugh Alexander of
months focused on finishing Chester County, a rare lowback Kelly Kinzle had been the
three books, one on “Mrs Jeffer- Windsor chair branded by Thom- source of media attention
son’s Three Chairs,” one on as Gilpin and a labeled John immediately prior to the show
Baroque Norfolk and the third Elliott mirror among his sales. when he helped return — after
on the iconography of back Bradley’s wife, Lisa Minardi, nearly 50 years — a stolen
country Southern furniture. He shared the breaking news of a Oerter Revolutionary War rifle
reassured this reporter that he merger between the Speaker’s to the Pennsylvania Society of
will still be dealing. House and the Trappe Historical Sons of the Revolution. The FBI
Society, which will be official as has started a campaign to assist
Formal furniture filled the of January 1 and named “His- in the return of other stolen
booth of Bernard & S. Dean toric Trappe,” of which she will antiques and artwork, and
Levy, which enjoyed immediacy be the executive director. Minar- attorney Jay Robert Stiefel —
in the exhibition space leading di said she is working on acquir- who had helped Kinzle investi-
from the show’s entrance to the ing for Historic Trappe a silver gate the history of the weapon
larger main floor. “I thought the teapot seen at the show that was — was handing out buttons at
show went very well, and there the show that read “Be Like
were a lot of very established
collectors and a lot of people Front and center in the booth of Jim Kilvington was an
looking to get started in the early George II lowboy and an early Philadelphia side
world of American decorative chair. The set of four Sheffield plated Neoclassical candle-
arts. Delaware is always a place sticks on the shelf at left were sold early in the show. James
where I feel good about the M. Kilvington Inc, Greenville, Del.
market and the future of col-
lecting American antiques,”
said Frank Levy, who said his
big sale was the George C. Cur-
tis Philadelphia Chippendale
card table with carving by Ber-
nard and Jugiez, circa 1760-65,
which he had advertised in the
show’s catalog and which sold
on opening night. When
Antiques and The Arts Weekly
reached him after the show,
Levy reported selling a sofa and
a pair of chairs since the show
closed, with additional interest
that may see additional sales in
the coming weeks.
“Delaware has always been an
important venue for us,” com-
22 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Martyn Edgell Antiques Ltd, Nassington, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. Newsom & Berdan Antiques & Folk Art, Thomasville, Penn.
The wall inside the Chase Center said it all….
Hilary Nolan, right, discussing the merits of a large Colo- The blue beads of this Lako-
nial New England carved oak tape loom. It had been discov- ta Northern Plains pipe bag
ered in the wall of a house in Leeds, Maine, and was the make it extremely desirable,
featured item in the Nolan’s show ad. Hilary & Paulette as is the thunderbird picto-
Nolan, Falmouth, Mass. rial decoration. Marcy
Burns American Indian Arts
Bill Stahl perusing some of the offerings with Jonathan LLC, New York City.
Trace, Portsmouth, N.H.
Arader Galleries, Philadelphia, Penn. Kelly.” In an email to Antiques
and The Arts Weekly afterwards,
James L. Price Antiques, Carlisle, Penn. Kinzle said the show “was great.
I sold a painted corner cup-
The Grenfell hooked rug and stoneware crock by CM Evans Lillian Nassau LLC, New York City. board, child size dower chest,
both sold and looked great next to a Pennsylvania German sterling silver fire horn, a pair
decorated chest attributed to Lehigh County; a cow weath- of Queen Anne chairs…and
ervane attributed to L.W. Cushing & Sons; a pair of portraits even a tall case clock.”
of Pauline Darling Denton and Samuel Denton by Ammi
Phillips; and a tablet-top Windsor settee attributed to Wil- James “Jim” Kilvington char-
liam F. Snyder, Mifflintown Chairworks, Juniata County, acterized the show as good. “I
Penn. Olde Hope, New York City and New Hope, Penn. thought we had a really strong
crowd. I sold well. I sold a lot of
stuff, and I was pleased. I
picked up one new client, from
Maryland, the rest of the stuff I
sold to existing clients.” Items
that sold on opening night
included a New England Queen
Anne tavern table, a prospect of
Philadelphia from New Jersey,
a pair of mirrored candle boxes
and a set of four Sheffield plat-
ed Neoclassical candlesticks.
Jamie Price of James L. Price
Antiques reporting selling a tall
case clock to a new client who
was a descendant of the clock-
maker, as well as a Chippendale
dressing table and an Oriental
rug to other new clients. A
Jacob Eichholtz portrait was
sold to an existing client, and
sales were made to other deal-
ers during setup. Another
exhibitor who sold to new cli-
ents was AJ Warren of Maria &
Peter Warren Antiques.
Back at the show after a few
years off, Olde Hope sold on
opening night a harvest table
with provenance to Marguerite
Riordan and Harry Hartman.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 23
The Norwoods Spirit of America, Timonium, Md. Philip Bradley Antiques, Sumneytown, Penn.
New Oxford, Penn., dealer Kelly Kinzle
was hailed for his recent work identify-
ing and returning a stolen Revolutionary
War rifle by Pennsylvania gunsmith JC
Oerter to the FBI which, in turn, returned
it to its rightful owners, the Pennsylvania
Society of Sons of the Revolution. The
FBI has started a campaign for others to
“Be Like Kelly” and help return stolen
goods. Kinzle’s attorney, J. Robert Stiefel
had these buttons. #BeLikeKelly.
A pair of Dutch brass wall sconces flanks a Peter Eaton was busy showing this Coastal New England
ship painting while a late Eighteenth Cen- tea table with removable legs to a client. It was dated 1741,
tury five-piece Delft garniture set sits atop and Eaton said he had acquired it from a house sale on
an early Nineteenth Century paint-deco- Cape Cod. Eaton and his wife, Joan Brownstein, reported
rated chest made in South Paris, Maine. several sales after the show, though this table was not
Mark & Marjorie Allen, Laconia, N.H. among them. Peter H. Eaton Antiques and Joan R. Brown-
stein American Folk Paintings, Wiscasset, Maine.
“Delaware is always a place where I feel good about the
market and the future of collecting American antiques.”
– Frank Levy, Bernard & S. Dean Levy
Following up by email after the Elliott & Grace Snyder, South Egremont, Mass. Rich and Gail Mellin have just published their first book,
show closed, Patrick Bell said, Miniature white pumpkins in a wall cupboard looked sea- “Collecting Canton: In Pursuit of the Best,” and they had
“Ed (Hild) and I were pleased sonally festive. Christopher H. Jones Early American copies of it for sale. Mellin’s Antiques, Redding, Conn.
with the show, both in the quan- Antiques, Folk and Fine Art, Alexandria, Va. “Irresistibly Irish Decorative Arts from the Winterthur Col-
tity and quality of the attendees lection” was the title of the loan exhibition and featured,
as well as sales. We made sales among other things, a circa 1847-50 commemorative earth-
every day…and we had two enware jug, a 1715-25 mezzotint of Sir John Percivale Bar-
calls after the show resulting in onet of Burton in County Cork, a certificate of the Hiberni-
sales. We are discussing more an Society of Philadelphia, a mahogany tray top tea table
items from the show with and an impressive 12-light silver chandelier made in Gal-
potential buyers, so the energy way between 1730-42.
is still going. I feel like the seri-
ous Americana collectors are
looking to the museum affiliat-
ed shows as their source among
the more traditional fairs.”
Martyn Edgell said this edi-
tion was the “best yet” of the
years he’s done the show, saying
he sold all across the board, to
both new and existing clients,
with a client in Virginia buying
“practically all the mocha ware
we had. Echoing the sentiment
was A Bird In Hand Antiques’
Joyce and Ron Bassin, who said
“Last year, we had a great show;
this year, we had a better show!”
The Florham, N.J., dealers
reported selling an outstanding
Grenfell mat, an early painted
box, a free-standing brass tele-
scope, a sculptured tree, two
sets of shore birds and a folk art
snake, plus numerous smalls.
Grace and Elliott Snyder also
thought this was their best Del-
aware show yet, making sales of
both some of the best American
and European material they had
brought. Sales included an early
slat-back armchair, an early
yarn sewn rug on the American
side, and a carved footwarmer
and a Fifteenth Century candle-
stick on the European side, in
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John Chaski Inc, Camden, Del. Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, Del.
“It is one of our most culturally interesting pieces,” said Ste-
phen Huber of a silk and paint on silk picnic scene worked
by Harriet Clark circa 1815. Shortly after Harriet died at the
age of 35, her husband, John DeWitt, wrote his children a
long letter describing their mother from the time they met
until her death so that they would know of her beauty, grace
and charm. A copy of that letter accompanies the needle-
work and can be read at this link: www.antiquesamplers.
com/silkpict/clark-harrett.htm. Stephen & Carol Huber
American Needlework Samplers, Old Saybrook, Conn.
James Lowery brings more historically ori- A future collector? This young girl was cap-
ented, academic and formal furniture to the tivated by the colorful smalls with Jewett-
Delaware show. He is shown here with a fall Berdan Antiques, Newcastle, Maine.
front desk attributed to Duncan Phyfe, New
York, circa 1830s. James Wm. Lowery Fine
Antiques, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
To tempt local collectors — or collectors of Philadelphia
material — was this pair of portraits of Mr and Mrs George
Alexander Kennedy and their son by Charles Peale Polk,
which had been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in 1981.
Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia, Penn.
A featured item with Stephen / Douglas Antiques was this This carved family crest was
eight-inch creamware bowl inscribed “Prosperity to John made for the Carr family of
Dickinson and all his Family 1780.” Dickinson (1732-1808) Virginia and relates to simi-
was a Founding Father from Philadelphia and Wilmington lar carved crests at Mount
who was a member of the first and second Continental Vernon, for the Washington
Congresses. Stephen/Douglas Antiques, Rockingham Vt., family, and at Stratford Hall,
and Walpole, N.H. for the Lee family. RM Worth
Antiques, Chadds Ford, Penn.
Impossible to miss were this pair of 64-inch-tall zinc statues Dixon-Hall Fine Art, Phoenixville, Penn.
— of Winter and Autumn — attributed to J.W. Fiske & Co,
which had come from the Mahlon Fisher home in Williams-
port, Penn., circa 1875. Kelly Kinzle, New Oxford, Penn.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 25
Sales on opening night included a Foster Caddell oil on board of Long John
Silver. Schoonover Studios, Ltd., Wilmington, Del. Leatherwood Antiques, Sandwich, Mass.
addition to other things. “What paper cut elaborate valentine, a had brought several things they
was interesting was that we had large sail cloth of a ship, anoth- had never shown before. Speak-
more interest in New England er small decorated nautical sail ing after the show, Carol said
country furniture and folk art cloth, an early ship weather- Winterthur had acquired a
than we’ve generally had at this vane, a carved architectural fig- watercolor and penmanship
show. It’s become a great show, a ure of a lady from Bath, Maine, book by Ann Dearborn from the
show that’s clearly on the a folky hooked rug of a horse Mrs Saunders and Miss Beach’s
upswing, that people are coming with a bird and pots of flowers, School to add to its collection of
for from all over the country, not many smalls and jewelry. embroideries from the same
merely because of Delaware’s Philadelphia needleworks school. Other sales included a
tax-free status, but really dealer Amy Finkel said it was, few miscellaneous samplers
because it’s become the purest overall, a very good show for and a Pennsylvania Dutch sam-
antiques show in the whole her. She sold the focal piece of pler to Lisa Minardi.
country. Winterthur does an her booth on opening night as
incredible job,” Grace said after well as several other samplers, “Attendees know they can find
the show. including an 1821 Philadelphia excellent examples of Ameri-
sampler by Elizabeth Kline and cana and relics of our material
“Joan did the heavy lifting for a family group for four samplers culture at this Winterthur
us at the Delaware Show this from Burlington County, N.J., Museum sponsored show,” was Polly Lathan Asian Art, Boston.
year,” said Peter Eaton, who which included a pair of sister Colette Donovan’s comment. “It Gretchen and Ralph Franzese packing up a sale Opening
noted a lack of interest in case samplers, each dated 1784. was a good show for me. I Night. R.G.L. Antiques, Pittstown, N.J.
furniture. “She sold three por- Another concentrated selec- enjoyed lots of interest and a
trait miniatures, a pair of por- tion of needlework was to be very good show in sales of many
traits by an Ohio artist, a pair found in the booth of Old Say- unusual items.” The same senti-
of portraits signed by a Phila- brook, Conn., dealers Stephen ment was expressed by Hilary
delphia artist, a watercolor and Carol Huber, who said they Nolan, who said he and Paulette
called ‘He Returns No More’ save pieces for this show and had a good show, which is his
that had been in the Garbisch favorite of the year, noting a
collection, a carved and deco-
rated box made to look like an Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, Katonah, N.Y.
Eighteenth Century Chester
County stone house, and a deco-
rated footstool. I sold a Chip-
pendale card table, a Sheraton
card table, a Queen Anne lolling
chair, a pair of mirrored sconces
and a half dozen bottles.”
“People want visual” said Tom
Jewett, describing what he and
Charles “Butch” Berdan bring to
the shows they do these days.
Their booth had “visual” in
spades, from colorful hooked
rugs and folk paintings to a pale
green cupboard and spectacular
Maine folk counter with original
polychrome paint and carved
decoration. After the show
closed, Jewett reported selling a
Stella Rubin called the circa 1850 Pennsylvania album quilt
on her back wall “whimsical.” Darnestown, Md.
H.L. Chalfant had works by American art- Ben Miller with arguably two of the oldest Ita J. Howe, Bethlehem, Penn.
ists that complimented their offerings of pieces in the show: an Elizabethan silver
Pennsylvania or New York furniture. Shown gilt mounted Tigerware jug circa 1559-60
left to right are a William Francis Land- and an Elizabethan silver child’s seal-top
scape, a seascape by Frederick Judd Waugh spoon by James Feake dated 1569. S.J.
and a landscape by Edward Moran. A Chip- Shrubsole Antique Silver and Jewelry, New
pendale armchair from Pennsylvania or York City.
New York had a delightful applied heart-
shaped decoration in the crest, next to a
circa 1775 walnut spice box on a Pennsylva-
nia Queen Anne tiger maple lowboy, next to
a Philadelphia Chippendale walnut arm-
chair. West Chester, Penn.
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William R. & Teresa F. Kurau, Lampeter, Penn. Whitman Antiques, Flourtown, Penn.
Delaware Antiques Show
At the front of the booth of The Federalist Antiques,
Kenilworth, Ill., was a Pennsylvania black walnut dower
chest, circa 1820.
Ron Bassin discussing the merits of a frog Dierdre Vandekar explained that not only
fish decoy to a visitor on opening night. A were these two woolies exceptionally large
Bird In Hand Antiques, Florham Park, and rare, but both were highly detailed and
N.J. both depicted the Royal Standard, indicating
that a member of the Royal family was on
board. Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge
Inc, Downingtown, Penn.
Greg K. Kramer & Co, Robesonia, Penn. “very sophisticated audience for ed on Instagram. Mo Wajselfish of Leatherwood
A pair of Salem card tables, a New Hampshire tiger maple early Americana.” They report- What do Classical furniture Antiques deals primarily in
chest on chest, a Paul Evans cabinet and a Connecticut ed selling a set of Windsors late smalls and small furniture,
high chest with china steps were among the notable pieces in the show and are already and garden statuary have in bringing a varied mix of styles
with Taylor Thistlethwaite, Thistlethwaite Americana, thinking about next year’s show. common? Barbara Israel, who is and periods to tempt every pal-
Alexandria, Va., and Glasgow, Ky. the only dealer at the show to ate and pocketbook. “I was very
Elle Shushan, Philadelphia, Penn., had brought a selection The majority of formal furni- carry almost exclusively garden busy and had more sales than
of works by Maxine Helfman as well as the American por- ture on the show floor is Eigh- ornaments sold a statue from last year,” he said when
trait miniatures she typically features at the Delaware show. teenth or very early Nineteenth an Instagram post as well. Isra- Antiques and The Arts Weekly
Century, so the Classical furni- el, who was set up in the center spoke with him after the show,
ture with debuting exhibitor of the floor, said she had a good “though money-wise, it was not
Charles Clark provided not only show. “We created a woodland as good as it has been in previ-
a visual counterpoint but an setting populated with various ous years.” He noted that buy-
opportunity to follow the devel- figural statues and lots of crea- ers seemed more cautious and
opment of styles. Clark sold a tures.” Ball finials and French that the majority of his sales
pair of Lenox family klismos gates sold, while an alligator were for items priced less than
chairs on opening night, as well and turtle were sold to a buyer $1,000, many to new buyers.
as a pier table attributed to from Florida.
Anthony Quervelle and a hall Show manager Diana Bittel,
lantern from a Salem, Mass., Another dealer who regularly who specializes in Eighteenth
home to a collector from Phila- makes good use of Instagram and Nineteenth Century nauti-
delphia. A collector visiting was John Chaski, who reported cal works, sailor’s woolies and
from San Francisco acquired a one small sale and several valentines and marine water-
set of 12 Classical tie backs, and inquiries from his posts. He colors in addition to Eighteenth
a new collector purchased an said he sold smalls and pictures Century American furniture,
engraving of Romulus after all three days, mostly to new cli- said the show was fine. Despite
Jacques-Louis David. A collec- ents, but that furniture was limited appreciation, she said
tor from Baltimore came to the “soft.” Chaski summed up the she “sold the best Prisoner of
show — and bought! — after show succinctly, saying, “It gets War model I’ve ever had.”
seeing a set of late Classical a well-balanced crowd from
dining chairs attributed to Dun- casual observers to retail cus- “The Delaware Show is always
can Phyfe that Clark had post- tomers furnishing homes to the a blast. The best Americana
best collectors in the country.” always shows up,” said Taylor
Thistlethwaite, who had
Tis the season for jewelry buying! Johanna Antiques, Kings- brought a modern Paul Evans
ville, Md., located towards the front of the show, was popu- cabinet to add some diversity to
lar with show visitors. his booth. “This year, I sold a
wonderful Eastern Virginia one
drawer stand, along with a War
of 1812 musket by Knipps of
Philadelphia and an engraving
of the Scotsman Peter William-
son dressed as a Delaware Indi-
an. The Paul Evans Cabinet
was one of the things most
asked about in booth. I had old
collectors express great interest
and people who were new to col-
lecting show lots of interest.
The funny thing is how well it
worked with all my period piec-
es. Let’s face it, great American
design knows no limit on date!”
Arlie Sulka of Lillian Nassau
had the same idea, bringing as
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 27
Sales with Christopher T. Rebollo Antiques, Lahaska, Penn., included the The big sale of the show for Bernard & S. Dean Levy Inc was the George C.
pair of Chippendale side chairs with yellow seats, shown here in the front Curtis Philadelphia Chippendale card table. It is shown on the plinth in
right. His show advertisement featured the Saint-Memin chalk portrait the center right of this photograph and sold on opening night.
shown to the right of the secretary.
Jim Kilvington with Winterthur Board Teri Hay and Charles Clark with one of a Leigh Keno and Winterthur’s senior furniture conservator,
member and Trustee Marjorie McGraw. pair of Philadelphia Klismos chairs from a Mark Anderson, examining an Eighteenth Century New
James M. Kilvington Inc, Greenville, Del. set of ten made for the Lennox family. Clark England Chippendale corner armchair that was with Elliott
had acquired the pair before the show and Grace Snyder, South Egremont, Mass.
opened. Woodbury, Conn.
booth dressing a black leather said that they had “a good show, friends we have made during
Midcentury Modern settee and and our sales were all to new our long years of exhibiting and
Nakashima small table — nei- clients. Everyone made us feel the dealers who have become
ther of which were for sale — welcome and said they were our friends. Our show was very
that looked amazing next to her glad to have us join the show. good, with over 60 pieces of
characteristically dramatic We look forward to participat- pewter sold, besides two sets of
selection of Tiffany lamps. ing next year.” copper measures and one set of
Sulka was coming straight from brass measures. Had five empty
TEFAF New York, where she It may have been the first Del- boxes coming home. Even sold
had sold a Tiffany-designed aware show for James Robinson our red display cupboards after
iron fireplace from Laurelton Inc, but it was the last Dela- the show ended. We appreciated
Hall to an American institution. ware show — the last show all the folks who came up to us
Elle Shushan had also exhibit- period — for Bette and Melvyn to wish us farewell and their
ed in TEFAF New York and said Wolf, who have defined the pew- kind words.”
she had a brief turnaround and ter market since they began
quickly packed her American doing shows in 1975 but who The 57th edition in 2020 will
miniatures to bring to Dela- went out with a bittersweet take place November 6-8, with
ware, which she does not take bang. “It was sorta sad knowing a preview party on Thursday,
to TEFAF New York. this would be our last antiques November 5. For more informa-
The show fields a few booths show. We will miss seeing the tion, www.winterthur.org/das. Sales on opening night with Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, Litch-
field, Conn., included a Jewell horse and rider weathervane
featuring fine art almost exclu- and an eagle-painted panel from New England or New York.
sively. John Schoonover is one The show opened Friday, December 8, after a keynote lec-
such exhibitor, who said that ture that morning. It attracted a lot of show visitors after-
though the response to his dis- wards.
play was enthusiastic, he did
not have the same level of sales
he has enjoyed in previous
years. He noted an overall lack
of interest in his inventory from
millennials and Gen Xers,
regardless of price.
Stella Rubin was back at the
show after a five-year sabbati-
cal. The quilt and jewelry dealer
reported “excellent” sales of
jewelry, including pieces by Tif-
fany, Cartier and Van Cleef &
Despite arguably the showiest
of jewelry, tiaras are imminent- On the left, a Clemens Friedell Arts & Crafts sterling silver
ly practical, as they can often be poppy centerpiece bowl, made in Pasadena, Calif., circa
converted into necklaces or bro- 1920. It is identical to one owned by the owner of the Gam-
ken apart to make pins, or so ble House. On the right, a monumental antique coin silver
said Damon Powell with James urn by William Adams, New York City, circa 1840s, that had
Robinson Inc, enjoying their once been in the collection of Andy Warhol. Spencer Marks
first year at the show. Powell Ltd, Southampton, Mass.
28 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
At Jones & Horan, Timepieces & Jewelry
Realize Nearly $1 Million
Auction Action In Manchester, N.H.
Top lot of the auction, this Rolex
18K Submariner ref 16618 ham-
mered at $21,000.
Top seller among the 44 marine Rare Hamilton “Rectangle” more Top European pocket watch, Patek Diamond and 18K yellow and white
chronometers offered was this than doubled estimates to achieve Philippe minute repeater with split gold bracelet hammered at $3,600.
James Hatton eight-day, circa 1810, $8,800. seconds chronograph garnered 1810, that hammered at $6,000, Bar-
example, which attained $6,000. $18,000. raud London marine chronometer with
Rare Rolex dealer’s display clock eight-day winding indicator aperture
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jones and realized $7,600. Rare Illinois Bunn Special Grade that achieved $5,400, and a Hamilton
Horan’s live webcast horology and jew- with split-seconds chronograph garner- 161B achieved $18,000. rare Model M-21 marine chronometer
elry auction took place on October 20. ing $18,000, John Arnold gold fusee 23J went over estimates at $7,400. A with black 24-hour dial that exceeded
The 550 lots attained more than pocket chronometer with spring detent rare, if not unique, United States Watch estimates at $5,400
$988,000. Every lot was offered at no escapement and helical hairspring sell- Co. Marion N.J. “Improved Self-Correct-
reserve, with buyers competing from 20 ing over estimates at $11,500 and Droz ing Calendar” triple calendar with A few other highlights included a rare
countries. The actual attendance at the Jeannot Fils minute repeater perpetual moonphase disappointed all when it gar- Rolex dealer’s display “hoof” electrome-
auction location was small due to Jones calendar and moonphase bringing nered $10,000, below the estimates of chanical desk clock, circa 1960, which
& Horan’s live online bidding proce- $8,800. $15/30,000. achieved $7,600, a lot of 12 Swiss wrist-
dures, as well as their inclusion of pho- watch movements, which nearly doubled
tos, descriptions and condition reports Most American pocket watches per- A selection of 44 marine chronometers the estimates to attain $3,800, a dia-
on each lot. Jones & Horan charges no formed well with a rare Illinois Bunn was enjoyed by many enthusiastic bid- mond and 18K yellow and white gold
buyer’s premium and no sales tax. Special Grade 161B achieving $18,000, ders, including a James Hatton London bracelet that hammered at $3,600, and a
an equally rare pendant-set Hamilton eight-day marine chronometer, circa Pierre Vernede a Agen very early small
Top lot of the auction was a Rolex 18K Grade 951 23J reached $8,000, and a size oval verge fusee movement-only,
Submariner ref 16618 with boxes and rare hunting-cased Hamilton Grade 947 which sold over four times the high esti-
papers that hammered at $21,000, in mate at $2,800.
the middle of the estimates. Also in the
wristwatch category, a Rolex GMT Mas- Jones & Horan conducts two live auc-
ter ref 1675, circa 1968, sold for $11,500, tions a year, with the next on April 26,
Rolex Day-Date “President” ref 18239 in as well as biweekly online-only auctions,
18K with boxes and papers achieved all of which feature no reserves, no buy-
$11,000, Vacheron & Constantin Turn- er’s premium and no New Hampshire
o-graph ref 6782 in 18K garnered sales tax.
$10,500, Rolex Explorer I ref 1016 with
boxes and service papers brought For more information, 800-622-8120 or
$9,400, Tudor Prince Oysterdate Sub- www.jones-horan.com.
mariner “snowflake” ref 7021/0, circa
1968, achieved $9,000, and a Rolex Oys-
ter Perpetual Explorer ref 1016 sold for
$8,800. The auction team was also
pleasantly surprised that a rare Hamil-
ton “Rectangle” in 18K white gold more
than doubled its high estimate when it
hammered at $8,800.
European pocket watches also did well
with a Patek Philippe minute repeater
Yale Art Gallery Examines Career Of William Bailey
PO Bo x 2 90 ; Wh i te P l a in s , N . Y. 1 0 6 0 5 NEW HAVEN, CONN. — “William Bai- view were chosen from the artist’s own col-
ley: Looking through Time” considers the lection, offering a more intimate perspec-
career of William Bailey (b 1930), the William Bailey, “Still Life — Casti- tive on his vision, process and stylistic
Kingman Brewster professor emeritus of glione,” 1983. Casein on paper. Lent by development over time.
art at Yale University, through a focused the Estate of L. Jane Schoelkopf.
survey of the artist’s paintings, drawings ©2019 William Bailey/Artists Rights Bailey’s artistic inspirations span centu-
and prints. Special emphasis is given to Society (ARS), New York City. ries, from Raphael and Piero della Franc-
Bailey’s still life paintings in oil, including century. These will be presented alongside esca to Giorgio de Chirico and Piet Mon-
the Yale University Art Gallery’s “Still Life key loans from the Whitney Museum of drian, with Jean-Auguste-Dominique
– Table with Ochre Wall,” 1972, an out- American Art, (New York City), and the Ingres and Paul Cézanne in between.
standing example of the artist’s signature Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Since the late 1960s, Bailey has shown his
style. The exhibition will be on view Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.). Most of the work continuously and extensively in the
through January 5. approximately 20 drawings and prints on United States and Europe, and he has
maintained residences and studios in both
Known for his meditative canvases Connecticut and northern Italy for most of
depicting objects and figures painted from that time. The artist has spent the majori-
memory and imagination, Bailey is one of ty of his career at Yale, first as a student
the artists —including Audrey Flack, Alex under the modernist Josef Albers at the
Katz and Philip Pearlstein — who defied Yale School of Art and then as a member of
the prevailing taste for abstraction at mid- the faculty until his retirement in 1995,
century and instead committed them- with a seven-year hiatus in the mid-1960s,
selves to representational painting. His when he taught at Indiana University.
works have been compared to visual Bailey has received numerous awards and
poems, a fitting description given their honors, including a Guggenheim Fellow-
freedom from the constraints of descrip- ship (1965), elections to both the National
tive realism, evocative balance of both Academy of Design (1983) and the Ameri-
form and color and iterative development can Academy of Arts and Letters (1986),
of a distinct visual aesthetic. and several honorary doctorates. His art is
included in more than 60 public collec-
Working closely with the artist, Mark D. tions, including the Museum of Modern
Mitchell, the Holcombe T. Green curator of Art (New York City), the Smithsonian
American paintings and sculpture, select- American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.),
ed approximately 40 works spanning the and the Art Institute of Chicago.
six decades of Bailey’s career. Some of the
artist’s finest pieces have been borrowed The Yale University Art Gallery is at 1111
from private collections, and many have Chapel Street. For information, 203-432-
not been on public display in a quarter 0600 or www.artgallery.yale.edu.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 29
Pook & Pook With Noel Barrett, Dec. 7—
Antique Toys & Other Amusements At Auction
DOWNINGTOWN, PENN. — are items from Coney Island toys from the Bill and Stevie dressed bull and bear standing Monday, December 9, at 9 am. It
Antique Toys & Other Amuse- and Atlantic City, including the Weart collection include cars, on Wall Street. The original will include a large collection of
ments seems a perfect title for Steel Peer. Coney treasures trucks, trains, and banks; other folding board includes comic Hopalong Cassidy items, a vari-
Pook & Pook’s Saturday, Decem- include the three-figure consignors also have added piec- portrait vignettes of Gilded Age ety of vintage toys, as well as
ber 7, sale. Along with the firm’s mechanical display — The es in the cast iron category. stock market characters Jay relatively contemporary pieces
usual array of playthings from Gambling Chimps — it was dis- Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt highlighted by a large grouping
the past, there is a group of played in the front window of a Doll collections from Mary- and Horace Greely. The box is of Star Wars pieces.
Coney Island, Atlantic City, Boardwalk fun house in the land and Massachusetts will be complete with packing inserts.
Steel Pier and other amusement early 1920s. Among the other on offer. Included are German Pook & Pook is at 463 East
park items from the eclectic col- animated displays inside the bisque and Italian Lenci dolls The sale will start at 9 am and Lancaster Avenue. For informa-
lection of the late Henry Fox. fun house was a Magician with and room boxes contribute to comprises nearly 500 lots. The tion, www.pookandpook.com or
Levitating Lady automaton – the diversity of the sale. The online-only toy sale follows on 610-269-4040.
“Before I went into the auction one of Henry’s favorite pieces Fox collection included a group-
business some 30 years ago, I that he restored to working con- ing of Halloween items and
had an antiques shop in dition. Further down the beach unusual Santa Claus figures;
Carversville, Penn., a little vil- was The Spook House dark- two other holiday collections
lage in Bucks County,” recalls ride. This is where Henry found round out the Fox items as
Noel Barrett. “Rosebud the giant animated gorilla head selections of Halloween and
Antiques offered a wide variety and other spooky denizens of Christmas pieces.
of toys, advertising and all man- the dark for his collection. We
ner of memorabilia, both large have photos of both the large “Always exciting when fooling
and small. Well off the beaten gorilla as seen on the ride and around with antique toys is
track, the store was less of a the chimps in the fun house something one has never seen,”
store then a base of operations window. Fortune telling said Barrett. “A new find to me
for my sales and buying at machines and other penny is the Careless Engineer. The
shows and antique markets arcade coin-ops also found a illustrated label on sliding box
throughout the country — not home in the Fox collection. lid indicates patent date: April
much foot traffic but more than 23, 1871, but gives no idea as to
a few interesting customers “My comic character collection its maker. Pieces, when assem-
found their way to our doorstep. included hand crafted cigarette bled, create a colorful steam
Henry Fox and his wife Joann ashtray smoking stands: Pop- plant in paper on wood with a
found me on one of their Bucks eye, Jiggs & Maggie, etc., some painted tin boiler. The “brick”
County buying forays and I of which are pictured in a coffee base houses a robust Ives-style
found a soul mate. table book on smoking para- clockwork mechanism: the fly
phernalia. A Bucks County folk wheel spins at tremendous
“I always loved big and crazy art collector whom I never knew speed until something goes
things, a taste that you can only and lived only 20 minutes from awry and the boiler blows, a tin
indulge if you have space. I had Carversville, saw the book and section flies off and the whole
30 by 60 feet, the first floor of an decided to consign some of her structure collapses — thus “the
old general store, so the shop stands with us. Her collection careless engineer,” a great find
was a magnet for “big.” Henry really outclassed mine, truly by one of our lucky consignors.”
loved “big,” he wanted that Regal idiosyncratic pieces, each one-
boot! And I had a customer who of-a-kind. I am thankful that A late addition to the sale is a
shared my taste. I visited his these types of consignments McLoughlin Bros. Bulls and
home once while he was still find me by peculiar means. “ Bears — The Great Wall Street
alive, one of only two people he Game, patented 1883, with a
ever shared his collection with. A wide variety of toys and dolls vibrant lithograph box lid of a
will round out Saturday’s ses-
“I loved amusement parks sion: space and comic toys, auto-
when I was a kid – Henry did, motive and windups. Cast iron
too, and among his treasures
Lequeu & Voigt At Menil Drawing Institute
HOUSTON — Following its France, but he spent most of his his architectural ideas, though
inaugural year, the Menil Draw- life in Paris. Over the course of minutely executed on paper,
ing Institute at the Menil Collec- his career, which was drastically were simply impossible to build.
tion includes an annual wall impacted by the French Revolu-
drawing installation and two tion of 1789 and its aftermath, In addition to the latest exhi-
new fellowship opportunities he worked as a draftsman, a sur- bition, visitors to the Menil
dedicated to the research of veyor, and a cartographer. His Drawing Institute will discover
modern and contemporary posthumous acclaim would come a new work by Berlin-based art-
drawing practices. from the discovery of the hun- ist Jorinde Voigt that was spe-
dreds of carefully preserved cially commissioned for the
Recently opened in the gallery drawings he bequeathed to the Menil. Titled “Vertical (2019),”
is “Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Vision- Bibliothèque nationale de Voigt’s site-specific piece is the
ary Architect, Drawings from France in 1825, the year before second in an ongoing series of
the Bibliothèque nationale de his death. wall drawings in the interior
France,” an exhibition of 50 entry space of the Menil Draw-
drawings by the draftsman and Ranging from government pro- ing Institute building. Known
architect who is now considered posals to fantastic and specula- primarily for her works on
to be one of the most inventive tive structures never intended paper, Voigt crafts complex
artists of post-revolutionary to be constructed, Lequeu’s notational systems to form the
France. On display through Jan- architectural drawings depict basis of her drawings and is
uary 5, the exhibition explores civic infrastructure along with influenced by musical scores,
Lequeu’s wildly imaginative and curious oddities such as a tower- philosophical notions and scien-
spectacularly detailed architec- ing stable in the shape of a cow. tific diagrams.
tural drawings and anatomical His designs were never realized
studies. in part because of the political The Menil Drawing Institute
turmoil caused by the Revolu- is at 1412 West Main Street.
Jean-Jacques Lequeu (1757- tion, and also because some of For information, 713-525-9400
1826) was born in Rouen, or www.menil.org.
30 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Chest, Germany, 1744,
pine, iron, Rocky Hill
Collection. Most Ger-
man immigrants made
the ocean voyage to the
New World with a chest
filled with provisions.
This example is outfit-
Pook & Pook helped with the move-in in late August. On long-term display in Gallery ted with hasps for two
4 is the circa 1780-1800 Lancaster or Lebanon County, Penn., wardrobe and desk, a padlocks in addition to
promised gift to Historic Trappe from William K. du Pont. One of Minardi’s favorite an internal lock. Gallery
pieces is Black Unicorn chest made for Catarina Zumbro of Bern Township in Berks one, together with a
County, Penn., in 1784. It is from a private collection. Photo Lisa Minardi. detail shot of hardware.
Dewees Tavern Opens Its Doors
For New Center for Pennsylvania German Studies
( continued from page 1C ) tificate for Matthias Gilbert was tically drive through the paint-
du Pont, a Lancaster or Leba- most likely decorated by his ing and travel back in time.”
non County wardrobe and desk uncle Conrad Gilbert (1734-
with mixed-wood inlays was 1812) around 1784. After close “It’s one of the best chests I’ve
made around 1790. An architec- examination, Minardi attribut- ever seen,” Minardi says of a lift-
tural cornice crowns this rare ed the text to a different hand, top storage piece made for Cata-
hybrid form. that of Lutheran minister and rina Zumbro of Bern Township,
Trappe notable Henry Muhlen- Berks County, in 1784.
Woodbury, Conn., dealer David berg. Two samplers by Elizabeth Described as a tour-de-force of
Schorsch lent a sulfur-inlaid Schrack (1790-1827), great- the decorator’s art, the piece is
frieze that survives from a 1789 granddaughter of Trappe found- from the so-called Black Uni-
schrank inscribed with the er Jacob Schrack Sr, add to visi- corn group, which includes
names John and Mary Mennig. tors’ understanding of the chests made by several artists
Minardi writes that the earliest close-knit community. between 1777 and 1803. The
known examples of sulfur-inlaid chest’s central panel is decorat-
furniture are from Lancaster Paint, on canvas and furniture, ed with two of the mythical
County and date to the 1760s. is the focus of the fourth gallery, beasts in rampant posture
whose treasures range from a astride a flowering tree.
Fraktur and other light-sensi- Trappe tall case clock with a
tive pieces are shown in win- movement by George Hagey Minardi explores the inter-
dowless gallery three, where (1808-1887) to Charles Hof- twined histories of Ursinus Col-
paint-decorated Mahantongo mann’s (1821-1882) 1874 paint- lege and the Pennsylvania
furniture, Wilhelm Schimmel ing “Montgomery County Alms Folklife Society in the tempo-
(1817-1890) carvings, sgrafitto- House,” an arresting landscape rary exhibit “Roots.” The 2004
decorated redware pottery and view whose landmark features Ursinus College graduate
textiles add an additional jolt of survive today, making it possi- returns to a collection she stud-
color. A birth and baptismal cer- ble, as Minardi writes, to “prac- ied as an undergraduate, when
she first immersed herself in the
Daniel Otto’s colorful circa 1800-20 drawing of a seahorse region’s decorative arts, espe-
and parrot illustrates the cover of Roots: Ursinus College cially its fraktur.
and The Pennsylvania Germans by Lisa Minardi. The cata-
log, which was even printed in Trappe, accompanies a tem- “My first exhibition opened in
porary exhibition of the same name. For ordering details, the spring of 2003, a loan show
go to www.historictrappe.org. featuring highlights from the
college’s Pennsylvania German
Communion service of Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe, collection that I installed at
Penn. Large flagon attributed to Johann Philip Alberti (d the Henry Muhlenberg House
1780), Philadelphia, circa 1760. Small flagon probably from and Dewees Tavern Museum,”
Cologne, Germany, circa 1750. Chalices probably from Ger- writes the scholar, who offers a
many, circa 1750. Baptismal basin probably from England, detailed introduction to the
circa 1750, pewter. Henry Muhlenberg (1711-1787) oversaw collection formed by what later
the construction of the Augustus Lutheran Church in 1743. was known as the Pennsylva-
His son, Frederick, was the first Speaker of the US House. nia Folklife Society, founded in
Both men lived in Trappe. Gallery One. 1949 by professors J. William
Sampler by Keturah Levan (1847-1918), Oley Valley, Berks Frey, Alfred L. Schoemaker and
County, Penn., 1853. Wool on linen. Philip and Muriel Ber- Don Yoder. The society’s initia-
man Museum of Art at Ursinus College. This colorful sam- tives included the scholarly
pler is an example of Berlinwork, popular among young journal The Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania German women by the mid-1800s. “Roots” Dutchman, later called Penn-
exhibition. sylvania Folklife, and what
came to be known as the Kutz-
town Folk Festival. Ursinus
College acquired the Society’s
Pennsylvania German collec-
tion in 1968.
“Armed with a vast amount of
knowledge but a limited budget,
Frey, Schoemaker and Yoder
nonetheless managed to assem-
ble a remarkable ensemble of
Pennsylvania German materi-
al,” writes Minardi, who surveys
samplers, redware, metalwork,
works on paper and decorated
Easter eggs, the earliest dated
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 31
Birth and baptismal certificate of Matthias Gilbert, attrib-
uted to Conrad Gilbert (1734-1812), Montgomery County,
Penn., circa 1784. Watercolor and ink on laid paper. Private
collection. Conrad worked as a schoolmaster and fraktur
artist. Although this example was decorated by Gilbert,
most of the text was written by Lutheran minister Henry
Muhlenberg, whose pastorate included the New Hanover
Lutheran Church. Gallery Three.
The Dewees Tavern was a hive of activity on September 5 as dozens of tradespeople and
volunteers readied the property for the opening of Trappe’s new Center for Pennsylvania
German Studies later in the month. Photo Lisa Minardi.
High chest of drawers, Lancaster, Lancaster
County, Penn., 1770-85. Walnut, tulip poplar,
brass. Dietrich American Foundation. This
high chest of drawers is embellished with
elaborate carving representing the highest
level of Lancaster workmanship. Gallery Two.
“Montgomery County Alms House” by Charles Hofmann
(1821-1882), Montgomery County, Penn., 1874. Oil on canvas.
Dietrich American Foundation. This detailed scene by Hoff-
mann, a German immigrant, descended in the Stierly fami-
ly of Trappe. The almshouse and many buildings in the
painting still stand just south of Trappe. Gallery Four.
1774, in the 116-page Roots cat- Art of Slip-Decoration in the Chest of drawers, possibly by Johannes Mayer
alog, more extensive than the United States, is set to open in (1794-1883), Mahantongo Valley, Northumber-
exhibition itself. late April 2020. “Barber’s book is land or Schuylkill County, Penn., 1833. Tulip
still the only one on the subject,” poplar, paint, brass. Dietrich American Foun-
“They are wonderful objects — marvels Minardi, who is curat- dation. This chest of drawers helps document
and so little known. It is very ing the display and writing the how quickly the use of chrome-yellow paint
timely to shine a spotlight on accompanying catalog, funded in spread even to rural areas such as the Mahan-
this great collection as our inau- part by the American Folk Art tongo Valley. Chests of drawers, as well as
gural exhibition at the new cen- Society. She anticipates focused built-in closets, began to replace lift-top chests
ter and in conjunction with the presentations of redware from and schranks by the 1820s. Gallery Three.
college’s 150th anniversary,” other Pennsylvania counties in
she says. the years to come. Looking between the Speaker’s House “Bowers Barn” by David Ellinger (1913-2003), Trappe, Mont-
ahead to spring 2021, the center and Henry Muhlenberg House, gomery County, Penn., circa 1950. Oil on canvas. Private
The collection’s greatest plans to exhibit fraktur from the for a dinner of seasonal fare collection. The Bowers family owned the Muhlenberg fami-
strength is fraktur, of which Dietrich collection. shared with friends and neigh- ly parsonage, built in 1745 for Henry and Mary Muhlenberg,
Ursinus owns more than 125 bors. and surrounding 42-acre farmstead in Trappe from 1892 to
examples, most now accessible Minardi cheerfully describes 1971. This painting is thought to depict a barn that once
online at https://digitalcom- her current schedule as a “five- “We’ve really hit our stride in stood on the property. Gallery Four.
mons.ursinus.edu/ursinus_frak- ring circus.” Come the merger of Trappe. Many younger people
tur. When complete, the data- the Speaker’s House and the are getting involved with every-
base will include Minardi’s Historical Society on January 1, thing from giving tours and
translations of the text and she will direct what will hence- demonstrations to maintaining
other cataloging details, plus forth be known simply as His- our gardens and running our
Ashworth’s photographs. Work- toric Trappe. Her duties at the weekly farm stand. Some are
ing with partner institutions Lutheran Archives Center con- looking for artistic inspiration
and private collectors, she hopes tinue. A doctoral candidate at in historic design. We are trying
to expand the fraktur database the University of Delaware, she to be very approachable. Visitors
over time. is completing her dissertation seem to crave interaction with
on Pennsylvania Germans in objects and experts in the field,”
Adam and Eve are central to early Philadelphia. She contrib- says Minardi, who in February
two eye-catching examples, one uted a chapter on Pennsylvania 2020 will lead a hands-on frak-
from Lebanon County and dat- German decorative arts for the tur workshop offering tips on
ing to around 1785, the other forthcoming catalog of the Diet- recognizing the work of specific
from 1804, attributed to Durs rich collection, is working with artists and evaluating authen-
Rudy Sr (1766-1843). Organiz- Rock Ford Plantation in Lan- ticity. Workshops on redware,
ers chose a colorful drawing of a caster on the installation of the textiles, metalwork and other
seahorse and parrot for the cat- John J. Snyder Jr Gallery of topics are in the works.
alog’s cover. Daniel Otto (circa Early Lancaster County Decora-
1770-circa 1820) completed the tive Arts, is writing a catalog of The Dewees Tavern is at 301
charming piece between 1800 William K. du Pont’s collection West Main Street. For details
and 1820. and is an adjunct faculty mem- on visiting or to purchase the
ber at the Barnes Foundation in full-color, 116-page catalog
A growing library and archives Philadelphia. On top of it all, Roots: Ursinus College and the
on decorative arts, local history Minardi and her husband, Pennsylvania Germans, go to
and genealogy occupies the cen- antiques dealer Philip Bradley, www.historictrappe.org.
ter’s second floor, which also are restoring the 1757 Daniel
accommodates space for viewing Hiester house in Sumneytown, Photos by Gavin Ashworth
light-sensitive works on paper Penn. Bradley’s by-appointment unless otherwise noted.
and textiles, and room for class- shop there is now open.
es and workshops.
In a swelling of civic pride for
An exhibition of Montgomery Trappe, supporters gathered in
County redware pottery, a sub- July at one long table set up in
ject Edwin Atlee Barber explored the middle of Main Street,
in his 1903 book Tulip Ware of
the Pennsylvania-German Pot-
ters: An Historical Sketch of the
32 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
“Blanket Weaver,” Edward Curtis. An elderly Navajo woman recognized Photogravure is an exacting process, chemically etching a photo posi-
her grandmother and her grandmother’s loom in this print, which Paul tive from a glass plate or film of the original photograph onto a copper
Unks presented to her. Gold Tone by Mountain Hawk. plate, inking the plate and, under high pressure, embossing the ink onto
fine paper. Here Paul Unks supervises pressing the glass and film onto
the copper plate.
Edward S. Curtis & Paul Unks—
Guardians Of The Past, Conserving A Culture
DENVER — Those of us col- cally capture their way of life Fewer than 250 of the
lecting or trading fine art, before the relentless, often planned 500 portfolios were
design, crafts and old objects ruthless, dominant white cul- printed and most were pur-
often become, without realiz- ture succeeded in destroying it. chased by libraries or wealthy
ing it, the guardians of history, individuals. Many of those
the keepers of the lyrics and By 1906, having established were ultimately broken-up for
legends of others’ ancestors or his reputation photographing framing. By the late Twentieth
even our own. It begins with a expeditions with the likes of Century, only a handful of com-
small spark of curiosity that naturalist John Muir and plete editions were known to
prompts study, yields scholar- anthropologist/historian exist.
ship and occasionally evolves George B. Grinnell, Curtis con-
into obsession. vinced philanthropist J.P. Mor- Few know the story of Paul
gan to lay out $75,000 to fund Unks. “I’ve been studying Cur-
This is the story of two indi- his obsession, a photographic tis’ work since 1970, when, as a
viduals, separated in time by and ethnographic study — The freshman in photojournalism
more than a century, whose North American Indian. at the University of Missouri,”
spark of curiosity led each to Unks explains, “I first saw
such an obsession, and ulti- Over the next 30 years, Cur- Curtis’ images — I was in awe
mately to major roles in the tis visited 82 tribes, document- of both the photography and
conservation of a culture. ing their lives, customs, rega- the cultural record. As a youth
lia, religious practices, myths, I developed great respect and
Most know the story of legends and landscapes with compassion for the Indians
Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). 40,000 photographs and 10,000 and remain troubled by what
By his late teens in the 1880s, wax cylinder recordings. happened to them and is still
Curtis mastered the emerging happening.”
art of photography, skillfully Completed in 1936, The
wielding the era’s large format North American Indian con- By 1995 Unks was teaching
wooden cameras and glass sists of 20 portfolios, each with at the University of Denver.
negatives in and beyond his at least 35, 17-by-22-inch pho- One day, after casually men-
Seattle studio. togravure prints. Accompany- tioning Edward Curtis’ work
ing the photogravures, every during class, a student asked if
Curtis’ curiosity about the portfolio included a book com- he had seen the original Curtis
Native Americans he encoun- piling the recordings and prints in the university library.
tered hiking the Puget Sound interviews into more than He had not.
shores quickly morphed into 70,000 words of text and an
an obsession to photographi- additional 1,500 images. Visiting the university’s Pen-
“Hollow Horn Bear,” Edward Curtis. A Brulé Lakota leader Review by
and revered Holy Man, Hollow Horn Bear fought at the Bat- Antiques and The Arts Weekly
tle of the Little Big Horn. Paul Unks gave this photogra-
vure, framed, to Selo Black Crow, Hollow Horn Bear’s great Walt Borton
nephew. Gold Tone by Mountain Hawk.
“An Oasis in the Badlands,” Edward Curtis. Chief Red The frontispiece from volume 4, The North “Offering to the Sun,” Edward Curtis. As is
Hawk, Oglala Lakota, on his horse getting a drink. Red American Indian, Edward Curtis, “The Oath their custom, a San Ildefonso man faces
Hawk fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn alongside ~ Apsaroke” Photogravure by Mountain east toward sunrise, which represents the
Crazy Horse, leader of the Lakota nation. Gold Tone by Hawk. renewal of life and energy, holding up eagle
Mountain Hawk. feathers and giving thanks. Gold Tone by
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 33
“A Piegan Encampment,” Edward Curtis. On his Montana expedition with Paul Unks examines a gold tone of Curtis’ “Canyon de Chelly,” before
George Bird Grinnell in 1900, the party experienced a Sundance, one of the framing.
ceremonies forbidden by US law. Curtis photographs did not use the ceremo-
ny’s name to protect the Piegan People of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Photo-
gravure by Mountain Hawk.
rose Library later he discov- graphs on glass) took another to distinguish from originals, “repatriates,” he gives each wrote that medicine men
ered not just “some original three years. which were selling for tens of descendant he encounters a believed, “...when all the cere-
Curtis prints,” but a pristine, thousands of dollars. Worse, print of their ancestor. monies are forgotten, the world
complete edition of Edward Accepting the impossibility of unethical dealers were eager will cease to exist.”
Curtis’ The North American printing all 2,200 images from to pay Unks’ prices (from $650 Unks is now working on his
Indian. books and the portfolios, Unks to $1,900) intending to resell own book recounting his jour- Edward Curtis and Paul
said, “I limited my work mostly the works as originals. ney with Curtis’ work and Unks have ensured that those
“I’ve examined Curtis’ prints to the portfolio photogravures sharing his stories of the ceremonies will never be for-
and occasionally a portfolio in and began republishing them Solving both problems, Unks descendants of Curtis’ Native gotten by the North American
many libraries, so I have a as photogravures on tissue or added his Mountain Hawk American Indian subjects, to Indian, or by the world.
pretty good frame of reference,” cotton in Curtis’ original two Fine Art logo to the bottom cor- increase understanding and
Unks said. “When Denver’s sizes, the large folios and ner of every print. appreciation of his photo- A complete edition of The North
photo curator put the first of smaller images from the texts graphs. American Indian can be seen
their 20 portfolios on the table, and gold tones.” His obsession is not just to online at http://curtis.library.
I couldn’t believe what I was assure Curtis’ portfolios sur- In the first portfolio of The northwestern.edu. For informa-
seeing.” His early prints appeared vive or to preserve methods North American Indian, Curtis tion, www.curtisprints.net.
exactly as the originals and it creating beautiful and accu-
This Moroccan leather-bound was not long before success rate images, he now regularly
portfolio had been protected presented two serious prob- meets with Native organiza-
from sunlight and humidity in lems. tions and schools sharing his
the library’s climate-controlled discoveries and helping
vault since it was given to the Ethical and well-established descendants of Curtis’ subjects
university in 1938. “How beau- dealers of Curtis’ work were discover their ancestors and
tiful they were, how perfectly- very concerned because his ancestral ways. Unks also
preserved,” he said, “tears photogravures were so difficult
came to my eyes.”
“Homeward,” Edward Curtis. In 1898, the National Photo-
Unks understood that most of graphic Society awarded the Grand Prize and Gold Medal
Curtis’ original glass negatives to this Curtis photograph of Suquamish or Duwamish Peo-
had been destroyed and efforts ple crossing Puget Sound. Native People used this type of
to digitally create new prints dugout canoe, carved from one large tree trunk, along the
from aging originals had met Pacific Coast from the mouth of the Columbia River to
limited success. The portfolio’s Yakutat Bay, Alaska. Gold Tone by Mountain Hawk.
original copper photogravure
plates, badly stored, were so “Atsina Warriors,” Edward Curtis. A formidable group of “The Storm,” Edward Curtis. A scene in the high mountains
deteriorated that quality Atsina warriors gathered on the prairie near what is now of Apache land just before the breaking rainstorm evokes a
reprinting, even with the right known as Fort Belknap, Mont. Gold Tone by Mountain similar feeling as that of the more abstract “The Vanishing
paper and inks, was impossi- Hawk. Race.” A group of riders, with one looking back, as they
ble. “The Vanishing Race,” Edward Curtis. Navajo riding away head into a stormy, dangerous and uncertain future, per-
from Curtis’ camera in Canyon De Chelly, Northeastern haps never to be seen again. Curtis at his dramatic and
Studying the University of Arizona. Gold Tone by Mountain Hawk. artistic best. Gold Tone by Mountain Hawk.
Denver edition, Unks realized
it represented the last best
opportunity for Curtis’ The
North American Indian to sur-
vive. His obsession had found
Over several years, he tried
every conceivable digital scan-
ning technique, concluding
that only new negatives, shot
from the Denver edition, could
replicate the exceptional detail
and tonal subtlety of Curtis’
works. New negatives meant
using a large format camera
off campus and that meant
finding an underwriter to
insure the Denver edition, by
then worth more than $2.5
Unks struggled for seven
years to create copper printing
plates yielding photogravures
that matched the quality of
Curtis’ originals. During this
period of extensive trial and
error, he twice mortgaged his
house to finance the expense of
production. In 2006, when he
achieved the perfect combina-
tion of copper plate etching,
inks, paper and pressure, the
university granted him exclu-
sive rights to strike images
based on its edition.
Perfecting Curtis’ favored
gold-tone technique (blending
precious metals in a custom-
ized emulsion to print photo-
34 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Metropolitan Museum Receives Bequest
Transitions From Trustee Emerita Jayne Wrightsman
NEW YORK CITY — The Metropolitan to receive funds that are an ongoing part of the
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London an- Museum of Art announced a bequest of bequest.
nounced that Gus Casely-Hayford will be- more than 375 works from the late Jayne A selection of works from the bequest are cur-
come the first director of its new outpost, V&A Wrightsman (1919-2019), trustee emerita rently on display through February 16, 2020.
East, which is currently being constructed in and one of the most generous benefactors The department of European sculpture and dec-
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park — the site of the in the museum’s history. The bequest orative arts is exhibiting 55 small objects in Gal-
2012 summer Olympics — and is expected to includes significant gifts to the depart- lery 545, from a pair of Seventeenth Century
open in 2023. Case- ments of drawings and prints, European Italian porphyry urns to an Eighteenth Century
ly-Hayford will be paintings and European sculpture and French porcelain inkstand in the form of a pome-
responsible for decorative arts, as well as to the depart- granate. In the Robert Wood Johnson Jr Gallery
developing the ment of Asian art, the department of (Gallery 690), the department of drawings and
creative strategy Islamic art, and the Watson Library. In prints is presenting works on paper from the
and programming total, Jayne and her husband Charles Wrightsman collection, including a portrait of
for the five-story Wrightsman (1895-1986) have given more Marie Antoinette by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le
museum and will than 1,275 works to the Met. Brun and a pair of drawings by Louis de Car-
take up his new post in the spring. Currently, the In addition to this gift, Jayne made provi- montelle, alongside several bound rare books.
British curator, cultural historian and broadcaster sions for substantial additional funding to Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le The department of European paintings features
serves as director of the Smithsonian’s National the existing Wrightsman fund, of which Brun (French, 1755- 22 paintings in Gallery 630 — such as works by
Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. Previ- more than $80 million has already been 1842),”Julie Le Brun (1780- Canaletto, Eugène Delacroix, Anthony van Dyck,
ously, he has lectured widely; advised numerous received by the Met. The fund supports 1819) Looking in a Mirror,” Théodore Gericault, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo,
organizations, including the Tate Britain Council ongoing acquisitions of works of art from 1787, oil on canvas, 28¾ by Georges Seurat and others — identifying these
and the Royal Shakespeare Company; sat on the Western Europe and Great Britain created 23-3/8 inches. The Metro- and other European paintings previously given
boards of the National Trust, the Caine Prize for during the period from 1500 to 1850. The politan Museum of Art, by the Wrightsmans with a “W” on the label of
African Writing and London’s National Portrait support comes at a time of financial stabil- New York, bequest of Mrs each painting.
Gallery; and presented several television series. ity for the museum, as described in its Charles Wrightsman, 2019. The Met has published a special online feature
In 2018, he was awarded an Order of the British recently released annual report for fiscal about the Wrightsmans’ impact. In addition to
Empire for his services to arts and culture. year 2019 (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019). The Wrightsman archival photos and a catalog of their contributions to the
bequest helped the museum achieve a total of $211.5 million museum’s collection, it features commemorative essays writ-
Dia has appointed Donna De Salvo its se- in new gifts and pledges in FY19. The bequest will also be ten by current and former museum staff.
nior adjunct curator, special projects. The reflected in the current fiscal year that will end on June 30, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is at 1000 Fifth Avenue.
appointment marks a homecoming of sorts — a 2020, and in years to come as the Wrightsman fund continues For information, www.metmuseum.org or 212-535-7710.
noted scholar of Pop art and Andy Warhol, De Sal-
Sun Yat-Sen Honored With Statue & Plaza
vo served as a curator at Dia Renaming In NYC’s Columbus Park
during the 1980s, and it was
at Dia where she first met the NEW YORK CITY — In partnership ty-First Century metropolis and its been renamed in his honor. The statue
artist and immersed herself in with council member Margaret Chin diverse citizenry,” said Jonathan Kuhn, by Taiwanese artist Lu Chun-Hsiung (b
his work. De Salvo comes to and the Chinese Consolidated Benevo- NYC Parks director of art and antiqui- 1973) was a gift from the Republic of
Dia following her 15-year ten- lent Association (CCBA), New York City ties. “Dr Sun Yat-sen joins a pantheon of China (Taiwan). The CCBA has spon-
ure at the Whitney Museum mayor Bill de Blasio and parks commis- distinguished world independence lead- sored the commission of the monument
of American Art, serving most sioner William Castro joined Manhat- ers and human rights advocates, among and provided a $100,000 maintenance
recently as deputy director tan Borough president Gale Brewer; them Mahatma Gandhi, Simon Bolivar, endowment.
Matthew Carasella for international initiatives council member Peter Koo; Republic of Frederick Douglass and Eleanor Roos-
photo and senior curator. In this China Overseas Community Affairs evelt, whose bronze effigies grace our The sculpture depicts the early Twen-
newly created position at Dia, De Salvo will collab- Council minister Hsin-hsing Wu; Taipei parks.” tieth Century revolutionary figure and
orate with the institution’s curatorial team, led by Economic & Cultural Office of New founder of the Republic of China in a
Kelly Kivland and Alexis Lowry, on Dia’s exhibition York ambassador Lily Hsu and mem- The sculpture of Dr Sun Yat-sen has standing, contemplative pose. It is
program, long-term installations and collection. bers of the community to honor Dr Sun been added to NYC Parks’ permanent placed on a tapered solid black granite
She will also work with Dia’s growing archival team Yat-sen on his birthday, November 12, art and monuments collection, the pedestal with a flanged granite base.
on transforming Dia’s archive into a rich public re- with a statue unveiling and renaming northern plaza at Columbus Park has Inscribed and gilded in Chinese on the
source. She will begin her new role in January. of the northern plaza at Columbus Park front of the pedestal is the Confucian
in Chinatown. motto, “All Under Heaven Are Equal”
At the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, rendered in Dr Sun Yat-sen’s own cal-
Ashley James has been appointed asso- “It is remarkable to have the Dr Sun ligraphy.
ciate curator, contemporary art. James, whose Yat-sen statue permanently standing
work merges curatorial prac- here in Columbus Park on his 153rd Dr Sun Yat-sen was born on Novem-
tice with an academic back- birthday,” said Eric Ng, CCBA presi- ber 12, 1866, in China during the Qing
ground rooted in African dent. “His vision and efforts to build a dynasty. Inspired by the American Rev-
American studies, English lit- free and unified China will be memo- olution, he envisioned a free and demo-
erature and women’s gender rized by New Yorkers and visitors. We cratic China and became a pioneer in its
and sexuality studies, began sincerely thank everyone who had reform. In 1911, he and his allies over-
her new position on Novem- helped to make this happen.” threw the regime, ending 5,000 years of
ber 12. Most recently James Chinese imperial rule. Dr Sun lived in
served as assistant curator “The addition of this sculpture sup- Chinatown as he finalized plans for the
of contemporary art at the ports our mission that the evolving Revolution and delivered an important
Brooklyn Museum. She played a key role in the de- monument collection reflect the Twen- speech at the CCBA in March 1911.
velopment, public programs and acquisitions at
the museum, including helping to bring works by Fifth Class Of Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate
Ed Clark, Arthur Jafa, Taryn Simon and other key Curatorial Fellows Announced By Six US Museums
contemporary artists into the collection. James
holds a BA from Columbia University and an MA LOS ANGELES — The Art Institute of Chicago, the High Urbana-Champaign; curatorial mentor: Andrew Hamilton,
from Yale University, where, in the spring of 2020, Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, associate curator of art of the Americas, department of the
she will receive a PhD in English literature, African the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nelson-Atkins Muse- arts of Africa and the Americas.
American studies and women’s, gender, and sexu- um of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have
ality studies, with a dissertation that reorients dis- announced the 2019–2021 class of fellows designated for High Museum of Art: Destinee Filmore, Spelman Col-
courses of black representation. the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow- lege; curatorial mentor: Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and
ship Program. The fellowship provides specialized train- Dan Boone curator of folk and self-taught art. Adeja Ster-
Phillips has appointed Thibault Stockmann ing to students across the United States from historically ling, Emory University; curatorial mentor: Stephanie
international specialist, Modern and postwar, underrepresented groups in the curatorial field and sup- Heydt, Margaret and Terry Stent, curator of American art.
Paris. This hire reflects the increasing importance ports the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums.
of the Modern art category to the company’s The students began their fellowships this fall. More infor- Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Emily Le, University
global growth strategy. Stockmann has a deep un- mation about the need for a diverse educational pipeline of Southern California; curatorial mentor: Hollis Goodall,
derstanding of the auction business after spend- into the curatorial field is available in the 2018 Art Muse- curator of Japanese art. Jackeline Lopez, University of
um Staff Demographic Survey. California, Los Angeles; curatorial mentor: Stephen Little,
ing more than a decade at Florence & Harry Sloan curator of Chinese art and depart-
Christie’s, specializing in Fellows participate in the fellowship program during their ment head, Chinese, Korean and South and Southeast Asian
Impressionist and Modern undergraduate career, with the goal of continuing their edu- Art.
art. Initially based in Belgium cation through graduate work. The two-year fellowship pro-
where he worked with Mari- vides students with hands-on experience in a museum set- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Veronica Carleton,
anne Hoet, Phillips’ senior ting, assisting curators and staff on exhibitions, collections Northlake Community College; curatorial mentor: Mari
specialist, Twentieth Century and programs. Fellows are matched with a curatorial men- Carmen Ramírez, the Wortham curator of Latin American
and contemporary art and tor at each museum who works to enrich the academic expe- art and director of the International Center for the Arts of
deputy chairwoman, Europe, rience and to increase exposure to the museum context the Americas. Jaelynn Walls, the University of Houston;
Stockmann then moved to while broadening a fellow’s understanding of art and art his- curatorial mentor: Dena Woodall, associate curator of prints
Christie’s Paris in 2016 where he worked with tory. Fellowships include regular engagement during the and drawings.
Clara Rivollet, Phillips’ international specialist, academic school year followed by full-time engagement over
Twentieth Century and contemporary art. Stock- the summer. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Husnain Noorbhai,
mann will work closely with each of Phillips’ Kansas City Art Institute; curatorial mentor: Kimberly Mas-
sales centers, concentrating primarily on French- Since the program began in 2014, 30 fellows have complet- teller, Jeanne McCray Beals curator of South and Southeast
speaking countries. ed the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship pro- Asian art. London Williams, Kansas City Art Institute;
gram. Selected fellows for the 2019–2021 program are: curatorial mentor: April Watson, curator of photography.
Art Institute of Chicago: Iris Haastrup, Wellesley Col- Philadelphia Museum of Art: Laila Islam, Moore College
lege; curatorial mentor: Constantine Petridis, chair of the of Art and Design; curatorial mentor: Peter Barberie, the
department of the arts of Africa and the Americas and cura- Brodsky curator of photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center.
tor of African art. Kyndal Gragg, University of Illinois at Hannah (Han) McCoy, Temple University; curatorial
mentor: Matthew Affron, the Muriel and Philip Berman
curator of Modern art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Most Expensive Marvel Comic Ever Sold
Goes To $1.26 Million At Heritage Auctions
DALLAS — The finest largest comic book and comic in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, ing to Certified Guaran-
known copy of Marvel Comics art auctioneer. According to who purchased every No. 1 ty Company (CGC) — the
No. 1, the 1939 comic book Heritage Auctions, the comic issue he could of both comic world’s largest and most
considered the “Big Bang” of book sold to an internet buyer. books and magazines, begin- accepted comic book
the Marvel Comics Superhero ning in the 1940s. Published grading service. The
Universe, sold for $1,260,000 “This is a historic copy of a by Timely Comics, the first famous cover art is by
on November 21 at Heritage historic comic book,” said Ed edition features the first the noted science fiction
Auctions’ vintage comic books Jaster, senior vice president appearances of characters artist Frank R. Paul,
and comic art auction. at Heritage Auctions. “With- such as the Human Torch, Ka- and the interior art fea-
out question, this is the Zar and Angel, as well as a tured the work of illus-
The sale set a world record granddaddy of all Marvel character called the Sub-Mar- trators Bill Everett,
for the most expensive Marvel Comics, without which we iner. Carl Burgos and Paul
comic ever sold at public auc- would not have the characters Gustavson.
tion and an auction house and stories we enjoy in today’s The yet-unmatched comic
record as the most expensive comics and feature films.” book is graded 9.4 on a scale Stay tuned for a full
comic book ever sold by Heri- of 1 to 10, making it the best review of this auction in
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Auction DATE LOCATION AUCTIONEER PG 7, Dec................... Alameda, CA....................Michaan’s Auctions.............64
Previews 7, Dec...............Downingtown, PA.....................Pook & Pook..................67
Every Tues............ Coventry, CT............................ Weston’s.....................70 7, Dec..................Glen Cove, NY..................... Roland Auctions................. 2
Andrew Jones Every Thurs.......East Windsor, CT.............. Golden Gavel Auctions..........68 7, Dec..................Glen Cove, NY..................... Roland Auctions...............39
Holiday Luxury & 21,Nov-5,Dec...iGavelauctions.com............ Lark Mason Associates.......... 62 7, Dec..................Harrisburg, PA.....................Cordier Auctions...............64
Animal In Arts....................59 29, Nov................. Freehold, NY............................Mooney’s.....................76 7, Dec................Hillsborough, NC............... Leland Little Auctions...........65
Freeman’s 30, Nov................. Wells, Maine..........................Stephen Cyr..................74 7, Dec............... New Windsor, NY....... Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries....75
American Art & Pennsylvania 30,Nov-1,Dec.......Litchfield, CT.............. Litchfield County Auctions.........2 7, Dec.................Willoughby, OH..................Milestone Auctions.............71
Impressionists..................... 7 30,Nov-1,Dec.......Litchfield, CT.............. Litchfield County Auctions.......62 7-8, Dec.............New Orleans, LA................New Orleans Auction...........5C
Hindman 1, Dec................... Coventry, CT....................... Ingraham & Co................74 8, Dec.................... Canaan, NY...................... Heritage Auctions..............72
French & British 2, Dec.................... Beacon, NY...............Hudson Valley Auctioneers.......66 8, Dec...............lotusauctions.com............... Lotus International.............70
Haute Couture....................56 2, Dec....................Bellport, NY...................Thos Cornell Galleries.............2 9, Dec.....Kensingtonestateauctions.com......Kensington Estate..............64
Hudson Valley Auctioneers 3, Dec.................... Hatfield, PA....................... Alderfer Auction...............70 9, Dec.................. Mickleton, NJ.......................Dutch Auction.................76
Unreserved Two-Session 4, Dec.................Portsmouth, RI.................. Gustave J.S. White.............68 9, Dec..................Northfield, MA...................Northfield Auctions.............70
Estate Auction....................52 5, Dec....................Boston, MA.................... Grogan & Company............69 9, Dec.................. Seabrook, NH.................... Edward B. Beattie..............70
JMW 6, Dec..................Jewett City, CT......................Leone’s Auction.................2 10, Dec...................Denver, PA........................Morphy Auctions..............2C
Eclectic Multi-Estates........56 6, Dec...................Kingston, NY..................JMW Auction Service...........68 10, Dec.................Geneseo, NY............................. Cottone......................74
Kaminski 10, Dec................ New York City...............Swann Auction Galleries.........61
Thanksgiving Spread Of 11, Dec................Bloomfield, NJ..................... Nye & Company...............66
Americana..........................19 11-12, Dec............. Hatfield, PA....................... Alderfer Auction...............3C
Leland Little Auction 11-13, Dec........... New York City..............................Doyle........................4C
Collection Of Artist 13-15, Dec..............Detroit, MI..........................DuMouchelles.................73
Andrew Wyeth.....................6 14, Dec................... Dallas, TX...............................Heritage......................63
Locati 14, Dec................Harrisburg, PA.....................Cordier Auctions...............72
Vinaigrettes Online Only....57 16, Dec................ New York City................... Gianguan Auctions.............60
Lotus International 18, Dec................ New York City..............................Doyle........................4C
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Phillips 7-8, Dec............ Westport, MA....................19 21-25, Feb............Naples, FL.......................8C
French Postwar Design.....14 8, Dec....................Bath, ME........................49
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Holidays At Scott Antique
NH Antiques Dealers Association December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 37
Names 2020 Board &
63rd Annual Ralph DiSaia,
Oriental Carpet Dealer
NH Antiques Show Dates & Show Manager, 70
CONCORD, N.H. — The New director; Paige Trace, director; WATERFORD, CONN. — Ralph Nelson DiSaia passed
Hampshire Antiques Dealers and Richard Thorner, auditor. away on November 22 after a brief but intense battle with
Association (NHADA) con- cancer. His loving family was by his side.
ducted its annual meeting on The NHADA date for the
November 14 at the Common 63rd Annual New Hampshire Together with his wife Karen, Ralph ran the oriental rug
Man restaurant. After a lun- Antiques Show is set for dealership Oriental Rugs Ltd. Both later became antiques
cheon, Richard Thorner, a cur- August 6-8, 2020, at the Dou- show managers under DiSaia Management, which puts on
rent board member, presented bleTree by Hilton located in the Washington Winter Show, Objects of Desire, the Connect-
an informative talk on “Col- downtown Manchester, N.H. icut Spring Show, the Antique Garden Furniture Fair, the
lecting Ephemera in New (formerly known as the Radis- Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show and Antiques in Man-
Hampshire – The Value in son Hotel Manchester.) The chester.
acquiring Valueless Objects.” annual show features 67
exhibitors from all over the A celebration of Ralph’s life is planned on the 7th or 8th of
The newly elected officers for Northeast and other states, December in Waterford, Conn. Details are forthcoming and
the NH Antiques Dealers Asso- with a wide range of items the online story will be updated when they are known.
ciation board of directors 2020 from folk art to porcelain,
are: Thomas Thompson, presi- country and formal furniture, A more complete obituary will appear in a future issue.
dent; Rich Bojko, immediate paintings and prints and more.
past president; Sharon Platt, The show attracts thousands INDEX - 84 PAGES - INDEX
vice president communica- of buyers and enthusiasts from
tions; Ken Pike, vice president all around the United States ANTIQUES SHOW REVIEWS
membership; Josh Steenburgh, seeking high-quality antiques
vice president show chairman; saved throughout the year for (Wilmington, Del.) Delaware Antiques Show — Americana…Front, Center & Forward Looking.........................20
Melissa Alden, secretary; Peter this celebrated premiere (New York City) Innovative Style At Salon Of Art & Design......................................................................................40
Sawyer, treasurer; Bev Lon- event.
gacre, director, show co-chair- AUCTION REVIEWS
person; Rebekah Hackler, For additional information,
www.nhada.org. (West Palm Beach, Fla.) Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s Sheep Leads Palm Beach Modern Auction At $468,000.........4
(New York City) Phillips Twentieth Century & Contemporary Art Sale Gets $108 Million.........................................6
5¢ Caille Brothers Black Cat (Mount Crawford, Va.) Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Fine & Decorative Arts Auction Generates Strong Prices...9
Slot Leads Morphy Auctions’ (New York City) Science Leads Early Printed Books With Newton’s “Opticks” At Swann Galleries.......................11
Coin-Op & Advertising Sale (New York City) Auction Records Abound In African American Fine Art Sale.........................................................12
(Thomaston, Maine) Thomaston Place Fall Weekend Sale Exceeds $1.4 Million....................................................15
DENVER, PENN. — A 5¢ (Manchester, N.H.) At Jones & Horan, Timepieces & Jewelry Realize Nearly $1 Million........................................28
Caille Brothers Black Cat musi- (Philadelphia) 28-Star Texas Statehood Flag Flies To $68,750 At Freeman’s...........................................................38
cal cabinet upright slot machine (Geneseo, N.Y.) “Bliss”ful Provenance Pushes Redon Work At Cottone.................................................................38
sold for $96,000 in Morphy Auc- (Woodbury, Conn.) Cabanel’s Angel Soars For Schwenke.......................................................................................38
tions’ November 20-21 Coin-Op (Dallas) Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s Dreaming Art Wakes Up Bidders At Dallas Auction Gallery........................38
and Advertising sale. The piece (East Dennis, Mass.) Jacobsen’s “Sovereign” Gets Strong Wind At Eldred’s..........................................................38
was in perfect working all-origi- (Beverly Hills, Calif.) Thiebaud’s “Blueberry Custard” Breaks Heritage Record, Selling At $3,225,000.................38
nal condition with correct cast- (Los Angeles) Twelve-Fold Screen Achieves Twenty-Fold Price For Andrew Jones................................................38
ings and coin head, original (New Orleans) Spanish Colonial Louisiana-Related Portraits Hitting High Marks, Now At Neal............................39
wheel and castings and an orig- (Stansted Mountfitchet, UK) Sworders Sells Charity Shop Chinese Vase For $488,000........................................44
inal music box. (Paris) Christie’s Design Sale Brings $10 Million......................................................................................................45
(Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK) Donald Collection Soars In Pedestal’s Fine Interiors Sale............................45
The firm hosts this Coin-Op (Buford, Ga.) Success / Surprises At Slotin Folk Art.................................................................................................47
and Advertising auction two (Philadelphia) Two Sales At Freeman’s Combine For More Than $2.8 Million........................................................58
times per year, attracting and
offering some of the best exam- EXHIBITIONS
ples available on the market. A
Caille Bros machine led Mor- (Manchester, N.H.) Collaboration Between Currier & Canterbury Shaker Village......................................................8
phy Auctions’ year-end 2018 (Huntington, W.Va.) Mamluk Revival Metalwork Exhibit Coming To Huntington Museum Of Art.........................13
sale as well. (San Marino, Calif.) Huntington Acquires Two Significant Collections Of Slavery, Abolition Materials..................14
(New Haven, Conn.) Yale Art Gallery Examines Career Of William Bailey................................................................28
Also included in this recent (Houston) Lequeu & Voigt At Menil Drawing Institute..............................................................................................29
sale was a rare piece of Coca- (Jerusalem) Israel Museum Examines Connections Between Egyptian Hieroglyphics & Emoji............................44
Cola memorabilia that soared (Moscow) Daguerreotype, Autochrome & Polaroid At Pushkin State Museum.....................................................44
to $86,100: a 1920s oversized (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) Saratoga Automobile Museum’s “Lost Speedways” Program........................................49
leaded glass display Coca-Cola (New Haven, Conn.) New Haven Museum: Wilbur Cross, A Most Unlikely Politician.............................................57
bottle manufactured by the
Metropolitan Art Glass Compa- AND ALSO...
ny in New York. It measured 47
inches high, and even with a Across The Block........................................................................................................................................................10
few cracked glass panels, bid- Books, Books, Books...........................................................................................................................................53-55
ders pushed the work just above Historic Homes
high estimate. The auction house said the example is almost
never seen for sale and called it a once-in-a-lifetime chance to Holiday Happenings...........................................................................................................................................50-51
acquire it. International.......................................................................................................................................................... 44-45
Watch for a full review in an upcoming issue.
Baltimore Museum To Acquire Transitions...................................................................................................................................................................34
Only Works By Women In 2020 (Portsmouth, N.H.) Portsmouth Advocates Annual Preservation Awards.................................................................5
(South Portland, Maine) Center For Painted Wall Preservation Symposium Receives Early Funding.....................9
BALTIMORE, MD. (AP) — only four percent of the 95,000 (Greenwich, Conn.) Can Art Drive Change On Climate Change Talk With Alexis Rockman....................................12
The Baltimore Museum of Art pieces in its permanent collec- (Huntington, N.Y.) Comfort & Joy: Huntington Historical Society Quilts.................................................................12
will add only artwork created tion were created by women. (San Francisco) The Fine Arts Museums Of San Francisco Acquires “Penumbra”.................................................13
by women to its permanent (New York City) Whitney Announces Recent Acquisitions, Including Biennial Works............................................17
collection in 2020. News outlets report each of (Denver) Guardians Of The Past, Conserving A Culture — Edward S. Curtis & Paul Unks....................................32
the museum’s exhibits will be (Los Angeles) Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows Announced By Six US Museums................34
Museum director Christo- strongly tied to women. Nine- (New York City) Metropolitan Museum Receives Bequest From Trustee Emerita Jayne Wrightsman...................34
pher Bedford announced the teen will showcase art solely (New York City) Sun Yat-Sen Honored With Statue & Plaza Renaming In Columbus Park....................................34
policy on November 14, saying by women, including at least (Demarest, N.J.) National & International Potters Coming To Demarest.................................................................39
something radical must be one transgender artist. Bed- (Westminster, London) H. Blairman & Sons Moves.................................................................................................44
done to rectify centuries of ford says the museum is work- (Rome) Italian Police Smash Cross-Border Antiquities Trafficking..........................................................................45
imbalance. The Maryland ing to “correct our own canon” (New York City) Admission To Dia’s NYC Sites Will Be Free Starting September....................................................56
museum acquired its first and address historical blind (Deerfield, Mass.) Deerfield Fellowship Program Accepting Applicants..................................................................56
work by a female artist in spots.
1916, two years after it was
founded and three years before The Baltimore Museum of
women gained the right to vote Art is at 10 Art Museum Drive.
in the United States. Today, For information, 443-573-1700
To Place An Ad
38 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Cabanel’s Angel Soars
Twelve-Fold Screen Achieves
Twenty-Fold Price For Andrew Jones
WOODBURY, CONN. — An oil painting of a winsome angel LOS ANGELES — A Twenti- sold for $30,000 on Sunday, and in extremely good condition.
looking out to sea captured the hearts of buyers on November 20 eth Century Chinese silk twelve- November 24. Standing about It was purchased by a private
at Schwenke Auctioneers, who took it to the heavenly price of fold floor screen estimated at 83 inches tall and extending to buyer from Hong Kong. Prices
$10,980. A conservative estimate of $4/6,000 helped boost inter- $1,500/2,000 stood tallest among 228 inches, a representative for cited include buyer’s premium.
est in the work, which was bought by a private collector bidding the nearly 600 lots offered by the auction house said the
on the phone. For information, 203-266-0323 or www.woodbury- Andrew Jones Auctions when it screen was exquisitely painted Watch these pages for an
auction.com. extended sale review.
Watch these pages for a more extensive sale review. Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s Dreaming Art
Wakes Up Bidders At Dallas Auction Gallery
Jacobsen’s ‘Sovereign’ Gets
Strong Wind At Eldred’s DALLAS — At Dallas Auction Gal-
lery’s November 20 auction, a 1973 syn-
thetic polymer paint on composition
board by the Australian Aboriginal art-
ist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1926-
2002) sold for $93,750 with premium.
Untitled (Artist’s Stories) is inscribed
verso with “AAB (Aboriginal Art Board),”
and the Tula Artist Catalog number,
“CP731098.” DAG owner Scott Shuford
said, “When we got the word out about
the aboriginal art in the SMU collection,
we were inundated by interested collec-
tors worldwide. Many were bidding by
phone, and that caused a problem for
one woman who would have continued
to bid, but her phone had a problem.”
The painting did sell to another collec-
tor on the phone.
The provenance is perfect, going from Papunya Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs Argyle Arts
Centre (Possum Tjapaltjarri was chairman from the 1970s to the 1980s), to a Sydney Private Col-
lection to the SMU Taos campus collection. The 36-by-48-inch work came with an estimate of
$8/12,000 and was one of several works from the collection being sold to benefit scholarships to
the university. A full review of the auction will appear in a future issue.
EAST DENNIS, MASS. — Sailing across Eldred’s auction block on Thiebaud’s ‘Blueberry Custard’ Breaks
Thursday, November 21, was Antonio Jacobsen’s portrait of the Heritage Record, Selling At $3,225,000
steam/sail yacht Sovereign, which brought more than double its high
estimate ($8/12,000) to sell for $30,000 to a phone bidder. It was one BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — Wayne
of several strong finishes seen in a three-day series of sales that saw Thiebaud’s (b 1920) “Blueberry Custard,”
a broad spectrum of works sell. 1961, sold for $3,225,000 in Heritage
Auctions’ Modern and Contemporary Art
“The portrait of the steam/sail yacht Sovereign flying the New York Auction on November 20 to break the
Yacht Club burgee is everything you’d want in a Jacobsen — from house record for the most expensive piece
his best time period, crisply painted, beautifully rendered water,” of contemporary art ever sold through
said Josh Eldred, president of the firm. The 22-by-36-inch oil on can- Heritage Auctions. The 18-by-24-inch oil
vas was signed and dated lower right “A. Jacobsen 1896 New 31 on canvas painting was one of 16 lots
Palisade Av. West Hoboken, N.J.” and is listed as #33 in Antonio sold that came from the private collection
Jacobsen — The Checklist by Harold S. Sniffen (Newport News, Va.: of the late Russ Solomon, founder of
The Mariners’ Museum, 1984), page 276. It came from a private Tower Records, and boosted the total for
New York collection. the auction to $5,106,231. “Blueberry
Custard” sparked bids from multiple col-
Prices given include the buyer’s premium, as stated by the auction lectors and exceeded its high estimate by
house. 29 percent. The price includes the buyer’s
premium. A full review of the auction
An extensive sale review will appear in a future issue. will appear in a future issue.
28-Star Texas Statehood Flag
Flies To $68,750 At Freeman’s
PHILADELPHIA — Maybe just because it’s Texas, quipped Free- ‘Bliss’ful Provenance
man’s chairman Alasdair Nichol as a 28-star Great Star American Pushes Redon Work
Flag commemorating Texas statehood jumped suddenly from its
$9,500 opening to a $25,000 phone bid. “Somebody really wants it,” he At Cottone
observed as bids climbed steadily to a final price of $68,750, including
buyer’s premium. The circa 1846 survivor featured hand-sewn, double GENESEO, N.Y. — A 10-by-7-inch work by Odilon
Redon (1840-1916) titled “Papillons” was the top lot at
appliqued cotton stars in a Great Star Cottone Auctions’ November 23 sale when it sold for
pattern, with hand-sewn cotton stripes $40,000, including buyer’s premium. The auction
and a twill cotton hoist with hand- house said bidding was pushed with strong interest
stitched grommet. Mounted and framed, from New York and Paris galleries.
it measured 52½ by 107 inches (sight).
Head of sale, Lynda Cain said it was The gouache, watercolor, pen and ink on paper work
won by the trade. The November 24 sale featured provenance to Lillie P. Bliss (1864-1931),
dispersed the 45-year collection of Dr who, led by art advisor Arthur Davies — the master-
Peter Keim, who was saying goodbye to mind of the 1913 Armory Show — became one of the
more than 190 examples of US flags and early patrons of Modern Art and one of the founders
patriotic ephemera. The Texas flag had of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her
been exhibited at the Bullock Texas bequest two years after the museum’s founding
State History Museum, Austin, and had included eleven oils and watercolors by Cézanne as
once been in the collection of Dr Jeffrey well as works by Derain, Gauguin, Modigliani, Picas-
Kenneth Kohn, who was in gallery on so, Rousseau and others.
Sunday to see it off to a new home. Dr
Keim preferred to spend the day with For more information, www.cottoneauctions.com or
his grandchildren. Coming up will be a 585-243-1000.
more extensive review of A Grand Old
Flag: The Stars and Stripes Collection of
Dr Peter J. Keim.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 39
Rock Island Auction Company’s 2019 Closer Is Dec. 6-8
Historic factory grade No. 10 engraved, gold-
plated Annie Oakley presentation Marlin
Deluxe Model 1897 lever-action rifle.
ROCK ISLAND, ILL. — As Rare and newly discovered, fac- Early production two-digit serialized
the year nears its conclusion, tory exhibition panel scene US Army contract Colt Model 1911
Rock Island Auction Company engraved, black powder Colt semi-automatic pistol, serial number
is preparing to go out on a high single-action Army revolver. 81, documented to Adjutant General
note with its final auction of Lutz Wahl, a veteran of the Philip-
2019, December 6-8. Offered pine-American War and World War I.
will be embellished and histori-
cally important Colt and Win- and high conditioned Colt Company of Carbineers Sgt. inlaid masterpieces. Highlights the firm is offering hundreds of
chester firearms, along with revolvers. Perhaps the most Henry Clark. Beyond these include a Winchester Model guns from other famed manu-
numerous other firearms. Mili- anticipated of all is the historic examples, the auction has 1866 lever-action rifle engraved facturers such as collections of
tary treasures, one-of-a-kind Gustave Young master many embellished single-action and signed by master engraver Smith & Wesson revolvers and
artisan pieces and early produc- engraved and inscribed Colt Army and Bisley revolvers Thomas F. O’Connell as well as Marlin long guns. The military
tion rarities will be found in the Model 1860 Army presented to often with special order fea- a French cased Winchester arms and militaria will also be
2019 December Premier auc- Union Maj. Gen. George tures. All this and a Model 1874 Model 1886 fancy sporting rifle, represented, containing the
tion. Many firearms come from McClellan. Other Colt firearms Gatling gun for good measure. platinum inlaid and factory- heavy firepower of field guns
highly distinguished collections, include a two-digit serialized engraved by master John plus numerous small arms from
such as a selection of arms from Model 1911 pistol documented Winchester firearm enthusi- Ulrich. Both are factory exhibi- a wide assortment of nations,
the Larry Jones collection, the to Adjutant General of the asts will be pleased to see the tion arms showcasing a level of both World Wars and beyond.
Dick Salzer collection, the Mac Army Lutz Wahl and a rare collection of rifles in this sale. excellence far above others of
McCroskie collection, the Dr Paterson Model 1839 percus- Winchesters in this sale range their kind. Rock Island Auction Compa-
Gerald Klaz collection, Robert sion carbine presented to the from special order, embellished, ny is at 7819 42nd Street West.
M. Lee collection, the Putnam deluxe rifles to delicately gold Beyond the collection of Colt For additional information,
Green/Sycamore collection and and Winchester firearms com- 309-797-1500, 800-238-8022 or
many others. ing up for bid this December, www.rockislandauction.com.
This December, the firm is
presenting an array of historic
National & International Potters Coming To Demarest, N.J.
DEMAREST, N.J. — The Art School an aesthetic language that will inspire
at Old Church’s (TASOC) 45th Annual generations of potters to come. This
Pottery Show & Sale will take place on year’s potters are an eclectic group of
December 6-8. The Annual Pottery 29 artists, hailing from across the
Show & Sale (also known as the Old United States and Canada. Seven of
Church Pottery Show & Sale) is a the artists are first-time presenters at
nationally renowned event among the the show.
clay community and a destination for
close to 1,000 pottery enthusiasts The show has become a model for
annually. other shows of its kind. With close to
30 artists from as many cities, the
The event began in 1975 as a fund- show features more than 3,000 hand-
raiser for The Art School at Old made pieces — from functional mugs,
Church. Long-time friends Karen dishware, servers and casseroles to
Karnes and TASOC founder Mikhail sculptural works. Admission to the
Zakin wanted to connect their commu- show is a suggested donation of $20 on
nity of potters with the local area by December 6, and $10 on December 7
offering the opportunity to purchase and 8. All proceeds benefit The Art
one-of-a-kind works of art, with pro- School at Old Church, a nonprofit arts
ceeds supporting the newly found non- center.
profit cultural center.
Show hours are Friday, December 6, 6
The 2019 Pottery Show & Sale is to 9 pm (opening night); Saturday,
curated by Chris Gustin and Bruce December 7, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday,
Dehnert, along with Aysha Peltz. The December 8, 11 am to 4 pm.
current team of curators continues
Karnes’ and Zakin’s tradition of col- The Art School at Old Church is at 561
laborating on the selection of artists, Piermont Road. For more information,
and, through this relationship, forging www.oldchurchpotteryshow.org or 201-
Spanish Colonial Louisiana-Related Portraits
Are Hitting High Marks, Now At Neal
NEW ORLEANS — An oil on Casa-Calvo permanently Juan Manuel de Salcedo in 1801. tive of American Colonialists
canvas painting by Jose Francis- received this rank in 1807, and He then left for Cuba, but who viewed his absolute alle-
co Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza his depiction here likely repre- returned two years later to help giance to Spain in an unfavor-
(Mexican/Louisiana, 1750-1802) sents a brevet appointment to carry out the Louisiana Pur- able light.
finished at $249,500, including this higher position during his chase, overseeing all details per-
buyer’s premium, in Neal Auc- governorship of Louisiana.” taining to the removal of ships, For additional information,
tion Company’s November 23-24 The result of this portrait is troops, personnel and records www.nealauction.com or 504-
sale. The 42-by-32¾-inch-work timely, as a portrait of Major from the region. Beginning in 899-5329.
was titled “Portrait of an Impor- 1805, Casa-Calvo represented
tant Spanish Colonial Official, General Thomas Pinckney Spain when a joint force of Span-
likely Sebastian Nicolas Calvo (1750-1828) painted by Samuel ish and American engineers,
de la Puerta y O’Farrill, Marqués Finley Breese Morse (1791-1828) including cartographer Nicolas
de Casa-Calvo (1751-1820).” was the top lot of Freeman’s de Finiels, surveyed the land
November 12 sale when it sold surrounding the new border,
The auction house said the lot for $187,500. Pinckney repre- which had been declared at the
saw active interest from the sented US interests as he negoti- Sabine River. This demarcation
phone bank, selling to a south- ated the 1795 Treaty of San remains there to this day and
ern private collector. Lorenzo, which granted Ameri- stands as the deciding shape of
form denoting the sitter’s rank cans the use of the Port of New the state of Louisiana. A year
“This important portrait was meticulously recorded. An Orleans with access to the Mis- later in 1806, American governor
depicts the highest-ranking expert on Spanish Colonial mili- sissippi River. William C.C. Claiborne ordered
known sitter in Salazar’s oeuvre tary uniform, René Chartrand Casa-Calvo joined the military Casa-Calvo’s departure from
to come to auction and repre- writes: ‘Rank and corps was and became a cadet at the age of Louisiana and he would not
sents a figure intricately tied to determined by the type, styles 12, attaining the ranks of Lieu- return.
Louisiana’s early history,” said and metal colours of the buttons, tenant Colonel, Brevet Colonel
Neal Auction Company’s director buttonholes and of the embroi- and Brigadier General by 1794. Casa-Calvo was the subject of
of fine art Marney N. Robinson. dery. In this case [painting By 1799, Casa-Calvo’s military Gilbert Din’s 2016 book An
offered here], there is a single knowledge and expertise had Extraordinary Atlantic Life:
Neal noted that the portrait row of gold embroidery (of the elevated him to one of the high- Sebastián Nicolás Calvo de la
offered here represents the only specific pattern for generals) est ranking officials in the Span- Puerta y O Farrill, Marqués de
known image of Casa-Calvo. The edging the collar, cuffs and ish colonies. When Governor Casa-Calvo, in which the author
house was able to approximately lapels, which is the distinction of Gayoso died in 1799, Casa-Calvo claims to have reframed his lega-
date it using his military dress, general officers holding the rank was appointed interim military cy, noting that earlier writings
writing: “when a portrait was of Mariscal de Campo.’ As noted, governor until the arrival of were mostly from the perspec-
painted of one of these promi-
nent figures, the splendid uni-
40 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
Thomas Fritsch — Atrium, Paris Giustini/Stagetti, Rome
Innovative Style At Salon Of Art & Design
NEW YORK CITY — Suffice hands at the top three houses Salon of Art and Design, a show the world — exactly half of tle more vintage back this year.
to say, there’s a lot that went on when the Twentieth Century that trots the globe for you and which were domestic, or with a I wouldn’t mind having a little
in the Big Apple in November. and Contemporary sales pre- brings it all, wrapped up nicely, domestic branch location — to more historic material on the
But unique among the lures of ceded the American art sales, to the Park Avenue Armory present historical and contem- floor. But the contemporary
commercial art — throwing and then on to the private gal- each year. This year’s Novem- porary design and art. This work sold strongly. I think
around elbows between the lery events and the American ber 14-18 edition saw 56 galler- included rare examples from because there are antique
$1-plus billion that changed Art Fair — was the rather luxe ies come together from all over practitioners of furniture-as- shows, and Design Miami is
art, bench-made and computer- contemporary, I think people
Review and Photos by driven design, works of art want the mix, but they’ve seen
Antiques and The Arts Weekly from Twentieth Century mas- less of the contemporary work
ters, historic design from iconic and it’s exciting to them. In his-
Greg Smith, Editor movements, antiquities, studio toric design, things like Italian
glass, ceramics and more. vintage walks right out of here,
British sculptor Sam Orlando Miller creat- Steffen Dam’s 2017 work “New Medicine” but there’s a fascination with
ed the chandelier here titled “Ghirlande di appears as an assemblage of specimens. The Salon’s executive director new material.”
Lacrime Estive.” Jade green mirror and Heller Gallery, New York City. Jill Bokor saw attendance at
bronze. Gallery FUMI, London. the fairs eighth edition rise to As we filtered through our
13,500, a small bump from last responses to the show this year,
year. the word came back that floor
sales were slow for a majority.
As computer-driven design Dealers had a hard time break-
ramps up in the Twenty-First ing even with the cost that
Century, the Salon’s show floor comes associated with exhibit-
— a meeting place of new and ing at the Park Avenue Armory.
old, refined and exuberant, rep- That response has become a
resentational and abstract — is standard for almost every show
apt to feature it and create a in the Park Avenue Armory. It
dialogue that spans history. is, no doubt, known as a risky
And to steer that dialogue are and high-value venue. Reasons
the galleries, many of which offered included a crowded
will focus in either new or old, a November calendar, an uncer-
scant few with both, but all of tain economy, the impeachment
which possess the expertise proceedings against Donald
and knowledge of the great Trump and others. These senti-
design index through the ages. ments apply to the market as a
And that the Salon combines whole. It still did not change
these galleries, in what has the fact that show manager
become the best design show in Sanford L. Smith + Associates
New York City, raises the earn- put on an astute show filled
ing of its own notecard and with some of the best design
place in that index. you’ll ever see in one place out-
side of a museum in New York.
“We hit every decade of the
Twentieth Century,” Bokor When asked if she has any
said, speaking to the broad thoughts on leaving the armory,
range of material on the floor. “I Bokor responded in the nega-
tried to hit that for the past tive.
five years and I think we did
that this year.” “For many of these dealers,
without the Armory, they don’t
On the spread between his- want to come. The real truth is
toric and contemporary offer- that the real fulcrum of the
ings, Bokor said, “In terms of show is the location. Even if I
material brought and bought, do hear some grumbling, we
we kept about as much vintage, will surely be there for at least
and maybe even brought a lit-
Sold tags were found on the “Futurum” shelf at the back of the booth by Axel Einar Hjorth Todd Merrill Studio, New York City, captured the contem-
and the “PH 4/4” hanging lamp at center by Poul Henningsen. The set of four chairs at cen- porary spirit in this vignette. On the right wall is “Unin-
ter were also from the “Futurum” series by Hjorth and were joined by designs from Wil- tended Low Cabinet II” by Seoul-based designer Kim Yun-
helm Kage, Povl Dinesen and Lauri Järveläinen. Modernity, Stockholm. hwan, whose front panels resemble a fractured cloud-filled
sky. Each element is hand carved, alternating between the
convex and concave.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 41
Ceramic furniture works from Brooklyn-based artist Reinaldo Sanguino New York City’s Heller Gallery brought glass works from Steffen Dam,
were exhibited with The Future Perfect. Toots Zynsky, Lino Tagliapietra, Eric Rosenfeld and more.
two more years.” Salon is something that has texture and shape, which is not The Haas Brothers were represented here in the polished
A lineup of interactive talks taken a while for visitors to unlike the voluptuous figure of brass and blown glass lamps “Single Long Neck Zoidberg” and
understand, and they were an ancient Venus figurine. “Triple Long Neck Zoidberg” at back. The table at front, “Mal-
and special exhibitions made well-received this year.” The Gareth is working on a series of colm Hex” was also by them. R & Company, New York City.
sure to round out this year’s Salon’s “Conversations” series essays that challenge the
offerings, and Bokor reflected featured six forums with archi- notions of craftsmanship in
on their success, saying, “It was tects, designers, journalists and relation to the hand. He con-
one of the great new strengths other leaders, while six tours trasts the idea of risk, associat-
of the show this year. The were offered and led by notable ed with handwork, with the
reception was almost as strong designers throughout the show idea of precision, associated
as the show on the floor. The run. with machine work. But he
quality of them was unbeliev- makes note that when we trav-
able, we’ve never had people There was perhaps no greater el into uncharted waters, like a
like this doing our special exhi- link on the show floor between CNC machine cutting through
bitions before.” In the exhibi- contemporary computer-driven a block of silica, the results are
tion by Lalique, British wall design and historic bench-made not always perfect at first —
covering atelier Fromental cre- furniture than the work of UK- refinement and risk still
ated an installation influenced designer Gareth Neal, who was applies. The example on exhibit
by the three F’s that define the exhibiting with London’s Sarah here, the first of its series, took
Lalique brand: femme, flora Myerscough Gallery. Neal’s three drafts to perfect before he
and fauna. Design studios exhibition surveyed the design- was able to finish with only a
Apparatus, Pollaro and French er’s latest experiments with 3D toothbrush.
designer Mathieu Lehanneur computer drawing, new materi-
were all on hand to exhibit als and CNC processes. On Speaking of antiquities, Phoe-
their latest work. And curated exhibit was a large vessel from
by Vogue Italia and artistic his “SiO2” series, which is
director and haute jewelry formed with machine cutting
designer Alexandra Mor, “The from a block of silica. “We’ve
Protagonist” exhibition show- really gone to town studying
cased jewelry design by 15 stu- traditional pottery,” Neal told
dios. Antiques and The Arts Weekly,
explaining how he created
Bokor also saw a good turnout these vessels to emulate the
on the booth talks at Wexler wall thickness and build of
Gallery, Todd Merrill Studio examples made today and
and Heritage Gallery. “There throughout history in pottery
were incredible talks,” she said, studios. But Gareth’s tech-
“this was a place where we saw niques afford him a new aes-
improvement. Every single talk thetic in a new medium, evi-
was oversubscribed, and that dent in the tidal contour
did not happen last year. The patterns in this vessel and its
idea of programming at the
Friedman Benda, New York City “Portrat of Leporskaya” by Kazimir Malev- The chandelier “Cupola” by AMeBE Studio
ich (1879-1935), oil on canvas, 1930. ABA resembled on the exterior an evening view
Gallery, New York. of historical European architecture. The
inside was brightly decorated with Renais-
sance-style images. Polyurethane resin,
fiberglass, nylon, silver, brass, 2016. David
Wonderglass, London Maison Gerard, New York City
42 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
A showgoer looks through some of the antiquities at Phoenix Ancient Art. “Crystal Atmosphere” installation by Frida Fjellman. Hostler Burrows,
New York City.
Paul Donzella said he wished he had more of the illuminat- nix Ancient Art brought with Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts. trasted with the Machine Age
ed flower glass wall sculptures on the back wall. The 1972 them an offering from the col- On one wall hung three stencils aesthetic of a pair of chrome-
works were custom commissions from Murano glass studio lection of Dr Walter Gilbert, a from Prairie School architect plated lamps with Daum
Cenedese and were originally mounted to the ceiling of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist George Grant Elmslie, who shades that Brandt produced
bar at the Lido Hotel on Lido Island off Venice, Italy. Both and exhibiting artist. Together worked with Frank Lloyd in 1931.
sold. Donzella, New York City. with his wife Celia, the couple Wright at the office of Joseph
Phoenician engraved shell with the head of the Egyptian amassed an important collec- Lyman Silsbee and then Dank- We can still recall the 2018
god Horus from the Seventh Century BCE, with further tion that spoke of the birth of mar Adler and Louis Sullivan. booth of Dutch gallery
images of sacrificial rams. Dr Walter Gilbert collection. Western art around the Medi- Elmslie was Sullivan’s chief Priveekollektie Contemporary
Phoenix Ancient Art, New York and Geneva. terranean Basin to Asia and draftsman and ornamental Art | Design, and we have no
Mesoamerica, focusing specifi- designer. In 1909, Elmslie doubt that the 2019 booth will
cally on Greece, Rome, Etruria, joined William Gray Purcell stick with us as well. At the
Egypt and Mesopotamia. High- and George Feick Jr to create front of it was “Armor II,” a full-
lights here included a Roman an architectural practice of size suit of arms in white porce-
micromosaic emblema in a their own. Feick left three years lain and natural leather by
stone tesserae from the First later, and the firm of Purcell Hans van Houwelingen. Two
Century CE, depicting a long- and Elmslie would go on to be tables, “Golden Lagoon,” with a
haired lap dog sitting on a stool the second most commissioned glass base, and “Secret Lagoon,”
with a brush close by. Also here architectural firm of the Prai- with a bronze base, were part of
was a Phoenician engraved rie School behind Frank Lloyd Reinier Bosch’s “The Melting
shell with the head of the Egyp- Wright. The stencils on hand Series” of furniture, which fea-
tian god Horus from the Sev- with Bernard Goldberg dated tures robust drops of glimmer-
enth Century BCE. “It was to the Purcell and Elmslie era, ing gold bronze dripping from
probably a cult piece,” said the circa 1915. “They’re a hallmark the edges of the tabletop. The
gallery’s curator Alexander of his style,” research associate gallery wrote that Bosch’s
Kruglov, “maybe for libations.” Lisa Rotmil told us. “The series is connected to the cap-
The shell featured images of abstracted leaves and buds and ture of a single moment in time,
rams on it, which were sacrifi- a stretched-out pelt — he used as if to suspend it for eternal
cial animals. The decoration to all of these motifs with a natu- viewing.
both front and back signify the ral base and would modernize
great care that was taken to them.” The gallery also fea- By the time we rolled through
make this piece, which likely tured the evolving and con- New York City gallery Donzel-
had ceremonial use. trasting styles of Edgar Brandt, la’s booth on the first full day
found in a circa 1925 wrought of the show, a red dot graced
A selection of world-class iron mantel clock in the artist’s one of the two circa 1972 “Mar-
early Twentieth Century Amer- delicate and highly detailed gherita” illuminated wall
ican decorative arts was on naturalist style, which con- sculptures by Murano glass
exhibit with New York City’s studio Cenedese, depicting a
45-inch diameter daisy flower.
A suite of adjustable furniture from Italian architect- He sold the second shortly
designer Gio Ponti were on show with Lost City Arts, New after, and a third that is still in
York City. Italy. The sculptures were
originally mounted to the ceil-
ing of the bar at the Lido Hotel
on Lido Island off Venice, Italy.
Vintage Italian design was
found throughout the booth,
including a pair of “Regent”
lounge chairs, circa 1960, by
Marco Zanuso and lighting
designs by Angelo Lelli for
“For me, there was a very
strong designer presence dur-
ing the fair,” owner Paul Don-
zella said. “Certainly collectors,
too. I feel like the Salon has
matured into the best NYC fair
for Twentieth and Twenty-First
Century material. The energy
is always fantastic and I think
Jill Bokor has done a stellar job
Historic Russian design made an appearance on the floor Casati Gallery, Chicago
this year. A carved oak folding screen and tribune designed
by Alexander Dmitriev, circa 1934, was made for the chil-
dren’s military labor commune Lenoblono. Heritage Inter-
national Art Gallery, Moscow.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 43
“Armor II,” a full-size suit of arms in white porcelain and natural leather Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia, featured a world-class selection of Ameri-
by Hans van Houwelingen stood guard at the front of the booth. Priveekolle- can craft, including the work of George Nakashima, John Eric Byers, David
ktie Contemporary Art | Design, The Netherlands. Ebner and Miriam Carpenter.
in curating such a strong col- also had a very eclectic mix of his stores. In the middle corner on the right wall hung three stencils
lection of gallerists to partner great pieces. I really don’t know Looking forward to next year, from Prairie School architect George Grant Elmslie, whose
with.” of a better-looking show with firm Purcell and Elmslie would go on to be the second most
quality pieces of great design in Bokor did not see any glaring commissioned architectural firm of the Prairie School
Italian design was also found many different styles.” He points that need to change and behind Frank Lloyd Wright. Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts,
with Jim Elkind at New York added, “though personally I’d she expects about 80 percent of New York City.
City’s Lost City Arts, which always like to see more vintage dealers to return. Though she
recently moved to the New York material.” did speak with general uncer-
Design Center at Lexington tainty about what lies ahead
Avenue between 32nd & 33rd Moscow-based Heritage Inter- for what is sure to be an
Street. The gallery featured a national Art Gallery brought a extremely tumultuous 2020.
rare “adjustable” furniture range of historic design furni-
suite by Italian architect- ture fromthat country that elic- “Despite the strength of the
designer Gio Ponti, consisting ited much interest, as so little stock market, there’s an incred-
of two lounges and a table. “I Soviet-era and Russian design ible unease in every way here.
just made a trip to Italy this makes its way stateside. Among And it absolutely trickles down
past summer and we brought them was a carved oak folding to sales. I think everyone is
these back,” Elkind said, as screen and tribune designed by right to be concerned — every-
well as other pieces in the Alexander Dmitriev circa 1934 one that’s running a show.”
booth. “The adjustable pieces that was made for the chil-
were made for domestic con- dren’s military labor commune We have little doubt that this
sumption and they’re quite spe- Lenoblono. Both featured state event will weather that storm,
cial.” The Ponti chairs would symbols, including the hammer whichever way it blows.
recline back to various degrees and sickle, as well as compass
and even flatten out to a bench stars and leader profiles. The The next edition will be
form. five-part screen was made to November 19-23, 2020. For
wrap around the tribune when information, 212-777-5218 or
Moderne Gallery, Philadel- it was not in use. This gallery www.thesalonny.com.
phia, treated visitors with a held a booth talk during the
selection of blackened maple show and it was very well- “SiO2 Vessel A-03” by Gareth Neal, black sili- A rare Mathieu Matègot “Santiago” table is
seating by furniture artist John attended. ca, 2019. Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London. seen at front. It was designed in 1954-55 and
Eric Byers in his signature uni- was supposed to be of an edition of 50, but
form dimpled, chip-carved sur- Historic design was also on Salon Of Art & Design only two models were ever made as the
face. The furniture framed in show with Geoffrey Diner Gal- Sociètè Matègot closed in 1962. Karl Kemp,
an original 1956 collage by lery, Washington, DC. Flanking New York City.
John Cage that was designed a monumental 1985 oil on can-
for textile designer Jack Lenor vas painting by Helen Fran-
Larsen’s holiday card that year. kenthaler titled “Cinquecento”
Larsen liked it so much he com- were a set of three 1967 Mush-
missioned Cage to do the 1957 room Stools by Wendell Castle
card, and Cage would go on to and an entry hall lantern from
become Larsen’s artistic direc- Arts and Crafts architect-
tor for the next 40 years. Gal- designer Greene & Greene. The
lery owner Robert Aibel related 1907 lantern of inlaid mahoga-
a few sales of ceramics from ny and a greenish-yellow
American artist Estelle Hop- stained glass with natural
per, but said his other offerings motifs originated from the
— from American craftsmen Blacker House in Pasadena,
and women George Nakashi- Calif. Other Arts and Crafts
ma, David Ebner and Miriam offerings included a three-pan-
Carpenter — fell flat. “The el oak screen with pewter and
show got more publicity than copper inlay by Harvey Ellis for
ever before, word of mouth was Gustav Stickley, circa 1904,
strong,” Aibel said. “Everyone I and a Donegal carpet by UK
met seemed to know about the designer/architect C.F.A. Voy-
show… Attendance seemed sey. Voysey’s carpets were very
strong, and I thought that the popular during his era, so much
show never looked better. It so that Stickley sold them in
We can thank Dodie Thayer for bringing the cabbage into Designs from Harvey Ellis, Gio Ponti, C.F.A. Voysey, Wendell Castle and Greene & Greene
the ceramic design vocabulary, but it was greatly expanded were on show with Geoffrey Diner Gallery, Washington, DC.
upon in the delicate “Sculptural Vessels” of Sandra Davolio
here. J Lohmann Gallery, New York City.
44 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019
INTERNATIONAL Compiled By
Antiques and The Arts Weekly
Daguerreotype, Autochrome & Polaroid
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — The Pushkin Andre Hachette. Single-copy photographs turned out to be the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
State Museum of Fine Arts presents the raphy has been perceived as the mass as unique as handcrafted works of artists. These prints date back to the 1840s-50s
exhibition “Daguerreotype, Autochrome, production of images. Its distinguishing The charm of one-of-a-kind prints attract- and present distinctive elements of the
and Polaroid, 1/1,” in celebration of the characteristics are a documentary nature, ed many photographers and artists, both process, various plate designs, typical
180th anniversary of the invention of pho- fidelity and the ability to immortalize the amateurs and professionals. Custom tech- themes and patterns, and geographical
tography. Visitors will have the chance to moment. The relationship of lenses, chem- nologies for creating prints occupy a spe- coverage.
see unique examples of three rare tech- icals and light with replicable scenes has cial niche in the history of photography.
nologies in the history of photographic created a new art — an art of technology, Autochrome is considered to be the first
art, which not only presented the replica- where the daguerreotype, autochrome The exhibition features pieces that were method of color photographic printing. It
tion of images but were also the first of and Polaroid were the first of their kind. created in a wide variety of ways and at was patented in France by the Lumière
their kind: the first photographic image, very different times in a single space, pro- brothers, who invented cinematography
the first color photograph, and the first viding a new look at the phenomenon of in 1903. Autochrome remained the only
instant photograph. The exhibition will photography and its unique artistic mer- method for mass color photography until
include 115 single-copy pieces from muse- its. Photos produced in many copies are the mid-1930s. The autochromes for this
ums in France, Austria, and Russia. Pho- designated with digits divided by a slash exhibition come from the collection of the
tographers featured will be Louis (/), representing a sequence number and Paris-based French Photographic Society
Daguerre, Sergey Levitsky, Léon Gimpel, the total number of prints. For instance, and encompass the period between 1907
Antonin Personnaz, Stephen Shore, 2/5 is the second of five prints. The name and 1930.
Helmut Newton and others. of this exhibition emphasizes the unique-
ness of photographs, as 1/1 is a print run Polaroid was the first method to produce
The exhibition will be on view through of one copy. The displayed photographs instant color images. The process was pat-
January 26. are not divided by genre, and the technol- ented in 1947 and became widespread in
ogies are not presented in chronological the 1970s-80s. A single color print on a
August 19, 1839, is considered to be the order. The patterns and themes of the ready-to-use Polaroid sheet was the fore-
date of the invention of photography, pieces illustrate the diversity of interests runner of digital photography; it was pos-
when a new technology bearing the name of both professionals and amateurs sible to see the picture image at once. The
of its creator, French artist Louis Jacques throughout the history of photography. exhibition will include pieces from the
Mandé Daguerre, was presented publicly largest collection of Polaroids, housed in
at a meeting of the Academy of Sciences. Daguerreotype, which marks the onset the OstLicht Collection in Vienna and
France shared the secret of photography of “light painting” art, is regarded as the dating from the 1970s-80s.
with the whole world, which was amazed first photographic process. The exhibition
to see its own reflection for the first time. will feature daguerreotypes from the The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
National Library of France in Paris and is at Ulitsa Volkhonka, 12. For informa-
Throughout its 180-year history, photog- tion, https://pushkinmuseum.art.
Israel Museum Examines Connections H. Blairman & Sons Moves
Between Egyptian Hieroglyphics & Emoji
WESTMINSTER, LONDON — H. Blairman & Sons has
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — The Israel Museum, ancient Egypt to contemporary visual media. announced that the firm is moving as of December 9. The company
Jerusalem has announced, “Emoglyphs: Picture- “‘Emoglyphs: Picture-Writing from Hiero- will be located at 15 Queen Anne’s Gate, a distinguished early Eigh-
Writing from Hieroglyphs to Emoji,” a ground- teenth Century house in one of London’s most charming streets,
breaking exhibition on view through October 12 glyphs to Emoji’ presents a new dialogue situated to the south of St James’s Park and just a short walk from
that explores the universality of pictorial writ- between ancient Egypt and contemporary times Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster.
ing, activating the cultural and visual connec- through Egyptian masterpieces from the Israel
tions between ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Museum’s collection and their parallels to emoji Of the new venue, Martin Levy says, “It seems hard to imagine a
contemporary emoji, both significant forms of usage and culture, the picture-writing of the more appropriate setting for this new phase of Blairman’s four-
communication in their respective eras. Through present-day, and offers a new and dynamic lens generation history.”
a presentation of the Israel Museum’s signifi- through which audiences can engage with arti-
cant collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, facts from the museum’s collection,” said Ido The house was built in 1706 by Charles Hales, who may have been
many of which have never been on view and Bruno, Anne and Jerome Fisher director of the its first resident. Subsequent occupants include the Sixth Earl of
which depict in particular hieroglyphic inscrip- Israel Museum. “This exhibition, which embod- Leicester, John Long, Bishop of Norwich, and the painter Frances
tions, alongside a specially-designed visual dis- ies the Israel Museum’s commitment to connect- Reynolds, sister of Sir Joshua. In 1908, Sir Edwin Lutyens, who two
play of emoji, the exhibition fosters a new ing audiences with our significant collection by years later was to move his office to number 17, executed internal
understanding of the universal need for pictori- demonstrating its continued relevance to every- restorations for Edward Hudson, the founder of Country Life.
al icons and symbols, from the societies of day life, also contributes significantly to schol-
Relief fragment from the tomb of the over- arship on visual culture in its research on H. Blairman & Sons is at 15 Queen Anne’s Gate. For informa-
seer of the priests of Soped, Late Period, emoji.” tion, www.blairman.co.uk.
26th dynasty (Sixth-Fourth Century BCE),
painted limestone, Gift of Laurence and The exhibition will present a wide range of Sworders Sells Charity Shop
Wilma Tisch, New York, purchasers of the artifacts from the Israel Museum’s Egyptian Chinese Vase For $488K
Dayan Collection. 82.2.344. Collection, a majority of which have never been
shown, including painted wood burial figurines STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, UK — A Chinese vase bought
from the Ptolemaic Period (Third Century BCE); for approximately $1 in a charity shop sold for $487,955 on
mummy wraps inscribed with spells from the Friday, November 8, after it emerged that it was made for an
Book of the Dead dating to the Second Century Eighteenth Century emperor.
BCE; a servant figurine (ushabti) made for the
burial of Khaemwaset, the son of Ramses II, dat- The lucky buyer, unaware of its significance, listed the small
ing to the Thirteenth Century BCE; and alabas- yellow vase on eBay, only to be inundated with messages and
ter vessels used as burial gifts dating to around bids. Realizing it must be valuable, he removed it from the site
3000 BCE. These artifacts, which possess and took it to specialists at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.’
inscriptions revealing the nature of the object,
will appear alongside a visual display of emoji They studied the 8-inch-tall vase and identified it as being
throughout the exhibition that present parallels Chinese imperial and made for the Qianlong Emperor, who
between commonly used emoji and the applica- reigned from 1735 to 1796. The Qianlong famille rose vase is
tion of hieroglyphs as ideograms. This visual dis- marked with a symbol that meant it wasn’t for export, but for
play, designed to create a dialogue with the arti- one of the emperor’s palaces.
facts in the near vicinity, allows visitors to draw
connections between not only the shared iconog- It is inscribed with an imperial poem and two iron-red seal
raphy of these past and present visual languag- marks that read “the Qianlong Emperor’s own mark.” The yel-
es, but also their patterns of use. low enamel was reserved specifically for the emperor.
As an exploration of the universality of sym-
bols and how they are used to convey emotion,
ideas, data and information, a visual language
created specifically for the exhibition that com-
bines both hieroglyphs and emoji will be includ-
ed throughout the exhibition and associated
materials, placing both forms of pictorial lan-
guages on the same visual plane. An animated
video at the beginning of the exhibition intro-
duces hieroglyphs as a visual language, and an
interactive station at the conclusion of the exhi-
bition will allow visitors to engage with their
findings from the exhibition, exploring the mul-
titude of interpretations and meaning that
emoji can possess as representations of visual
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem is at Derech
Ruppin 11. For information, www.imj.org.il.
December 6, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 45
Donald Collection Soars In Pedestal’s Fine Interiors Sale
Auction Action In Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, U.K.
Leading the sale at $12,000 was
this Taishõ period-gilt and lac-
quer seated carved figure of
Nyoirin Kannon, seated in
the full lotus position, with a
gilt mandala, on shaped red
lacquer base ($1,3/1,900).
RICKMANSWORTH, the concept and way of life of the samu- Fetching $5,500 was this portrait of
HERTFORDSHIRE, U.K. — rai warrior — his weaponry and battle a lady by a Follower of Remigius
Strong results were achieved dress. However, he equally immersed van Leemput, oil on panel, 15-3/8 by
across the board in The Pedes- himself in contemplation, and the col- 12¼ inches ($900-$1,300). Donald
tal’s auction of Fine interiors lection included an interesting group of Collection.
including the Patrick Donald shrines (zushi), as well as the substan- Japanese red lacquered armor, sold
collection, which was conducted tial Taishõ period-gilt and lacquer seat- for $6,500 ($3/5,000). Donald Collection.
at Moor Park Mansion on Tues- ed carved figure of Nyoirin Kannon
day, November 19. which achieved the top price of $12,000. Bringing the second highest price in
manner of Francesco Fanelli and the sale — $11,300 – was this George II
The jewel of the sale was the The large group of oil portraits depict- Hubert Le Sueur, which sold for $3,100, carved mahogany bureau cabinet
collection of Patrick Donald, ing kings and queens, as well as and his portrait, after Sir Anthony van attributed to Gillows ($9/13,000).
which was assembled in unnamed, distinguished ladies and gen- Dyck, which realized $1,200.
both Toronto, Canada, and tlemen, also shared Donald’s London
England, and which reflected home. Charles I was of particular inter- Highlights from the rest of the sale found a new home at $2,600. Towards
his twin collecting pas- est, with the collection containing a included a George II carved mahogany the end of the sale, an unusual Indian
sions: Japanese arms and number of sculptures and paintings bureau cabinet attributed to Gillows Art Deco silver three-piece bachelor’s
armor and works of art, depicting the monarch, notably, a Sev- that achieved $11,300, the second high- teaset with green Bakelite handles and
and early furniture, carv- enteenth Century lead bust, in the est price in the sale. A George III finials soared past its high estimate to
ings and pictures. mahogany chest attributed to Thomas sell for $1,800. Of the numerous rugs in
Chippendale finished at $4,200, and a the sale, the highest priced was a Nine-
Donald transformed his Regency carved mahogany bergere teenth Century Heriz carpet that made
Putney home, in South West exceeded its high estimate to finish at more than five times its estimate to fin-
London, into his own personal museum $5,800. Silver buyers liked a matched ish at $4,500.
with each room specifically designed to pair of George III Irish sauceboats that The Pedestal’s next Fine Interiors sale
accommodate and display the contents closed at $3,500 as well as a pair of will take place in April. For additional
of his collection. He drew on his skills George III silver wine coasters that information, www.thepedestal.com.
as a set designer, acquired through his
work at the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation, to bring about this trans-
formation. The collection saw interest
from bidders in Europe, North America
and the United Kingdom. Totaling
nearly 300 lots, the collection achieved
a total of $260,867, with 89 percent of
the lots selling. Two significant compo-
nents of the sale — Japanese swords
and blades and portrait paintings —
saw extensive interest with both achiev-
ing a 100 percent sell-through rate.
Donald was particularly captivated by
Italian Police Smash Cross-Border Christie’s Design Sale Brings $10 Million
Auction Action In Paris
ROME (AP) — Italian police have broken up a cross-border criminal gang
illicitly trafficking in archaeological artifacts clandestinely excavated in PARIS — Christie’s Design sale on at another auction house last month. The
southern Italy for export abroad, authorities said Monday. November 19 attracted international col- top lot in Christie’s sale was Claude Lal-
lectors and achieved a total of $10,077,273 anne’s “Trône de Pauline,” which brought
The culture-crime division of the Carabinieri military police said two sus- with sell-through rates of 91 percent by $503,000 against an estimate of
pects were jailed and 21 put under house arrest at dawn Monday, most of value and 85 percent by lot. This result is $221/332,000.
them in Calabria, in the ‘‘toe’’ of the Italian peninsula, but also in Milan and the third highest total for a various-owner
other Italian cities. Design sale at Christie’s Paris. The firm Diego Giacometti continues to be a
reported 238 registered bidders form 22 designer whose works find competition in
Some other 80 suspects are under investigation, including in Serbia, countries. the marketplace. The second and third
Britain, France and Germany, where searches were carried out. Investiga- highest prices in the sale were $436,000
tors were aided by police of those four countries. Flavien Gaillard, head of sale, comment- and $410,000, respectively paid for “Paire
ed: “The strong results totalized today de tabourets en X” and “Paire de chenets
During the investigation, police recovered thousands of artifacts dating demonstrate that global collectors are con- ‘Carcasse’.”
from the Fourth and Third Centuries BCE, including terracotta vases and tinuously eager to acquire fresh-to-the-
oil lamps, plates decorated with images of animals, necklaces and decora- market works of art. These great sell- Collectors also sought the iconic artworks
tive clasps. The artifacts’ worth totaled several million dollars, investiga- through rates state once again that of Agathon Léonard, whose 11 lots of
tors said. international collectors have a strong “Dancers” achieved a combined total of
appetite for well-priced, high quality works $461,000. The top lot of this section was
Many of the antiquities had been sent to auction houses in London; Munich, of art with important provenance. We are “Vampire,” a bronze sculpture executed in
Germany; and other northern European cities, said Captain Bartolo Taglietti, especially delighted about the results 1904 that sold for $205,000 against an esti-
who commands the Carabinieri art squad in Cosenza, Calabria. achieved for the section dedicated to the mate of $78/111,000.
works by Jean-Michel Frank and Alberto
After the artifacts were dug up, the Calabria-based ring contacted an Giacometti for the prestigious Born family, Further highlights of the sale included a
Italian in the central city of Perugia, who in turn had contacts in the which realized exceptional results such as section of works by the Martel brothers,
European auction world, investigators alleged. for the Lampe Bilboquet sold $330,000. We which raised a lot of interest. The section
are also very pleased with the strong realized a total of $833,000. The top lot of
Italian law specifies that antiquities discovered on Italy’s territory results achieved for the works designed by this section was a Maquette de “l’Arbre
belong to the state. Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret Cubiste,” which sold for $187,000, more
in 1950 for the Pluet family’s house with a than doubling its high estimate. Notable as
Prosecutors involved in the probe are based in Crotone, a seaside city whose combined total of $446,000.” well was “Pigeon à queue plate,” created in
roots go back to its foundation in the Eighth Century BCE by ancient Greeks. 1925, which sold for $52,600, almost ten
The ancient city was an important colony of Magna Grecia. The illegal digs The demand for the works of Claude and times its presale estimate of $5,500/7,700.
were conducted at known archaeological sites in Calabria, including not far Francois Xavier Lalanne continues follow-
from the famed Hera Lacinia temple, police said. ing a sale of their personal collection, sold All prices include buyer’s premium, as
reported by the auction house. For informa-
Police used a drone to help in the investigation. tion, www.christies.com.
While archaeologists painstakingly sift through soil with their hands or
hand-held tools to avoid damaging artifacts, Carabinieri said the trafficking
gang used an excavator similar to a backhoe to dig for antiquities. The clan-
destine excavators covered their faces with ski masks to avoid being recog-
nized on video surveillance cameras, but investigators traced the suspects
after noting the license number on a vehicle parked nearby.
46 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 6, 2019