GENESEO, NY – Cottone Auctions’ late-summer fine art, antiques and clock auction returns Saturday, September 18 at 12 p.m. collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Doolittle, Jr. of Buffalo, NY, including important work by John F. Kensett (American, 1816-1872) and exceptional early 20th-century lighting by Tiffany Studios.
Also on offer will be fine clocks from the collection of WC Moodie, Sr. and Sons, representing three generations of clock collectors in East Hanover, NJ, objects from the prominent Wadsworth family of Geneseo, NY, as well as objects private institutions, estates and people. The sale will take place online.
A new oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Kensett, titled Singing Beach & Eagle Rock, Magnolia, Massachusetts, highlights the fine arts offered. With a pre-sale estimate of $200,000 to $400,000, this is the pinnacle of the fine art category.
“Your Kensett seems to me to be a very good one,” said John K. Howat, assistant curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a letter to Mrs. Adrian W. Smith on May 25, 1965. “The arrangement and the paint colors are very bright and powerful – a good sign in Kensett’s workmanship.The quietness of these aftermarket Kensetts is very impressive.
Another beautiful painting is a portrait of Jules Joseph LeFebvre (French, 1836-1911), titled morning glory (est. $50,000-$80,000), from the estate of Mickey Sabety of Oceanside, NY, acquired in the early 1950s. Modern and contemporary art includes an oil on canvas designator by Ted Stamm (American , 1944-1984), titled DGR-32 (Dodge), 1976 (estimated between $40,000 and $60,000). Other artists including Ed Ruscha, Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis, Patrick Heron and Vu Cao Dam.
The many exceptional lamps will be led by a rare elaboration of Tiffany Studios Peony lamp on a telescopic bookcase base with a 22-inch shade (estimated between $250,000 and $500,000); a beautiful Tiffany Studios Nasturtium table lamp on a tree trunk base with a 22-inch shade (est. $70,000-$100,000); a Tiffany studio, Nenuphar table lamp on a twisted vine base with a 20-inch shade (est. $60,000-$80,000), a rare Tiffany Studios grape trellis chandelier (est. $50,000-$80,000) and a rare Duffner and Kimberly Poppy floor lamp on a Renaissance base (estimated between $50,000 and $80,000).
The clock category includes a rare E. Howard & Co. No. 49 Astronomical Hanging Regulator, purchased directly from Edward Howard in 1875 by Henry Abbott (est. $50,000-$80,000). Other highlights include a rare DJ Gale Astronomical Calendar Gallery Clock, Patented Model 1871 (est. $15,000-$25,000) and a Robert Houdin Mystery Pendulum Clock, Paris (est. $7,000-10,000 $).
Americana will feature two exemplary Navajo weaves, one a second phase chief’s blanket, circa 1860-1870 (est. $40,000-$60,000), the other a transitional Navajo blanket (est. $15,000), in near pristine condition. Both were descended from the family of Othniel Charles Marsh, a paleontologist at Yale University. The blankets are said to have been given to him by Red Cloud, the Sioux Native American leader.
Period furnishings will be led by a handsome and rare Chippendale serpentine slant-front bureau, c. shell, block ends and bold ball and claw feet with original period brasses, from the Wadsworth family; and a small New England Queen Anne tiger maple highboy, c. and estimated at $7,000 – $10,000.
In total, more than 200 quality lots will be auctioned. Previews are by appointment. Online auctions will be facilitated by Cottone Auctions; register to bid at live.cottoneauctions.com. Auctions via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com will also be available. Telephone and correspondence bids will be accepted. To place bids, call the Cottone Auctions Gallery at (585) 243-1000, or register through the website.
For more information on Cottone Auctions’ Saturday, September 18 auction, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com; or call (585) 243-1000.
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