CRANSTON, RI – Original paintings by well-known and listed artists that span generations and genres will headline Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ upcoming online fine art and antiques auction scheduled for Monday February 21, starting at 6 p.m. EST. More than 350 lots, drawn from leading estates and collections across New England, will be auctioned.
“Continuing the momentum of last month’s sale, this catalog features an incredible collection of 32 paintings by renowned New England artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” said Kevin Bruneau, President and auctioneer of Bruneau & Co. “Names include Robert Spear Dunning, George Whitaker, Charles Gifford and Bryant Chapin, among others. It will be interesting to see how they perform today. The art market is booming right now.
Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and director of pop culture for the company, added: “While ancient art is sure to perform, this catalog contains great pieces of modern and contemporary art. The oil on canvas by Roger Mühl is sure to attract attention, as is the bronze by Michael Steiner. Also, we cannot forget the two watercolors Maqbool Fida Husain. This auction is packed. Collectors and investors should mark their calendars right away.
Paintings by Roger Mühl (France, 1929-2008) and Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1913-2011) perform best, each with estimates of $8,000 to $12,000. Mühl’s work depicts pale pink and red tulips in a celadon-colored vase on polychrome color spots. Measuring 19 ½ inches by 20 ½ inches (canvas, minus frame), the abstract painting is signed lower right and titled red tulips on the back side. It also retains the original Findlay Galleries (NY) label.
Roger Mühl was a 20th-century French painter best known for his renderings of light-drenched landscapes of southern France. His paintings often featured accumulated impasto surfaces and used complementary colors and neutral tones, creating both atmosphere and physics in his subtle compositions. He studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg but spent most of his life living and working in Provence, while exhibiting all over the world.
There are two paintings by Maqbool Fida Husain in the auction, both watercolors. One is a full color rendering, depicting a dancing Ganesha. Signed “Husain” lower left and measuring 20 inches by 14 inches (minus the frame), it was purchased directly from the artist by a prominent collector in Ohio and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the son of Husain, Shafat.
The other is an equestrian painting, depicting a monochromatic galloping horse in the moonlight, lined in sepia and blue. Larger than the other work, at 33 inches by 24 inches (minus the frame), it is also signed “Husain” on the lower left, is from the same collector in Ohio, and comes with a certificate of authenticity by Shafat Husain. Maqbool Fida Husain is often called “the Picasso of India”.
A still life of fruit by Robert Spear Dunning (Mass./NH, 1829-1905), depicting peaches, a pear, and bunches of red and green grapes glistening in the light is expected to cost $6,000-9,000. The 7 ¼ inch by 11 ¼ inch canvas (unframed) was taken from a large Massachusetts estate and is signed and dated “RS Dunning 1896” on the reverse and lower right.
Dunning was one of the founders of the Fall River School in Massachusetts and is best known for his realism optical illusion paintings. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and his work is held in numerous public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; the Fall River Historical Society in Massachusetts; the Columbus Museum in Ohio and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
A large 17th-century Flemish hunting scene, measuring 34 ½ inches by 43 ¾ inches, carries an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. The genre painting depicts a man on horseback and three men wielding spears chasing a deer across the river with hunting dogs. The scene is framed by full trees and neoclassical structures in the distance under pink skies. The work is not signed.
A beautiful Chinese silk and gold thread dragon robe from the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) is expected to change hands for $2,000 to $3,000. The beautiful high quality ancient robe, 29 inches long and about 22 inches wide at the shoulders, is finely decorated with raised gold wire five-toed dragons flying among the clouds with bats and cranes , and with a lower surf border.
A round carved wooden mask of the early 20th century African Baule tribe, Kplekple, with two horns, protruding eyes, low mouth and beard, decorated with red, black and white paint, 17 inches high and removed from the collection of a cultural museum in Alabama, is expected to reach $2,000 to $3,000. The mask has a slight split in the lower right and some areas of wear and paint loss.
A preview is available by appointment weekdays and day of the sale, with doors opening at 9 a.m. EST. The auction will begin at 6 p.m. EST. Auctions are available in person, by mail, by telephone or via the Internet, with a buyer’s premium of 20% (or 18% in cash, check or bank transfer).
Internet auctions will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the “Bruneau & Co” mobile application. on iTunes or Google Play.
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is still accepting quality submissions for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. This would be the perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers regarding the consignment of a single piece or an entire collection, you can email [email protected] Or, you can call them at 401-533-9980.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the online auction of 357 lots of fine art and antiques from the estate scheduled for Monday, February 21, please visit www.bruneauandco.com.
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