Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Cleveland, OH, United States
DoneSun, Sep 18, 2005 2:00 PM GMT
Important Estates of Cleveland, Ohio
Fine Art & Antiques featuring property from the estate of Samuel T. Wellman. Metropolitan Galleries is honored to present this stunning sale of exquisite property from the Wellman estate; a private collection of antiques and art from a prominent Mayfield collector; as well as other fine estates and collections from Cleveland. Samuel Wellman was an inventor, engineer and industrialist in the steel industry between the late 1860's to 1919. Early in his career he designed and built a number of steel melting furnaces including the first Siemens Gas Regenerative Heating furnace in the U.S. and the first commercial Open Hearth Steel Furnace in the United States. He designed and built the steel plant in Cleveland for Otis Steel Works in 1873 and managed it for 16 years, producing the first basic steel made in the United States. After building another open hearth steel works in South Chicago, he returned to Cleveland and founded the Wellman-Seaver Engineering Co. that worked with steel mills in the U.S., England, Russia, France, Spain, Germany and Japan. By 1917, Mr. Wellman applied for 97 patents. His inventions included the Wellman Hydraulic Crane, Open Hearth Charging Machine, the Rolling Mill Manipulator and the Electro Magnet for lifting iron and steel. These inventions vastly improved the productivity and safety of the steel industry. He also financed and built the Hulett unloaders that revolutionized the unloading of ore boats on the Great Lakes. He also supported the early development of the Dow Chemical Company and became one of its Directors. Mr. Wellman married Julia Ballard in 1868 and they had five children. Julia's journal of their 1900 Grand Tour of Europe and the Middle East records the purchase of "Cattle Fair at Ostia". (our featured lot) The painting was purchased on April 26, 1900 in Rome directly from the Tiratelli studio. This stunning painting is signed by both Aurelio Tiratelli and his son Cesare Tiratelli and dated November 1900. Aurelio Tiratelli passed away in May of 1900 and it is believed that his son Cesare completed the work. To our knowledge this may be the last work painted by Aurelio and possibly the only collaborative work by the father and son, Aurelio and Cesare Tiratelli. After Mr. Wellman's death in 1919, The Tiratelli painting was inherited by one of his sons, William S. Wellman. It was later acquired by William's son, Samuel T. Wellman II and Lois G. Wellman of Gates Mills, Ohio. Metropolitan Galleries is honored to present this work at auction as well as over 150 items of fine art & antiques from the Wellman estate.