Sopranos actor Castelluccio contributes to Francesco de Mura exhibition

Francesco de Mura, 'The Trinity,' oil on canvas, circa 1741. Photo submitted

Francesco de Mura, ‘The Trinity,’ oil on canvas, circa 1741. Photo submitted

 

NEW YORK – As the exhibit of his renowned 17th century painting of St. Sebastian by Guercino at Princeton University Art Museum comes to a close, Federico Castelluccio has announced he will take part in a traveling exhibition of the works of another Old Master, the Neopolitan Baroque painter Francesco de Mura.

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Barry S. Slosberg boasts Orientalia, period furniture at March 6-7 sale

Pair of early 20th C. Meiji / Taisho period Japanese yellow cloisonne enamel vases, 12 3/4in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Barry S. Slosberg Inc. image

Pair of early 20th C. Meiji / Taisho period Japanese yellow cloisonne enamel vases, 12 3/4in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Barry S. Slosberg Inc. image

 

PHILADELPHIA – In its twin-session Spring Quality Auction on March 6-7 Barry S. Slosberg Inc. will offer some 600 lots each day showcasing a broad range of fine property.

Orientalia will kick off the 10 a.m. Sunday session and then feature furniture and furnishings.

Fine arts, decorative arts, and estate jewelry will follow in Monday’s second session. Of special interest in the auction will be the modern prints and paintings collection of Evelyn Alloy of Philadelphia; the Americana and folk art collection of Nan Bers of Rydal, Pa.; and the personal collection of ceramics, paintings and furniture assembled over many years by William R. Eberhardt of Philadelphia. Eberhardt’s focus was always Japanese cloisonné, and this category constitutes a significant segment in the sale.

Several furniture entries are especially noteworthy, including a monumental English Renaissance Revival walnut sideboard with gallery, a fine American Windsor settee featured in Charles Santore’s The Windsor Style in America, and a late 18th/early 19th century American grain-painted corner cabinet (below).

 

American grain-painted corner cupboard, 84 1/2in high x 48 1/4in wide. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Barry S. Slosberg Inc. image

American grain-painted corner cupboard, 84 1/2in high x 48 1/4in wide. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Barry S. Slosberg Inc. image

 

The Monday session will begin at 2 p.m.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

300 guitars tuned to rock Guernsey’s auction Feb. 27

Lot 284 – Stevie Ray Vaughan-owned and signed Fender Stratocaster, circa 1966-67, which Vaughan played with Paul Ray and the Cobras in Austin, Texas from 1975 until 1977. Estimate: $250,000-$500,000. Guernsey’s image

Lot 284 – Stevie Ray Vaughan-owned and signed Fender Stratocaster, circa 1966-67, which he played with Paul Ray and the Cobras in Austin, Texas from 1975 until 1977. Estimate: $250,000-$500,000. Guernsey’s image

 

NEW YORK – In what might well be the most diverse assemblage of collectible guitars ever presented, Guernsey’s will be conducting its next guitar auction on Feb. 27 live at the Bohemian National Hall on East 73rd Street and online at LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Museum visitors can watch conservators restore painting

Conservation treatment of 'The Pentecost,' circa 1530, by a follower of Bernard van Orley, oil on panel, 37 1/2 x 43 1/2 in. Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina.

Conservation treatment of ‘The Pentecost,’ circa 1530, by a follower of Bernard van Orley, oil on panel, 37 1/2 x 43 1/2 in. Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Museum of Art is giving visitors the opportunity to watch as a conservator restores a painting in the galleries, a task usually reserved for behind-the-scenes work in the conservation lab.

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In Memoriam: ‘Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee, 89

Harper Lee in 2007 when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W.  Bush. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Harper Lee in 2007 when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) – On a day when mockingbirds sang outside the courthouse that inspired her classic American novel, author Harper Lee was laid to rest in a private ceremony, a reflection of how she had lived.

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Joe Kubert, Moebius comic book art featured in Philip Weiss sale Feb. 27

Original color art page by French artist, cartoonist and writer Moebius (1938-2012), drawn for Metal Hurlant in 1977 for 'The Ballade.' Philip Weiss Auctions image

Original color art page by French artist, cartoonist and writer Moebius (1938-2012), drawn for Metal Hurlant in 1977 for ‘The Ballade.’ Philip Weiss Auctions image

 

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – Part 1 of the massive comic collection of legendary comic book artist Joe Kubert (1926-2012), an original color art page by French artist, cartoonist and writer Moebius (1938-2012), and a pair of sneakers signed by Michael Jordan and worn by the NBA star during the 1991 championship playoff series will be sold Saturday, Feb. 27, by Philip Weiss Auctions.

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In Memoriam: Italian author Umberto Eco, 84

Umberto Eco in 2005. Universita Reggio Calabria image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Umberto Eco in 2005. Universita Reggio Calabria image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

MILAN (AP) – Umberto Eco started working a novel that set the world’s imagination on fire “prodded by a seminal idea: I felt like poisoning a monk.”

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Former Miss America among Ohioans donating to museum

 Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963. Image courtesy of the Ohio History Connection

Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963. Image courtesy of the Ohio History Connection

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A tiara on her head and a rose in her lap, the smiling young woman practically radiates from the oil painting.

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Mid-century modern right at home in Capo auction Feb. 27

Andre Arbus-style wrought iron fire screen by Raymond Subes, 60 in wide x 29 1/2in high. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Capo Auction image

Andre Arbus-style wrought iron fire screen by Raymond Subes, 60 in wide x 29 1/2in high. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Capo Auction image

 

NEW YORK – Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in Long Island City will present their Mid Winter auction on Saturday, Feb. 27. This month’s auction will shine the spotlight on an impressive selection of mid-century modern and other furniture, along with decorative items of all kinds, fine and contemporary art, jewelry and Asian pieces.

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Hockney retrospective coming to Tate Britain in Feb. 2017

David Hockney, ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),’ 1971, private collection. © David Hockney. Courtesy of Tate Britain.

David Hockney, ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),’ 1971, private collection. © David Hockney. Courtesy of Tate Britain.

 

LONDON – Tate Britain  announced Monday the world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney will open in February 2017.

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