CRANSTON, R.I. – An original still life painting by the French artist Roger Muhl (1929-2008) climbed to $9,375 and an interior genre painting by John Carlin (American, 1813-1891) brought $7,500 in an online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction held February 21 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. More than 350 lots from estates and collections across New England came up for bid.
The Muhl work depicted pale pink and red tulips in a celadon colored vase over polychromatic patches of color. The abstract painting was signed lower right and titled Tulipes Rouges on verso. Muhl studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, and his paintings have been exhibited across the globe.
The painting by Carlin showed a young boy kneeling on a cane chair, with his elbows on the table, staring at a bowl full of apples. The work was signed “J. Carlin” lower right. Carlin, who was born deaf and was also an accomplished poet, studied art in Philadelphia as well as London and France.
Additional highlights include two Asian textiles that performed well. One was a fine Chinese silk gold thread dragon robe dating to the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). It was decorated with five-toed dragons flying against a clouded sky with bats and cranes. It sold for $3,438.
The other Asian textile of note was an early 20th century Chinese military 3rd rank leopard badge, depicting a leopard facing right towards a red sun, which achieved $3,750. Leopards were embroidered on separate patches and attached to the main textile.
A still life painting by Herbert Cash (American, 1864-1914), depicting a plum, a pear and an apple among red and green grapes on a glossy table, finished at $4,062. Cash studied under Robert Spear Dunning and Franklin Miller, and at the Art Students League in New York and in England under Edward Ertz.
A pair of Mid-century Modern floating couches by Milo Baughman (American, 1923-2003), featuring an angular wood frame over a floating wood base and tan suede cushions, found a new owner for $4,062. The couches came from the collection of a Westport, Massachusetts gentleman. They had some wear from use.
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