GENESEO, N.Y. – Cottone Auctions will stage a Fine Art & Antiques sale on Saturday, March 19, starting at noon Eastern time. It will include more than 275 lots and feature the collections of the estate of Elizabeth Strasenburgh of Rochester, New York; Randy and Bette Swift of Fernandina Beach, Florida; the David K. Anderson grandchildren’s trust of Buffalo, New York; various upstate New York museums and institutions, as well as items from prominent estates and individuals. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction lineup will include fresh-to-the-market works including Femme Assise, a circa-1928 carved ebony sculpture by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Upon arrival in 1926 in the Montparnasse district of Paris, Calder met Picasso, Brancusi, Zadkine and Pascin. The young Calder sculpted the nude in wood, a material he borrowed from several of his artist friends, such as Brancusi or Zadkine.
An oak hall chair by Charles Rohlfs (American, 1853-1936) from the estate of Jane Wolcott Steinhausen of Rochester, New York will be offered. The chair has unusual carved feet and possesses undisturbed original condition and finish. It is signed with the artist’s monogram and dated 1901, and carries an estimate of $50,000-$80,000.
20th-century highlights from the estate of Elizabeth Strasenburgh include a watercolor by Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953), Les Bateau a Voile, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, and a stainless steel kinetic sculpture by George Rickey (American, 1907-2002), titled Four W’s, estimated at $50,000-$80,000. Standing at more than eight feet tall and having a rotating diameter of 5ft 6in, it is dated 1986-93 and is the third of an edition of three. The kinetic sculpture was acquired directly from the artist in 1994 and has remained in the family of the original owners.
On offer will be many fine lamps by Tiffany Studios, including a Peony table lamp with an 18in shade, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; a Bamboo table lamp with a 16in shade, estimated at $40,000-$60,000; and a Red Poppy table lamp with a 20in shade, estimated at $50,000-$80,000.
More than 30 lots of estate jewelry are on offer, including a nine-carat pear shaped diamond ring estimated at $100,000-$150,000, as well as watches by Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe.
The selection of paintings includes a work by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923) titled Playa de Valencia. It was probably painted in 1904, a year in which Sorolla spent the summer painting on the El Cabanyal beach in Valencia, producing numerous small scale beach scenes on the spot. The work, which was published and exhibited by The Hispanic Society of America in 1909, is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
Americana choices are led by a large carved and painted architectural eagle with traces of original paint and gilding, which comes from a Cortland, New York estate. Its estimate is $7,000-$10,000. Also of note is a 19th-century portrait of George Washington, modeled after Gilbert Stuart, estimated at $5,000-$8,000.
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