KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Case Antiques Inc Auctions and Appraisals’ Winter Auction features an eclectic selection of 20th-century art set against a backdrop of traditional antiques that includes a noted estate collection of 18th-century American furniture, a trove of rare books, maps and documents, and a stellar array of European and Southern decorative arts. The sale is set for Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 and contains more than 1,200 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
African American art figures prominently, headlined by a brilliant-hued mid-century portrait of a bearded man by Knoxville-born Abstract Expressionist Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979), estimated at $10,000-$12,000, and a carved limestone garden ornament by William Edmondson (American, 1874-1951), the Nashville sculptor who became the first Black artist to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.
The Edmondson piece, in the form of a dipper or cup, was exhibited in the Tennessee State Museum’s 1981 retrospective and was originally owned by the Nashville-based arts journalist Louise LeQuire (whose writings included an article on Edmondson published in Smithsonian Magazine). The stone work has an estimate of $10,000-$12,000.
Other outstanding offerings of 20th-century art include The Explorer, a large Carroll Cloar (American, 1913-1993) mid-century painting of a man in a boat surrounded by a disappearing landscape. Dating to 1982, the acrylic on board carries an estimate of $28,000-$32,000.
Equally worthy of mention is a large-scale 2003 mixed media work titled The Costume of Painter Christian Lacroix 20031023 by Joonsung Bae (South Korean, b. 1967-), which is estimated at $6,000-$7,000.
Spotlighted in this auction is the collection of American furniture from the estate of Tina McWhorter and her late husband, John, of Memphis. It is centered by a Queen Anne highboy exhibiting the scale and proportion often associated with Newport, Rhode Island pieces. Like most of the McWhorters’ furniture, the highboy was acquired from the country’s most respected dealers, in this case Peter Eaton, who attributed it to the Goddard Townsend school and acquired it from another top dealer-collector, John Walton. The highboy has an estimate of $8,000-$9,000.
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