LINCOLN PARK, N.J. – Willow Auction House will hold its Summer Curated and Groll Estate Auction on June 16, beginning at noon Eastern time. The sale features more than 250 lots of artwork, furniture, rugs, decorative items and firearms. Also included are items from the estates of artist Albert Lorey Groll and Judge Edwin L. Garvin. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Born in Brooklyn in 1877, Edwin Louis Garvin was a district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York from 1918 to 1925 and a justice of the Supreme Court of New York from 1941 to 1947. He died in 1960. Among the items from his estate are invitations and other ephemera from the 1937 inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as letters from Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover and Fiorello La Guardia. The letters from FDR, estimated at $400-$600, as well as the letters from Hoover, estimated at $200-$300, are all authenticated by PSA/DNA and have letters of authenticity.
Albert Lorey Groll was a prolific painter and engraver known for his landscapes of the American Southwest. Born in New York City in 1866, Groll began traveling to the Southwest in the early 1900s and died in 1952. The collection on offer includes paintings, sketches, personal papers and photographs, including from his trips to the Southwest, some of which were used as source material for Groll’s paintings.
Lot 232, an oil on canvas titled Monument Valley Utah and estimated at $3,000-$4,000, is an example of one of Groll’s landscapes. Also included is artwork from Groll’s personal collection, such as an Emil Carlsen oil on board. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the painting depicts fellow artist J. Alden Weir’s house, and is inscribed from Carlsen to Groll.
The June 16 sale also features a selection of Danish and mid-century modern furniture, as well as a collection of Stickley furniture and also a set of eight Harry Bertoia side chairs. This last is estimated at $800-$1,200. Bertoia designed the iconic chairs for Knoll International.
The Stickley furnishings in the lineup include an L. & J.G. Stickley Audi two-door bookcase, estimated at $800-$1,200; a settle couch, estimated at $1,000-$2,000; and a Stickley Associated Cabinet Makers Morris chair, which carries an estimate of $600-$800.
The auction also features pieces from many well-known artists, such as an Andy Warhol S&H Green Stamps lithograph, estimated at $800-$1,200; an Ilse Bing silver gelatin print, estimated at $4,000-$5,000; and a copy of Yarrowstalks issue No. 3, which features the art of R. Crumb. Yarrowstalks No. 3 is widely considered Crumb’s first comic book, predating Zap Comix No. 1. The example in the sale is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Rounding out the highlights is a complete foursome of Fulvio Bianconi for Gi. Vi. Emme Four Seasons Venini Murano glass perfume bottles, which are together estimated at $3,000-$5,000, as well as a selection of bronzes, Tiffany favrile glass, Meissen ewers, carved furniture, Chinese cricket cages and an L.N. Fowler phrenology bust marked with the 107 Fleet Street address.
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