American art at the top of Wolfs estate auction May 12

American art

Henry James Soulen (American, 1888-1965) ‘Three Bros Circus,’ circa 1919, oil on canvas, signed lower right, 28 in. x 30 in. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Wolfs image

CLEVELAND – The unanticipated receipt of a unique estate has prompted Wolfs Gallery’s “Spring Sprung Auction,” which will conclude Saturday, May 12. The estate is composed of art, antique furniture and decorative arts from Britain, Europe and Asia, and will be augmented by a small collection of 20th century American paintings, which will round out this online-only sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

American paintings include a terrific circus scene (above) by gifted artist and Saturday Evening Post illustrator Henry James Soulen (American, 1888-1965) and an early 20th century eye-popping impressionist landscape (below) by Henry MacGinnis (American, 1875–1962).

American art

Henry MacGinnis (American, 1875-1962) ‘Bull Run Dam,’ circa 1916, oil on canvas, in Newcomb-Macklin frame, signed H.R. MacGinnis lower left, 51 in. x 41 in. as framed. Estimate; $12,000-$18,000. Wolfs image

Examples of rare Chinese embroidery include an intricate monumental, 19th century stitched composition of exotic birds within a lush landscape of pulsating flora and fauna reaching 15 feet in length.

American art

Rare monumental 19th century Chinese embroidery depicting various exotic birds in a landscape, made for the Japanese market, 157½ in. x 63½ in. w. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. Wolfs image

Other interesting decorative arts include a most graceful large Portuguese silver swan by Luiz Ferreira (Portuguese, 1909–1994).

American art

Luiz Ferreira (Portuguese, 1909-1994) silver swan planter, marked ‘LF’ and ‘David Ferreira, Porto,’ 24 in. x 9 in. x 24 in. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Wolfs image

Within the grouping of Continental and British furniture is a superb early Italian walnut side table and various English bachelors chests, game tables and early cabinets.

American art

George I flip-top walnut bachelor’s chest, 18th century British, 30¾ in. high x 28¾ in. wide x 14 in. deep. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Wolfs image

The body of the collection is extremely eclectic and interesting with even the least expensive works having charm and pizzazz.

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