CRANSTON, R.I. – A dynamic Cubist painting by the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain, an early 20th-century Tiffany Studios Bleeding Heart table lamp, and a circa-1904 Caille Brothers Eclipse upright 25-cent slot machine are all expected to do well in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction on Thursday, September 30. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
With a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000, the Cubist painting by Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1915-2011) is a strong pick for top lot of the auction. The monotone composition of gray, black and white depicts a rider on the back of a wild horse. The work comes with a certificate of authenticity from Husain’s son, Shafat.
The early 20th-century Tiffany Studios Bleeding Heart table lamp has an emerald green marbled glass grid lampshade with yellow leaf and vine belting over a thin, shapely column, supported by a round base. The lamp presents beautifully and was in working order at testing. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
The Caille Brothers Eclipse 25-cent slot machine, manufactured in Chicago around 1904, is a 63in tall upright floor wheel model sporting an oak cabinet with a glass front and decorated with cherubs framed by Corinthian columns. The handsome machine, restored about 15 years ago, should sell for $10,000-$15,000.
A large 20th-century marble fountain that once graced the grounds of the Russian Embassy in the United States, carries an estimate of $3,000-$4,000. It is decorated with three eagles with outstretched wings, supported by a column festooned with putti, dolphins, swags and sphinx.
A bronze, enamel and hardstone Viennese dancer sculpture by the noted Austrian artist Gerda Iro Gerdago (1906-2004) is estimated to sell for $800-$1,200. The sculpture depicts a woman frozen in a dynamic pose, dressed in an elaborate costume of navy blue and lavender enamel over gilded bronze. The work is signed “Gerdago” on the hem of her skirt.
Gerdago studied in Berlin and Paris before working as an assistant to the architect Oskar Strnad. During this time, she began to design statuettes of figures in dramatic poses often dressed in futuristic costumes and eccentric headgear. The Viennese foundry Artur Rubinstein had also produced some of her designs and created Gerdago signed objects.
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