DETROIT – DuMouchelles kicks off the fall season with sales on September 9 and September 10 that showcase an exceptional collection of fine art; Asian art; more than 100 handwoven oriental rugs; hand crafted silver; and decorative arts from prominent estates and institutions. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The September 10th sale launches with four Chinese scrolls that were uncovered in the house of Michigan Senator Jack Faxon. Leading the group is a signed watercolor and ink on paper on silk scroll by Zhang Daqian, with pines and clouds of Mt. Heng, estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
A John George Brown oil on canvas of a lobsterman bringing home his nets is featured in its original, unrestored condition. This work was likely completed during Brown’s summer visits to Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. His time in Grand Manan, as well as an image of what could be a companion piece, Fisherman Bringing Home His Oars, is illustrated and elegantly described in The World of J.G. Brown by Dr. Martha J. Hoppin. The painting’s label and description on verso is from John Hanna Galleries, a three-generation family-owned firm that operated in Detroit from 1885 to 1962 and was known for dealing in contemporary art by the leading American and European artists. DuMouchelles appreciates the assistance of Cipperly Good, Curator of Maritime History at the Penobscot Marine Museum in the cataloging of this work, which is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
A Hughie Lee-Smith oil on linen titled Landscape is another auction highlight. Originally purchased from the Janet Nessler Gallery (formerly Petite Gallery), where he exhibited his works from 1959-1964 and in 1962, Nessler Gallery hosted five concurrent exhibitions of five artists, including Lee-Smith, in which the common theme was landscapes. The painting is from the property of a private Michigan collector who has owned the work since the 1960s. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Exceptional graphics on offer include a Jean Dubuffet screenprint in colors, published by Editions Beyeler, Basel and estimated at $5,000-$7,000; two Robert Motherwell lift-ground etchings and aquatints in colors published by Brooke Alexander, New York, each estimated at $6,000-$8,000; and a Joan Miro titled Woman Picking Grapes, of relative impressive size, printed and published by Maeght and estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
DuMouchelles consulted with Joel Zwart, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at GVSU Art Gallery in Allendale, Michigan to confirm the authenticity and future inclusion in the catalog raisonne of a Mathias Alten oil on canvas, Ruins In An Idyllic Landscape. The painting was commissioned in 1913 by Harry F. Robinson for the Adolf Brandt Home in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Alten work carries an estimate of $12,000-$16,000.
Decorative arts are a strong feature for both sale days and include a Dale Chihuly hand-blown glass sculpture, Buttercup Yellow Persian, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. In addition, the selection boasts a variety of finely crafted silver. A 10-piece Russian silver and champleve tea set, estimated at $500-$1,000; a 109-piece International Royal Danish dinner and luncheon set, estimated at $2,000-$4,000; and several lots from a collection of 18th-century Irish sterling sauceboats and dinnerware assembled by Donald Solomon of Ottawa Hills, Ohio accentuate the sale.
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