Classical, traditional, Asian & Modern art share spotlight at Quinn’s, Sept. 24

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Jan van Goyen (Dutch, 1596-1656), ‘City View at a Canal,’ oil-on-panel, circa 1640s. Sight: 19 x 25¼in; framed 30 x 36in. Partial gallery label on verso from Konigswarter auction held by Friedrich Schwarz and Eduard Schulte in Berlin on Nov. 20, 1906. Listed as No. 25 in the Collection of Baron Koningswarter auction catalog. Estimate $10,000-$15,000

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, September 24, northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present a 375-lot Fine and Decorative Arts Auction with selections from distinguished residences and collections of the Mid-Atlantic region. The auction will commence at 10 a.m Eastern time, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

Listed 17th-century Dutch artist Jan van Goyen’s “City View at a Canal” oil painting was once part of the Baron Koningswarter Collection auctioned in Berlin in 1906

The auction features a broad array of Asian, American, European, and Modern arts. Among the artists represented in the fine art category are Merton D. Simpson (co-founder of Harlem’s Spiral Collective), 17th-century Dutch painter Jan van Goyen, neo-pop artist Peter Tunney, and many others of significance. Decorative art categories include bronzes, art glass, tall-case clocks, Modern and antique furniture; and Galle cameo-glass lamps. Ceramics include Greek pottery from 6th century Corinth and 5th century Sicily.

An excellent variety of Asian decorative arts incorporates porcelain, jades, Japanese Fuchi Kashira, Chinese bronzes, South Eastern Asian wood carvings, and Chinese screens. And as Quinn’s clientele has come to expect, there will also be a boutique selection of fine jewelry that includes rings, bracelets and necklaces, crafted from gold and sterling silver.

Paintings are led by a circa-1640s Jan van Goyen (Dutch, 1596-1656) oil-on-panel (shown at top of page) titled City View at a Canal. The 19- by 25¼-inch work retains a partial gallery label on verso from a 1906 auction of the Baron Koningswarter Collection held on Nov. 20, 1906 in Berlin and conducted by Friedrich Schwarz and Eduard Schulte. Van Goyen is a listed artist, shown in Volume 8 (1927) of Cornelis Hofstede de Groot’s Catalogue Raisonne of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the 17th Century. Quinn’s has placed a $10,000-$15,000 estimate on City View at a Canal.

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Lucien Whiting Powell (Washington D.C., 1846-1930). Untitled, Grand Canyon landscape, oil-on-canvas. Signed at lower left. Sight: 23½ x 36in. Framed: 31½ x 43½in. Estimate $1,500-$2,000

Other fine art offerings include a signed, untitled Grand Canyon landscape by Lucien Whiting Powell (Washington D.C., 1846-1930), estimate $1,500-$2,000: and four mounted Pueblo bronze plaques, each with a striking composition of thunderbirds and geometric designs, by Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1969-). The artwork is signed “Tammy Garcia 2/35” and estimated at $1,000-$2,000

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Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1969-), four mounted Pueblo bronze plaques of two thunderbirds and geometric designs. Signed and numbered ‘Tammy Garcia 2/35’ on lower right plaque. Each plaque sized 4½in x 4 3/8in (sight); framed 20 x 19¾in. Estimate $1,000-$2,000

An outstanding example of ancient ceramic art in the sale is a 5th century BCE Attic white ground lekythos by an Aischines painter. It depicts the goddess Eos with her arms outstretched to embrace Tithonus, who is shown walking away with one arm extended toward Eos and the other holding a lyre. The 11-inch vessel (inclusive of mount) is adorned with a Greek key border and other geometric patterns, and is of a type that would have been used by family members as a grave offering. It possibly originated in Sicily, either at Gela or Selinunte. Estimate $14,000-$18,000

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Attic white-ground lekythos by an Aischines painter, depicts goddess Eos with arms outstretched to embrace Tithonus. Circa 5th century BCE, possibly Sicily (Gela or Selinunte). Height with mount, 11in. Estimate $14,000-$18,000

An extremely beautiful 23-inch-tall Emile Galle (French, 1846-1904) cameo glass vase/lamp is adorned with trees and landscape scenes against an orange background. The shade is signed “Galle” in cameo. With provenance from the collection of Curtis T Bell, it is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

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Emile Galle (French, 1846-1904), cameo glass vase/lamp with trees and landscape scenes on an orange background. Signed ‘Galle’ in cameo on shade. Size: 23 x 14in. Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Adding whimsy to the sale, Jason Walker’s (Utah, b. 1973-), A Wilderness Area #8332 porcelain teapot displays an aesthetic that crosses industrial design with steampunk. Its three component parts – a stand, teapot and finialed lid – are fashioned with a faux gauge, gear, metal hose and other hardware. Standing 21½ inches high, it is entered with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

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Jason Walker (Utah, b. 1973-), ‘A Wilderness Area’ #8332 porcelain teapot. Three pieces including stand, tea pot, and lid. Industrial design depicting eerie forest scenes. 21½ x 11 x 6¾in. Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Therman Statom’s (American, b. 1953-) Eclipse (Branch) is a 68-inch-tall glass and mixed-media fantasy sculpture in the form of a tree. Created in 2000, it is artist-signed and dated near the base. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000

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Therman Statom (American, b. 1953-), ‘Eclipse (Branch),’ 2000, glass and mixed-media sculpture in the form of a tree. Signed and dated near base. 68 x 26 x 15in. Estimate $1,500-$2,000

An Asian art highlight is a Chinese eight-panel coromandel wood black lacquered screen which is carved and polychrome-painted on its surface. One side depicts figures in a garden scene, along with “shou (longevity)” characters to the edge. The other side is decorated with flowers, birds and nature scenes. It measures 96 by 106 inches and is offered with a $1,500-$2,000 estimate.

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Chinese eight-panel coromandel wood black lacquered screen, carved and polychrome-painted on surface. One side depicts figures in a garden scene, along with ‘shou (longevity)’ characters to the edge. Other side decorated with flowers, birds and nature scenes. Size: 96 x 106in. Estimate $1,500-$2,000

The auction features several noteworthy timekeepers, including a stately George III English John Wontner (English, 1745/46-1802) chinoiserie japanned tall-case clock made last quarter of 18th century. It has an eight-day movement and a square brass face with a silvered chapter ring with Roman hours and Arabic minutes. The dial is signed “John Wontner.” Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

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George III English John Wontner (English, 1745/46-1802) chinoiserie japanned tall-case clock, 77 3/8in tall, made last quarter of 18th century. Eight-day movement. Square brass face with silvered chapter ring with Roman hours and Arabic minutes. Dial signed ‘John Wontner.’ Estimate $2,000-$3,000

A smaller option is an elegant and very well-maintained Girard-Perregaux 18K yellow gold and diamond watch with a lattice-style watch face cover. It is set with 17 bezel-set round brilliant-cut diamonds, each approximately .03ct, or a total of approximately .51ct. This luxury watch from a Swiss company founded in 1791 comes with its original presentation box and is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

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Girard-Perregaux 18K yellow gold and diamond watch, lattice style watch face cover with 17 bezel-set round brilliant-cut diamonds, each approximately .03ct, total approximately .51ct. Comes with original presentation box. Estimate $2,000-$3,000

The September 24 auction will start at 10 am Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the auction, contact Quinn’s specialist Jordan Karlstrand by calling 703-532-5632 or emailing Jordan.karlstrand@quinnsauction.com. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.