GENESEO, N.Y. – Cottone Auctions’ late summer Fine Art & Antiques auction, scheduled for Friday, September 23, will feature fine items from private institutions, estates and individuals. The sale will begin at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale is packed with more than 200 lots, including items from the estate of Howard D. Booher, Sr., of Atwater, Ohio; the private Tiffany lamp collection of Rich and Pat Garthoeffner of Lititz, Pennsylvania; and the estate of Al Turner of Bonita Springs, Florida.
Booher, the founder and longtime CEO of East Manufacturing Corporation, was an avid collector with an affinity for fine works by Tiffany Studios and Duffner & Kimberly. During his lifetime, he amassed a noteworthy collection of early 20th-century lighting and leaded glass windows. Duffner & Kimberly examples from the Booher collection include an Italian Renaissance table lamp with a 24in shade, estimated at $40,000-$60,000; a Renaissance floor lamp; an Elizabethan table lamp; a Greek table lamp; and a counterbalance lamp.
The estate also includes a historically-important John La Farge (American, 1835-1910) aesthetic lantern, estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Lanterns such as these hung in the Japanese room of the William H. Vanderbilt mansion in New York.
Booher’s many works by Tiffany Studios include a documented leaded glass window of Boy David among luxuriant foliage, estimated at $50,000-$80,000, and a Turtleback Tile lantern estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
Tiffany Studios lamps from the collection of Rich and Pat Garthoeffner will be highlighted by a Peony lamp with an 18in shade, estimated at $40,000-$60,000; and a Poinsettia lamp with an 18in shade, estimated at $30,000-$50,000. A Tiffany Studios Jeweled Dragonfly lamp with a 14in shade from a Pennsylvania collection will also be offered with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Finishing off the Tiffany Studios choices is a documented circa-1890 leaded glass Romanesque ornamental window from a private Chicago collection, estimated at $50,000-$80,000; an attributed suite of mahogany and leaded glass wisteria trellis doors, dating to circa 1920 and estimated at $75,000-$125,000; and three Moorish filigree screens, attributed to Louis C. Tiffany Company, Associated Artists (N.Y., 1881-1883). This last carries an estimate of $75,000-$125,000.
The 20th-century design, paintings and prints selection will include an Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) gouache on paper titled The Beams, estimated at $40,000-$60,000; and a cloud-form stacked and laminated walnut sideboard made in 1979 by master craftsman Wendell Castle (American, 1932-2018). It comes from the estate of Esther Germanow in Pittsford, New York and is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
Leading the silver selection is a pair of Gorham sterling silver Art Nouveau candelabras from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, marked with an “S” superimposed with an “L” (for St. Louis) to denote their significance as pieces exhibited at the fair. The remarkable candelabras are together estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
First among the Asian items will be a Chinese Ming-style blue and white porcelain ewer with the mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), estimated at $50,000-$80,000. The ewer has an outstanding provenance: the Dowager Empress Cixi (1835-1908) gave it to the Honorable Edwin H. Conger (1843-1907) and Mrs. Sarah (Pike) Conger, American Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to China, and it has remained in the family ever since.
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