GENESEO, N.Y. – Cottone Auctions will hold a two-day Spring Fine Art & Antiques Auction on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, starting both days at noon Eastern. Friday’s auction will include Asian items, 20th-century design, sterling silver and two superb Steuben art glass collections. Saturday will feature jewelry, Tiffany, Americana, decorative items, Oriental rugs and clocks from the collections of Dr. John Davis of Florida and George Goolsby of Texas. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 20th-century design portion of the sale’s catalog will feature a Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983) watercolor, India ink and pastel on paper, signed lower right, dated and inscribed on the back with a label from Galerie Maeght, Paris. The work (above) is included in the J. Dupin & A Lelong-Mainaud Joan Miro catalogue raisonne VIII, 1960-1972, on p. 88. The painting, 11 ¼ inches by 14 ¼ inches, is originally from the Seymour Knox II collection, and thence by descent (est. $30,000-$50,000).
More than 100 pieces of fine Steuben, including several rare decorated pieces, will be sold from the collections of Lynn Quick and Joyce Anderson. Also on Friday, about 75 pieces of silver will be sold, to include tea sets, flatware and hollowware.
Asian items will include jade, porcelain, scrolls, snuff bottles, and a beautifully carved 19th-century Chinese hardwood and silk six-panel screen, with a foo dog base (est. $6,000-$8,000).
Saturday’s auction will begin with several lots of fine diamond jewelry, led by a vintage Tiffany & Co. 5.25-carat diamond ring set in platinum (below), with the round brilliant diamond graded Color E, Clarity VS1 (est. $60,000-$80,000); and a Tiffany diamond ring with round brilliant 2.22-carat diamond, Color F, Clarity VS1 (est. $15,000-$25,000).
An outstanding selection of Tiffany lamps and accessories will be offered from the estate of Chris Jones, a prominent real estate developer from Texas. Leading the group is a fine Tiffany Studios bamboo floor lamp, circa 1910, with Tiffany-signed shade (est. $100,000-$150,000). A similar lamp is pictured in the book Tiffany at Auction by Alastair Duncan, p. 140. The 67-inch-tall lamp has original reddish-brown patina on the base and shade, and a 24-inch diameter shade.
Another fine and rare Tiffany Studios New York Dogwood leaded glass and bronze table lamp is expected to illuminate the room. The shade, with rare, special order raised branches, confetti and mottled glass, is signed Tiffany Studios on an early tag. The bronze base has a greenish-brown patina and is also signed Tiffany Studios (#6861). The lamp’s provenance can be traced to Bob Ogorek, of Davison, Michigan, who acquired it in the 1980s. It should bring $40,000-$60,000.
Other fine lamps will feature a Tiffany Studios early Moorish chain mail hall lantern with a greenish-brown patina, reticulated and incised design (est. $7,000-$10,000); a pair of Tiffany Studios bronze and leaded three-panel turtleback sconces from the Jones collection (est. $7,000-$10,000); and a Tiffany Studios counterbalance lamp with intaglio-carved shade, LC Tiffany Favrile, #4178D, on a bronze Tiffany base with a brownish green patina. (est. $6,000-$8,000).
The furniture category will feature a rare, special commissioned Italian Renaissance style walnut secretary by Luigi Frullini (1839-1897). The piece is covered with carved panels and borders of flowers, leaves and conventional figures. On the main panel are four doves in flight. A dove with outstretched wings surmounts a dial face above the secretary, about which are delicately carved branches of oak and laurel. The 8-foot, 4-inch-tall secretary should hit $20,000-$40,000.
Several fine paintings will be sold, to include four examples by William Aiken Walker (American, 1838-1921). One, titled The Cotton Picker, 18 inches by 10 inches, has an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. An oil on canvas by Jack Lorimer Gray (Canadian, 1927-1981), titled The Foghorn, is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Also, an oil on canvas by Edward Seago (British, 1910-1974) titled Bacalhau Schooners Drying Sails on the Tagus (below) should change hands for $20,000-$40,000.
Beginning at around 2 o’clock, Cottone will sell approximately 100 clocks, many of which are from the Davis and Goolsby collections. A highlight lot is a rare Simon Willard gallery clock, circa 1810, carved and giltwood with an American eagle and authenticated by David Gow, a curator at the Willard Museum in Grafton, Mass. The case is attributed to John Doggett and houses a 22″ dial. It has a time-only weight driven brass movement (est. $30,000-$50,000).
The proceeds from the sale of clocks from the Goolsby collection are being donated to one or more of the endowment funds of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors in celebration of the Association’s 75th anniversary.
For more information about Cottone’s two-day auction, March 23 and 24, call the auction house at 585-243-1000.