Cottone Auctions to disperse philanthropist’s collections Sept. 22-23

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Fine art will feature this Andrew Wyeth painting titled ‘Stone’s Point.’ Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Cottone Auctions image


GENESEO, N.Y. – Day 1 of Cottone Auctions’ Fine Art and Antiques Auction on Sept. 22-23 will feature the lifetime collection of Annette McGuire Cravens, a well-known philanthropist and patron of the arts from Buffalo, N.Y. Her collection includes an outstanding Egyptian Cycladic marble head dating from 2,000 B.C. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Cravens collection of modern design, contemporary ceramics and antiquities will fill up the Sept. 22 session; Sept. 23 will feature fine art, antiques and modern design.

Other highlights from the Cravens collection include a pair of metal “stabiles” by Alexander Calder (Crayfish, estimated at $50,000-$80,000, and Black Disk, estimated at $20,000-$40,000); a Calder gouache with an estimate of $20,000-$40,000; a somnambulant sculpture titled Sounding by Harry Bertoia, with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000; and three sculptures by George Rickey.


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The Cravens collection features a pair of metal stabiles by Alexander Calder metal, including ‘Crayfish,’ shown here. Estimate: $50,000-$80,000. Cottone Auctions image


Annette Cravens (1923-2017) dedicated her time to the expansion and diversification of her collection of archaeological and ethnographic items, some dating back to 4500 B.C. She and her husband were world travelers, gathering along the way Asian, Mesopotamian, South American and European pieces. In 2010, she donated 1,100 items to the University of Buffalo.


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Outstanding Egyptian Cycladic marble head dating from 2,000 B.C., with impeccable provenance, from the collection of Annette Cravens.


Day 2 will include first-time offerings from various estates, museums, and private collections. Fine art will feature an Andrew Wyeth painting titled Stone’s Point (est. $60,000-$80,000); a 21 inch by 36 inch oil on canvas seascape by William Trost Richards (est. $20,000-$40,000); and a sculpture by Demetre Chiparus (Romanian) titled Antine, 27 inches tall (est. $15,000-$25,000).


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Fine Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp with an 18-inch shade. Estimate: $50,000-$80,000. Cottone Auctions image


Also sold will be a fine Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp with an 18-inch shade (est. $50,000-$80,000); a Wendall Castle stacked mahogany desk with brushed aluminum base, black mirrored finished top and push button mechanical drawers (est. $30,000-$50,000); and a Roy Lichtenstein bronze plaque titled Peace Through Chemistry, 27 inches by 46 inches (est. 80,000-$120,000).


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Roy Lichtenstein bronze plaque titled ‘Peace Through Chemistry,’ 27 inches by 46 inches. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Cottone Auctions image


A John J. Audubon Great Blue Heron hand-colored engraving, rendered in 1835 and pulled from the Seymour Knox Jr. collection in Buffalo, New York, is estimated to bring $40,000-$60,000.

For details contact Cottone Auctions at 585-243-1000 or