GENESEO, N.Y. – More than 300 lots of fine art, Tiffany lamps, 20th-century design, decorative arts, furniture and Asian objects will come under the gavel at Cottone Auctions’ Winter Fine Art & Antiques Auction slated for Saturday, March 23. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The many outstanding Tiffany Studios lamps will include a “Bamboo” lamp with 22-inch shade (above; est. $75,000-$125,000); a “Lily Pad” lamp with 20-inch shade (est. $50,000-$80,000); a “Peony” lamp with 18-inch shade (est. $45,000-$65,000); an “Arrowroot” lamp with 14-inch shade (est. $30,000-$50,000); a “Greek Key” lamp with 22-inch shade (est. $30,000-$50,000); and a “Turtleback” lamp with 18-inch shade (est. $25,000-$35,000), plus others, many of which are described in Alastair Duncan’s book, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware.
Other Tiffany Studios lots will include a rare side table made circa 1910 and impressed “Tiffany Studios New York” with the top stamped and numbered, as found in Alastair Duncan’s book Tiffany at Auction (est. $8,000-$12,000); a fine, rare decorated Cypriot Vase, circa 1899, etched L577 with the original paper label in use prior to 1902 (est. $20,000-$40,000); and a wonderful 1897 Tiffany window depicting two children reading by the fire (below; est. $40,000-$60,000). Tiffany & Company accessories will include a bronze ceiling light, a bronze inkwell with turtlebacks and cabochons, a four-light candelabra and a red enameled Art Deco pattern bronze desk set.
Decorative arts will feature recently rediscovered works by Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741-1828), a neoclassical sculptor of the Enlightenment and renowned portrait sculptor. Houdon eternalized untitled patrons, French and American proponents of the Enlightenment, as well as rulers such as Catherine II, Louis XVI and Napoleon I, and courtiers such as Madame Adélaïde. Houdon’s work is characterized by a sense of realism and a lack of idealism. He’s able to capture the transient expressions of his subjects, with a seravezza marble bust of Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, 1789, 11½ inches tall; and a seravezza marble bust of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1788, 10¾ inches tall, both of which were archived in the Frick Art Reference Library in 1932.
Oil paintings will be highlighted by a 24-by-18-inch oil on canvas by Edwin Lord Weeks (American, 1849-1903), titled Cashmere Salesman from the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Hobart Lerner (est. $40,000-$60,000); and a 40-by-50-inch oil on canvas by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (American, 1886-1972), referred to as “The Baseball Painting,” (est. $40,000-$60,000). Hibbard donated the picture for the baseball team fundraiser at the Rockport Art Association and later purchased the painting back from the owner. It remained in his collection until his death.
Modern paintings will include a Francis Bacon (British, 1909-1992) etching and aquatint triptych from 1981, numbered “14/99” (est. $10,000-$15,000); a 40-by-55-inch oil on canvas by Lester Johnson (American, 1919-2010), titled Cannes Sunset (est. $5,000-$8,000); and a 30½-by-67½-inch acrylic on paper laid on canvas by Norman Bluhm (American, 1921-1999), titled Coelus II (est. $8,000-$12,000).
Pieces by Wendell Castle (American, 1932-2018) will include a rare early music stand and stool (est. $30,000-$50,000), a pivotal piece in the artist’s catalogue raisonné and the prototype for his 1964 Music Rack, 11.252. Also selling will be a pair of stacked and laminated quartersawn oak chairs, signed ‘W.C. 73’ (est. $7,000-$10,000).
A fine collection of Steuben and art glass from the collection of Frank and Amy Blake of Corning, New York, will also be sold.
Asian items will include a group of nine Chinese blue and white Eight Immortals bowls with the Daoguang six-character reign mark (1821-1850), 2 inches tall, decorated with the eight immortals in clouds over swirling waves. The center interior depicts the three star gods: Fuxing, Luxing and Shouxing, all seated under a pine tree and all within double line borders (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Several music boxes will be sold, including a fine Regina 27-inch changer with carved mahogany case having dragons and original finish, in working order, with 12 disks (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a 19th-century upright Criterion double comb music box with a carved mahogany case and 80 20-inch disks (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Rounding out the auction will be antique Oriental carpets, decorative items and Americana.
For details contact Cottone Auctions at 585-243-1000.