Dali, George Nelson starring in Gray’s auction March 19

George Nelson & Associates birdcage wall clock. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

George Nelson & Associates birdcage wall clock. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

CLEVELAND – Celebrating the beginning of spring, Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will offer an eclectic auction of fine art, furniture and decorative arts on Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. Eastern. Live online bidding is offered by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Highlights include a collection of mid-century modern pieces, most notably lot 263, the iconic George Nelson & Associates Birdcage Wall Clock, and a collection of artworks by Salvador Dali. Featured lots from this collection include lot 58, an 18K gold bas-relief sculpture, Lincoln in Dalivision, and lots 57A and 57B, two 19-foot-high theater curtains. These curtains were commissioned for the Brooklyn High School Auditorium, circa 1950-1954. They are vat-dyed and hand-printed from Milton Schiffer’s, Schiffer Prints, Stimulus Collection, and titled Spring Rain.

Gray’s will include a whimsical collection of Americana, and a singular collection of Shaker furniture and decorations. Lot 213 is a 19th century Shaker maple rocking chair with a splint seat in fine condition. Lot 117 is a 19th century cast-iron mechanical bank, “I Always Did ’Spise a Mule,” manufactured by the J&E Stevens Co.

This auction features over 350 diverse lots of paintings, furniture and decorations. Gray’s is quickly becoming known for their almost monthly auctions filled with a rich diversity of offerings, which always include noteworthy artworks and this auction is no exception. Lot 7 is Emile Gruppé’s The Lobster Dock. Purchased from the artist in 1970, this vibrant, dynamic painting captures a bright spring sky above the eponymous lobster dock, with seagulls surfing the breezes and a sailboat riding a wave in a bright blue Cape Ann inlet. Lot 14 continuing the ocean theme, is by noted Swedish artist, August Hagborg, who painted lively coastal scene filled with figures at work and play, with storms clouds gathering above a lighthouse and sailing ships bobbing on a gusting sea.

The auction also features a collection of Japanese woodblock prints and a selection of Chinese paintings on silk, paneled screens and decorative items.

Condition reports will be provided upon request.

Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers conducts live auctions every month, accepts consignments daily and offering complimentary valuations for the community every Friday by appointment. For more information contact Serena Harragin at 216-458-7695, or by email at serena@graysauctioneers.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


George Nelson & Associates birdcage wall clock. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

George Nelson & Associates birdcage wall clock. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Emile Albert Gruppé (1896-1978), ‘The Lobster Dock,’ oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Emile Albert Gruppé (1896-1978), ‘The Lobster Dock,’ oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

August Hagborg (1852-1921) ‘Coastal Scene with Figures,’ oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

August Hagborg (1852-1921) ‘Coastal Scene with Figures,’ oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

After Salvador Dali (1904-1989), ‘Spring Rain,’ vat-dyed hand-printed theater curtain. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

After Salvador Dali (1904-1989), ‘Spring Rain,’ vat-dyed hand-printed theater curtain. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), ‘Lincoln in Dalivision,’ solid 18K gold bas relief. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), ‘Lincoln in Dalivision,’ solid 18K gold bas relief. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Cast-iron mechanical bank ‘I Always Did ’Spise a Mule,’ late 19th century. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Cast-iron mechanical bank ‘I Always Did ’Spise a Mule,’ late 19th century. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Shaker maple rocking chair with splint seat, 19th century. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

Shaker maple rocking chair with splint seat, 19th century. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.