Eclectic estate art on deck for Kensington’s July 12 auction

Graffiti day-glo-colored torso sculpture by LA II, estimated at $1,000 - $2,000

Graffiti day-glo-colored torso sculpture by LA II, estimated at $1,000 – $2,000

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auction’s July 12 online sale will include estate fine art, graffiti and industrial art; sculptures, photography, porcelain, 19th-century international posters, movie inserts from the 1940s-1950s, American train sets, rugs, folk art, art books and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

An urban art collector’s corpus would not be complete without a painting from the renowned Canadian artist Richard Hambleton, known as the Shadowman.  The Hambleton painting offered in this auction is unique in that it is one of his landscape paintings, distinct from his Shadowman works. Special to the painting category are works by the famous Cuban artist Zilia Sanchez. Born in Havana in 1928, Sanchez left Cuba for New York in 1962. The paintings offered in this auction, dating back to the mid-1950s, reflect her visual art training from Havana. Other original works on offer are from the French artist Noe Canjura and the Puerto Rican American graffiti artist LA II (Angel Ortiz), which include paintings and a day-glo-colored male torso sculpture. Paul Cadmus, David Curtis, Arnold Lobel, Albert Pels, Herman Rose, and Yiriy Tarasov are all represented in the sale.

Richard Hambleton shadow landscape painting, estimated at $3,000 - $6,000

Richard Hambleton shadow landscape painting, estimated at $3,000 – $6,000

Vintage posters and movie inserts are highlights of the auction. Leading the selection is a Revue Bimestrielle poster by Johan Prikker from 1896, Dutch posters advertising Reclameorukwerk and De Koopman Van Venetie, both from the 1930s; a circa-1920s Italian travel tourism poster for Venezia (Venice), a Garcia Sewing Machine advertisement  from the 1900s, and a 1930s Australian Sheaf Stout Beer advertisement. Original film insert posters from White Heat (1949), Dark Passage (1947), and The Paradine (1956) are also included. James Dean will want to take note of the Rebel Without A Cause original film poster from 1955. This category also includes a collection of signed posters from the illusionist David Blaine, a signed and numbered limited-edition serigraph by Aldo Luongo for 1988 Summer Olympics Basketball, an original four-panel cartoon by Milton Caniff for the comic strip Steve Canyon, and the 12-issue Art Nouveau magazine L’Image, Paris, from 1896-1897.

Tiffany Studios bronze easel-back picture frame, estimated at $600- $1,200

Tiffany Studios bronze easel-back picture frame, estimated at $600- $1,200

Collectors of Tiffany bronzes will be interested in the Tiffany Studios bronze easel-back picture frame, decorated with sailing ships. Other notable decorative items include a Tiffany & Company sterling silver mirror and hairbrush set dating to the early 1900s, a graceful bronze tennis player by C. Carter, and an Indonesian bronze Buddhist temple oil lamp.

1953 Zilia Sanchez painting, estimated at $2,000 - $5,000

1953 Zilia Sanchez painting, estimated at $2,000 – $5,000

The photography category ranges from the artistic images of New Yorkers Jack Dowling and Benjamin Smith and the erotic works of Joel to military press photographs. More than 200 photographs expose the pain of war, international political leaders, death and hope. Also featured are photos and extensive information on the prominent Biddle Family of Philadelphia, publicity photos from NASA and the United States Air Force, and signed photos of beloved male and female opera divas and ballet stars.

Equally worthy is the 1950s collection of Gilbert American Flyer Model trains complete with transformers, control switches, a variety of train cars, tracks, a town of Plasticville and an engineer’s cap, all their original boxes. In addition, there is a handsome grouping of pre-War Lionel train cars and industrial illustration designs from the design and engineering firm of Cushing & Nevell for General Electric, and RCA and industrial tool prototypes.

The auction will also include an extensive art book collection, an Eleanor Coen lithograph, a signed silkscreen by Will Barnet, an antique Chinese carved jade urn-lamp, a Chinese Ming porcelain dish, Middle Eastern glazed pottery, Vanessa Redgrave-signed theater programs, an antique burlwood lap desk, a folk art carved walking stick with a lion’s head wrapped by a snake, a primitive hobo folk art rocking horse, a vintage carved folk art sign for Ladies Shoes, a collection of Inuit, American Indian and Southeast Asian items; Bellini Italian silver figural cocktail forks and spoons; an interesting collection of World War II Japanese soldier’s wooden identification tags, a 19th-century rum barrel or cask, a cast-iron architectural element from J.J. Bowes & Bros of New York 1890, and a large grouping of fossils and ammonites.


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