LINCOLN PARK, N.J. – Willow Auction House will present its Spring Great Estates Curated Auction on Thursday, April 6, starting at noon Eastern time. It will feature precisely 100 lots of artwork, furniture, decorative items, lighting, music boxes and tobacciana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The selection of artwork includes paintings by the American artist Charles Warren Eaton (1857-1937), who was best known for his landscapes. The sale features more than a dozen paintings by Eaton, including an oil on canvas landscape at dusk with a crescent moon, estimated $2,000-$3,000; an oil on canvas depicting the tall trees he frequently painted, estimated at $2,000-$4,000; and an oil on board of Lake Lugano, estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Contemporary art choices include a collection of paintings and drawings by the German artist Peter Kiel, including a mixed media on Masonite portrait estimated at $300-$600; as well as a mixed media on canvas abstract by Jay Milder, with an estimate of $700-$900; and a large Harold Gregor oil and acrylic landscape on canvas estimated at $2,000-$3,000. A painting by Keltie Ferris is another highlight. Estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and titled The Unknown Soldier, the large abstract on canvas features the bright layers of acrylic and spray paint that Ferris is known for.
The auction also includes a strong selection of furniture, including a walnut Queen Anne chest of drawers that carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Dating to 1710, the chest features four graduated drawers and bracket feet. Two round 19th-century English vitrines together represent another highlight; each is individually estimated at $2,000-$3,000. A W.B. McLean Tobacco cabinet with an estimate of $800-$1,200 is also of interest. Crowned by its original glass “cigars” sign, the cabinet pairs nicely with the Thomas Brooks-style cigar store Indian on offer and the collection of smoking items in the sale, which include vintage ashtrays and lighters.
Rounding out the Great Estates Auction are two Swiss cylinder music boxes, offered as consecutive lots estimated at $800-$1,000 and $500-$700, respectively, and a selection of decorative items. These include a pair of Maison Bagues style crystal sconces, a Tiffany Studios harp lamp with a Damascene shade, a bamboo gun cane, a Japanese sword cane, a Flemish verdure tapestry, a Lalique Bacchantes vase, a bronze by Rene Paul Marquet, and a John Nelson Battenberg sculpture of an aviator’s helmet.
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