The top lot of the sale is an oil on canvas work by American painter Dennis Akervik Coelho. Born in 1968 in Rhode Island, Coelho is most noted for his abstract and figural works, as well as his seascapes. Two of his pieces are on offer in this July auction: Puffer Fish (estimated $15,000-$20,000), and On The Atlantic (estimated $1,000-$5,000). Both are impressive compositions that include certificates of authenticity from the artist.
Another highlight is a large-scale magiscope sculpture by Mexican-American artist Feliciano Bejar (1920-2007). Made of reclaimed steel, automotive parts and cut crystal, with a circular crystal element within ring-gear on the base, the work is signed and dated 1999 (estimated $3,000-$5,000). A second sculpture by Bejar will be up for auction. It is also a magiscope sculpture made of reclaimed steel, automotive parts and cut crystal, this piece, titled Fas de Luna, has four semicircular elements on the base, and is signed and dated 1987 (estimated $2,000-$3,000).
A bronze by Lithuanian-born artist David Aronson (b. 1923) will be featured in the 20th Century Decorative Arts sale. Kaminski will offer a bronze plaque (estimated $3,500-$4,500) by the internationally recognized sculptor and painter. Aronson’s work can be found in the museums of major cities in the U.S. and abroad. In Kaminski’s May 17 Fine Art Auction, three of Aronson’s works achieved impressive sales. Harlequin sold for $11,700.
A 1920s bronze sculpture by French artist Henry Arnold (1879-1945), made using the lost wax technique, founded by AG Paris, edited by Goldscheider (La Stele), will also be included in the sale.
Three lithographs by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) are on offer. Une Famille de La-Bas, ed. 28/75, signed in pencil lower right, Maeght (with watermark), circa 1976 (estimated $1,500-$2,500) will be included, as well as, Flags, lithograph, ed. XXXV/L, signed in pencil lower right, Arches watermark (estimated $1,500-$2,500), and Les Folles de Sache, ed. 22/75, signed in pencil lower right, Maeght (with watermark), circa 1976 (estimated $1,400-$2,000).
Kaminski is excited to put forth a collection that features several important furniture items. Highlights include a pair of Eugene Schoen (1888-1957) custom designed slipper chairs, originally made for Gwen and Morris Cafrits. The chairs have rolled high-back forms with channeled decoration on the perimeters and are signed with “ES” monogram on two rear legs of each chair, Schmeig and Kotzian, circa 1937 (estimated $2,500-$3,500).
Two Mies Van der Rohe “MR” chairs, leather and polished steel, Knoll, New York, each with tan leather padded upholstery on cantilevered steel frame, from the Seagram Collection will also be for sale (estimated $2,400-$3,000). Mies Van der Roche (1886-1969), originally born in Germany, moved to the United States where he settled primarily in the Chicago area. Known for his significant contributions to modern architecutre, Mies Van der Roche also experimented in furniture making. The two chairs that Kaminski offers in July are noteworthy examples of his craftsmanship.
Beyond furniture, this sale will also include many modern decorative objects. One particularly noteworthy item is an Art Deco rug originally owned by John Lennon (estimated $1,800-$2,200). This German, machine-made rug is printed in tones of lavender, blue, black, rose and brick, on beige ground, measures 69 inches long by 56 1/2 inches wide. It was purchased by the current owner from the June 23, 1984 Sotheby’s Auction, Collectors’ Carrousel. The 1984 sale included property from the collection of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was lot 281, and was sold with its original lot card/ certificate of ownership signed by Yoko Ono, with Xeroxed catalog cover, introduction and lot page. A Gustav Stickley floor lamp (estimated $1,000-$2,000) no. 500, held on adjustable hammered copper frame and supported by an oak pedestal, is also a main feature of the sale.
Other important collectible items include a 1961 Wurlitzer jukebox. It features a multi-selector phonograph, model 2510, serial number 513963, the item measures 51 inches high by 34 inches wide by 28 inches deep, and is in working condition (estimated $1,000-$2,000).
Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years.
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