Fine estates comprise sale at Fairfield Auction, March 18

Alvaar Aalto’s model 31 laminated armchair, circa 1935. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.

Alvaar Aalto’s model 31 laminated armchair, circa 1935. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.

MONROE, Conn. – Over 400 lots of antiques, fine art, jewelry, modernism and Americana will be sold March 18th at Fairfield Auction. Numerous Connecticut estates are represented, but many of the highlight items came from a Ridgefield couple downsizing to smaller quarters and a Stamford estate of European family who purchased many interesting objects over the generations.

The 20th century is well represented. A model 31 armchair by Alvar Aalto, found in a Stamford estate, and dating to the 1930s is expected to bring $2,500-$3,500. A pair of wall sconces by Jean Royere, a pair of John Stuart lounges, a Val-Kill Industries table and an early library table by Gustav Stickley will be sold. Lighting by Handel, Pairpoint and Wilkenson as well as a pair of Tiffany desk lamps should find bidders as well. Andy Warhol’s large “Cow” screenprint for the Whitney Museum 1971 is estimated at $2,000-$3,000 while a pair of original Charles Schulz Peanuts comic strip illustrations are each expected to attract bidders.

A large an impressive coastal scene by Aaron Draper Shattuck leads a strong selection of American works. Works by Walter Oddie, Clinton Loveridge, William Trost Richards, Frederick Schaffer, William Saterlee and C.P. Ream will also be sold. Other American paintings include works by Robert Atkinson Fox, Berney Lettick, Johanne Berthelsen, Robert Hogg Nisbet and a pair of pencil signed lithographs by Grant Wood.

Western art includes Native American portraits by Harley Brown and E.A. Burbank, a cowboy etching by Edward Borein and an estate found portfolio of 10 original signed Edward Curtis photographs.

European art includes a river landscape with young lovers in a boat by Hippolyte Camile Delpy as well as works by Meyer Deithelm, Andre Jeovov, Carl Moser, Karl Stuhlmuller, Carl Hand Wright, Louis Devedeaux, Gertrude Staats, Reinhold Nagele, Augustus Schenk and Lucien Moretti.

Of particular note is a large gouache of two nudes in Barbados by Evgeniy Agafonoff (Russian/American, 1879-1956). The artist traveled to Barbados in the 1930s perhaps mimicking Gauguin’s trip to Tahiti and certainly depicting the natives similarly. He lived the later part of his life in Connecticut.

Outsider artist Drossos Skyllas is represented by a pair of portraits, Pete and Katrina, estimated at $50,000-$75,000. Skyllas created only 35 known works and he is considered one of the masters of outsider art.

A selection of Americana includes an impressive Victorian carved walnut patriotic frame measuring 46 inches by 57 inches with three-dimensional renderings of drums, pistols, cannons, flags and an American eagle at the crest, possibly created for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Additionally a J.S. Ellsworth miniature portrait, a turn-of-the-century hooked rug with ice skaters, a John Swain lyre banjo clock and a carved eagle by the Artistic Carving Co. of Boston will be sold. American manuscripts include an Abraham Lincoln signed appointment, a pair of signed Harry Truman memoirs and a book signed by Robert Kennedy.

An exceptional Ridgefield, Conn., estate includes an impressive selection of fine jewelry. A platinum and diamond Art Deco bracelet is set with five lozenges, with three central diamonds of .80 carats each, and 26 carats total diamond weight. An engagement set purchased from Zimmer Brothers about 1925 includes a 3-carat solitaire set in platinum and is estimated at $18,000-$24,000. Also from the same estate are a pair of men’s Patek Phillipe wrist watches, a deep blue star sapphire ring, a platinum and diamond lavalier necklace, an Austrian carved gemstone floral pin from Oesterreicher of Vienna and a Tiffany platinum open face pocket watch circa 1930.

A selection of Chinese jades includes an impressive bowl in the “rice” pattern with dragon handles and possibly Ming dynasty. A large collection of Chinese scrolls and snuff bottles will also be sold. A collection of Chinese enameled silver will also be sold.

European decorative arts include a pair of Viennese enameled silver and rock crystal dishes. A large Royal Vienna painted tray, a group of three colored engravings by Georg Ehret, an 18th century French brass mounted trunk and five Besler botanical engravings.

Of particular interest is a matched pair of Spanish Miquolet pistols and a monumental 19th century Wedgwood jasparware plaque, measuring 23 inches by 16 inches.

The auction will take place Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. Eastern. Viewing is available auction week Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and auction day 9 a.m.-11 a.m. The gallery is located at 707 Main St. in Monroe, Conn., and can be contacted at 203-880-5200 or online at www.fairfieldauction.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


Alvaar Aalto’s model 31 laminated armchair, circa 1935. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.

 

Alvaar Aalto’s model 31 laminated armchair, circa 1935. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.

Charles Schulz original comic art for 'Peanuts.' Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.

Charles Schulz original comic art for ‘Peanuts.’ Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.

Edward Curtis, portfolio of 10 original photographs. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.

Edward Curtis, portfolio of 10 original photographs. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Fairfield Auction.