DALLAS — Dallas Auction Gallery will hold a Fine and Decorative Arts Auction on Wednesday, November 9, featuring oil paintings by Edouard Cortes, Grandma Moses and Guy Wiggins as well as Hermes Birkin handbags, estate jewelry, fine silver, bronzes and Chinese porcelains from a large Wichita Falls, Texas estate and several Dallas area estates. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The fine art selection is led by the Edouard Leon Cortes (French, 1882-1969) oil on canvas titled Les Champs Elysees au Crepuscule (The Champs Elysees at Dusk). He centers this characteristic rain-soaked autumnal scene on the Arc de Triomphe and surrounds it with cars and pedestrians. The work is signed at the lower right and inscribed on the verso with the Herbert Arnot inventory number #4863. The Cortes painting carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
Easing viewers into a winter-embracing mood is We Have All Gone Sledding by the celebrated folk artist Grandma Moses (American, 1860-1961). Rendered in oils with glitter on pressed wood, it carries the impressively precise date of Nov. 18, 1943 and bears the number 509 on an original artist’s label affixed to the backing. The signed piece comes with a framed letter from Grandma Moses, and the lot is estimated at $25,000-$30,000.
Leading the luxury goods and accessories choices is a Hermes Birkin 35 matte Fauve alligator leather handbag in a shade of deep orange. It sports white stitching and Palladium hardware, and comes with a clochette, lock and keys, a rain protector, and a dustbag and box. It has an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.
A standout in the silver category is a circa-1832 five-piece English sterling silver tea service in a finely chased rococo design. Made in London by Barnard, Barnard, Barnard & Barnard, it includes a coffee pot, a tea pot, a hot water kettle with stand, a creamer and a waste bowl that together weigh 187.28 troy ounces. The tea service is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
The final highlight comes from the realm of jewelry and it is a jaw-dropper: an 18K gold men’s ring featuring a GIA-certified 2.07-carat rectangular modified brilliant cut diamond, color E, clarity VVS1. The ring, which is estimated at $25,000-$35,000, is accompanied by GIA report on the stone.
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