Host of fine art leads off Gray’s Auctioneers sale Jan. 17

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Helen Frankenthaler’s limited-edition silkscreen titled ‘Flirt,’ 1995. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image

CLEVELAND – Gray’s Auctioneers will begin the 2018 auction schedule Jan. 17 with an array of paintings, works on paper, jewelry, sterling silver and decorative items from estates across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction will open with American abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler’s limited edition, a playful silkscreen titled Flirt (above), 1995. This lot is numbered 71/126 and signed in the lower right corner.

The auction continues the playful theme with silkscreens and lithographs from Adolph Gottlieb, Victor Passmore and Joan Miro, whose abstracts are featured at lots 5 through 16. This collection is notable for being low edition or printer’s proofs. Three works from 1974: Le Soleil Rouge, Moon and Star, were purchased from New York’s Gallery 121, bear certificates of authenticity and are at lots 11, 12 and 13 respectively.

Lot 101 is a magnificent oil on canvas, depicting a lush, mountainous North Carolina landscape by Belgian-born artist William Anthony Frerichs. He immigrated to the United States in 1850, settled in New York and soon immersed himself in the Hudson River School style.

Frederic Randle’s oil on canvas at lot 105 is titled Spring Morning. This 19th-century oil painting depicts two fashionable women who are alarmed as they watch their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bark at a black swan swimming nearby.

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Frederic Randle oil on canvas titled ‘Spring Morning,’ 27 ½ in. x 22 in. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Gray’s Auctioneers image

Next up are posters from Franco-Swiss decorative artist Eugene Grasset. Lot 146 is a framed poster titled L’Andalousie au temps des Maures, which is composed of two oversized lithographs depicting a mounted battle scene. This grand poster was made for the Paris world’s fair, Exposition Universelle, of 1900.

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Eugene Grasset (1845-1917), ‘L’Andalousie au temps des Maures Exposition de 1900,’ two lithographs in color, signed in print lower right. Framed dimensions: 54 in high x 71 1/4 in. wide. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image

His fierce depiction of a festively attired Mexican cowboy and his black steed advertises Chocolat Mexicain from Masson Paris, at lot 147. Sarah Bernhardt as a statuesque Jeanne d’Arc is the subject of lot 148. Lots 147 and 148 were printed and published by Nouv. Les Affiches Artistiques. G. de Malherbe & H.A. Cellot.

Decorative arts make up the remainder of the auction. Lot 175 is an elegant 19th-century Capo-di-Monte eight-arm chandelier. This blanc de chine porcelain fixture measures 20 inches in diameter and 23 inches high.

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Capo-di-Monte blanc de chine porcelain chandelier, 19th century, 23 in. high x 20 in. diameter: Estimate: $400-$600. Gray’s Auctioneers image

Lot 166 allows guests to dine in style with the Lunt sterling silver flatware set in the Eloquence pattern. This service for 12 comes with serving utensils, in its original mahogany silver box.

Lot 179 is a large Aitchison & Co. Eclipse telescope is mounted on a mahogany and brass tri-footed stand. The brass telescope is close to 7 feet long with multiple lenses. It also comes with a custom-made wooden case.

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‘Eclipse’ telescope manufactured by Aitchison & Co., London, 20th century, length of scope: 82 in. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image

For details contact Gray’s Auctioneers at 216-226-3300.