Jo Mielziner illustration key ingredient in Vallot’s blend April 25

Jo Mielziner

Jo Mielziner (1901-1976), ‘The Lark (L’Alouette),’ signed bottom right, artist annotations verso, watercolor, graphite, wash and ink on artist board, 21in. x 26½in. Vallot image

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An eclectic mix of fine art will be offered at Vallot’s April 25 art auction, with absentee and Internet bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

Included is a selection of very different watercolors. Lot 146, a large illustration by Broadway scenic designer Jo Mielziner, is one such lot.  Mielziner’s illustrations have been setting auction records. This wash and ink illustration (above) was for the award-winning 1955 production of The Lark, for which Mielziner received a 1956 Tony Award nomination. The production featured the music of Leonard Bernstein with a cast of stars including Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer, Boris Karloff and Paul Roebling.

Mielziner was an American theatrical scenic, and lighting designer born in Paris, France. He was described as “the most successful set designer of the Golden era of Broadway,” and worked on both stage plays and musicals.

Another watercolor that Vallot’s is offering is lot 147, Barse Miller’s 1939 modernist and curvy “Playa del Rey (Los Angeles)” industrial landscape.  The painting (below) is of a different Los Angeles, a time when oil derricks towered over beaches and sunbathers.

Jo Mielziner

Barse Miller (1904-1973), ‘Playa del Rey (Los Angeles),’ 21½in. x 14 7/16in., signed, titled and dated 1939 lower right. Vallot image

Less known watercolors include lots 149 and 150, a pair of playful and colorful abstracts by Cyrus Flint Stimson Jr. (1901-1968). “Stimson was a well-respected art professor who lived and worked on Cape Cod who is still very much emerging as an important mid-century artist today,” explained Vallot auctioneer Michael Dym.

Since its founding in 2003 Vallot, has specialized in fine art while occasionally offering designs that are more sculptural than functional. A selection of vases includes lot 119, a dark amber green perforated vase by Fulvio Bianconi, done for Venini in 1951. “The deep green is an unusual color and accents the clear outer body in a way that I haven’t seen in other examples before,” Dym noted.

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Fulvio Bianconi (1915-1996), ‘Forato (Perforated),’ for Venini. 12 1/8in., signed with three-line acid stamp to underside, 1951. Vallot image

While the auction includes many well-recognized names, the periods, schools and styles are a mix, with two very different takes on landscapes. For example, on the one hand, is an impressionist painting of Brittany, France, by Francois Gall, lot 136, and, on the other, an illusionist and impasto oil on canvas of by James Havard, lot 111, of the British Virgin Island, Jost Van Dyke.

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Francois Gall (French 1912-1987), ‘Concarneau (France, Brittany),’ oil on board, 14¾in. x 17 7/8in, signed and titled lower right. Vallot image

“A lot of art collectors are mixing up ideas, textures and gestures and moving away from the segregation of art based on schools, cultures and periods,” said Dym adding, “It’s like a party, if you want to make a boring party invite all the same types; if you want excitement, mix it up.”