Julio Larraz still lifes featured in Fairfield Auction’s May 23 sale

Northwest Coast totem, six feet tall. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.

Northwest Coast totem, six feet tall. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.

NEWTOWN, Conn. – More than 350 lots, including a large selection of American and European decorative arts, paintings, carpets and tribal art, will cross the block at Fairfield Auction May 23. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Previews will be conducted daily leading up to the sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Viewing auction day will begin at 9 a.m. and the auction begins at 11 a.m.

Two large paintings by Cuban/American modernist Julio Larraz lead a varied selection of fine art. The two oversize still lifes are estimated at $20,000-$30,000 each. Other paintings of interest include a large oil by Arbit Blatas, Chez Andre, depicting the artist at a table at the famed Paris eatery as well as a “geometric-constructivist” canvas by Woodstock artist Reginald Wilson titled Woman On Bicycle. Other 20th-century modern offerings include works by Carolyn Haeberlin, Pavel Tchelitchew and Jose Barcelo. Prints by Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg and Joan Miro will also be sold.

Traditional fine art includes works by Henry Pember Smith, four oils by illustrator Will Simmons, a pair of landscapes by Frank Swift Chase that depict the Firestone Estate in Akron, Ohio, and a boatyard scene by Walter Farndon. Additionally works by Albert Insley, Agnes Millen Richmond, Hubert Vos, Blaikie Hines, Carlos Vazquez y Obeda, Ethel Paxson, Emma Burges and Otto Blum will be sold.

Fine accessories in the sale lineup include a Tiffany double student lamp with vibrant damascene shades, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. A Tiffany Favrile “zipper” vase, a French repeater carriage clock and a stunning Art Nouveau bronze bowl, cast by Gruet after Georges Engrand, should find bidders. A large Meissen figure of a girl with ball and a Vienna bronze whirling dervish, probably by Franz Bergman, should find bidders as well.

A selection of Americana includes a large folio Currier & Ives The Road Winter and a good molded copper cow weathervane. A miniature folk portrait by J.M. Crowley, a painted Shaker oval box and a fine export ship portrait by O-Chi-Yai of Nagasaki, circa 1890, as well as a selection of American firearms and edged weapons will also be sold.

Native American items include a large and impressive Northwest Coast totem, standing 6 feet tall, as well as a grease bowl with effigy handles. A beaded Plains rifle scabbard and child’s bandolier, both 19th century, will also be sold.

A collection of tribal art includes an imposing rifle stock club, 41 inches long, with old color, probably from Samoa. Other early Polynesian weapons including two paddle clubs and another carved with saw teeth will be sold. Additionally carved dancing wands, staffs and headrests from Polynesia will be sold.

Other items of interest include a Saarinen dining set with a 96-inch oval table, a Boucheron silver compact, an 18th century Cuzco school painting of the Christ Child and an impressive map, A Scheme of the Solar System …  by John Senex, circa 1712. A rare bound collection of 96 etchings by Maxime Lalanne, Souvenirs Artistiques Au Siege De Paris 1870-1871, published by Cadart et Luce of Paris, will also go under the block.

A group of baseball memorabilia culled from local estates includes a large 1950s Wonder Bread advertising sign featuring Stan Musial. A group of Hartland statues and a charming scrapbook album titled Pirates Win Pennant / 1927 will also be sold. Other collectables being sold include a group of Lionel trains, a 1946 Bowling Girl Coke sign, a Disney animation cel, a selection of Roseville pottery and several Victorian beaded and mesh purses.

The Fairfield Auction gallery is located at 53 Church Hill Road in Newtown. For details e-mail jack@fairfieldauction.com or call Jack DeStories at (203) 364-1555.

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


Tiffany Studios double student lamp with damascene shades. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.

Tiffany Studios double student lamp with damascene shades. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.


Julio Larraz (one of two), 32 inches by 40 inches, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.

Julio Larraz (one of two), 32 inches by 40 inches, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.


Eero Saarinen tulip dining table and chairs. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.

Eero Saarinen tulip dining table and chairs. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.


Early Polynesian saw tooth club, 35 inches long, from a collection of weapons, staffs and dance wands. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.

Early Polynesian saw tooth club, 35 inches long, from a collection of weapons, staffs and dance wands. Image courtesy of Fairfield Auction.