Kaminski Auctions gets jump on New Year with big sale Dec. 29-30

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19th-century Italian sculpture of Paolina Borghese. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will hold their annual New Year’s Auction, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time.  This year’s sale will feature Asian antiques at the beginning of Day 2, as well as the contents of the George Pollard Fanning estate at Otis Place, Boston. Pollard was a close friend of the artist Conger Metcalf. The auction will also feature the estate of the Blinn Family of Bedford, Mass. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights of the sale include a selection of marble sculpture from an estate in Rome, Italy. The featured lot is a 19th-century white Italian marble sculpture of Paolina Borghese, after the original by Antonio Canova (1757-1822). With gilt decoration on all four sides, the reclining figure (above) measures approximately 25 inches high by 47 inches long by 12 inches deep and is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. There is also an impressive late 18th/early 19th-century Italian marble skull sculpture.

Fine art in the sale features a George Grosz (American/German, 1893-1959) watercolor, circa 1930s-40s, of a woman dressing (below). The piece is signed in the lower left and the paper was conserved and mounted with the original labels retained. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

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George Grosz (American/German, 1893-1959), partial nude dressing, watercolor, circa 1930s/40s, signed. Kaminski Auctions image

Highlights continue with a Charles Green Shaw (America, 1892-1974) painting titled Paris Road, and a modern interior scene by the Swiss artist Rene Auberjonois (1872-1957).

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Charles Green Shaw (American, 1892-1974), ‘Paris Road’, oil on canvas board,

There is a large offering of Cape Ann art from such names as Paul Strisik, Ken Knowles, John Nesta, Helen Van Wyk, and Christine and Donald Mosher.

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Paul Strisik (Massachusetts, 1918-1998), ‘Machais River, Spring’, oil on canvas. Kaminski Auctions image

Modern works include entries attributed to Jean Arp and a triptych lithograph set of Roy Lichtenstein’s As I Opened Fire, published by the Stedelisk Museum Amsterdam.

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Roy Lichtenstein, ‘As I Opened Fire’ lithograph set. Kaminski Auctions image

There is also an extensive selection of Conger Metcalf paintings, watercolors and prints, including a self-portrait from the Pollard Fanning estate.

A completely refurbished Steinway Model M baby grand piano with a mahogany finish marked “S/N174792,” is valued at $6,000-$10,000.

Silver collectors will take note of a  mid-20th-century American sterling silver flatware set by Tuttle Silversmiths of Boston in the Onslow pattern. During President Calvin Coolidge’s term, Tuttle adopted the custom of marking each piece with a crescent and initials of the president, a mark now unique to Tuttle Silversmiths. Assembled over many years ranging from the presidency of John F. Kennedy through the presidency of Gerald R. Ford, the sterling silver set is an extensive service for 12 valued at $4,000-$6,000, with a total of 229 pieces.

The auction continues with an array of Asian porcelain, antique rugs and an extensive selection of furniture.