Kenneth Snelson paintings lead Rivich March 24 Interior Design, Art, Antiques & Jewelry Auction

Kenneth Snelson (1927-2016), oil painting, 41½ x 28½ (framed), 41 x 27¾ (sight). Consigned by heirs of the artist’s first wife. Estimate $2,500-$5,000

Kenneth Snelson (1927-2016), oil painting, 41½ x 28½ (framed), 41 x 27¾ (sight). Consigned by heirs of the artist’s first wife. Estimate $2,500-$5,000

CHICAGO – On March 24, Chicago’s trusted estate auction specialist, Rivich, will once again present an outstanding selection of fine art, including works with provenance from Kenneth Snelson, a legendary sculptor who fused art, science and engineering.

Kenneth Snelson

One of two art sections of psychedelic op art cut from the walls of a New York City artist’s studio. Size 52¾ x 30½ inches. Estimate $500-$1,000

The 260-lot auction includes early paintings and other property from Snelson’s first New York City apartment, as well as two framed pieces of op art cut from the walls of a Manhattan artist’s loft studio (see example above). Adding hometown interest is a consignment of furniture and art glass passed down from the estate of Eleanor Page (1914-2002), who covered the society beat for the Chicago Tribune from 1930 to 1970. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“We are very proud and excited to be offering early artworks by Kenneth Snelson (1927-2016),” said Rivich Auction’s co-owner, Rebecca Rivich. “He became famous for his photography and even more so for his large-scale sculptural installations, including the iconic Needle Tower in Washington, DC, but before he conquered those media, he was a painter. He studied at the University of Oregon and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he reportedly became captivated by Buckminster Fuller’s lectures on geometric forms. He had also studied with Fernand Leger in Paris, whose influence arguably can be seen in Snelson’s painting entered in our auction as Lot 176.”

Kenneth Snelson (1927-2016), oil painting, 73 x 34in (framed), 72 x 33in (sight). Signed and dated ’58. Consigned by heirs of the artist’s first wife. Estimate $15,000-$30,000

Kenneth Snelson (1927-2016), oil painting, 73 x 34in (framed), 72 x 33in (sight). Signed and dated ’58. Consigned by heirs of the artist’s first wife. Estimate $15,000-$30,000

Measuring 73 by 33 inches (sight), the painting to which Rivich refers is signed and dated “Snelson ’58.” Until now, it has remained in the Greenwich Village apartment where Snelson painted it. It comes to auction directly from heirs of the artist’s first wife and has an estimate of $15,000-$30,000. A second midcentury modern oil painting by Snelson, Lot 177, is estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

Midcentury modern Milo Baughman/Jack Lenor Larsen-style sofa, 8ft long and in fresh original condition. Estimate $400-$800

Midcentury modern Milo Baughman/Jack Lenor Larsen-style sofa, 8ft long and in fresh original condition. Estimate $400-$800

Furniture from Kenneth Snelson’s apartment perfectly reflects the midcentury aesthetic and includes two Paul McCobb “Winchenson” credenza dressers, $400-$800 (per lot); and a Gerald Thurston for Lightolier articulating floor lamp, $100-$200. Additional auction consignments also typify the popular style of 1950s-’60s furniture, like a Milo Baughman/Jack Lenor Larsen-style sofa in fresh original condition, $400-$800; and several lots of timeless Leo Jiranek for Heywood Wakefield “Airflow” furnishings. The pieces include a highboy, low dresser, mirror, china cabinet, side table, and rare dining table. Each is estimated at $300-$500.

Ornately carved full-size bed attributed to R.J. Horner Bros., and crafted around the time of the Centennial celebration (1876) in New York City. Has carved relief portrait medallion, original carved rails, and column sides supported by caryatids. Provenance: Estate of Chicago Tribune society columnist/editor Eleanor Page (1914-2002). Estimate $2,000-$4,000

Ornately carved full-size bed attributed to R.J. Horner Bros., and crafted around the time of the Centennial celebration (1876) in New York City. Has carved relief portrait medallion, original carved rails, and column sides supported by caryatids. Provenance: Estate of Chicago Tribune society columnist/editor Eleanor Page (1914-2002). Estimate $2,000-$4,000

The Eleanor Page estate was the source of two grand and heavily carved furnishings attributed to R.J. Horner Bros. Both were crafted in New York City around the time of the 1876 Centennial celebration. The bed features a carved relief portrait medallion and sides supported by caryatids, and retains its original carved rails. The auction estimate is $2,000-$4,000. A matching dresser with beveled mirror displays egg-and-dart carving, flame finials, and column sides supported by caryatids. The estimate is $1,500-$3,000.

Casanova Venetian art glass handkerchief vase, 14½ in tall. No damage. Estimate $200-$400

Casanova Venetian art glass handkerchief vase, 14½ in tall. No damage. Estimate $200-$400

Those wishing to furnish their homes with distinctive, high-quality accessories and decorative art will find an abundance of possibilities in Rivich’s sale. There are four Casanova Venetian art glass vases, antique ceramics, a Modernica George Nelson “Bubble” lamp, floor coverings, including a room-size Persian rug and red Oriental runner; Marcel Breuer “Cesca” chairs, 1970s barstools, Lane chrome and cane chairs, Jeppsen Danish modern nesting tables, and Berman brass ram’s-head coffee and end tables.

Pair of Milo Baughman-style red armchairs. Estimate $200-$400

Pair of Milo Baughman-style red armchairs. Estimate $200-$400

The 260-lot selection also includes fine jewelry and vintage gold watches (Omega, Hamilton, Waltham), signed first-edition books, a collection of comic books, figural doorstops, wicker ware and all sorts of quirky-but-cool objects that attract return bidders to Rivich events.

Kenneth Snelson

19th-century 14K gold hand-painted portrait earrings, stamped ‘14K.’ Estimate $400-$800

Rivich Auction’s March 24 Interior Design, Art, Antiques & Jewelry sale will start at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. View the fully illustrated catalog and bid absentee or live online via LiveAuctioneers. For additional details about any item in the auction, call Rivich Auction at 773-683-4219 or email rivichauction@rivichauction.com. Visit them online at www.rivichauction.com.

 

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