GENESEO, N.Y. – Cottone Auctions’ late summer Fine Art, Antiques and Clocks auction returns September 18, starting at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction lineup features items from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Doolittle, Jr. of Buffalo, New York, including an important work by John F. Kensett (American, 1816-1872), and outstanding early 20th-century lighting by Tiffany Studios.
Also offered will be fine clocks from the collection of W. C. Moodie, Sr. and sons, which represent three generations of clock collecting in East Hanover, New Jersey; items from the prominent Wadsworth family of Geneseo, New York; plus items from private institutions, estates and individuals.
A fresh-to-the-market painting by John Frederick Kensett, titled Singing Beach & Eagle Rock, Magnolia, Massachusetts, highlights the fine arts being offered. With a pre-sale estimate of $200,000-$400,000, it is the highlight of the fine art category.
“Your Kensett strikes me as being a very fine one,” said John K. Howat, assistant curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a letter to Mrs. Adrian W. Smith on May 25, 1965. “The painting’s arrangement and colors are very clear and forceful — a good sign in Kensett’s work. The silence of these spare Kensetts is very impressive.”
Another fine painting on offer is a portrait by Jules Joseph LeFebvre (French, 1836-1911), titled Morning Glory and estimated at $50,000-$80,000. It comes from the estate of Mickey Sabety of Oceanside, New York, and was acquired in the early 1950s.
Modern and contemporary art selections include a 1976 oil-on-canvas designator by Ted Stamm (American, 1944-1984), titled DGR-32 (Dodger) and estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Other artists represented in this sale category include Ed Ruscha, Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis, Patrick Heron and Vu Cao Dam.
The many outstanding lamps in the auction lineup will be led by a Tiffany Studios elaborate Peony lamp on a telescopic library base with a 22-in shade, estimated at $250,000-$500,000; a fine Tiffany Studios Nasturtium table lamp on a tree trunk base with a 22-in shade, estimated at $70,000-$100,000; a Tiffany Studios Lily Pad table lamp on a twisted vine base with a 20-in shade, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; a Tiffany Studios grape trellis chandelier, estimated at $50,000 – $80,000; and a Duffner and Kimberly Poppy floor lamp on a renaissance floor base, estimated at $50,000-$80,000.
The clocks category features an E. Howard & Co. No. 49 astronomical hanging regulator, purchased directly from Edward Howard in 1875 by Henry Abbott and estimated at $50,000-$80,000. Other highlights include a D. J. Gale astronomical calendar gallery clock, patent model 1871, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, and a Robert Houdin Paris mystery swinging clock estimated at $7,000-$10,000.
The Americana choices will be graced by two exemplary Navajo weavings, one a Second Phase chief’s blanket, circa 1860-1870, estimated at $40,000-$60,000, the other a Navajo transitional blanket in near pristine condition, carrying an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Both were descended in the family of Othniel Charles Marsh, a paleontologist at Yale University. The blankets were purportedly given to him by Red Cloud, the native American Sioux chief.
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