Kensington Estate Auctions’ Jan. 11 sale features eclectic offering of art, antiques

Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999), signed original drawing

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions’ January 11, 2021 online auction will transport bidders from Colonial Africa, European and Far Eastern cities to the streets of America from the 18th through 21st centuries.  Contemporary and classical art, modern and mid-century sculptures, turn-of the century missionary photographs including manuscripts, musical instruments and masterpieces, jewelry and gems and so much more will be offered. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

A selection of classical gold and gemstone jewelry includes an 18K gold ring with diamonds designed by Barry Kronen, 14K multi-gemstone gold bracelet, emerald gold necklace including a 19th-century brooch set with diamonds and miniature painting. A Reed and Barton TARA sterling silver 72-piece flatware service for 12 is also featured.

Highlighting the photography selection are photographs and manuscripts from the archives of the Heart of Africa Mission in which the Rev. Alfred Buxton’s Family served during the turn of the century. Additionally, there are photograph albums from the African Continent (1900s), a Colonial expedition photo album in India, 1930s albums of the West Indies, and 1920s images of American cities such as Chicago, Boston and New York. Contemporary photographs include works from fashion  photographer Antoine Verglas and  portrait photographer Tobias Everke. There are also  inscribed photographs and letters from iconic film, theater and television stars, Hollywood memorabilia, political figures, British royalty, authors and musicians who made a mark in our world.

Robert Campbell (Studio of Thomas Sully), Philadelphia), portrait, 1831

Paintings include works by 19th-century artists including Robert Campbell (studio of Thomas Sully and the Hungarian artist Arpad Feszty. Paintings by Joseph Paulman, Narcisse Poirier, John Faulkner RHA, Edward Potthast, Leon Kelly, Leonard Morris, Emerson Burkhart, J. Meyer, Henri Martinez, and more, round out the selection of fine art.

The pottery/porcelain section includes William Moorcroft pottery, Blackware Pueblo pottery from ceramicist Lupita Martinez, Santa Clara pottery from Madeline Tafoya, Birdell Bourdon and Glenda Naranjo; and Santo Domingo Pueblo pottery from Josefita Martinez. Midcentury pottery by Nancy Wickham Boyd includes Georgian Mason and Davenport Ironstone pitchers. Also among the fine and decorative art highlights are a Frederick E. Hart lucite sculpture titled Visitation” (lot 16A), as well as Italian Murano art glass and iridescent studio art glass.

The ethnographic category spans several continents and includes Alaskan mukluks, Inuit hunting bags and a double-faced dagger, a Pacific Northwest carved Makah bear mask and tribal rattle, a Native American elk foot quiver and arrows, a Papago Pima basket, an African Zulu cowhide shield with weapons, and a African figural double-bellows from Gabon.

LAII (Angel Ortiz), LAROC graffiti-painted train locomotive, 28 1/2in long.

Also featured are the 11 original and unique bound collages of Karl Mann (lot 83), a self-taught artist whose works are exhibited in museums worldwide. Not to be overlooked is the selection of American post-modern and urban graffiti art, with works from LA II (Angel Ortiz, lot 141), Rockwell Kent, Marguerite Kirmse, Robert Valdes, Norman Rockwell,  John Fenton,  Richard Lincoln, Art Spiegelman, N.Y.C. urban BLM paintings, and many others.

In 2007, Absolut Vodka began a new  creative campaign that encouraged the customer to get involved with the ad. A rare collection of Absolut Vodka advertisement pre-poster mockups on presentation board are available in this sale.

From selection of Karl Mann bound collage books

Books include a 19th-century Kashmir Sanskirt hand-written manuscript with miniature paintings (lot 32), Annales du Musee et de l’Ecole Moderne des Beaux-Arts (1805), Heinrich Heine’s Gesammelte Werke (1887), an Henri Cartier-Bresson signed photography book, Christoph Weigel’s 1730 Compilation of Devotional Texts and several collections of Judaica books.

Theater is well represented by an original script, photographs and poster from the counterculture rock musical Hair, from the estate of film and stage actress Monique van Vooren  (1927-2020). Her original production scripts (1960-1970), theatre scripts, scores, autographs, inscribed music and photographs are included.

Musical instruments are tuning up for their moment in the auction spotlight. They include a vintage Spanish classical guitar, Julius Rieger violin, several flutes with cases, and a personal baton from big band conductor Dan Jacoby.

Frederick Elliot Hart, Visitation, 1989, Lucite sculpture, 67/350

This eclectic auction also includes signed bronze sculptures, primitive folk art, Walt Disney production cells, temple wood carvings, lithographs, woodcuts, illustrations and more.

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