ATLANTA – A Tiffany Studios favrile glass door from the 1920s titled The Sower; an original 1991 painting by Thornton Dial, titled Struggling Tiger; and a stunning Lalique Cactus crystal center table designed in 1951 are just a few of the expected top lots in Ahlers & Ogletree’s three-day, three-session auction slated for January 14, 15 and 16. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Start times all three days will be 10 am Eastern time. Session 1, on Friday, January 14, offers the estate of a prominent Atlanta interior designer. Session 2, the following day, will feature Modernism, estate jewelry, Asian arts, fine furs, African arts, vintage movie posters and advertising posters. Session 3, on January 16, will contain period antiques and fine art.
The Tiffany Studios leaded and plated favrile glass panel in oak door is the auction’s expected top lot, with a robust pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$100,000. It was originally commissioned by Melville Dewey as one of two doors to be installed in the Annie Dewey Memorial Chapel in Lake Placid, New York, in 1923 and dedicated to Dr. W.G. Russell. On offer is the left door, showing a female as The Sower. The accompanying right door, which is not in the auction, depicted a male figure and was titled The Seer, by Grosvenor Dawer. The door in the auction was likely designed by Mary Elizabeth Tillinghast.
The Thornton Dial painting – which bears the full title Struggling Tiger (The Tiger Penned In) – is a paint and mixed media on canvas backed with panel and is titled on verso. The work should reach $30,000-$60,000. Dial was a pioneering artist who came to prominence in the late 1980s. This spectacular and large example of Dial’s work was acquired from William Arnett in 1993.
The Lalique center table was designed in France in 1951 by Marc Lalique. The Cactus colorless crystal table, which has a round glass top, chrome support and a frosted base is expected to change hands for $20,000-$30,000.
Other noteworthy furniture lots in the auction include an exuberantly and mythically carved Italian Renaissance Revival walnut secretary desk by Luigi Frullini, who has often called the Donatello of wood carvers. The secretary desk is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
Equally stunning but spare is a walnut rocking chair with ebony accents by Sam Maloof, signed and dated 1993. Similar rockers by Maloof can be found in the White House Collection of American Crafts and the Smithsonian. It is estimated at $25,000-$35,000.
Also worthy of mention is a circa 1874-1876 Renaissance Revival ebonized and holly- or satinwood-accented cabinet secretary desk by The Wooten Desk Company. It was previously owned by the President of Uruguay, and carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
An oil-on-canvas tonalist snow scene by John Henry Twachtman, titled Winter Moonlight, should bring $10,000-$20,000, while a lithographic poster for the movie Every Day’s a Holiday (Paramount, 1937), signed by the film’s star, Mae West, should rise to $4,000-$8,000.
Other decorative arts highlights of note include a 1995 signed and dated opalescent koi glass mosaic in a patinated copper dragonfly relief Art Nouveau frame by Steven Stelz, titled Koi Pond with Lily Pads, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, and two large allegorical porcelain figures by Meissen, depicting Day and Night, originally modeled by Heinrich Schwabe. The pair carries an estimate of $5,000-$7,000.
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