Severin Roesen autumnal still life ripe for picking Nov. 29
CLEVELAND – Nineteenth-century Prussian immigrant Severin Roesen’s masterful American still life paintings feature the abundance of the new world’s bountiful harvest. The vibrant colors of an autumnal yield of fruits, flowers and glasses of wine glow against a subdued background of dark greys and browns in the magnificent painting offered at lot 1 in Gray’s Nov. 29 auction. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Inspired by 17th-century Dutch still life painters, Roesen’s works are elegantly composed leading the eye across the overflowing table (above), leaving the viewer sated but hungry for more. Lot 2, also by Roesen, depicts a table filled with a gentler summer crop, peaches, pears and grapes together with his signature glass of wine.
Alfred Stevens, a 19th-century Belgian painter was known for his paintings of elegant, “modern” women. Lot 7, The Love Note depicts a pretty young woman discovering or perhaps hiding a love note in a lidded jar on a mantelpiece. Her reflection in the mirror capturing her expression was a signature motif in his works. The young woman is accompanied by her equally elegant greyhound poised in anticipation at her side.
Henri Matisse’s Odalisque from 1934 is a lively etching and chine-appliqué on a cream wove Arches support from the Print Club of Cleveland.
Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov, was an important Russian, post-impressionist painter. His Venetian Boats with Giudecca in the background is featured at Lot 10. Lot 12 is Paul Lewis Hendricks’ Tennessee Village. Hendricks was an accomplished American landscape artist born in Ohio.
This auction at Gray’s includes more than 150 lots of artworks from the above-mentioned masterworks to more modern offerings from the collection of Charles Foley, the noted gallerist and the Richard E. Jacobs Group collection.
From fine art the auction moves to decorative lots including lot 163, a pair of rare Antonio Piñeda silver two-light candelabra. Antonio Piñeda was one of the finest designers to emerge from the Mexican silver renaissance of the 20th century.
Fine jewelry lots abound including lot 177 a stunning antique 14K yellow gold, platinum and diamond ring with an older brilliant cut 1.35 carat diamond with VS-2 clarity and G color, set with 11 round older cut diamonds.
Gray’s will also offer two large Chinese Langyao baluster vases, both previously on loan to the Cleveland Museum of Art, from the collection of Ralph T. King, a wealthy benefactor of the CMA. Lot 215 is slightly larger at 17 7/8 inches.
An extensive collection of over 100 canes and walking sticks, lots 305 – 380, includes a unique cannon-form cane presented to U.S. Navy Commander Oliver Hazard Perry, to celebrate his victory in 1813 over the British on Lake Erie.
The 412 lot auction concludes with rugs and furniture including several cane display cases and umbrella/cane stands. Lot 386 is a 19th-century Oscar Onken & Co. oak and glass store cane/umbrella display case.
Lot 410 is a palace-size Persian Mashad wool carpet, measuring 35ft. 9in. by 26ft. 6in. From the collection of Ogden L. Mills, originally from J. Paul Getty through French & Co, it features a central Shah Abbasi medallion in ivory, khaki and blue, on a red background. The elongated corners and medallion are ornately patterned with a curvilinear floral design and the borders are decorated with bird form motifs.
For details contact Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers at 216-226-3300.