The sale will feature a large selection of important fine art from Texas estates, including that of a leading Austin homebuilder and art collector, Bill Milburn; Dallas art collectors Sam and Helga Feldman; and collector Walter Stein.
Leading the sale will be a large collection of Texas art, featuring many paintings by Porfirio Salinas and G. Harvey, as well as important oils by Nicolai Fechin, Edouard Cortes, and Ernie Barnes, as well as contemporary and folk art and many pieces of Sabino art glass. Also included will be sets of sterling silver flatware and a selection of antique Chinese porcelains and jade.
First among the highlights is White Easter Lillies, a charming signed, undated oil on canvas by Nicolai Fechin. It was initially purchased by Walter Stein, a cousin of Gertrude Stein and a prominent art collector in New York. White Easter Lillies carries an estimate of $125,000-$200,000.
Works by Texan artists of note include a signed and dated 1951 Porfirio Salinas painting, Bluebonnets with Fence and Gate, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Equally worthy of attention is Gerald Harvey Jones’s Pinon Smoke Santa Fe, consigned from the Bill Milburn collection. The oil on canvas is estimated at $25,000-$35,000.
While not by a Texan, another strong work on offer comes from Edouard Cortes. Titled La Place de la Republique, sous la neige (Republic place, under the snow), it, too, is from the Millburn collection. The Cortes painting is estimated at $40,000-$60,000.
A standout decorative arts lot is a circa-20th century Japanese teapot that bears the signature of Oyuanwu Ze and a stamp that reads ‘Pure Gold.’ The intriguing piece comes with a glass case and a certificate and is estimated at $17,000-$25,000.
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