LINCOLN PARK, N.J. – Willow Auction House will present its Fall Great Estates Curated Auction on Thursday, October 6, beginning at noon Eastern time. It will feature nearly 200 lots of books, artwork, furniture and ethnographic items. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A portion of the sale is dedicated to a selection of books from the estate of a New York City collector. Featuring first editions as well as original serialized magazine printings, this extensive collection contains works by many notable authors, including Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot and William Makepeace Thackeray.
Among the works by Dickens are first editions of several of the author’s most well-known titles, including a circa-1843 first edition of A Christmas Carol, estimated at $2,000-$3,000; Oliver Twist, from 1838, estimated at $1,000-$2,000; and an 1857 copy of Little Dorrit with a signed card from Dickens tipped in. Also included are several titles in their original serialized parts, most notably Nicholas Nickleby, published from 1838-39, and Bleak House, originally published in 1852-53; these are estimated at $1,000-$2,000 and $1,000-$1,500, respectively. The collection also includes a letter from Dickens dated 1850 and estimated at $1,000-$1,500, as well as several sketches by George Cruikshank, who illustrated many of Dickens’ works.
Beyond books, the Fall Great Estates Auction also features a large selection of artwork. Among the highlights is a signed Andy Warhol Cow screenprint on wallpaper that was originally published in 1976 for an exhibition at the Modern Art Pavilion in Seattle. Its estimate is $10,000-$15,000.
Also included in the sale is a large oil on canvas by Polish artist Alfred Kowalski that carries an estimate of $40,000-$60,000. Depicting a troika with wolves in pursuit, the painting is a fine example of the subject matter Kowalski was known for.
Also included is a portrait of a lady by William Merritt Chase, estimated at $4,000-$5,000; and a work by Hermann Herzog, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
For bidders looking for furniture, the sale also features a variety of pieces including English campaign chests, oak barrister bookcases, and a selection of Mid-century Modern furniture from designers such as Edward Wormley, Jens Risom, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia for Knoll and Paul Evans. In addition, several pieces by German designer Tommi Parzinger appear in the sale lineup, including a chair and ottoman (estimated at $800-$1,200), two floor lamps (estimated $1,000-$2,000 and $600-$800, respectively) and a wall unit attributed to Parzinger (estimated at $1,000-$1,500).
Other highlights of the Fall Great Estates Curated Auction include a land sale document dated 1679-1680 and signed by the fourth mayor of New York City, Cornelius Steenwyk, estimated at $2,000-$3,000; an Ottoman silver scribe’s case, estimated at $500-$700; a large Franz Bergman Austrian cold painted bronze, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; and a signed letter from Senator Robert F. Kennedy to cartoonist Bill Maudlin, estimated at $300-$500.
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