FALLS CHURCH, Va. – A colorful and beautifully rendered oil on canvas winter scene by Dale William Nichols (American, 1905-1995) is the expected top lot in Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ Fine & Decorative Arts auction slated for June 12. The 536-lot sale consists primarily of consignments from prominent estates and collections in the northern Virginia region. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The online-only auction features Asian, American, European and Modern artworks. In addition to Dale Nichols, other top artists represented in the sale include Angel Botello and Charles Leickert. The decorative arts category encompasses bronzes, art glass, rugs, pottery, and porcelain, as well as Russian icons and other religious artworks.
The comprehensive auction selection also boasts finely crafted furniture, including French, Italian, English Queen Anne, and Dutch marquetry pieces; sterling silver from Tiffany & Co., S. Kirk and Son, Lunt, and more; and Asian decorative arts, including Chinese porcelain, Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings, and Thai carvings.
The 1965 Nichols winter landscape with houses, titled Heavy Heavy Hangs Over, is expected to make $30,000-$50,000. Nichols, who is best known for his rural landscape paintings, was born in Nebraska, attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and later served as the Carnegie Professor in Art at the University of Illinois. He has often been classified with such luminaries as Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton.
An oil on panel painting by Angel Botello (Spanish/Puerto Rican, 1913-1986) titled Thinking Girl, carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Leading the religious art is a 19th-century tempera-on-panel Russian icon of the Resurrection of Christ and Descent into Hell, which carries a conservative pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
A circa-1908 Baltimore sterling silver tea service is lavishly adorned with a dense repousse floral design. Each of the eight pieces in the set is marked either Jacobi and Jenkins, or Jenkins and Jenkins (the successor company). Having a hefty total weight of 124.94 troy ounces, the service should easily sell for $3,000-$5,000. A sought-after Dodie Thayer lettuceware tureen with lid and underplate carries an identical pre-sale estimate. The base of the bowl is incised Au Bon Gout/ Palm Beach/ Dodie Thayer/ Sept. ’72.
Other treasures in the auction include a Schimmel Konzert K256 Tradition grand piano with a polished ebony finish, Bavarian high-altitude solid spruce soundboard, and solid brass hardware. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Also of note is a platinum diamond ring boasting a 3.40-carat center diamond flanked by two 0.12 carat diamonds, which could slip onto a new owner’s finger for $8,000-$12,000.
The furniture selection is led by a gorgeous 18th century Irish George II mahogany chest-on-stand originally retailed by Millar and Beatty of Dublin. It displays a central shell motif flanked by two flowers and rocaille flourishes against a carved diamond lattice background, and is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. For those who prefer the mid-century modern aesthetic, a classic Eames 670 lounge chair, with a 671 ottoman, designed for Herman Miller fits the bill with its black veneered shell, black leather upholstery and enameled aluminum frame. It is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
A Chinese circa-Qing dynasty silk garment is elaborately decorated with flowers, bonsai, and butterfly motifs against a light yellow ground. It comes to auction with a $600-$900 estimate. Also, a Japanese cloud cabinet with four sliding doors on the upper and bottom levels, and a cloud-shape rack to the left of the middle compartment, is ready to serve its next owner’s storage needs – stylishly and discreetly – for an estimated bid of $300-$500.
A Chinese Qing dynasty lacquer and wood figure of a Guanyin sitting on the base with one leg crossed, has an estimate of $500-$700. Also, a pair of (non-matching) Chinese bronze urns, one a double ear-handle urn with three cow’s-head-shaped feet, and the other having a bulbous body and two loose rings on the handles, should jointly achieve $200-$400.
Adding still more character and quality is a circa-1760 George III Thomas Hunter bracket table clock in an ebonized wood case with ormolu mounts, five pinecone finials, a revolving cylinder music box and chimes. It could ring up a winning bid of $1,500-$2,500.
Quinn’s Saturday, June 12, 2021 online-only auction will start at 10 a.m. ET. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information about any item in the auction or to discuss a future consignment, call Matthew Quinn at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, 703-532-5632, or email email@example.com. Visit Quinn’s online at www.quinnsauction.com.
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