CLEVELAND – After decades operating as an auction house and the last decade as an art gallery, Wolfs Fine Paintings and Sculpture is changing its business model by dramatically reducing inventory and going forward with only a modest number of artworks, according to owner Michael Wolf. To do so the company has created an online auction to be held Saturday, Oct. 7, of approximately 500 lots, “estimated conservatively and available at a fraction of their value (the opening bid).” Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“Art buyers will benefit from our hard work and connoisseurship, having created a large collection of excellent artworks, from Old Masters to modern. Antique and decorative arts buyers will be tempted by our stately inventory, carefully selected over time,” notes Wolf.
A large-scale fountain created by American sculptor Janet Scudder (1869-1940) and cast by a Paris foundry circa 1913 is one of many highlights in the auction. Titled Fighting Boys, the signed sculpture stands 43 inches high and has a $60,000-$90,000 estimate. Scudder’s fountains were produced in small numbers, typically limited to four casts. This work (above) was likely purchased from the artist by John L. Severance of Cleveland, and it remained with the family by descent.
The Bay by Cleveland native Carl Frederick Gaertner (1898-1952) is expected to be the top painting in the auction. The oil on canvas painting was likely inspired by his frequent trips to Provincetown, Mass. It was exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art May Show in 1928.
Joseph Glasco (1925-1996) was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Texas. In 1949, after his first one-person exhibition in New York, Glasco became the youngest artist represented at the time in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. His paintings and sculpture were widely shown at New York Museums and galleries from the 1950s to the 1970s and ranged from stylized figures to completely abstract imagery. The City (below), a large oil on canvas from 1963, was formerly in the collection of the Sara Lee Corp.
Donna Howell-Sickles’s subject of empowered cowgirl figures dates back to 1972 when she stumbled across a 1950s hand-tinted postcard. It featured a waving cowgirl with the inscriptiuon: “Greetings for a Real Cowgirl of the Southwest.” The Texas-born artist’s take on Leda and The Swan, an oil pastel on paper, is from 1992.
European artists are well represented in the auction as well. A beautiful example is Bretagne Landscape by Impressionist Marcel Dyf (French 1899-1985). He painted the pastoral view of a village in the West of France circa 1950.
The auction will begin Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
For details contact Wolfs at 216-721-6945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.