Tennessee collections and museum deaccessions star at Case Jan. 27-28

George Rodrigue, 'A Louisiana Sunday morning,' estimated at $50,000-$60,000 at Case Antiques.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Case Antiques returns with its Winter Fine Art & Antiques sale on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, boasting an impressive collection of items from local Tennessee estates and museums, including market-favorite George Rodrigue. The catalogs are now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

2023 was a banner year for the works of George Rodrigue (1944-2013), the Louisiana artist known best for his wide-eyed Blue Dog paintings. Case’s sale includes two items by the artist, starting off with a handsome Blue Dog work titled A Louisiana Sunday morning. Painted in 2012, the upbeat image features symbolism from the artist’s life, having just been told his cancer was in remission. (Sadly, it would not last; he died of cancer in the following year.) According to the lot notes, the two candles refer to Rodrigue’s second chance at life, with the flowers representing rebirth. From a private collection, the painting was purchased directly from Rodrigue’s gallery in September 2012. It is estimated at $50,000-$60,000.

The second Rodrigue piece is unusual — created not by him alone, but in collaboration with artist Kelsey Murphy and the Pilgrim Glass Co. of West Virginia. In the 1980s, Murphy had perfected a technique of sandblasting glass to create a multi-layered work that featured fine relief designs. Rodrigue created a three-Blue Dog design that Murphy blasted into this cameo glass Blue Dog Bowl with stunning results. Numbered 15 of a limited edition of 35, the bowl is a must-have for Blue Dog fans, estimated at $5,000-$6,000.

Born to former slaves and sharecroppers in Tennessee, sculptor William Edmondson (1874-1951) had no formal training and began his art career late in life after receiving a divine visitation instructing him to carve a tombstone. He did just that and went on to carve other subjects, often using limestone debris recovered from local demolished buildings in Nashville. This 11.75in mother and child sculpture is from a series of similar Edmonson works, with the exception of the child here holding a book or pocketbook, something not seen on other examples. The carved limestone figure descended in a Nashville family and was used as a doorstop until last year, when its current owner saw images of Edmondson’s work online and realized he owned an important sculpture. It now carries an estimate of $40,000-$44,000.

Also featured is a large Impressionist Chicago street scene by William Clusmann, depicting Michigan Avenue from the steps of the Art Institute, with one of Edward Kemeys’ iconic bronze lions in the foreground. As with the Edmondson, the painting had been passed down in a family unaware of its value until recently; in this case, the family took it to the Antiques Roadshow 2022 taping in Nashville, where it was recognized as one of Clusmann’s most important works.

Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and would rise to become one of the Harlem Renaissance group of Black American artists in the 1930s. This yellow gouache on paper abstract painting is typical of his later work, which is signed and dated 1961. It is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

Beachy keen: Case readies 1,200-lot auction, July 8-9

Detail of George Hughes cover illustration for the August 2, 1952 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, estimated at $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Case
George Hughes cover illustration for the August 2, 1952 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, estimated at $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Case
George Hughes cover illustration for the August 2, 1952 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, estimated at $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — 20th-century fine art provides a vivid backdrop for an array of more than 1,200 lots at Case’s Summer Auction, set for Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. Standouts include large estate collections of fine jewelry and luxury fashion, as well as a treasure trove of flags and other Civil War Navy relics that descended from Rear Admiral John Ancrum Winslow, who commanded the USS Kearsarge to victory against the CSS Alabama. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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African American artists Delaney and Edmondson headline at Case, Jan. 28-29

Portrait by Beauford Delaney, estimated at $10,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Portrait by Beauford Delaney, estimated at $10,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Portrait by Beauford Delaney, estimated at $10,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Case Antiques Inc Auctions and Appraisals’ Winter Auction features an eclectic selection of 20th-century art set against a backdrop of traditional antiques that includes a noted estate collection of 18th-century American furniture, a trove of rare books, maps and documents, and a stellar array of European and Southern decorative arts. The sale is set for Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 and contains more than 1,200 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Esteemed Nashville antique dealer’s collection steps up at Case, Oct. 8

 

Antique red chinoiserie-decorated Dutch linen press with an old Antwerp label, from the estate of Pia Stratton, estimated at $1,000-$1,200
Antique red chinoiserie-decorated Dutch linen press with an old Antwerp label, from the estate of Pia Stratton, estimated at $1,000-$1,200

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The first of two major Case auctions featuring art and antiques from Nashville antiques dealer Pia Stratton’s business and personal collection is set for Saturday, October 8. Items from several other estates, private collections and two museums, including the Arkansas Museum of Art, are also included in the nearly 600-lot auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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1830 miniature portrait of Chickasaw brave a head-turner in Case’s July 9-10 auction

Miniature portrait of Chickasaw brave Kinheche, painted in 1830 by Caroline Dudley of Franklin, Tennessee, est. $10,000-$12,000
Miniature portrait of Chickasaw brave Kinheche, painted in 1830 by Caroline Dudley of Franklin, Tennessee, est. $10,000-$12,000
Miniature portrait of Chickasaw brave Kinheche, painted in 1830, est. $10,000-$12,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An abundance of treasures, ranging from an 1830 miniature portrait of a Native American to a Leroy Neiman canvas to a Swiss automaton pocket watch, will cross the block July 9-10 at Case Auctions. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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