Chinese Export silver, Thomas Hart Benton, Peter Max share stage at Quinn’s Feb. 23

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Works by Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Reed, sculptor Bill Mack, and Old Lyme Colony Impressionist Will Howe Foote will join European and modern furniture and beautiful objets d’art at Quinn’s Friday, February 23 online Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

A selection of fine prints is led by a 1955 Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) lithograph titled Running Horses. The print is from an Associated American Artists edition of 75 and is artist-signed in pencil. Its estimate is $6,000-$8,000.

Other noteworthy prints and lithographs run the gamut of genres and individual artistic styles. A circa-1997 Peter Max mixed media and acrylic on paper artwork titled Liberty Head II is signed and estimated at $600-$800, and three 19th-century Frederic S. Remington (1861-1909) cowboy-themed photogravures are entered with individual estimates of $500-$700.

Six lots in the sale represent artworks by Washington DC artist Paul Reed (1919-2015). At the time of his death, Reed was the last living member of the Washington Color School, an art collective that gained national acclaim in the 1960s. Reed’s #21, a 1962 acrylic on canvas depicting green organic shapes in a circle, is signed, dated, and titled on the verso. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Two bas-relief bonded-bronze sculptures by Bill Mack (b. 1944-) will be auctioned. One of them, measuring 54in wide, depicts a reclining woman draped glamorously in a bedsheet. Signed at the lower left, it is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

There are three lots of sterling silver from Tiffany & Co., topped by an elegant Model 17880A tea set comprising a teapot, a lidded sugar, and a creamer with tray. Made between 1907 and 1947, the set carries a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

At the forefront of the Asian Art category is a five-piece Chinese Export sterling silver tea set decorated in high relief with a dragon-and-cloud pattern. The set consists of a hot water kettle on its matching stand with a burner, a teapot, a lidded sugar bowl, and a creamer, each marked ‘STERLING,’ plus a waste bin marked ‘Chun Yin.’ All have dragon and/or pearl-form figural adornments or handles. The lot estimate is $3,000-$5,000.

In addition to Japanese woodblock prints (Hiroshige, Koson, Kimura, et al.), an array of Asian decorative art will be presented, including porcelains and antique netsukes from the Estate of Maybelle Dore, past chairwoman of the International Netsuke Society, Northern California chapter. Among the prominent pieces in the Dore collection is a 19th-century netsuke of Ashinaga and Tenaga with an octopus, which was acquired sometime between the early 1960s and late 1980s. It is signed ‘Tomochika’ and carries an estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Jasper52 presents Asian Antiques: Scrolls, Weaponry and More Jan. 17

19th-century Satsuma vase decorated with an enamel painting of the Buddha with several disciples, estimated at $455-$495 at Jasper52.

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, January 17, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a sale titled Asian Antiques: Scrolls, Weaponry and More. Its 132 lots include limited-edition prints, netsuke, ikebana baskets, Satsuma vases, writing sets, scholar’s rocks, sculptures, components of Japanese swords, brush rests, wrist rests, hair combs, masks, glass art, sake cups, and implements needed for a Japanese tea ceremony. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

While there are several examples of netsuke in the sale lineup, a particularly unusual netsuke dating to the 19th century leads the pack. Fashioned from bronze or brass and taking the form of a rice cake, it does more than serve as a mere toggle on a kimono sash. It unscrews and opens to reveal a portable shokudai, or candlestick, the parts for which are assembled out of a telescopic stem. The cleverly designed piece, which is estimated at $667-$725, also includes a drip pan and tongs for extinguishing a candle.

Another 19th-century Asian object described as ‘unusual’ is a bronze piece topped by a two-horned chimera that does double duty as a scroll weight and a brush rest. Emblazoned on the bottom are two Japanese characters that mean Takusai, referring to a family of bronze workers who lived on Sado Island in Japan’s Nigata Prefecture and produced at least six generations of artisans who used that name. Measuring five and a half inches long, it is estimated at $690-$750.

A third highlight of note dating to the 19th century is a Satsuma vase boasting a painted enamel scene of the Buddha surrounded by seven of his rakan, or original disciples. A gold dragon, rendered in relief, ‘protects’ the Buddha by encircling the vase, its open jaws hovering over his haloed head. Described in the lot notes as having a ‘Great patina, very pleasant feel of age, in excellent condition,’ it is estimated at $455-$495.

Quinn’s Jan. 29 auction features elite consignments from Mid-Atlantic region

Jean Louis Voille (French/Russian, 1744- after 1801), 1792 portrait of Count Paul Alexandrovich Stroganoff (1774-1817). Oil on canvas. Signed and dated. Sight: 23¼ x 18½in. Estimate $10,000-$15,000

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s Auction Galleries will host its first Fine & Decorative Arts Auction of 2022 on Saturday, January 29, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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