Bid Smart: Antonio Cirino had an eye for New England’s captivating scenery

‘Sailboards in harbor’ earned $6,400 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2022 at Salmagundi Club. Image courtesy of Salmagundi Club and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Antonio Cirino (1888-1983) is best known for his lush and jewel-toned landscapes, particularly of the Cape Ann/Rockport, Massachusetts coastline. Emigrating from Italy as a toddler, he grew up in the Italian American section of Providence, R.I., and first set foot in Rockport in the 1920s. He then regularly summered here while spending winters in Providence. This was during the height of the Progressive Era when artists began flocking to idyllic and scenic places throughout the Northeast to paint. Artist colonies were established in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Long Island, Cape Cod and the Catskills to name a few. The Cape Ann and Rockport/Gloucester areas were particularly appealing to artists and many flocked here.

Continue reading

Quinn’s June 9 Fine & Decorative Arts auction led by marine painting with intriguing provenance

Montague Dawson (British, 1895-1973), untitled oil-on-board painting of ships in a harbor. Signed at lower left. Label on verso from Frost & Reed, London. Size: 19½ x 23½in (sight). Reputedly, the work was originally commissioned for The White House. Estimate $15,000-$25,000

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Friday, June 9, 2023, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a beautifully curated Fine & Decorative Arts sale featuring American, European, Asian and modern art. All bidding will be online through LiveAuctioneers; no in-person gallery bidding.

Continue reading

Myers Fine Art celebrates 35th anniversary with Apr. 30 auction of works from artists’ estates

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), ‘Crying Girl,’ 1963, original offset lithograph in colors on wove paper, 19in x 25in. Pencil-signed ‘R. Lichtenstein’ at LR. Provenance: Estate of American novelist Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider), Sag Harbor, NY. Estimate $6,000-$9,000

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – After a hiatus of more than three years, Myers Fine Art will return to the auction spotlight on April 30 with a 459-lot auction that bears all the hallmarks of their signature style. Bidders can look forward to seeing a high-quality, estate-fresh selection of scrupulously researched artworks with impeccable provenance. Each and every item has been personally curated by Myers’ owners Mike Myers and Mary Dowd, whose combined decades of experience in the fine art sector serve as the basis for auction catalogs whose scholarly descriptions are both lauded and trusted throughout the art world.

Continue reading

Morphy’s Dec. 19-20 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction adds quality and beauty to the holidays

Exquisite signed/numbered Tiffany Studios Nasturtium table lamp with 19in (dia.) leaded-glass shade featuring multicolored confetti glass tiles and flowers in various shades of red, orange, purple and yellow against a green ground. Tiffany-stamped telescoping cat’s-paw base. Excellent condition. Estimate $120,000-$160,000

DENVER, Pa. – Arguably, Morphy’s most-loved sale from its always-busy calendar of events, the annual pre-Christmas Fine & Decorative Arts Auction consistently delivers luxury, rarity and peerless quality to discerning collectors and holiday gift-givers. This year’s edition, which will be held on December 19 and 20, is brimming with superior jewels and watches, paintings, art pottery, silver, and dazzling Tiffany Studios lamps. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Sterling Associates’ Nov. 9 auction brimming with estate art, jewelry 

Hudson Mindell Kitchell (NY/NJ/RI, 1862-1944), nocturnal landscape, oil on canvas, signed, 23in x 19in (framed size). Estimate $600-$800

NORWOOD, N.J. – New Jersey’s estate specialists, Sterling Associates, will host a November 9, 2022 art and antiques auction featuring a carefully vetted selection of goods from estates and upscale residences in the Garden State and beyond. The boutique auction comprising 178 lots includes an eclectic array of fine and decorative art, furniture, clocks, watches and fine jewelry. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Stephenson’s to auction Philadelphia estate art, jewelry and furniture, Oct. 14

Abner K. Zook (Lancaster, Pa; 1921-2003), three-dimensional carved painting depicting an Amish barn-raising. Size: 49¾ in x 25¼ in (sight), framed size 57in x 33¾in. Accompanied by lengthy personal letter sent by Zook in 1967 to the person commissioning the painting, explaining aspects of the scene in minute detail. Estimate $10,000-$15,000

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – The Philadelphia area’s estate specialists, Stephenson’s Auctions in Bucks County, will conduct a Friday, October 14 sale featuring fine and folk art, platinum and diamond jewelry, and an extensive array of mostly mid-20th-century furniture and decorative accessories, including porcelain and glass. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Whitney exhibition examines Edward Hopper’s life in New York City

Edward Hopper, Manhattan Bridge, 1925–26. Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper, 13 15/16 × 19 15/16 in. (35.4 × 50.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest 70.1098 © 2022 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

NEW YORK — Edward Hopper’s New York, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from October 19, 2022, through March 5, 2023, offers an unprecedented examination of Hopper’s life and work in the city that he called home for nearly six decades (1908–67). The exhibition charts the artist’s enduring fascination with the city through more than 200 paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings from the Whitney’s preeminent collection of Hopper’s work, loans from public and private collections, and archival materials including printed ephemera, correspondence, photographs, and notebooks. From early sketches to paintings from his late in his career, Edward Hopper’s New York reveals a vision of the metropolis that is as much a manifestation of Hopper himself as it is a record of a changing city, whose perpetual and sometimes tense reinvention feels particularly relevant today.

Continue reading

Morphy’s lavish June 8-10 auction led by rare Tiffany lamp of extraordinary quality

Tiffany Studios table lamp with 20in conical leaded-glass shade in ‘Poppy’ motif exhibiting the very highest standards of Tiffany artistry. Astounding colorway and complex composition. Exceptionally rare base with 16 iridescent Favrile-glass balls as supports for the telescoping stem. Tiffany stamps to both shade and base. Estimate $350,000-$450,000

DENVER, Pa. – A fine and decorative arts selection of incomparable quality awaits bidders at Morphy Auctions on June 8, 9 and 10. The gallery is at its shining best, with rare and beautiful objects at every turn, including 75 leaded and stained-glass lamps, 100 pieces of art glass, 100+ paintings, 50 figural bronzes, 50 lots of silver, and 30 pieces of coveted Amphora pottery. Additionally, there are 30 cylinder and disc music boxes, 15 bird boxes, and long-held private collections containing 100 figural napkin rings, 80 antique, hand-blown colored-glass wedding bells; 50 figural and mechanical gadget canes; and the acclaimed Don and Mary Ann Livingston collection of antique sleigh bells. On day three, Morphy’s will unveil a sumptuous array of fine jewelry plus 30 pocket and wristwatches. Those who are not able to attend in person are invited to absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Everard to auction fine art from distinguished Savannah citizens, June 1-2

Style of Porfirio Salinas (Texas, 1910-1973), ‘Blue Bonnets,’ oil on canvas. Estimate $2,500-$3,500; starting bid $1,500

SAVANNAH, Ga. – On June 1-2, 2022, Everard Auctions will present a diverse selection of fine and decorative art, featuring property from the Estate of Murray C. Perlman of Savannah, Georgia. Perlman was a prominent Savannah resident who supported numerous organizations dedicated to local historic preservation, including the Historic Savannah Foundation. He was also an owner and partner of Savannah Galleries in historic downtown Savannah, which started selling fine American, English, and French antique furniture in 1968. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Spectacular estate jewelry and art lead Case’s Jan. 29-30 auction

Ring with 4.01-carat GIA-certified diamond solitaire, est. $40,000-$44,000
Ring with 4.01-carat GIA-certified diamond solitaire, est. $40,000-$44,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The forecast is for plenty of ice – as in diamonds – at the upcoming Winter Case Antiques Auction. Jewelry from estate collections headlines the January 29-30 sale, along with a Charles Marion Russell western bronze, Mid-century Modern furniture by Paul Evans and Knoll, and silver by Georg Jensen and Paul Storr. The 1,172-lot auction also features American and European paintings; early Southern decorative arts; historical items and Asian antiques. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading