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.

Peter Cecere Latin American folk and outsider art at Quinn’s Jan. 26

Painted and carved wood Mexican mermaid body mask, most likely from Guerrero, estimated at $600-$900 as part of Quinn’s sale of the Peter Cecere collection.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Eccentric? Visionary? An American original? All three descriptions apply to the late Peter Cecere, a career foreign service and cultural affairs officer who collected Latin American folk and outsider art for more than 50 years.

It was while posted to the Latin American embassies of Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico, and latterly Spain that Cecere began to voraciously acquire the art he felt best reflected grass-roots regional cultures. He estimated that, in his lifetime, he owned between 20,000 and 30,000 pieces. A 1990 auction, together with gifts to museums, winnowed down that number, but a renewed vigor for collecting in subsequent decades contributed to the vast holdings that Quinn’s will begin to disperse on Friday, January 26. Bidding on the 405 lots is available via LiveAuctioneers.

Cecere loved the tales that came with each of these objects. “After I die, there’s no more stories,” Cecere said in a 2018 video documentary about his collection – but the colorful narrative that surrounds this idiosyncratic collection is doubtless part of its appeal. At Cecere’s barn-like residence in rural Rappahannock County, Virginia, both the interior and the exterior were crammed with whimsical scrap-metal animals, peasant devotional works and works of macabre art. In the great room, floating from an artfully painted iridescent sky-ceiling, there were angels, devils, and even a flying cucumber-shape ‘bomb’ named Cuke Nuke.

Paintings were displayed on every available wall space, including a series of pop-culture-inspired artworks by African American outsider Chuckie Williams (Louisiana, 1957-2000).They include an acrylic-on-plywood painting of pop star Madonna that was exhibited at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore in 2010-11. It carries one of the sale’s higher estimates at $1,500-$2,500.

A carved and painted wood mermaid body mask, most likely from Guerrero, Mexico and estimated at $600-$900, is a piece that has resided in Cecere’s collection for close to half a century – he bought it for $425 at El Bazar Sabado in Mexico City in 1977 – and he thought particularly highly of his menagerie of oversize Mexican ‘yard art’ animal sculptures. Each fashioned from oil drums or other discarded metal, there are several roosters in the sale, including an 8ft 4in giant estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

Gene Davis abstract ‘Totem’ leads Quinn’s online-only auction Sept. 22

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – A striking late work by the American abstract painter Gene Davis (1920-1985) leads Quinn’s Friday, September 22 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. Bidding for the 499-lot online-only event is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Davis, whose body of work reflected a penchant for multicolored vertical lines, was a contributor to the Color Field and Post-Painterly Abstraction movements and a key figure in the Washington Color School in particular. Dating from 1980, the acrylic-on-canvas Totem is appropriately named, as it is as tall as a totem pole, standing 7ft 11in, and slender in stature, at 16in wide. The work is signed, titled and dated on the verso, and depicts the familiar vertical stripes of color which Davis first began to paint in 1958. It carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein) achieved international acclaim for his similarly colorful creations that became synonymous with Sixties psychedelia. His 22in bronze of the Statue of Liberty, dating to 1980 and daubed in paint, comes from a signed and dated edition of 250. This distinctive work is expected to attract a winning bid in the $5,000-$8,000 range.

American, Asian and European art consignments come from a series of prominent northern Virginia estates and collections.

An unsigned English full-length portrait of a Georgian gentleman in opulent red and gold finery standing before a Renaissance urn has an inscription on the stretcher that names the subject as “General Churchill.” The style of hair and dress placed it into the 1750-60s, suggesting the sitter was an immediate descendent of General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) or his brother Charles Churchill (1656-1714). The painting has an estimate of $5,000-$7,000.
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Gene Davis, ‘Totem,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries.
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Peter Max ‘Statue of Liberty’ bronze, estimated at $5,000-$8,000 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries.
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Portrait of General Churchill, estimated at $5,000-$7,000 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries.
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Two Japanese Meiji cloisonné vases, estimated at $400-$600 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries.
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Danish Modern Arne Vodder Mod. 29a credenza, estimated at $800-$1,200 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries.
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Quinn’s offers Burmese art, Lalanne bronze, fine silver and more, Jan. 14

Oil-on-canvas painting by U San Win (Burmese, 1905-1981), titled ‘View of Shwedagon Pagoda,’ 1975, signed and dated, 15½in x 20½in. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries
Oil-on-canvas painting by U San Win (Burmese, 1905-1981), titled ‘View of Shwedagon Pagoda,’ 1975, signed and dated, 15½in x 20½in. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries
Oil-on-canvas painting by U San Win (Burmese, 1905-1981), titled ‘View of Shwedagon Pagoda,’ 1975, signed and dated, 15½in x 20½in. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, January 14, Northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present an online-only Fine and Decorative Arts auction brimming with 400+ lots of beautiful Asian, American, European and Modern artworks. The auction will commence at 10am Eastern time, and absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Distinguished ecologist’s library featured Nov. 29 at Quinn’s Rare Books auction

Five-volume set of ‘The Christmas Books’ by Charles Dickens (1844-1848), handsomely bound in modern ¾ red Morocco gilt over marbled boards, estimated at $1,200-$1,600. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries
Five-volume set of ‘The Christmas Books’ by Charles Dickens (1844-1848), handsomely bound in modern ¾ red Morocco gilt over marbled boards, estimated at $1,200-$1,600. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Tuesday, November 29, Northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present a Rare Books, Prints and Autographs auction loaded with more than 450 lots of rare books, antique maps and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The auction will begin at noon Eastern time.

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Lalique, Tiffany and other design greats headline at Quinn’s, June 4

Rene Lalique Borromee blue molded glass vase, est. $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries

 

Left, Rene Lalique Borromee blue molded glass vase, est. $10,000-$15,000; Right, Tiffany Studios Curtain Border floor lamp, est. $40,000-$60,000. Images courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries
Left, Rene Lalique Borromee blue molded glass vase, est. $10,000-$15,000; Right, Tiffany Studios Curtain Border floor lamp, est. $40,000-$60,000. Images courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, June 4, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a Fine & Decorative Arts sale featuring early 20th-century Tiffany Studios lamps, a Rene Lalique (French, 1860-1945) Borromee vase, Asian antiques and a large selection of modern chairs, many of them associated with mid-20th-century design luminaries. More than 500 lots will be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Quinn’s showcases the Arts of the Americas Nov. 4

Diquis 22K gold pendant of figure in feathered headdress, est. $1,000-$1,500
Diquis/Chiriqui 22K gold pendant, est. $7,000-$8,000
Diquis/Chiriqui 22K gold pendant, est. $7,000-$8,000

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, Nov. 4, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct an Arts of the Americas auction from its popular Collector Series. The 145-lot specialty event features a collection of Pre-Columbian, Native American and Central American objects that include pottery, sculpture, gold, textiles, baskets, paintings and Guatemalan folk santos. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Quinn’s to auction folk art from prestigious Sellen-Burt collection, April 20

Ronald J. Scott (Lafitte, La., 1922-2003), ‘Sea Wing,’ mixed-media boat model. Initialed on captain’s quarters. Size: 32 x 56 x 14 inches. Collection of Betty-Carol Sellen and Martha Burt. Estimate $2,000-$4,000

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Tuesday, April 20, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present a 155-lot Folk Art Auction that encompasses a variety of media, including pottery, wood carvings, metal sculptures, mixed-media paintings, and works by such renowned artists as Clementine Hunter, Roy Ferdinand, and Dr Bob. Creations by Louisiana and New Orleans artists including Prophet Royal Robertson, Reginald Mitchell, and Cyril and Ivy Billiot will also be offered. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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