Two portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence come for sale at Cottone March 20

GENESO, N.Y. – Two portraits by the virtuoso English painter Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) will be presented at Cottone Auctions. The Wednesday, March 20 Fine Art and Antiques sale features two portraits of Regency beauties that come by descent from the industrialist Colonel Charles Clifton (1853-1928) of Buffalo, New York.

Clifton was an important figure in the early years of the automotive industry, overseeing the evolution of a bicycle wheel manufacturer into the Pierce-Arrow Motor Company. A recipient of the legion d’honneur for his work with the Allied war relief in France, he served on the board of the Albright Knox Art Museum from 1914 until his death in 1928.

He collected English portraiture at that extraordinary moment in the first quarter of the 20th century when prices were at their peak. The 1818 portrait of Lady Elizabeth Mary, Countess of Belgrave, who later became Marchioness of Westminster, comes with full documentation, including a copy of a 1923 receipt from Fearon Galleries in New York. It had cost a mighty $20,000, which is equivalent in purchasing power to around $400,000 today. Precisely 101 years later, the picture appears at Cottone with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

A second unfinished Lawrence oil depicts Lady Fitzwilliam, daughter of the Earl of Pembroke. This picture was part of the Bretby Heirlooms sale that was held for the 7th Earl and the Dowager Countess of Chesterfield by Christie’s in London in June 1918. It was acquired by Clifton from Knoedler & Co., New York, in 1923 at a cost of $9,000. This time out it is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

A rediscovered picture from the end of the 19th century is Gossipy Market Women at Nuremberg, an oil on canvas by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Housed in its original carved and giltwood frame attributed to Stanford White, it is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Painted circa 1889, while Tiffany was busy with his celebrated Havemeyer Mansion commission, this picture of three market traders in conversation was exhibited in 1891 in both New York and Chicago, and by repute was among the furnishings at Tiffany’s Oyster Bay, Long Island home Laurelton Hall. A study of the subject was kept by Tiffany at Laurelton Hall. When the house and contents were sold in the 1940s, it was given by Tiffany’s daughter, Comfort Tiffany Gilder, to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida. The 20 by 16 ¾ inch canvas on offer descended in the family of Henry M. V. Summers (1871-1959), who was a friend of Theodore Roosevelt and an auctioneer in Oyster Bay.

Decorative arts, Old Masters and Faberge find favor at Doyle October sales

Thomas Lawrence’s 1827 portrait of Mary-Anne Capel, $15,120
Left, Worcester porcelain covered two-handled urn by Flight Barr and Barr, $10,710; center, Thomas Lawrence’s 1827 portrait of Mary-Anne Capel, $15,120; right, Faberge nephrite double photograph frame by Henrik Wigstrom, $34,650
Left, Worcester porcelain covered urn by Flight Barr and Barr, $10,710; center, Thomas Lawrence’s 1827 portrait of Mary-Anne Capel, $15,120; right, Faberge nephrite photograph frame by Henrik Wigstrom, $34,650

NEW YORK – A trio of sales presented at Doyle on October 19 and October 20 met with marked success. English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts, held on October 19; Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings, conducted on October 20; and a sale of English & Continental Silver, Vertu & Faberge, also taking place on October 20, all performed admirably.

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Dreweatts to auction treasures of England’s Weston Hall, Nov. 16-17

First folio atlas printed in the Islamic world, est. £20,000-£30,000
First folio atlas printed in the Islamic world, est. £20,000-£30,000
First folio atlas printed in the Islamic world, est. £20,000-£30,000

NEWBURY, Berkshire, U.K. – Dreweatts is delighted to have been appointed to sell the contents of Weston Hall in Northamptonshire, a seat of the illustrious Sitwell family since the early 20th century and their ancestors since the 18th century. This spectacular sale charts the history of an eminent family of esteemed writers, pioneers and creatives through the centuries. The sale, titled Weston Hall and the Sitwells: A Family Legacy, offers a once in a lifetime chance to capture a piece of literary history the likes of which has not been seen on the market for some time. The auction will take place at Dreweatts on Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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