Feb. 7, 2005

Lambertville , NJ - Lambertville , NJ - Sollo:Rago Modern Division and the 333 Estate Division are collaborating with an 850 lot sale to be held on February 25-26. The auction will begin on Friday at 4:00 p.m EST and Saturday at 12:00 noon EST. "We look forward to this sale with great expectation and are pleased to be offering so many high end items and unusual and diverse pieces," notes Jeffrey Henkel, Director of 333 Auction.

Highlighting the Friday night session will be four excellent 19 th century carved limestone figures, each 7 feet tall, from the Weiss Estate, which was designed by Louis Kahn in 1947. Each unique figure is executed with exceptional detail and character. Also included will be a very unusual Aesthetic Movement bed with inlaid designs of an owl, spider web, bat, moon and stars, and a matching chest of drawers. Friday night will also offer a strong selection of traditional 18 th and 19 th century furniture, paintings, rugs, porcelain, cut glass, Native American items, and Arts and Crafts furniture. An outstanding variety of American landscapes is also offered with painters such as Elmer Wachtel, George Pearse Ennis, Frederick Cumming, Carl Rudolph Krafft, Robert Sarsony, H. J. Marlatt, Boris Deutsch, Frank Milton Armington, George Thomas Hobbs, Arthur Parton, Carle Michel Boog. Drawings, pastels, or prints by Robert, Henri, Edward Hooper, Oscar Bluemner, Alice Barber Stevens, Albert Urban, John Groth and Louis Kronberg.

The Saturday session of the sale will feature two unique single-owner collections of European modernist work. Eight paintings come from the exciting post-revolutionary period in Russian art, which was the inventive time of Constructivism and Suprematism created in the early 1920s before the repressive era in the early 1930s. The artists of this time were committed to the spirit of the "new". Kliment Redko, Boris Grigoriev, Gustav Klucis, Vladimir Stenberg, Ivan Kliun and Natalia Goncharova, a woman artist, whose works are being offered in the collection, exhibit the influence of Cubism as egalitarianism on the Russian avant-garde work. Works by these artists include "Children Playing in Village" by Natalia Goncharova, "Radio Speaker" by Gustav Klucis, "Streets" by Boris Grigoriev, and "Globe" I and "Globe" II by Kliment Redko, with provenance available. In the second collection, 13 Dutch modernist paintings from the 1960s are being offered including works by Aart Roos, Pieter Defesche, Henke Willemse, and Hein Stork.  Also being featured are drawings of regional scenes of interest by Max Kuehne and Oscar Bluemner and Mark Tobey’s Abstract Expressionist, painting “The Skid Road,” along with other American modernist works.

Another portion of the sale includes an excellent and diverse collection of modern decorative arts and furniture by Herman Miller, Dunbar, Starck, Eames, Stendig, Wegner, and Gae Aulenti. A special collection of John Risley wire furniture features a black wire "Queen" lounge chair and ottoman, a couple settee, a "Queen" rocker, armchair and side chair--all from the 1950s--and a white mesh two-tiered table. Also for sale are two exceptional Tennis Ball chairs, in excellent condition, by DeSede, recognized as one of the best manufacturers of contemporary furniture.

Certain to draw attention is an eclectic collection of rare and vintage items from the 1930's through the 1960's including a Genco Fortune Teller, a larger-than-life "Bob's Big Boy" trade figure, an excellent vintage and rare Bowden Space Lander bicycle, and a group of carved wood carousel figures. Also offered is an impressive collection of silver by Georg Jensen and Walter J. Meyer.

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