Blakelock Painting for Hesse Galleries Auction

A very large Ralph Albert Blakelock Indian Encampment oil painting will come to the market August 23, along with two signed Handel table lamps, a pair of Tiffany Studios bronze tall candleholders, and a Robert Emmett Owen Woods in Winter oil on canvas. These are but a few of many treasures from the estate of ex-Broadway show girl, Sonia Greenova (also Greenov and Greenoff) of New York City, 1900-1993. Ms. Greenova, formerly with the Moscow Grand Opera Company, was an actress and singer on Broadway in the 1920’s. She was also the alleged common law wife of millionaire New York lawyer and realty dealer, Edgar S. Appleby (1862-1935). Upon her death, being childless, Ms. Greenova’s estate passed to her nephew whose widow has now consigned these pieces to Hesse Galleries, of Otego, New York, to be auctioned.

This newly-discovered Blakelock painting, estimated at $450,000 to $650,000, is on a wood panel measuring 35-1/2-inches by 59-1/4-inches and is signed R.A. Blakelock in red in the lower right corner. It is in good condition with some minor flaking. There are eleven Indians depicted in the painting, plus three teepees, three horses, and in the foreground are two canoes. Inspection of the painting by appointment is encouraged. Or it may be viewed during scheduled previews on August 22 from 1 to 5 p.m., and on August 23 from 8 to 10 a.m.

The August 23 auction will also present a large Americana offering of folk art, country furniture and related accessories from a well-known New Hartford, New York, estate collection. This collection includes several folk art eagles, a great top hat trade sign, a painted tall case clock, vintage Santas, many folk carvings, and numerous other choice smalls. The auction also includes, in addition to the Blakelock and Owen paintings, several others by such artists as C. Braley, J. Constable (attributed), and Ch. Jacque.

Photographs and a detailed listing of items in the auction may be viewed online at www.hessegalleries.com

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