Garth’s Offers Three-Day Auction of Fine & Decorative Arts, Paintings & More

. January 3, 2014

Garth’s Auctions (based in Delaware, Ohio) is keeping buyers busy with multiple sessions during the last weekend of January. The sales will include over 900 lots offered in four sessions: January 23 Asian Art, January 24 European and American Fine & Decorative Arts, January 25 American and European Paintings & Fine Art, and culminating with a virtual (online only) January 25 auction featuring the collection of Charles J. & Mary Scarlett Pennock, Audubon’s Birds of America. President Amelia Jeffers was proud to say that, ”These auctions are a combined effort from our top representatives. Sarah Zhu assembled a beautiful collection of early Asian material from estates and consignors from Ohio, the Midwest and as far away as the West coast. Jeff Jeffers and Shane Hall put together the Fine Art session over a period of months, primarily from estates and collections featuring works which have not been on the market in decades. Andrew Richmond cultivated the items for the European and American Decorative Arts session, which offers a huge variety and many different price points, promising something for every collector.”

Lot 1046: PAIR OF NEPHRITE JADE LOTUS BOWLS, estimate: $60,000-$80,000.

Lot 1046: PAIR OF NEPHRITE JADE LOTUS BOWLS, estimate: $60,000-$80,000.

Asian Art will kick off the three days of sales with 450+ lots. Several highlights include a pair of 18th century fine, white jade bowls with eight Buddha patterns within each leaf surrounding the bases. The bowls are expected to draw worldwide attention with an estimate of $60,000-$80,000. Two bronze statues are also garnering much attention prior to the sale. The first, an 18th century gilt bronze Buddha standing on the ocean with a lotus base and topped with gemstones on the head, is 14” in height and is expected to sell between $12,000-$18,000. The second bronze statue, nearly life-size at 65” high, is ex Hong Kong Inc. and features a detachable sword and pole arm. Retaining a nice patina, this bronze has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Additional highlights include a censer from the Qianlong period (1736 -1795). Made of rare combination of gilt and cloisonné with a double peach form featuring twelve gilt bats and seven small gilt peaches, this colorful piece is estimated at $12,000-$15,000. A remarkable wine vessel, also made of gilt with an incised mark “Qianlong”, is expected to fetch $15,000-$20,000. A particular scenic carving also stands out. The spinach green nephrite jade carving depicts a boulder carved in the form of a mountain with scholars and pine trees (estimate $10,000-$15,000).

Selling on Thursday, January 24th will be 350+ lots of European and American Fine & Decorative Arts. The sale includes a splendid collection of English furniture from the 17th thru the 19th centuries, English and Irish sterling silver and several pieces of Kittinger furniture. Decorative arts include an Italian marble sculpture of a classically dressed woman holding a lamp. Although unsigned, the statue is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. A monumental Galle cameo glass vase with red leaves cut into a yellow background, marked Galle, France, is expected to fetch $3,500-$5,000. An 18th century two-piece English linen press with paneled doors on high bracket feet and stands 72.5” high has an estimate of $1,000-$2.000. A good looking William and Mary settee, from the 17th century will cross the block as lot 2016 with an estimate of $1,500-$3,000.

Several lots of quality silver will be offered including a George III two-handled cup, marked Dublin 1791 and Matthew West. The cup is a double-bellied form with double-scroll handles and features engraved sways and cartouches (estimate: $1,500-$3,000). A pair of George III silver baskets, marked London 1763-4, Septimus and James Crespell are ex The Antiquary (Illinois) and will be offered with an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. A mahogany Kittinger-style tea table from Colonial Williamsburg has an estimate of $400-800 and a pair of Kittinger Chippendale-style side chests could be snapped up for $500-$1,000.

A strong and diverse selection of 100+ lots of Fine Art will not disappoint those bidders attending the Saturday session. European and American works ranging from early Flemish through the American Impressionist movement, the Hudson River School and Ashcan School will be sold. Modernism, surrealism and contemporary works will also be represented.

Early in the day, The Duke of Beaufort Coach by James Pollard will be offered with an estimate of $3,000-$5.000. Lot 3009, a landscape with tree by David Johnson estimated at $3,000-$5,000, arrived at Garth’s during one of their monthly, complimentary walk-in appraisal days. Johnson is recognized as a second generation member of the Hudson River School painters and was known for naturalistic landscapes. Johnson first exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in 1849 and was an elected member by 1860.

Three lots from a private Ohio collector with a well-rounded collection of art and antiques will tweak the interest of those seeking to add to contemporary collections. First to cross the block from this collection is an interior scene by Robert Henri, with an estimate of $1,000-3,000. Hommage by Marc Chagall (estimate $3,000-5,000), a colorful lithograph of figures and structures, will be followed by a woodcut of Sky and Water I, by Maurits Cornelis Escher, with an estimate of $10,000-20,000. The Escher woodcut is known as one of the artist’s transformation prints as it depicts a transition of birds to fish between the sky and water.

Lot 3041, the painting titled, Where to Now?, by Richard Evett Bishop, retains its original label from Abercrombie and Fitch, Madison Avenue NYC. The oil on canvas depicts a pheasant departing from a bundle of corn stalks on a clear winter’s day and is framed in a gilded and white-painted molded frame. Subsequently discovered and purchased for $40.00 at a local Columbus, Ohio thrift store, it now carries an estimate of $5,000-7,000. A winter landscape by George Garner Symons is from the collection of the late Dr. William and Jane Huffman, Cleveland, Ohio. The magical scene depicts a red barn high atop a hill with a river with snowy banks in the foreground (estimate $25,000-$40,000). Also from the Huffman’s’ collection is the painting, Lost River Road, by Chauncey Foster Ryder. This oil on canvas also depicts a winter landscape and is signed in the lower left (estimate $8,000-$12,000).

Rounding out the sale are several fine examples of contemporary works which will add punch to any decor. Saint George and the Dragon by Salvador Dali, consigned by the the late William Martin of Cleveland, Ohio, can be taken home for $7,000-9,000 or a drawing of the iconic Campbell’s Tomato Soup Can by Andy Warhol has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. The Joker or Uncle Sam by Jack Eugene Earl are each ceramic figures expected to bring $3,000-5,000. Ten other works by Earl, known for the story-telling qualities of his figures, will also be sold. An abstract by Dale Patrick Chihuly with vivid colors has a pre-auction estimate of $4,000-6,000. Fruits and Flowers II by Donald Sultan, is comprised of four canvases, each titled and signed. The group carries an estimate of $10,000-12,000.

On Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 pm, Garth’s will top off the week of sales with a virtual (online only) auction of the Charles J. & Mary Scarlett Pennock Audubon’s Birds of America. Mr. Pennock graduated from Cornell University and became an ornithologist for the states of Delaware and Pennsylvania in the late 1800’s. Mr. Pennock traveled often to Pennsylvania’s historic Kennett Square and one day bought several cartons of Audubon’s from a local book shop. Mrs. Pennock quickly fell in love with the Audubons as well and the couple displayed them in their home and enjoyed them for years. The Audubon’s were later inherited and eventually consigned to Garth’s by their daughter, Mary Scarlett Allen Arth, of Bedford, Ohio. This session offers over 100 lots of lithographs by John James Audubon (America/France, 1785-1851). The online-only sale begins with four Birds of America hand colored lithographs (estimate: $150-$300) and continues with over 100 lots, offering many options in color and style. The back cover of the catalog highlights a colorful examples of the lithographs including “Baltimore Oriole” or “Hang-nest, Crimson-fronted Purple Finch, Western Blue Bird, and Sooty Tern”.

Garth’s catalogs are available for purchase or to browse online in a digital flipbook format at www.garths.com. Garth’s, located at 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015, will have preview hours in its gallery from January 17 through 25. For additional sale information, contact Garth’s at 740.362.4771 or info@garths.com.

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