Paul McCartney Bass for Fairfield Auction

Over 300 lots of local estate goods will cross the block at Fairfield Auction March 21st. Offerings will include a very good selection of paintings as well as Americana, fine silver, art glass, bronzes and jewelry.

Paintings include notable works by American artists Percival Rosseau, Reynolds Beal, A.C. Goodwin, Andrew T. Schwartz, Oscar Adler, Theodore Weber, Max Kuehne and James Gale Tyler. European examples include a beguiling portrait of a young Spanish lady by Carlos Vazquez and a large and impressive landscape of The Valley of Trent by Henry Dawson. Additionally, works by Bengt Nordenberg, Gustav Igler, Johan H.L. Meyer, Arthur Wardle, Charles Joseph Remond, Charles Emile Jacques, Gustav Dore, Jean Dubord and David Adolf Artz. An etching of “Rain in Japan” by Martin Lewis and bronzes by Rene Paris and Georg Erlich should also find bidders.
A selection of Americana includes a good McIntire carved Salem card table and an inlaid Federal chest, possibly by Seymour. A leaping stag weathervane measuring 33” and a small oil of a tug boat by Antonio Jacobsen are expected to do well. Additionally an early 19th century officer’s saber, a charming crib quilt embroidered with various animals and dated 1896, a good memorial silkwork picture and a Federal banjo clock will be sold.

Several items of special interest will be sold. Among them is Hofner electric bass signed by Paul McCartney. As a member of The Beatles, McCartney mostly played Hofners. A storyboard drawing of Dumbo from the Disney film of 1941, a Mount Washington “Royal Flemish” vase, a bronzed figure of Miss America by Howard Chandler Christy and a Steinway type A grand piano circa 1896 will all cross the block as well.

Of particular interest is the two-piece center stairway stained glass window from the John Howard Whittemore mansion in Naugatuck, designed by McKim, Mead and White of New York. The unsigned window stands nine feet high. Also of interest is a first impression of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, an early Greek icon, a rare Tiffany enameled plique-a-jour bowl, a Guebelin enameled clock and a collection of French paperweights.

The Fairfield Auction gallery is located at 53 Church Hill Road in Newtown, Connecticut. Preview will take place Friday and Saturday prior, 11am to 4pm each day and 9am to 11am auction day. Most items can be previewed during the sale. For further information call (203) 364-1555 or preview online at