The sale, already online, is being conducted by Litchfield County Auctions of Litchfield, Conn.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. – Nearly 950 lots in an impressive array of categories – most of the items coming from prominent estates and collections in Connecticut and New York – will be sold in an Internet and catalog auction that has already gone online (at iGavelAuctions.com) and will conclude Apr. 28, by Litchfield County Auctions (www.LitchfieldCountyAuctions.com).
Offered are European furniture and decorations, antiquities and ethnographic art; Asian art and antiques; and modern art and design. This last category includes Art Deco, mid-century modern (and later, decorator) furniture, early 20th century art glass, studio pottery, abstract and modernist paintings, and prints and drawings from the gallery collection of Louise Himmelfarb, among others.
Mrs. Himmelfarb’s art holdings include a pencil drawing by Amedeo Modigliani (It., 1884-1920), titled Portrait de Jeune Fille; a drawing by Camille Pissarro (Fr., 1830-1903), titled Camille Pissarro drinking Absynthe at an outdoor café, signed “CP”; and additional artworks.
Also sold will be seven paintings by Raymond Kanelba (Pol., 1897-1960), from the collection of a Connecticut art aficionado who was also a friend of the artist. Included will be an oil on canvas portrait of one of Mr. Kanelba’s muses. The work served as cover art for her 2006 autobiography.
The sale also features prints by many of the modern masters, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Larry Rivers, Chaim Gross, Red Grooms and Marino Marini. There is also a wonderful selection of vintage travel posters for sale.
The modern furniture includes a Hans Wegner “Papa Bear” chair, a rare Philip and Kelvin Laverne amorphous-shaped coffee table, a labeled Karl Springer black leather covered and stainless steel mounted coffee table, and several pieces by Florence Knoll and Edward Wormley (for Dunbar). The art glass category includes various pieces by Tiffany and Galle.
The European lots feature a pair of rock crystal, clear glass and metal two-light sconces; a Tiffany & Co. nephrite and 14kt gold compact; a work by the French playwright and librettist Robert de Flers (1872-1927), titled Islee, Princesse de Tripoli; lithographs by the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939); and a sterling silver presentation two-handled loving cup trophy.
The Asian art and antiques feature porcelain, pottery, furniture, artwork, carvings and more.
Expected highlights include two modernist paintings by the Korean artist Kim Heung Sou, a collection of Netsuke and hardstone carvings, a pair of Rattankosin period Thai lacquered and gilt bronze figures (18th/19th century), Rose Medallion, blue and white porcelain, and other items.
An auction viewing for all the lots to be sold will be held from Friday, Apr. 23, to Tuesday, Apr. 27, from 10-5 each day, at the Litchfield County Auctions showroom, located at 425 Bantam Road in Litchfield. There will be a free appraisal day on Saturday, Apr. 24, from 10-2. Absentee bids will be accepted throughout the auction. The buyer’s premium is 20 percent.
Litchfield County Auctions’ next Internet and catalog auction after this one will begin June 30 and end July 14. The sale will feature American and European art and antiques. The Internet bidding will be facilitated by iGavelAuctions.com. The firm is now collecting property for the summer and fall auctions, in a wide variety of categories. These include, but are not limited to:
American folk art, furniture and decorations; paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture; European furniture and decorations; books, maps and historical documents; jewelry and couture; modern art and design; antiquities and ethnographic art; Asian art and antiques; and other items.
Litchfield County Auctions is Connecticut’s premier estate auction house, featuring paintings, prints, sculptures, antique furniture, silver, rugs, jewelry, pottery, porcelain, glass and more. The firm’s 10,000-square-foot gallery is located a mile south of The Green in Litchfield. Major sales are held six times a year and feature fresh-to-the-market property from local estates.
Litchfield County Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (860) 567-4661; or, you can e-mail them at [email protected]. Their address is 425 Bantam Rd. (Rte. 202), Litchfield, CT 06759.
For more info about Litchfield County Auctions, log on to www.LitchfieldCountyAuctions.com