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American and European Decorative Arts, Paintings, Carpets and Tribal Art for Fairfield Auction

Over 350 lots, including a large selection of American and European decorative arts, paintings, carpets and tribal art will cross the block at Fairfield Auction May 23rd. A new expanded preview will begin Wednesday, May 19th and run through Saturday May 22nd, 11am to 4pm each day. Viewing auction day will begin at 9am and the auction begins at 11am.

Two large paintings by Cuban/American modernist Julio Larraz lead a varied selection of fine art, the two oversized still lifes are estimated at $20,000/$30,000 each. Other paintings of interest include a large oil by Arbit Blatas, Chez Andre, depicting the artist at a table at the famed Paris eatery as well as a “geometric-constructivist” canvas by Woodstock artist Reginald Wilson titled Woman On Bicycle. Other 20th century modern offerings include works by Carolyn Haeberlin, Pavel Tchelitchew, Jose Barcelo. Prints by Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg and Joan Miro will also be sold.

Traditional fine art includes works by Henry Pember Smith, four oils by illustrator Will Simmons, a pair of landscapes by Frank Swift Chase, depicting the Firestone Estate in Akron Ohio, and a boatyard scene by Walter Farndon. Additionally works by Albert Insley, Agnes Millen Richmond, Hubert Vos, Blaikie Hines, Carlos Vazquez y Obeda, Ethel Paxson, Emma Burges and Otto Blum will be sold.

Fine accessories to be sold include a Tiffany double student lamp with vibrant damascene shades, estimated at $8,000/$12,000. A Tiffany Favrile “zipper” vase, a French repeater carriage clock and a stunning Art Nouveau bronze bowl, cast by Gruet after Georges Engrand, should find bidders. A large Meissen figure of a girl with ball and a Vienna bronze whirling dervish, probably by Franz Bergman should find bidders as well.

A selection of Americana includes a large folio Currier & Ives “The Road Winter” and a good molded copper cow weathervane. A miniature folk portrait by J.M. Crowley, a painted Shaker oval box and a fine export ship portrait by O-Chi-Yai of Nagasaki circa 1890 as well as a selection of American firearms and edged weapons will also be sold.

Native American items include a large and impressive Northwest Coast totem, standing six feet tall, as well as a grease bowl with effigy handles. A beaded Plains rifle scabbard and child’s bandolier, both 19th century, will also be sold.

A collection of tribal art includes an imposing rifle stock club, 41” long, with old color, probably from Samoa. Other early Polynesian weapons including two paddle clubs and another carved with saw teeth will be sold. Additionally carved dancing wands, staffs and headrests from Polynesia will be sold.

Other items of interest include a Saarinen dining set with 96” oval table, a Boucheron silver compact, an 18th century Cuzco school painting of the Christ Child and an impressive map, “A Scheme of the Solar System…” by John Senex circa 1712. A rare bound collection of 96 etchings by Maxime Lalanne, Souvenirs Artistiques Au Siege De Paris 1870-1871, published by Cadart et Luce of Paris, will also go under the block.

A group of baseball memorabilia culled from local estates includes a large 1950’s Wonder Bread advertising sign featuring Stan Musial. A group of Hartland statues and a charming scrapbook album titled “Pirates Win Pennant / 1927” will also be sold. Other collectables being sold include a group of Lionel trains, a 1946 “Bowling Girl” Coke sign, a Disney animation cel, a selection of Roseville pottery and several Victorian beaded and mesh purses.

Fairfield Auction gallery is located at 53 Church Hill Road in Newtown, Connecticut. For further information call (203) 364-1555 or visit