Gray’s Auctioneers Announce Fine Furniture, Paintings & Decorative Arts Auction on May 3

Gray’s Auctioneers’ Fine Furniture, Paintings and Decorations auction takes place on May 3rd at 11am in Cleveland, Ohio. Live online bidding for this auction is provided by Live Auctioneers. Comprising of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, as well as fine furniture, jewelry, rugs, and decorative collectibles, Gray’s May auction promises exceptional treasure for every taste.

Auction highlights include a number of artworks by modern masters. Lot 22, Snake in a Landscape, is a fantastic, late-career Surrealist drawing by Salvador Dali done on stationary from Hotel Meurice, Paris. In addition, the auction also features a dynamic, offset colored lithograph by the renowned American painter and printmaker, Frank Stella. This 1982 abstract artwork, Yellow Journal, is signed and dated by the artist and numbered print 14 of a 50 run series.

Other fine art pieces featured in the sale include a striking allegorical figure pairing entitled Vanity and Modesty, painted in oil by Giuseppe Mazzolani after Bernardino Luini. Working in the High Renaissance circle of Leonard da Vinci, Luini is known for his depictions of lovely, large-eyed women. Here, the personification of Vanity on the right demands the viewer’s attention with her gaze while the humbly dressed embodiment of Modesty seated beside her points to the heavens in a gesture of reverence. Another extremely elegant object included in the sale is Amedeo Gennarelli’s Tireur d’Arc, a fine work of sculpture in bronze featuring a superbly rendered archer poised to shoot, with a legible foundry mark and artist signature on the base.

Gray’s is also delighted to offer a number of decorative arts, furniture, and jewelry pieces in the May sale. Notably, a stunning Art Deco ring and brooch in white gold with diamonds and onyx comprise lots 132 and 133. A uniquely grand piece for the home is lot 180, a fire screen with delicate scrolling branches and wildlife in wrought iron attributed to Samuel Yellin. Yellin is considered one of America’s most masterful blacksmiths and preeminent designer of decorative architectural pieces.

Some of the most fascinating items in the sale are lots 147 through 149, a collection of medals awarded to Dr. George William Lewis, former Director of Aeronautical Research at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, better known today by its precedent organization, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Lewis managed the committee’s political and research technological endeavors during his tenure as Director, and under his guidance, engineers at NACA’s Langley Research Center made outstanding advancements in the field of aerodynamics. The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio is partly named after him.

Finally, Gray’s will be auctioning at Lot 1 a gorgeous pair of Oscar de la Renta mahogany armchairs for the benefit of Girls with Sole, a Northeast Ohio charitable organization that helps to empower young women who have been victims of abuse through the physically and emotionally healing practice of fitness and athletics. There is no buyer’s premium for this purchase and one hundred percent of the proceeds earned from the sale of the Oscar de la Renta armchairs will go to this incredibly worthy organization that Gray’s is proud to support.

The May 3rd auction will take place at Gray’s spacious showrooms, 10717 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio at 11am. Live online bidding for this auction, together with telephone bidding and absentee bidding are being offered directly through Gray’s. The auction showrooms will be open for preview April 26th through May 2nd, 11am – 6pm, Saturday, April 28th by appointment, and closed on Sunday, April 29th.

Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers are the only licensed, bonded, and insured auction house in Cleveland holding monthly live auctions, and offering complimentary valuations every Friday between 11am – 4pm. Deborah J. Gray, auctioneer, opened her eponymous auction house in 2007 with her partner Serena Harragin, and together they have transformed the abandoned building that used to house a Citroen dealership into a driving force in the vibrant Cleveland Fine Art and Antiques auction market.

Auctions are held live monthly in our Cleveland auction showrooms with simultaneous global on-line bidding and telephone bidding. Live on-line bidding is available through Gray’s Live. Gray’s also offers other convenient options which include absentee bidding on our website, by phone, in person, via email, or by fax. The complete illustrated catalog for this auction can be found on Gray’s web site at