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The auction featured around 800 lots of Mid-Century Modern, original artwork, art glass, more.

GENESEO, N.Y. – Three outstanding, early 20th century lots from Tiffany Studios – a memorial stained glass window titled Angel of Resurrection, a gorgeous Poppy lamp and a pair of unusual turtleback leaded glass hanging domes – sold for a combined $188,300 at Cottone Auctions’ big annual Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction, held Sept. 26-27 in the firm’s modern Geneseo gallery.

Native American Apache olla (tall basket with a shoulder area sloping to an open mouth), showing figures and horses ($13,800).
Native American Apache olla (tall basket with a shoulder area sloping to an open mouth), showing figures and horses ($13,800).
The memorial window was the top lot of the auction, fetching a robust $71,300. It came directly from the Church of the Redeemer in Newark, N.J., where it had been originally installed as the “Allison Memorial Window.” Following close behind was the Poppy lamp, which lit up the room for $69,000. The lamp, 24 inches tall, had an overlay filigree shade, 17 inches in diameter.

In third place, but no less impressive than the other two lots, was the pair of leaded glass hanging domes. They changed hands for $48,000. These prices were within estimates. Much of what was produced by the Tiffany Studios in New York from 1878 to 1933 is today highly sought after by collectors. In total, around 800 quality lots came under the gavel over the course of the two days.

In addition to examples by Tiffany, the auction was packed with Mid-Century Modern pieces by major designers in the field, original oil paintings and other works of art, fine art glass creations, sterling silver, lamps and lighting, old clocks and decorative accessories. The Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction is a major event on the Cottone calendar. It was expected to do well, and it did.

“We had a nice, broad mix of merchandise for bidders to consider, from Modern to folk art and with contemporary art glass pieces that ranged from 15 years old to the 18th century,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. “We basically stuck to our formula, which is to aggressively seek out the best merchandise from prominent estates and collections, items bidders will really want.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include the 15 percent buyer’s premium. Internet bidding was facilitated by and

Staying in the art glass category, a contemporary art glass bowl titled Boundless Serena by Toots Zynsky (Am., b. 1951), a fused and slumped glass thread sculpture artist signed with a “Z”, went $17,250; and a tall, colorful Modern glass vase on a custom-made machined steel stand by Stephen Rolfe Powell (Am., b. 1951), 14 inches tall, titled Bell Bottom Smith, fetched $16,100.

Asian lots featured a fine bronze and metal vase with cut glass liner ($55,200), and a Chinese screen with hand-painted porcelain plaques ($23,575). Sterling silver included a fine sterling covered tureen ($25,300), a fine Russian enameled silver pitcher ($37,000), and a Brussells coffee pot by Hans Christensen (1924-1983), the noted Danish-American designer ($14,375).

A glazed stoneware bird tobacco jar by the Martin Brothers of London, whose Martinware Pottery firm produced distinctive Victorian-era decorative ceramics and 20th century studio pottery from 1873-1923, went for $61,000. Also, a Native American Apache olla (or tall basket with a shoulder area sloping to an open mouth), showing figures and horses, brought $13,800.

An original oil painting by Wiliam Aiken Walker (S.C., 1838-1921), depicting figures and a landing scene along the Mississippi River and titled Waiting for a Boat, went to a determined bidder for $46,000; and an interior rendering by Walter Gay (Am., 1856-1937), an artist who studied in Paris and specialized in paintings of French interiors, titled Les Baites, hit $39,100.

Three portrait paintings attributed to Asahel Lynde Powers (Am., 1813-1843), the itinerant folk portrait painter who traveled across the United States from Vermont to Illinois, painting portraits as he went, sold for $34,500; and a landscape painting by Ralph A. Blakelock (Am., 1847-1919), who built a reputation on mysterious, luminous landscapes, titled Fall Landscape, made $17,250.

Cottone Auctions’ next big auction will be another two-day affair, scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 17-18. The Friday, Oct. 17 session will feature antique clocks, while the Saturday, Oct. 18 session will focus on antiques and art. See the Cottone website for details:

Cottone Auctions is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call (585) 243-3100; or, you can e-mail them at [email protected].
To learn more about Cottone Auctions and the upcoming October 17-18 two-day, two-session auction, please visit them online, at Updates are posted frequently.