Historic letter from Grant to Lee to be sold August 4-5 A letter handwritten by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Gen. Robert E. Lee on April 10, 1865, discussing terms of surrender of the Confederate Army, will be sold August 4-5 by Gallery 63 in Atlanta, Ga.
the renowned landscape painter Joseph Mallard William Turner (British, 1775-1851), also signed.
Other noteworthy lots in the fine art group include a pastel by Edward Dufner (American, 1872-1957), signed and titled “Children Playing by the Edge of a Stream” (13” x 17”); a watercolor by Ogden Pleissner (American, 1905-1983), signed and titled “Landscape With a Stream” (14” x 18”); and a watercolor by Arthur Dove (American, 1890-1946), signed and titled, simply, “Sunrise” (12” x 15”).
A Tiffany Studios Peony floor lamp with notarized provenance would be rare at any sale, but such an item has been consigned to Gallery 63 and will be sold. The stained glass and bronze floor lamp features a domical, waisted shade with a profusion of variegated reds, pinks, greens and aquas. The lamp has been in the same family for multiple generations. It is 70” tall, with a diameter of 22”.
Fine period furniture pieces will include a rosewood bed in the Rococo Revival style, likely executed by John Henry Belter and once housed in the famous Kingsford Mansion in New York (100” h x 63” w x 82” l); a Biedermeier fall front walnut secretary, with bone estuceans (76” h x 39” w); and a museum-quality American Baroque quarter sawn oak buffet by R. J. Horner of New York.
Rare and one-of-a-kind items will include a monumental Murano chandelier, originally from a prominent Venetian pallazzo; an antique player piano and organ with multiple automata, pipes, bells and drums, signed Hobart M. Cable Chicago and in storage since the late '70s; an Otto Altenburg 5' baby grand piano in immaculate black lacquer; and a blue 1974 Triumph TR-6 convertible, restored.
Architectural pieces will include four monumental walnut lion panels (American, late 19th century), each with a regal, mid-relief lion mask flanked by trailing floral swags (118” h x 51” w each); and a set of four doors, originally installed in the music room of a magnificent chateau in the Loire Valley of France and later incorporated into a prominent home in Malibu, Calif. (116” h x 108” w).
From the militaria and weapons category, highlights are expected to include a full-size replica of a Gatling gun in bronze, with carriage, drum magazine and moving crank action; carved Indian and carved military mess kits; swords; a rare Alabama Kentucky rifle made by D. Evans; and a matched pair of consecutively numbered Colt Derringer pistols, in the original Colt leather-bound case.
This is just the fourth sale that Gallery 63 will have held in its new location. The firm was previously located at 6363 Roswell Road (hence the name), about three miles away, but rapid growth necessitated a move. An inaugural sale at the new, larger facility (a former church and fellowship hall) was held in early spring. Gallery 63 is the consignment arm of Atlanta auction powerhouse Red Baron.
To learn more about Gallery 63, or for directions and more information about the upcoming August 4-5 sale, you may visit the firm online at www.Gallery63.net. Gallery