Fine art auction to be held April 12 in Stamford, Conn. A treasure trove of more than 350 pieces of fine art in a broad range of categories will be held April 12 at the Holiday Inn off exit 8 of I-95 in Stamford, Conn., by Trinity International Auctions.
OVER 350 PIECES OF IMPORTANT WORKS OF ART – RUSSIAN, OLD MASTER, EUROPEAN,
AMERICAN AND CONTEMPORARY – TO BE SOLD APRIL 12 BY TRINITY INT'L AUCTIONS
(Stamford, Conn.) - A treasure trove of more than 350 pieces of fine art will be sold in two sessions on Saturday, April 12, at the Holiday Inn off exit 8 of Interstate 95 in Stamford. Session One, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will feature Russian, Old Master and European works. Session Two, starting 1:30 p.m., will comprise American and Contemporary Art. A preview will be held on Friday, April 11.
“This could well be the best sale I've ever held,” said Steve Gass of Trinity International Auctions, the Avon, Conn.-based firm conducting the auction. “I've secured a significant group of major Russian pieces, some very desirable European art and some strong Old Masters works. With a weak dollar, this is an opportunity for foreign buyers to repatriate works back to their native countries.”
The centerpiece of the sale promises to be a beautiful oil-on-canvas painting by the Boston Impressionist Dennis Miller Bunker (1861-1890), titled “Portrait of a Woman.” It is expected to bring $30,000-$50,000. “Dennis Bunker died at a very young age – just 29 – so he didn't leave behind a vast body of work,” Mr. Gass said.. “It's rare when a painting of his becomes available at public auction.”
Russian art is a burgeoning genre, thanks to a strong Russian economy and an emerging class of serious collectors there. Certain to wow the crowd is an oil-on-canvas by David Burliuk (1882-1967), titled “Lake Scene With Flowers and Sea Shells” (est. $30,000-$50,000). Also to be sold will be an oil-on-canvas attributed to Konstantin Ivanovic Gorbatov (1876-1945), titled “Boats Approaching the Shore” (est. $12,000-$15,000).
Additional Russian offerings will include an 1882 oil-on-canvas attributed to Genrich Semiradsky (Polish-Russian,1843-1902), titled “Roma” (est. $15,000-$25,000); an oil-on-canvas by Nikolai Feshin (Russian-American, 1881-1955), titled “Farm Yard in the Snow” (est. $20,000-$30,000); and an oil painting attributed to Ivan Aviovsky (1817-1900), titled “Ships on a Choppy Sea” (est. $15,000-$25,000).
The star of the Old Masters category is an oil-on-panel work by Pieter Neefs the Elder (Flemish, ca. 1578-1659), titled “Salomon's Temple, Jerusalem.” Executed in 1615, the 30” x 41” work carries an estimate of $25,000-$50,000. Another piece that is sure to draw attention is an unsigned, late 16th century oil-on-canvas depiction of St. Catherine and St. John the Baptist (est. $10,000-$20,000).
Two other Old Masters paintings, both by Dutch painters, are worth noting. The first is a marvelous oil-on-panel work by Jacob Willemsz de Wet (1610-1672), titled “Clemency of Scipio.” Executed around 1635, it is expected to sell for $12,000-$15,000. The other is an oil-on-canvas by Richard Brakenburgh (1650-1702), titled “Merry Company.” It carries an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
European highlights will include a gouache piece done in 1961 by Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986), titled “Study For a Reclining Nude” (est. $8,000-$12,000); and an oil-on-board work by Franz Xavier Pieler (Austrian, 1876-1952), titled