News-Antique.com - Sep 03,2008 - Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusetts’ premier antiques and fine art auction houses, announces their Fall Fine Art and Estates Auction. The auction takes place under the large tent at Kaminski Auctions on Saturday and Sunday September 20 and 21, 2008. Bidding commences at 10am on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Preview times are September 15-19 from 10am-5pm, September 20 at 8am and September 21 at 10am. The auction features live online bidding through eBay Live auctions, and the complete catalog is available online in advance of the sale. Kaminski Auctions is located at 564 Cabot Street, Beverly MA. For more information visit us online or call 978-927-2223.
Accompanying a wide variety of antiques and collectibles at this two-day auction is an impressive lineup of fine art. Paintings range in origin from Massachusetts to Kaminski’s second location in San Diego, California. Represented artists include Emile Gruppe, Henry Mosler, William Penn Morgan and John Woodrow Wilson.
An important painting by Swiss-born artist Jeremiah Theus, Miss Jacobs (Est. $60,000-$80,000) is expected to garner attention. Theus immigrated to America in 1735 and worked out of Charleston, South Carolina, rising in popularity as a portrait artist for prominent families in the area. He is considered to be the most popular artist of his era in the Charlestown area, and his work is now valued by collectors and historians alike. This circa 1750 painting, housed in an elaborate gilt frame, bears a label from Vose Galleries of Boston.
A Lady at the Easel (Est. $25,000-$35,000), a painting by artist William Penn Morgan, is also offered. Morgan studied painting at the National Academy of Design in 1851 and went on to become a member and featured exhibitor. The painting is signed and is an example of the artist's most collected work: a figural subject painted in a Classical Realist style.
Also represented is the sought-after Massachusetts artist Emile Gruppe. Winter in Waterville (Est. $20,000-$30,000) depicts the small Vermont town blanketed in snow, featuring a quaint covered bridge in the foreground. Gruppe, best known for his New England seaside scenes, often spent winters in Vermont, where he derived inspiration for this piece. The painting is signed by Gruppe and measures 25 x 30 inches.
A conte crayon portrait of composer Marc Blitstein (Est. $10,000-$20,000) by John Woodrow Wilson also crosses the block. The piece is signed and dated with an inscription reading “for Florence – whom I should have known long ago – Marc Blitstein Oct 20, 1949.” Wilson’s work shined at Kaminski’s last April, when his lithograph Native Son soared to $5,460, crushing it’s original estimate of $250-$350.
“Our bi-coastal status provides an opportunity to offer such a diverse and valuable collection of fine art,” comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “We’ve assembled a first-rate selection of consignments from estates spanning Massachusetts to the West Coast.”