Kenzer, one of New York City’s most prominent collectors from the 1950s to the 1970s, from whom it was inherited by the present owner. As the first Art Editor for the prominent advertising firm J. Walter Thompson, Dione had a keen eye, and together with her husband Myron Kenzer, amassed an intelligent and important personal art collection with the help of their close friend and fellow collector, Andy Warhol.
An Important and Rare Molded Sheet Copper Figure of a Knight on Horseback from the Gingerbread Castle in Sussex County, New Jersey, created by Joseph Urban in 1928 will also be featured (est. $40/100,000). The monumental figure – measuring almost eight feet tall – once topped the Hansel-and-Gretel-inspired Fairy Tale House, one of America’s first amusement parks, located on the grounds of Wheatsworth Mills, which later became Nabisco. The park and buildings were commissioned by F.H. Bennett, a wealthy entrepreneur, after he saw Urban’s elaborate stage designs for Humperdink’s famous opera, Hansel and Gretel, and was in operation from 1929 until the mid-1970s.
Far less common than the often-used figurehead, a Fine and Rare Carved Pine Sternboard with Portrait Bust of Daniel Webster made for the Whaling Ship Daniel Webster of Sag Harbor, New York circa 1847 is another highlight of the sale (est. $25/75,000). A refined Pair of Portraits by J. Brown of Anna Hopkins Turner and Caleb Humiston Turner will also be featured (est. $30/60,000). J. Brown was among a small group of skillful painters who worked in the Connecticut River valley in the early 19th century. A Rare and Large Hand-Painted and Stenciled Tin Fancy Goods and Toys Wagon, circa 1870, complete with a driver and team of chestnut horses is also featured (est. $10/30,000). Far fewer of this large size of toy survive
than the more common small versions.
On the afternoon of January 23 Sotheby’s will offer over 280 lots of Chinese export porcelain and China Trade paintings from the private collection of esteemed longtime dealer Elinor Gordon. A fixture at the Winter Antiques Show since its inception in 1955, Gordon is largely credited with elevating Chinese Export Porcelain to an independent collecting category. Indeed, she herself began as an avid collector before entering the trade in 1953. Over several decades, Gordon and her husband Horace quietly amassed a comprehensive collection of works made for both the European and American markets – a collection many knew through her book, Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain, published in 1977, but which few knew had survived more or less intact.