Wonderful eclectic mix at Gray's January 25 auction Gray’s Auctioneers kick off 2011 with a diverse and eclectic Furniture, Paintings and Decorative Arts Auction on January 25 at 1pm. Preview starts Jan 17. The fully illustrated catalogue is now online
Also included in this auction is a wonderful selection of decorations including reverse painted lamps, a Sevres urn, a Tiffany mantle clock set with candelabra and Lot 201, a very large Meissen mythological figural group depicting Neptune and Salacia, signed with blue crossed swords. The only thing Neptune is missing is his trident. In very good condition with no chips, nicks or scratches, the estimate is $3,000 – 5,000. Amongst the collection of Chinese artifacts is Lot 186 is a Chinese bronze censor, with silver inlay, wooden lid and signed with an estimate of $100 – 150.
Lot 116 is a 17th century Charles II carved oak court cupboard. It has a carved vine and flower motif on the upper part of the cabinet, flanking the cupboard doors, within turned columns and above two larger paneled cabinet doors. This wonderful antique cupboard has extensive 20th century restorations and as such the estimate is $2,000 – 4,000. Lot 109 is a pair of Italian neo-classical walnut winged console tables from the early 19th century. They are Empire style, demi-lune tables with painted and parcel gilt carved winged mermaid supports. They have walnut tops, with a leaf and ribbon swag banding above a fluted frieze. Rare to find a pair so well preserved, they are estimated at $3,000 – 5,000
Lots 214 – 217 are a fine collection of mid-century modern, custom designed furniture, made from exotic Hawaiian hardwoods. Lot 215A is a vintage Curtis Jeré, copper and brass wall sculpture depicting a Fairground Big Wheel, Big Tent and Fairground booths. Curtis Jeré is the compound nom-de-plum of 60’s artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. This vintage sculpture charmingly embodies 3D and is estimated at $150 – 250.
Rounding out the auction are a collection of antique rugs, runners and carpets, very reasonably estimated, most notably Lot 231, a colorful, geometrically patterned Kazak Caucasian wool rug measuring 8’ 8” x 4’ 4” and estimated at $2,800 – 3,000. Gray’s always has something for every collector so last but not least lot 193a is a Nepalese Yak Tail ceremonial baton. Somewhat reminiscent of a wig worn in the 1980’s by the incomparable Tina Turner, this ceremonial yak tail baton commands an estimate of $80 -120.
This is just a small selection from the Furniture, paintings and Decorations auction taking place at Gray’s Auctioneers on Tuesday January 25, at 1pm. In addition to live online bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, there will be telephone bidding and absentee bidding offered directly through Gray's Auctioneers. The showrooms will be open for preview Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. Gray's Auctioneers is the only licensed, bonded and insured auction house in Cleveland holding monthly live auctions, and offering complimentary valuations every Friday between 11am – 4pm. Deborah J. Gray, auctioneer, opened her eponymous auction house in 2007 with her partner Serena Harragin, and together they have transformed the abandoned building that used to house a Citroen dealership into a driving force in the vibrant Cleveland