News-Antique.com - Mar 07,2012 - Over 400 lots of antiques, fine art, jewelry, modernism and Americana will be sold March 18th at Fairfield Auction. Numerous Connecticut estates are represented, but many of the highlight items came from a Ridgefield couple downsizing to smaller quarters and a Stamford estate of European family who purchased many interesting objects over the generations.
The twentieth-century is well represented. A model 31 arm chair by Alvar Aalto, found in a Stamford estate, and dating to the 1930's is expected to bring $2500/3500. A pair of wall sconces by Jean Royere, a pair of John Stuart lounges, a Val-Kill Industries table and an early library table by Gustav Stickley will be sold. Lighting by Handel, Pairpoint and Wilkenson as well as a pair of Tiffany desk lamps should find bidders as well. Andy Warhol's large "Cow" screenprint for the Whitney Museum 1971 is estimated at $2,000/3000 while a pair of original Charles Schulz “Peanuts” comic illustrations are each expected to attract bidders.
A large an impressive coastal scene by Aaron Draper Shattuck leads a strong selection of American works. Works by Walter Oddie, Clinton Loveridge, William Trost Richards, Frederick Schaffer, William Saterlee and C. P. Ream will also be sold. Other American paintings include works by Robert Atkinson Fox, Berney Lettick, Johanne Berthelsen, Robert Hogg Nisbet and a pair of pencil signed lithographs by Grant Wood.
Western art includes Native American portraits by Harley Brown and E.A. Burbank, a cowboy etching by Edward Borein and an estate found portfolio of ten original signed Edward Curtis photographs.
European art includes a river landscape with young lovers in a boat by Hippolyte Camile Delpy as well as works by Meyer Deithelm, Andre Jeovov, Carl Moser, Karl Stuhlmuller, Carl Hand Wright, Louis Devedeaux, Gertrude Staats, Reinhold Nagele, Augustus Schenk and Lucien Moretti.
Of particular note is a large gouache of two nudes in Barbados by Russian/American Evgeniy Agafonoff (1879-1956). The artist traveled to Barbados in the 1930's perhaps mimicing Gauguin's trip to Tahiti and certainly depicting the natives similarly. He lived the later part of his life in Connecticut.
Outsider artist Drossos Skyllas is represented by a pair of portraits, Pete and Katrina, estimated at $50,000/75,000. Skyllas created only 35 known works and he is considered one of the masters of outsider art.
A selection of Americana includes an impressive Victorian carved walnut patriotic frame measuring 46" x 57" with three-dimensional renderings of drums, pistols, cannons, flags and an American eagle at the crest, possibly created for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Additionally a J.S. Ellsworth miniature portrait, a turn-of-the-century hooked rug with ice skaters, a John Swain lyre banjo clock and a carved eagle by the Artistic Carving Company of Boston will be sold. American manuscripts include an Abraham Lincoln signed appointment, a pair of signed Harry Truman memoirs and a book signed by Robert Kennedy.
An exceptional Ridgefield, Connecticut estate includes an impressive selection of fine jewelry. A Platinum and Diamond Art Deco Bracelet is set with five lozenges, with three central diamonds