News-Antique.com - Apr 23,2012 - Cleveland, OH - Gray’s Auctioneers’ Fine Furniture, Paintings and Decorations auction takes place on May 3rd at 11am in Cleveland, Ohio. Live online bidding for this auction is provided by Live Auctioneers. Comprising of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, as well as fine furniture, jewelry, rugs, and decorative collectibles, Gray’s May auction promises exceptional treasure for every taste.
Auction highlights include a number of artworks by modern masters. Lot 22, Snake in a Landscape, is a fantastic, late-career Surrealist drawing by Salvador Dali done on stationary from Hotel Meurice, Paris. In addition, the auction also features a dynamic, offset colored lithograph by the renowned American painter and printmaker, Frank Stella. This 1982 abstract artwork, Yellow Journal, is signed and dated by the artist and numbered print 14 of a 50 run series.
Other fine art pieces featured in the sale include a striking allegorical figure pairing entitled Vanity and Modesty, painted in oil by Giuseppe Mazzolani after Bernardino Luini. Working in the High Renaissance circle of Leonard da Vinci, Luini is known for his depictions of lovely, large-eyed women. Here, the personification of Vanity on the right demands the viewer’s attention with her gaze while the humbly dressed embodiment of Modesty seated beside her points to the heavens in a gesture of reverence. Another extremely elegant object included in the sale is Amedeo Gennarelli’s Tireur d’Arc, a fine work of sculpture in bronze featuring a superbly rendered archer poised to shoot, with a legible foundry mark and artist signature on the base.
Gray’s is also delighted to offer a number of decorative arts, furniture, and jewelry pieces in the May sale. Notably, a stunning Art Deco ring and brooch in white gold with diamonds and onyx comprise lots 132 and 133. A uniquely grand piece for the home is lot 180, a fire screen with delicate scrolling branches and wildlife in wrought iron attributed to Samuel Yellin. Yellin is considered one of America’s most masterful blacksmiths and preeminent designer of decorative architectural pieces.
Some of the most fascinating items in the sale are lots 147 through 149, a collection of medals awarded to Dr. George William Lewis, former Director of Aeronautical Research at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, better known today by its precedent organization, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Lewis managed the committee’s political and research technological endeavors during his tenure as Director, and under his guidance, engineers at NACA’s Langley Research Center made outstanding advancements in the field of aerodynamics. The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio is partly named after him.
Finally, Gray’s will be auctioning at Lot 1 a gorgeous pair of Oscar de la Renta mahogany armchairs for the benefit of Girls with Sole, a Northeast Ohio charitable organization that helps to empower young women who have been victims of abuse through the physically and emotionally healing practice of fitness and athletics. There is no buyer’s premium for this purchase and one hundred percent of