Sixth Annual Ohio Valley - Americana Auction at Garth's On May 18, Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio will host the Sixth Annual Ohio Valley Auction which features an extraordinary combination of all the best Ohio has to offer, alongside Americana and acce
News-Antique.com - May 08,2012 - On May 18, Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio will host the Sixth Annual Ohio Valley Auction which features an extraordinary combination of all the best Ohio has to offer, alongside Americana and accessories including fine painted and formal furniture, stoneware, fine art, firearms, textiles and more.
Started in 2007, the interest in the Ohio Valley session continues to grow as the appreciation of buying local and the importance of Ohio’s material culture spreads. Always a favorite of those Ohio collectors “in the know,” is the folk art of Elijah Pierce (Columbus, Ohio, 1912-1984). Five pieces by the artist will cross the block with four of those being offered by the Columbus Museum of Art to benefit its Acquisition Fund. Of the three carved plaques to sell, one depicts a homestead, animals and figures in the fields (signed and dated 1978, 16.5"high and 33.5"wide, and estimated $4,000-6,000), while the other two depict images of Christ. One is titled The Coming of Christ and is mixed media showing Christ in the clouds with original paint and glitter. Measuring 27.25"high, 18"wide, this plaque was part of the diptych Redemption, shown in the Peale House exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1973 and is estimated at $6,000-9,000. The remaining plaque, The Ascension, measures 38"h. 24.25"wide and is estimated to reach $7,000-10,000. All three plaques are illustrated in Elijah Pierce, Woodcarver by the Columbus Museum of Art. Additionally a carved wooden figure of a woman with a knapsack is being offered from a private collection. The 11” high figure is most likely one of several versions based on a Migration North theme, depicting Pierce’s parents and their travels. For a similar figure, see no. 59 in Elijah Pierce, Woodcarver by the Columbus Museum of Art.
A strong selection of fine art by Ohio artists will command the attention of bidders as well. Works by high profile names such as Tella Kitchen, Alice Schille, Bevlyn Simson, Paul Patton, Clyde Singer, and Albert King will be sold throughout the day. Two paintings by Alice Schille, both portraits being sold by the Columbus Museum of Art, are of a younger woman on a vibrant background and of the artist’s mother in her later years. Measuring 36” x 30” and 30" x 24", the portraits are expected to fetch $3,500-4,500 and $1,500-2,500, respectively. One of two works by Tella Kitchen is an oil on canvas tentatively titled, Life Goes On, depicting busy town life in Adelphi, Ohio, while a horse drawn funeral procession passes through the main street and along many town landmarks (22"h. 30"w., estimate $1,000-2,000). A vibrant abstract is one of two works by Bevlyn Simson to be sold. The geometric acrylic on canvas is 39.25"h., 31.25"w. and is signed lower left by the artist, who graduated from the Ohio State University earning both bachelors and masters degrees in Fine Art. Simpson also established an endowment fund at her alma mater and has had multiple major exhibitions of her work.