GROGAN’S SEPTEMBER AUCTION TO SPAN FIVE CENTURIES Dedham, MA – Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers are pleased to announce their upcoming September 30th Auction will be comprised of over 700 lots of Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative
News-Antique.com - Sep 17,2012 - The auction will highlight contents from the estate of a Somerville Massachusetts Gentleman with impeccable taste, who spent forty years as an Art Director in Boston. His collection features a large selection of early European furniture, decorative works of art and old master paintings. Highlights from his estate include an 18th century Renaissance style Fruitwood Fall Front Cabinet with elaborately carved figures and lions, estimated at $2,000-4,000; a Massive Pair of early 20th century Continental Polychrome Metal and Brass Nine Light Torchere, estimated at $2,000-4,000; and a mid 18th century French Hunt Tapestry, estimated at $1,000-3,000. Four Italian Glazed Pottery Figures of Saints by 20th century artist and professor, Eugenio Pattarino, from his collection are estimated at $1,000-2,000. Pattarino opened his studio in 1945, at the end of World War II in Florence, Italy. In 1966, the Arno river flooded, destroying his studio, along with his records and molds. At the height of his popularity, his works were acquired by several prominent collectors, including the Vatican, John F. Kennedy and Edith Piaf.
Furniture highlights from various estates and collections include a Henry II Carved Walnut Cabinet, described as16th century from the Fontainebleau school, formerly in the collection of the Cranbrook Art Museum and acquired at Sotheby’s by a Boston collector. The 31 x 26 inch cabinet has undergone restoration and is estimated at $3,000-5,000. A Rare Continental Beadwork and Needlework Cabinet, possibly from the 17th/18th century, estimated at $5,000-7,000 sits on a 19th century base and underwent a year long restoration project in the 1980’s by the Conservation Center in Chicago, Illinois. Several 18th century offerings from Boston Institutions of higher learning include a Set of Six Jacobean Barley Twist Back Stools, presale estimate $500-1,000, an Italian Carved Walnut Refectory Table, estimated $1,000-1,500; and a Continental Heavily Carved Walnut Three Seat Settle, estimate $ 1,000-1,500.
A Regency or Continental Rosewood and Calamander Brass Inlaid Ormolu Mounted Games Table, c. 1810, from a distinguished Kansas City Family, is expected to fetch $2,000-5,000. The table, created in the manner of William Wilkinson and George Oakley, bears Russian double eagle mounts and uses the “lazy tongs” principle. Oakley (1773-1840) produced high quality stylish furniture in the Grecian taste during the decades spanning 1800 and was one of the pioneers of cut brass inlay in England, a form of decoration that gained popularity in Regency times. Wilkinson (1763-1833), a London furniture maker, specialized in patent furniture, especially extending tables, using the “lazy tongs” principle.
One of the Decorative arts highlights is a Tiffany Furnaces Seven Piece Bronze and Enamel Desk Set, estimated at $5,000-8,000, from the Estate of Margaret Munsell Hamilton (1897-1985) of Centerville, Massachusetts. Hamilton was the daughter of Albert Henry Munsell, the artist best known for his color-notation theories and the Munsell Color System. Margaret Hamilton's mother, Juliette Ector Orr and her sisters, commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany to create stained-glass windows and other decorations for Christ Church in Brooklyn New York, in 1916-1917, in memory of their parents, Alexander and Margaret Orr.