CALDER, CHIHULY AND STICKLEY TO HIGHLIGHT DECEMBER AUCTION Dedham, MA – Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers are pleased to announce their upcoming December 2nd Auction which will be comprised of over 500 lots of Fine Art, Furniture, Decorat
News-Antique.com - Nov 20,2012 - The sale begins with a selection of Old Master works including a sensuous depiction of Venus by Gortzius Geldorp. A Dutch Renaissance painter of the late 16th and early 17th century, Geldorp was born in Leuven, studied with Frans Pourbus, the elder, then became the court painter to the Duke of Terra Nova. He was known to have painted the theme of Venus many times, however, this circa 1612 oil on panel is of exceptional quality and is expected to fetch $10,000-20,000. Other unattributed Old Master works include a Lucretia, oil on copper; the Baptism of Christ, oil on copper; The Holy Family with Bird, after Simon Vouet and the Madonna of the Harpies, after Andrea del Sarto, amongst others.
Nineteenth century European highlights include an oil on canvas by French artist, Jules Noel, titled Harbor View of Fecamp, which bears a $10,000-15,000 estimate; while another French painting, Boulevard de la Madeliene, by Edouard Cortes, also bears a $10,000-15,000 estimate. Winter Trail, a Russian oil on canvas by Jaroslav Vesin, should fetch $5,000-10,000; while two works by Italian genre artist Giuseppe Mazzolini, depicting mothers taking care of their babes, are both estimated at $800-1,200. Three modernist works on paper of note include French artist Auguste Herbin’s Geometric Composition, a 12 x 9 inch gouache bearing a $10,000-15,000 presale estimate; an abstract ink and watercolor by German artist Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, also known as WOLS, should bring $15,000-20,000; and Hungarian artist Lajos Kassak’s Geometric Abstract gouache is estimated at $8,000-12,000.
American offerings include two unusual gouaches and two hand hammered silver brooches by the venerated artist, Alexander Calder. The Calder’s, which hail from a Connecticut estate, were gifts from the artist to William and Virginia Chess in the 1970’s. Among a varied selection of portraits is a charming Girl in Red Dress with Dog by the 19th century German/American artist Charles Christian Nahl. The 46 x 32 inch oil in a period 19th century gilt frame is estimated at $5,000-7,000. A collection of watercolors and charcoal drawings by the popular sporting artist Aiden Lassell Ripley, features Ladies on a Pier with Seagulls, which was exhibited in the1996 Guild of Boston Artists Ripley retrospective. An important 19th century American School View of Daniel Webster’s Homestead in Marshfield, Massachusetts, is a rare view of his home before it burned to the ground on February 14, 1878. His daughter in law rebuilt the homestead in 1880, which is now the Daniel Webster Estate & Heritage Center. The 22 x 27 inch oil on canvas is estimated $2,000-3,000.
Furniture highlights include a Federal Mahogany Inlaid Cylinder Top Secretary Bookcase, bearing carved shell decoration and a swan neck pediment, stands at 98 ½ inches and bears an $8,000-12,000 estimate. Other American furniture offerings include a varied selection of Arts and Crafts furniture featuring Gustav Stickley, Charles Limbert and the Quaint Furniture Company. A Stickley Tall Chest of Drawers, designed by Harvey Ellis, model #913, is estimated at $3,000-5,000, while a Limbert Leather Upholstered Rocking Chair,