About 900 lots of quality fine arts and antiques will be sold by Cottone Auctions, March 22-23 Approximately 900 quality lots of fine arts and antiques in an array of categories will be sold on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at Cottone Auctions, at the firm’s gallery in Geneseo, N.Y.
News-Antique.com - Feb 12,2013 - (GENESEO, N.Y.) – Approximately 900 quality lots of fine arts and antiques in an array of categories will be sold on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at Cottone Auctions, in the firm’s spacious gallery located at 120 Court Street in Geneseo. Many items may be viewed online, at www.cottoneauctions.com. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
The auction will feature original oil paintings (many by noted, listed artists), bronzes, Asian objects (to include jade, ivory and an outstanding collection of over 250 snuff bottles, most of them from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the collection of William L Tait), sterling silver items, estate jewelry pieces, period furniture, Native American objects and more.
“It never ceases to amaze me the quality of merchandise that comes to us and that the market has a demand for,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. “To be able to offer these exceptional pieces at auction is truly an honor. The fact that we amassed close to 1,000 lots I think speaks volumes as to the anticipated success of this sale. It could be one of our best ever.”
The Friday, March 22 session (starting at 12 noon, EST) will be dedicated to Asian arts, sterling silver, fine jewelry and other items. Some of the sterling items were deaccessioned from the Strong Museum, to shore up that institution’s benefit fund. Included will be makers such as Tiffany, Gorham, Kirk, Dominick & Haff and others. Flatware and hollowware will be featured.
The more than 100 pieces of fine jewelry items comes mostly from the estate of George and Angie Shaheen, collectors of fine antiques since the 1950s. George recently decided to sell the couple’s lifelong collection following Angie’s passing. Included will be a Tiffany sapphire ring and bracelet, a Tiffany dragon pin with pearl, Patek Philippe and Rolex watches and more.
The Saturday, March 23 session (starting at 11 a.m.) will be highlighted by fine original artworks, Native American objects, decorative accessories, examples of Americana, and some wonderful period furniture pieces, such as a fine 1905 Gustav Stickley oak corner cupboard with original copper strap hardware and original finish, consigned by a family in upstate New York.
“This corner cupboard has descended in the family of the original owners,” Mr. Cottone said. “The matching sideboard from the same family was appraised on the Antiques Roadshow in Charlotte in 2002. Though not in the original finish, and with polished hardware, it appraised at $75,000-$110,000. The corner cupboard, however, has the original finish and hardware patina.”
Many beautiful oil paintings will be offered on Saturday. These will include Patriarchs of the Grove, a 40 inch by 50 inch oil on canvas by William Wendt (Calif./Ill., 1865-1946), one of the best-known landscape painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. A copy of the book William Wendt and His Work, with jacket art displaying this painting, will be included in the lot.
Also sold will be a luminous and impressionist rendering of New York