ROCKWELL TO LEAD GROGAN & COMPANY’S FEBRUARY AUCTION Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers is pleased to announce their upcoming February 23rd auction includes over 800 lots of Jewelry and Silver, American and European Fine Art, 18th a
News-Antique.com - Feb 12,2014 - Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers is pleased to announce their upcoming February 23rd auction includes over 800 lots of Jewelry and Silver, American and European Fine Art, 18th and 19th century Furniture and Decorations, Asian and Tribal Works of Art, and Oriental Rugs and Carpets from various New England Estates and Collections. The sale will appeal to a myriad of collecting tastes.
The highlight of the auction is an oil study for The Fireman by venerated illustrator and American icon Norman Rockwell. The 14 x 11 inch oil on paper board, painted as a study for the May 27, 1944 cover of The Saturday Evening Post, is estimated at $50,000-100,000. The study, which includes the original autographed photograph of the sitter, was a gift from the artist to the sitter, Howard Lewis of Dodd, Mead and Company, New York's pioneer publishing house. The work was inspired by Rockwell’s discovery of an antique gilt frame in a junk shop which was carved with axes, hoses, ladders, and other firefighting artifacts. Rockwell set out to find the perfect sitter, who turned out to be Howard Lewis, whom he met at a publisher’s party in New York City. Struck by Lewis's old-fashioned look, Rockwell invited Lewis to his studio where he dressed him in a turn-of-the-century fireman's uniform and took his photograph. The study lead to a larger oil on canvas painting, which is now in a private collection.
The sale will begin at 10 a.m. with a large selection of Jewelry and Silver. Jewelry highlights include three impressive rings from a Massachusetts Lady: a 14K Yellow Gold, Emerald, and Diamond Ring ($15,000-25,000); a 14K Yellow Gold, Ruby, and Diamond Ring ($5,000-8,000); and a 14k White Gold, Sapphire, and Diamond Ring, ($8,000-12,000). A selection of fine watches include an Audemars, Piguet & Co. Platinum, Diamond, and Sapphire Lady’s Pendant Watch ( $1,000-2,000); a Jules Jurgensen, Copenhagen 18K Yellow Gold Split Second Chronograph Open Face Pocket Watch ($2,000-3,000); and a Tiffany & Company, 18K Gold and Diamond Lady’s Covered Wristwatch ($2,000-3,000). An 18K Yellow Gold Necklace by Henry Dunay, an important contemporary goldsmith and jewelry designer, is expected to fetch $4,000-6,000. Dunay’s designs have earned him notable awards including a four time winner of the De Beers Diamond International Award and his pieces have been worn by important figures including Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Taylor. Other contemporary designers of note include SeidenGang, Elizabeth Locke, Loree Rodkin, and Balocci Preziosi. Addition highlights include a Natural Pearl Necklace ($5,000-7,000) and a late 19th Silver Gilt, Enamel, and Garnet Necklace ($1,000-2,000). A selection of natural untreated pieces of Jadeite include GIA certificates.
Silver highlights include a collection of early American, English, and Scottish silver from a prominent Massachusetts collection. At least two 18th century Bostonian silversmiths are represented with an American Silver Cann bearing an inscription dated 1744 and marked Hurd, possibly Jacob Hurd, is estimated at $3,000-5,000; while Three American Silver Spoons, each bearing Revere marks will be sold individually with conservative estimates.