Bold original gouache painting by Alexander Calder brings $78,200 at Cottone Auctions' March 29 sale An original gouache painting by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976), titled Loops Filled, sold for $78,200 at the annual Winter Fine Art & Antiques Auction held March 29th by Cottone Auctions
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A charming 19th century three-quarter length portrait of a young girl (Marietta Ryan) wearing a lace trimmed gown and carrying a basket of flowers, unsigned but rendered by Milton Hopkins (Am., 1789-1884), breezed to $42,500. The oil on board painting is a classic piece of American folk art, rendered by an artist who made his very living primarily by painting children’s portraits.
An oil on canvas painting by the German artist Felix Schlesinger (1833-1910), titled Feeding the Rabbits, artist signed lower right, measuring 16 inches by 20 ¼ inches and housed in the original frame, earned $39,100. Also, an oil on canvas landscape work by the Canadian painter Cornelius David Krieghoff (1812-1872), titled Caughnawaga Indians in Snowy Landscape, made $37,000.
An enameled Russian silver-handled vase, made circa 1900, 6 inches tall, totaling 39 troy ounces of silver, coasted to $17,800; and a Walrath art pottery vase having stylized cattails with a matte finish and standing 8 ¼ inches tall, $15,525. Also, an early Russian icon showing St. George the Warrior in half-length armor, 10 ¾ inches by 13 inches, Moscow School, commanded $19,300.
Rounding out just some of the auction’s top lots, a Native American painted elk skin hide depicting a war dance and hunting scenes, impressive at 60 inches by 50 inches, in generally good condition despite some staining and loss, achieved $18,500; and a fine and rare First French Empire Boutet engraved sword (circa 1804-1815), with a 32-inch blade, rose to $16,100.
Cottone Auctions’ next big auction will be a Fine Art Sale in late summer (times and dates to be announced). Before that, an eclectic sale featuring items ranging from vintage canes to scientific equipment is slated for Saturday, May 31, in the Geneseo gallery. As with the March 29 auction, online bidding for both auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
Cottone Auctions is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. The firm is especially interested in fine artworks, Oriental rugs, silver, Tiffany, art glass, art pottery, folk art, Native American, old clocks and stoneware. To consign an item, an estate or a whole collection, you may call them at (585) 243-1000; or, you can send them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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