Gray's October 28th Auction Gray's October 28th auction contains a wonderful range of treasures, from an exquisite 1914 Newcomb Pottery vase by Sadie Irvine to a contemporary cast aluminum Donald Drumm table.
Gray’s October auction is a decorator’s delight, a real treasure trove of art, furniture and decorations. Notable highlights include Lot 136, a brutalist, cast aluminum coffee table by Donald Drumm. Drumm celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year at his foundry in Akron, Ohio. He was the first recipient of the American Institute of Architects “Artist and Craftsman Excellence” award and in September 2015 a much touted collaboration with Scott Thomas furniture was announced. This will give 21st century collectors greater access to Drumm’s unique vision.
The auction on October 28 features a fine collection of 18th to 21st century art including Lot 45, Carl Gaertner’s oil, Reclining Nude; lot 247, Felipe Castaneda’s bronze Standing Female Figure; and lot 189, a watercolor landscape on paper by the renowned Polish impressionist Julian Falat.
The artist Albert J. Enckler was a Tactical Reconnaissance Pilot in World War II. His paintings of airplanes, including the 23 canvases in this auction (lots 1 -23) are a remarkable testament to the Cleveland born, self-taught artist. His paintings capture the thrill of flying and his passion for the remarkable machines that were the subject of his art. His work is exhibited in The United States Air Force Museum. Enckler was also an award winning woodworker and the author of several US Patents for designs he envisioned.
Lot 248, a Newcomb College Art Pottery Vase, was decorated by Sadie Irvine in 1914, 8 years after she graduated from Newcomb College in New Orleans. Irvine dedicated her life to teaching and designing pottery at Newcomb, and became known as the “cornerstone” of the program. Her famous designs are unique in their representation of local plants. Our vase bears the popular motif of tall pines.
Born in London, Hazel Janicki became a prominent Cleveland artist after her move in 1929, and enrollment in the Cleveland School of Art in 1937. Her piece “The Drapery Box,” lot 150, is exemplary of her dreamlike studies of objects, surreal imagery, and abstraction. She led an active lifestyle as president of the Women’s Art Club, professor at Kent State, recipient of multiple grants from institutions such as the National Institute of Arts, as well as an award winning exhibitor in the May Show. Her mural in the USO lounge in Cleveland’s Old Federal Building received honorable mention in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 1944 Artists for Victory exhibition. Today her works are held in several permanent collections including that of the Smithsonian Archives.
Live preview for the auction is from October 22 - 27, Monday - Friday from 11 – 6pm, Saturday October 24 from 12noon – 4pm, at Gray’s auction showrooms in Cleveland. The auction house will be closed October 25. The auction on October 28 starts at 11am; telephone, absentee and live online bidding are available.
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