Selkirk Curates Museum-Quality Collection for Winter Gallery Auction Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers evokes the refined elegance of a selectively curated museum collection for their Winter Gallery Auction on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
News-Antique.com - Jan 14,2016 - Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers evokes the refined elegance of a selectively curated museum collection for their Winter Gallery Auction on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Winter Gallery Auction begins at 10:00 a.m. Central and will offer examples of significant American, European and Asian fine art, sculpture and furniture. Many items are fresh to market from original private collections, with provenance of local, national and international interest.
“We are welcoming 2016 as the beginning of our first full year in our new St. Louis Gallery with property consigned from private collections from as far away as New York and Arizona, and from as near as our own neighborhood of stately homes in the Central West End,” said Jeff Jeffers, CEO and Principal Auctioneer. “Our specialists have curated a refined collection for a truly stunning Gallery Auction.”
“The range of estimated values, along with the knowledge and customer-focus of our team, will make the Winter Auction very appealing for experienced collectors, said Shane David Hall, Director and Specialist, Fine Art and 20th Century Design. “At the same time, we will make it comfortable and accessible for new customers starting a collection or seeking fine art and unique objects that will make a meaningful statement in their homes.”
Setting the tone for the auction, a 1929 Steinway grand piano graces the gallery’s front parlor. Valued at $10,000 to $12,000, the piano with restored ebony case, soundboard and bench, is positioned in front of the iconic 1929 lithograph “Parapluie Revel,” depicting three figures with black umbrellas. Measuring more than 10 feet high and nearly 7 feet wide, lithograph’s sheer size makes it a signature piece for the Winter Gallery Auction. Leonetto Cappiello, who is now often called “the father of modern advertising” because of his innovation in poster design, produced the advertisement for Revel, the luxury umbrella manufacturer. The lithograph, signed and dated "1929" lower left, is valued at $3,000 to $5,000.
Important American artists are well represented in the Winter Gallery Auction:
The poignant scene of an elderly African-American couple gazing at the portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, perhaps in mourning, is representative of many works by Harry Herman Roseland, who mostly is known for his paintings of African Americans. It has been reported that Oprah Winfrey has stated that her favorite painting in her personal collection is Roseland's 1904 work, “To the Highest Bidder.” The painting in an elaborate gilt frame being offered in the Winter Gallery Auction is titled “Contemplating Lincoln,” and is valued at $15,000 to $25,000.
Joe Jones, born in St. Louis in 1909, was among America’s most significant, and controversial, 20th century painters. His most notable murals and paintings depict the plight of the working man. As a young painter, his St. Louis patrons funded Jones’ travel to an artist colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It was there that his leftist was ideology ignited, and he subsequently emerged as a major artist, bursting onto the national scene. Jones’ “New England Summer,” an overlooking view of a village along a