Monumental Influence: Selkirk Fall Gallery Auction Features Famous St. Louis Artists and Notable Est On September 24, buyers at the Selkirk Auctioneers and Appraisers gallery and around the world will vie for works by influential St. Louis-born 20th century artists, in addition to European works as u
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Two Ernest Trova sculptures owned by the late Faye Beth Baer O’Byrne are among more than 100 lots from her estate. A generous and influential figure in her St. Louis community, Mrs. O’Byrne was the widow of William T. O'Bryne, and her first husband, S. Charles Baer of Stix, Baer and Fuller. Mrs. O’Byrne’s estate evokes her wide and varied taste from the late 20th century contemporary sculpture by Trova to exquisitely and accurately detailed 19th century American furniture miniatures.
Best known for his Falling Man series, the work of Ernest Trova (American, 1927-2009), is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Tate Gallery, among others. The 15-inch-high Study/Falling Man (Figure in Sphere) in stainless steel is numbered 2/8, dated 1986, signed and monogrammed on the base. The piece, which includes the original key for sculpture transformation, is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. At 31 inches tall, Trova’s stainless steel Walking Jackman is the iconic representation of six figures, radiating from a central cube. Also from an edition of eight, it is mounted on a slate base and marked appropriately with monogram and "AP 1-2 E. TROVA 1985" stamped into the sculpture. The auction estimate is $10,000 to $15,000.
Among the other fine and lovely items from the estate, an Alexander I Porcelain Cabinet Cup with sulphide bottom dates to early 19th century Russia. The cup has a gilt bird head form handle, armor and helmet depictions on green ground to side panels and a profile portrait of Alexander I at the bottom. It is inscribed to reverse of sulphide, "Desprez, Rue des Récolets,” and estimated at $1,000 to $3,000. A 9.75-inch-tall Lalique Bacchantes vase, signed in cursive "Lalique - France,” carries an auction estimate of $600 to $900.
Among Mrs. O’Byrne’s exquisitely detailed 19th century miniature antique furniture examples is the Lawyer's Bookcase, 6.5 inches tall on revolving pedestal supports with a smaller set of table top books, which is estimated at $200 to $300. A 16-inch-tall American Federal Breakfront Miniature in walnut, rosewood, mahogany, and bone features an eagle perched above four églomisé paneled X mullion glazed doors resting on two centered drawers, the top opening to writing service, flanked by single drawers over cabinet doors with bone escutcheon. It is estimated at $600 to $900. An 11-inch-tall miniature Mahogany Chest Form Tea Caddy with top drawer masked as four, holds two hinged covered compartments, flanked by spiral lobed standards, raised on turned footing, estimated at $200 to $400. Diminutive antiques and collectibles are displayed within a 13-inch walnut miniature cupboard with astragal glazed top over panel door below. Its estimated value is $300 to $500.
Monumentally Sized Furniture - Fit for a King
In sharp contrast to the fine miniatures from the local estate, the September Gallery auction features a selection of furniture acquired from a California collection reflecting the grandeur and craftsmanship of 19th century