The Seymour H. Knox Collection will headline Cottone Auctions' March 25th sale in Geneseo, New York On Saturday, March 25, Cottone Auctions will hold its annual Fine Arts & Antiques Auction beginning at 11 am Eastern time. The estimated 400 lots will include items from the Seymour H. Knox Collection
News-Antique.com - Mar 01,2017 - GENESEO, N.Y. - On Saturday, March 25th, Cottone Auctions will be conducting its annual Fine Arts & Antiques Auction beginning at 11 am Eastern time. The estimated 400 lots will include items from the Seymour H. Knox Collection out of Buffalo, N.Y., plus items from the Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y., the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, N.Y., and an Old Westbury, N.Y. collection.
Categories will include lamps and art glass, decorative arts (including several bronzes), jewelry, Oriental rugs, 20th Century design paintings and furnishings, American and European paintings, silver, clocks, Asian items, Native American, Americana and more.
Seymour H. Knox, Jr. (American, 1898-1990) was known as “the dean of American art patrons.” After graduating from Yale in 1920, he directed several prominent corporations, including Marine Midland Bank, the F.W. Woolworth Company, the New York Central Railroad and the American Steamship Company, all the while dedicating himself to the acquisition of fine art.
Shortly after being elected president of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy Board in 1938, Mr. Knox and other members of his family provided inaugural donations for the “Room of Contemporary Art” at what is now the Albright-Knox Museum. This resulted in the immediate acquisition of masterworks by Paul Cezanne, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Klee, Fernand Leger, Henri Rousseau, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Amedeo Modigliani, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Chaim Soutine.
The Room also helped facilitate the museum’s acquisition of Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure (circa 1935-1936), the first work by the British sculptor to enter the collection of an American art museum. In order to properly display this influx of new acquisitions, the Buffalo-born architect Gordon Bunshaft was selected to design an addition for the museum in 1958, funded in large part by donations from the Knox family. The addition was dedicated by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller on Jan. 19, 1962, whereupon the museum was renamed the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in honor of the Knox family’s generosity. (www.albrightknow.org/person/seymour-h-knox-jr).
Fresh to the market for this sale from the Seymour H. Knox Collection are a Henry Moore Maquette of a Draped Reclining Figure (est. $100,000-$150,000); a painting by Sir Alfred James Munnings Study of a Hound from Stanley Barker and the Pytchley hounds (est. $20,000-$40,000); and two fine watercolors by Ernest Wilhelm Nay, including one titled Composition ($10,000-$15,000) and a second untitled work (est. $5,000-$8,000).
Henry Moore (English, 1898-1986) is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures, which are located around the world as public works of art. The Maquette of a Draped Reclining Figure is the original scale model created as part of a commission for the Time-Life building on Bond Street, London, where it is positioned on the roof terrace. Draped Reclining Figure was the first sculpture in which Moore utilized rippled and ridged textures to denote drapery. It is thought that his admiration for large, fleshy women originated from the paintings of Paul Cézanne.
Also featured in this sale are numerous Tiffany Studios lamps from the Rocheleau Estate in Michigan, highlighted