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
by an iconic Dragonfly table lamp with an estimated value of $40,000-$60,000. The lamp is in untouched condition, with stunning colors and original patina. The Dragonfly pattern was popularized by Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls in the early 1900s. Three additional Tiffany Studios lamps from the collection are also featured: a Daffodil table lamp (est. $20,000-$30,000); a Ten-Light Lily lamp (est. $15,000-$20,000); and a Pomegranate table lamp (est. $10,000-$20,000).
Numerous other lamps will also be offered, including a Tiffany’s Studio Daffodil hanging chandelier from a private Connecticut collection, with an estimated value of $35,000-$55,000; and a Tiffany Studios Greek Key lamp from a private New York collection with an estimated value of $25,000-$30,000, along with other lamps by Handel, Wilkinson and Daum Nancy.
An Old Westbury, New York collection features numerous lots of French decorative arts. Highlighted are two Carnet De Bals, formerly in the collection of J.P. Morgan and sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet, N.Y., in October 1976. One is gold and enamel, set with jewels (est. $3,000-$5,000) and the other is gold with mother of pearl set with diamonds (est. $6,000-$10,000). Also from the collection are French Limoges enamel and gilt wood framed plaques, a monumental French Napoleon III gilt bronze mantle clock with cherubs, and a Kingwood & Vernis Martin decorated desk, each estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Among the rugs up for sale is an Oushak, 16' 8" x 12' 10", in beautiful ivory, cinnamon and salmon tones, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; a rare 19th century Chajli runner, 9’11”x 3’10”, estimated to bring $7,000-$10,000; and around 16 other estate rugs, including Kazaks, Heriz, Hamadans and Caucasians.
A Portrait of a Young Girl by William Matthew Prior (American, 1806-1873), from a Rochester, New York family, is fresh to the market and among the highlights of the Americana category, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, as well as two carved and painted cigar store Indians, deaccessioned from the Rochester Museum and Science Center, with an estimated value of $5,000-$8,000 and $3,000-$5,000. Two other notable items in this category, both deaccessioned from The Strong Museum of Rochester are two carved and painted carousel figures, an elephant (est. $5,000-$8,000) and a camel (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Included in the category of 20th Century Design are pristine examples by Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce Monza, Italy, circa 1950, which include a nickel plated “Stella” chandelier (est. $20,000-$30,000) and a Triennale floor lamp (est. $5,000-$8,000). A fine, free form Conoid Bench by master wood-worker George Nakashima will also be featured. The piece was purchased directly from the artist in 1973 and includes the original artist sketch, as well as the receipt of the purchase. The estimated value of this bench is $15,000-$20,000. Also being sold is a painted steel coffee table by master blacksmith Albert Paley being sold for the Estate of Sarah H. Collins, Rochester, NY and a painting by Joseph Floch, Women and Children having an architectural background, purchased directly from the artist's estate by a private upstate New York Institution in 1983.