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
category is a Norman Rockwell work titled Bedtime, with an estimated value of $100,000-$150,000. The 5-year-old boy pictured on the lap of the women in the painting is the son of John A. Chew. Mr. Chew and Mr. Rockwell were neighbors in New Rochelle, N.Y., in the 1920’s and had become lifelong friends. During this time, Norman Rockwell would sketch and illustrate advertisements for Mr. Chew’s company.
Rockwell had asked to use Mr. Chew and other family members in several paintings over the years, many of which became Saturday Evening Post covers. This particular painting was on the cover of Literary Digest (issue, Vol. 76, No. 13, March 31, 1923). After the painting was complete, Rockwell gave it to Mr. Chew as a gift. The painting remained in his possession until the late 1950s, when it was passed on to a son, and then to a grandson, in 1997, thus staying in the Chew family since 1923.
A few other noteworthy paintings will include John Kensett’s Sketch of Nature, oil on canvas; a Heinrich Sperling oil on canvas titled The Protector from a private Rochester, N.Y., collection; Emile Gruppe’s Vermont Landscape, from a private Rochester, N.Y., collection; and William Chadwick’s The Ginger Jar, from a private Florida collection. Each of these paintings are estimated at $7,000-$10,000.
Featured in the silver category is a Tiffany sterling flatware set, in the Chrysanthemum pattern, from a prominent Buffalo, N.Y., family, with an estimated value of $10,000-$15,000; an Edward Viner English sterling silver and mother of pearl flatware set (est. $5,000-$8,000); a pair of John Café London sterling candlesticks, circa 1754, from a private collection in East Aurora, N.Y. (est. $2,000-$4,000); and various other sterling tea sets, candlesticks, trays and more.
Several clocks will also be offered, to include a fine J.C. Brown acorn shelf clock, an exceptional example of a Frederick Wingate tall case, and a fine and rare Curtis & Duning gilt wood banjo.
To view the entire sale with photos and descriptions, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com Cottone Auctions is located 120 Court Street, Geneseo, New York. For information, please call 585.243.1000 or check the website.