Wide range of contemporary and antique items from auctioneers Schwenke December 12 Holiday Fine …
Woodbury, CT – On Sunday, December 12, Schwenke Auctioneers features over 485 lots of fine and decorative art from multiple estates and collections in the Tri-State area. The 11:00 am online auction will be broadcast live on Invaluable and Live Auctioneers. Mail order and telephone auctions are also available directly from the auction house.
Sale includes Asian, American, English and Continental decorative arts, American folk art and country furniture, English and other sterling silver, jewelry, fine art, various decorative arts and oriental rugs. real estate. Preview times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the sale from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An overview is also available by appointment. There is no audience on the day of the sale due to COVID-19 considerations.
Lot # 256 is a large abstract painting on canvas by Richard Art Hambleton (Canadian, 1952-2017), well known for his work as a street artist. He was a surviving member of a group that emerged from the New York art scene during the booming art market of the 1980s, which also included Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The oversized artwork measures 58 1/4 “high, 104” long, and is signed and dated 1985 on the back of the canvas. Although often associated with the art of graffiti, Hambleton considered himself a conceptual artist who produced both public art and gallery work.
Lot 8 is of particular local interest, an oil on canvas painting by David Kenneth Merrill (American, born 1935), a rural landscape with a barn in the distance, signed lower right. Possibly Southbury CT near Southbury training school, as caption on reverse side “Purchased from STS fundraiser in the 1960s barn beyond the upstream training school, by Sylvia 2016 “. Frame size: 20 1/2 “high, 36 5/8” wide.
Several rare works are on offer to a Litchfield County collector, including lot # 315, a rare version by Jacques Callot (Fr. 1592-1635) complete set of six hand-colored etchings on laid paper, presumably from the 1815 version, mounted in series on board, illustrating the incidents of the siege of the port of La Rochelle, a dramatic series of battles at the beginning of the 17th century which claimed the lives of two-thirds of the citizens of La Rochelle. The combined etchings are signed “Jac. Callot Fec. in the lower right plate, and the frame size is 51 1/4 “high, 59” wide.
Over 120 lots are sold from the McIver-Morgan Collection, a leading interior design firm in New York and Washington CT. The categories of furniture of antique and contemporary design are represented, as well as the fine arts, the latter comprising lot # 350, a charming large oil on canvas depicting a young girl, represented in full length, holding a straw hat filled with flowers freshly picked. The framed artwork is unsigned, frame size 55 “high, 43” wide.
Contemporary items include lot # 71, a whimsical painted wood screen with three panels with zoomorphic figures on a red background, measuring 80 “high, each panel 28” wide, total width 54 “, and a double bed in Mid-Century Blackened Maple, Lot # 403, by renowned Italian designer Renzo Mongiardino Lot # 142 is also of interest, a contemporary long console table in “organic” black lacquer, an unusual shallow and stunning design of the two sides with abstract amorphous voids. Single console measures 33 “high, 94 1/2” long, 12 “deep.
Antiques from the McIver-Morgan Collection include an 18th Century Continental Parquetry Small Dresser, Lot # 259, with Parquetry Top and Sides, Blackened Taper Fluted Legs, measuring 28 1/2 “high, 31” wide, 18 1/2 “deep, Fine oriental rugs in the collection include lot # 482, a large Persian Tabriz rug, with center medallion and scrollwork floral field, dimensions 10 ’10” wide, 15′ 3 ” long.
An Essex CT collector sells a vintage MCM Herman Miller “Eames” chair and ottoman, with original labeling, cataloged as lot # 310. The suite has curvy rosewood bodies and black leather cushions, with a chrome frame. The chair measures 32 1/2 “high; 33” wide; 34 “deep and the ottoman is 17 1/2” high; 26 “wide, 22” deep.
The sale catalog can be viewed at www.woodburyauction.com. For more information, please call the Auction House office at 203-266-0323.