Delaware, Ohio – On Friday July 24th and Saturday, July 25th Garth’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will hold a two-day European, Asian & American Furniture & Decorative Art including 20th Century Design and Jewelry auction. Friday will begin with 314 lots from the collections of the late Shirley McGill of Geneva, Illinois and the lifetime collection of Tom Glass of Columbus Ohio.
A respected antiques dealer for over thirty years, Shirley McGill had worked with Garth’s on behalf of many clients throughout a long relationship with the firm. “I always knew a call from Shirley meant I was going to have a great day,” comments Garth’s President, Amelia Jeffers. “Shirley had a fantastic eye and helped to put together some very impressive collections in the midwest.” Among Shirley’s many accomplishments and credits, she was a founding president of the Chicago Suburban Antique Dealers Association, Inc, she was listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the Midwest, she lectured on various fields of Antiques and she conducted continuing Education Classes.
The offerings from the McGill Collection include an extensive assortment of 20th century bird and folk art carvings including a bird tree by Daniel and Barbara Strawser, fish carvings and a squirrel on a stump by Sig Ziebart, Middletown, Kentucky. Of note are also a large grouping of Currier and Ives and Kellogg prints, almost all in the Patriotic or Presidential categories and an impressive selection of mercury glass composed of wig and hat stands, candlesticks, vases, bowls, covered dishes and novelties encompassing a bust of a Colonial gentleman, an artichoke garniture, a pitcher and bowl set, condiment set, shakers and a mirrored obelisk with reverse etched designs.
Furniture and artwork of note from the McGill collection includes a walnut and poplar Pennsylvania Chippendale tall chest estimated at $1,000-2,000; an inlaid New England Sheraton server in mahogany, bird’s-eye maple, cherry and pine, $1,000-2,000; a portrait of a muse after William Adolphe Bouguereau, $2,000-3,000; a landscape of West Swazey, New York by Frederick Detwiller, $1,000-2,000; and a profile portrait of a young woman titled “Ideal Head” by Edward A. Bell, $1,000-2,000.
Buyers will be delighted by the offering of a historically important and rare piece of porcelain from the lifetime collection of long-time client, Tom Glass. A mainstay in the interior design community in central Ohio, Tom had a passion for ornate and detailed decor. A student of design, Tom’s home was filled with books on the topics of art, antiques and history. Within the highlights of his collection, buyers will appreciate the French plate from the Abraham Lincoln White House service in the “Solferino” or “Royal Purple” pattern and decorated with an eagle and shield over “E Pluribus Unum” (The estimate for the plate is $2,000-4,000). Mary Todd Lincoln ordered an extensive service in this pattern from E. V. Haughwout & Co. in the spring of 1861, at a total cost of nearly $3,200. Both Presidents Grant and Arthur ordered china in this pattern during their administrations (these pieces all carry Haviland backmarks), and Benjamin Harrison ordered a similar pattern (same design but different colors) during his administration.
Tom also had many pieces of ebonized Renaissance Revival furniture including a seven-piece parlor suite with six armchairs and settee, all trimmed in brass and mother-of-pearl, estimate, $800-1,200 and a desk or dressing table with inset hand painted porcelain medallions, estimate $1,500-2,500. Other extraordinary items featured are a traveling dressing set in an ebonized rosewood case, $1,000-1,500; a pair of substantial four-branch cast brass candelabras signed “J. Moiniez”, $800-1,200; and a wonderful Swiss music box with a burlwood veneer and ebonized case, $1,500-2,500.
Saturday’s session consists of 481 lots of European, Asian and American furniture and decorative arts including furniture, paintings, pottery, glass, artwork and crystal chandeliers. Also featured are a collection of carved masks, figures and accessories from Papua/New Guinea and Africa; and a large collection of Continental pewter including a rare set of five late 18th century graduated English platters, $1,000-1,500; a monumental Swiss flagon with applied brass armorial shields and interior medallion, $600-1,200; an 18th century German water urn with engraved foliate and scenic decoration, $600-800; a dated 1750 ornamental guild chalice with applied cherubs cask maker’s banner, $250-450; a Scottish tankard attributed to Stephen Maxwell (Glasgow), $400-800.
The morning will begin with a lot of 10 Liberotti Impronte Books of plaster cameos, $1,000-2,000, quickly followed by an oil on wood panel scene of a building and bridge over a canal, titled “Scene of Haarlem” by Bartholomeus Johannes Van Hove, (pre-sale estimate $1,500-2,500). Other artwork to be sold are an oil on board Parisian street scene by French artist Harry Malfroy-Savigny, $900-1,600; a sailing ship by Scottish-American artist Robert Hopkin, $1,000-1,200; and a large unsigned oil on canvas of galleons in a sea battle, one flying the Dutch flag, $800-1,200. Continental sculptures available include a bronze nocturne of a nude woman with a star tiara after Edouard Louis Collet, $1,000-2,000 and a bronze eagle on a log mounted on a black marble base after Jules Moigniez, $1,000-2,000. Also on offer is a white marble statue of Hebe by Italian artist Adamo Tadolini, after a statue by Antonio Canova. Canova did several versions of Hebe and those were copied by studio assistants. One of his assistants was Adamo Tadolini. Included with the statue are two letters and a post card of the studio of Adamo's son, Enrico. (pre-sale estimate $3,000-6,000).
Continental furniture set to cross the block on Saturday include a set of English oak Queen Anne chairs with pierced splats and rush slip seats, $800-1,200; a mahogany and pine carved George III-style card table, $500-1,000; a two-piece English Queen Anne desk and bookcase in walnut veneer and oak with double-arched pediment and mirrored door, $2,000-4,000; an English oak Queen Anne japanned tall case clock with sarcophagus top and old/original chinoiserie decoration, sun/moon dia signed “Roger Parkinson, Richmond”, $800-1,500; a pair of French mahogany highly carved rococo-style armchairs with scrolled feet and floral upholstery, $2,000-3,000; and a French Empire-Style parlor suite with brass mounts, including caryatides, and yellow and green silk upholstery, estimated at $2,000-4,000
American artwork can be found including a bronze of a cowboy and bronco titled “The Bucker and The Buckaroo” after Charles Marion Russell, $800-1,200, a portrait of a woman holding a chrysanthemum by New York artist Albert Lynch, $2,000-4,000, a bronze bust of a woman with shoulder length hair wearing pearls by Mary Berry Barnes, $1,000-2,000 and a park scene of people on bench by William Meyerowitz, $1,000-1,500. A 19th century Massachusetts Needlework Memorial of silk and watercolor with finely stitched mourners at a tomb "In Memory of Lucy Mason, Died February 26th 1809 Aged 25 Years". The eglomise mat is marked "Wrought by Clarissa Watson", estimated at $900-1,500. Two books by famed glass sculptor and artist Dale Chihuly will also cross the block. The first, “Form on Fire”, with the signature painting on the inside cover is estimated at $1,000-1,500 and the second, “Venetians”, with signed watercolor abstract on the interior pages, has a pre-sale estimate of $800-1,200.
Also available is a rare collection of prints titled “Metropolitan Opera Fine Art: A Collection of Original Graphic Works by Eight Contemporary Artists”. A limited edition published by Circle Gallery and MET Opera in 1978 the collection consists of prints numbered 78/250 and artist signed in pencil. The artists included are Antionio Clave; Leonor Fini,Carmen, intaglio print by Antionio Clavé; Tristan und Isolde, serigraph by Léonor Fini; Der Rosenkavalier, color lithograph by Richard Lindner; La Traviata, color lithograph by Merino Merini; Don Giovanni, color lithograph by André Masson; Madama Butterfly, mixed media print by Larry Rivers; Aida, color lithograph by Paul Wunderlich and La Bohème, color lithograph by Jamie Wyeth. The set has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-5,000.
Collectors are sure to be thrilled by the regional items available. Some of the artwork available by Ohio artists includes: a watercolor on paper Dutch domestic scene with a woman, a child and a sleeping cat by Ohio artist Alice Schille has a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-10,000; an oil on canvas landscape by Ohio artist Charles Duvall dated 1913, $600-800; an oil on canvas portrait of a seated, white-bearded Ozark man holding a gun by Carl Rudolph Krafft, $800-1,200; two lithographs by George Bellows, one title “The Actress”, signed and titled along with the printer, Bolin Brown, $700-900 and the other titled “Prayer Meeting”, a second stone lithograph, signed by the artist's widow, Emma S. Bellows, and numbered 39, $1,500-2,500; and a graphite on paper self-portrait by Clyde Singer dated 7-15-31, $350-550.
Other lots of note include a Cincinnati, Ohio Herschede nine-tube mahogany hall clock with an arched top over a silvered and brass dial with a ship dial arch, fluted columns and flattened bun feet. The clock was exhibited and illustrated in “Richmond, A Tradition of Progress: Ohio Decorative Arts, 1860-1945, entry 47”, (pre-sale estimate, $1,000-2,000); a one-hundred-seven piece set of Gorham Sterling flatware in the Sovereign pattern, $2,000-4,000, a Continental landscape picture clock marked for A. Villemsens, Paris with an oil on canvas pastoral landscape, $1,250-2,000, a pair of large Lalique swans, $2,500-3,500 and an unusual and rare mixed metal Indian footstool or low table. Consisting of brass, silver and copper, with foliate scrolls and paw feet, the underside is inscribed with the shop name, “Prepared by Chhaganlal & Vrajlal, sons to Mistry Raghunath Tribhovan,Visnagar - Gujarat, Baroda State, No. 2". Stools/tables covered in brass and other metals such as this appear to have been a specialty of this shop. For two similar examples, see Christie's (London), May 2008, lot 310. $1,000-2,000. (This lot is just one of the many interesting items consigned during Garth’s Walk-In Appraisal Day).
Toward mid-day, buyers will find themselves immersed in the artistry, color and craftsmanship of the Far East. Several pieces of carved teak Chinese Export furniture reputedly from the 1893 Columbian Exposition are set to cross the block and include a two-part desk (and chair) with heavily carved dragon legs and dragon and phoenix crest, carved bone chrysanthemums on two doors and carved bird pulls on the drawers has a presale estimate of $600-900; two side tables, each with stylized dragon-form legs, the larger with shaped top and inlaid bone and mother-of-pearl eyes in the dragon, $400-600; and two armchairs with similar designs of phoenix backs with dragon arms with inlaid bone and mother-of-pearl eyes, $400-600.
Other Oriental furniture include a lacquered Chinese screen with four hand painted panels of travelers in gardens and mountains, $1,000-1,500; a Chinese Huanguali wood desk with six drawers, two doors, lattice work and scroll feet, $2,000-4,000; a pair of Japanese Tansu chests with dark red/black lacquer, $800-1,200; and a Mongolian elm cabinet with traces of red lacquer, $300-600.
For admirers of Asian decorative items, Garth’s offerings of pottery and fine art do not disappoint.
Grabbing the spotlight is an oil on canvas scene of three family members and a horse, dated 1973, by famed Vietnamese artist Vu Cao Dam titled “La Famille” with a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-12,000. Also available are several paintings by Chinese artist Ming Wai: “Carry 2”, $500-700; “Collecting Shelfish 6”, $400-800; and “Gamble No. 8”, $300-600. Some of the pottery available includes a Chinese Republic porcelain vase with an impressive three-toed dragon chasing a pearl around the circumference, $800-1,200; two stoneware bowls attributed to Shoji Hamada, one oblong with branch designs and a wooden cover, $600-1,200 and another with branch designs, $300-500; and a stoneware vase attributed to Kanjiro Kawai with raised bamboo designs, $300-600.
For buyers seeking fine mid-century modern furniture some of the items to be found are a pair of upholstered lounge chairs with chrome frames by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, estimated at $800-1200; an upholstered lounge chair and matching ottoman by I.B. Koford Larsen, $1,000-2,000; a pair of aluminum group lounge chairs with green upholstered backs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, $1,000-2,000; a sofa system with a straight back, removable cushions, built in tables and a steel frame with circular tapering legs, $1,000-2,000; and a filigree chair by Vermont artisan Angelo Arnold constructed of steel, wood, foam and fabric, a piece of Functional Furniture with a whimsical design, estimated at $3,000-5,000.
For even more mid-century modern design, there is a chrome and glass Barcelona coffee table (pre-sale estimate $600-800) and a pair of Mr. Armless lounge chairs with laced brown leather back over a laced brown leather seat, the whole joined by a chrome frame ($500-700), both by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe for Knoll. For those with an organizational bent, there is a teak Royal System Shelving Unit by Poul Cadovius comprised of fall front desk, banks of drawers, book stand, banks of drawers and shelves, pre-sale estimate $1,000-2,000.
Mid-century modern isn’t be the only style of 20th century furniture available. Other lots include a Gustave Stickley oak Arts and Crafts server with branded mark, #819, estimate $1,000-2,000; a Lifetime Arts and Crafts oak morris chair, $500-1,000; and a Compact Furniture oak Arts and Crafts tall chest of drawers, $300-600. There is also an Art Deco loveseat by American designer Donald Deskey for Royal Chrome, $600-800.
If searching for mid-century art to complement their décor, buyers are sure to be impressed by the many pieces available. Titled “Poesisa Trocado” by Brazilian artist Adelia Sarro, this oil on canvas scene of a man with a guitar dated 1987 has a pre-sale estimate of $600-800. An acrylic on canvas modernist view of a Hawaiian island volcano titled “Blue Hawaii” was purchased directly from American artist Peter Stilton in 1998 and has an estimate of $1,000-2,000. There is also a signed and numbered lithograph of abstract geometric shapes, fish and a snake in tones of red, yellow, blue, black and white by Alexander Calder, $1,000-2,000, and a lithograph of a peacock on a plinth next to a bottle of cognac by French artist Camile Bouchet, $1,000-2,000.
For buyers interested in artwork of a more whimsical nature, Garth’s will be offering 6 lots by beloved children’s writers and illustrators, Theodore Geisel “Dr. Seuss”, “A Cat in the Hat” mixed media and “The Grinch” mixed media (both with pre-sale estimates of $2,000-3,000) and Charles Schulz, a Charlie Brown and Snoopy felt tip pen on paper, estimate $1,000-2,000, a portrait of Snoopy in black marker on paper, $600-1,200 and two Linus and Snoopy watercolor and ink on paper (both with a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-5,000).
Wrapping up Saturday’s session will be 66 lots of fine jewelry including a 14k white gold diamond solitaire ring, approximately 1.00ct, estimate $1,500-2,000; a diamond solitaire ring with a ruby and diamond jacket, estimate $1,000-1,400; an unmounted .27ct round natural light pink diamond with an SI1 clarity (pre-sale estimate $2,000-4,000). A gold omega necklace with a 7mm square emerald-cut emerald, estimate $1,000-2,000; a 14k white gold cuff bracelet in the manner of Cartier with a satin ground, raised yellow gold borders and dimensional panthers (pre-sale estimate $2,500-3,500); a Jabel 18k yellow gold bracelet with alternation diamond set flower and bar links, estimate $1,200-1,500; and a ladies Cartier 18k yellow gold wristwatch with a panther link bracelet (pre-sale estimate 2,500-3,500). Other diamonds include a Tacori diamond solitaire ring in 18k white gold with a pave diamond band. The central diamond is a round brilliant cut of approximately .77ct, with an I color and I1 clarity, estimated at $2,500-3,500; a white gold ring with a central .85 ct round brilliant diamond with pear-shaped, straight baguette and round diamond accents, estimated at $2,500-3,500; a pair of white gold martini glass diamond stud earrings, estimate $1,000-2,000; and a pair of diamond hoop earrings with 18k white gold mounds, approximately 2.00ct (pre-sale estimate $1,500-2,000).
Also available are 22 lots of Masonic jewelry. Among the pocket watches are several by Dudley, a No. 2879 14K white gold filled open face (pre-sale estimate $1,000-1,200) and a No. 4128 white gold filled open face (pre-sale estimate $800-1200). For buyers in the market for fobs to accompany their time pieces, an Egyptian Revival bear claw charm with a carved citrine sphinx, gold frame and enameled dangling charm is estimated at $300-500. A variety of ball charms are also available including an unmarked gold charm that opens to a cross formed of silver and niello pyramids engraved with Masonic symbols, estimate $200-400 and a 9ct gold charm, opens to a cross formed of pyramids engraved with Masonic symbols, estimated $300-500. Other pieces available are a green, yellow and white gold and enamel hinged charm which opens to a two-sided cross, estimate $350-550, a gold and enamel hinged charm that opens to a compartment fitted for a Liberty Head $1.00 gold coin, estimate $400-600 and an Egyptian revival bear claw pin with silver sword, carved tiger's-eye sphynx, gold frame and gold and enamel dangling charm (pre-sale estimate $200-400).
Garth's illustrated catalog is available for purchase by calling 740-362-4771 or for viewing online at Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers. Prices realized will be available online, both during and after the auction. Garth's main gallery is located at 2960 Stratford Road, Delaware, Ohio. Preview hours will be held July 17th 10-5, Monday-Wednesday July 20-22, 10-5 and Thursday, July 23, 10-8, Friday, July 24, 10-2, Saturday, July 25, 9-10 or by appointment. Garth’s is accepting quality items for the remainder of the 2015 auction season. For further information regarding how to sell at Garth’s or for a valuation of your item(s), please contact via email at email@example.com or call 740-362-4771. For more information, read our Blog, visit the website at Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.