It’s the annual Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction, a huge event on the Cottone Auctions calendar and this year’s selection of offerings promise to make this sale as grand as any held in years past. Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and left bids will also be taken. All lots for both sessions can be viewed online, at www.cottoneauctions.com.
The event will kick off Friday, Oct. 4, at 12 noon with 70 lots of sterling silver. Top lots will include a rare Jewish three-tiered German silver Seder by Gebruder Gutgessel, a Gorham sterling tea set in the Edgewater pattern, a continental inkwell with dolphins, repousse and relief work, and a 220-piece Tiffany & Company Saint Dunstan flatware set from the Strong Museum.
Also on Friday, Asian art and objects will be led by a signed five-piece Chinese enameled garniture set comprising a 17-inch-tall censor with gilt highlights, a pair of candlesticks and a pair of vases; a rare Kylin standing temple sensor, cast bronze with cloisonné and gilt highlights; a Qianlong celadon jade covered censor; and an enameled and jeweled carved ivory figure.
A 19th century Chinese carved hardwood screen with silk needlework, a Chinese carved hardwood display cabinet and a Chinese carved hardwood center table with marble top are all items that had been given to Charles Hiatt Darling, Assistant Secretary of the Navy under Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, by Rev. Peter Parker for his help in becoming the first missionary to China.
Rounding off the Friday session will be a wonderful array of fine estate jewelry, to include gold and diamond rings, brooches and bracelets. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning promptly at 11 a.m., oil paintings and works of art will command center stage. A painting of chicks on a log by A.F. Tait (Am., 1819-1905) was consigned by an estate out of Baltimore, Md.
Also offered will be a Laguna Beach area seascape signed by the California artist Edgar Payne (1883-1947), 20 inches by 26 inches (est. $15,000-$25,000);
The session will also feature marvelous paintings by Wilson Henry Irvine (Am., 1869-1936) and Fritz G. Vogt (Am., 1842-1900); a rendering near Augusta, Ga., by J.R. Meeker (Am., 1827-1889); a 2nd century marble Roman torso, 20 inches tall; a marble bust of a woman by Adolfo Cipriani (1880-1930); and works by Carl Peters, Roy Mason and George Renouard.
Decorative arts and porcelains will be highlighted by a monumental pair of Meissen armorial covered urns intricately decorated with figures, insects, flowers, cherubs, crowns and gold leaf and made to commemorate a member of the Saxon royal house, as Carola von Vasa (1833), the Princess of Sweden and Queen of Saxony, and her husband, King Albert (1828-1902) often gave Meissen objects as diplomatic gifts. The urns are expected to fetch $10,000-$15,000.
Also offered will be a pair of 19th century Meissen ewers from the “Four Elements” series (depicting Earth and Fire). The ewers, each standing 27 inches tall, are expected to bring $8,000-$12,000. A 19th century KPM painting on porcelain (one of many to be sold) of the Colosseum in Rome, stamped on the reverse and large at 16 inches by 20 inches, should bring 10,000-$15,000.
The lamp and art glass collection will feature a rare Steuben Blue Aurene hanging shade with leaf and vine design; a Handel reverse painted “Rose” lamp; and a Dirk Van Erp table lamp with a patinated bronze base and mica shade. Many desirable and interesting lamps will cross the auction block and over 50 pieces of Steuben, Galle and Thomas Webb will also be auctioned.
An eclectic selection of furniture will include a 17th century Italian court cupboard, dated 1659, carved oak with mother of pearl and bone inlay and a three-drawer interior (est. $5,000-$8,000);
Also sold will be an 18th century carved Italian chest with coat of arms and Americana pieces, to include a T. Harrington butter churn decorated with an exceptional bird on a stump and an 18th century Queen Anne lowboy with shell carving. The 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith James Young Sports Saloon, with six-cylinder engine and a four-speed transmission, is in excellent condition.
The vehicle, with an all aluminum body and just 39,000 miles on the odometer, comes with pedigree and provenance: its first owner was Wykeham Stanley, England’s Second Baron of Cornwallis. Other features of the car include right-hand drive, rear division window, a bar, black and silver in color with a tan interior and burl walnut throughout (est. $50,000-$80,000)
Previews will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, from 1-5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. until the start of sale at noon; and Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. until the start of sale at 11 a.m. Cottone Auctions is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call (585) 243-3100; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Cottone Auctions and the upcoming Oct. 4-5 Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction, please log on to www.cottoneauctions.com.