Rookwood vellum plaque set to frame up to $8,000 in live, online auction

CINCINNATI — A fine selection of American and Continental furniture, sterling silver, glass, porcelain, paintings and works on paper from the 19th and 20th centuries fill Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.’s Fall Fine and Decorative Art Auction, taking place Nov. 17, 2012. The 470-lot sale will be held at Cowan’s Auctions salesroom; online bidding at Cowan’s website and LiveAuctioneers.com, phone bidding and live bidding are all available.

“We have some exciting material coming to the block in this auction,” notes Graydon Sikes, Director of Paintings and Prints, “There is a wide variety of excellent decorative items for all collectors.”

Guy Carleton Wiggins (American, 1883-1962). Oil on canvas, heavy impasto, a spring landscape, signed l.r.; 24 x 19.5 in. (sight). Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions.


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A number of fresh-to-the-market paintings and prints will be offered in the auction. An oil on canvas by Guy Carleton Wiggins, titled “Ancient Trees, Springtime,” is expected to bring anywhere between $15,000 to $25,000. Two Motor Racing Scenes by F. Gordon Crosby are each expected to bring $20,000 to $30,000. A painting by Huldah Mae Cherry, titled “Breakfast in the Garden,” is estimated to sell for $12,000 to $15,000, and an expansive mountain landscape by Andreas Achenbach is estimated to bring $10,000 to $15,000.

A collection of American and Continental furniture will highlight the furniture portion of the sale. A Hunzinger Aesthetic Movement oscillating chair is expected to bring $1,500 to $2,500. An Italian walnut and burl walnut commode is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000, and a Louis XV-style mahogany commode is expected to fetch anywhere between $2,000 and $3,000.

Silver is also expected to perform well in the auction. A Myer Myers silver footed creamer, circa 1790, is estimated to hammer down anywhere between $8,000 and $10,000. Myers was one of the most accomplished silver smiths working in pre-industrial England.

American (New York), ca 1790. An important American neoclassical silver footed creamer by Myer Myers (New York, 1723-1795) of helmet form with reeded rim, loop handle, raised on a plinth base, and marked Myers in script in shaped punch on side of base; ht. 6.25 in., wt. 5.44ozt (169.5g). Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions.

A Jacob Hurd Colonial silver muffineer, circa 1725, is estimated at $8,000 to $10,000. A Thauvet Besley silver beaker, circa 1727-1757, is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000, and a Thomas Shields silver bowl, circa 1765, is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

Rookwood pottery pieces will also hit the auction block in the fall sale. A Rookwood vellum landscape plaque by E.T. Hurley is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.

A Rookwood pottery Black Iris vase by Carl Schmidt is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000, and a Rookwood porcelain vase by E.T. Hurley is expected to bring $3,000 to $5,000.

Other notable items in the auction include a Joseph Hubert Diss Debar sketchbook, which is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

A 1920s Kerman rug is expected to fetch $5,000 to $7,000, a marble nude by Alfred Boucher is estimated to bring $10,000 to $15,000, a Mosler bank safe, titled “The Cannonball,” is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000, and a Handel obverse painted lamp is expected to sell for $4,000 to $6,000.

View Cowan’s upcoming Fine and Decorative Art Auction online, or to register to bid by phone, live online or absentee.

American, early 20th century. A Rookwood vellum landscape plaque with stream and birch trees to shoreline against a sunset sky, with impressed initials for E.T. Hurley, un-crazed, mounted in a giltwood frame; ht. 9, lg 12 in. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions.

As one of the nation’s leading auction houses with sales approaching $20 million, Cowan’s has been helping individuals and institutions build important collections for more than a decade. The company’s seven divisions of American History, American Indian and Western Art, American and European Fine and Decorative Art, Historic Firearms & Early Militaria, Asian Art, Ceramics, and Jewelry hold semi-annual cataloged sales that routinely set records for rare offerings.

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