SAINT LOUIS — Link Auction Galleries is conducting its Autumn 2014 sale, taking place on Saturday, September 13th, at 10am, at 5000 Washington Place. Internet bidding is offered by Invaluable. This auction features the extraordinary Jazz collection of Richard
McDonnell, founder of the MAXJAZZ label; outstanding paintings by Oscar Edmund Berninghaus that have never before been on the auction block; and fascinating Barnum and Bailey Circus posters, among many other items.
The jazz collection encompasses a dynamic group of photographers, painters, printmakers, and sculptors from Roy DeCarava, Joseph Holston, Herman Leonard, William Gottlieb, and Jimmy Katz. Mr. McDonnell collected artists who captured the essence of jazz through their medium.
A rare selection of Barnum and Bailey posters includes a beautiful billboard composed of twelve one-sheets (156 x 83 3/8 inches), in fine condition, dated circa 1890. The seven “open dens” are paraded around the circus ring and the extremely vivid colors add to the impact of the size. The people at Strobridge enjoyed designing this poster so much that they added a plate with their name on it, an unusual gesture. The posters came from the well-known Kopperman’s Deli in the Central West End in St. Louis.
Link has over one hundred and fifty works of art in this Autumn auction. Paintings by Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, William Beard, Edmund Adler, Edouard Cortes, Salvador Dali, Gyorgy Kepes, Tom Seghi, Rembrandt Van Rijan, Kathryn Cherry and Fred Conway. Oscar Berninghaus, a founding member of the famed Taos Society of Artists, captured the nomadic spirit of the American Southwest through the depiction of Native American culture. He remained tied between the primary inspiration for his artistic production, the Taos Pueblo tribe of New Mexico and his native St. Louis, the serendipitous “Gateway to the West”. Berninghaus first visited Taos in 1899 while working as a commercial artist. The two oil paintings being offered on September 13 are the “First Snow on Taos Mountain”, 20 x 24 inches, and “The Watering Hole”, 12 x 15 inches.
Native American art includes Pueblo pottery by Russell Sachez and Samuel Medina, masks by Darryl Baker; fabulous San Ildenfonso cast bronze lidded jar and redware jar by Tony Da (similar items in the National Museum of the American Indian catalogue). Inuit stone carvings from varying Eskimo Canadian artists and African carvings.
American, French and Austrian silver includes Gorham, Tiffany, Georg Jensen and a Francis Crump fine George III tea urn, London. Porcelain by Limoges, Sevres, Royal Worcester, a Massier, Vallauris rooster spill vase and a Michael Lucero earthenware figure. Glass by Dale Patrick Chihuly from his Persian series and listed as two pieces. The dozen lots of Tiffany silver includes a 129 pieces of flatware service and Art Deco demitasse set. Continental early 20th century bronze sculptures by Emmanuel Fremiet, R. Varnier and Peter Breuer are included.
Link is now starting to offer jewelry at their fine art auctions. This is the inaugural offering offering fifty lots of gold, diamond, gemstones and pearls featuring Elizabeth Locke diamond earrings. Elizabeth Drennan, an accredited jewelry professional, will be accepting jewelry consignments for future auctions. Antique furniture featuring a mahogany secretaire-abbatant (1840-1870), a French 18th century armoire and Biedermeier chest and chair. Chinese porcelain and Japanese Satsuma pottery and lacquerware are among the Asian decorative arts as well as an Antique Serapi room rug.
Catalogs are available and online at www.linkauctiongalleries.com. Contact Link at 314-454-6525 or info@linkauctiongalleries for further information.