Diverse art mediums showcased at Jan. 13 Kaminski Auctions sale

Kaminski Auctions will host a 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Sale, January 13th starting at 10:00 am at their auction gallery, 117 Elliot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.

Covering all collecting categories the sale will feature outstanding 20th century photography, furniture, pottery, glassworks, art and sculpture with exciting examples from all periods and origins from Turn-of-the-Century Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Early American Modernism, Streamline/Machine Age Design, and Mid Century Modern.

20th century, Italian sommerso vase, Fulvio Bianconi for Mazzega, circa 1950-60, 12″h x 7″w. estimated at $1000-$2000 (Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions)

Lamp offerings from several estates and important collections are many and varied Including a wonderful Venetian Murano art glass chandelier of clear, pink, and light blue glass at $500-$700, and another of clear and gold aventurine glass attributed to Barovier at $600-$800. There is a wonderful Handel hanging octagonal form light fixture with eight sunset tree lined views, signed Handel, circa 1910 estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and two Pairpoint reverse painted lamps, one signed F.K. Guba and the second C. Durand estimated between $1,500-$3,500.

Also featured are fourteen lots of early-mid century lighting from City Lights Antique Lighting of Cambridge MA, including two French Art Deco hanging ceiling lamps of alabaster valued between $800-$1,500, a French polychrome chandelier of wrought iron and frosted glass with rose pattern in yellow, green, pink and white circa 1920’s and an Italian modern three-shade chandelier of brass, chrome and green glass circa 1960’s/70’s.

Glassworks include an Orrefors crystal punk profile sculpture, signed Lagerbielke, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and a 20th century, Italian sommerso vase designed by Fulvio Bianconi for Mazzega, circa 1950-60 estimated at $1000-$2000.

Sculpture is strongly represented with a large bronze work by David Aronson estimated at $18,000-$25,000 and a carved elm and polychrome work from 1967, titled “Red Stockings” by David Hostetler estimated at $9000-$12,000 and an unusually large Curtis Jere mixed metals tree with bird and nest, from the late 1960’s valued at $600-$1000. There is also an impressive Bijan Bahar Lucite diamond sculpture, valued at $500-$800 while a Jean-Louis Toutain (1948-2008), “Figure with Guitar”, bronze sculpture circa 1990s is valued at $2,000-$5,000.

Important photography features a Kodak colorama photograph by Ralph Amdursky and Charles Baker circa 1957 that was exhibited in Grand Central Terminal, New York. Art director for the shoot was Norman Rockwell, and the photograph was featured in “Rethinking the American Dream” in Vanity Fair magazine in April 2009. It is estimated at $4000-$7000. A large gelatin silver print by noted mid-century photojournalist Arthur Leipzig of seagulls is valued at $300-$500.

There are also two signed Jock Sturgis gelatin silver prints valued at $1,500-$2,000, a Flor Garduno (Mexican b.1957), gelatin silver print, matted under glass, signed and titled verso estimated at $1600-$2,600 and a portfolio of eleven color photographic prints by Jennifer Bolande (American b.1957), titled “City at Nightfall” estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

Hans Wegner, Thomas Moser, Phillipe Stark and many more sought after furniture makers are represented in the sale. There is a pair of Hans Wegner side chairs, oak with black leather seats, early 1960s, each with a branded mark under the seat, C. M. Madsens Fabriken, Haarby Danmark, and a Thos. Moser continuous arm settee/bench, signed Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Auburn, Maine 1992 both are estimated at $400- $600. Also included are a number of hard-to-find Danish and Scandinavian modern case and accessory pieces, including two floor lamps, two bar carts, and a good selection of fine small tables. Late arrivals in furniture include a Sabre Leg dining set by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, and large console/server.

Jean Lucrat (French 1892-1966), “Apocalypse des mal assis”, gouache on paper, from series of works, titled, numbered, signed and dated lower margin, 1945-Estimate $1200-2400 (Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions)

Fine art in the sale features a large and unusual oil on canvas by noted Social Realist painter James Carlin, of a public pool scene, circa late 1930’s early 40’s. This is likely the best work offered publicly at auction by this artist in 25 years valued at $3000-$5000. Also included in the sale is a Joan Miro (Spanish 1893-1983) color lithograph titled “After the Storm”, ”Après l”Orage” 1957, estimated at $1,400-$2,400 and a Jean Lucrat (French 1892-1966), “Apocalypse des mal assis”, gouache on paper, from series a of works, titled, numbered, and signed 1945 estimated at $1,200-$2,400.

A portrait of an African American golf caddy, oil on canvas, signed lower left, circa 1945, by J. D. Whiting is estimated at $1600-$2400, while a Ron Schrubbe, “Seagull Series 1”, acrylic on canvas, with the exhibition label Collector’s Gallery Milwaukee Art Center is estimated at $1,600-$2,200.

Other notable entries include a Guy Bascom St. John (b.1878), street scene, a William Gear (British 1915-1997) “Landscape”, and a Rick Griffin (American 1944-1991) paper collage, signed lower right, circa 1974. Griffin is best known for his work on the Grateful Dead album covers and was part of the San Francisco Psychedelic School.

Thee are also two screen prints, the first by Richard Hamilton, “Putting on De Stijl”, collotype/screen-print, 1979 and the second by Joseph Alberts, “Never Before K, screen-print on paper circa 1976.

Finally, aviation collectors will love a fantastic industrial Fan-O-Plane, streamline modern hanging airplane fan by The Aircraft MFG. Co Dayton Ohio, Serial no. BD6684, circa 1920-30, with vintage drop hanger, complete and with age commensurate patina is estimated at $800-$1,20 and a Frank Fletcher aviation wing shaped modern executive desk of Honduran mahogany from a Pasadena, California estate circa 1945 estimated at $1800-$2200. There are also Art Deco and Streamline Modern/Machine Age utilitarian objects by a number of noted industrial designers from the early 20th century. They are well represented in multiple lots of smalls.

For more information and a complete auction catalog go to www.kaminskiauctions.com, For more information on these lots call  978-927-2223.

Live Auctioneers.com and Artfact.com will provide Internet bidding.

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