From folk art to fine art at Eubanks

Art and artifacts from an important living estate will cross the block in Brevard, N.C., on Jan. 10.

An important living estate in the area was recently placed with Jack Eubanks Auction for dispersal. The sale will be held Jan. 10. Jack Eubanks, owner of the auction said, “This is some of the best artwork we’ve offered in more than two years, and a good selection of furniture, glassware, jewelry and decorative accessories. What a great way to start the New Year.”

Items from the estate include a floral still life, oil on canvas, by Le Pho (Vietnamese) and a numbered color lithograph, Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender en buste, 83/100, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, with monogram stamp. Two additional lithos by Lautrec include the 1894 Ida Heath au bar with red stamp and blue pencil No.7.

Also included will be a seascape oil on canvas signed “A. Dzigurski” (Alexander, Yugoslavian 1911-1995); an abstract oil on canvas of a guitar player signed by Don Hazen (American b. 1933); and 40-inch by 46-inch Russian folk scenes signed Alain Thomas (French b. 1942) and Ljubomir Milinkov (Yugoslavian b. 1942).

On the block will be an Austrian enameled music box, grand piano form, 3 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches, with enameled decorated case with hinged lid – the lid hides a keyboard that activates music box when lifted. It was found tucked away in a closet. A similar, slightly smaller, music box sold at DuMouchelles in Detroit, realizing $2,750.

Also for sale: a sculpture signed “A. Carrier” (Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse, French, 1824-1887) of three putti supporting an urn, 15 1/4 inches high on a 9-inch diameter marble base. Carrier designed for Minton, Wedgwood and others.

A piece of art not from the estate is a Southern folk art painting by the self-taught African-American artist Jimmie Lee Sudduth (American, 1910-2007), who was famous for his “mud” paintings on plywood.

A few choice hard goods will cross the block including a profusely carved 19th century Welsh oak dresser with open shelf back and pair of cupboard doors; a 105-inch-tall by 64 3/4-inch-wide 19th century French baker’s rack in wrought iron with brass trim; a four-drawer mahogany and cherry Federal/Empire chest with turned feet and full columns; and a Rock-Ola jukebox, Series F Model 1422 from 1946, that lights up but the playing condition is undetermined.

The sale will also include several hundred celebrity autographs from the late 1930s and early 1940s. They include film stars, opera stars and radio stars and such names as Helen Hayes, Jane Wyman, Van Heflin, Lillian Gish, Lowell Thomas, Sophie Tucker and Amos ‘n’ Andy are found in the group.

Preview for the 500-plus lot sale is scheduled for Jan. 9 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., earlier by appointment. The sale starts Jan, 10 at 9 a.m. in the Eubanks Auction facility at 210 S. Broad St, Brevard, N.C. Reserved seating for 160 is available by phone or e-mail. For more information call 828-884-7889, e-mail or visit or

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