Singer’s ‘Snow In The City’ could top Jan. 29, 2011 fine art sale in Ohio

DELAWARE, Ohio – Just a week after the Ohio region was pummeled by record storms, an important work by native artist Clyde Singer is sure to warm up bidding Saturday in Garth’s fine art, furniture and decorative arts sale. One piece, titled “Snow In The City,” dated 1954, depicting Singer’s winter scene of a bustling city street, is expected to sell for $8,000 – $12,000.

A smaller work by Singer, “The Letter,” depicting two ladies on a park bench reading a letter that (judging from their expression) must reveal some tantalizing information is estimated to bring $1,200 – $1,600. Singer’s self-portrait, dated 1942 and estimated at $1,800 – $2,200, reveals a pensive artist, handsome boy. 

A small and peaceful landscape by George Inness is expected to sell for $1,000 – $2,000. Although a bit later and atypical for his work, a painting of a woman, with an estimate of $7,500 – $9,500, by New York artist, Harry Herman Roseland, is full of emotion and wonderfully executed. 

Dog lovers will sit up for “Terriers,” a scene by English artist J. Langlois depicts two pups playing with a turtle and is estimated at $900 – $1,200. With several examples from each, the auction should draw fans of artists such as Silas Martin (Ohio/California, 1841-1906), John Ward Dunsmore (Ohio, 1856-1945) and Jo Mead (Illinois, 1919-2000). Of particular note, the Dunsmore paintings, of which there are six, reflect his efforts in portraiture, a departure from his more well-known illustrations. Bidders interested in the portrait of Margaret Ward Dunsmore (est. $200 – $300) will find a rare opportunity to also acquire the Victorian bar pin worn by Ms. Dunsmore when she sat for the portrait. It is estimated at only $100 – $200.

“The artwork we’re showing ranges from an attractive 18th century work by George Romney to well-done pieces by 20th century artists, including Fletcher Martin and Constantin Terechkovitch among others to good bronzes by various artists,” CEO Jeff Jeffers said.

Among the furniture lots include a Wooton Desk Manufacturing Co., Standard Grade desk (est. $6,000 – $12,000), in walnut, burl walnut, bird’s-eye maple and poplar. A Dutch-style cupboard with hairy paw feet is estimated to sell at $3,000 – $4,000.  The sale also holds many affordable examples of Chinese furniture, from altar tables, cabinets and even a stepback cupboard; mostly in elmwood with traces of old lacquer and hand painted decoration.

Accessories abound, with a fine selection of textiles including Chinese robes, a woman’s headdress, and Oriental rugs.  There’s no shortage of ivory, either.  Top lots include an impressive ivory vase in three parts, with continual carving of a banquet scene around the circumference (est. $1,500-$2,500); a dragon boat with figures and a pagoda representing the racing of dragon boats during the Duanwu Festival (est. $600-$900); and a set Buddhist prayer beads, China, 19th century, with pierce-carved ivory beads strung on silk with blue and green cloisonné spacers and pendants (est. $1,500-$2,500). 

Important jade offerings include a pair of large Nephrite statues of Quan Yin, the “goddess of mercy” (est. $1,500-$3,000).  In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or “Born of the Lotus.” Quan Yin, alone among Buddhist gods, is loved rather than feared and is the model of Chinese beauty. No other figure in the Chinese pantheon appears in a greater variety of images, of which there are said to be thousands of different incarnations or manifestations. Quan Yin is usually depicted as a barefoot, gracious woman dressed in beautiful, white flowing robes, and these sculptures do not disappoint.

Rounding out the auction, several lots of precious metals are sure to make the market. A large set of Peruvian sterling flatware, weighing in at a total (approximate) weight of 185 ozt (excluding hollow-handled pieces), is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.  A George III silver compote tips the scales at 52 ozt and bears the mark of Emes and Barnard, London, 1810 (est. $1,000-$2,000).  A silver plate Cathedral “Magic” castor set, patent date of 1855, has a turn handle that opens six doors to reveal holders for condiment bottles (est.  $300-$500).  For those who love their bling, an 18K gold ladies Presidential Rolex (with box and certificate) is a steal at $5,000 – $8,000.

Another highlight is an interesting African collection that includes about a dozen lots from Reverend William Edwards Fay and his wife Annie, missionaries from 1881-1907 in Portuguese West Africa (today known as Angola). The collection includes a watercolor by their son William Fay, who became a fairly well known illustrator and was a pupil of Duveneck (est. $250 – $500).

Garth’s Asian, Continental & American Auction of Furniture, Accessories and Fine Arts will be held in one session on Saturday, Jan. 29,  at 10 a.m. The full catalog is now available. More information is available at 740-362-4771.

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