Tiffany Studios turtleback chandelier leads Cowan’s winter auction

CINCINNATI – A Tiffany Studios Turtleback Chandelier will be featured in Cowan’s Feb. 20, 2010, Fine and Decorative Art Auction. The 461-lot sale features consignments from the estate of Catherine J. Wiebold of Cincinnati; the estate of T.V. and Anne Ponder of Louisville, Ky.; Stewart S. Maxwell of Cincinnati; The Dayton Art Institute; Western Reserve Historical Society; the Eiteljorg Museum; and others.

The four-light chandelier, estimated to sell for $25,000-$35,000, is marked Tiffany Studios, New York, and features green geometric leaded glass panels with a wide band of iridescent turtleback tiles.

Later 20th-century decorative and fine art are also highlighted. A circa 1970 galvanized steel console table by John Dickinson (American, 1920-1982), in the form of a draped table with cloth folds and a one inch brass band on the skirt’s edge, is estimated to bring $25,000-$35,000. John Dickinson is considered to be one of the most innovative and original American designers of the 20th century, working predominantly with the neutral color palette of plaster, tin and steel. This table is an example of work made by Dickinson at the pinnacle of his career.

Cowan’s will offer a collection of paintings by American artist Joseph Marioni (b. 1943). A Cincinnati native, Marioni has been a force in monochromatic painting since the 1970s, when the offered paintings were executed. Purchased directly from the artist, the three works, one red, one yellow and one pink and orange, range in size from 68 1/2 inches by 47 3/4 inches to 54 1/2 inches by 84 1/2 inches and are estimated to bring upwards of $15,000 each.

A circa-1920 Indian Scout Motorcycle, manufactured by Indian Motorcycle Company of Springfield, Mass., is estimated to sell for $15,000-$20,000. An icon of American design, the Scout, with two-cylinder, 55 horsepower, 596 cc (37ci) engine, was a motorcycle built by the Indian Motorcycle Company from 1920 to 1949. It rivaled the earlier Chief as Indian’s most important model. The Scout was an immediate hit with dirt track and endurance racers and street riders and became even more popular after the frame was lowered and the engine bumped to 45ci in 1928.

Other fine art offered in the auction will include a winter landscape by Roy Cleveland Nuse (American, 1885-1975) titled Winter Morning, estimated to sell for $10,000-$15,000. Signed and dated 37, the painting was discovered in Northeastern Ohio and has remained in a private collection until its inclusion in this auction. A hunting scene by William McKendree Snyder (American/Indiana, 1848-1930) is also featured and carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. An Indiana native, Snyder painted predominantly landscape portraits in the style of the Hudson River School. This is a rare example of a hunting scene for Snyder as opposed to his more consistent subject matter of forest landscapes.

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Two strong Rookwood pieces are leading lots in the auction. A 1937 Rookwood Vellum Landscape Plaque by Fred Rothenbusch, depicting a winter mountain landscape with snow capped mountains, tall firs and reflecting water, and in an Arts and Crafts oak frame, is estimated to bring $8,000-$12,000. Additionally, a 1901 standard glaze vase by Grace Young featuring a portrait of Hopi Indian "Weasaw Shoshone," executed by Grace Young in 1901, carries an estimate of $5,000-$7,000.

A folk portrait of abolitionist John Brown, by African-American artist Edwin Garnet Riley, is estimated to sell for $4,000-$6,000. The lot includes a group of materials related to the artist, including his self-published book A Tribute to John Brown. A native of Pittsburgh, Riley was an author, poet and painter whose articles were published regularly in the Pittsburgh Press.

Southern items will likely inspire spirited bidding. A pair of double portraits attributed to Dupue, identified as the couples Ragland and Couchman of Clark County, Ky., related by the marriage of their children, are estimated to bring $10,000-$15,000 each. Dupue, a French artist, is believed to be the so-called Guilford Limner of Guilford County, N.C. Sitters are depicted with large eyes, in various kinds of turned or fancy chairs, gentlemen often with knees crossed, the women are often holding handkerchiefs, books or engaged in knitting or sewing.

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Details: Winter Fine and Decorative Art Auction
Sale: Feb 20, 2010, 10 a.m. EST
Preview: Feb. 18 Noon-6 p.m.; Feb. 19 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Feb. 20 8 a.m.-10 a.m.


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