Grandma Moses oil painting may turn up $22,000 in Pa. art auction

DENVER, Pa. – An array of colored diamonds and a fresh collection of fine artworks assembled in the 1950s and ’60s top the list of highlights in Morphy Auctions’ Nov. 1-2 Fine & Decorative Art auction. In all, 1,200 lots will be offered; sales will begin at 9 a.m. each day.

Day one will glitter with a first-class selection of jewelry, precious coins and silver, starting with 100 coin lots from the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property.

Grandma Moses First Snow

Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma Moses) oil on board titled ‘First Snow,’ 8in x 13in, signed lower right. Est. $18,000-$22,000. Morphy Auctions image.

More than 100 lots of silver wares will follow the Treasury goods. The grouping includes teapots, candlesticks, a 48-piece Tiffany sterling flatware service (estimate $2,000-$3,000); and a 6-piece Mexican silver tea and coffee set ($3,000-$4,000).

An S. Kirk & Son sterling pedestal centerpiece is estimated at $3,500 to $5,500.

Many mid-century American artists are represented in the fine art collection to be auctioned in the Saturday session.

One of the top prizes is a Grandma Moses (American, 1860-1961) oil on board titled “First Snow,” which the consignor’s parents purchased in 1961 from Galerie St. Etienne, in New York. It retains its original artist’s label and inventory number on verso. The 8-by-13-inch work is a classic Grandma Moses winter landscape and is illustrated in Otto Kallir’s 1974 reference titled “Grandma Moses” ($18,000-$22,000).

This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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Amphora Fates

Amphora Fates vase, 17in tall. Est. $15,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image.

More than 100 art glass lots will be sold, including a circa 1915, 15-inch Quezal Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase with gold luster ($12,500-$15,000) and a circa 1900 Tiffany 8-inch Blue Nash vase with pulled-feather decoration and strong purple and yellow colors ($5,000-$7,000).

Amphora collectors will be pleased to know that Morphy’s is offering a 50-piece grouping that includes a monumental 20-inch Fates vase with 100 Art Nouveau faces modeled into the design. In mint condition, it is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

A 25-inch Amphora Stellmacher Frog and Fly vase could achieve $5,000 to $7,000.

All forms of bidding will be available. Previews, absentee and live online bidding are available through MorphyLive, or For additional information, contact 717-335-3435 or, or visit

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