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Two Texas private collections headlining European and American art auction

The upcoming auction at iGavel, which begins Jan. 19 and runs through Feb. 19 includes a large selection of Western subject paintings and prints by a variety of esteemed artists.

NEW YORK -- Lark Mason, founder and president of Lark Mason Associates, has announced that more than 250 lots of important fine and decorative arts will be up for bidding on iGavel Auctions in a


Pair of French Ormolou and Malachite Torcheres, stamped Thomire Fecit, 19th C.

sale that goes live on January 19th through February 9th. The works represent an exemplary selection of European and American works of art from the 17 to 20th centuries.

Consigned by two Texas private collections, the sale includes a large selection of Western subject paintings and prints by artists including Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, James Allen, and Michael Gregory and represent a wide spectrum of subjects and media.

Decorative arts are highlighted by a large selection of works from a New York estate and include a pair of important gilt-bronze and malachite torchères signed by Pierre-Philippe Thomire, the eminent bronze sculptor active in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Rounding out the auction are a large group of European porcelain clocks, gilt-bronze and malachite garnitures, a life-size spelter model of a fortune teller after Louis Hottot, and a library of early printed books from the 16th century and later.

Says Mr. Mason, "We are pleased to present our first sale of the year with a diverse array of new-to-the market furniture, sculpture, paintings and clocks, at very accessible estimates."

Among the potential top lots are:
* "The Race", Thomas Hart Benton, print, circa 1942 ($15,000-$20,000)
* "In the Spring" print, Grant Wood, circa 1937, ($3,000-$5,000)
* Oil on canvas titled "Big Loop", Michael Gregory, ($5,000-$8,000)
* Oil on canvas titled "Solar System", Steve Smulka, circa 2011 ($5,000-$8,000)
* Pair of French Ormolu and Malachite Torchères, Stamped Thomire Fecit, circa 19th century, ($40,000-$60,000)
* After Louis Hottot, Cold Painted Spelter Figure of a Middle Eastern Fortune Teller, late 19th century, ($5,000-$8,000)
* European Enamel, Gilt Metal, and Green and Pink Hardstone Pedestal Clock, 20th Century, ($2,500-$3,500)

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The Race

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), “The Race,” Lithograph, signed, ca. 1942. (All photos courtesy of iGavel)