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Steel ‘Walking Jackman’ sculpture may turn $6K

Kaminski Auctions is bringing an eclectic assortment of pieces to market May 10 during its 20th Century and Modern Design auction, which will include a fascinating chromed steel sculpture titled the "Walking Jackman."

BEVERLY, Mass. — From furniture to fine art, the upcoming 20th Century and Modern Design auction at Kaminski Auctions on May 10, will offer exceptional items for all collectors. Pieces from Giacometti, Chihuly, Thieme and Soyer will headline Session I, along with other high-end furnishing and decorative items. Session II will present a portion the New York Rosenthal collection of African art and artifacts.
Online bidding is available through the KaminskiLIVE bidding platform.

Chihuly sculpture

Dale Chihuly, two part glass sculpture, 11 1/2" h x 10" dia. (Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions)

A small sculpture of a horse by Swiss artist Diego Giacometti has already enticed bidders while on display in the Kaminski booth during the New York Pier Show. The rough and undulating surface texture of the sculpture animates the static figure, giving it a presence much larger than its small physical size. It is poised to fetch between $7,000 and $10,000.

Other sculptural works in the sale include two striking abstract glass forms by artist Dale Chihuly. Delicate horizontal lines in black contour the fluid bowl-like orange shapes of the sculpture, interrupted only occasionally by larger spots of black or white glass. Together, these unique pieces are estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

Kaminski will also offer Ernest Trova’s “Walking Jackman” chromed steel sculpture. A copy of Trova: Second Edition published by the Trova Foundation accompanies the sculpture and features the piece among the illustrated works. It carries an estimate of $5,000 to $6,000.

Decorative items to be offered include a small collection of Beatrice Wood ceramics.

Walking Jackman sculpture

Ernest Trova (1927-2009), "Walking Jackman," chromed steel, 1986, signed underside of base, also with artist's stamp "E. Trova 24/99 1986," 9 1/2" h x 10" w x 10" d, includes hardcover book published by the Trova Foundation, presale estimate $5,000 to $6,000. (Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions)

Presented in two consecutive groups, the offerings include a red earthenware bowl and jar in a viscous pink glaze (estimate $400-$600) and a three-footed ceramic censer coated in a matte gray (estimate $800 to $1,200).

Among the fine furniture pieces included in the sale are a George Nelson for Herman Miller grandfather clock, with an estimate of $500 to $700, and a Milo Baughman sofa, which carries an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.

In addition to these furniture and decorative items, this auction also features:
• “Nassau Boats” painting ($40,000 to $60,000)
• Pair of Kota figures, valued at $25,000 to $35,000 each
• Sacred West African door ($20,000 to $40,000)
• Senufo female ancestor figure ($30,000 to $50,000)

Preview for the sale will be held Wednesday through Friday, May 7-9 at the Kaminski gallery at 117 Elliot St. (Rt. 62) Beverly, Mass., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For more information and to view an online catalog, visit or call 978-927-2223.


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