August 28 Auction Highlights: Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Art
Our upcoming August auction features plenty of summer-themed pieces of fine art, furniture and decorative art from estates across the country. In all there are 380 items!
Highlights from this remarkable sale will include a Floridian coastline by Harold Newton, one of the founding members of the Florida Highwaymen, and a collection of paintings from three generations of the artistic Widlicka (Widlizcka) family - Anton, Leopold and Frederick,” said Serena Harragin, CEO of Gray’s. “The Newton painting is one of the finest Highwaymen works I have ever seen.
Harold Newton (1934-1994) was a founding member of the Florida Highwaymen, a group of African American landscape painters. His work in the sale, titled Beach Scene, is an oil on canvas board nicely housed in a 28 inch by 34 inch frame. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$40,000 and was acquired directly from Mr. Newton by the consignor.
Framed dimensions: h: 32 3/4 x w: 39 in.
More summer auction favorites
The Widliczka collection includes a 19th century ink and gouache on paper by Anton Widliczka, titled Crucifixion of Jesus, signed and dated (“1898”) lower center and presented in an 11 inch by 8 ¼ inch frame (est. $800-$1,200); and an oil on canvas by Frederick Widliczka (1907-1994), titled Adirondacks Post Office, Upper St. Regis Landing, signed and dated “77” lower left and in a frame (est. $200-$400).
Samuel George Phillips (1890-1965) was an American artist, active in Pennsylvania and New York and best known as a magazine illustrator and landscape and portrait painter. His oil on canvas titled View of the Delaware River, signed lower right, 20 inches by 24 inches, should hit $3,000-$5,000. Phillips was part of the Pennsylvania Impressionist School, artists who painted in Bucks County (Pa.) after 1915.
A 1940 lithograph titled Approaching Storm from an edition of 250, signed by Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), famous for his iconic work American Gothic, 11 ¾ inches by 8 ¾ inches, has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Also, an oil on canvas signed front and back by Walter C. Hartson (American, 1866-1946), Wassaic, New York, Early Spring, in a 42 inch by 48 inch frame, should sell for $1,500-$2,500.
Two paintings by non-American artists carry estimates of $1,500-$2,500 each. One is an oil on canvas painting by Leonard C. Lane (Canadian, 1910-1978), titled Moonlit Beach Scene, signed lower left and 25 inches by 30 inches. The other is an oil on wood panel still life from 1852 by Johannes II Reekers, (Netherlands, 1824-1895), artist signed and dated lower right and measuring 15 ¼ inches by 12 inches.
DECO STYLE PATINATED BRASS FIGURAL GROUP. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000. Lot #176. View Lot >
A Deco style patinated brass figural group from the 20th century, signed illegibly on the base and measuring 38 ½ inches tall by 40 inches wide by 25 inches deep (est. $2,000-$4,000).
WENZEL FRIEDRICH STEER HORN ARMCHAIR. Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000. Lot #348. View Lot >
An unusual and striking Victorian steer horn armchair made circa 1880-1890s by Wenzel Friedrich, having four original glass ball casters and horn ‘acorn tips’ (est. $6,000-$8,000).
AMERICAN EAGLE FORM WEATHERVANE. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000. Lot #193. View Lot >
An American-made, early 20th century molded copper eagle form weathervane, 29 inches tall by 33 ½ inches wide by 37 ¼ inches deep and boasting outstanding patina (est. $2,000-$4,000).
LARGE HUDSON WELLER POTTERY. Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500. Lot #288. View Lot >
A large 20th century Hudson Weller pottery vase painted by Hester Pillsbury, 13 ½ inches tall and signed on the bottom (est. $1,500-$2,500).