Quinn’s Auction Galleries


360 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia 22046
703-532-5632

About Auction House

Founded in 1995, Quinn’s Auction Galleries is a foremost auctioneer and appraiser of fine art, rare books, maps, autographs, antique furnishings, decorative arts, and collectibles including Chinese snuff bottles, Japanese netsuke. Located in Virginia, Quinn's has been a comprehensive service provider in the community for almost 25 years. Every Wednesday night, the auction house hosts treasure auctions of collectibles & antiques. Their high-end catalog auctions are held quarterly.

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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Classical, traditional, Asian and Modern art share the spotlight at Quinn’s Sept. 24 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction

    Listed 17th-century Dutch artist Jan van Goyen’s “City View at a Canal” oil painting was once part of the Baron Koningswarter Collection auctioned in Berlin in 1906 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, September 24, northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present a 375-lot Fine and Decorative Arts Auction with selections from distinguished residences and collections of the Mid-Atlantic region. The auction will commence at 10 a.m Eastern time, and all bidding will be live online, by phone or absentee. The auction features a broad array of Asian, American, European, and Modern arts. Among the artists represented in the fine art category are Merton D. Simpson (co-founder of Harlem’s Spiral Collective), 17th-century Dutch painter Jan van Goyen, neo-pop artist Peter Tunney, and many others of marketplace significance. Decorative art categories include bronzes, art glass, tall-case clocks, Modern and antique furniture; and Galle cameo-glass lamps. Ceramics include Greek pottery from 6th century Corinth and 5th century Sicily.  An excellent variety of Asian decorative arts incorporates porcelain, jades, Japanese Fuchi Kashira, Chinese bronzes, South Eastern Asian wood carvings, and Chinese screens. And as Quinn’s clientele has come to expect, there will also be a boutique selection of fine jewelry that includes rings, bracelets and necklaces, crafted from gold and sterling silver. Jan van Goyen (Dutch, 1596-1656), ‘City View at a Canal,’ oil-on-panel, circa 1640s. Sight: 19 x 25¼in; framed 30 x 36in. Partial gallery label on verso from Konigswarter auction held by Friedrich Schwarz and Eduard Schulte in Berlin on Nov. 20, 1906. Listed as No. 25 in the Collection of Baron Koningswarter auction catalog. Estimate $10,000-$15,000 Paintings are led by a circa-1640s Jan van Goyen (Dutch, 1596-1656) oil-on-panel titled City View at a Canal. The 19- by 25¼-inch work retains a partial gallery label on verso from a 1906 auction of the Baron Koningswarter Collection held on Nov. 20, 1906 in Berlin and conducted by Friedrich Schwarz and Eduard Schulte. Van Goyen is a listed artist, shown in Volume 8 (1927) of Cornelis Hofstede de Groot's Catalogue Raisonne of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the 17th Century. Quinn’s has placed…

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    Quinn’s June 4 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction highlighted by Tiffany lamps, 1928 Rene Lalique vase, Frishmuth bronze

    Rene Lalique, "Borromee" glass vase. Also featured: Large selection of midcentury modern chairs, jewelry, silver and high-quality Asian antiques, including 17th-century Chinese libation cup FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, June 4, 2022, Northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a fully curated Fine & Decorative Arts sale featuring stunning early 20th-century Tiffany Studios lamps, a Rene Lalique (French, 1860-1945) “Borromee” vase, Asian antiques and a large selection of modern chairs, many of them associated with mid-20th-century design luminaries. More than 500 lots will be offered. The Tiffany Studios lamps are led by a Curtain Border floor lamp, 77½ inches tall, of yellow and green leaded glass with a diamond band and curtain border shade on a bronze base. Tiffany markings appear on both the shade and base. Sourced from a Baltimore-area estate where it had resided since the early 20th century, it comes to action with a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000. Also adding color and luminescence to the auction lineup is a Tiffany Studios bronze and leaded-glass Daffodil desk lamp standing 21½ inches tall. The verdant shade is profusely adorned with images of yellow and white daffodils, with additional glass accents in complementary garden tones. The shade is stamped “Tiffany Studios NY 1448,” while the base is stamped “Tiffany Studios NY 538.” Estimate: $12,000-$16,000.  A 9-inch-tall Rene Lalique “Borromee” blue molded-glass vase exemplifies a model first introduced at the height of the Art Deco era, in 1928. Peacocks decorate the circumference of the vase, and its base is stencil-etched R. Lalique France. This highly desirable vessel is expected to achieve a winning bid in the $10,000-$15,000 range. The sizable array of modern seating includes several designs by Finn Juhl, including a Chieftain chair and ottoman manufactured by Baker. Of black leather with wood framing, the chair is marked on the bottom and is expected to reach $3,000-$5,000. A pair of teak lounge chairs Juhl designed for France and Sons is upholstered in red fabric and has a wood frame and tapered legs; and a set of two Model 48 armchairs designed jointly by Finn Juhl and Niels Vodder is…

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    Quinn’s to host April 21 auction of African, Asian and Pre-Columbian ethnographic art with important provenance

    Featured: Unique, published example of a stunning Iraqw (Tanzania) beaded hide and fiber skirt FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s April 21 Ethnographic Arts Auction, the next specialty event in its popular Collectors Series, shines a spotlight on the art and relics of some of the world’s greatest cultures and civilizations. The curated selection includes antiquities, tribal treasures and ancient art from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Some of the works are “published” examples and many come with provenance from distinguished collections.  Iraqw beaded skirt, north-central Tanzania, East Africa, composed of animal hide with beads and natural fibers. Framed size: 61 5/8 x 38¾in (framed). Unique artwork. From the Estate of Dr. Giraud V. Foster, Baltimore, Maryland. Estimate $3,000-$5,000 Among the top lots is a stunning Iraqw (north central Tanzania) beaded skirt constructed from natural fibers and animal hide. Iraqw skirts are amongst the most elaborately decorated textiles to emerge from eastern Africa. Each creation is unique, reflecting the skill of the individual maker and the resources available to them. Typically, the skirts consist of four panels made from cow- or goat-hide, with thousands of beads attached using a lazy stitch to create the characteristic long bands and geometric motifs. In historical examples, such as the one offered by Quinn’s, the beads are typically white, red, blue and black, with some to accent in yellow. Those made in later decades incorporate other colors, such as light blue and green.  The auction example, which is mounted, framed and estimated at $3,000-$5,000, comes from the Estate of Dr Giraud V Foster of Baltimore, Maryland. A medical doctor, archaeologist, photographer and world traveler, Dr Foster was employed as the personal physician to the last king of Yemen, Al Imam Ahmad bin Yahya Hamiddin.  The auction lineup includes several outstanding masks of African tribal origin. A 20th-century Songye Kifwebe mask from the Republic of the Congo is composed of wood, feathers, pigment and fibers. A sizable piece, it measures 46 inches long and 12 inches across. Its provenance includes, most recently, the Estate of Marshall and Shirley Jacobs of Germantown, Maryland. It holds the distinction of…

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    Stephen M. Silvia Appointed Director of Jewelry Department at Quinn’s Auction Galleries

    Silvia’s distinguished 40+ year career includes management positions at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman-Marcus as well as in the auction trade FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The executive team at Quinn’s Auction Galleries takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Stephen M Silvia as director of the company’s jewelry department. With a distinguished 40-year career in retail fine jewelry, Silvia is a highly skilled professional, both at the technical and business levels of the trade. STEPHEN M SILVIA “Stephen comes to us with unrivaled experience in management, business development and the implementation of standardized practices. In addition, he holds industry credentials that place him at the highest level of his chosen field. These assets will prove invaluable to his new position at Quinn’s,” said the auction company’s senior vice president, Matthew Quinn. Stephen Silvia is a formally trained goldsmith whose education includes qualifications from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Jewelry Design Institute, and International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Prior to choosing fine jewelry as his career specialty, he also completed a structural engineering apprenticeship with Tenneco Corporation in Newport News, Virginia. Growing up in a New England military family with a father who was frequently stationed abroad, Silvia had the opportunity to experience life in several European countries, including England, France, Germany and Belgium. Because encountering new environments and making new friends were a constant in his life, Silvia says he had to learn to adapt quickly, which helped him hone social skills that served him well when he later established a career in the jewelry business. Before joining Quinn’s, Silvia worked as director of jewelry for an auction house in the Mid-Atlantic region and, prior to that, was the estate manager of three households owned by a prominent family in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Over a 25-year period beginning in 1977, Silvia held management positions in the jewelry divisions of upscale retail concerns that included Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase), Neiman-Marcus (Washington, DC), J.B. Rudolph (Tampa, Fla.), and J E Caldwell & Co (Washington, DC). After initially retiring in 2018, Silvia quickly realized that he missed the gratification gained…

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    Quinn’s to host Jan. 29 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring elite consignments from Mid-Atlantic region

    International art selection includes portraits of nobles, contemporary works, Picasso and Marblehead pottery, Asian antiques, elegant furniture, Trist family silver FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct its first Fine & Decorative Arts Auction of 2022 on Saturday, January 29, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. While gallery attendance will not be an option for this sale, bidders may participate conveniently by phone, absentee, or live online through their choice of three bidding platforms. Abdul Qader Al Rais (Emirati, b. 1951-), Untitled, watercolor on paper, 30 x 22¼in (sight), signed/dated 2000 at lower right. Estimate $12,000-$16,000 The auction includes an outstanding selection of Asian, American, European and Modern artworks, with selections by Norah McGuinness, Jean Louis Voille, Harlem Spiral Collective co-founder Merton D. Simpson, and many other significant artists. A collection of lithographs and etchings includes works by such notables as Man Ray, Anders Zorn, Peter Max and Salvador Dali. Bronzes, clocks, Russian icons, rugs, glass, porcelains and ceramics will cross the auction block together with fine silver by Dominick & Haff, S. Kirk and Son, Lunt and other esteemed firms. In addition, Quinn’s will offer a variety of Asian decorative arts, including Chinese porcelains, paintings and scrolls; jades, bronze censers, Japanese woodblock prints, netsukes, snuff bottles and other treasured objects of the Far East. An array of elegant and beautifully crafted furniture will be presented, with French, English Queen Anne, American Aesthetic Movement and Norwegian Modern styles represented. Art to suit every taste and décor can be found within the fully curated 459-lot auction. A superbly executed oil-on-canvas portrait of Count Paul Alexandrovich Stroganoff (1774-1817) by Jean Louis Voille (French/Russian, 1744-after 1801) is signed and dated 1792. With a framed size of 33 by 28½ inches, this aristocratic depiction comes to auction with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. Another noble, General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, KG, PC, is the subject of a Johann Nikolau Grooth oil-on-canvas portrait painted in 1761. The sitting probably took place after Cornwallis’ promotion to brevet lieutenant-colonel. It is signed and dated, and has a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Roadside Grasses, a contemporary oil-on-canvas…

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    Quinn’s presents curated Arts of the Americas Auction featuring Pre-Columbian gold, Nov. 4

    Also featured: Olmec-style jade masks, collection of Maximon/San Simon saint figures, pottery, sculptures, textiles, baskets, paintings and other Mesoamerican cultural treasures FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, Northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a beautifully curated “Arts of the Americas” auction from its popular Collector Series. The 145-lot specialty event features a collection of Pre-Columbian, Native American and Central American objects that include pottery, sculpture, gold, textiles, baskets, paintings and Guatemalan folk santos. While there will be no in-person floor bidding, many other convenient options are available, including live online through a choice of three bidding platforms. Among the auction’s highlights are a group of Diquis and Veraguas pendants, a 600-900CE Veracruz palma, a Doug Hyde sculpture titled Grandma’s Goat Thinks He’s a Dragon, and an assortment of 20th-century Maximon figures. Diquis/Chiriqui pendant depicting two figures within a framework of linked gold rectangles, 22K gold, Costa Rica, weight 129.6g. Estimate $7,000-$8,000 It’s impossible not to gaze admiringly at the beautiful 22K gold that composes a Diquis pendant from Costa Rica. The Diquis culture flourished from 700-1530 AD, and its people formed part of the Greater Chiriqui culture that inhabited a substantial region that spanned from southern Costa Rica to western Panama. The Diquis are known for their stone spheres and masterful gold designs. The pendant consigned to Quinn’s weighs 129.6 grams and depicts two figures standing within a framework of linked gold rectangles. Like many of the gold pieces in the auction, it comes with provenance from the Ehrich Locke family. It is estimated at $7,000-$8,000. A number of other important pendants follow, including a 22K gold Diquis pendant of figure in “feathered” headdress, weighing 20.7 grams and estimated at $1,000-$1,500; and two designs from the Veraguas (Costa Rica) culture, whose goldsmiths were known for the high quality of their workmanship. A 14K gold example depicting a mythical two-headed creature weighs 72.9 grams and is estimated at $2,000-$4,000, while an 18K gold pendant in the form of an antlered animal, which weighs 38 grams, is expected to make $1,500-$2,000. A fascinating back story explains the design…

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    Quinn’s to auction boutique selection of rare and collectible posters, prints and works on paper, July 15

    Featured: Works by James Montgomery Flagg, Grant Wood, Patrick Nagel, Philip Pearlstein; plus six Dali lithos and three Erte serigraphs James Montgomery Flagg (American, 1870-1960), ‘I WANT YOU FOR U.S. ARMY’ poster, 1917, published by Leslie Judge Co., N.Y. Framed: 42 x 31½ in. Estimate $4,000-$6,000 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a Thursday, July 15 auction featuring a boutique selection of rare and collectible posters, prints and works on paper. The expertly curated sale featuring 145 high-quality lots will commence at 2 pm ET. All bidding will be remote, either by phone, absentee online through Quinn’s website, or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. Posters chosen for the auction include designs by Keith Haring, J.C. Leyendecker and Louis John Rhead. One of the category’s highlights is James Montgomery Flagg’s (American, 1870-1960) iconic depiction of Uncle Sam pointing a finger, with the message “I WANT YOU FOR U.S. ARMY – NEAREST RECRUITING STATION.” Created in 1917 and published by Leslie Judge Co., New York, it has a framed size of 42 by 31½ inches. The pre-sale estimate is $4,000-$6,000. A collection of witty 1970-1985 pop-art posters by Stephen Frykholm (American, b. 1942-), includes nine colorful designs from the Herman Miller Summer Picnic poster suite. Each of the 42 by 26-inch (framed) serigraphs depicts a type of food enjoyed al fresco, including corn on the cob, cherry pie, watermelon and other summer-garden delights. The group lot is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.  A broad offering of prints includes desirable works by a who’s who of artists. Leading the six lithographs by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) is a 1963 color work titled Mystical Rose Madonna. Measuring 32 by 31 inches (framed), it is pencil-signed and numbered 12/200. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000 Quintessentially Midwestern in its theme, a 1937 lithograph by Grant Wood (American, 1891-1942) is titled Seed Time and Harvest. Artist-signed and dated in pencil, its framed size is 18½ x 14½ inches. The auction estimate is $1,000-$2,000. The inimitable Art Deco style of Romain De Tirtoff, better known as “Erte” (NY/France, 1892-1990), can be seen in three serigraphs entered in…

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    Quinn’s to auction 300+ lots of rare and signed books, maps, prints and Americana, July 8

    Featured: Early printings, first editions, fine bindings, travel and exploration books, maps and autographs, plus unpublished illustration for ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ Thomas Wolfe, ‘Worth Prize Theses,’ 1915, 1917-1919. Contains four theses. Original wraps bound in. First edition of Wolfe’s first book, one of 200 copies printed. Estimate $3,000-$5,000 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, July 8, Quinn’s Auction Galleries in northern Virginia will host an outstanding 317-lot auction of rare and signed books, antique maps, prints and autographs. Selections include works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, Aldous Huxley, and Dutch engraver/cartographer Henricus Hondius II. The art category features an unpublished Frederic Dorr Steele illustration titled The Slavering Hound, which was created for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Book categories include early printings, fine bindings, travel and exploration books; and more. The selection of desirable illustrated books includes a 1980 inscribed copy of Satan in Goray, Ink and Blood by Isaac Bashevis Singer, with 40 text illustrations and 10 original, pencil-signed copperplate etchings by Ira Moskowitz. Additionally, the book’s slipcase houses 10 loose copperplate etchings, also signed by the artist. Published by Sweetwater Editions, New York, the book is one of 50 copies bound in full morocco with gilt. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Another notable entry is a copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, one of 1,000 copies and signed by its illustrator, Rockwell Kent. Estimate: $300-$500  A remarkable 1605 first edition of Sir Francis Bacon’s The Twoo Bookes…, London: [Thomas Purfoot and Thomas Creede] for Henrie Tomes, discusses the “proficience and advancement of Learning, divine and humane.” In very good condition, bound in modern leather with mounted contemporary boards, it is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Thomas Wolfe’s 1915 Worth Prize Theses, 1915, 1917-1919; contains four theses, including The Crisis in Industry, University of North Carolina: Department of Philosophy, Chapel Hill, 1919. This first edition of Wolfe’s first book is one of 200 that were printed. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000 A copy of Aldous Huxley’s classic dystopian sci-fi novel Brave New World (Chatto & Windus, London, 1932) is signed by the author on the front flyleaf and dated 1956.…

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    Quinn’s to host June 12 online auction of Asian, American and European fine and decorative art from northern Virginia estates and collections

    Featured: Dale Nichols winter landscape painting, Schimmel Konzert grand piano Beautifully rendered oil-on-canvas winter scene by Dale William Nichols (American, 1905-1995), titled Heavy Heavy Hangs Over (1965), signed and dated. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – A colorful and beautifully rendered oil-on-canvas winter scene by Dale William Nichols (American, 1905-1995) is the expected top lot in Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ online-only Fine & Decorative Arts auction slated for Saturday, June 12, starting at 10 am ET. The 536-lot sale consists primarily of consignments from prominent estates and collections in the northern Virginia region. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through Quinn’s website or LiveAuctioneers. The auction features Asian, American, European and Modern artworks. In addition to Dale Nichols, other top artists represented in the sale include Angel Botello and Charles Leickert. The decorative arts category encompasses bronzes, art glass, rugs, pottery and porcelain; as well as Russian icons and other religious artworks. The comprehensive auction selection also boasts finely crafted furniture, including French, Italian, English Queen Anne and Dutch marquetry pieces; sterling silver from Tiffany & Co., S. Kirk and Son, Lunt and more; and Asian decorative arts, including Chinese porcelain, Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings and Thai carvings. The 1965 Nichols winter landscape with houses, titled Heavy Heavy Hangs Over, measures 31¾ inches by 36¾ inches (sight), is signed and dated at lower left, and titled and signed on verso. It is expected to make $30,000-$50,000. Nichols, who is best known for his rural landscape paintings, was born in Nebraska, attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and later served as the Carnegie Professor in Art at the University of Illinois. He has often been classified with such luminaries as Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. The rest of Quinn’s auction offers a trove of desirable items, including a Schimmel Konzert K256 Tradition grand piano with a polished ebony finish, Bavarian high-altitude solid spruce soundboard, and solid brass hardware. It is likely to command a winning bid of $10,000-$15,000. A platinum diamond ring boasting a 3.40-carat center diamond (I-J/SI2) flanked by two 0.12 carat diamonds,…

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    Quinn’s to auction folk art from prestigious Sellen-Burt collection, April 20

    Featured: works by Clementine Hunter, Roy Ferdinand, Ivy Billiot, several other noted Louisiana artists Clementine Hunter (Louisiana,1886-1988), ‘Falling angels.’ Two painted diamond-shape panels. Initialed on each. Framed size: 20½ x 20½ inches. Collection of Betty-Carol Sellen and Martha Burt. Estimate $800-$1,200 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Tuesday, April 20, Quinn's Auction Galleries will present a 155-lot Folk Art Auction that encompasses a variety of media, including pottery, wood carvings, metal sculptures, mixed-media paintings, and works by such renowned artists as Clementine Hunter, Roy Ferdinand, and Dr Bob. Creations by Louisiana and New Orleans artists including Prophet Royal Robertson, Reginald Mitchell, and Cyril and Ivy Billiot will also be offered. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  Many items in the sale are from the collection of Betty-Carol Sellen and Martha Burt. Sellen, a librarian and long-time collector of folk and outsider art, has authored or co-authored numerous books on those subjects. One of her best-known titles is Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists. Burt served on the board of directors for Art Enables in Washington DC, and as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Folk Art Society of America. She received the Folk Art Society’s Award of Distinction in 2002 for her work in the field. The auction will set sail with a mixed-media assemblage boat model by Ronald J. Scott (Lafitte, La., 1922-2003) titled the Sea Wing. Its jaunty color palette includes marine blue, yellow and orange, with black and white accents, and atop its mast is a cloth American Flag. The colorful vessel measures 32 by 56 by 14 inches and is initialed on the captain’s quarters. Its auction estimate is $2,000-$4,000. Ivy Billiot’s (Houma, La., b. 1948-) 65-inch-long carved and painted tiger casts a mesmerizing gaze with its round yellow eyes but seems to be casual about his stalking. His half-smile is punctuated by applied “whiskers,” and his long tail curls nonchalantly in the air. The folky feline comes to auction with an $800-$1,200 estimate. A fantasy animal with gaping jaws and puzzling appendages, titled Creature, was crafted from cut tin,…

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    Quinn’s to auction fine paintings and decorative art from estates of Washington, DC notables, Jan. 30

    Featured: Classical antiques, marquetry furniture from distinguished D.C. estate, artworks from prominent Potomac, Md., doctor; Asian art, property of national TV correspondent Ray Scherer Rare ruby-ground famille rose porcelain vase, six-character Qianlong red-seal mark, probably of the period. Neck and shoulder decorated with good luck symbols. Main composition shows children on terrace that overlooks landscape and pavilion. Purchased in 1922. 11 1/8 inches high. Provenance: Estate of Catherine Spencer Eddy Beveridge and her aunt, Delia Macomb Spencer Field, the second wife of Marshall Field. Estimate $25,000-$35,000 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, January 30, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring American, European, Asian and Modern selections from the estates of Washington, DC notables as well as elegant residences in the northern Virginia region. Although not a gallery event with in-person floor bidding, the auction will be accessible by means of several convenient alternatives, including phone bidding on auction day, live online through LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable, and absentee, either via Quinn’s website or ahead of time by phone. Herman Herzog (German/ American, 1832-1932), ‘Norwegian Highland near a Northern Fjord,’ late 19th/early 20th century. Oil-on-canvas. Faintly signed. 17¼ x 23 inches. Provenance: Potomac, Maryland, doctor’s estate.  Estimate $6,000-$9,000 Among the featured consignments in the 650-lot auction are classical antiques and marquetry furniture of superlative quality from the estate of Catherine Spencer Eddy Beveridge and her aunt, Delia Macomb Spencer Field, the second wife of Marshall Field. The goods come directly from the Beveridge family home in upper northwest Washington and include extraordinary selections of Meissen porcelain and high-end marquetry furniture. A rare 11 1/8-inch ruby-ground famille rose porcelain vase with a six-character Qianlong red-seal mark, probably of the period, is beautifully decorated with good-luck symbols on the neck and shoulder. Its main composition shows children on a residential terrace overlooking a pavilion and landscape. Since its purchase in 1922, the vase has remained in the Beveridge/Field family, passing by descent through subsequent generations. It is expected to reach $25,000-$35,000 on auction day.  From the same estate’s Meissen collection, a 19th-century porcelain Hoopoe Bird, modeled after an 18th-century design by…

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    17 hand-signed works from Picasso’s 1933 La Suite Vollard lead Quinn’s Dec. 3 Modern & Contemporary Prints Auction

    Also featured: 1920 Picasso print from Dix Pochoir suite, etchings and prints by Calder, Dali, Hayter, Longo, Indiana and Baskin, plus contemporary collections by Fairey and ‘Shag’ Hayter. Engraving/Etching. Day and Night. 1952 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Modern and contemporary prints are in – way in. But it’s not just savvy art collectors who want them. So do interior designers, Hollywood set decorators, and new homeowners hoping to add items of quality to their décor without breaking the bank. A favorite source for all of these buyers is Quinn’s Auction Galleries in northern Virginia – specifically their sales of Modern and Contemporary Prints, the next of which takes place on Thursday, December 3rd. All bidding will be conducted remotely, either absentee, by phone, or live online through LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable.  Perhaps the most highly anticipated lots in the sale are the 17 prints from Pablo Picasso’s (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite Vollard, published in Paris in 1933. These hand-signed works include such depictions as The Sculptor's Studio, The Blind Minotaur, and Marie-Thérèse agenouillée contemplant un Groupe sculpté (Marie-Thérèse Kneeling, Studying a Sculpted Group). The subject of the latter print is Marie-Therese Walter, a young woman who was Picasso's muse and mistress from 1927 until around 1935, when the artist moved on to his next relationship, with photographer/painter Dora Maar. Each Vollard print is estimated at $2,000-$3,000, with the exception of “Marie-Thérèse …,” which is entered with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate. In addition to the Vollard suite, the auction features several other Picasso prints. Guitare et Partition Sur Guéridon (Guitar and Partition on Pedestal) from the circa-1920 Dix Pochoir suite, Galerie Rosenberg, Paris, is printed in colors on Arches wove paper and measures 9 by 12 inches (sheet). It is pencil-signed and numbered 71/100 at lower right and lower left. The artwork will convey with 1996 paperwork from Meyerovich Gallery in San Francisco. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. An excellent buying opportunity for collectors of mid-century art, Stanley William Hayter’s (British, 1901-1988) engraving/soft-ground etching Day and Night is titled, signed and dated in pencil. The 17½ by 23¾ inch (sight) print is editioned 22/50 and was…

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    Quinn’s October 29 auction packed with rare signed books, works on paper, documents and Americana

    Featured: JFK-signed baseball, Chuck Close photo of Kate Moss, Letter from Gen. Grant to Abraham Lincoln, Dali-illustrated ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ First U.S. six-volume edition of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, translated from the French and published in 1862 by Carleton (New York), estimate, $700-$900 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present an online, phone and absentee auction of rare and illustrated books, works on paper, Americana and signed books and documents on Thursday, October 29, starting at 2 p.m. ET. The auction catalog is packed with more than 250 first editions, fine bindings, early 20th-century illustrations, photography and maps and atlases. Photograph of supermodel Kate Moss (British, b. 1974-) by the artist and photographer Chuck Close (American, b. 1940-), titled Portrait of Kate Moss, taken in 2005 as part of a series commissioned by W Magazine, estimate $10,000-$12,000 Expected top lots include a signed John F. Kennedy baseball, an extensive run of The Gardener’s Chronicle (1841-1970), and a signed Chuck Close photographic portrait of supermodel Kate Moss. Notable books include first editions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (1883) and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (1926). Civil War highlights include autographs and a letter from Ulysses S. Grant to Abraham Lincoln. Letter from General Ulysses S. Grant to Abraham Lincoln, dated Feb. 8, 1863, believed to have been dictated by Grant and written by another hand as a retained or field copy, estimate $4,000-$6,000 Noteworthy among the many illustrated books are: Abstract Impressionism by Tiber Press; Alice In Wonderland, signed and illustrated by Salvador Dali; and Limited Edition Press’ Ulysses by James Joyce, signed and illustrated by Henri Matisse. A NASA collection features items signed by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, as well as space-flown flags presented to former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. A baseball signed by John F. Kennedy passed by descent from the estate of Edna Kelly, who served as a Member of the U.S. Congress from New York from 1949-1969, and as a colleague of then-Congressman Kennedy from 1949-1953. The ball is one of many items from her professional career that were inherited…

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    Quinn’s Sept. 26 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction features high-quality Asian, American, European and Modern selections from estates, gracious homes

    Paintings include works by Besnard, Monnoyer, De Szyszlo, and influential Harlem Spiral Group founding member Merton Simpson Merton D. Simpson (African-American, 1928-2013), ‘Confrontation F Poem 6,’ 1967, oil-on-paper applied to board, 19 x 25in (sight). Signed and dated at LR. Provenance: From the inventory and collection of the Estate of Merton D. Simpson. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, September 26, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring Asian, American, European and Modern selections from estates and elegant homes in the northern Virginia region. Although not a gallery event with in-person floor bidding, the auction will be accessible by means of several convenient alternatives, including phone bidding on auction day, live online through LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable, and absentee, either via Quinn’s website or ahead of time by phone. Pair of 19th-century armchairs, Egyptian Revival style, attributed to Pottier & Stymus, tufted upholstered backs flanked by carved stiles; cast bronze busts at the end of each arm. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500 An excellent and quite varied offering of fine art was reserved for this sale, including a Paul Albert Besnard (French, 1849-1934) oil-on-canvas titled Sous Les Saules (Under the Willows). Signed and dated “1909,” the artwork depicts two women beneath a willow tree, one of them semi-clad in what appears to be a gauzy sarong. The 47 by 36-inch (sight) painting was part of an important 1922 exhibition at the Museum of Art at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, and its provenance includes prior sale at Christie’s New York in 1980. Auction estimate: $5,000-$7,000 Si Chen Yuan (Chinese/ American, 1911-1974), untitled mid-20th-century oil-on-canvas depicting abstracted couple, 30 inches square (sight). Signed LR. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000 A large (37½- by 28½-inch, sight) oil-on-canvas floral still life attributed to Antoine Monnoyer (French, 1670-1747) dates to the late-17th or early 18th century. The flower arrangement includes redolent blooms in pleasing shades of red, orange, purple and white. A partial paper gallery label is retained on verso. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000 Attrib. Antoine Monnoyer (French, 1670-1747), oil-on-canvas floral still life, late-17th/ early 18th century. Unsigned. 37½ x 28½ in (sight). Estimate: $3,000-$5,000 The sale includes…

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    Quinn’s to launch summer auction lineup with online-only Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, June 27

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s Auction Galleries will welcome the summer season with an online-only Fine & Decorative Arts Auction on Saturday, June 27, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. The sale includes a fine selection of Asian, American, European and Modern artworks, with selections by Merton Simpson, Dale Chihuly, Anton Chittussi and other noted artists. Distinctive furniture designs by Mira Nakashima also highlight the sale. Unsigned oil on canvas by Merton D. Simpson (African-American, 1928-2013), titled Confrontation, #3 of 42, circa 1965, 26 inches by 21 inches, estimate $3,000-$5,000Quinn's Auction Galleries Bronzes, silver, fine clocks, Russian icons, rugs, glass, porcelains and ceramics – including coveted Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre wares – will cross the auction block together with a varied selection of Asian decorative arts. The latter category incorporates Chinese porcelain, silk textiles, snuff bottles and other beautiful objects of the Far East. With a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000, a large Chinese three-piece bronze Guanyin from the late Ming or early-to-mid Qing Dynasty is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction. The Guanyin is shown seated in the double-lotus position, draped in a long flowing robe with a peaceful expression and downcast eyes. The overall height, including lotus throne, is 32 inches. George Nakashima (New Hope, Pa., 1905-1990) was a major innovator of 20th-century furniture design and is considered a pioneer of the American craft movement. Like the designs that came from his studio, pieces created by George’s daughter Mira Nakashima, are considered modern classics and hold a timeless appeal with collectors. A Nakashima lounge chair with a free right arm, hickory spindles and a sap walnut seat, signed and dated (2000) beneath the seat, could reach $4,000-$6,000. With a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000, this large Chinese three-piece bronze Guanyin from the late Ming or early-to-mid Qing Dynasty is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction.Quinn's Auction Galleries A forest landscape painting by Anton Chittussi (Czech, 1847-1891), signed at lower left and with a wax seal on verso, is expected to sell for $2,000-$3,000. Chittussi was a major figure in Impressionist art circles in Czechoslovakia, where…