Doyle Announces Sale of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

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Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Scene in the Catskills, circa 1830-40s. Est. $30,000-50,000.
Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Scene in the Catskills, circa 1830-40s. Est. $30,000-50,000.

Doyle's auction on Tuesday, October 8 at 10am will showcase American paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries, including fine examples of portraiture; Hudson River, Western and regional landscapes; marine paintings and still lifes. Also featured are furniture, silver, ceramics, mirrors and folk art and rugs, as well as Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints.

Property from the Metropolitan Museum of Art features a circa 1806 portrait by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) of William Eustis (1753-1825), the Massachusetts surgeon, politician and statesman (est. $12,000-18,000). Also from the collection of the Met is an 1891 landscape of the Catskills by John Casilear (1811-1893), a late work and the subject for which he is best known (est. $15,000-25,000).

From a different consignor is circa 1830/40s view of the Catskills by Thomas Cole (1801-1848), who is recognized as the founder of the Hudson River School. This landscape with its dramatic lighting and exaggerated sense of space shares the qualities of his best works (est. $30,000-50,000). A superb painting by George Inness (1825-1894), The River Bank, circa 1860-1861, from Prominent Philadelphia Collection, is early example of the artist’s work (est. $15,000-25,000).

Other notable works include a charming depiction of snowy Greenwich, NY, from 1948 by Grandma Moses (1860-1961) (est. $40,000-60,000), a portrait of Maria Van Leuvan Overbagh, also known as Lady with a Rose, by Ammi Phillips (1788-1865) (est. $8,000-12,000) and fine examples by Dennis Miller Bunker, James Fairman, Erastus Salisbury Field, Thomas Hovenden and Alexander Helwig Wyant.

Highlighting the selection of Dogs in Art and Sporting Art is Richard Ansdell’s (British, 1815-1885) The Slackened Girth, 1882, from the Estate of a Long Island Lady (est. $10,000-15,000).

A special section of the auction is devoted to the Collection of Claire Tracy and Frank Glaser of Greenwich, Connecticut. Comprising over 100 lots in the sale, this remarkable collection was assembled beginning in the late 1960s and offers a wide range of early Americana, Maritime Art and Folk Art. Among the offerings are a portrait of a Boy with a Red Book attributed to William Matthew Prior (est. $1,500-2,500), a copper hackney horse weathervane (est. $1,000-2,000) and over 20 lots of Nantucket baskets dating from the late 19th century to the early 21st century with examples by Jose Formoso Reyes, Bill and Judy Sayle, and Stanley Roop.

Furniture in the auction features a pair of refined and elegant Federal card tables, attributed to Duncan Phyfe, from a Park Avenue Estate. The tables were part of a suite of furniture made for Thomas Cornell Pearsall of New York City circa 1800-1810 (est. $8,000-12,000). A pair of 19th century classical carved caryatid figures on faux marble bases hold aloft acanthus and palm leaf planters (est. $2,000-4,000).

Certain to attract attention is a Tiffany & Co. parcel gilt sterling silver ice bowl, circa 1877, by Tiffany designer Edward C. Moore. The unusual design incorporating polar bears and dragonflies reflects two important events in American history: the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 and the opening of Japan to the West in the 1870s (est. $25,000-35,000).

A circa 1909 International Silver Company sterling silver punch bowl epitomizes the Art Nouveau style with its voluptuous curves. Property of a Florida Lady, the punch bowl is ornamented with mer-figures in waves, gulls and seaweed, and rests on snail-form feet (est. $7,000-10,000).

For one year only in 1883, the silver firm Gorham experimented with a line they called Banko Iron Ware that used a rough textured iron body onto which were applied silver ornamentation inspired by Japanese mixed metal pieces. The auction features a rare Gorham Banko Ware vase decorated with a writhing dragon, crabs and trails of sand (est. $5,000-8,000).

Featured in the silver section of the sale are approx. 40 lots of American silver from the Collection of Patricia Jay Reiner, a respected dealer and appraiser and the Vice President of the New York Silver Society, Inc. Highlights include examples by Tiffany & Co., Gorham, Reed & Barton, and Black Starr & Frost, among others.

Also featured among the silver offerings is property from the Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection. A civic leader and philanthropist, Marian championed outdoor community spaces across New York. For 34 years, she worked as a Director of The New York Times, where her grandfather, father, husband, brother, nephew and grand-nephew served as successive publishers. Her work at the newspaper focused on educational projects. Her husband, Andrew Heiskell, the Chairman of Time Inc., was also known for his philathropies, including the New York Public Library.

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

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