Quinn’s presents elegant online-only Fine and Decorative Arts auction Jan. 14
400-lot selection features high-quality Asian, American, European and Modern art
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, January 14, Northern Virginia’s Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present an online-only Fine and Decorative Arts auction brimming with 400+ lots of beautiful Asian, American, European and Modern artworks. The auction will commence at 10am Eastern time, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.com or Invaluable, and absentee bidding (only) through HiBid.
The fine art category is headlined by works from Elliott Daingerfield, James McDougal Hart and other significant artists, along with a small selection by sought-after Burmese painters, including U San Win and Paw Oo Thett.
The untitled oil-on-board by Elliott Daingerfield (NC, 1859-1932) is a landscape painting with trees silhouetted against a twilight sky. The diminutive work is artist-signed at lower left and measures 7½ inches by 6¾ inches (sight). It is entered with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.
The oil-on-canvas by U San Win (Burmese, 1905-1981), created in 1975 and titled View of Shwedagon Pagoda, is signed and dated at lower right. Measuring 15½ inches by 20½ inches (sight), it carries an auction estimate of $7,000-$9,000. The untitled 1969 oil-on-canvas by Paw Oo Thett (Burmese, 1936-1993) is an abstracted bird’s-eye view of a picturesque Burmese lake town, with boats traveling through the water and houses on either side. The signed and dated work, 48 inches by 20 inches (sight), should bring $5,000-$7,000.
One decorative item certain to spark bidder interest is a gilt patinated bronze by Claude Lalanne (French, 1925-2019) titled Grand Vase Eventail. The 6 7/8-inch by 13 3/8-inch vessel is signed Cl. Lalanne along the base, inscribed Artcurial on the bottom, and numbered 73/900. It also bears the foundry mark Christian Maas Fondeur. In light of the great popularity Lalanne’s designs are currently enjoying in the art marketplace, there is every expectation that this grand vase will settle in the $6,000-$9,000 range.
Antique furniture includes a Connecticut cherry highboy and a Dutch musical tall-case clock, as well as modern furniture designs by Paul Evans, Vladimar Kagan, William Katavolos, Jens Quistgaard and Kazuhide Takamaha.
The circa 1760-1790 Connecticut cherry highboy, impressive at 85 inches tall by 40¼ inches wide, features a broken-arch pediment with closed bonnet and three finials. The upper case is flanked by two florettes with reeded corners. The lower case has two drawers over a central drawer, with carved shell-and-dentil design flanked by two drawers, and the bottom skirt has a scalloped center with two drops. The highboy is raised on cabriole legs and has period pulls and escutcheons. It is expected to reach $6,000-8,000.
A circa-1965 Brutalist PE 46 table by the widely collected Midcentury Modern designer Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987) is made from wielded and patinated steel and features 10 spires that support a glass top. The 25½-inch by 23¾-inch table is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
A fine selection of silver includes Georgian sterling and pieces from other periods by Kirk and Son, Stieff, and Gorham. Among the highlights is a circa-1868 to 1890 AS Kirk and Son (Baltimore) repousse silver ewer with floral decoration. It has a serpent-head handle and displays a central lion figure flanked by bathing women and a Greek hoplite. This attractive marked piece weighing 34.17ozt is entered with a $1,000-$2,000 estimate.
A trove of antique marine memorabilia includes an A Schrader’s Son diving helmet, diving knives, a binnacle compass and ship’s lanterns. The circa 1896-1905 diving helmet, made from copper and brass, is a 12-bolt, four-light example, marked on the neck ring A Schrader’s Son New York. It measures 19 inches by 15¾ inches by 16 inches and should emerge from its bidding run in the $4,000-$6,000 range.
Collectible model trains include a Lionel #400E Blue Comet set, a #409E Olympian State set and a boxed Marx Army Supply train. The Lionel #400E Blue Comet set is a pre-WWII (circa 1937-1939) standard gauge set comprising a No. 400E Bild-A-Loco electric locomotive with copper and brass trim, No. 400T oil tender, and three state passenger cars (No. 420 “Faye” Pullman car, No. 421 “Westphal” Pullman car and No. 422 “Tempel” observation car). The locomotive is 17¾ inches long, the tender is 12 inches long and the cars are 18 inches long. The set is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
An array of Greek pottery contains pieces from the Mycenaean and Archaic periods, while a wonderful variety of Asian decorative arts includes porcelains, jades, Japanese netsuke, menuki and lacquerware. Additionally, the selection is graced by Chinese bronzes and screens. Three sets of Japanese Fuchi Kashira (paired metal fittings to improve the strength of a sword handle), each highly decorated and carved with accents of gold and copper, will be sold as one lot with an estimate of $200-$400. A Chinese Shou-design porcelain bat bowl, circa late Qing dynasty, displays iron-red bats and lettering, a golden rim and Tongzhi mark to the bottom. It, too, is estimated at $200-$400.
Quinn’s Jan. 14, 2023 Online-Only Fine & Decorative Arts Auction will commence at 10am Eastern time. No in-person floor bidding will be available. All bidding will be remote, either by phone, absentee, or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. Absentee bidding is also available through HiBid. An open preview will be held at the auction gallery, 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046, from January 9-13, inclusive, from 11-4 local time.