January 18, 2021 Auction
Modern art will be a strong ingredient of Winter Associates’ upcoming January 18th, 2021 auction at their gallery in Plainville, Connecticut. Twentieth century paintings and prints from the estates of two Connecticut collectors and a significant pottery bowl by Viktor Schreckengost (designer of the Jazz Bowl) will be featured. The gallery will be open for in person previews and the sale will be streamed live online starting at 6:30pm on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Notable works in the generous art selection are two oils by Sally Michel Avery from a Connecticut estate. Sailboats breezing along and an equestrian jumping his mount over a rail fence are both vignettes that are abstracted but recognizable, and effectively use blocks of color, each is estimated at $5,000-10,000. Other artworks from this estate are works by Wilhelm Kaufman, Pierre Bordenave, Theodore Tihansky and Kenneth Knowles.
A second collector’s estate compliments the artwork of the first with another good selection of paintings as well as prints by modernists. Two Jan Muller works, an oil depicting a female nude in the forest (bearing the label of the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery) and a pastel drawing; paintings and prints by John Grillo including an early oil with a label dated 1959; signed prints by Raoul Dufy, Bernard Buffet, Robert Indiana, Richard Lindner, Larry Poons and others have created a dramatic display at the gallery. Five signed prints by John Sloan with a more traditional approach are “The Picture Buyer”, “Crouching Nude and Press” and three others as well as an image of the “Brooklyn Bridge” by Arthur Cohen.
Viktor Schreckengost is probably best known for his design of the 1931 “Jazz Bowl”, commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt to celebrate her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s re-election as Governor of NY. Schreckengost’s “Stampede” bowl that is to be offered in the January 18th auction features running zebra in a freehand style with Deco sensibilities circling the exterior, it is boldly signed on the base. “Stampede” appears on the artist’s entry card for the 1938 Cleveland Museum of Art’s Exhibition. Notations on the entry card and a photographic image of the bowl, provided by Cleveland Museum of Art’s archive, indicate that this “Stampede” entry won first prize. Shreckengost donated this bowl to the Slater Memorial Museum in 1948 and it is now being sold to benefit the Museum’s accession funds, estimated at $3,000-5,000.
As with most Winter Associates auctions, an eclectic mix from a variety of estates and households will be offered. A varied collection of Asian items including famille rose garden seat and large punchbowl, many carved netsukes and other figures and cloisonne including a pair of standing 22” high stags are for buyers who appreciate the aesthetics of the East. A D.R. Dimes “Lincoln” glass door, step back cupboard and “Salisbury” dining table as well as some American and Continental antiques. Native American 20th C. rugs, jewelry, and pottery as well as Americana including a Mark Twain signed 25 volume work, WWII posters, Nixon Administration signatures, postcards and stamps are in the sale. A rare 1955 doubled die obverse cent and a 1942/1 Mercury dime, overdate are featured in the coin lots that will wind up the sale.
The auction catalog is available online at www.AuctionsAppraisers.com starting on January 8th. Customers who wish to preview items in person are welcome on Friday, January 15th from 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, January 17th from 2 – 4 pm; and Monday, January 18th from 11 am – 6 pm. Viewers can also visit by appointment during our business hours if they contact us for an appointment. If needed, the heavy snow date will be January 19th at 6:30 pm, please call to confirm – (860) 793-0288. Winter Associates, Inc. is located in central Connecticut at 21 Cooke Street Plainville, CT.
In accordance with public health advisories and with concern for the well-being of our clients and staff, this Winter Associates’ auction will be offered live online through Invaluable.com (streamed Live) and LiveAuctioneers.com. Bidders are welcome to actively bid during the sale online or by phone, and absentee bids can be submitted prior to the sale. Pickup will be by appointment only; we will do our best to accommodate you.