March 20th, 2023, Auction starting at 5:30
From Connecticut estates a strong selection of early American furniture including a Chapin School oxbow chest and dropleaf dining table, a William and Mary high chest and other chests, chairs, a variety of tables, etc. From other New England estates will be offered a wide assortment of Continental pieces such as fine enamels and a large micro-mosaic, as well as a wide variety of Asian including woodblock prints, sculpture, cloisonné and ceramics. Fine art including an oil painting exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show, other oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and lithographs, and other fine furnishings such Margolis block front furniture, Royal Copenhagen “Flora Danica” and Herend porcelain, Tiffany and other silver, Steuben, Baccarat, and Lalique glass, etc. will round out the sale.
The majority of the Americana in the sale is from a Middlebury, CT estate. The Chapin School c. 1795 oxbow (reverse serpentine) chest has the “quadrant” base assembly with canted/splayed feet ending in half round beaded toes that strongly indicates its origin. From the same estate is a William and Mary chest on stand or high chest, likely Boston, circa 1730-1750, with walnut burl and crotch veneer and herringbone banding, as well as a Chippendale corner chair and three matching side chairs, all c. 1760 and featuring finely articulated ball and claw feet. From this home there was also a good selection of Margolis Chippendale reproductions bench-made in the Hartford area in the early 20th C., including a block front slant lid desk, block front chest of drawers, chest on chest, set of ten side chairs and two wall mirrors.
Two high-end Swiss designer watches are also from the Middlebury estate: an 18K yellow gold E. Gubelin Chronograph wristwatch featuring seventeen jewels and three registers on cream colored dial; and a platinum Patek Philippe pocket watch boasting eighteen jewels and retailed by Tiffany & Co.
Japanese woodblock prints collected over decades from a collector of Asian art in Berlin, CT will be part of the Asian selection in the March auction. Four woodblocks by sought-after master Hasui Kawase (1883 – 1957) include: “Kozu, Osaka”, “Moon At Magome”, “Evening Snow At Ishonomaki”, and “Futatsudo in Nikko”. Kawase was a prominent designer of the “Shin Hanga” (新版画 new block print) movement, inspired by travel and the Japanese countryside, he became a part of a new wave of 20th C. ukiyo-e artists that incorporated western elements, especially European Impressionism, into classical Japanese forms. Other Japanese woodblock artists featured in the March 20th sale include Shiro Kasamatsu, Katsushika Hokusai, Torii Kiyomasu, Torii Kiyomasu, as well as number of gilded and silvered mixed metal deity and mythological sculptures.
There will also be an attractive selection of American paintings and prints in the sale. Cleveland Salter Rockwell (1837 – 1907) captured the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in an oil landscape dated 1882, towering snow-covered peaks (likely Mount Rainier) dominate the composition and dwarf the figures in the foreground, a technique used by artists of the period to convey the sublime majesty of nature over man. Also of art historical significance, the oil portrait “George” by Bernard Karfiol (1886 – 1952) depicts the artist’s son as a young boy, and was displayed at the 1913 Armory Show in NYC, illustrated in accompanying original catalog from show with the painting shown on page 109. An oil painting by Otto Anton Fischer of elephant caravan depicts the other side of the world. Fischer was a well known book illustrator who provided art for the first editions of “Moby Dick” and “Treasure Island”, as well as covers for Saturday Night Post and propaganda posters for the United States during World War II.
Other items of interest to cross the block include paintings by Benjamin Foster, George Herbet Macrum, Eric Isenburger, etc.; prints by Thomas Hart Benton, Maria Elena Viera da Silva, Jean-Francois Raffaelli, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Jay McVicker, Robert Kipness, William Behnken, Vera Andrus, George Plowman, Louis Legrand, Louis Orr, Ernest Roth, Jacques Callot, Edy Le-Grand, etc.; sculpture to include bronze bust, 1889, signed “J. or F. Coosemans” and “J. Petermann, Fondeur Bruxelles; Continental enamel including large 19th C. Viennese enamel table-top casket, guilloche enamel and silver vases, opera glasses, etc.; micro-mosaic of St. Peter’s Basilica, mosaic only: 9” diam.; Tiffany and other silver including two sterling flatware sets by Gorham “Décor” and “Greenbriar”, Continental desk set, Russian cigar box, etc.; books (10 lots) including Rudyard Kipling, Collected Works, New York, 1941, 28 vols.; coins; Oriental rugs; sports and other collectable cards, etc.
This sale will be live at the Plainville CT gallery starting at 5:30pm on March 20th. Winter Associates’ auction catalog is available online at www.AuctionsAppraisers.com as of Friday, March 10th. Winter Associates, Inc. is located in central Connecticut at 21 Cooke Street in Plainville, CT. Previews are Friday, March 17th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; March, February 19th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and on Monday, March 20th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Previewers are welcome at other times, please call to schedule an appointment. (860) 793-0288.
Absentee bids can be submitted prior to the sale and bidders are welcome to actively bid during the sale online or by phone bid. Pickup will be by appointment only, please call the office and we will do our best to accommodate you.
 Dayman, Lucy. “What You Need to Know About Hasui Kawase.” Japan Objects, 26 Jan. 2022, japanobjects.com/features/hasui-kawase.