May 6th, 2024, Auction starting at 5:30

Consigned from fine homes in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island the sale will include a mix of 19th & 20th C. paintings, Asian items, silver, jewelry, Americana including furniture, oriental rugs, coins, books and outdoor ornaments & garden trains are to be sold at Winter Associates in Plainville, CT at their live auction on May 6th.              .

An Emile Gruppe (American, 1896 - 1978) oil on canvas “Town Landing, Gloucester”, depicts the artist’s chosen hometown where he founded the Gloucester School of Painting in 1942 and produced a prolific number of Impressionist-inspired landscapes and marine paintings. Of the same style and from the same consigner is an oil on canvas by Frederick John Mulhaupt (American, 1871 - 1938) depicting a farm in Fall, buildings partially visible between rolling hills and bare trees. Other noted American artists in the sale include Samuel Colman, Arthur Morris Cohen, Linda Nelson Stocks, Walter Nelson Baum, Dorothy Ochtman, Charles Demetropoulos, Edward Brodney, and Paul Zimmerman among others.

“Blue Dog” lovers will be delighted by the twelve original works by George Rodrigue from a private estate, including an original mixed media, nine silkscreens and a lithograph all signed by the artist. The iconic dog image was first imagined as the Cajun ghost “Loup-garou”, figured after Rodrigue’s deceased spaniel named Tiffany. The Blue Dog quickly gained steam with the public and in 1992 the artist reached national fame by becoming an Absolut Vodka artist (one of these examples in the sale), joining ranks with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Annie Leibovitz.

Train lovers who collect garden trains (built on the largest scale, G-scale; 1:32 ratio) will delight in the wide selection of locomotives, train cars, box cars, track and accessories by makers Accucraft, LGB (Lehmann-Gross-Bahn), Bachmann, Pearse and Roadhouse. These unique trains are powered by electric and steam, the largest boasting over 37” in length. Toy trains have been around almost as long as their larger counterparts, popular with railroad enthusiasts and children alike, with many fetching hundreds of dollars at auction and the more rare reaching four figures.  Other garden collectables include bronze animal fountain figures in the form of frogs, crab and fish, classical cast iron urns, and a marble sculpture.

The sale also includes Asian items including carved ivory sculptures, Chinese “Luduan” or form censor, Rose Medallion porcelain, gilt lanterns, lacquerware, embroidered robe, pottery, metal sculpture, etc., along with oils on canvas by Chinese artists Quan Yang, Huang Jing, Hu Shipping and Li Wu. Other items of interest include an early Louis Vuitton hatbox c. 1900, an 18th C. New England highboy, a Nantucket basket attributed to Clinton Mitchell, sterling flatware set “Sir Christopher” by Wallace, twelve Royal Copenhagen “Half Lace” plates, vintage advertising signs, coins, etc.

The March 18th auction will be live at the Plainville CT gallery starting at 5:30pm on May 6th and is also available on Invaluable and LiveAuctioneers. Winter Associates’ auction catalog is available online at as of Friday, April 26th. Winter Associates, Inc. is located in central Connecticut at 21 Cooke Street in Plainville, CT. Previews are Friday, May 4th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 5th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and on Monday, May 6th 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.