GENESEO – Cottone Auctions will celebrate 30 years in the business with an auction next month, featuring original fine arts and antiques of prestigious influence, history, and starting values.
According to a press release from Cottone Auctions, their fine art auction will be held Saturday, March 19 in the firm’s gallery at 120 Court Street, featuring works from artists Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Josef Albers, Wendell Castle and others, along with traditional period furniture, according to a press release.
“We’re extremely thankful for our history of bringing quality merchandise to auction for these past 30 years, and we look forward to doing the same for the next 30 years as well,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions.
Folding decades of style, design and culture into a celebration, the items for sale have been procured from esteemed estates and collections, and many are new to the market.
Those fresh for sale include three gouache and ink on paper works by Alexander Calder (Am., 1898-1976), of which Segmented Spiral (1974) carries the highest pre-sale estimate of the group, at $60,000 to $80,000.
Four works of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), including Modern Painting in Porcelain with a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000, will cross the auction block for the first time, all from the estate of Molly McGreevey of Rochester. McGreevey, a former actress and contemporary art collector, purchased most of her collection in the 1960s and ’70s from prominent artists and dealers in Manhattan and Kansas City, where she resided most of her life.
A rare illuminated sculpture from another local estate, namely of Professor Duayne Hatchett of Buffalo, comes from German-born American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976), is made from glass and brushed aluminum, and is estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000.
In regards to furniture, a fine and rare stack laminated walnut trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) table, crafted in 1978 by Wendell Castle (Am., b. 1932) and purchased by Dr. J. Raymond Hinshaw, former Chief of Surgery at Rochester General Hospital, should achieve $30,000 to $50,000.
A group of Tiffany lamps is expected to sell for $50,000 to $70,000, fresh-to-the-market and signed in the original Tiffany Studios, which lit the New York City borough of Queens from the late 19th century to early 20th century. Additional Tiffany pieces include a curtain border floor lamp and a daffodil lamp,
A Chippendale figured mahogany block front desk, crafted in 18th century Massachusetts, carries a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. A late 19th to early 20th century oversized leaping stag copper weathervane will also be featured.
Additional artworks will accompany the fresh-to-market and furniture collections, with two oil paintings each carrying an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, one by Canadian artist Charles (BC) Binning (1909-1976), Signals at Night (1952) and the other, Lake George, by American painter David Johnson (1827-1908). A watercolor painting of horses in a landscape setting by Chinese artist Ou Haonian (b. 1935), student of Zhao Shaoang, a famous figure in the Ling’nan style of painting, should command $8,000-$12,000. Also sold will be a watercolor by Andrew Wyeth (Am., 1917-2009) who, according to the release, is one of the better-known American painters of the 20th century.
A full online catalog will be available at the Cottone website (www.cottoneauctions.com) around mid-February. To order a complimentary color catalog by mail, call Cottone at (585) 243-1000. Previews will be held Friday, March 18, from noon to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, March 19, from 9-11 a.m. (auction start time), or by appointment.
Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Cottone Auctions is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call (585) 243-1000, or you can e-mail them at email@example.com. To learn more about Cottone Auctions and the upcoming March 19th Fine Art & Antiques Auction, please visit them online. Updates are posted frequently.