GENESEO – Cottone’s Auctions will host an exuberant and high-profile auction, offering items related to former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and former King of France Louis XVI, on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, at Cottone’s gallery, located at 120 Court Street in Geneseo.
According to Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions, the auction will take place over two days, The auction will feature a wide variety of great items such as a sculpture made by George Rickey, and President Ulysses S. Grant’s White House Punch Bowl. Much of the collection comes from the collections of Richard Brush, a Rochester philanthropist with a fierce love for 20th century American art.
“We are privileged Richard Brush has chosen us to sell these things,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. “He could have called anyone across the country.”
Items descended in the family of General and former President Ulysses S. Grant, an 18kt gold presentation box purportedly given by France’s Louis XVI to Marquis de Lafayette, a gyratory kinetic sculpture by George Warren Rickey (Am., 1907-2002) and a watercolor painting by Charles Burchfield (Am., 1893-1967) will all come up for bid Feb. 20-21.
Fine Art & Antiques Auction being held by Cottone Auctions, in the firm’s gallery, located at 120 Court Street in Geneseo. In all, about 750 lots will come under the gavel at Cottone’s first big auction event of 2015. Start time for the Friday, Feb. 20 session (323 lots) will be 12 noon Eastern time, 11 a.m. for the Feb. 21 session.
The auction comes with an impressive pedigree, featuring items from the collections of Walter Vogel of Rochester, N.Y., a pioneer collector and dealer; Richard F. Brush, also of Rochester, the founder of Sentry Safe; Richard Bright and Kyle Goodman of Corning, N.Y.; The Memorial Gallery of Rochester; The Strong Museum in Rochester; plus items from estates and individuals.
Rickey, in fact, is probably Brush’s favorite artist. His gyratory kinetic sculpture is titled Three M’s and One W II (est. $50,000-$80,000). One of three produced, the stainless steel work is 8 feet 9 inches tall and signed and dated (1987) by Rickey. George Rickey is regarded as the father of precisely engineered kinetic sculpture. He studied in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Paris.
A favorite to take top lot honors is the Charles Ephraim Burchfield painting, a lovely 30 inch by 22 inch watercolor titled Dreaming of Christmas. The work, monogrammed lower right and artist-titled in pencil, is expected to hit $75,000-$100,000. It was originally purchased from the Kennedy Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.) collection. Burchfield lived and worked in both Ohio and New York. His passionate and visionary landscapes influenced succeeding generations of artists.
The items descended in the family of Ulysses S. Grant would stand on their own as desirable collectibles even if they weren’t linked to the Civil War general and president. One lot, a Rose Medallion punch bowl (est. $10,000-$15,000), shows Grant’s monogram within a laurel leaf and was part of a unique 360-pc. service ordered in 1868 and used by the Grants in the White House.
The second lot is a rare Ives clockwork toy depicting Grant, made from wood, metal and cloth around 1870 and standing 14 inches tall (est. $8,000-$12,000). The third is a 5-inch-tall cut crystal seal made for President Ulysses S. Grant (est. $3,000-$5,000), in the original light blue leather box with the maker’s name on it: Ayer & Taylor Company, Jewelers (Washington, D.C.).
The fine and diminutive 18kt gold presentation box, made in Paris circa 1778, is believed to have been given by France’s King Louis XVI to Marquis de Lafayette celebrating the May feast at the Versailles Opera Theater. It was retailed by Charles-Raymond Granchez (Paris, France) and was descended in the family of Count de Linares, son of Queen Maria Luisa (est. $10,000-$15,000).
An oil on canvas rendering of a mother and daughters in springtime by the Irish-born American and Canadian artist William John Hennessy (1839-1917) carries a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000. The 30 inch by 54 inch work is signed lower left. Hennessy was a versatile landscape artist, genre painter and illustrator who was also active in the Young Ireland movement of 1848.
A Sevres cobalt and gold enameled tureen (circa 1812) is descended in the family of William Weightman, who used it in his house in Mout Airy, outside Philadelphia, were he entertained lavishly. Upon his death the house was given to the Catholic Church, which converted it into a girl’s school. The tureen has a conservative estimate of $5,000-$8,000. Also sold will be a late 19th century Bakhtiari rug with overall pattern, pulled from a Pennsylvania estate and measuring 17 feet 2 inches by 16 feet 11 inches. The rug is estimated to change hands for $15,000-$25,000.
Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A full online catalog will be available at the Cottone website (www.cottoneauctions.com) starting Feb. 1st. To order a complimentary color catalog by mail, call Cottone at (585) 243-1000. Previews will be held Thursday, Feb. 19, from noon-6 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to before 11 a.m.; or by appointment.
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. Cottone Auctions’ gallery, at 120 Court Street in Geneseo, N.Y. (zip: 14454) is located just south of Rochester and east of Buffalo. For directions and all other inquiries, call (585) 243-1000.
To learn more about Cottone Auctions and the upcoming February 20-21 Fine Art & Antiques Auction, please visit them online, at www.cottoneauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.
Gyratory kinetic sculpture by George Warren Rickey (Am., 1907-2002), done in 1987 (est. $50,000-$80,000).
Lovely 30 inch by 22 inch watercolor painting by Charles Burchfield (Am., 1893-1967), titled Dreaming of Christmas (est. $75,000-$100,000).
Ives Grant toy:
Ives clockwork toy depicting Ulysses S. Grant, made from wood, metal and cloth around 1870 (est. $8,000-$12,000).
Sevres cobalt and gold enameled tureen (circa 1812) is descended in the family of William Weightman (est. $5,000-$8,000).
Grant crystal seal:
Five-inch-tall cut crystal seal made for President Ulysses S. Grant, in the original leather box (est. $3,000-$5,000).
Grant punch bowl:
Rose Medallion punch bowl, showing President Grant’s monogram within a laurel leaf (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Oil on canvas rendering of a mother and daughters in springtime by William John Hennessy (1839-1917), framed (est. 15,000-$25,000).
Fine and diminutive 18kt gold presentation box, made in Paris circa 1778, believed to have been given by France’s King Louis XVI to Marquis de Lafayette (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Late 19th century Bakhtiari rug with overall pattern and measuring 17 feet 2 inches by 16 feet 11 inches (est. $15,000-$25,000).
PHOTO CAPTION: President Ulysses S. Grant’s punch bowl. (Photo/Cottone Auctions)