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Keno Auctions presents its upcoming important Americana, paintings, furniture and decorative arts sale
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), A Study for Maternity Waiting Room. Charcoal and pencil on paper, 14 x 34 inches (sight). Estimate: $40,000 - $80,000.

NEW YORK, N.Y.- On January 17, 2012 Keno Auctions will showcase a remarkable selection of furnishings comprised of Americana, furniture and decorative arts from the 17 century through to the 20th century. Property from the Important Americana, Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts Sale will be sold at 10:00 a.m. that is composed of some dazzling treasures from various estates, including stunning property from a Private Connecticut Collection that includes a fine selection of furnishings and late-19th Century-early--20th Century carpets and rugs. Also to be sold during the morning session will be a beautiful selection of blown American flasks and sandwich glass and a handsome collection of 17th and 18th Century rare European pocket watches from the Estate of Atlanta art patron George E. Missbach. The morning session will be immediately followed by a single owner sale of The Peter Brams Collection of Important Woodlands Indian Art. Nearly 450 lots will be offered in the two consecutive auctions.

Highlights from the Important Americana, Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts Sale include:

• Attributed to the Deacon John Moore (1614-1677) Shop Tradition, THE DRAKE FAMILY CARVED AND PAINTED JOINED CHEST WITH DRAWER, Foliated Vine Group Windsor, Connecticut, 1675-1690 h: 31 in; w: 50 in; d: 20 in. (Estimate: $80,000–120,000).

• Fancy Painted and Gilt Card table Attributed to Thomas Seymour (1771-1848), the decoration attributed to the school of John Ritto Penniman (1782-1841) probably executed by Joshua Holden (1781-1852), Boston, Massachusetts, Circa 1808-1812 h. 30 5/8 in.; w. 35 7/8 in.; d. 17 3/8 in. (closed) (Estimate: $40,000 - $80,000).

• Chippendale Spiral and Fluted and C-Scroll Carved and Inlaid Candle Stand With Octagonal Top Eastern New England Circa 1780 h. 27 inches (Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000).

• Prior-Hamblin School BABY IN A ROCKING BASKET WITH CHERRIES Circa 1835 Oil on canvas 27 x 22 inches (Estimate: $25,000-$35,000).

• Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) A STUDY FOR MATERNITY WAITING ROOM Charcoal and pencil on paper 14 x 34 inches (sight) (Estimate: $40,000 - $80,000).

• A Fine Federal Work Table Painted on Curly Maple Attributed to John and Thomas Seymour Boston, Massachusetts Circa 1805 h. 29 in.; w. 20 in.; d. 15 3/4 in. (Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000).

• Pair of Federal Mahogany Shield-Back Side Chairs Inlaid Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1790-1800 Probably by Lemuel Adams h. 39 ¼ in. (Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000).

• Diminutive Federal Mahogany Upholstered Settee Carving attributed to Samuel McIntire (1751-1811) Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1800-1811 h. 35 ½ in; l. 73 in (Estimate: $40,000 - $80,000).

• Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) SMELT FISHERS, COS COB, 1902 Signed and dated lower right “Childe Hassam/1902 Pastel and charcoal over pencil on paper board 9 5/8 x 10 ¾ inches (Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000).

The Peter Brams Collection of Important Woodlands Indian Art is the largest and most important of its kind to have been amassed in the United States. The depth of property reflects Native American creations, many of burlwood, from the 17th through 19th centuries, and is composed of more than 50 bowls and nearly 150 ladles. “Peter Brams is one of the most exciting and fearless collectors I have ever had the pleasure of meeting; he is charming, driven and incredibly educated, states Leigh Keno, president of Keno Auctions. “The evolution of Peter’s collecting interests includes contemporary paintings, Outsider Art and American Folk Art, and it was the sculpture from his American Folk Art collection that led Peter to Woodlands art. Peter refined his collection pairing down to the most critical elements of great sculpture – form, quality of execution, and surface – which is the Woodlands creative sensibility to its essence,” Keno continues.

Highlights from The Peter Brams Collection of Important Woodlands Indian Art include:

• The Thompson Family Lenni Lenape Seated Human Effigy Feast Ladle (detail)
18th century, probably first half l. 12 in. (Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000)

• Important Elm Burl Effigy Bowl, 18th century, probably first half l. 14 in.; w. 11 3/8 in.; h 5 7/8 in. (Estimate: $30,000-60,000)

“I am thrilled to kick off Americana Week with an exciting Americana sale and honored to have to have been chosen to sell Peter Brams stunning and iconic collection of Woodland bowls and effigy ladles. The Brams Collection objects stand alone as works of art and beautifully complement the finest 20th century post war and contemporary art and sculpture collections; this sale is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors to buy true masterpieces. The property we are offering in both sales this season is so fresh and of such exceptional quality that we are hoping buyers will find it hard to resist. We have placed very conservative pre-sale estimates on some extraordinary rare examples of fine and decorative arts,” Keno concludes.

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