Grays begins the year with a wide array of paintings, works on paper, jewelry, sterling silver, and decorative items from estates across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
The auction begins at lot number 1 with American abstract painter, Helen Frankenthalers limited edition, playful silkscreen entitled Flirt, 1995. This lot is numbered 71/126 and signed in the lower right hand corner. The auction continues the playful theme with silkscreens and lithographs from Adolph Gottlieb, Victor Passmore and Joan Miro. A collection of Miros similarly playful abstracts are featured at lots 5 through 16. This collection is notable for being low edition or Printers Proofs. Three works from 1974: Le Soleil Rouge, Moon and Star, were purchased from New Yorks Gallery 121, bear Certificates of Authenticity and are at lots 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
Lot 101 is a magnificent oil on canvas, depicting a lush, mountainous North Carolina landscape by the Belgian born artist William Anthony Frerichs. He immigrated to the United States in 1850, settled in New York and soon immersed himself in the Hudson River School style. Frederic Randles oil on canvas, at lot 105 is titled Spring Morning. This 19th century oil depicts two fashionable ladies in an Italianate garden who are clearly alarmed as they watch their King Charles spaniels bark at the feisty black swan swimming close by.
Next up are posters from Franco-Swiss decorative artist Eugene Grasset. Lot 146s framed poster titled LAndalousie au temps des Maures, is comprised of two oversized lithographs depicting a mounted battle scene. This grand poster was made for the Parisian worlds fair, Exposition Universelle of 1900. His fierce depiction of a festively attired Mexican Cowboy and his black steed advertises Chocolat Mexicain from Masson Paris, at lot 147. Sarah Bernhardt as a statuesque Jeanne dArc is the subject of lot 148. Lots 147 &148 are printed and published by Nouv. Les Affiches Artistiques. G. de Malherbe & H.A. Cellot.
The decorative arts make up the remainder of the auction. Lot 175 is an elegant 19th century, Capodimonte, eight arm, Blanc de Chine chandelier. This porcelain chandelier measures 20 in diameter and 23 high. Lot 166 allows you to dine in style with the Lunt sterling silver flatware set, in the Eloquence pattern, this service for twelve comes with serving utensils, in its original mahogany silver box.
Lot 179 is an enormous Aitchison & Company Eclipse telescope which reaches over 6 feet on a mahogany and brass tri-footed, folding stand. The brass telescope is close to 7 feet long with multiple lenses. It also comes with its own custom made wooden box.
Grays is open for in-person preview January 11 - 16; Monday Friday 10am 5pm, Saturday 12noon 4pm. The auction starts at 11am EST on Wednesday, January 17, with live bidding provided by GraysAuctioneers.com. The fully illustrated catalog is now online at GrayAuctioneers.com