The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014


Spectacular lifetime collection of one of America's most cultured couples to be auctioned by Joe R. Pyle
Stained-glass window depicting colorful parrot amid grapes and vines, origin: Morgantown, W.Va., from the estate of opera singer Frances Yeend and James Benner to be auctioned Aug. 29-30. Joe R. Pyle Auction image.
FAIRMONT, W.VA..- It’s a collection you’d expect to see in a major auction house in New York or London, but the estate collection of renowned opera singer Frances Yeend and her husband – pianist, conductor and vocal coach James F. Benner – is going to be auctioned in Fairmont, West Virginia on August 29 and 30. Joe R. Pyle Auctions will produce the event, with all forms of bidding available, including Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

Frances Yeend, who was billed as a featured soprano at The Metropolitan Opera and many other prestigious opera houses worldwide, had a passion for art and antiques. While on tour, she and her husband spent every free minute combing through antique shops, always returning home to Manhattan with a bounty of magnificent finds.

Following their 1966 retirement from the stage, the couple relocated to West Virginia, where Yeend joined the West Virginia University faculty as professor of voice/artist in residence. She taught there until her retirement in 1978. Likewise, Benner was a music and vocal professor at the university.

After settling in West Virginia, Yeend and Benner continued to collect exquisite furniture, fine and decorative art; porcelain, early American colored and pattern glass; rare books, jewelry, silver, early Staffordshire pottery, stained glass windows and doors; and Asian art of the type so highly desired by today’s collectors.

Nothing in the collection has ever been offered for sale before. It is a lifetime assemblage that was still being expanded upon at the time of Yeend’s death in 2008, at age 95.

During their touring years, Yeend and Benner focused on 17th- and 18th-century European art. Among their holdings is an intriguing oil portrait attributed to Jan Anthoniz van Ravenstein (Dutch, circa 1570-1657) depicting a woman in a ruff collar and lace-trimmed cap. After they moved to West Virginia, the couple shifted their attention to contemporary art. As a result, the art collection is an eclectic one that spans several centuries of artists and styles. In addition to oils, there are regional West Virginia artworks, all types of lithographs, and drawings, including a Mickey Mouse sketch by Roy Disney, which was inscribed and gifted to Benner while he was on tour as pianist for the renowned Obernkirchen Childrens Choir.

As many as 50 select pieces of Asian art are entered in the auction. Among the highlights are an inlaid mahogany cabinet, a Korean scroll, rare ivory artworks, and a beautiful Chinese 9-panel painted soapstone tabletop screen.

The furniture selection is vast and includes 16th/17th-century desks and chests, grand seating, highlighted by a middle European chair with paw feet and a splat ornately carved in the form of a crown; tables and cabinets, including corner-style; and much more.

A breathtaking collection of stained and leaded-glass doors and windows adorned the couple’s light-filled residence. Four of the colorful antique windows and a masterfully crafted glass-paneled door originated in a stately mansion that once stood on High Street in Morgantown. The door was a fitting entry to Benner’s traditional library filled with thousands of rare books, many of them first editions and some of them signed. The books will be auctioned separately in a Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 auction, also conducted by Joe R. Pyle.

Among the other categories represented in the sale are antique clocks, Persian rugs, African tribal pieces, cast-iron doorstops, and hundreds of items of opera-related ephemera collected by Yeend during her distinguished career. The latter grouping includes opera scores and posters from her performances.

“The term ‘once in a lifetime’ can be overused, but when it comes to art and antiques, the Yeend/Benner collection is in a class of its own, with pieces dating back as early as the 16th century,” said auctioneer and company owner Joe R. Pyle. “This is a landmark collection, the likes of which we may never see again in this part of the United States, or anywhere, for that matter. There are things in this auction that are going to surprise even the most jaded collectors.”

The auction will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, and Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in Fairmont, West Virginia. (Rare books will be auctioned on Oct. 2, 2014). Absentee, phone and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. View the catalog online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.





Today's News

August 18, 2014

China fishes for growth with world's largest aquarium: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota invites public to witness creation of new installation at Sackler Gallery

Slow Learner: Group exhibition on view at Timothy Taylor Gallery in London

'Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia' on view at the Photographers' Gallery

Former Haunch of Venison London directors to open Parafin in London's Mayfair this September

Steve McQueen Ferrari smashes record at RM's Saturday Monterey Sale session

Spectacular lifetime collection of one of America's most cultured couples to be auctioned by Joe R. Pyle

High Museum of Art announces first installation in Lucinda Weil Bunnen Gallery for Photography

Christian Marclay's internationally acclaimed cinematic work 'The Clock' on view at Walker Art Center

Prominent Washington attorney Max N. Berry's antique toy and bank collection to be auctioned

Archive Play: New release from Kehrer Verlag features the work of Hertta Kiiski and Niina Vatanen

Morphy's Aug. 30-31 Fine & Decorative Art Auction features fine jewelry, rare coins

Ronald Phillips reveals highlights to be presented at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show

Two artist show featuring works by Katerina Marcelja and Amanda C. Mathis on view at Gallery Molly Krom

Bernhard Knaus announces representation of German artist Myriam Holme

Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi in Ryan Lee's RLWindow

Arts & Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps on view at the Bellevue Arts Museum

Howard Ben Tré's cast glass sculptural exhibition to make its northwest debut at Museum of Glass

Landseasky: Video artists reflect on the horizon in the Australian premiere of this international exhibition

Exhibition of works by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, Kwan Kam Cheong & Nick Poon on view in Hong Kong

Works by Mitchell Lonas on view at Callan Contemporary in New Orleans

Newly launched Hagins & Mortimer Design to show paintings by Plein-Air painter Linda Fantuzzo

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site