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Rare British Sterling Sporting Cup Featured at Woodbury Auction’s Annual Fall Fine Estates Sale September 29th

Posted September 17, 2013

Rare Gentlemem's Sports Day Trophy - 1871

Portrait Photo Andy Warhol

Tiffany & Co Round Bronze Clock - Union Station

William Van Zandt Equestrian Painting

Pair Folk Art Portraits Ridgefield, CT

Japanese Armor 19th Century

Group Asian Carvings

Seymour School Sheraton Sideboard

Group Jewelry Items

Important Baccarat Crystal & Bronze Chandelier

Fine Small Shirvan Rug

Warhol Photograph, Period Furniture & Mid-Century Decorations Included

Woodbury, CT – On Sunday, September 29th Woodbury Auction presents its Annual Fall Fine Estates Auction. Several estates form the core of the sale, principally fine and decorative arts from the Estate of Ada Louise Huxtable, noted Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic from New York City. Also included in this 450 plus lot sale are fine and decorative arts objects from several other estates and consignors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Georgia. Thomas Schwenke, owner/auctioneer, commented that “this auction has a tremendous selection of great objects in many diverse categories.”

Principal among the highlights is a rare and perhaps unique Sheffield Football Club Sterling Silver Athletic Sports Cup of 1872, awarded for 1st place in the three mile flat race July 8, 1872, hallmarked Martin, Hall, and Co., London 1871. This very rare Gentlemen’s Sports Day Trophy represents one of the only examples of a 19th Century English Football Club award to be offered at auction, and descending in the Sheffield family of the consignor. The Sheffield Football Club was founded in 1857 and holds the distinction of being the oldest club now playing association football in Britain. Sheffield won the FA amateur cup in 1904, and the trophy was awarded at their 15th annual interclub competitive games. The cup carries a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$70,000.

Another highlight lot is an Andy Warhol 1968 unsigned chromogenic print, attributed to Phillipe Halsman (Am. 1906-1979). The bust length multi-hued portrait is from a series shot by Halsman in 1968 and later featured in the solo exhibition "Halsman Photographs Warhol", at Nahan Gallery, New York, 1989. Images from this series were published in a stamped and numbered limited edition (of 100) at that time, 16" wide, 20" high.

A unique sale lot is a Tiffany & Co. bronze double faced round clock, 19th century, with partial pierce carved gilt bronze dials and numerals, stamped Tiffany & Co. New York. This clock was said to have been part of Union Station, NY in the 19th/20th century, sold together with a letter from the owner referencing Britten's Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers, 7th edition, NY Dutton 1956.

Also featured is a wonderful William Van Zandt oil on canvas of a sulky and horse, in the original frame, which descended in the family of the sulky driver, Walter Cornell Harrington (1856-1905). Three companion portraits are offered from the same consignor, including a portrait of the sulky driver’s mother Sarah Elizabeth Cornell (1823-1882), a double portrait of Sarah and her brother William W. Cornell (1812-1894), and a portrait of William, attributed to Joseph Allen Haskell, painted in 1820. The Cornell and Harrington families were prominent in Troy and Albany, New York, with established wealth and social status with wide ranging business interests including manufacturing, banking, farming and public service.

Other portraits of interest in the sale include a rare pair of folk art portraits of a man and woman, painted on board “by Martin E. Clark of Ridgefield February 10, 1847", still in their original mahogany veneered ogee frames, 33" wide, 38" high. Another engaging portrait with New York interest is a portrait on board by Randall Palmer (Am. 1807-1845) of a gentleman, P.A. Carpenter, bearing inscription verso "P.A. Carpenter - painted by his friend R. Palmer Seneca Falls, May 1 1834", measuring 30" wide, 38" high.

Of special interest is a Japanese 19th century suit of armor, with helmet, and two turn of the century Japanese military swords. Many other Asian lots will be offered, including several Chinese carved figures, Chinese porcelain and Japanese stoneware, including a Liu Cai Pin carp decorated porcelain jar, and a colorful Asian kimono. In addition, a group of eight carved boxwood figures depicting The Eight Immortals is also up for bid, together with the illustrated book P'ang Tao, Eight Fairies’ Festival.

American and English period furniture lots include a fine Sheraton carved mahogany sideboard attributed to Thomas Seymour, Boston, circa 1815, a fine New England figured maple desk, a serpentine top Connecticut cherry pembroke table with arched stretcher, a Regency mahogany sofa table, a George III mahogany bachelor chest with slide, several period tables and stands, and an Adam style decorated console table with inlaid shaped marble top.

A fine oil on board by Louis Benjamin Hughes Floutier (Fr. 1882-1936), "Woman in Courtyard", signed lower right Floutier, 16" high, 21" wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2000-$4000.

In addition, a Paul Cadmus signed etching “Two Boys On a Beach – No. 2” is being offered publicly for the first time by a Connecticut family who inherited the etching from New York ancestors who purchased the work from the Albany Institute of Art in the 1930’s. Cadmus worked in the Albany area, and the etching is based on Cadmus’ painting of the same name and is estimated at $3000-$4000.

A local estate contributed many lots of fine art, prints and works on paper, including Alexander Calder lithographs, oils by R. Bouche, F. Gerome, H. Girod De L'Ain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Rudolph Pen, Octavius Thomas Clark, Adolphe Lalauze, George Rouault, Alphonse Legrose, Jacques Beurdeley, James Prescott Champlin, Philip Kappel, Samuel Arlent Edwards, Alfred Van Neste, Pierre Bonnard, Geroge Elbert Burr, Emile Malo-Renault, Gustave Singier, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Two New York estates yielded many fine pieces of mid-century furniture and decorations, including several credenzas and a headboard by Paul McCobb, modernist lighting including an arc lamp by Cassina, a dining room suite by Eero Saarninen for Knoll, and other modernist lots ranging from silver candlesticks to plywood chairs by Herman Miller for Eames. Modern and contemporary artists are also well represented, with works on paper from Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Jacques Lipschitz, and Oskar Kokoschka.

The Huxtable estate includes many fine pieces of Louis Comfort Tiffany glass, including a pair of bud vases, scalloped dishes, various vases and bowls, and a rare group of six probably Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile glass shades, early 20th century, mounted on a modern brass ceiling fixture.

Fine jewelry is represented in the sale, including a vintage Edwardian silver and gold diamond encrusted brooch, circa 1900, in the form of a fly, with ruby cabochon eyes, hinged wings and removable clasp screw mechanism, a 1.25 carat solitaire platinum set European cut diamond engagement ring, a Tiffany 14K gold cuff bracelet (25.05 dwt), a men's 14K gold ring with one round brilliant cut diamond, a smaller European cut diamond and a blue cabochon stone, as well as other estate jewelry.

Also on offer is a large French Baccarat crystal and bronze six light chandelier, circa 1860, having a central fluted baluster column enclosed in a bronze framework with crystal stranding, six single light arms below with crystal swag and ball decoration, measuring 40” high and 26” wide.

The sale also includes a large selection of estate oriental carpets including Persian and Caucasian room and scatter sized rugs, and other regional Asian rugs of varying sizes. Featured carpet lots include a fine small Shirvan rug, a Baktiari garden rug, a large Persian garden rug, and a fine Persian room size rug with unusual central medallion.

This sale is being held at the firm’s auction hall at Middle Quarter Plaza, in Woodbury. Preview times are Sunday, September 22nd, 11am-5 pm; Thursday, September 26th, noon -5pm; Friday, September 27th, 10am - 6pm; Saturday, September 28th, 10am - 5pm; and Sunday, September 29th, 10am to sale time, and other times by appointment.

The catalog for the sale is viewable at Absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction, and the sale will be conducted with live internet bidding on Live Auctioneers. To register or arrange for absentee or phone bidding through the gallery, please call Woodbury Auction at 203-266-0323.

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