FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, Sept. 24, Quinn Auction Galleries of Northern Virginia will present a 375-lot Decorative Arts and Fine Art Auction featuring selections from residences and distinguished collections from across the center of the Atlantic. The auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and all bidding will be done live online, by phone, or absentee.
The auction offers a wide range of Asian, American, European and modern art. Among the artists represented in the fine art category are Merton D. Simpson (co-founder of Harlem’s Spiral Collective), 17th century Dutch painter Jan van Goyen, neo-pop artist Peter Tunney and many more d importance in the market. Decorative art categories include bronzes, art glass, large case clocks, modern and antique furniture; and Galle cameo glass lamps. Ceramics include Greek pottery from 6th century Corinth and 5th century Sicily.
An excellent variety of Asian decorative arts includes porcelain, jades, Japanese Fuchi Kashira, Chinese bronzes, Southeast Asian woodcarvings, and Chinese folding screens. And as Quinn’s clientele expects, there will also be a fine jewelry selection including rings, bracelets and necklaces, crafted from gold and sterling silver.
The paintings are led by a 1640s oil on panel Jan van Goyen (Dutch, 1596-1656) titled City view on a canal. The 19 x 25¼ inch work retains a partial gallery tag on the reverse from a 1906 auction of the Baron Koningswarter Collection held November 20, 1906 in Berlin and conducted by Friedrich Schwarz and Eduard Schulte. Van Goyen is a listed artist, featured in volume 8 (1927) by Cornelis Hofstede de Groot Catalog Raisonné of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. Quinn’s placed an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 on City view on a canal.
Other works of art include a signed and untitled Grand Canyon landscape by Lucien Whiting Powell (Washington DC, 1846-1930), estimated between $1,500 and $2,000: and four mounted Pueblo bronze plaques, each with a striking composition of thunderbirds and geometric patterns, by Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo, b.1969-). The work is signed “Tammy Garcia 2/35” and estimated between 1,000 and 2,000 dollars
An outstanding example of ancient ceramic art in the sale is an Attic white ground lekythos from the 5th century BCE by an Aischine painter. It depicts the goddess Eos with her arms outstretched to embrace Tithonus, who walks away with one arm outstretched towards Eos and the other holding a lyre. The 11-inch vessel (including the mount) is adorned with a Greek key border and other geometric designs, and is of a type that would have been used by family members as a grave offering. He may have originated in Sicily, either in Gela or in Selinunte. Estimate $14,000 to $18,000
A very fine Emile Galle (French, 1846-1904) cameo glass vase/lamp 23 inches high is decorated with trees and landscape scenes on an orange background. The lampshade is signed “Galle” in cameo. From the collection of Curtis T Bell, it is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000.
Adding whimsy to the sale, Jason Walker (Utah, b.1973-), A wild area The #8332 porcelain teapot embodies an aesthetic that crosses industrial design with steampunk. Its three components – a stand, teapot, and finial lid – are fashioned with a fake gauge, gear, metal pipe, and other accessories. Standing 21½ inches tall, it is listed with an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.
Therman Statom (American, b.1953-) Eclipse (Branch) is a fantastic 68 inch tall glass and mixed media sculpture in the form of a tree. Created in 2000, it is signed by the artist and dated near the base. Estimate: $1,500 to $2,000
A highlight of Asian art is an eight-panel Chinese folding screen of black lacquered coromandel wood which is carved and polychrome painted on its surface. One side depicts figures in a garden scene, along with “shou (longevity)” figures on the edge. The other side is decorated with flowers, birds and nature scenes. It measures 96 by 106 inches and comes with an estimate of $1,500 to $2,000.
The auction includes several noteworthy timekeepers, including a stately English George III John Wontner (English, 1745/46-1802) chinoiserie high-cased chinoiserie clock made in the last quarter of the 18th century. It has an eight-day movement and a square brass dial with a silver hour ring with Roman hours and Arabic minutes. The dial is signed “John Wontner”. Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000.
A smaller option is a stylish and very well-maintained Girard-Perregaux 18k yellow gold and diamond watch with a lattice-style dial cover. It is set with 17 bezel set round brilliant cut diamonds, each approximately 0.03ct, making a total of approximately 0.51ct. This luxury watch from a Swiss company founded in 1791 comes with its original presentation box and is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000.
All goods from the September 24, 2022 auction can be viewed at the Quinn Gallery from September 19-23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046. For information on any item in the auction, to book a phone line to bid on auction day, or to leave an order of purchase at the gallery, contact the Quinn specialist Jordan Karlstrand by calling 703-532-5632 or emailing [email protected] Live online auctions will be available through LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. Proxy bids can also be placed (prior to the start of the sale) via LiveAuctioneers or HiBid (via Quinn’s website). Visit Quinn’s online at www.quinnsauction.com.