GUNDI VIVIANI FINCH STUDIO ART GLASS SCULPTURE Gundi Viviani-Finch Canadian contemporary studio art glass monumental abstract glass-on-glass sculpture, signed and dated 1999 on the base. 32" H x 16" W x 6.5" D.
MARTYN "NATURAL HISTORY" HAND-COLORED PLATE, 1785 Hand-colored engraved plate (Plate XVII) from "A New Dictionary of Natural History; or Compleat Universal Display of Animated Nature," by William Frederic Martyn, published by Harrison & Co. 1785, illustrating "1. Highland Bull. 2. Bullae. 3. Greater Bull-Finch. 4. Little Brown Bull-Finch. 5. North American Bull-Finch. 6. Bull-Head. 7. Armed Bull-Head." Image: 13.25" H x 8" W; frame: 19" H x 13.75" W x 1" D. Areas of wrinkling, minor discoloration and foxing, old tape on frame.
BRASS MODELS OF BIRDS, PAIR Pair of brass models of corpulent birds, possibly Japanese Finches. 6? H x 5.5? diameter. Provenance: From the estate of American film producer Martin Bregman (Scarface, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon). Removed from his Park Avenue apartment decorated by Sister Parish and Albert Hadley.
GEO. EDWARDS ORNITHOLOGICAL COLORED ETCHINGS, 2 Two George Edwards (British 1694-1773) hand colored etchings, from "A Natural History of Uncommon Birds," published London 1743-1764, each with two birds including "The Wax Bill" and The Grey Finch" with caterpillar, in gilt decorated frames. Image: 9.5" H x 7.5" W; frames: 13.625" H x 11.75" W x 0.5" D.
IRVING PENN, (5) VOLS. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED Each title inscribed and signed "Irving Penn" or initialed "I.P." 1) Still Life. Bullfinch, 2001; 2) A Career in Photography. Art Inst. of Chicago, 1997; 3) Irving Penn. Museum of Modern Art, 1984; 4) Platinum Prints. National Gallery of Art/Yale, 2005; 5) Passage. Knopf/Callaway, 1991; 12.5"h x 11"w (largest)
(22) EASTON PRESS & OTHER LEATHER-BOUND BOOKS(lot of 22) Books published by Easton Press and other fine publishers, some signed first editions (SFE), leather binding, gilt page ends, many appear unread, titles: (1) O-Zone, Theroux (SFE); (1) Lee & Grant, Smith; (1) Nimitz, Potter; (1) The Great Fake Book, Bourjaily (SFE); (1) Roger's Version, Updike, (SFE), (1) The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne; (1) The Dispossessed, Le Guin; (1) Waterloo, The Hundred Days, Updike; (1) 2001 Space Odyssey; (1) The Rommel Papers, Rommel; (1) Great Expectations, Dickens; (1) The Curious Case of Sidd Finch, Plimpton (SFE); (1) Journals, 1939-1983, Spender (SFE); (1) Empire, Vidal; (1) The Sinter Soldiers, Ketchum; (1) The Magic Mountain, Mann; (1) At Dawn We Slept, Prange; (1) The 900 days, Salisbury; (1) A Fantastic Heart, O'Brien (SFE); (1) The Long March, Salisbury; (1) Wuthering Heights, Bronte; (1) Mysteries of Winterthrun, Oates (SFE); 49lbs total
JOHN FINCHER (B.1941) OIL PAINTING 'BRUSH OFF'Framed oil on canvas painting, "Brush Off," signed lower right Fincher (John Fincher, New Mexico, b.1941), sight: approx 12"h, 9"w, overall: approx 13.25"h, 10.25"w, 1.5lbs *Provenance: The family of Alfred A. King (Texas, 1916-2006) great-grandson of Captain Richard King, founder of the now 825,000 acre Texas King Ranch.*
(2) AMERICAN FOLK ART PORTRAIT PAINTINGS(lot of 2) Framed oil on canvas board paintings, Fred McCall (20th/ 21st c.), including: (1) "Little Miss Fairfield," after the original by William Matthew Prior (Massachusetts, Maine, 1806-1873), (1) "Boy with Finch," after the original by John Brewster Jr. (Connecticut, Maine, 1766-1854); sight: approx 19.5"h, 15.5"w, overall: approx 22.5"h, 18.5"w, 4.75lbs total **Provenance- From the Estate of Claude and Zenobia Nantz**
LALIQUE FRANCE GROUPING OF GLASS To include a Lalique Pinsons Finch Bowl (3.75" x 9.25"), Lalique Nemour Bowl (4" x 10"), lidded decanter (10" x 6.5"), One Lalique tumbler (4.5"), 2 brandy glasses, religious stand (7.25"), nude figure (4.5"), stand (3.75"). From a Westchester NY estate. Condition: Nemour bowl has small nick on rim.
FINE PAIR OF GEORGE III PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ROSEWOOD AND SATINWOOD CONSOLE TABLES, ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS SHERATON33 1/2 x 42 x 16 1/2 in.
Note: These consoles are similar to a design by Thomas Sheraton: 'As pier tables are merely for ornament under a glass, they are generally made very light and the style of finishing them is rich and elegant. Sometimes the tops are solid marble, but most commonly veneered in rich satin, or other valuable wood, with a cross-band on the outside, a border about two inches richly japanned, and a narrow cross-band beyond it to go all round...stretching-rails have of late been introduced to these tables, and it must be owned that it is with good effect...as they take off the long appearance of the legs...' (see Sheraton, Thomas, 'The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book', published 1794, Appendix, 'Pier Tables', pages 8 and 9, Plate IV). Sheraton (1751-1806) moved to London around 1790 where he lived for a while at No 41 Davies Street and worked in Wardour Street. His books, published for subscribers in 42 bi-weekly instalments over the years between 1791 and 1794, were extremely influential in shaping the style for Neo-Classical furniture of the time. As a teacher of drawing and architecture he stressed the importance of perspective. He later was ordained as a Baptist minister and left only one known signed piece of furniture, dying in poverty.
The above offered lot has similar painted tops to a pair of George III Polychrome Painted Satinwood Card Tables, sold Christie's, London, April 9, 2003, Lot 80 which sold for GPB33,460 and are in the manner of Seddon, Sons and Shackleton. The pair of card tables and the offer lot shares much in common with the documented work of Seddon, Sons and Shackleton. See C. Gilbert, Seddon, Sons & Shackleton, Furniture History, 1997, pp. 1-29, figs. 3 and 5-6.
Literature: Fastnedge, Ralph, 'Sheraton Furniture', Antique Collectors' Club, Baron Publishing, 1983, cover photograph; Synge, Lanto, 'Mallet's Great English Furniture', Bulfinch Press, Little, Brown and Co., 1991, pp. 150-151, pl. 170.
In good restored condition. The tops with some areas of repaired veneer, filled scuffs and nicks. The painted border with seam separation, patches of inpainting, some lacking decoration. The tops were made to accommodate chair rails. Glue blocks are missing on undersides. The restored giltwood with some nicks. Structurally sound. Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.
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