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Auction Description for Material Culture Auctioneers: December Estates
Auction Description:
December Estates | Fine Art, Folk Art, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Asian and Ethnographic Arts, Oriental Rugs and Textiles. Auction: Monday, December 5, 2016, 10AM EST. Exhibition: December 3-4, 11AM-5PM.
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Exhibition: December 3-4, 11AM-5PM

December Estates (671 Lots)

by Material Culture


671 lots with images

December 5, 2016

Live Auction

Philadelphia, PA, USA

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William Marshall Allen (20th c.)

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Description: William Marshall Allen (American, 20th c.) "Ostriches", 1982, copper wire and mixed media sculpture, on a slate base, signed "WMA". Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist. Size: 17'' x 11'' x 32'' (43 x 28 x 81 cm). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Dayak Baby Carrier Basket

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Description: Dayak Baby Carrier Basket, woven basketry and wood carrier adorned with ornate bead designs and other regalia. Used by the nomadic tribes to carry infants through the jungle. Dayak Peoples, Kalimantan / Borneo. Size: 15'' x 17'' x 9'' (38 x 43 x 23 cm). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Chinese Song Dynasty Style Dao Sword

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Description: Chinese Song Dynasty Style Dao Sword. Damascus wootz blade. Size: 29.75", 76 cm (blade), 7.25", 18 cm (handle), 38", 97 cm (total length in sheath).

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Renzo Faggioli (20th c.) Sliced Apple Sculpture

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Description: Renzo Faggioli (20th c.) Oversized Sliced Apple Sculpture, 3 Part Raku fired ceramic. Ranging in size from 14" x 6.5" x 6" (36 x 17 x 15 cm) to 18" x 12.5" x 7" (46 x 32 x 18 cm). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Tribal Coral and Silver Alloy Necklace

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Description: Tribal Coral and Silver Alloy Necklace. Size: 13.5", 34 cm (total length), 3", 8 cm (width).

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Thea Tewi (b. 1915)

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Description: Thea Tewi (b. 1915) "Last of the Guests", 1979, finely carved unique carrara marble sculpture, signed and dated. Size: 25.5'' x 19'' x 8'' (65 x 48 x 20 cm). Provenance: Randall Galleries, Ltd. New York; Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Jasper Johns  Bent Stencil, from Fragment - According to What 1971, color lithograph

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Description: Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930) "Bent Stencil" (from Fragment - According to What), 1971, color lithograph, numbered, signed and dated. Size: 27" x 19.75", 69 x 50 x 17 cm (sight), 36.75" x 38.75", 93 x 73 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Jock Sturges (American, b. 1947)

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Description: Jock Sturges (American, b. 1947) "Misty Dawn, Northern California", 1989, gelatin silver photograph, from an edition of 40, titled, signed, numbered and dated on verso. Size: 21.5" x 17.5", 55 x 44 cm (sight); 22.25" x 18.25", 57 x 46 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Jock Sturges (b. 1947)

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Description: Jock Sturges (American, b. 1947) "Flore et Frederique, Montalivet, France", 1988, gelatin silver photograph, from an edition of 40, titled, signed, numbered and dated on verso. Size: 17.25" x 13.75", 44 x 35 cm (sight); 22.25" x 18.25", 57 x 46 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Swiss Tschaggattta Carnival Mask

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Description: Swiss Tschaggattta Carnival Mask, carved and painted wood, hair, teeth, signed Ernst Rieder. Size: 20'' x 11'' x 7'', 51 x 28 x 18 cm (mask only). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Mary Ellen Mark (1941-2015)

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Description: Mary Ellen Mark (American, 1941-2015) "Portrait of Mother Teresa, Calcutta", silver gelatin photograph, titled, signed, dated and stamped on verso. Size: 6.5" x 9.5", 17 x 24 cm (sight); 14.25" x 17.25", 36 x 44 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Wilson Bigaud (Haitian, 1931-2010) Christmas Celebration

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Description: Wilson Bigaud (Haitian, 1931-2010) Christmas Celebration, oil painting on canvas, signed. Size: 18'' x 24'', 46 x 61 cm (stretcher); 18.75'' x 24.75'', 48 x 63 cm (frame).

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John Graham (1886-1961) Abstract Painting, 1932

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Description: John Graham (American, 1886-1961) Abstract Painting, 1932, oil on canvas, signed "GRAHAM" and dated "XXXII" in roman numerals (upper right). Size: 30" x 25", 76 x 64 cm (stretcher); 35" x 30", 89 x 76 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Sonja Sekula (1918-1963) Painting

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Description: Sonja Sekula (1918-1963) "Seagull Against Steel", abstract oil painting on canvas. Size: 28" x 26", 71 x 66 cm (stretcher). Provenance: Betty Parsons Gallery, New York (label on verso); Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Mose Tolliver (1925-2006) Piranha

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Description: Mose Tolliver (American/Alabama 1925-2006) Fish, painting on board, signed. Size: 16'' x 27.25'', 41 x 69 cm (board).

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Pair of Bronze Chair Sculptures

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Description: Pair of Bronze Chair Sculptures by an Unknown Artist. Each Size: 14" x 6" x 5" (36 x 15 x 13 cm). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Al Capp (1909-1979)

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Description: Al Capp (American, 1909-1979) "You've Ruined a $1,000 Chair", 1974, color lithograph, signed, dated and numbered, from an edition of 250. This artwork features Al Capp's Fearless Fosdick character, a parody of Dick Tracy. Size: 23.5'' x 33.75'', 60 x 86 cm (sight); 27.5'' x 37.75'', 70 x 96 cm (frame).

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Al Capp (1909-1979) Li'l Abner Original Comic Art

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Description: Al Capp (American, 1909-1979) Li'l Abner Original Comic Strip Artwork, c. 1966, featuring Bob Hope, ink and graphite on paper mounted to board, with sketches on verso, matted. Size: 9.5" x 28.5", 24 72 cm (largest window), 32" x 35", 81 x 89 cm (mat).

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Larry Fink (b. 1941) Photograph from

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Description: Larry Fink (American, b. 1941) Photograph from "The Black Tie Series", silver gelatin print, signed on verso. Size: 13.75'' x 13.75'', 35 x 35 cm (sight); 24.25'' x 20.25'', 62 x 51 cm (frame). Provenance: The Philadelphia Photo Review Auction, 1983, lot 33. Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Aaron Wexler (b. 1974)

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Description: Aaron Wexler (American, b. 1974) "Clearance", oil painting on canvas, signed on stretcher. Size: 61.5'' x 48'', 156 x 122 cm (stretcher).

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William Eggleston (b. 1939) Silver Gelatin Photograph, 1969

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Description: William Eggleston (American, b. 1939) Silver Gelatin B+W Photograph, 1969, depicting children in the parking lot of McLemore Food Store, signed and dated in ink along the lower margin. Size: 8.5'' x 8.5'', 22 x 22 cm (sight); 15.5" x 15.5", 39 x 39 cm (frame). Provenance: Private Philadelphia, PA Collection; Ex Collection of Marcia Hare, who acquired the photograph directly from the artist.

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William Eggleston (b. 1939) Photograph, 1971

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Description: William Eggleston (American, b. 1939) Silver Gelatin B+W Photograph, 1971, depicting police officers, signed and dated in ink along the lower margin. Size: 13" x 18", 33 x 46 cm (sight); 19.75" x 24.75", 50 x 63 cm (frame). Provenance: Private Philadelphia, PA Collection; Ex Collection of Marcia Hare, who acquired the photograph directly from the artist.

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Lawrence M. Ludtke (1929-2007) Bronze Sculpture

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Description: Lawrence M. Ludtke (American, 1929-2007) Figural Bronze Sculpture of a Pilot, signed and dated 1977. Size: 17.75" x 7.25" x 6.25", 45 x 18 x 16 cm. Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Richard Dempsey (1909-1987) Abstract Painting

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Description: Richard Dempsey (African American, 1909-1987) Abstract Composition, oil on board, signed upper right. Size: 6.75'' x 21.75'', 17 x 55 cm (sight); 9" x 24", 23 x 61 cm (frame).

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Ernest Crichlow (1914-2005)

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Description: Ernest Crichlow (African American, 1914-2005) "Young Woman in Yellow Dress", 1979, color etching and aquatint, Artist's proof, aside from the edition of 175, titled, signed and dated. Size: 23'' x 17'', 58 x 43 cm (sight); 30'' x 24'', 76 x 61 cm (frame).

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Dick Kagan (20th c.)

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Description: Dick Kagan (American, 20th c.) "Scissors", 1988, printed 1991, titled, signed and dated on verso. Size: 11.75" x 8.75", 30 x 22 cm (sight); 20.25" x 16.25", 51 x 41 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Unknown Artist (20th c.)

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Description: Unknown Artist (20th c.) "The Ovulation Predictor", From The Fertility Tests Series, 1990, toned silver photograph, from an edition of 25, numbered, titled, dated and signed (illegibly). Size: 11.5" x 11.25", 29 x 29 cm (sight); 20.75" x 16.75", 53 x 43 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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Joel-Peter Witkin (b. 1939)

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Description: Joel-Peter Witkin (American, b. 1939) "Portrait of the Holocaust, N.M.", 1982, toned gelatin silver photograph, from an edition of 15, signed, titled, dated and numbered. Size: 14.5" x 14.5", 37 x 37 cm (image), 23.25" x 23.25", 59 x 59 cm (frame). Archival framing by Larry Becker. Exhibition: "Joel-Peter Witkin: Eye for the Forbidden - Photographs from the Collection of George Felice" at The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA) September 13 - October 20, 2001.

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Joel-Peter Witkin (b. 1939)

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Description: Joel-Peter Witkin (American, b. 1939) "Woman as the Measure of All Things, N.M.", 1982, toned gelatin silver photograph, from an edition of 15, signed, titled, dated and numbered. Size: 14.5" x 14.5", 37 x 37 cm (image), 23.25" x 23.25", 59 x 59 cm (frame). Archival framing by Larry Becker. Exhibition: "Joel-Peter Witkin: Eye for the Forbidden - Photographs from the Collection of George Felice" at The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA) September 13 - October 20, 2001.

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Franklin Watkins (1894-1972)

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Description: Franklin Chenault Watkins (American, 1894-1972) "Have Mercy with What's Left", oil painting on canvas, signed. Size: 29" x 17", 74 x 43 cm (stretcher). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Bill Peronneau (b. 1946) Photograph

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Description: Bill Peronneau (American, b. 1946) "Untitled", toned silver photograph. Provenance: Philadelphia Photo Review Auction 1983 lot 65. Size: 5" x 7", 13 x 18 cm (sight); 14.25" x 17.25", 36 x 44 cm (frame).

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Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915) Painting

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Description: Konstantin Makovsky (Russian, 1839-1915) Portrait of a Lady, oil painting on canvas, signed. Stamped on verso: Atelier Constantin Makovsky. Size: 18" x 13", 46 x 33 cm (stretcher); 29.25" x 25", 74 x 64 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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E. Montiel (20th c.) Bronze Figure Sculpture

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Description: E. Montiel (20th c.) Bronze Figure Sculpture. Height: 14" (36 cm). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012)

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Description: LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921-2012) "Volvo Masters", 1983, color serigraph, signed and numbered, from an edition of 300. The artwork depicts a Tennis match between John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. Framed. Size: 29'' x 39.5'', 74 x 100 cm (sight); 38.5'' x 48.5'', 98 x 123 cm (frame).

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude (b. 1935)

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Description: Christo and Jeanne-Claude (b. 1935) "Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California," 1972-1976, color offset lithograph, signed upper left, framed. Size: 24'' x 38'', 61 x 97 cm (sight); 32'' x 46.5'', 81 x 118 cm (frame).

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude (b. 1935) Surrounded Islands

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Description: Christo and Jeanne-Claude (b. 1935) Surrounded Islands Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1982, color offset lithograph, signed lower right, framed. Size: 24'' x 38'', 61 x 97 cm (sight); 32'' x 46.5'', 81 x 118 cm (frame).

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Jean Pougny (1894-1956) Painting

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Description: Jean Pougny (1894-1956) Seated Figures, oil painting, signed lower right. Size: 10" x 14.25", 25 x 36 cm (sight); 17.75" x 22.25", 45 x 57 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

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Description: Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) "La Charrue" (The Plow), c. 1901, Lithograph, state 4. The color version appeared in the anarchist journal "Les Temps Nouveaux." Size: 14.75'' x 11'', 37 x 28 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

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Paul Cesar Helleu (1859-1927) Drypoint Etching

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Description: Paul Cesar Helleu (French, 1859-1927) drypoint etching in colors, a portrait of Helen Helleu, signed. Size: 15.5'' x 14.5'', 39 x 37 cm (sight); 25.25'' x 24'', 64 x 61 cm (frame). Estate of Edward Soleimani, Englewood, NJ.

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Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Jane Avril, lithograph

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Description: Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Jane Avril, lithograph from the portfolio Le Cafe Concert. Published by L'Estample Originale, Paris 1893. Size: 11" x 8.75", 28 x 22 cm (sight); 22" x 19", 56 x 48 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA.

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After Pierre-Jules Mene (1810-1879) Bronze Sculpture

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Description: After Pierre-Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879) Bronze Sculpture of a Greyhound with Ball, signed, on marble plinth. Size: 7" x 5.75" x 10", 18 x 15 x 25 cm; 6" x 4.25" x 8.5", 15 x 11 x 22 cm (bronze). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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After Pierre-Jules Mene (1810-1879) Horse

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Description: After Pierre-Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879) Horse, signed: "P.J. MENE". Size: 8.75" x 11" x 4.25", 22 x 28 x 11 cm. Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Frederick Judd Waugh (1861-1940) Seagulls

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Description: Frederick Judd Waugh (American, 1861-1940) Seagulls over Water (Maine), oil painting on canvas. Size: 25" x 30", 64 x 76 cm (stretcher). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872)

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Description: John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816-1872) "Giant of the Valley - Roaring Brook Falls", landscape oil painting on canvas, signature not found. Size: 12" x 20", 30 x 51 cm (stretcher); 24" x 32'', 61 x 76 cm (frame). Exhibitions: Gerald Peters Gallery, NY (1994); The Berkshire Museum, MA (1990); The New Britain Museum of American Art (1990); The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (1990). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816-1872)

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Description: John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816-1872) "Adirondack Stream", oil painting on board. Exhibition: Spencer Museum of Art Lawrence Kansas 1978. Size: 9" x 7.5", 23 x 19 cm (board); 14.25" x 13", 36 x 33 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Willard LeRoy Metcalf (1858-1925) Watercolor

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Description: Willard LeRoy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925) Landscape, watercolor on paper, signed lower left. Size: 12.75" x 18", 32 x 46 cm (sight); 23.25" x 27.25", 59 x 69 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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French Bronze Figural Deer Sculpture

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Description: French Bronze Figural Deer Sculpture, on marble plinth, signed Aigon, with one broken antler. Size: 8.25" x 8.25" x 3.5", 21 x 21 x 9 cm; 7" x 7.25" x 2", 18 x 18 x 5 cm (bronze). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Attr. to Andrea Locatelli (1693-1741) Landscape

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Description: Attributed to Andrea Locatelli (Italian, 1693-1741) Landscape, oil painting on canvas. Size: 14" x 19", 36 x 48 cm (stretcher); 21" x 25.25", 53 x 64 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Attr. to Anselm Friedrich Feuerbach (1829-1880)

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Description: Attributed to Anselm Friedrich Feuerbach (German, 1829-1880) "Pieta", oil painting on canvas, a sketch, relined. Size: 12" x 15.75", 30 x 40 cm (stretcher); 14.5" x 18.5", 37 x 47 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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Old Master Attr. to Claude Lorrain (1600-1682)

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Description: Massive Old Master Painting Attributed to Claude Lorrain (French, 1600-1682) A classical theme landscape depicting Apollo in the foreground, with Mount Helicon in the distance. This oil painting on canvas bears restorations throughout, it is framed in heavy carved wood framed with plaque inscribed: "Repeopling The Earth After The Deluge - 1600 Claude Lorrain 1682 - From the Collection of the Earl of Egremont". Size: 96'' x 71'', 244 x 180 cm (stretcher), 80'' x 106'', 203 x 269 cm (frame). Provenance: Estate of Alexander R. Raydon, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY.

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