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Auction Description for Lofty: Select American Art and Design
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Select American Art and Design

by Lofty


13 lots with images

June 14, 2014

Live Auction

225 West 35th Street

Suite 1100

New York, NY, 10001 USA

Phone: 646-679-6510

Email: support@lofty.com

13 Lots
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Tiffany & Co. Bronze Tilt-Top Stand, New York, Early 20th Century

Lot 101: Tiffany & Co. Bronze Tilt-Top Stand, New York, Early 20th Century

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Description: A Tiffany & Co. bronze tilt-top stand, circular top relief decorated with signs and symbols of the zodiac, raised on three legs with detailed claw feet, three dragon heads at base with spiral spindle; impressed maker's mark: Tiffany & Co Tilt-top tables are created to fold down so that they can take up little space when put away. Because the table top folds to display vertically, makers began to create ornate designs, like Tiffany’s “Zodiac” pattern, on these table tops. Tiffany produced the Zodiac pattern for more than thirty years, during which its design varied and was more commonly used to decorate desk items like paper racks and inkwells. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica, “Tilt-Top Table.” and George A. Kemney and Donald Miller, “Tiffany Desk Treasures: A Collector’s Guide.” 37-39.

Condition Report: Appears to be in overall good condition

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Jehudith Sobel, Scene of a Brick House With a Tree in Front

Lot 102: Jehudith Sobel, Scene of a Brick House With a Tree in Front

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Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Signed and dated lower left 'J Sobel 1965.' Provenance: purchased from the Estate of a German businesswoman. Sobel’s use of a bright color palette, short brushstrokes, and impasto reflect the influence of the artist’s Impressionist contemporaries, like Matisse and Bonnard. Sobel was born in Poland and attended the Academy of Fine Art in Lodz, Poland. She studied among fellow Abstract Constructivists like Wladyslaw Steminski and Stefan Wegner. Sobel then moved to Israel where there was an emerging art scene, and was exhibited in galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art at Haifa. In 1956, Sobel moved to New York where she again exhibited in major galleries and institutions, including The Jewish Museum, where she was one of the first two women to be featured in a two-person exhibition. Source: AskArt and The Jewish Museum, New York, N.Y., “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism.”

Condition Report: Appears to be in good condition

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Jehudith Sobel, Abstract Cafe in the Park Scene

Lot 103: Jehudith Sobel, Abstract Cafe in the Park Scene

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Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Signed lower right 'J. Sobel', depicting a cafe scene in a park. Provenance: purchased from the Estate of a German businesswoman

Condition Report: Appears to be in good condition

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John Lear, Fort Riley Series of Six Paintings

Lot 104: John Lear, Fort Riley Series of Six Paintings

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Description: Watercolor on paper, circa 1941, matted, unframed. Provenance: Private estate collection of a former Post Librarian at Fort Riley, a United States Army installation located in North Central Kansas. John Lear (American, 1910- 2008) is known for his watercolor works depicting country life, military and industrial scenes. The artist was drafted into the United States Army, and painted this series of six watercolor paintings in 1941 while he was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. These paintings were exhibited in the Military Art Shows in Washington, DC, and Chicago in 1942-43. PLEASE NOTE: This lot will not be available to ship until Jul 1st.

Condition Report: Appear to be in good condition

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Matsumi Kanemitsu, Group of 5 untitled works

Lot 105: Matsumi Kanemitsu, Group of 5 untitled works

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Description: Three watercolors, an ink drawing, and an oil on canvas. Circa 1940s, the three watercolors stamped/inscribed MK (block signature) on bottom right hand corner), the ink drawing bearing stamp/block initials on left hand bottom corner, the watercolor works (two street scenes: one vertical, one horizontal composition, and one seated figure) and ink drawing (two figures), are 9 x 12", unframed. The oil painting of a horse, unsigned and unframed, 12" x 14". Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by current owner, and accompanied by correspondence between owner and artist.Matsumi Kanemitsu was born in Ohio in 1922 to Japanese parents. In 1925, his parents sent him to a suburb of Hiroshima, Japan, but he returned to the United States in 1940 and enlisted in the Army in 1941. After Pearl Harbor, he was sent to internment camps where he devoted his time to art with materials provided by the American Red Cross. After the war ended, Kanemitsu studied with Fernand Leger in Paris before returning to New York and working amongst abstract painters like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and Willem de Kooning. Kanemitsu eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in a variety of media, from Japanese ink drawings to painting on canvas. The works on offer represent three of Kanemitsu’s mastered techniques, including three watercolors, an ink drawing, and an oil on canvas. Two watercolors depict serene suburban landscapes, while the other depicts a man seated on a couch, pensively looking downward. The oil on canvas shows a horse bounding forward on a swirled ground to heighten the sense of motion. The final piece is an ink drawing of two figures, a man and a woman, and displays the influence of Japanese culture in Kanemitsu’s work. Source: AskArt, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition material, Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres,et al, and The New York Times Obituary, May 16, 1992. PLEASE NOTE: This lot will not be available to ship until Jul 1st.

Condition Report: Appears to be in good condition

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Jon Kuhn (American, b. 1949),

Lot 106: Jon Kuhn (American, b. 1949), "Nostalgia"

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Description: An optical glass cube, circa 1999.In red, black, blue, and gold, with simple casing on base, complete with certification and original invoice Height 9.5 in., Width 6.75 in., Core Width 2.5 in.

Condition Report: Appears to be in very good condition.

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Larry Rivers, Washington Calling, Mixed media on paper

Lot 108: Larry Rivers, Washington Calling, Mixed media on paper

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Description: Mixed media on paper, matted and framed in plexiglass. Signed "Rivers" middle right side, titled "Washington Calling" and numbered "4834" on the reverse, oil stick and adhesive tape on paper. Circa 1960s Framed dimensions are 18 1/2" x 16 1/2". Provenance: Inherited from the current owner's parents who purchased it in the 1960s, possibly directly from the artist. Rivers was born to Ukranian Jewish parents in 1923 in the Bronx. His given name was Yitzak Loiza Grossberg, but after his musical group was introduced at a jazz club as "Larry Rivers and the Mudcats," he adopted this name instead. Later in life, he met artist Jane Freilicher and began to devote his life to painting. Rivers exhibited at the Marlborough Gallery, and his work is in the collections of major institutions like the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. Rivers' work often had a political, historical, or sexual aspect, and included controversial or shocking subjects. This multimedia piece represents his political and historical interests through his depiction of Napoleon on French bank notes. Source: AskArt and Editors, "Front Page", Art in America, October 2002

Condition Report: Condition: appears to be very good

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American Folk Art Portrait of Mother and Child, Possibly Ralph Earl

Lot 109: American Folk Art Portrait of Mother and Child, Possibly Ralph Earl

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Description: Oil on canvas, late 18th century. Several factors including the style of the painting, the age of the canvas and the attire and grooming of the subjects have led to an attribution of this work to an American artist, possibly painted in the mid Atlantic region in the late 18th century sometime around the founding of the United States of America. Normally unsigned portraits by American artists of that day were not nearly as fine as this image. The affluent appearance of the subjects coupled with the fine quality of this painting indicate a hand more gifted and skilled than that of the normal itinerant artist. The monogram on the mother's bracelet has not been researched. American portraitists of the 17th to early 18th centuries were working in the style of English portraiture. Portraits from this period were often painted in a stylized, two dimensional manner to idealize the subject, and objects within the portrait, like jewelry and clothing, were markers of the sitters’ wealth. In this portrait, the woman’s wealth is displayed through her clothing embellished in lace and jewelry, including a monogramed bracelet. Both the woman and child have stylized and idealized faces that are almost expressionless. They woman sits on a lavishly upholstered chair, and the inclusion of flowers could have been used to indicate youth and beauty. Source: Folk Art Museum, New York, N.Y., “Early Portraits.”

Condition Report: Some cracquelure to the paint around the perimeter of the canvas, most noticeably at the top (extending apprx. 4" down), old relining, probably 19th century along with inpainting in a few small areas as seen in the photos, apparently the painting has been lightly cleaned, further restoration should not be necessary.

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Edward Cucuel, Woman in a Blue Dress

Lot 110: Edward Cucuel, Woman in a Blue Dress

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Description: Oil on canvas, signed, first half 20th century Signed lower left, depicting a woman in a blue dress sitting at a table outside, near the edge of the water, with gilt wood frame. Edward Cucuel was born in San Francisco in 1875. Cucuel began his studies at age 14 at a local design school and then studied at the Academie Julian and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Cucuel moved between Paris and New York before settling in Munich until the beginning of World War II. He developed his Impressionist style in Germany. This painting is a beautiful example of the artist’s best known subjects, namely woman in sun-soaked landscapes. Cucuel depicts the woman here looking serene and blissful, encompassed by the lavish landscape around her. Source: AskArt, Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940.," and AAA 1919-33; WWAA 1936-41; Pasadena Star-News, 4-21-1954 (obit).

Condition Report: Appears to be in good condition

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Allen Stringfellow, On This Street I

Lot 111: Allen Stringfellow, On This Street I

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Description: Collage on board, signed lower right and dated 1999 Framed and bearing a label from Essie Green Galleries, New York. Provenance: Acquired by donation to a scholarship foundation. Allen Stringfellow was born in Illinois in 1923. While his mother and father were a jazz musician and nightclub manager, he was raised by his religious grandmother. Much of his art depicts either religious or jazz themes that reflect his upbringing. Stringfellow attended the Art Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his works have been exhibited in galleries and museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago. This collage is an excellent representation of Stringfellow’s influences, with the “Mt. Olive” church portrayed in the left hand corner, and a man appearing to play a jazz guitar in one of the center windows above the YMCA. Source: The History Makers, Allen Stringfellow: Biography.

Condition Report: Appears to be in good condition

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Tom Lovell, Bulldog and Puppies

Lot 112: Tom Lovell, Bulldog and Puppies

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Description: Oil on canvas, signed Signed lower right, possibly a commission by Mack Truck for their famous Bulldog logo. Provenance: gift from the Mack Truck company to the seller's uncle, who was an employee. This painting is displays Lovell’s talent for realistically depicting animals. Better known for his Western scenes, Tom Lovell was famous for his illustrations for magazines like Life, The Saturaday Evening Post, and National Geographic. Due to the intense precision in his work, he seldom completed more than twelve oil paintings in a year. Lovell was the first artist to win the Prix de West, the National Academy of Western Art's highest honor, twice. The Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame elected Lovell in 1974, and named him a Hall of Fame Laureate. Source: AskArt and The Greenwich Workship: Tom Lovell Biography.

Condition Report: Evidence of restoration on the back with several patches.

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George Nakashima, Walnut Spindle Back Bench

Lot 113: George Nakashima, Walnut Spindle Back Bench

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Description: With a straight top rail over 19 spindles and a slab seat. The underside of the bench is marked "Hornbein". Provenance: Purchased directly from George Nakashima in the early 1950's, and owned by the same family since.

Condition Report: Professionally refinished on one side.

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Dale Chihuly, A Unique 'Flame' Blown Glass & Forged Steel Chandelier

Lot 114: Dale Chihuly, A Unique 'Flame' Blown Glass & Forged Steel Chandelier

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Description: Designed by Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) and produced by Chihuly Studio, Seattle, WA, 1997 Red and Gold Chandelier, made of blown glass and forged steel and comprised of 11 Venetian style glass elements. Weighs approximately 250 lbs. Originally commissioned in 1997 by Wall Street investor Michael Palm. Michael Palm was a successful business entrepreneur, philanthropist, educator and passionate art collector. Brilliant, accomplished and generous, he was held in high esteem by his peers and the community. He was a well respected Wall Street investor. He was very active in GLAAD, which he brought to a national force. His foundation supports the Michael Palm Clinic in New York. Michael's Manhattan penthouse consisted of the 37th and 38th floors adjacent to Lincoln Center. He also owned a 13,000 sf home in Telluride on an 80 acre property. Michael Palm passed away in 1998. The Chihuly chandelier is offered for sale by his family. Please note: The winning bidder will be required to have the work installed by an authorized Chihuly studio agent.Chihuly was born in Tacoma, W.A., in 1941. He enrolled in the first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin, and continued at Rhode Island School of Design where he founded and instructed a glass program. Chihuly has received a Fulbright Fellowship, twelve honorary doctorates, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has worked in Venice at the Venini glass factory, and co-founded the Glass School in Washington State. Chiuhuly paved the way in glass developments, establishing it as a medium of fine art. This glass “chandelier” is unquestionably a work of fine art with its deep red hue and intricate designs. Chihuly embellished each facet of the chandelier with floral details that create an enchanting and organic composition. The work was a custom commission and is one of very few “chandeliers” to be offered at auction. Source: Dale Chihuly Website: Biography.

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