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b. 1925 - d. 2004

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    • 5 Works by Werner Wildner
      Jul. 07, 2024

      5 Works by Werner Wildner

      Est: $300 - $400

      Werner Wildner (Tennessee, 1925-2004), 2 watercolor illustrations and 3 drawings. Pencil sketches include 1) a witch with cane, emerging from a boot (sheet 19"H x 11"W, matted to 26 1/2"H x 18 1/2"W); 2) a gnome with mushroom (on silk, sight 10 1/2" x 6", matted to 20" x 14") and 3) a partial face with eyes and nose, with a dart piercing and drawing blood from one eyeball (sight 6" H x 5"W, matted to 13"H x 11 5/8"W). Also includes two watercolor/gouache illustrations on cardstock of a doctor and patient dated 1957 (12"H x 7 1/8"W) and an eyeball dated 1963 (13"H x 10"W). All works are signed (eyeball signed en verso).  PROVENANCE: The collection of Dr. Spencer Thornton of Nashville, acquired by him directly from the artist.

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    • 3 Werner Wildner Drawings incl. Gnomes, Scarecrow
      Jul. 07, 2024

      3 Werner Wildner Drawings incl. Gnomes, Scarecrow

      Est: $400 - $450

      Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) surrealist watercolor and gouache paintings with graphite on paper, including one (1) of a gnome standing against a mushroom, one (1) scarecrow with mechanical arm propped in a field, one (1) gnome or troll seated, reaching for a butterfly. Each signed in pencil "W." or "Wildner" to lower left. Framer's labels en verso. All double matted under glass in silvered moulded frames with rope design borders. Ranging in size from Sight: 7 1/2" H x 10 3/8" W, Framed: 17 1/4" H x 19 1/4" W to Sight: 9 3/4" H x 6 3/8" W, Framed: 19 3/4" H x 15 3/8" W.

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    • Werner Wildner
      Apr. 11, 2024

      Werner Wildner

      Est: $1,500 - $2,000

      (German/American/Tennessee, 1925-2004) Fantastic Figure with Brass Half of the Devil, signed lower right "W.", oil on board, 8 x 9-1/2 in.; carved and gilded wood frame, 12 x 14-1/2 in. Provenance: Property of a Southern Museum sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund

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    • Werner Wildner
      Mar. 08, 2024

      Werner Wildner

      Est: $200 - $300

      (German/American/Tennessee, 1925-2004) Mexican Turnkey, initialed lower left "W.", chalk and graphite on colored paper, sight 5-3/4 x 3-1/4 in.; painted frame, 16 x 12-1/2 in. Provenance: Property of a Southern Museum sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund

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    • Werner Wildner Watercolor & Lonnie Highley Bronze Bust, 2 Items
      Jan. 28, 2024

      Werner Wildner Watercolor & Lonnie Highley Bronze Bust, 2 Items

      Est: $250 - $350

      1st item: Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) small watercolor and gouache painting of an upside down mushroom. Signed "W." lower right. Matted under glass in a stained wood frame. Sight: 3 1/4" H x 3" W. Frame: 9 1/4" H x 8 5/8" W. 2nd item: Lonnie Highley (KY, TN, 1939-2017) patinated and textured bronze sculpture depicting a female with upswept hair emerging from a carved stone base. Initialed on the back L. H. and dated 1971. Sculpture measures: 6 1/2" H x 5" W. 12" H x 5 3/4" W, overall.

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    • 13 Werner Wildner Pencil Sketches
      Jan. 28, 2024

      13 Werner Wildner Pencil Sketches

      Est: $300 - $400

      Collection of thirteen (13) pencil on paper sketches by Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004). Many appear to be preparatory studies for paintings. Subjects include animals, playing cards, human figures, and surrealist compositions. All are signed "W" except for one large sketch depicting two gnomes carrying letters to spell "Werner." Two are highlighted with watercolor or gouache. Sizes range from 3 3/4" square to 10" x 8". Unframed.

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    • 4 Werner Wildner Artworks of Gnomes
      Jan. 28, 2024

      4 Werner Wildner Artworks of Gnomes

      Est: $300 - $400

      Four (4) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) artworks on cardstock depicting gnomes, including one watercolor depicting a gnome seated on a tree stump and smiling at a snail; one depicting a gnome atop a pig; a charcoal and gouache drawing depicting a seated gnome blowing bubbles; one drawing depicting a gnome smoking a pipe. All monogram signed "W". All unframed, one with grey mat. Overall ranging in size from 10 1/2" H x 7 3/4" W to 20" H x 16" W.

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    • 6 Werner Wildner Halloween Themed Artworks
      Oct. 07, 2023

      6 Werner Wildner Halloween Themed Artworks

      Est: $400 - $500

      Six (6) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) works, including one (1) graphite on board drawing of a witch holding a broom, signed "W." lower left; one (1) graphite on gray board drawing of a gnome, with white pencil highlights and yellow watercolor embellishment, signed "W." lower left; one (1) graphite on tracing paper drawing of a witch in a tattered shawl viewed from behind, signed "W." lower right and titled "Strolling Witch," lower center, taped to board with additional "Strolling Witch" inscription en verso; one (1) graphite on tracing paper drawing of a kneeling scarecrow, signed "W." lower left, taped to board; one (1) graphite on paper drawing of an owl with brown watercolor highlights housed in a gray window mat, unsigned; and one (1) graphite with watercolor drawing of a seated man with a wooden leg, top hat, and cane, unsigned, with additional drawing of a figure seen from behind en verso. All unframed. Ranging from 13 3/4" H x 11 7/8" W to 6" H x 3 3/4" W.

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    • 5 Werner Wildner Works on Paper: Witches and Skeleton, plus Poster
      Oct. 06, 2023

      5 Werner Wildner Works on Paper: Witches and Skeleton, plus Poster

      Est: $400 - $600

      Four (4) Werner Wildner (American/Tennessee, 1935-2004) Halloween themed works on paper (cardstock), all signed with monogram "W", plus 1 Werner Wildner exhibit poster. 1st item: Watercolor painting of 3 witches in a field with skulls at their feet, 12" x 9 1/2", matted 17 1/4" x 15 3/4". 2nd item: Ink drawing of witch and owl on broomstick, 8" x 8 1/2". Matted 20" x 16". 3rd item: pencil drawing with gouache highlights of a skeleton gnome, seated at a table and eating. 8 1/4" x 6 1/2", matted - 14" x 11 1/4". 4th item: Watercolor painting of a witch running through a field with bare tree, pumpkins, hay and fence. Sheet 11 1/2" x 10". Matted- 20" x 16". 5th item: Lithographed poster for Werner Wildner exhibit at Cheekwood in Nashville, TN, 1975. 20" x 16".

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    • 4 Werner Wildner Graphite Drawings, incl. Surrealist Study
      Jul. 09, 2023

      4 Werner Wildner Graphite Drawings, incl. Surrealist Study

      Est: $400 - $450

      Four (4) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) graphite on paper drawings, including one (1) Surrealist style work, likely a study for a painting, depicting a scavenger bird beside a sphere in an arid landscape, signed "W." lower right; one (1) still life study depicting a mushroom hanging from and a feather situated within a hollow wooden stump adjacent to an egg, signed "W." lower left; one (1) portrait drawing depicting a bald man with a hoop earring, possibly the Mr. Clean advertising character, signed "W." to collar; and one (1) sketch depicting a gnome balancing on one leg holding a scepter and orb, unsigned. All affixed to gray mats but unframed. Sights ranging from 7 1/4" H x 5 3/8" W to 7 7/8" H x 9 7/8" W. Mats ranging from 14 1/2" H x 11 3/8" W to 16 1/8" H x 17 1/8" W.

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawings Incl. Knight & Head of a Man
      Jul. 09, 2023

      2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawings Incl. Knight & Head of a Man

      Est: $400 - $450

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) surrealist drawings, graphite and wash on paper, including one (1) depicting a knight in profile with a military helmet decorated with a lion head and red feathers and one (1) titled "Primitive" depicting a head of a man in profile wearing a hoop earring and a flower tied to his forehead, with a spear and small rock balancing on a pointed structure in the background, titled "Primitive" lower center. Both signed with "W" monograms to lower center. Both housed under glass in gold-toned metal frames with coral colored mats. Sights: Knight: 6" H x 8" W, Man: 5" H x 6" W. Frames: 15 1/4" H x 15 1/4" W.

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    • Werner Wildner Oil Painting, Trompe L'Oeil Still Life w/ Nest & Mushrooms
      Jul. 09, 2023

      Werner Wildner Oil Painting, Trompe L'Oeil Still Life w/ Nest & Mushrooms

      Est: $700 - $800

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) oil on panel trompe l'oeil still life painting depicting an egg-filled nest surrounded by feathers beside two mushrooms, all on a wooden table against a black background. Signed with a monogram "W" lower right. Housed and double-matted in a custom chrome frame. Sight: 4 1/2" H x 6 1/4" W. Framed: 17 3/4" H x 19 1/2" W. Biography: Werner Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and the collapse of his marriage in the 1970s led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • 3 Werner Wildner Watercolor Paintings of Gnomes w/ Pipes
      Jul. 08, 2023

      3 Werner Wildner Watercolor Paintings of Gnomes w/ Pipes

      Est: $300 - $400

      Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) graphite and watercolor on cardstock paintings depicting gnomes with smoking pipes. 1st item: Painting depicting a lithe gnome with tall Phrygian cap having a tassel, signed "W." lower center. Affixed to mat but unframed. Sight: 9 7/8" H x 3 7/8" W. Mat: 16" H x 9 1/2" W. 2nd item: Painting depicting a seated impish gnome wearing a Phrygian cap with bobble tassel and loop for his pipe, signed "W." lower right. Unframed. 12" H x 8 1/2" W. 3rd item: Painting depicting a smoking gnome with a large brimmed hat and large belt buckle, signed "W." lower right. Unframed. 11 1/8" H x 9" W. Biography: Nashville painter Werner Wildner, known for his fantastical paintings and drawings of whimsical, sometimes grotesque creatures, was known to joke that he was "the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch." Wildner was born in Germany but emigrated to America with his family as a child and, as by his teenage years, was living in Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and studied art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He practiced commercial art in Nashville for a while, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. A 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville art institution now known as Cheekwood led to greater renown as well as critical and commercial success. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970s led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • Werner Wildner Watercolor Painting, Owl in Red Cap, Illustration history
      Jul. 08, 2023

      Werner Wildner Watercolor Painting, Owl in Red Cap, Illustration history

      Est: $350 - $450

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004), "Screech Owl with Red Cap," watercolor and gouache on cream laid paper painting depicting an owl wearing a red stocking cap. Signed "Wildner" lower left. Matted and framed behind plexiglass in a molded wood grain frame. Newspaper clippings and past exhibition labels en verso. Sight: 11" H x 9 1/2" W. Framed: 21" H x 17" W. Note: This image was used by McClure's Department Store, Nashville, Tennessee, for their Christmas marketing in the 1990s.

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    • Werner Wildner O/B Trompe L'Oeil Painting, White Paper Butterfly
      Jul. 08, 2023

      Werner Wildner O/B Trompe L'Oeil Painting, White Paper Butterfly

      Est: $800 - $1,000

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) oil on panel trompe l'oeil painting depicting a white paper butterfly pinned to a discolored blue sheet alongside a feather, red ribbon, and hanging disk with a painted sun motif, all within a wooden shadow box; shells, additional pins and feather, and a broken blue eggshell sit upon the lower ledge. Signed "Wildner" lower right. Numbering, en verso of panel. Lyzon framer's label, en verso of backing. Housed and double-matted under glass in a gilt frame. Sight: 7" H x 8 1/8" W. Framed: 16 3/4" H x 17 5/8" W.

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    • Werner Wildner O/B Trompe L'Oeil Painting, Monarch Butterfly
      Jul. 08, 2023

      Werner Wildner O/B Trompe L'Oeil Painting, Monarch Butterfly

      Est: $800 - $1,000

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) oil on panel trompe l'oeil painting depicting a monarch butterfly specimen affixed to a discolored sheet of paper tacked within a wooden shadow box having a feather, snail, needles, and a broken blue eggshell upon lower ledge and a blue ribbon swag pinned to the upper right edge. Signed "Wildner" lower right. Numbering and transfer stamp, en verso of panel. Lyzon framer's label, en verso of backing. Housed and double-matted under glass in a gilt frame. Sight: 7 1/4" H x 8 3/4" W. Framed: 16 1/2" H x 18" W.

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    • Werner Wildner
      Apr. 21, 2023

      Werner Wildner

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      (Nashville,Tennessee/Germany, 1925-2004) Surreal Composition, signed lower right "Wildner"; oil on board, 10 x 8 in.; original painted artist's frame, 17-1/2 x 15-1/2 in. Provenance: Private Collection, Washington, D. C.

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    • 3 WERNER WILDNER ARTWORKS ON PAPER, INCL. GNOME, OWL, MALE PROFILE
      Jan. 28, 2023

      3 WERNER WILDNER ARTWORKS ON PAPER, INCL. GNOME, OWL, MALE PROFILE

      Est: $300 - $350

      Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) mixed media artworks. 1st item: Gouache and graphite drawing depicting a gnome with a large feathered hat and a walking stick seated on a mushroom. Signed with monogram "W." lower right. Housed and matted under glass in a giltwood frame. Sight: 6 1/4" H x 4 5/8" W. Framed: 14 1/2" H x 11 1/4" W. 2nd item: Watercolor and gouache painting depicting a small grey great horned owl wearing an olive green gnome hat. Signed with monogram "W." lower right. Unframed, mounted to cardstock backing. 7" H x 6 1/2" W. 3rd item: Graphite on paper drawing depicting the profile of a male figure with a cricket perched on his nose, wearing a feathered hat with a playing card tucked into the brim. Signed with monogram "W." top and lower right. Unframed, mounted to cardstock backing. 11" H x 7 5/8" W.

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    • 3 WERNER WILDNER ARTWORKS, INCL. GNOME, OWL, MUSHROOMS
      Jan. 28, 2023

      3 WERNER WILDNER ARTWORKS, INCL. GNOME, OWL, MUSHROOMS

      Est: $400 - $450

      Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) artworks on paper. 1st item: Watercolor and gouache painting depicting a male gnome wearing a feathered cap and standing in profile on top of a mushroom. Lyzon, Nashville gallery label en verso. 2nd item: Graphite and gouache drawing depicting an owl wearing glasses and perched on top of a sphere, surrounded by a line border. Lyzon, Nashville gallery label en verso. 3rd item: Graphite and gouache drawing depicting two mushrooms surrounded by blades of grass. All items signed with monogram "W." lower left or right. All items matted and housed under glass in metallic frames. Sights ranging in size from 9 3/4" H x 6 7/8" W to 12 1/2" H x 8 1/4" D. Frames ranging in size from 17 1/2" H x 13 1/2" W to 21 3/4" H x 17 3/4" W.

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    • 4 Werner Wildner Artworks, incl. Paintings, Trinket Box
      Jul. 10, 2022

      4 Werner Wildner Artworks, incl. Paintings, Trinket Box

      Est: $400 - $500

      Four (4) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) mixed media artworks. 1st-3rd items: Three (3) artworks on paper depicting gnomes, including one (1) watercolor and gouache painting depicting two male gnomes with pipes in a field; one (1) watercolor and gouache painting depicting a male gnome urinating on a candle; and one (1) graphite on paper drawing depicting the head of a male gnome wearing a large jesters hat. Signed with monogram "W." lower left or right. All items housed and matted under glass in wooden frames. Sights ranging in size from 4 3/4" H x 6 1/2" W to 9 1/2" H x 7" W. Frames ranging in size from 7 3/4" H x 9 1/4" W to 14 3/4" H x 11 3/4" W. 4th item: Wooden rectangular form trinket box having a hand-painted image of a mushroom to the hinged lid. Signed with monogram "W." lower right. 2 3/8" H x 5 3/4" W x 4 1/4" D.

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawings
      Jul. 10, 2022

      2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawings

      Est: $400 - $500

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) surrealist graphite and gouache on paper drawings, including one (1) depicting a gargoyle perched on a rooftop and one (1) depicting the profile of an alien head surmounted by a female bird laying an egg, an additional egg with a crack, lower right. Both signed with monogram "W." lower left. Both matted and housed under glass in wooden frames. Sights ranging in size from 10 1/2" H x 8" W to 11" H x 8 3/4" W. Frames ranging from 16 1/4" H x 13 1/4" W to 20 5/8" H x 16 3/4" W. Biography: Nashville painter Werner Wildner, known for his fantastical paintings and drawings of whimsical, sometimes grotesque creatures, was known to joke that he was "the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch." Wildner was born in Germany but emigrated to America with his family as a child and, as by his teenage years, was living in Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and studied art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He practiced commercial art in Nashville for awhile, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. A 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville art institution now known as Cheekwood led to greater renown as well as critical and commercial success. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • 3 Werner Wildner Works on Paper, Gnomes & Books
      Jan. 30, 2022

      3 Werner Wildner Works on Paper, Gnomes & Books

      Est: $300 - $400

      Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) works on paper depicting gnomes and books. 1st item: Watercolor and gouache painting with graphite on paper depicting a seated gnome with a feather hat reading a book. Initialed 'W" lower left. 2nd item: Graphite and watercolor painting on paper titled "The Book Imp" depicting a gnome attired in a green suit and blue hat leaping over the spine of a closed book with a blue ribbon marker. Signed "Werner W." lower middle. 3rd item: Watercolor and gouache painting with graphite on paper depicting a gnome attired in a red shirt, green pants, and straw hat with a feather sitting on the spine of a partially closed book reading. Initialed "W." lower left. All matted and housed under glass in contemporary frames. Sights ranging from 9 3/4" H x 8" W to 16" H x 10 3/4" W. Frames ranging from 13" H x 11 1/4" to 20 1/4" H x 17" W. Biography: Nashville painter Werner Wildner, known for his fantastical paintings and drawings of whimsical, sometimes grotesque creatures, was known to joke that he was "the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch." Wildner was born in Germany but emigrated to America with his family as a child and, as by his teenage years, was living in Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and studied art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He practiced commercial art in Nashville for awhile, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. A 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville art institution now known as Cheekwood led to greater renown as well as critical and commercial success. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Artworks on Paper
      Jan. 30, 2022

      2 Werner Wildner Artworks on Paper

      Est: $400 - $450

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) works on paper. 1st item: Watercolor and gouache painting with graphite depicting the profile of an elderly man with flowing white hair and beard. Initialled "W." to left of neck. Johnson's Lamp Shade Shop, Nashville, TN black ink stamp, en verso. Housed under glass in a giltwood frame with off white linen liner and giltwood fillet. Sight: 8 3/4" H x 7 3/4" W. Framed: 12 1/4" H x 11 1/2" W. 2nd item: Graphite on paper drawing depicting a rotund gnome with a feather in his hat, holding a jug in his left hand and a cup in his right hand. Initialled "W." lower right. Housed and matted under glass in a wooden frame with bead course running pattern. Sight: 7" H x 5 3/8" W. Framed: 16 1/2" H x 14 3/8" W. Biography: Nashville painter Werner Wildner, known for his fantastical paintings and drawings of whimsical, sometimes grotesque creatures, was known to joke that he was "the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch." Wildner was born in Germany but emigrated to America with his family as a child and, as by his teenage years, was living in Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and studied art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He practiced commercial art in Nashville for awhile, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. A 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville art institution now known as Cheekwood led to greater renown as well as critical and commercial success. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • 5 Werner Wilder Works on Paper, incl. Classical Subjects
      Jan. 30, 2022

      5 Werner Wilder Works on Paper, incl. Classical Subjects

      Est: $400 - $500

      Five (5) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) works on paper. 1st-3rd items: Three (3) graphite on paper, two (2) with gouache, drawings of Ancient Greek or Roman subjects, including one (1) depicting Bacchus drinking from a goblet and perched atop a wine cask in a landscape setting, one (1) depicting a male Cherub holding a Roman helmet and cloak over his head, and one (1) depicting the obverse of a coin depicting Alexander the Great. Bacchus and Cherub signed with monogram "W" lower left, coin signature possibly obscured by mat. 4th item: Graphite on paper drawing depicting the face of an overweight man with blank eyes. Faintly signed with monogram "W" lower right. 5th item: Color offset lithograph print titled "Humpty Dumpty" after an original painting by Wildner, published by Add-On Inc. Nashville, 1980. Depicts the fairy tale character holding a top hat and sitting on a wall, skeletal remains, broken egg shells, and white flower on the ground beneath him, against a transitional sky background. Signed "Wildner" in the stone, lower left. Faintly inscribed and signed "To J..n/from Werner" with the image of a bat, lower left, title and publication information, lower center and right, below the image. All items housed under glass in various wooden frames, four (4) matted. Sights ranging in size from 5" H x 4 3/4" W to 21 1/4" H x 12 1/8" W. Frames ranging in size from 13" H x 10" W to 23" H x 14" W.

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    • 3 Werner Wildner Gnome Watercolor Paintings
      Jan. 29, 2022

      3 Werner Wildner Gnome Watercolor Paintings

      Est: $400 - $500

      Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) watercolor and gouache on paper paintings of gnomes, including one (1) depicting the profile of a male gnome dressed in orange with a pointed hat and carrying a pumpkin in a grassy field against a picket fence; one (1) depicting a male gnome from behind, dressed in red with a blue pointed hat and balanced on a ball while holding a cane; and one (1) female gnome, her face obscured by her hair, holding a spike in her left hand with an owl perched in her right hand. All initialed "W." lower left. All housed and matted under glass, male gnomes in matching metallic silver wooden frames, female gnome in a wooden frame. Sights ranging in size from 8 5/8" H x 8" W to 10" H x 8" W. Frames ranging in size from 14 3/4" square to 24" H x 20" W.

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    • Werner Wildner O/P Painting, October Leaf
      Jan. 29, 2022

      Werner Wildner O/P Painting, October Leaf

      Est: $800 - $1,000

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) surrealist oil on panel still life painting titled "October Leaf" depicting an upright leaf behind a nest filled with eggs and surrounded by feathers on a wooden table against a black background. Signed with a monogram "W." lower right. Handwritten label with title and additional information, en verso. Housed in a black painted wooden frame with dark gilt trim and a giltwood fillet. Sight: 9 1/2" H x 7 1/2" W. Framed: 16" H x 14 1/4" W. Biography: Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (source: Askart).

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Gnome Artworks
      Jul. 24, 2021

      2 Werner Wildner Gnome Artworks

      Est: $500 - $600

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) works on paper depicting gnomes. 1st item: Watercolor and gouache painting with graphite on paper depicting a gnome wearing a red hat, a green suit, and holding a cane, standing in profile. 2nd item: Graphite and gouache on paper depicting a partially bald gnome wearing a fitted suit, holding his hat in his right hand and his cane in his left, depicted from behind. Both initialed "W." lower left. Both matted and housed under glass in matching wooden frames. Sights: 13 1/2" H x 10" W. Frames: 21" H x 17" W. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: Nashville painter Werner Wildner, known for his fantastical paintings and drawings of whimsical, sometimes grotesque creatures, was known to joke that he was "the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch." Wildner was born in Germany but emigrated to America with his family as a child and, as by his teenage years, was living in Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and studied art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He practiced commercial art in Nashville for awhile, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. A 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville art institution now known as Cheekwood led to greater renown as well as critical and commercial success. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Artworks
      Jan. 30, 2021

      2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Artworks

      Est: $400 - $500

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) surrealist artworks. 1st item: Watercolor and gouache painting with graphite depicting an anthropomorphized figure with a human face, claw-like gauntlet arms, one holding the ace of spades, and a sword through its head, leaning against a table with two ordinary legs, one bird claw leg, and one leg in the shape of a branch, against a white background. Initialed "W." lower left. Housed and matted under glass in a wooden frame. Sight - 9" H x 7 5/8" W. Framed - 15" H x 12 1/2" W. 2nd item: Pencil and gouache surrealist drawing on paper depicting an anthropomorphic egg creature with bird like feet, a stitched mouth, a nose ring, and an arrow through its forehead, with a crane riding on the top of its head a landscape background. Initialed "W." lower left. Double matted. Sight - 9 7/8" H x 6 3/4" W. Matted - 18 5/8" H x 10 5/8" W. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: Nashville painter Werner Wildner, known for his fantastical paintings and drawings of whimsical, sometimes grotesque creatures, was known to joke that he was "the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch." Wildner was born in Germany but emigrated to America with his family as a child and, as by his teenage years, was living in Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and studied art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He practiced commercial art in Nashville for awhile, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. A 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville art institution now known as Cheekwood led to greater renown as well as critical and commercial success. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Works on Paper, Gnomes
      Jan. 30, 2021

      2 Werner Wildner Works on Paper, Gnomes

      Est: $600 - $700

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) works on paper. 1st item: Pastel painting with graphite, depicting a gnome in a blue suit and red hat with a large white beard smoking a pipe, seated on a large mushroom. Initialed "W." lower left. Double matted. Sight - 14 1/2" H x 11 1/8" W. Matted - 20" H x 16" W. 2nd item: Watercolor and gouache painting with graphite on paper depicting a gnome in a green suit and hat with a black and gold belt seated on a large mushroom. Initialed "W." lower left. Double matted. Sight - 14 7/8" H x 9 7/8" W. Matted - 19 1/2" H x 14 1/2" W. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: Nashville painter Werner Wildner, known for his fantastical paintings and drawings of whimsical, sometimes grotesque creatures, was known to joke that he was "the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch." Wildner was born in Germany but emigrated to America with his family as a child and, as by his teenage years, was living in Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and studied art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He practiced commercial art in Nashville for awhile, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. A 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville art institution now known as Cheekwood led to greater renown as well as critical and commercial success. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970’s led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • Werner Wildner Watercolor, "Looking at Blue"
      Jan. 25, 2020

      Werner Wildner Watercolor, "Looking at Blue"

      Est: $300 - $400

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925 - 2004), "Looking at Blue," watercolor on cardstock painting depicting four gnomes with backs to viewer, gazing up a bright blue swath in the sky. Titled and signed lower center. Matted and framed under glass in an ebonized wood frame with gilt leaf design at corners. Sight: 8 1/2" H x 7" W. Framed: 13" H x 11 1/2" W. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection.

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    • Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawing, Pinocchio
      Jan. 25, 2020

      Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawing, Pinocchio

      Est: $500 - $600

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) surrealist pencil, gouache, and ink on paper drawing titled "Pinocchio Coloring Book" featuring distorted images of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. Titled, top right, signed "K Kopyright Wildner" lower right. Paper label en verso with artist's name, title, medium, dimensions, and "On loan to V.U. [Vanderbilt University] Dept. of Fine Art" with additional artist's label, and pencil inscription. Matted and housed under glass in a gilt wood frame. Sight - 11 3/4" H x 8 5/8" W. Framed - 18 5/8" H x 15 3/4" W. Provenance: Private Southern collection. Biography: Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life.

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawings
      Jan. 25, 2020

      2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Drawings

      Est: $500 - $700

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) surrealist drawings. 1st item: Pencil and gouache drawing on paper titled "The Mortar Pig" depicting a mortar in the shape of a pig. Titled and initialled "W" lower center. Matted and housed under glass in a black wooden frame. Sight - 16 5/8" H x 11" W. Framed - 26" H x 20" W. 2nd item: Pencil and gouache on paper drawing depicting an embryo with a skull visage. Initialled "S. E. W." lower right. Artist's label en verso. Matted and housed under glass in a wooden frame. Sight - 11 1/2" H x 9 1/8" W. Framed - 21 1/4" H x 17 1/4" W.  Provenance: Private Southern Collection. Biography: Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. Provenance: Private Middle TN Collection.

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Paintings of Jesters
      Jan. 26, 2019

      2 Werner Wildner Paintings of Jesters

      Est: $1,000 - $1,200

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) Paintings of Jesters. 1st item: Monochromatic watercolor on illustration board depicting a jester, marching with a club in one hand and holding an owl in the other. Monogram 'W" signature lower right. Sight - 5 3/4" H x 5 1/2" W. Framed - 15" H x 13" W. 2nd item: Watercolor on illustration board depicting a jester wearing an oversized hat and holding a staff with an owl perched on the top. Monogram 'W" signature lower right. Sight - 8" H x 5 1/2" W. Framed - 17 5/8" H x 13 1/2" W. Both paintings housed in burlwood frames with gilt liners. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner Watercolor, Pheasant
      Jan. 26, 2019

      Werner Wildner Watercolor, Pheasant

      Est: $600 - $800

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) watercolor painting of ring-necked pheasant. Signed with monogram signature lower right in grass. French matted and framed under glass in gilt leaf frame. Sight - 10-7/8" H x 22-3/4" W. Framed - 19-1/2" H x 29-3/4" W. Provenance: Nashville, TN estate. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner painting, Bird and Shells
      Jan. 26, 2019

      Werner Wildner painting, Bird and Shells

      Est: $800 - $1,000

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) tempera on panel painting of a long legged shorebird with long beak, standing atop a piece of crumpled paper with red string and shells. Signed with monogram W lower right. Housed in an oak frame with beige linen liner and metallic rabbet edge. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" sight, 14" x 12" framed. Provenance: a Nashville, Tennessee estate. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner Painting, Bird and Egg
      Jan. 26, 2019

      Werner Wildner Painting, Bird and Egg

      Est: $800 - $1,000

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) tempera on panel painting of a long legged shorebird with long beak standing atop a crumpled paper hat with egg, red string, and bone. Signed with monogram W lower right. Housed in an oak frame with beige linen liner and metallic rabbet edge. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" sight, 14" x 12" framed. Provenance: a Nashville, Tennessee estate. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner Oil on Panel, Surrealist Female Nude in Landscape
      Jan. 26, 2019

      Werner Wildner Oil on Panel, Surrealist Female Nude in Landscape

      Est: $1,000 - $1,200

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) oil on panel surrealist landscape depicting a nude woman with her face hidden against a rock. Signed "Wildner" lower right. Housed in a wooden frame with off white velvet and wood rabbet edge. Sight - 9 1/2" H x 5 3/4" W. Framed - 12 7/8" H x 9 1/4" W. Provenance: A Nashville, Tennessee estate. Biography: Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (source: Askart). Provenance: a Nashville, Tennessee estate. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner Watercolor, Eagle
      Jul. 14, 2018

      Werner Wildner Watercolor, Eagle

      Est: $700 - $900

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) graphite and watercolor surrealist drawing of an eagle with human body features, seated atop an egg. A "Punch" jester figure similar to those in other Wildner works projects from the eagle's wings. Signed W. lower left quadrant. Matted and framed under glass in a silvered molded frame. 18 3/4" H x 16 1/4" W sight, 29" H x 25" W framed. Provenance: Nashville, Tennessee collection. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • 3 Werner Wildner Drawings
      Jul. 14, 2018

      3 Werner Wildner Drawings

      Est: $600 - $800

      Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) drawings. 1st item: Graphite drawing with watercolor on paper depicting a balding, rotund man wearing a white ruff over a red shirt with a single gold button, a black bird perched on his head. Signed with monogram signature, lower left, with the initials "Bh.", lower right of man's shirt. Matted and housed under glass in a black wooden frame. Sight - 8 1/8" H x 7" W. Framed - 22" H x 17 7/8" W. 2nd item: Charcoal and gouache drawing on paper depicting a three quarter view of an androgynous harlequin or jester. Signed with monogram signature, lower left. Belle Meade Framers, Nashville, TN label, en verso. Double matted and housed under glass in a wooden frame. Sight - 8 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W. Framed - 15" H x 12" W. 3rd item: Charcoal and gouache drawing on paper depicting a gnome in a hat balanced on a ball, facing towards the background. Signed with monogram signature, lower left. Matted and housed under glass in a silver metal frame. Belle Meade Framers, Nashville, TN label, en verso. Sight - 7 3/4" H x 5 1/8" W. Framed - 11 3/8" H x 8 3/8" W. Provenance: The estate of John Donnelly, Nashville, TN. Biography: Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Mienzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (source: Askart). (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner Watercolor, Unicorn
      Jan. 27, 2018

      Werner Wildner Watercolor, Unicorn

      Est: $600 - $800

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) graphite drawing with watercolor depicting a unicorn's head on wheeled base, with several broken articles strewn on the ground beside it, all set against an empty horizon. Signed "Wildner" lower left. Artist's address label affixed en verso with street address marked out and "118 Louise Ave." written in. 15 1/2" x 19 1/2" sight, 17" x 21" in giltwood frame. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner Framed Drawing
      Jan. 27, 2018

      Werner Wildner Framed Drawing

      Est: $600 - $800

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) framed graphite and wash drawing on illustration board depicting a hunchback or troll figure perched atop a sphere and fishing a rat. Monogram 'W" signature in the drum. Exhibited, LIGHT AND DARK: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF WERNER WILDNER, Oct 28-Dec. 17, 1999, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery (exhibition label en verso). Pale grey mat with gilt banding and framed under glass in a paint molded frame. Sight - 10 1/2" H x 7" W. Framed - 17" H x 13" W. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970s led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

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    • Werner Wildner Framed Drawing, Satyr
      Aug. 05, 2017

      Werner Wildner Framed Drawing, Satyr

      Est: $700 - $900

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) framed graphite and wash drawing on illustration board of a Satyr, perched atop a dead animal on a rock and holding a cluster of grapes. Signed, Werner, lower right. Exhibited, LIGHT AND DARK: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF WERNER WILDNER, Oct 28-Dec. 17, 1999, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery (exhibition label en verso). Pale sage green mat with gilt banding and framed under glass in an ebonized molded frame. Sight - 7" H x 5 1/2" W. Framed - 14" H x 12 1/2" W. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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    • Werner Wildner Oil on Panel, Girl Bewitched
      Aug. 05, 2017

      Werner Wildner Oil on Panel, Girl Bewitched

      Est: $1,000 - $1,400

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) oil on masonite painting titled, Girl Bewitched, depicting a young girl with blue eyes and wearing a green garland necklace, her left hand raised upward, against a stark desert landscape background. Signed lower left Wildner. Exhibition label en verso for the 1999 Vanderbilt University Fine Arts exhibition titled, LIGHT AND DARK: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF WERNER WILDNER, Oct 28-Dec. 17, 1999. Housed in a molded giltwood frame. Sight - 5 3/4" H x 6 7/8" W. Framed - 10 3/8" H x 11 1/2" W. Circa 1950-1960. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Works
      Jan. 21, 2017

      2 Werner Wildner Surrealist Works

      Est: $400 - $600

      Two (2) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) works. 1st item: Graphite drawing with watercolor titled "Congratulations" depicting a gnome kneeling before a bird with an egg. Titled and signed with monogram signature, lower left and right. Housed in a contemporary metallic frame. Sight - 9 1/4" H x 8" W. Framed - 10 1/2" H x 9 3/8" W. 2nd item: Oil on board depicting an upside-down golden mushroom against a dark background. Unsigned. Housed in a contemporary wooden frame. Sight - 2 1/2" H x 2" W. Framed - 7 3/4" H x 5 5/8" W. Mid 20th century. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970s led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. Provenance: Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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    • Werner Wildner Still LIfe Painting
      Jan. 21, 2017

      Werner Wildner Still LIfe Painting

      Est: $700 - $900

      Werner Wildner (Tennessee, 1925-2004) tempera on panel still life with mushroom and bird's nest containing eggs and feathers. One egg sits outside the nest, broken. Signed "Wildner" lower right. Artist's address label and date 1988 en verso. New black frame with gilt highlights. 11 3/4" x 9 3/4" sight, 18 3/4" x 16 3/4" framed. Biography (courtesy Askart): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970s led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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    • 3 Werner Wildner Surrealist Works
      Jul. 30, 2016

      3 Werner Wildner Surrealist Works

      Est: $400 - $450

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004), three works on cardstock paper. Includes a drawing with watercolor of an owl in a nightcap, 11 5/8" x 8"; a matted drawing with watercolor of an anthropomorphic mushroom, smoking a pipe (9" x 10 5/8" sheet, 12" x 11" matted); and a matted drawing with gouache of a pipe-smoking gnome, with drawing of an elf smoking a pipe on the reverse, 8 1/2" x 12 3/8" sheet, 14" x 11" matted. All are signed with monogram W. lower left except the drawing of the elf on the back of the third drawing. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. Provenance: Florida collection, acquired directly from the artist. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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    • 2 Werner Wildner Watercolors, Mouse & Owl
      Jul. 30, 2016

      2 Werner Wildner Watercolors, Mouse & Owl

      Est: $350 - $450

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004), two watercolor paintings. 1st item: Image of a mouse atop a table and nibbling a piece of Swiss cheese, with a match at his feet. Monogram signature lower left and lower right. Housed in a painted wooden frame with off white matte. Sight - 10 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W. Framed - 19 3/8" H x 15" W. 2nd item: Watercolor, gouache and pencil portrait of an owl. Monogram signature lower left. Housed in a wooden frame with grey matte. Image - 11 3/4" H x 8 3/4" W. Framed - 20 1/2" H x 17 3/8" W. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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    • Two Werner Wildner Watercolors, dog and owl
      Jan. 23, 2016

      Two Werner Wildner Watercolors, dog and owl

      Est: $400 - $600

      Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004), two watercolor paintings. 1st item: Portrait of a standing Pekinese dog, 9" x 12". 2nd item: Portrait of an owl, wearing spectacles, sitting atop a stool and reading a newspaper. 14 1/2" x 11". Both on cardstock and signed with monogram signatures, lower left. Provenance: Florida collection, acquired directly from the artist. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (Higher-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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