FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Quinn’s Auction Galleries will hold its first fine and decorative arts auction of 2022 on Saturday, January 29, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. While gallery participation is not an option for this sale, bidders can participate easily by phone, absentee, or live online through their choice of three auction platforms.
The auction includes an exceptional selection of Asian, American, European and modern artworks, with selections from Norah McGuinness, Jean Louis Voille, Harlem Spiral Collective co-founder Merton D. Simpson and many other artists important. A collection of lithographs and etchings includes works by notables such as Man Ray, Anders Zorn, Peter Max and Salvador Dali.
Bronzes, clocks, Russian icons, rugs, glass, porcelain and ceramics will cross the auction block along with fine silver from Dominick & Haff, S. Kirk and Son, Lunt and other companies estimated. Additionally, Quinn’s will offer a variety of Asian decorative arts, including Chinese porcelains, paintings and scrollwork; jades, bronze censers, Japanese woodcuts, netsukes, snuffboxes and other precious objects from the Far East. A range of elegant and beautifully designed furniture will be on display, with French, English Queen Anne, American Aesthetic Movement and modern Norwegian styles represented.
Works of art for all tastes and settings can be found in the fully curated 459-lot auction. A superbly executed oil on canvas portrait of Count Paul Alexandrovitch Stroganoff (1774-1817) by Jean Louis Voille (French/Russian, 1744-after 1801) is signed and dated 1792. With a framed size of 33 by 28½ inches, this aristocratic depiction is up for auction with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. Another nobleman, General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, KG, PC, is the subject of an oil on canvas portrait by Johann Nikolau Grooth painted in 1761. The seance probably took place after Cornwallis was promoted to the commission of lieutenant-colonel. It is signed and dated, and has a presale estimate of $2,000 to $4,000.
Roadside grasses, a contemporary oil on canvas painting by the accomplished Irish artist Norah Allison McGuinness (1901-1980), is signed and dated 1969. A label on the reverse indicates that the 19¾ by 27¾ inch (at sight) artwork was originally purchased and framed at the Dawson Gallery in Dublin. Its presale estimate is $8,000 to $12,000.
A contemporary watercolor on paper by award-winning Emirati abstract artist Abdul Qader Al Rais (b.1951-) is signed and dated 2000. Al Rais is known for his technique combining geometric shapes with Arabic calligraphy. The untitled painting from Quinn’s sale is expected to hit $12,000-$16,000.
Continuing the international flavor of the fine art category, an ink-on-paper work by Mikhail Shvartsman (Russian, 1926-1997) titled Fly Zion. Created in 1974 and measuring 17½ by 13½ inches (at sight), this thought-provoking piece could sell for between $3,000 and $5,000.
Also of note is a Lucite sculpture by Frederick Hart (American, 1943-1999) titled Duo. Its two parts represent respectively a male and female nude. Double-signed at the bottom on the front, with an incised signature on the back, the 1996 work is numbered 334/450 and estimated between $2,000 and $3,000. Quinn’s currently holds the auction record for a work by Frederick Hart, having sold Odessa Girls – a group of three bronze sculptures created in 1997 – for $114,300 at their September 18, 2021 auction.
Asian decorative art lots include a late 19th-century Chinese bronze censer with a pastoral motif, lion-headed handles and a bronze stand; and a 23-inch Ming Dynasty blanc de chine Dehua Guanyin with a serene expression. Each is estimated between $600 and $800.
There are several exciting highlights in the ceramics section that collectors won’t want to miss. An Arthur Hennessey (American, 1882-1923) and Sarah Tutt (American, 1859-1947) conical vase made for Marblehead Pottery features a matte gray glaze and an attractive lemon tree motif. It is incised with the initials deputy and bears the initials excluding tax painted on the base. It stands 4½ inches tall and is estimated to be between $1,000 and $2,000. An earthenware plate by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) decorated with a painting of one of the artist’s emblematic themes – two bulls and a tree – is stamped on the reverse Madura Full Fire and Picasso Edition. Estimate: $800 to $1,200. Similarly valued, a Wedgwood majolica oval fish dish with the image of a salmon molded in relief on a bed of leaves on a turquoise ground is stamped on the base and dated 1878.
One of the finest silver pieces in the sale is a sterling silver cake basket from the George III Trist family. It bears the hallmark of Thomas Howell of Bath, a London hallmark and the hallmark of 1796-97. The center of the basket displays the Trist family crest and family motto NEC SAD, NEC TREPICUM (“neither sad nor fearful”). With a total weight of 27.73 ounces, it should fetch between $1,000 and $2,000 at auction.
A unique 1856 scrimshaw sawfish sword commemorates Captain/Master John B. Shaw of the Whaling Barque Acknowledgement of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The bill is intricately carved with five panels depicting whaling scenes and portraits of John B. Cornell and his wife, and further enhanced with foliate decoration. The sword has a brass chape and hilt with a carved wooden handle. Estimate $1,000 to $2,000
For the many collectors of classic travel items made by legendary luxury goods manufacturer Louis Vuitton, Quinn’s is pleased to offer an early 20th century monogrammed LV steamer trunk. It has metal side handles and front clasps and wheels on its base. Retaining its substantial interior tag, it is estimated between $3,000 and $5,000.
Quinn’s fine and decorative arts auction on Saturday, January 29, 2022 will begin at 10 a.m. ET. No in-person ground bidding will be available. All auctions will be done remotely, either by telephone, remotely or live via the Internet via Quinn’s website, Live auctioneers Where Invaluable. An open preview (masks required) will be held at the Auction Gallery (360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046) 11-4 Monday, January 24 through Friday, January 28 inclusive. For more information about any item in the auction, call Jordan Karlstrand at Quinn’s, 703-532-5632; or email [email protected] Visit Quinn’s online at www.quinnsauction.com.