February 15th, 2020

Gallery Auction

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Wm. Shiels Portrait of Francis 8th Lord Napier

Francis Lord 8th Lord Napier, 1758-1823, was commissioned as a officer in the British Army, later serving under General Burgoyne in the American Revolution and captured at the Battle of Saratoga. Returning to Scotland, he became theGrand Master of the Scottish Grand Masonic Lodge and laid the cornerstone of the new buildings of Edinburgh University in 1789. Portrait painter William Shiels (1783-1857, south Carolina, New York and Great Britain) was a founding member andDirector of the South Carolina Academy of Fine Arts, exhibited at the American Academy in New York, member of the Royal Scottish Academy and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He was also a Freemason in the United States and GreatBritain. The portrait is signed Wm. Shiels 1809, gilt framed and bears a plaque erroneously calling the sitter 7th Lord Napier instead of the 8th, which is correct. The portrait has been conserved. Measure 60” in height by 46-3/4" in width withthe stretcher measuring 51" in height by 41” in width, each. All measurements are approximate.

Estimate $10,000 - $20,000

Starting bid: $2,000

Alfredo Ramos Martinez Mixed Media On Newsprint

Alfredo Ramos Martinez (California, Mexico, 1871 - 1946) framed mixed media on newsprint pastel, paint and ink drawing of a man and woman, signed to upper left "Ramos Martinez". Framed under glass. Frame measures 31-1/2" in height by 23-1/2" in width with a sight image of 25-1/2" in height by 17-1/2" in width. Opinion of attribution is based on many factors including Certificate of Authenticity when available, it is our recommendation that all lots be examined in person by prospective bidders or by a trusted expert they have asked to advise on the purchase. This is consistent with our terms of sale that all goods are sold as is and all sales are final.

Estimate $5,000 - $10,000

Starting bid: $2,000.00

Reka Ugron Clown Cast and Gilt Sculpture

Abstract clown with dog. Signed to base REKA (Reka Ugron, 20th/21st C, Romania). Measures approximately 16' high. 

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000

Starting bid: $500

Nicola Simbari "Jasmine" Acrylic on Canvas

Nicola Simbari acrylic on canvas "Jasmine", depicting a woman in nude scene, signed to lower right, features a brass tag to bottom middle of canvas border that reads "Jasmine Nicola Simbari", and marked to back "Jasmine Acrylic on CanvasNicola Simbari"; was purchased by consignor directly from the artist; includes Certificate of Authenticity signed by Simbari and dated October 14, 1993. Framed, stretcher measures approximately 45" in height, 39-1/2" in width.

Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

Starting bid: $4,000

Four Piece of Ethnic Macedonian Clothing

Three finely woven aprons with stripes or area motifs and with braided yarn ties and a pair of heavy knit wool socks.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Starting bid: $140

Oil on Canvas Still Life with Red Roses

Signed lower right M. J. Heade (Martin Johnson Heade, 1819 -1904, New York, California, Florida, Brazil). This specific painting is not included in the Stebbins catalog Raisonne, but Heade was known to paint multiple red rose still lifes with the cut glass tumbler on the curly maple edged table from approximately 1883 through the 1890's. There is slight paint flaking below the lower rose and with frame scraping all around. Period canvas and stretcher in a 1950's frame. Needs cleaning and careful conservation. Painting is 14 1/8" high, 10 1/8" wide. Frame is 19 3/4" high, 15 7/8" wide. NOTE: For this item, we would prefer that interested bidders examine it in person or send a trusted advisor to examine.

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000

Starting bid: $7,000

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