As its title implies, our sale of American Paintings, Furniture, Folk Art and Silver on September 27th and 28th presents a wide and notable selection of decorative and fine arts produced in the United States starting from the mid-eighteenth century onward.
The first sesson of the sale is highlighted by a group of furniture from the collection of the celebrated collector Andrew Varick Stout. The highlights include a very rare New York Queen Anne tray-top tea table (lot 80) and unique Queen Anne Newport, Rhode Island desk by Jonathan Swett made in 1753. Also on offer is a remarkably inlaid tall case clock with works by Thomas Richards and its case by John Banks (lot 90). We have several outstanding folk art items. Of particular interest is an extraordinary depiction of the Smith-King Family by Captain James Smith of Virginia (lot 101) and a wonderfully bold sculpture by William Edmondson of an Angel with Cape Surround (lot 94).
Highlights in the second sesson include two lots by the celebrated sculptor Elie Nadelman, Two Female Nudes (Circus Performers) (lot 208) and A Group of 13 Standing Female Figures (lot 209), both of which adorned the artist's home in Riverdale for many years. George Inness' The After Glow, Italy (lot 246), is a moody, poetic paen to central Italy's Pontine Marshes and was compared to Robert Browning's description of similar scenes in verse by a New York Times reporter in 1904. Two paintings by Dunbar Dyson Beck, from his remarkable series about a prize-fight, The Fight Promoters (lot 221) and The Lone Fighter (lot 222), incomparably capture the drama, spectacle and energy of the sport. Birger Sandzen'sAutumn Symphony (Smoky Hill River, Kansas) (lot 380), a large, colorful landscape, shows the artist at the full height of his artistic powers. Similarly, a major work by Newark artist, John Grabach, Waiting for the Bus (lot 229), epitomizes this artist's finest work as an urban realist.