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Lot 7001

$500

Details: Oil On Canvas ORIGINAL SALVATORE GRIPPI POP-EXPRESSIONIST STILL-LIFE PAINTING Vintage New York School Unique Artwork Decorative Ithaca NY Art

This pop-expressionist still-life oil painting on canvas was created by noted New York School artist Salvatore Grippi.

The painting measures approximately 50" x 50".

In an excerpt from a short essay written for his 2011 exhibition at Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Grippi describes this work and others like it: "The still life paintings are not done from objects arranged in studio setups. I paint the still life as a mental landscape rather than a described physical reality. Common objects, such as beer cans, bags, boxes, and fruit shapes, familiar but not particularized, are culled from memory as I work. In flux, advancing and retreating, the objects move flotsam-like in a borderless expanse. The still life approaches the memory of the beach invasions of WWII."

Worth Auctions is pleased to offer a number of rare works by Salvatore Grippi, an important New York School painter who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Kline during the heyday of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s. In 1968, Grippi established the art department at Ithaca College, where he taught until 1991. In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art. This was the last time that Grippi's work was displayed in his hometown - until now. Worth Auctions is proud to offer Grippi’s works to the public. He was a significant figure in postwar abstraction and his work from this period has graced the walls of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Met but has seldom appeared at auction. It is fitting that these pieces are being shown and sold here in Ithaca, where Grippi taught and maintained a studio for most of his career, while they are also visible to collectors all over the world.

Please attend our live sale to view this painting and other interesting artwork in person.
Condition / Notes: This painting shows nicely displaying only a typical range of age and wear indications.
Lot 7002

$350

Details: Gustav Becker ANTIQUE OAK MANTLE CLOCK 1918 Westminster Chime 1/4 Strike Carved Oak German Horology Low Tone Gong Collectible Decorative

Maker: Gustav Becker

History of Maker: Gustav Becker (May 2, 1819 - September 17, 1885) made various wall, mantle, and tall case clocks and founded the brand which bears his name. In 1872 Becker produced the first prototype of what we know today as the 400-day clock. His sons Albert and Paul took over the business through the early 20th century, eventually selling the company to Junghans in 1925.

Country of Origin: Germany

Year of Manufacture: 1918

Model: N/A

Serial Number: 2227227

Clock Type: Oak mantle clock

Approximate Height: 17"

Model History & Features: It is unclear how many of these clocks were produced. This model stands out for its 1/4 strike that plays pieces of the Westminster Chime. A low tone gong sounds on the hour with excellent clarity.

Running?: Yes

Condition: This clock is in very good condition and is complete with 100% of its original parts, including its key and the key to its beveled glass front door.

Condition / Notes: The condition of this clock as stated above is accurate at the time of cataloging. The clock may require some adjustment, tuning, or minor maintenance upon receipt.
Lot 7003

$475

Details: Singer Manufacturing Company VINTAGE BEIGE SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221K SEWING MACHINE Original Carrying Case Instruction Manuel & Oil Can Spare Parts Colored Machine Post-war

This lot consists of a scarce vintage Post-war beige singer featherweight sewing machine (model 221K). This lot also features original beige carrying case, oil can, instruction booklet and foot petal, as well as various spare parts/accessories. Original receipt from Singer is present.

The machine reads:
"Singer Sewing Machine/ CAT CAJ 6-8/ 110-120 Volts/ 0-4 AMP/ 25-75 CYC & DC/ S. S. 9-625407-0/ The Singer Mfg. Co./ /St. John's P. Q./ Made in Great Canada/ 1-991600-65" and the serial number 221J on the other side.

The case for the machine measures 14" x 8" x 10.5".

Singer Corporation is an American manufacturer of sewing machines, first established as I. M. Singer & Co. in 1851 by Isaac Merritt Singer with New York lawyer Edward Clark. Best known for its sewing machines, it was renamed Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865, then The Singer Company in 1963. It is based in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville. Its first large factory for mass production was built in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1863. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This lot shows well with some age/wear throughout. The sewing machine has not been tested.
Lot 7004

$45

Details: Arthur Kampf ZWANZIG RADIERUNGEN ZU SHAKESPEARES WERKEN c1925 Artist Signed 20 Original Engravings Prints William Shakespeare Othello Hamlet King Lear Julius Caesar

This limited edition unbound folio of original engravings is signed by its creator, German artist Arthur Kampf. The work is entitled "Zwanzig Radierungen zu Shakespeares Werken" or 'Twenty Etchings to Shakespeare's Works' [Courtesy Google Translate] and was published c.1925.

Kampf, (26 September 1864 - 8 February 1950) affiliated with the Dusseldorf school of painting, studied under Peter Janssen and other famed artists from the period. Considered one of the most important German artists by his contemporaries, Kampf was a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts, gave drawing lessons to Prince August Wilhelm, son of Wilhelm II, and was honored with the Adlerschild des Deutschen Reiches or the 'Eagle Shield of the German Reich' in 1939. [Courtesy Wikipedia]

All 20 of the original etchings are included in this work. They depict several of the most famous scenes from Shakespeare's plays including "Julius Caesar," "Hamlet," "Othello," "King Lear," and "The Tempest."

Please attend our live sale to view this folio and other interesting artwork in person.
Condition / Notes: Some light toning is visible on the engravings, mostly on the margins. Some plates may have minor creasing on their edges. The work otherwise shows nicely despite some typical indications of age and wear.
Lot 7005

$35

Details: 2pcs Figurative Abstract Expressionist ORIGINAL SALVATORE GRIPPI INK DRAWINGS c1972 Artist Signed New York School Artwork Ithaca NY Decorative Art

These 2 figurative abstract expressionist ink drawings are signed by their creator, noted New York School artist Salvatore Grippi. One work is dated 1972.

The drawing in blue ink measures approximately 24" x 18" and the drawing in black ink measures approximately 24" x 19".

Worth Auctions is pleased to offer a number of rare works by Salvatore Grippi, an important New York School painter who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Kline during the heyday of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s. In 1968, Grippi established the art department at Ithaca College, where he taught until 1991. In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art. This was the last time that Grippi's work was displayed in his hometown - until now. Worth Auctions is proud to offer Grippi’s works to the public. He was a significant figure in postwar abstraction and his work from this period has graced the walls of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Met but has seldom appeared at auction. It is fitting that these pieces are being shown and sold here in Ithaca, where Grippi taught and maintained a studio for most of his career, while they are also visible to collectors all over the world.

Please attend our live sale to view these drawings and other interesting artwork in person.
Condition / Notes: These works show nicely displaying only a typical range of age and wear indications. The drawing dated 1972 shows some wear on its top edge suggesting that it was torn straight from Grippi's personal sketchpad.
Lot 7006

$300

Details: Collectible Luxury Pen VINTAGE MONTBLANC FOUNTAIN PEN W/ ORIGINAL CASE & INSTRUCTIONS Decorative German High-End Writing Instrument

This vintage Montblanc pen comes complete with its case and its original instruction manual.

The German company Montblanc is world renowned for their luxury pens and watches. Montblanc has been in business for nearly 100 years.

Please attend our live sale to view this pen and other interesting items in person.
Condition / Notes: There are some minor indications of age and wear on the case including signs of rubbing and other small markings. The pen itself shows nicely though appears to require a new ink cartridge before it will write effectively. The instruction manual shows some minor creasing and other typical signs of light wear.
Lot 7007

$20

Details: 2Pcs Vintage Farm & Home BUTTER CHURNS & GUIDE Dazey Electric Churn Wards Montgomery Ward Dairy Home Production Glass Accessories Machinery

This lot consists of two vintage butter churns and a pamphlet titled "Directions for using Dazey glass churns".

The churns have the following maker's information:
Ward's Electric Churn. 115 Volts/60 Cycle. Model WSD 86-1183A Serial BB. Montgomery Ward

Dazey Electric Churn. 115 Volts/60 Cycles. Model 80BD. Dazey Corp.- St Louis USA

The pamphlet is printed by Dazey Churn & Manufacturing Co. Saint Louis, Missouri.

The Ward's churn measures approximately 16" high. The Dazey church measures approximately 17.5".


Condition / Notes: These items show typical signs of age/wear with some rusting and wear to the metal of the churns.
Lot 7008

$35

Details: Antique Torsion Clock SCARCE VINTAGE KERNE & SOHNE 400-DAY CLOCK 1961 Porcelain Figures On Disc Pendulum Floral Motif Decorative Collectible

Maker: Kern & Sohne

History of Maker: In 1929, Kern and his partner J. Link began producing 400-day clocks in a partnership that would last until 1932. In 1937 the company Kern & Sohne was formed. Today, Kerne & Sohne is one of only 2 German companies to remain family owned through its entire history and is also the only company still producing mechanical 400-day clocks.

Country of Origin: Germany

Year of Manufacture: 1961

Model: Miniature

Serial Number: N/A

Clock Type: 400-Day Clock

Approximate Height: 8.75" with glass dome

Model History & Features: This scarce model was only produced for a few years. The porcelain figures on its disc pendulum and floral motif on its dial and base make this clock stand out.

Running?: Yes

Condition: This clock is composed of 100% original parts and is in excellent condition overall despite some minor paint chips on its base.

Condition / Notes: The condition of this clock as stated above is accurate at the time of cataloging. The clock may require some adjustment, tuning, or minor maintenance upon receipt.
Lot 7009

$100

Details: 4Pcs Woodcuts Artist Proofs EARLY SALVATORE GRIPPI c1953 Vintage Figurative Abstract Epic Creation from the Sea New York School Artist Proof Expressionism

These 4 woodcuts are early works by noted New York School artist Salvatore Grippi. Two pieces are signed, titled, and dated 1954 and 1955. The titles of these two works are "Epic" and "Creation from the Sea". An oft underappreciated figure from the abstract expressionist movement, Grippi worked alongside many of the most prominent artists of the postwar era. Some of these woodcut prints may have been produced during Grippi's time at Atelier 17, the famous printmaking studio run by British artist Stanley William Hayter who taught artists including Pollock and Rothko.

These pieces measure approximately 11.5" x 9" to 18.25" x 13.25".

Worth Auctions is pleased to offer a number of rare works by Salvatore Grippi, an important New York School painter who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Kline during the heyday of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s. In 1968, Grippi established the art department at Ithaca College, where he taught until 1991. In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art. This was the last time that Grippi's work was displayed in his hometown - until now. Worth Auctions is proud to offer Grippi’s works to the public. He was a significant figure in postwar abstraction and his work from this period has graced the walls of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Met but has seldom appeared at auction. It is fitting that these pieces are being shown and sold here in Ithaca, where Grippi taught and maintained a studio for most of his career, while they are also visible to collectors all over the world.
Condition / Notes: These pieces show nicely, displaying only a typical range of age and wear indications. Some pieces show soiling to the edges.
Lot 7010

$35

Details: Antique Victorian DUKE'S POSTAGE STAMP ALBUM 1889 Postage Collecting Album Chromolithograph Design Interior & Wrappers World Stamps

This lot consists of an antique Victorian postage stamp album from 1889. The title of the album is "Duke's Postage Stamp Album" which is published by W. Duke Sons & Co." The album features less than half of the pre-illustrated stamp areas filled, as well as featuring many miscellaneous stamps for each county/territory filled on intentionally open pages. The album features chromolithographi covers and interior graphics.

From the text:
"It has given me extreme pleasure that I was asked to arrange for you this beautiful Album for postage stamps, which is unsurpassed by any similar work ever published in any country on the globe. No collector ever had a chance to arrange his treasures under such favorable surroundings as your great liberality provides for in this volume."
Condition / Notes: The volume shows significant age/wear with separated wrappers and interior pages. The pages show edgewear, some lacking material or showing previous owner preservation. The rear cover is lacking a large section of material and both covers are detached and show wear and tears, some with previous owner preservation.
Lot 7011

$130

Details: 4pcs Artist Signed SALVATORE GRIPPI EARLY WORKS c1953 Vintage New York School Woodcuts Artist Proofs Death from the Sky Creation from the Sea Figurative Abstract Expressionism

These 4 woodcuts are early works by noted New York School artist Salvatore Grippi. Two pieces are signed, titled, and dated 1953 and 1954. These pieces are titled "Creation from the Sea" and "Death from the Sky". An oft underappreciated figure from the abstract expressionist movement, Grippi worked alongside many of the most prominent artists of the postwar era. Some of these woodcut prints may have been produced during Grippi's time at Atelier 17, the famous printmaking studio run by British artist Stanley William Hayter who taught artists including Pollock and Rothko.

These pieces measure approximately 18.25" x 13.25" to 24.5" x 19.25".

Worth Auctions is pleased to offer a number of rare works by Salvatore Grippi, an important New York School painter who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Kline during the heyday of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s. In 1968, Grippi established the art department at Ithaca College, where he taught until 1991. In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art. This was the last time that Grippi's work was displayed in his hometown - until now. Worth Auctions is proud to offer Grippi’s works to the public. He was a significant figure in postwar abstraction and his work from this period has graced the walls of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Met but has seldom appeared at auction. It is fitting that these pieces are being shown and sold here in Ithaca, where Grippi taught and maintained a studio for most of his career, while they are also visible to collectors all over the world.

Condition / Notes: These pieces show nicely, displaying only a typical range of age and wear indications.
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