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Lot 7001


Details: This lot comprised two fragments from ancient African sculptures.

These sculptural busts were created by people of the Bura Culture in existence from the 3rd to 11th Centuries in what is now Nigeria, Africa. Also known as Nok, after the village where so many of these relics were found, these head/face figures are probable fragments from vessels or larger sculptures. They each measure approx. 3" in length.

2Pcs Ancient Niger AFRICAN BURA CULTURE POTTERY BUST Terracotta Sculpture Nok Head Face 3rd-11th Century Fragments Vessels Sculptural Antique Tribal Aboriginal Native Lost Civilization
Condition / Notes: These ancient pieces are well preserved and show well.
Lot 7002


Details: This original John James Audubon hand-colored aquatint engraving by R. Havell comes from Audubon's renowned "Birds of America" and dates c.1838. The engraving is complete with a frame that includes an antique gift nameplate inscribed "John James Audubon 1780-1851, Gift of Halsted James." The piece measures approximately 29"x39.5" including the frame.

John James Audubon (born Jean Rabin; April 26, 1785 January 27, 1851) was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled "The Birds of America" (18271839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species. [Courtesy Wikipedia]

Robert Havell Jr. (25 November 1793 11 November 1878) was the principal engraver of Audubon's "Birds of America," perhaps the most significant natural history publication of all time. His aquatint engraving of all but the first ten plates of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" is now recognised as a significant artistic achievement in its own right and an essential component of the success of "Birds of America." He and Audubon became close friends and associates during their lengthy collaboration. In 1839 Havell went to America at the invitation of Audubon, first residing in Brooklyn. He settled in Ossining on the Hudson River and later moved to Tarrytown, New York, living there from 1857 through his remaining years. Although Havell continued to work in aquatint and engraving (primarily city panoramas), he devoted most of his attention to painting the countryside of the Hudson River valley. He travelled frequently in a homemade horse-drawn trailer, sketching and taking notes and translating his sketches into larger oils. Robert Havell Jr. is considered a member of the Hudson River School of American painters. He died in 1878 and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown. [Courtesy Wikipedia]

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Aquatint Engraving Ornithology AUDUBON/HAVELL ORIGINAL c1838 Birds Of America Hand-Colored Antique Gift Nameplate Frame Avian Natural History Artwork

Condition / Notes: This engraving displays boldly in its frame with only minor indications of age and wear. The frame itself has a rustic look and shows some signs of wear including slight chipping and minor marks. This piece has not been examined outside of its frame.
Lot 7003


Details: This lot comprises two Korean stoneware vessels.

These mishima (inlaid decoration) ewers with Celedon glaze have matching fish and dragon decorations. The handmade ewers are approx. 8" high and one has the original lid. Both are signed by the artist in Korean characters on the bottom.

Celadon is greenish ceramic glaze that is used on stoneware. The term Celadon is used both for the glaze itself and for the article so glazed. (Courtesy Britannic.com)

2Pcs Vintage Handmade KOREAN MISHIMA CELEDON EWERS Inlaid Decoration Stoneware Glazed Fish Dragon Motif Lid Green Gray
Condition / Notes: These vessels show well and are in very good condition. One has a cracked defect which occurred during manufacture.
Lot 7004


Details: This antique/vintage Navajo painted memory cloth measures approximately 43.5"x41.5" in its wooden frame.

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Antique/Vintage NAVAJO PAINTED MEMORY CLOTH Native American Sand Painting Medicine Man Healing Right Muslin Decorative Indigenous Peoples Art
Condition / Notes: This painted memory cloth displays nicely with a typical range of age and wear indications. This piece has not been examined outside of its frame.
Lot 7005


Details: This lot consist of three ancient pottery vessels from Cyprus and a terracotta cup.

The 2 double handled vases or ewers measure approx. 10" high. Both terracotta pieces are painted with geometric decoration - one takes the shape of a duck in the handles.

Also included is decorated pottery handled cup or bowl which measures approx. 5.5" across the lip.

The third piece is a gray ware Cypriot vase or ewer, measuring approx. 8.75" high.
Condition / Notes: These ancient pieces are in excellent condition, exhibiting some signs of age and wear such as chips and pealing paint. The gray ware piece has a shred of newsprint adhered to it - probably removable with care.
Lot 7006


Details: 3Pcs Large SCULPTURE BY SALVATORE GRIPPI ABSTRACT WOODEN INSTALLATION Abstract Expressionism New York School 20th C Contemporary Art

This lot consists of 3 piece contemporary abstract sculpture installation by artist Salvatore Grippi. These pieces are large in scale measuring 74" 72" and 63" in height respectively. They are constructed of painted wood.

Salvatore Grippi (b. 1921) is an important member of the New York School painters who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Kline during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Johnson Museum of Art, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of many important United States collections, including the Hirshhorn Gallery, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Johnson Museum of Art. 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.

Condition / Notes: This lot shows well with mild signs of age and wear.

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Lot 7007


Details: This large woven painted head mask comes from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea and dates from c. 1940. It measures approx. 20"x20".

Papua New Guinea SEPIK RIVER LARGE WOVEN HEAD MASK Dance Costume Animal Creature Painted Indonesia South Pacific Native Aboriginal
Condition / Notes: This item shows typical signs of age and wear.
Lot 7008


Details: Rare COLIMA PRE-COLUMBIAN DOG HEAD POTTERY JAR Burnished Terracotta Meso America Americas Mexico Round Antique Primitive Canine Chihuahua Dog Lover Decorative

This lot is a rare Colima pre-Columbian dog head pottery jar. This estate piece, with 6 figuration representations of dog heads on burnished terracotta, measures approx. 10.5" x 6.5" ht. Rounded on the bottom, the opening is approx. 2.75" across.
Condition / Notes: This ancient piece is in excellent condition, exhibiting expected signs of age and wear that include scratches and soiling. The rim of the jar has been repaired.
Lot 7009


Details: This original mid-19th century woodblock print of a samurai warrior with a war fan is attributed to Utagawa Yoshitora. This piece measures approximately 18.25"x13.5" in its frame.

Utagawa Yoshitora was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints and an illustrator of books and newspapers who was active from about 1850 to about 1880. He was born in Edo (modern Tokyo), but neither his date of birth nor date of death is known. He was the oldest pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi who excelled in prints of warriors, kabuki actors, beautiful women, and foreigners (Yokohama-e). He may not have seen any of the foreign scenes he depicted. [Courtesy Wikipedia]

Japanese Woodblock Print UTAGAWA YOSHITORA Mid-19th Century Ukiyo-e Japan Woodcut Samurai Warrior War Fan Edo Tokyo Artwork Decorative Meiji
Condition / Notes: This woodblock print displays nicely with only minor indications of age and wear. This piece has not been examined outside of its frame.
Lot 7010


Details: This large format John and Elizabeth Gould hand-colored lithograph is from "A Monograph of the Family of Toucans" c.1832. The piece measures approximately 20"x26" in its frame.

John Gould (14 September 1804 3 February 1881) was an English ornithologist and bird artist. He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates that he produced with the assistance of his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists including Edward Lear, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart. Gould has been considered the father of bird study in Australia and the Gould League in Australia is named after him. His identification of the birds now nicknamed "Darwin's finches" played a role in the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Gould's work is referenced in Charles Darwin's book, "On the Origin of Species." [Courtesy Wikipedia]

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Large Format Lithograph HAND-COLORED JOHN/ELIZABETH GOULD c1832 Monograph Family Of Toucans Ornithology Tropical Birds Decorative Antique Art
Condition / Notes: This lithograph displays boldly in its frame showing only minor indications of age and wear. There is some chipping on the edges of the frame itself and the piece is likely laid down on board. This piece has not been examined outside of its frame.
Lot 7011


Details: This original painting with ink is signed by its creator, Florida artist Michael A. Palmer. The piece measures approximately 18.75"x20.5" in its frame.

Michael Palmer has lived and worked in Key West for most of the last two decades, and also spends time in Maine. Having painted professionally for 42 years, his work is well collected both here and abroad. Mr. Palmer is listed in the prestigious "Who's Who in Art." He has exhibited in many museum shows, art centers and fine galleries throughout the United States and Canada and his paintings are part of several museums' permanent collections. Collectors and critics alike have given his art much praise and serious attention.

Many of Palmer's works have an abstract quality that makes them intriguing. He depicts rooftops, narrow streets, bird's eye views of cityscapes or people going about their everyday business with an unmistakable architectural approach. Over time, his emphasis has been put more on form and design and less on content and narrative. The architectural pieces are wonderful studies in perspective, shadow effects, horizontal and vertical lines and broken geometrical shapes, always in a deliberately subtle color palette.

Michael is known for systematically combining paint and ink: although admits that he often begins a painting without any preconceived plan. However, he always finishes it with minute drawings in ink. [Courtesy Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, Florida]

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Florida Key West MICHAEL A PALMER PAINTING WITH INK c1980 Artist Signed Vintage Original Artwork Landscape Pastoral Unique Framed Art Decorative
Condition / Notes: This piece displays nicely with only minor indications of age and wear. The piece has not been examined outside of its frame.
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