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Chalfan, Van Chelminski Paintings to Lead Two-Day Multi-Estate Sale

by WorthPoint Staff (01/16/12).

An original oil on canvas of a Napoleonic officer by Jan Van Chelminski (N.Y./Pol., 1851-1925) is expected to be one of the top lots in an upcoming two-day, multi-estate sale scheduled for Jan. 21 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A pair of paintings—one by Jefferson David Chalfan; the other by Jan Van Chelminski—are expected to lead a huge two-day, three-session multi-estate sale featuring hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots of original artwork, fine porcelain, Hollywood memorabilia, movie posters, pop culture and rock ‘n’ roll items scheduled for Jan. 19-20 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

The event will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. (EST), with a large number of original paintings and artwork. Certain to attract bidder interest will be a pair of charcoal works by Willem de Kooning (1904-97), an oil painting by the Western genre artist and illustrator William de la Montagne Cary (1840-1922), and three bronze statues by Charles Bragg (b. 1931).

But two pieces in particular are expected to really excite the crowd. One is an original oil on canvas by Chalfant (Pa./Del., 1856-1931), titled “Doux Souvenir.” The painting comes with an impeccable provenance from the Brandywine Museum. Chalfant was a multi-talented artist, known for his genre work, brightly illuminated interiors, still lifes and portraits.

The other is an original oil on canvas by Van Chelminski (N.Y./Poland, 1851-1925), depicting a Napoleonic officer. Van Chelminski became quite famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was widely collected by legions of wealthy fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Also sold will be an original pen-and-ink illustration by John F. Peto (N.Y./Penn., 1854-1907).

Original oil on canvas by Jefferson David Chalfant (Pa./Del., 1856-1931), titled “Doux Souvenir,” is the other painting to highlight the sale.

Decorative accessories will also change hands on Jan. 19. Examples include a rare Argy Rousseau pate de verre lamp, a pair of hand-blown Murano glass vases by Master Bruno Bruber (each one hand-engraved and painted using precious metals, including 24-karat gold), Part 3 of a single-owner Royal Doulton figurine collection, Hummels, carnival glass, Stangl birds and more.

A nice selection of period furniture will be highlighted by two fantastic dressing tables. Also sold will be sterling silver pieces (to include three fantastic sterling flatware sets by Tiffany & Co., Wallace Grand Baroque and a large Gorham set), a large collection of gold jewelry and watches (including an 18-karat gold Jules Jurgensen ladies’ watch), a fine silk prayer rug and more.

From the estate of Lily and Louis Calderon will come three large stained glass windows in the style of Tiffany, a great collection of clocks, furniture pieces, bronzes, ivory, slag glass lamps, paintings, Orientalia and more. A preview will be held the day of the sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the first gavel comes down, and all week leading up to the sale, or by appointment.

The first Friday session, starting at 2 p.m., will feature Hollywood and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, movie posters and pop culture items. Included will be photos and other material from the Lester Glassner estate, vintage movie posters, box lots of photos, negatives, original Broadway window cards, playbills and original artwork for 1920s and ‘30s theater magazines.

A rare circa-1950s Andy's Gang Buster Brown shoe store displays, each one about 30 inches tall.

Also sold will be a large collection of original movie costumes, to include a Jane Russell costume from “The Outlaw,” Laurel and Hardy costumes from “The Bullfighters,” a suit worn by James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” a gown worn by Bette Davis in “The Virgin Queen,” a vest worn by Rudolph Valentino in “The Son of the Sheik” and a Charlton Heston costume from “Planet of the Apes.” Also sold will be nearly 1,000 Vogue magazines, ranging from 1913-1991 (with the majority coming from the 1930s-60s).

Friday’s first session will also feature three rare Andy’s Gang Buster Brown shoe displays (each approximately 30 inches tall and depicting Froggy the Gremlin, Midnight the Cat and Squeaky the Mouse), an extremely scarce Captain January Shirley Temple die-cut, a great selection of original 1920s linen-backed one-sheet movie posters and window cards, and more.

Rounding out the list of expected top lots on Friday will be original pastel cover art for 1930s-era movie magazines (of Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, Lillian Gish and two of Rudolph Valentino); an original oil on board movie poster design painting of the film “Swing Time,” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; a Judy Garland signed ticket for the American Cruise Line; and an original Fozzie Bear Muppet doll used by the late puppeteer Jim Henson.

Paul McCartney RIAA white matte gold record award, one of many Beatles items to be sold.

After the gavel comes down on the last lot in session one, a brief intermission will be held, then session two will begin at around 6 p.m. Offered will be an astounding array of music and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, to include dozens of original concert posters, many Beatles items, a collection of vintage guitars and rare collectibles like a scarce 1947 Keaton musical typewriter.

The posters will include boxing-style globe posters for Gladys Knight and the Pips (1972), David Ruffin (1969), and the James Brown Revue (1970); a scarce Cavern Flying Burritos poster; a Jimi Hendrix Insel Fehmarn poster (1970); a 1967 Fugs theater poster; a rare 1971 Led Zeppelin at the Boston Garden poster; and posters for Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones (plus Rolling Stones autographs, including Brian Jones).

Beatles material will satisfy the most rabid collector and fan. Items will include a John Lennon handkerchief, a Paul McCartney gold record award, a “Yellow Submarine” Thermos, concert tickets, a scarce 1962 UK handbill, many 45 RPM records, a rare 1965 contract rider signed by the Beatles’ late manager Brian Epstein (a similar piece sold at auction for $23,000), a hard-to-find first Beatles’ North American Capitol single, lobby cards, posters and other items.

The vintage guitars will feature a 1962 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst, a 1965 Fender Jaguar Sunburst, a circa 1961-63 Gibson Firebird, a 1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster Sunburst, a circa 1935-36 Gibson EH-100 Sunburst, a 1960s Danelectro bass guitar, a 1960 Fender Bandmaster Brownface guitar amp, a 1960 Voc AC30 guitar amp, and other guitar-related lots.

Online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid and LiveAuctoneers, and phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Images for some of the items to be sold may be seen on the Philip Weiss Auctions website.

For more information about this auction, call 516.594.0731 or e-mail to phil@weissauctions.com.

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