Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

Pablo Picasso’s “Faunes et Chevre” linocut is one of the many works of art by some of the biggest names in the art world included in the upcoming Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction at Cottone Auctions slated for March 29.

GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and 20th-century art will be part of Cottone Auctions’ annual Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction on March 29, when more than 500 lots will be for sale.

Featured will be numerous pieces from the prominent estate of William Levine of Rochester, NY. Levine was a businessman, philanthropist and avid modern art collector.

This collection of artwork is inclusive of two works by Pablo Picasso entitled “Tete de Buffon” and ”Faunes et Chevre,” a bold original Gouache by Alexander Calder, numerous lithographs by Marc Chagall—including “Vue Sur Notre-Dame” and “The Orange Tree”—and two pieces by Joan Miro,

Picasso’s “Faunes et Chevre”—a fine and rare example of a linocut—will challenge for the sale’s top-lot honors, as it carries a presale estimate of $60,000 to $80,000. Additionally, there are two pieces of Picasso’s pottery that were produced in the 1950’s entitled “Woodcut in Lines” and “Engraved bottle.”

One of the Miro pieces is an oversized color etching and aquatint entitled “Le Permissionnaire”, which measures 45 inches by 29 inches.

The estate auction will include original paintings by Jean Dufy (a gouache titled “Jazz Band”) and Ilya Bolotowski (a painting on linen by entitled “Abstract”), as well as several Tiffany lamps, silver, sculpture, Asian art, antiquities, art glass, Oriental rugs and period furniture. Complementing these fine works is an array of antique and modern furnishings. Mid-century modern pieces by James Mont include a silver leafed console, a mirror, chair and table lamps.

“Partie de Campagne,” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), could challenge for the top-lot honors with a presale estimate of $50,000 to $80,000.

The auction is set to begin with a variety of art glass, including studio Tiffany glass, Loetz, Arsall, Charder, Muller Freres and Steuben. Fine estate silver such, as a Tiffany “Chrysanthemum” Sterling tea set, lighting, sculpture and decorative items, will follow the art glass. A Tiffany Studios “Daffodil” lamp, along with a “Dogwood” pattern table lamp by Tiffany, are features of this collection.

Other highlights include many fine oil paintings and works of art such as Felix Schlesinger’s (German 1833-1910) “Feeding the Rabbits”, a Hudson River landscape by Hamilton Hamilton (American 1847-1928) and an oil painting by Cornelius David Krieghoff (Canadian 1812-1872) of the Caughnawaga Indians, which is estimated to sell between $30,000 and $50,000. Works by William Aiken Walker (American, 1838-1921) and Luther Emerson Van Gorder (American, 1857-1931) will also be sold in this auction.

This 19th-century Americana cigar store Indian, which was featured in “Treasury of American Design” by Clarence P. Hornung, is expected to realize between $30,000 and $40,000.

An original lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, circa1897, is expected to challenge Picasso’s “Faunes et Chevre” for top-lot honors.

From the Estate of Benjamin Buerk, Cottone will be offering an extensive collection of Russian Icons that were purchased throughout Buerk’s life. Buerk was a businessman and long-time collector from Buffalo, N.Y. The collection was mainly acquired through Sotheby’s and during travels abroad. 

A bold example of American Craftsman pottery done by Frederick Walrath and an unusual quarter-sewn oak bookcase by Limbert adorned with stained glass doors are featured in the Arts & Crafts category.

Highlighting the furniture in this auction is a stacked walnut mushroom table designed by Wendell Castle (American, born 1932) which was purchased in 1977 directly from the artist. Castle is often credited for being the father of the art furniture movement.

From the Americana collection is a 19th-century cigar store Indian which was featured in “Treasury of American Design” by Clarence P. Hornung, and is expected to bring between $30,000 and $40,000.

The auction is slated for Saturday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at the Cottone’s 6,000-square-foot gallery at 120 Court Street, Geneseo, N.Y. Previews will be available on March 27-28 from noon to 5 p.m., from 9 to 11 a.m. on the day of the sale, and anytime by appointment. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable (formerly Artfact).

For more information, call 585.243.1000 or visit the Cottone Auction website.


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