July 2012

Property from a Southern Gentleman, Savannah, GA and Other Owners

July 10 – July 27, 2012

Much of the property in this auction comes from a gentleman who lived his whole life in the same historic house in downtown Savannah. He inherited items from various relatives, including the Charleston painter May Paine and his mother Harriet Lawrence (Cann) Huston, a well known Savannah watercolorist who exhibited at the Telfair Museum of Art with contemporary Leonora Quarterman in 1950.

Harriet Huston was a good friend of the New York Socialite Margaret Screven Duke and her diplomat husband. Both Harriet and Margaret were from Savannah and were artists. Margaret gave Harriet many objects and paintings over the years, which you will see labeled with her name.

Highlights from the collection include an Anglo-Indian Ivory Jewelry Chest with miniatures of Jerome Bonaparte (1784-1860), brother of Napoleon I, and his wife Elizabeth Patterson of Baltimore. There are many other miniatures, as well as objets de vertu, including silver and enamel boxes, chinese export porcelain, Steuben and furniture including a Tiffany tall case clock and an Italian Ebonized and Ivory Cabinet on Stand.

Other furniture highlights include a Federal Mahogany Tall Case Clock, by Peter Lupp of New Brunswick, NJ and a large American Classical Giltwood Girandole Mirror.

Fine Art highlights from the sale include a painting of a beach scene by Edward Potthast, a Reynolds Beal painting titled ‘Ivy League Rowing Regatta, Poughkeepsie, NY’ and a domestic scene by Victor Gilbert. Other artwork includes a large group of vintage photographs, comprising cabinet cards of Abraham Lincoln, a portrait of Gertrude Stein
and many more.

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