SAVANNAH, Ga. – Everard Auctions is pleased to announce the highlights of its October 18 Southern Estates fall auction, followed by a very special sale of the John and Virginia Duncan collection of fine, folk and ethnographic art follows antiques. Bidding options include away and live online, with gallery previews available at specific times.
Southern Estates Fall Auction – October 18, 2022
The October 18 art selection includes two works by famous female artists from the estate of Betty Melaver, Savannah, Georgia. The first is a colorful, untitled Texas landscape by Georgia O’Keeffe (New Mexico/New York, 1887-1986). The 1917 watercolor measures 8¾ in. by 12 in. and is listed as item 196 in the artist’s catalog raisonné, which also notes that the artwork is associated with O’Keeffe’s Pink and Green Mountains series. Auction estimate is $100,000-$150,000 with a $90,000 reserve.
O’Keeffe’s early watercolors, while not as well known to collectors as her oil paintings, may offer a different perspective on a storied career. In 1916 the artist accepted a position as chair of the art department at West Texas State Normal College in Canyon, Texas, where the Pink and Green Mountains series was made the following year. Similarly, the watercolor offered by Everard demonstrates her ability to work in what is generally considered a very difficult medium to work with. By 1918 O’Keeffe had returned to live in New York, where Alfred Stieglitz, her dealer and future husband, encouraged her to move away from watercolor for fear of associating with amateur women artists. This may help explain the limited number of watercolors O’Keeffe executed during her career.
The second artwork on display from the Melaver estate is Louise Nevelson’s (New York, 1899-1988) clouds IV, a 1984 painted wood wall sculpture measuring 21½ inches by 20¼ inches. It was purchased by Pace Galleries in New York and is estimated at $30,000-$50,000 with a $25,000 reserve. Nevelson was an acclaimed sculptor, known for her large-scale wooden sculptures and outdoor installations, particularly her monochrome, puzzle-like creations. She was a major figure in the feminist art movement of the 1970s and her work can be found in the permanent collections of many major art institutions including MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, the Tate and many others.
Decorative art highlights include a pair of German sterling silver jousting knights, 12 in. by 8 in. by 3½ in.), estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, with a reserve of $1,800; and a finely decorated vase with wisteria motifs by the Japanese cloisonne artist Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927). A former samurai, Namikawa trained at the Kyoto Cloisonné Company before starting his own business. Widely acclaimed, he was appointed Imperial Household Artist in 1896 and won dozens of awards throughout his career, including the Gold Prize at the 1900 Paris World Fair. The Meiji period (1868-1912) flower vase offered by Everard is 7 5/8 inches tall and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000, with a $4,000 reserve.
A sumptuous selection of estate jewelery includes a stunning pair of platinum, diamond and emerald earrings from Raymond Yard. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500 with a $1,800 reserve
More than 100 vintage posters were consigned by a private collector from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. There are many striking travel posters in remarkable condition, such as B. a Lucien Boucher from around 1947 Air France – Orient and extreme Orient The poster is estimated at $700-$1,000 with a $425 reserve. The advertising posters include several designs by Leonetto Cappiello (Italian/French, 1875-1942), who worked mainly in Paris during his prosperous career. Because of his innovative, modern style, he is often referred to as the “father of modern advertising”. One of his most appealing Art Deco images can be seen on a 1922 poster promoting the sparkling wine aperitif Contratto. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000 with a $1,200 reserve.
John and Virginia Duncan Collection Auction – 19th-20th October 2022
Retired author/history professor John Duncan and his wife Virginia Duncan’s extraordinary collections have adorned their home, the historic Thomas-Levy House in Savannah’s Monterey Square, since 1975. The artworks and objects visually tell the history and culture of the Southeast, reflecting a persecution that John began in 1947. Virginia later joined him on his collecting odyssey and together they established the highly respected Savannah store V and J Duncan Antique Maps, Prints and Books.
The couple amassed wonderful collections of antique maps, natural history prints, engravings, books, pottery, hand-carved folk art walking sticks, antique rye baskets, exotic curios, ethnographic art, American furniture and Southern art. All have been displayed and loved, but now the Duncans, who see themselves as custodians of material culture, wish to see their art holdings passed on to the next generation of stewards.
During the three-day auction series, 32 rare maps from the 16th to 19th centuries will be auctioned off, many of them from the Duncan Collection. John’s passion for Southern history led to purchases such as a map by Peter Gordon (1697-1740) of Savannah (Ga.), 1734. Measuring 21 5/8 in. x 28 5/8 in., this rare map is the first known printed view of Savannah and illustrates the original city plan of Georgia Colony founder General James E. Oglethorpe. It is one of possibly five privately owned such maps; 12 others live in museums. It is entered with an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 and an opening bid of $75,000.
Highlights of Southern art include a 1948 watercolor by Leonora Quarterman (Savannah, 1911-1979) entitled Savannah City Market. Quarterman’s work has been exhibited at the National Gallery (Washington) and MOMA; and in 1942 she was honored with a one-woman show at The Smithsonian. The artwork measures 18½ inches by 22 inches and is estimated at $2,000-3,000 with a $1,000 reserve.
Another outstanding entry of regional interest is Jack Leigh’s (Savannah, 1948-2004) gelatin silver photograph entitled Midnight, Bonaventure Cemetery. This widely recognizable image was featured on the cover of John Berendt’s 1994 book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The photograph is signed by both Leigh and Berendt and numbered 55/250. Measuring 8 5/8 in. x 5¾ in., it has an estimate of $7,000-$10,000 and a reserve of $3,500.
Fine classical furniture from the Duncan collection is exemplified by a mahogany chest of drawers, made circa 1828-29 and stenciled by Rufus Pierce, a noted 19th century furniture maker from Boston and New York. It is estimated at $2,000-$4,000 with a $1,000 reserve.
Auctions on October 18, 19, and 20, 2022 begin at 10 a.m. EST. Bid absent or live online via Everard, live auctioneers, bid square or Invaluable. The public is invited to the preview reception on October 11 from 5-7pm at Everard Auctions Gallery, with an additional preview available on October 12-14 or by appointment. For more information on any item in the auction, call 912-231-1376 or email [email protected] Everard Auctions & Appraisals is located at 2436 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404. Visit Everard online at https://www.everardauction.com.