SAVANNAH, Georgia – Everard Auctions is pleased to announce highlights from its October 18 Fall Southern Estates auction, which will be followed on October 19 and 20 by a very special sale of the John and Virginia Duncan Collection of fine, folk and ethnographic art and antiquities. Auction options include Away and Live Online, with a gallery preview available at specific times.
Fall Southern Estates Auction – October 18, 2022
The October 18 fine art selection includes two works by famous female artists from the Estate of Betty Melaver, Savannah, Georgia. The first is an untitled colorful Texas landscape by Georgia O’Keeffe (New Mexico/New York, 1887-1986). The 1917 watercolor measures 8¾ inches by 12 inches and is listed as item 196 in the artist’s catalog raisonné, which also notes that the work is associated with O’Keeffe’s Pink and Green Mountains series. The bid estimate is $100,000 to $150,000, with a reserve of $90,000.
O’Keeffe’s early watercolors, though less known to collectors than his oils, may offer another perspective on a storied career. In 1916, the artist took a position as head of the art department at West Texas State Normal College, in Canyon, Texas, where the series Pink and Green Mountains was created the following year. In the same vein, the watercolor proposed by Everard demonstrates its ease with what is widely recognized as a very difficult medium to work with. In 1918, O’Keeffe returned to live in New York, where Alfred Stieglitz, her dealer and future husband, encouraged her to move away from watercolor painting, fearing its association with amateur women artists. This may help explain the limited number of watercolors O’Keeffe executed during his career.
The second work presented from the Melaver estate is that of Louise Nevelson (New York, 1899-1988) Clouds IV, a 1984 painted wood wall sculpture that measures 21½ inches by 20¼ inches. It was purchased from Pace Galleries in New York and is estimated to be between $30,000 and $50,000, with a reserve of $25,000. Nevelson was an acclaimed sculptor known for her large-scale wooden sculptures and outdoor installations, particularly her monochromatic puzzle-like creations. She was an important 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.
Highlights of decorative art include a pair of German sterling silver jousting knights, 12 inches by 8 inches by 3½ inches), estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, with a reserve of $1,800; and an intricately decorated wisteria-themed vase by 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 Artist of the Imperial Household in 1896 and won dozens of prizes during his career, including the gold prize at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. The Meiji period (1868-1912) floral vase donated by Everard measures 7 5/8 inches tall and is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, with a reserve of $4,000.
A sumptuous selection of estate jewelry includes a stunning pair of platinum, diamond and emerald Raymond Yard earrings. Estimate: $2,500 to $3,500, with a reserve of $1,800
More than 100 vintage posters have been consigned by a private collector from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. There are many eye-catching travel posters in remarkable condition, such as that of Lucien Boucher circa 1947 Air France – East and Far East poster estimated between $700 and $1,000, with a reserve of $425. The advertising posters include several designs by Leonetto Cappiello (Italian/French, 1875-1942), who worked primarily in Paris during his prolific career. Due to his innovative and modern style, he is often called the “father of modern advertising”. One of his most appealing Art Deco images is in a circa 1922 poster advertising the Contratto sparkling wine aperitif. It is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000, with a reserve of $1,200.
John and Virginia Duncan Collection Auction – Oct. 19-20, 2022
The extraordinary collections of retired author/history teacher John Duncan and his wife Virginia Duncan adorn their home, the historic Thomas-Levy House in Savannah’s Monterey Square, since 1975. The artworks and objects, which visually tell of Southeast history and culture, reflect a pursuit John began in 1947. Virginia later joined him on his collecting odyssey, and together they created the much-loved business of Savannah V and J Duncan Antique Maps, Prints and Books.
The couple amassed marvelous collections of old maps, natural history prints, prints, books, pottery, hand-carved folk art canes, antique sweetgrass baskets, curiosities exotics, ethnographic art, American furniture and Southern artwork. All have been displayed and loved, but now the Duncans, who consider themselves stewards of material culture, want their artwork to be passed on to the next generation of stewards.
During the three-day auction series, 32 rare cards from the 16th to 19th centuries will be sold, many of them from the Duncan Collection. John’s passion for Southern history led to purchases such as a Peter Gordon (1697-1740) Map of Savannah, Ga., 1734. Size 21 5/8 inches by 28 5/8 inches, This rare map is the earliest known printed view of Savannah and illustrates the original plan of the city by the founder of the Colony of Georgia, General James E. Oglethorpe. It is one of five such cards held by individuals; 12 others reside in museums. He is listed with an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 and an opening bid of $75,000.
Southern fine art highlights include a 1948 watercolor Leonora Quarterman (Savannah, 1911-1979) titled 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. Measuring 18½ inches by 22 inches, the work is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000 with a reserve of $1,000.
Another outstanding entry of regional interest is the gelatin silver photograph by Jack Leigh (Savannah, 1948-2004) titled Midnight, Bonaventure Cemetery. This widely recognizable image featured on the cover of John Berendt’s 1994 book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The photograph is signed by Leigh and Berendt and bears the number 55/250. Sized 8 5/8 inches by 5¾ inches, it has an estimate of $7,000 to $10,000 and a reserve of $3,500.
Fine classic furniture from the Duncan Collection is exemplified by a mahogany chest of drawers made circa 1828-29 and stenciled by Rufus Pierce, a famous 19th century Boston and New York furniture maker. It is estimated between $2,000 and $4,000, with a reserve of $1,000.
Auction sessions on October 18, 19 and 20, 2022 will begin at 10 a.m. EST. Bid in absentia or live online via Everard, live auctioneers, auction square Where Invaluable. The public is invited to the preview reception on October 11, 5-7 p.m., at the Everard Auctions gallery, with additional previews available October 12-14, or by appointment. For more information about an 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.