2007 Fall Select Auction

From the Descendents of Edward T. and Irene Bishop Hurley
See Also Cincinnati Art and American Art Pottery

This auction features many works of art and objects from the descendents of Cincinnati artists E.T. Hurley and Irene Bishop Hurley: paintings, Rookwood Pottery, works in bronze, and a portfolio of sketches and watercolors by Irene. Also included are personal items, and some of their own collected paintings and Rookwood by their fellow artists and friends.

206. Edward T. Hurley, Cincinnati, 1869-1950, Landscape with lavender flowers, oil on canvas, 10.5" x 14", signed, some restoration, signature appears to be restored, from the Hurley family. 2,000-3,000

E.T. Hurley exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Panama Pacific Exhibition, and others. He was a decorator for Rookwood Pottery, and studied with Frank Duveneck at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

207. Edward T. Hurley, Cincinnati, 1869-1950, Chesapeake Bay sailboats, pastel on paper, 15" x 12", signed, title on reverse, from the Hurley family. 1,000-2,000
204. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, The Beach, 1908, oil on board, 6" x 8.5", initialed. Nice impressionist and historical scene of a former gathering spot at the Ohio and Licking Rivers, Covington, across from Cincinnati, from the Hurley family. 2,500-3,500

Wife of E.T. Hurley, Irene Bishop was a painter, miniature painter, and a decorator at Rookwood Pottery. Studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy, and was a member of the Woman's Art Club.

205. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Miamitown, 1907, oil on board, 6" x 8.5", initialed, from the Hurley family. 1,000-2,000
246. Monumental Rookwood porcelain glaze vase, fully decorated by Sara Sax with peacock with spread plumage and tropical bird in pastel shades of blue, green, red, violet and mauve, amidst green trees with pink and mauve blossoms, black and white Art Nouveau bands above and below, #2370, 1919, 21"h x 10"d, numerous glaze pits and heat flaws, base chip under glaze, 14" line to side, glaze line at rim. A truly monumental Rookwood vase with some firing issues, not uncommon in larger examples, from the Hurley family. 5,000-10,000
224. Frank Duveneck, attribution, Cincinnati, 1848-1919, Portrait of woman in white, oil on canvas, 20" x 16", unsigned, from the Hurley family. 1,000-2,000

Born in Covington and apprenticed to church decorators, Duveneck studied at the Royal Academy of Munich in the 1870s, where he mastered his freely brushed realistic style. He was an instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, as well as chairman of the academy from 1905 until his death in 1919. He worked closely with several prominent Cincinnati painters.

232. Edward T. Hurley, Cincinnati, 1869-1950, Houseboat cabin on the banks of the Ohio River, 1897, watercolor, 7" x 10", signed, dated Jan-2-97, from the Hurley family. 600-800
233. William Alexander McCord, Cincinnati, d.1918, Anderson Ferry on the Ohio River, watercolor, 6" x 9", signed, from the Hurley family. 600-800

Landscape artist, draftsman, designer and engraver born in Cincinnati. McCord was largely self-taught, a friend of Henry Farny, and a founding member of the Cincinnati Art Club. His work appeared regularly in Cincinnati Art Museum and Art Institute of Chicago exhibitions.

229. Rookwood standard glaze ewer, E.T. Hurley, brown and yellow jonquils with green leaves on olive to tobacco brown to brown background, 1900, #868, 9", minor scratch to rear, from the Hurley family. 500-700
223. Edward T. Hurley, Cincinnati, 1869-1950, Landscape with field and trees, 1899, watercolor, 5.5" x 9", signed, from the Hurley family. 400-600
226. Edward T. Hurley, Cincinnati, 1869-1950, two watercolors, 5.5" x 9", pencil signed and dates to both: Niagara Falls with Maid of the Mist, Aug 24 1901; View of the Niagara River, Aug 26 1901. From the Hurley family. 400-600
209. Herman Henry Wessel, Cincinnati, 1878-1969, Portrait of E.T. Hurley, 1941, oil on canvas-board, 13" x 10.25", signed To My Friend E.T. Hurley, H.H. Wessel, St Patrick's Day 1941, from the Hurley family. 300-500

A prominent member of Cincinnati's artistic community, Herman Wessel studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Royal Academy in Munich, and Academie Julien in Paris. He taught at the Cincinnati Art Academy for 40 years and painted many prominent public murals. He and his wife Bessie Wessel worked closely with Frank Duveneck and became leading experts on authenticating his works.

221. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Portfolio of unsigned works on paper, in cloth and leather bound folder with paper label reading E.T. Hurley Rookwood Pottery Cincinnati O, from the Hurley family. 400-600
234. Edward T. Hurley, Cincinnati, 1869-1950, Tole style floral still life, 1886, oil on board, signed and dated on back E.T. Hurley 1886 and T.E.A. Hurley 1886, an early student piece, from the Hurley family. 300-500
227. Rookwood floral vellum vase, uncrazed example in oriental style decoration by E.T. Hurley of red and white cherry blossoms with green leaves and blue stems, on dark to light blue to cream background, 1944, #6189F, 4.5", mint, from the Hurley family. 400-600
208. Edward T. Hurley, Cincinnati, 1869-1950, Oriental style moon over water with hanging branch, watercolor, 7.5" x 2.75", unsigned, from the Hurley family. 200-300
225. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Arab courtyard scene with storyteller and laughing women, watercolor, 10" x 14", unsigned, attributed to I.B. Hurley. Provenance: From the Hurley family. 300-500
210. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Two views of the Eden Park Water Tower, double sided pencil and watercolor, 9.5" x 7.25", initialed, from the Hurley family. 300-400
212. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Bend in the Ohio River looking south, watercolor, 7" x 9.75", initialed, from the Hurley family. 200-300
230. Rookwood standard glaze ewer, E.T. Hurley, yellow flowers and green leaves on olive to salmon to brown background, 1898, #777, 6", mint, from the Hurley family. 350-450
242. Bronze bas relief profile portrait of E.T. Hurley by Irene Bishop Hurley, 5" x 3.5", signed IB Hurley 08 to front, back marked SKETCH OF ET HURLEY and signed in script Truly Yours ET Hurley, excellent condition, original brown-green patina, from the Hurley family. 300-500
103. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Farm gate and logs, 1908, watercolor, 7" x 10", signed on back, from the Hurley family. 200-300
104. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Country path with foot bridge, 1908, watercolor, 6" x 8", signed, from the Hurley family. 200-300
228. Rookwood vase with flying rooks to shoulder, Tiger Eye / Empire Green drip glaze decoration by E.T. Hurley, 1924, #2705, 7", an attractive glaze, several glaze flaws, grinding flake, from the Hurley family. 250-450
243. Unique Rookwood Boss ashtray, rim decorated with numbered test glaze color palette from the Rookwood factory, 1947, 5.75"d, hairline, from the Hurley family. 200-400
231. Rookwood scenic vellum vase by E.T. Hurley, school of fish in blue to green water, pink rim, 1911, 1655F, 6.75", painted-in glaze miss near base, from the Hurley family. 300-500
102. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Garden with red blossoms, 1907, watercolor, 7" x 10", signed on back, from the Hurley family. 200-300
218. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Oceanside cottage, double sided watercolor, 10" x 15", signed, from the Hurley family. 200-300
217. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Old farm house in excellent detail, 1909, pencil, 7" x 11", signed, from the Hurley family. 200-300
219. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Portrait of Rose Bishop, watercolor, oval 7" x 5", signed Irene Bishop, some water stains, from the Hurley family. 200-300
211. Irene Bishop Hurley, Cincinnati, 1881-1925, Three people on pier watching steamship, watercolor, 7" x 10", signed on back, from the Hurley family. 200-300
222. From the desk of E.T. Hurley: Three stock certificates from the Cusi Mexicana Mining Company, 100 shares each, issued 1938, great mining scene to each. Late 19th to early 20th century map of Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties, Kentucky, paper mounted on canvas, published by C.S. Mendenhall Lithographer & Map Publisher Cincinnati, ink signature of E.T. Hurley and dated 5-28-18, folded into sixteenths with paper separated at every fold, 21" x 30". From the Hurley family. 150-250
241. E.T. Hurley presentation gavel, silver band inscribed: E.T. Hurley / President / Xavier University Alumni Association / 1939. 10", chips and repaired chips to head, from the Hurley family. 100-200
220. P. Riesz, Cincinnati, two oils on canvas depicting a woman in a garden, 9.5" x 8" and 7.5" x 6.5", signed. Writing on the matt (dated 1916) identifies "Miss P. Reisz" as a Rookwood artist and jewelry maker. From the Hurley family. 150-250
240. Plaster cast of Madonna atop column, model for bronze cast, 13.5", line to stem, paint chips, from the Hurley family. 100-200

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