Stuart Holman's Spring Select Offered Fine Art & Music

Stuart Holman held his annual Spring Select Auction in Cincinnati on May 1 [2004]. Buyers from around the country were in attendance and bidding on the phone.

This year's "Spring Select" provided another strong offering of paintings, in particular works by Cincinnati artists. Holman was pleased to offer a beach scene by Edward Potthast (1857-1927). This 20 by 24in oil on canvas, titled Sunlight and Shadow, brought $137,500. There were three paintings in the sale by Charles S. Kaelin (1858-1929), including two 30 by 25in Divisionist style forest scenes: a snow scene brought $18,150, and a summer scene brought $14,300. The third Kaelin, Rockport Harbor at Sunrise, oil on canvas-board, 11 by 14in, sold for $9,350. L.H. Meakin's (1853-1917) Mt Auburn From Eden Park, oil on canvas, 15 by 20in, landed at $5,500. Three oil-pastel scenes by E.T. Hurley (1869-1950), reminiscent of his well-known Rookwood plaques, were sold, bringing $4,400, $2,420 and $2,090. A Marblehead Harbor oil on board, 15 by 18in, by John Rettig (1860-1932) was hammered at $3,850. Louis Charles Vogt's (1864-1939) harbor scene with sailboats, oil on board, 9 by 12in, reached $3,300.

A highlight of the other American painters in the sale was an oil on panel by John Leslie Breck (1861-1899). Breck worked with Claude Monet at the Impressionist art colony in Giverny, France. His creek in dense forest scene in this sale sold for $33,000. An impressive farm landscape, oil on canvas, 24 by 36in, by Old Lyme (CT) artist George Albert Thomson (1868-1965) soared to $7,150. William V. Birney's (1858-1909) Munich kitchen scene with girl and dog, oil on board, 18 by 11in, landed at $2,750. A portrait of an elegant woman in purple by Susan Ricker Knox (1875-1959), oil on board, 16 by 10in, sold for $1,430.

There were a handful of European paintings in the auction. A nice farm scene with sheep by French painter Jacques Froment, oil on canvas, 9 by 16in, brought $1,980. Two other French works of note were a lithograph by Bernard Buffet (1928-99), 21 by 27in, selling for $1,870, and a large oil on canvas bathing scene by Alfred Guillon, $1,650. A small oil on board pub scene by German painter Edouard von Grutzner (1846-1925) finished at $1,540.

Giulio Degani (1875-1955) was a respected maker of fine musical instruments. This year's Spring Select included two of his violins, both made in New York in the 1930s. One was signed, and sold for $25,850. An unsigned student model, made for Degani's nephew, sold for $4,400.

Leading the furniture sales was a signed Gustav Stickley library table #614, in original finish, which brought a strong $5,500. An unsigned flamed oak Arts & Crafts three-door bookcase reached $3,960. A final bid of $1,705 bought a Limbert library table with full corbles to the legs and drawers to opposite ends.

The offering of Victorian furniture featured two massive walnut bookcases. The taller example, by Cincinnati maker A.C. Richards, sold for $3,575, the other for $2,420. A pair of fully pierce carved tall walnut hall chairs, in original finish and fabric, brought $2,750. A walnut Rococo Revival table with mottled marble top landed at $2,750. A massive Renaissance Revival walnut marble top dresser sold for $2,640. A walnut Rococo Revival marble top center table reached $1,925. A final bid of $1,595 bought a Lincoln bed with extensive burling.

A six-piece flamed oak entry way, with beveled and leaded glass, landed at $4,400. Two large cast iron fire dogs with elephant tusk candle stands brought $4,070

Rookwood buyers were treated to a scenic vellum from 1915 by E.T. Hurley, a 9in example in unusual shades of mauve, blue and green. It sold with the original factory shipping box for $4,400. A 7in vase by Harriet Wilcox in a rare yellow tinted glaze sold for $1,320. Bids of $770 bought a 5in floral vellum by Ed Diers, and a 9in wax matt by Katherine Jones. A Sallie Coyne wax matt brought $550. The standout of the Roseville offering was a Carnelian II floor vase that made $1,100. Two Futura vases were sold, bringing $825 and $632.50. A large European jardinière and pedestal with lion faces and feet reached $1,210. A pair of 18th century Chinese oxblood vases brought $880.

A hand-painted KPM plaque, 9 by 6in, depicting a peasant girl, sold for $2,750. A three-piece Sevres porcelain urn with ormolu mounts and hand painted decoration to front and back sold for $2,640. An elegant Turn Teplitz bust, 20in high, was hammered at $1,870. A signed Gallé cameo vase in shades of purple and green, 13in, reached $1,540. A service for twelve of Reed & Barton sterling flatware, Francis I pattern, fetched $3,520. Bidding ended at $1,320 for a Georg Jensen sterling center bowl.

A Frankart lamp with two standing nudes and pale pink glass cylinder shade brought $1,760. This same amount was paid for a heavy brass lamp with three seated nudes and reverse painted shade. A tall case clock, burled mahogany case and hand painted face, reached $1,045. Two Nantucket baskets sold for $825 and $715.

Rookwood vellum by E.T. Hurley, 9", w/original shipping box: $4,400

George A. Thomson, oil on canvas, 24" x 36": $7,150

Reed & Barton Francis I sterling service for twelve: $3,520

Gustav Stickley #614 library table: $5,500

Edward Potthast, oil on canvas, 20" x 24": $137,500

John Leslie Breck, oil on canvas, 11" x 9": $33,000

Giulio Degani violin, c.1930s, signed: $25,850

C.S. Kaelin, oil on canvas, 30" x 25": $18,150

C.S. Kaelin, oil on canvas, 30" x 25": $14,300

C.S. Kaelin, oil on canvas-board, 11" x 14": $9,350

E.T. Hurley, oil-pastel, 16" x 20": $4,400