Spring Select Auction: April 29 (2005)

Cincinnati Art Carvers, Metal Workers and Sculptors

196. Cincinnati Art Carved letter opener of black walnut signed by William Fry, dagger form w/violin style scrolled end, w/full standing bear, exquisite & delicately carved grapes & overlapping leaves covering the entire blade, incised cipher initials on back. Superb condition, original finish. 10½". (1,500-2,500)
245. Matched pair of Art Deco wrought iron standing screens w/bronze flowers, hammered scrolled feet, superb casting & hammering throughout w/intricate detailing, 66"h x 24"w. (2,000-3,000)
197. Cincinnati Art Carved hanging cabinet of black walnut, two doors, one door w/jonquils, one door w/dogwood; both side panels w/dogwood, exceptionally fine & deep carvings w/stippled backgrounds, geometric floral edging typical of the school of the art carvers, striking Arts & Crafts influenced hinges & hardware, original finish, superb condition. 26"h x 13½"w x 6"d. (800-1,200)
219. E.T. Hurley bronze seahorse smoke stand in great original green & brown patina, large seahorse stem w/elongated tail forking into five toed base, five smaller seahorses on underside of tray. Marked ETH 1925. Excellent condition. 27½"h, 7¼"d tray, 10"d base. (2,000-3,000)

220. Oscar Bach bronze smoke stand, ship medallion finial, seahorse head cigar rests, cutout design base w/leaves & berries, no insert, 37½"h, signed. (600-800)

Oscar Bach (1884-1957) was a highly successful metal worker in the first half of the 20th century. He installed statuary, entranceways, lighting and other decorative works in the Cincinnati Bell building, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, and several high profile residences, banks, churches and ocean liners. He held several exhibits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

138. Pair of E.T. Hurley bronze candlesticks, five-footed bases in seahorse forms, drip form stems, original dark patina, marked E.T. Hurley 914, 12¾"h. (800-1,000)
224. Impressive plaster Crucifix by Robert Koepnick, bronze-like patina, 48"h x 33"w. (350-550)

Born in Dayton, OH in 1907, Koepnick was a sculptor and teacher. His many commissions for large sculpture pieces include the Johnny Appleseed Memorial in Spring Grove Cemetery, facade sculpture for St Michael Church in Houston, bronze portrait sculpture of Max Rudolph and screen for St John's Chapel in Dayton. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and others.

85. Cincinnati Art Carved slipper chair w/heart shaped cut out to back, octagonal seat, finely carved w/daisies & stems on stippled background, black walnut in original finish. (400-600)
198. Cincinnati Art Carved checkerboard, alternating squares are floral blossoms and blanks, 18". (100-200)
84. Cincinnati Art Carved hanging letter rack w/blossoms, leaves & pods, mixed leaf & geometric edging, stippled background, 21"h x 13½"w. (200-400)