Willow Presents First Curated Auction of 2021

Willow Auction House is pleased to announce our first finely curated auction of 2021.

Among the items up for sale, a large selection of artwork including paintings by Kurt Trampedach, Vincent Stiepevich, Julio Romero de Torres and Emile Claus; multiples including lithographs by Larry Rivers, as well as screenprints by Alex Katz and Robert Rauschenberg.

Highlighting the auction are paintings by Kurt Trampedach (1943-2013), a Danish painter and sculptor known for surreal portraits. Paintings include Oil Portrait of a Woman (lot #168), a Mixed Media Portrait of a Child (lot #169), an Oil on Board Portrait of a Woman (lot #170), and an Oil on Paper of a face (lot #171). Each painting is estimated to sell at prices ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. 

Also included in this sale, a selection of original screenprints including Alex Katz’s Julia & Alexandra (lot #97) and Ada & Alex (lot #95); estimated to sell for prices between $8,000 and $12,000.

The middle of the auction includes ornately carved furniture in the style of RJ Horner, as well as a selection of mid-century and Danish modern items; glass including Lalique and Saint Louis crystal, Galle, iridescent, and Steuben Aurene; a selection of jewelry, silver, vintage toys and trains, and a grandmother clock by Elmer Stennes.

Rounding out the sale, a collection of one-of-a-kind, circus-themed American folk art items. The pieces, acquired from the estate of a New York collector, include hand-painted, pre-war wooden toys. 

A noteworthy piece is a hand-painted wooden sideshow wagon train, with eight oil on board sideshow attraction panels (lot #74). The panels depict historical and fictional sideshow acts including Bonnie Atwall the Bearded lady, Sylvaria the Mystery Girl, Sebastiana the Swallower of Swords, and others. Included with the panels are ticket boxes, tent poles, electrical fixtures, and a fitted wooden crate. The circus was by James Francis Doolan, a hobbyist who displayed his miniature circus in various parts of Southern New England. Though not a renowned artist, Doolan’s work demonstrates the quality craftsmanship seen in American folk art. The piece is estimated to sell at a price ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. 

The auction also features two lots of hand-painted Ringling Brothers and Hagenbeck Wallace circus wagons (lots #72 and #73), a mechanical circus wagon with horses (lot #71), folk art miniature accessories and figurines (lots #75 and 76), and a vintage Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty toy circus (lot #70). 

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