Published: September 6, 2016
FREEHOLD, N.Y. — Carlsen Gallery will conduct an important 25th anniversary auction at its gallery on Sunday, September 18, which will include several collections of American and continental furniture, fine and decorative art objects, silver and estate jewelry.
Two important American furniture and accessory collections will be included in this auction. The collection of Mr and Mrs. Allen Freedman, avid New York City collectors of period furniture from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, will include pieces from the workshops of Duncan Phyfe and Michael Allison, with Israel Sack and Bernard & Dean Levy provenance. American furniture and accessories collected over two generations by the late Robert Avery Smith, a prominent Vermont dealer and his son Avery Smith, will include Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century antiques and Americana, including American School portraits, blue barrel back cupboard and Windsor chairs.
Property from Dr Tullio and Gianna Mereu of Avio, Italy, and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., includes continental furniture, a Venetian glass chandelier, a large rococo revival mirror, Biedermeier sofa and an inlaid Italian desk.
One of the highlights to be offered will be a drawing attributed to Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884–1920), an example of one of the caryatid executed in blue crayon on paper. These caryatids were done circa 1914–15 when Modigliani was living in Paris. This recently discovered signed work has not been authenticated due to the absence of a universally accepted expert. It was acquired sometime ago by the consignor from a Hungarian national. A number of highly stylized blue crayon caryatid examples exist in major museums and private collections today.
Also to be offered is a 30-year collection from an upstate New York collector of folk carved animals. Included in the collection are Nineteenth Century examples by Axel Gustafson (1867–1945) and Twentieth Century pieces by Dan and Barbara Strawser of Pennsylvania, Vincent Salitros and Lisowski.
Additionally, many oil paintings included in this auction come from an estate in Canajoharie, N.Y. A 1978 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC will be offered as the first lot in the sale.
“This is an auction that is not to be missed,” said co-owner Russell Carlsen.
There will be a special 25th anniversary preview party on Saturday, September 17, from 3 to 7 pm. Sunday’s preview begins at 8 am and the auction commences at 10:30 am.
Carlsen Gallery is at 9931 New York Route 32. For information, 518-634-2466 or www.carlsengallery.com.
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