Published: March 22, 2022
GENESEO, N.Y. — Fine art and antiques crossed the block at Cottone Auctions on March 19, including more than 275 lots and featuring the collections of the estate of Elizabeth Strasenburgh, Rochester, N.Y., Randy and Bette Swift, Fernandina Beach, Fla., the David K. Anderson Grandchildren’s Trust, Buffalo, N.Y., various Upstate New York museums and institutions, as well as items from various estates and individuals. A rare oak hall chair by Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) from the estate of Jane Wolcott Steinhausen of Rochester was the top lot in the sale, eclipsing its $50/80,000 estimate to finish at $306,000, including premium and a record price. A true Arts and Crafts gem and measuring a height of 58 inches, the chair possessed unusual carved feet and was signed with the artist monogram and dated 1901. “My designs are my own,” wrote Rohlfs in House Beautiful, January 1900. “I evolve them. They are like those of no other period nor people…I do not read Ruskin nor anybody nor anything that might influence my ideas. I never get them from books…They are mine and into their execution I put all my heart and force and that is why they appeal.” Many lamps by Tiffany Studios also performed well in this sale, which will be further recapped in a future review.
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