Woodbury Auction’s Anniversary Sale Features Aronson Folk Art Collection, Heisman Trophy Castings, and Warhol Illustrated Folio

American Chippendale Chair
American Chippendale Chair

On Sunday June 9th at 11am, Schwenke’s Woodbury Auction presents its Fourth Anniversary Spring Fine Estates Auction. According to owner Thomas Schwenke, “this will be one of our strongest sales to date, and we are happy to be offering the wonderful American folk art collection of Arnold and Sheila Aronson – 150 lots of carefully selected American Folk Art examples comprising painted furniture, artwork, whirligigs, quilts, weathervanes and accessories.” The Aronson Collection will be auctioned as a special section during the sale, beginning at 12:30 pm.

One of the prime single lots is very rare cast bronze unawarded production model of the Heisman trophy from the Roman Bronze Works, grouped with an unassembled second model, being offered for the first time having been acquired by the consignor from the late Philip Schiavo, owner of the Roman Bronze Works. Several other bronzes, some from Roman Bronze Works, are also on offer, as well as a Portrait Bust by Elie Nadelman.

Eli Nadelman
Eli Nadelman

Also featured is Andy Warhol’s “Wild Raspberries” a hand colored folio of 18 hand-colored lithographs created in 1959 and signed by Warhol to/for the original purchaser; along with the book “Pre-Pop Warhol”, published by Panache Press of Random House, which was written in part using this folio, and including two letters of thanks from the publisher to the original owner.

The sale also includes property from various estates and consignors from Litchfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, and the Native American collection of a New York gentleman, including Navajo folk art carvings, New Mexican painted retablos, Hopi, Zuni and Laguna pottery, kachinas, artwork, and baskets.

Pair of Gold Bracelets
Pair of Gold Bracelets

Other decorative arts lots of interest include a thirteen piece Tiffany “Venetian” pattern desk set including the inkwell, blotter, pen holder, calendar, notepad, letter hold, pen tray, postage scale, stamp box, paper clip are being sold individually and are fresh to market from original owner’s family; a 17th C. framed, silk trapunto English needlework of Romulus and Remus alongside a lion; and a Kathe Kollwitz, Etching, “Frau Mit Totem Kind”.

Seven distinctive pieces of Indian jewelry, including five Muhgal style 20K gold examples, are offered on behalf of a New York State private collector.

Many fine lots of American and English furniture are being sold as lots 502 to 614. Prime American examples include a Portsmouth inlaid mahogany swell front chest with fan inlays, a circa 1810 Federal tiger and birdseye maple server, most likely New Hampshire, an American Chippendale mirror with phoenix, an inlaid mahogany corner cupboard, a Sheraton figured maple drop leaf work table, and a Philadelphia Chippendale carved mahogany side chair. English featured pieces are a George II concertina card table, a George III mahogany pie crust table, possibly Irish, a signed London bracket clock, a Regency mahogany cellarette, and a pair of Sheraton brass mounted hall chairs.

George III Mahogany Pie Crust Table
George III Mahogany Pie Crust Table

This sale also will feature many estate oriental carpets including Persian and Caucasian room and scatter sized rugs, and other regional Asian rugs of varying sizes.

This sale is being held at the firm’s auction hall at 710 Main Street South, Middle Quarter Plaza, in Woodbury. Preview times are Sunday, June 2th from 11am to 4:00 pm; Friday June 7th from noon to 5 pm; Saturday, June 8th from 10am to 5pm; and Sunday, June 9th from 8am to sale time at 11:00 am, with the Aronson Collection being sold at 12:30 pm.

The catalog for the sale is viewable at www.woodburyauction.com. Absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction, and the sale will be broadcast live through Live Auctioneers. To register or arrange for absentee or phone bidding, please call Woodbury Auction at 203-266-0323.

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Tickets On Sale – “The Warhol Ball – A Night at The Factory”

Tickets are on sale for the Westport Arts Center’s (WAC) first annual Art Affair, “The Warhol Ball – A Night at The Factory,” set for Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. The fundraising event will recreate in Fairfield County the avant-garde, pop art atmosphere of Andy Warhol’s legendary Manhattan studio, The Factory. Guests at WAC’s Warhol Ball will gather for their “15 minutes of fame” at the Steel Shed, 140 Water Street, South Norwalk.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a catalyst as well as a creator. In the ‘60s, his studio, The Factory, was a revolutionary intersection of art and experimentation, drawing together artists, writers, musicians, underground celebrities, and art lovers to create, act, dance, and socialize. Warhol himself created popular and controversial images of dollar bills, celebrities, and brand name products, produced prints using the silkscreen method and created more than 500 films at The Factory. In Warhol’s words, “Art is anything you can get away with.”

WAC’s Art Affair will emulate the bold spirit and setting of Andy Warhol’s studio. Like nights at The Factory, the evening planned by the Westport Arts Center will be highlighted with unexpected intervals of film, art, new media, sculpture, music and dance. The goal is for every guest will experience the excitement of seeing art in the making and feel the energy of a creative space where anything is possible.

In addition to live electric jazz, unique food offerings, rock music and an open bar, the event will feature a live auction of premier experiences and a silent auction of local artists’ photography. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support WAC’s diverse, high-quality visual and performing arts programs that reach more than 11,000 people annually, including 4,000 school-aged children.

Ticket levels are $200, $350 and $500. The $500 VIP tickets will include a pre-event cocktail hour with delectable food from SoNo Baking Company, live jazz with Otis and the Hurricanes, and feature contemporary artist Brendan Cass, painting in action. Cass takes inspiration from postcards and travel brochures to create bold and brilliantly colorful, large-scale abstract landscapes.

About Westport Arts Center

The not-for-profit Westport Arts Center is a visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. The WAC gallery is open free of charge, seven days a week, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT

For more information or tickets to The Warhol Ball, contact Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070 or visit the website at warholball@westportartscenter.org.