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205 Lot 205: Helen LaFrance Oil on Canvas, Church Picnic Helen LaFrance Oil on Canvas, Church Picnic Lot 205: Helen LaFrance Oil on Canvas, Church Picnic

Helen La France (Kentucky, 1919-2020) large oil on canvas landscape painting depicting an African American congregation gathering for a Church Picnic, with automobiles parked in grassy areas aroung the church and a family driving a horse and buggy approaching lower left via a dirt road; a table is being prepared right mid-ground between two shade trees, while little girls play a circle game in the right foreground. Signed "Helen La France" lower right. Additionally titled en pen en verso on the canvas perimeter. Housed in a simple wood frame. Sight: 23 3/8" H x 35 3/8" W. Framed: 25 1/4" H x 37 1/8" W. Biography: "Self-taught African American artist Helen LaFrance was born on a Kentucky farm and began painting in her 40s. She is known for her "memory paintings" drawn from her recollections of life growing up in the rural South. Several museums and private collectors, including Oprah Winfrey, own examples of her work." (Source: "Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses). Helen LaFrance died November 22, 2020 in a Mayfield, Kentucky nursing home at the age of 101.

PROVENANCE: Private Washington, DC collection, acquired from Shelton Gallery, Tennessee circa 2000.

CONDITION: Overall excellent condition. [See more photos →]

$3,800.00$4,200.00
206 Lot 206: Mary Tillman Smith, Outsider Art Painting of a Figure in Pinks/Blues Mary Tillman Smith, Outsider Art Painting of a Figure in Pinks/Blues Lot 206: Mary Tillman Smith, Outsider Art Painting of a Figure in Pinks/Blues

Mary Tillman Smith (American/Mississippi, 1904-1995) house paint on plywood plank painting in shades of pink and blue, depicting a figure with halo or corona, possibly the Virgin Mary. Signed en verso in marker: "Mary T. Smith". 34"H x 24"W. Circa 1970s. Provenance: Private Nashville collection; acquired mid 1980s. Biography: Mary Tillman was born into a farming family in Copiah County in Southern Mississippi, the third of thirteen children. Although highly intelligent, she suffered from an early age from a hearing impairment, which made oral communication difficult, and she found an outlet in art. After working as a domestic servant and enduring two unsuccessful marriages, she began filling her Hazelhurst, Mississippi yard with art in the 1970s, using found materials such as tin and plywood. Many of Smith's paintings exhibited an abstracted religious iconography inspired by her deep faith. She also produced many portraits of family and friends. After a stroke in 1985, she is said to have slowed down to "only" producing two pieces of work a day, and she is believed to have painted very few if any pieces between 1991 and her death in 1995, when she died at the age of 91. (Source: Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Maresca, Frank; Ricco, Roger, eds. (1993). American Self-Taught. New York: Alfred A. Knopf).

CONDITION: Overall very good condition. 3/4" loss to wood and paint at lower left corner. A couple of possible extraneous streaks center right, near edge. [See more photos →]

$800.00$1,200.00
211 Lot 211: Georgia Blizzard Folk Art Pottery Vase, Jacob's Well Georgia Blizzard Folk Art Pottery Vase, Jacob's Well Lot 211: Georgia Blizzard Folk Art Pottery Vase, Jacob's Well

Georgia Blizzard (also known as Georgia Michael, Virginia, 1919-2002) folk art pottery vase titled "Jacob's Well," rectangular form, with molded bibical scenes to each side, surmounted by a short, cylindrical neck with stipple decoration. Titled and signed "G. Blizzard" to underside of base. 8 3/4" H x 13 1/2" W x 7 1/4" D. Biography: Georgia Blizzard, also known as Georgia Michael, was born in Saltville, Virginia and lived in Chilhowie, Virginia. She had a mixed heritage including Apache and Irish ancestry. Her mother taught Blizzard and her sister how to create art using a pit-fire method. As a young girl, she began to make items from clay dug from a creek near her home. She continued to make items and "burn" them in a homemade "pit-fire" kiln on her property. During the Great Depression, she left school in order to be part of the National Youth Administration. She worked in a munitions factory in Bristol during World War II and after that, worked at a textile mill in Chilhowie until 1958. Blizzard contracted black lung and lost one of her lungs, and her husband was crippled in an accident in a coal mine and eventually their marriage failed; he subsequently died in 1954. Blizzard developed paranoid schizophrenia after these events and her art helped her deal with the feelings she needed to work through. She began making art for sale in the late 1950s and sold her pottery in her daughter Mary's shop on her property. In the early 1980s, her neighbor, Michael Martin, contacted a friend to take some of Blizzard's work to a gallery in Buckhead run by Judith Alexander, where Jonathan Williams discovered her work. Blizzard's works are on permanent display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, VA and The High Museum in Atlanta. (source: "Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources", by Betty-Carol Sellen, and "The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 23: Folk Art", edited by Carol Crown, Cheryl Rivers, Charles Reagan Wilson). Purchased from G.H. Vander Elst Non Traditional Folk Art, Franklin, Tennessee.

PROVENANCE: The estate of Raymond White, Nashville, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Overall very good condition with scattered firing flaws, fleabites, largest 1/4", primarily to corners and left and right edges. [See more photos →]

$800.00$1,000.00
212 Lot 212: Andy Anderson & Bud Odell, 4 Carved Figures plus book Andy Anderson & Bud Odell, 4 Carved Figures plus book Lot 212: Andy Anderson & Bud Odell, 4 Carved Figures plus book

Four (4) folk art painted Western theme wooden figures carved by Herbert "Andy" S. Anderson and his stepson, Bud Odell, plus book, 6 items total. 1st-2nd items: Herbert "Andy" S. Anderson (California/Illinois, 1893-1960) carved cowboy with a box of dental floss stuck in his teeth and rolling a cigarette. Incised signature "ANDY" en verso, dated "1956" to underside of left boot. Includes one (1) copy of the book HOW TO CARVE CHARACTERS IN WOOD by H.S. "Andy" Anderson, published by The University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1953. 3rd-6th items: Three (3) Bud Odell (New Mexico, 1920-2003) carvings, including one (1) Native American male, one (1) Native American female, and one (1) cowgirl with a cigar in her mouth. All items with incised signature "BUD" en verso. Includes one (1) carved wooden base for Native American couple. Carvings ranging in size from 8 3/4" H x 2 3/4" W x 13 1/2" H x 5" W. 6 pieces total including base.

PROVENANCE: Purchased by consignor's father in Santa Fe in the 1950s.

CONDITION: All carvings in overall very good condition with natural age shrinkage. Book with tears, creases to dust jacket. Pages in overall good condition with toning, pencil/ink inscriptions. [See more photos →]

$400.00$500.00
213 Lot 213: Garland and Minnie Adkins Folk Art Cabinet with Animals Garland and Minnie Adkins Folk Art Cabinet with Animals Lot 213: Garland and Minnie Adkins Folk Art Cabinet with Animals

Garland and Minnie Adkins (Kentucky, 20th century) Folk Art green painted cabinet, having a floral design on the glass and pink and yellow paint droplets throughout. The cabinet has a hinged glass door and is adorned with twelve (12) small carved and painted animals including foxes, dogs, turkeys, and other creatures. A standing female figure is attached to the top and holds a possum with outstretched arms. Signed "MEA 1995" on top. 18 1/2" H x 14" W. Late 20th Century.

PROVENANCE: Private Nashville, TN Collection.

CONDITION: Overall good condition, some pieces may have been re-glued. Scattered minute areas of paint loss to underside of cabinet. [See more photos →]

$600.00$650.00
214 Lot 214: Ed Mumma Outsider Art Double-Sided Painting of Women Ed Mumma Outsider Art Double-Sided Painting of Women Lot 214: Ed Mumma Outsider Art Double-Sided Painting of Women

Ed (Eddy) Mumma (Florida/Ohio, 1908-1986) double-sided painting, house paint on board, both sides depicting women with pink or red skin and dark hair, rendered in broad brush strokes. Unsigned. Unframed. 16" H x 12" W.

PROVENANCE: Private Nashville, TN Collection.

CONDITION: Overall good condition with areas of loss, largest 1/2", primarily to tips of impasto. 3/4" square of unpainted area to lower left of woman with red skin. [See more photos →]

$400.00$500.00
877 Lot 877: Helen LaFrance Portrait of Ralph Waldrop Helen LaFrance Portrait of Ralph Waldrop Lot 877: Helen LaFrance Portrait of Ralph Waldrop

Helen La France (American/Kentucky, 1919-2020) oil on canvasboard portrait painting of Ralph Waldrop, Sr. (b. 1922) a longtime Mayfield, Kentucky realtor and WWII veteran. Subject is depicted smiling and wearing glasses, a dark blue suit, and a red striped tie against a solid dark brown/green backdrop. Signed lower left "Helen La France". Additionally titled and dated 2004 en verso. Housed in a simple carved wood frame. Sight: 9 1/4" H x 15 1/4" W. Framed: 24" H x 20" W.

PROVENANCE: Private Kentucky collection.

CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$500.00$550.00
878 Lot 878: Helen LaFrance Oil on Canvas Painting, River Baptism Helen LaFrance Oil on Canvas Painting, River Baptism Lot 878: Helen LaFrance Oil on Canvas Painting, River Baptism

Helen La France (Kentucky, 1919-2020) oil on canvas landscape painting depicting an African American congregation gathering for a baptism, with automobiles and horse-drawn buggy parked in grassy areas around a church depicted next to a lone tree and congregants gathered around a river left midground to observe the baptisms. Signed "Helen La France" lower right and "River Baptism Shelton" on the back stretcher. Additionally titled en pen en verso on the canvas perimeter. Unframed. 22" H x 28" W. Biography: "Self-taught African American artist Helen LaFrance was born on a Kentucky farm and began painting in her 40s. She is known for her "memory paintings" drawn from her recollections of life growing up in the rural South. Several museums and private collectors, including Oprah Winfrey, own examples of her work." (Source: "Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses). Helen LaFrance died November 22, 2020 in a Mayfield, Kentucky nursing home at the age of 101.

CONDITION: Overall excellent condition. [See more photos →]

$1,800.00$2,200.00
879 Lot 879: Jimmy Lee Sudduth Outsider Art Portrait, Native American Woman Jimmy Lee Sudduth Outsider Art Portrait, Native American Woman Lot 879: Jimmy Lee Sudduth Outsider Art Portrait, Native American Woman

Jimmie Lee Sudduth (Alabama, 1910-2007) house paint and mud on cardboard outsider art painting depicting a Native American woman with a feather headdress, surrounded by a painted brown border suggesting a frame. Signed in pencil, "Jim Suth", lower left. 42" H x 29 1/2" W. Late 20th century.

CONDITION: Overall good condition with some wear to the edges of the cardboard. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
880 Lot 880: 2 Outsider Art Works, Howard & Roy Finster 2 Outsider Art Works, Howard & Roy Finster Lot 880: 2 Outsider Art Works, Howard & Roy Finster

1st item: Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001) lion figure or bookend, paint and marker on pine cut-out board, with eyes, lips, tongues interspersed with phrases related to God and Space, including: "In space they will learn of God". Base details Finster's spiritual position on Animals, such as "God created all animals for all people" and "Human and animal blood don't agree." Signed on the front "By Howard Finster". Numbered with additional signature, en verso and on top of base. 11 1/2" H x 13 1/2" W x 3 3/4" D. 2nd item: Roy Finster (b. 1941) paint and marker on wood cut out figure of Daniel Boone, attired in a blue shirt with tree and star decoration, a brown strap sheath with knife, and a black hat. Inscription, lower right quadrant, reads "George Washington the settlers fought the French and Indians after the fight Boone went home to Kentucky". Signed and titled, lower right. Signed and dated "1991", en verso. 14 1/2" H x 10 1/4" W. (Note: Roy Finster is the son of Howard Finster).

PROVENANCE: Private Memphis collection.

CONDITION: Both items in overall good condition. Lion loose on base. Boone with some wear and small losses to edge of hat and lower left corner. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
881 Lot 881: Howard Finster "Stay Sober" Bottle Howard Finster "Stay Sober" Bottle Lot 881: Howard Finster "Stay Sober" Bottle

Howard Finster (American/Alabama, 1916-2001) outsider art painted glass iced tea bottle with metal Lucky Leaf brand lid, the body depicting brightly colored faces on a white background. Underside painted with signature, date Dec. 9, 1996 and number 40.000.247, and STAY SOBER STAY IN THE LIGHT JESUS IS COMING IN GREAT POWER. 9 1/3"H. Provenance: Private Nashville collection.

CONDITION: Very good condition. [See more photos →]

$300.00$350.00
882 Lot 882: Fred Webster Wood Sculpture, Serpents Wont Harm a Child of God Fred Webster Wood Sculpture, Serpents Wont Harm a Child of God Lot 882: Fred Webster Wood Sculpture, Serpents Wont Harm a Child of God

Fred Webster (American, 1911-1998) carved and assembled wood sculpture, titled "Serpents Wont Harm a Child of God", depicting five male figures holding snakes with outstretched arms; attached to a flat panel base. Titled on a small wood plaque adhered to panel. Unsigned. 9" W x 10 1/2" H x 7 3/4" D. Purchased from G.H. Vander Elst Non Traditional Folk Art, Franklin, TN.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of Raymond White, Nashville, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Two snakes no longer present, some pieces of figures are loose, one figure has a loss on his right arm, overall surface grime. [See more photos →]

$300.00$350.00
995 Lot 995: Ludie Amos Doll + Continental Cherub, 2 items Ludie Amos Doll + Continental Cherub, 2 items Lot 995: Ludie Amos Doll + Continental Cherub, 2 items

Two (2) carved wooden figures, including Black Americana doll. 1st item: Ludie Pennyman Amos (Georgia/Tennessee, b. 1935) folk art mixed media doll, titled "Esther", depicting a young African American girl with a white ribbon in her braided hair wearing a white dress, white stockings, and black shoes; mounted to a wooden base. Signed "'Glimpses' by Ludie/Ludie P. Amos" with a gold sticker to underside of base. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Amos with title and date "1995" and a copy of a letter written by Amos about the doll, dated May 27, 1998. Overall with base: 14 3/4" H x 6" W. 2nd item: Continental carved wood and polychrome painted angel or putto sculpture rendered in the form of a young male child with his hands on his hips and two (2) removable wings to his back, mounted to a wooden base. Unsigned. Overall with base: 15" H x 10" W. 20th century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of F. Hamilton Hazlehurst, longtime chair of the Vanderbilt University Art Department.

CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition with scattered areas of minute staining to dress. 2nd item: Overall good condition with natural age shrinkage, craquelure to polychrome. [See more photos →]

$350.00$450.00