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176 Lot 176: William Edmondson Limestone Critter Sculpture William Edmondson Limestone Critter Sculpture Lot 176: William Edmondson Limestone Critter Sculpture

William Edmondson (American/Tennessee, 1874-1951) limestone "Critter" sculpture depicting a small animal sitting upright on its hind legs, with front feet cast downward, atop a rectangular integral base. 12 3/8" H x 5" W x 7 3/4" D. Provenance: Private Southern collection. Note: This "Critter" is stylistically similar to 2 sculptures sold by Case Antiques in 2011, Lot #190 and in 2020, Lot #153. While this form is most similar to the example sold in 2020 in the sculpting of the ears and the slope of the neck, this example has an elongated oval head more similar to the form sold in 2011. Biography: William Edmondson was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, the son of freed slaves, and worked most of his life as a railroad employee and janitor. A spiritual experience at the age of 57 prompted him to begin sculpting limestone using a railroad spike as chisel, and he claimed divine inspiration for the works produced during his 17 year art career. In 1937, Edmondson became the first African American artist to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, and he is regarded as one of the most important self-taught artists of the 20th century. PRE-APPROVAL IS REQUIRED TO BID ON THIS LOT. PLEASE CONTACT CASE ANTIQUES, INC. AT THE KNOXVILLE GALLERY FOR DETAILS. 865-558-3033 or BID@CASEANTIQUES.COM. Condition: Overall good condition with general wear to surface. Underside front corner of base with old chip. [See more photos →]

$30,000.00$35,000.00
177 Lot 177: Elizabeth Catlett Bronze Sculpture, The Family Elizabeth Catlett Bronze Sculpture, The Family Lot 177: Elizabeth Catlett Bronze Sculpture, The Family

Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915-2012) bronze sculpture titled "The Family", depicting an African American father, mother and child standing and embracing one another. Initialed "EC" on the sculpture base. Sculpture with ebonized brushed patina and mounted onto a square wood base. Sculpture: 14 5/8" H x 5" W. 16 3/4" overall total H. Provenance: private California collection, by descent from the estate of Clara D'Agostino, New York. Artist biography: Elizabeth Catlett is best known for her prints and sculpture, which she believed could help inspire social change, particularly in regards to African American women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1940 from the University of Iowa. Her painting teacher at Iowa was the artist Grant Wood, who encouraged his students to make art about the subjects that they knew best and to experiment with different art mediums. Catlett went on to become the Chair of the Art Department at Dillard University in New Orleans. and from 1944-1946 taught at the George Washington Carver School in Harlem, which offered instruction for the working men and women of the city. In 1946, she was awarded a Rosenwald Fellowship. She and her husband, the artist Charles White, traveled to Mexico. She eventually settled there and eventually married the artist Francisco Mora. She worked as the first woman professor of sculpture and later Chair of the department at the National School of the Fine Arts in Mexico. (Source: Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, "American Women Artists," and the National Museum of Women in the Arts). Condition: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$18,000.00$22,000.00
183 Lot 183: Richard MacDonald Patinated Bronze Sculpture, Flutist Richard MacDonald Patinated Bronze Sculpture, Flutist Lot 183: Richard MacDonald Patinated Bronze Sculpture, Flutist

Richard MacDonald (American/California, born 1946) polychromed bronze sculpture titled "Flutist", part of the "Mimes" series. Signed on the base "R. MacDonald" and numbered 136/175. Mounted onto a stepped black marble rectangular base. 21" H x 12" W x 8" D. Created in 1993. Provenance: Private Nashville Collection, purchased through Davishire Interiors, which represented MacDonald in the Nashville area. Private Nashville Collection. Condition: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$3,000.00$3,400.00
184 Lot 184: Richard MacDonald Bronze Sculpture, Piper, No. 1/175 Richard MacDonald Bronze Sculpture, Piper, No. 1/175 Lot 184: Richard MacDonald Bronze Sculpture, Piper, No. 1/175

Richard MacDonald (American/California, born 1946) polychrome bronze sculpture titled "Piper," smaller size version. Signed "R. MacDonald" on the base and numbered 1/175 and mounted onto a stepped black marble rectangular base. 13" H x 13" W x 8" D. Created 1978. Provenance: Private Nashville Collection, purchased through Davishire Interiors, which represented MacDonald in the Nashville area. Condition: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$2,800.00$3,200.00
239 Lot 239: British Inlaid Chest on Chest of Narrow Proportions British Inlaid Chest on Chest of Narrow Proportions Lot 239: British Inlaid Chest on Chest of Narrow Proportions

Diminutive George III mahogany and mahogany veneer chest on chest, pine secondary. Top with ogee bracket cornice with dentil molding above an inlaid mahogany frieze; two half-length drawers over three full length graduated dovetailed and cockbeaded drawers with brass pulls, flanked by canted corners with vertical contrasting dark and light inlay. Base with medial molding above three graduated dovetailed and cockbeaded drawers with brass bail pulls, resting on tall bracket feet with scrolled returns. 73 1/8" H x 41" W x 20 1/2" D. English or Scottish, early 19th century. The Estate of William Pursell, Nashville, Tennessee. Condition: Overall good condition with older refinish, some wear and losses to wood with some wood shrinkage noted. A few drawer runners have been built up. Front right repair to one foot facing. [See more photos →]

$800.00$1,000.00
245 Lot 245: Ernest Wante Gilt Bronze Figure, Judith Ernest Wante Gilt Bronze Figure, Judith Lot 245: Ernest Wante Gilt Bronze Figure, Judith

Ernest Wante (Belgium, 1872-1960) gilt bronze statuette titled "Judith," depicting the heroine from the Biblical story dressed in an elaborate costume with inset with six (6) red garnets and one (1) green glass jewel, holding a scimitar in both hands. Signed "E. Wante," back left of dress. Mounted to a square green marble base. Statuette: 9 1/4" H x 4 1/2" W x 4" D. Overall with base: 10 1/8" H. Estate of Camille Gift, Nashville, Tennessee. Condition: Overall very good condition. Fleabites to marble base edge. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
246 Lot 246: Ernest Guilbert Bronze Sculpture, Barbedienne Foundry Ernest Guilbert Bronze Sculpture, Barbedienne Foundry Lot 246: Ernest Guilbert Bronze Sculpture, Barbedienne Foundry

Ernest Charles Demosthene Guilbert (France, 1848-1913) bronze bust sculpture, possibly depicting Marie Joseph Louis Adolphe Thiers (1797-1877) second elected President of France and the first President of the French Third Republic, served 1871 to 1873, resting on a bronze pedestal base. Signed and dated "E. GUILBERT 1878" right base side edge. Left base side with foundry mark for the F. Barbedienne Foundry Paris. A COLLAS BREVETE REDUCTION MECHANIQUE pastille mark and stamped "422" en verso of base. Interior additionally marked in black "35497 Jan 160+". 13" H x 10 1/2" W x 6 1/2" D. French, 19th century. Condition: Overall good condition with minor surface abrasions. Felt protectors added to base. [See more photos →]

$1,000.00$1,200.00
348 Lot 348: 2 Olen Bryant Ceramic Figural Sculptures 2 Olen Bryant Ceramic Figural Sculptures Lot 348: 2 Olen Bryant Ceramic Figural Sculptures

Two (2) Olen L. Bryant (American/Tennessee, 1927-2017) ceramic figural sculptures. 1st item: Ceramic sculpture depicting a figure emerging from a rectangular block, with corona around its head and upper torso. Buff colored glaze. Signed and illegibly dated en verso. 23" H x 18" W x 8" D. 2nd item: Ceramic sculpture depicting a figure with buff colored glaze, arms encircling a cluster of natural crystals, face tilted slightly upwards. Signed O Bryant on bottom, undated. 11 1/4" H x 10" W x 8" D. Biography: Born in Cookeville, TN, Bryant was a 1950 graduate of Murray State University and a 1954 graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. He additionally studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Institute in the Visual Arts in American Culture at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum in 1967. Bryant was a professor at Austin Peay State University from 1964 to 1991. Bryant's artwork is widely collected around the United States and is a part of several museum collections, including the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the Tennessee State Museum of Art and the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville and his works have been displayed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and at the Governor's Mansion during the Phil Bredesen administration. He was a founding member of the Nashville Artist Guild and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (source: Nashville Fine Arts Magazine & The Leaf Chronicle). Provenance: Estate of Olen Bryant, Cottonwood/Clarksville, TN. A letter of authenticity and provenance from the artist's niece, who served as his studio assistant and personal representative for his estate, is available to the winning bidder on this lot. Condition: Both items in overall very good condition. 1st item: Firing crack below figure's chin. [See more photos →]

$700.00$750.00
581 Lot 581: 2 Olen Bryant Wood Sculptures 2 Olen Bryant Wood Sculptures Lot 581: 2 Olen Bryant Wood Sculptures

Two (2) Olen Bryant (American/Tennessee, 1927-2017) carved wood hanging sculptures. 1st item: Wooden sculpture or mask of a face with bead eyes. Unsigned. 21 3/8" H x 8" W x 3" D. 2nd item: Wooden figure with face and headdress, possibly carved from a vintage ironing board. Unsigned. 31" L x 5 1/2" W x 1" D. Biography: Born in Cookeville, TN, Bryant was a 1950 graduate of Murray State University and a 1954 graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. He additionally studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Institute in the Visual Arts in American Culture at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum in 1967. Bryant was a professor at Austin Peay State University from 1964 to 1991. Bryant's artwork is widely collected around the United States and is a part of several museum collections, including the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the Tennessee State Museum of Art and the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville and his works have been displayed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and at the Governor's Mansion during the Phil Bredesen administration. He was a founding member of the Nashville Artist Guild and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (sources: Nashville Fine Arts Magazine & The Leaf Chronicle). Provenance: Estate of Olen Bryant, Cottonwood/Clarksville, TN. A letter of authenticity and provenance from the artist's niece, who served as his studio assistant and personal representative for his estate, is available to the successful bidder on this lot. Condition: Overall very good condition with minor wear. 1st item has errant paint drip to figure's forehead. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
582 Lot 582: Limestone Sculpture of a Woman, attr. Puryear Mims Limestone Sculpture of a Woman, attr. Puryear Mims Lot 582: Limestone Sculpture of a Woman, attr. Puryear Mims

Attributed to Thomas Puryear Mims (American/Tennessee, 1906-1975), limestone sculpture depicting a standing nude woman on an integral base; the subject's head is tilted up toward her right side, and her right arm is stretched across her torso. Unsigned. 29" H x 10 1/2" W x 7 1/2" D. Sculpture weighs 95 pounds. Provenance: The Estates of Ora and Eleanor Eads, Nashville, TN. Biography: Born into a distinguished Southern literary family, Puryear Mims earned an English degree from Vanderbilt University and taught the subject for a brief period. His fascination with sculpture eventually led him to study at the Academie Julian in Paris and the Art Students League in New York, where he trained under two of America's pioneer abstractionists, Robert Laurent and William Zorach. He also worked in the studio of the sculptor Saul Baizerman in New York. In 1934 he worked on the Mount Rushmore project as an assistant to Gutzon Borglum, but found it to be more "mechanical" than artistic. He returned to the Art Students League and eventually, to Nashville. Mims taught art at Vanderbilt University and in 1958 was appointed Sculptor in Residence. He created numerous public sculptures around Nashville, participated in several one-man and multi-artist exhibits, and, following his death, was the subject of a retrospective at Cheekwood. While Mims's early work was largely representational, he was influenced by cubism in the late 1950s and evolved into an abstract, organic, curvilinear style of sculpture. Women as voluptuous, creative beings, in particular Eve and Athena, were frequent subjects in the 1960s. Mims retired from Vanderbilt in 1972 and taught privately until his death three years later. (Source: "Thomas Puryear Mims" by Philancy Holder, published by Tennessee Botanical Gardens & Fine Arts Center, Inc., Cheekwood, Nashville, TN., 1977). Note: Mims's work is sometimes compared with that of another prominent Nashville sculptor working around the same time, William Edmondson. Works by the two artists were displayed together in a 1988 exhibition at the Nashville Metropolitan Arts Commission Gallery, "Spirit and Form: the Art of William Edmondson and Puryear Mims." Condition: Some chips and losses to base, wear and some brownish discoloration to stone, suggesting previous use outside. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
583 Lot 583: Limestone Sculpture with Intertwined Figures, attr. Puryear Mims Limestone Sculpture with Intertwined Figures, attr. Puryear Mims Lot 583: Limestone Sculpture with Intertwined Figures, attr. Puryear Mims

Attributed to Thomas Puryear Mims (American/Tennessee, 1906-1975), limestone sculpture depicting two intertwined human figures, Unsigned. 20" H x 13" W x 7" D. Sculpture weighs 86.6 pounds. Provenance: The Estates of Ora and Eleanor Eads, Nashville, TN. Biography: Born into a distinguished Southern literary family, Puryear Mims earned an English degree from Vanderbilt University and taught the subject for a brief period. His fascination with sculpture eventually led him to study at the Academie Julian in Paris and the Art Students League in New York, where he trained under two of America's pioneer abstractionists, Robert Laurent and William Zorach. He also worked in the studio of the sculptor Saul Baizerman in New York. In 1934 he worked on the Mount Rushmore project as an assistant to Gutzon Borglum, but found it to be more "mechanical" than artistic. He returned to the Art Students League and eventually, to Nashville. Mims taught art at Vanderbilt University and in 1958 was appointed Sculptor in Residence. He created numerous public sculptures around Nashville, participated in several one-man and multi-artist exhibits, and, following his death, was the subject of a retrospective at Cheekwood. While Mims's early work was largely representational, he was influenced by cubism in the late 1950s and evolved into an abstract, organic, curvilinear style of sculpture. Women as voluptuous, creative beings, in particular Eve and Athena, were frequent subjects in the 1960s. Mims retired from Vanderbilt in 1972 and taught privately until his death three years later. (Source: "Thomas Puryear Mims" by Philancy Holder, published by Tennessee Botanical Gardens & Fine Arts Center, Inc., Cheekwood, Nashville, TN., 1977). Note: Mims's work is sometimes compared with that of another prominent Nashville sculptor working around the same time, William Edmondson. Works by the two artists were displayed together in a 1988 exhibition at the Nashville Metropolitan Arts Commission Gallery, "Spirit and Form: the Art of William Edmondson and Puryear Mims." Condition: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
584 Lot 584: Stone Sculpture of Madonna and Child Stone Sculpture of Madonna and Child Lot 584: Stone Sculpture of Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child stone sculpture depicted a mother looking down while cradling her baby's head. Unsigned and mounted onto a rectangular hardwood stand. Sculpture: 12 1/2" H. 18 3/4" total H. 20th century. Note: The estate had a Moses Masaya sculpture in the inventory but we cannot attribute this sculpture without more information. The Estate of David G. Leach Jr., Vonore, Tennessee. Condition: One errant blue mark to mother's hand, otherwise overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$300.00$400.00
585 Lot 585: Pal Kepenyes Bronze sculpture, Lion Mask Warrior Pal Kepenyes Bronze sculpture, Lion Mask Warrior Lot 585: Pal Kepenyes Bronze sculpture, Lion Mask Warrior

Pal Kepenyes (Hungary, Mexico, b.1926) brass sculpture depicting a standing male warrior wearing a lion mask with glass eyes and embossed armor with owl and bird decoration, hold a staff with a lion's head tip. Signed on the bottom of the feet "Pal Kepenyes" and "odE12". Fitted with a square wood display base. Sculpture: 39 1/2" H x 13 3/4" W. Base: 9 3/8" H x 12 7/8" W x 12 7/8" D. Provenance: the estate of Camille Gift, Nashville, Tennessee. Condition: Sculpture overall very good conditon. Base with general wear and scratching to top. [See more photos →]

$700.00$900.00
586 Lot 586: George Sugarman Sculpture, Red And Black Spiral, 1975 George Sugarman Sculpture, Red And Black Spiral, 1975 Lot 586: George Sugarman Sculpture, Red And Black Spiral, 1975

George Sugarman (American, 1912-1999) abstract sculpture, "Red and Black Spiral," 1975, painted and welded aluminum, with four fan-fold sections encircling a horizontal axis. Sculpture is hollow and measures 69" H x 128" W x 44" D. Sculpture currently situated on a base which is available to the winning buyer, measuring 28 1/4"H x 49 3/4"W x 50"D. Provenance: Deaccessioned by the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee, commissioned by the museum through a purchase from the National Endowment for the Arts. Note: This large and iconic sculpture, which was has welcomed visitors to the Hunter Museum since 1978, will only be available for preview from its current outdoor location at the entry to the Museum grounds. (No admission fee is required to view it). It will not be available for viewing or for pickup at Case's gallery. The buyer of this lot must make arrangements to pick up the sculpture from itsÊcurrent location at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. The hollow sculpture and its very heavy base can be separated and it is up to the buyer to decide if they want to take the base. Case will work with the successful buyer and museum staff to coordinate pickup arrangements. Please do not contact the museum directly, but direct all questions to Case. Artist biography: George Sugarman was born in New York and studied at the City College of New York and in Paris with cubist sculptor Ossip Zadkine. He is credited with pioneering the concept of pedestal free sculpture, and is best known for his large scale, colorful metal sculptures. Sugarman is known for his large scale architectural installations at the Federal Court Building in Baltimore, First National Bank in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Xerox Building in El Segundo, California. Condition: Sculpture and base have been exhibited outside and show weathering, with alligatoring, general wear, and scattered losses to paint. The sculpture can be separated from the base by entering an opening on the back of the base. [See more photos →]

$2,400.00$3,400.00
977 Lot 977: After Auguste Moreau Bronze Cherub Sculpture After Auguste Moreau Bronze Cherub Sculpture Lot 977: After Auguste Moreau Bronze Cherub Sculpture

After Auguste Moreau (France, 1826-1897) bronze sculpture depicting a winged cherub or putto with a quiver of arrows attached to his hip, his right arm outstretched and his left arm clutched as if holding a bow, standing on a naturalistic base. Signed "Aug.Moreau" to the front of the base. Mounted on a black marble circular molded plinth. Sculpture: 24" H x 12 1/2" W x 10 1/4" D. Overall with plinth: 28" H. Provenance: private Southern collection. Condition: Overall very good condition with a light surface rubbing above the right eye. Bow is not present. [See more photos →]

$350.00$450.00
978 Lot 978: 3 Curtis Jere Bronze Sculptures Depicting Children 3 Curtis Jere Bronze Sculptures Depicting Children Lot 978: 3 Curtis Jere Bronze Sculptures Depicting Children

Grouping of three (3) bronze sculptures by Curtis Jere (1910 – 2008, California/China) depicting children. Including one depiction a young boy holding a bouquet of glass balloons, one depicting a young boy fishing, and one depicting a young boy carrying a stack of mixed metal cages. Two sculptures are mounted onto stone and the other onto a square wood base. 1st sculpture is signed and dated on the stone base "69. Second sculpture is signed and dated on one leg and dated '80, and the third sculpture is signed on a brass plaque on the base and dated '71. Ranging in size from: 14 3/4" H x 6 3/4" W to 19" H x 5 3/4" W. Provenance: The Guardsmark Collection, Lipman Holdings International, Memphis, Tennessee. Condition: All overall very good condition with light expected wear. [See more photos →]

$500.00$600.00