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63 Lot 63: Theodore Gechter Bronze Sculpture, Martin Luther, w/ Stand Theodore Gechter Bronze Sculpture, Martin Luther, w/ Stand Lot 63: Theodore Gechter Bronze Sculpture, Martin Luther, w/ Stand

Jean Francois Theodore Gechter (France, 1796-1844) bronze sculpture depicting the early church reformer Martin Luther. The subject is depicted standing wearing a robe and holding a book in his right hand which is leaning on a stool with additional books. Signed along the front side of the base "T. GECHTER.". Fitted with a custom ebonized circular wood stand. 13 3/4" H x 8 1/4" W. 18 7/8" total H. 19th century.

PROVENANCE: Property of a Tennessee Religious Institution.

CONDITION: Bronze overall very good condition with a few slight abrasions. Stand with light wear and losses. [See more photos →]

$400.00$500.00
80 Lot 80: 2 Ernest Rancoulet Bronze Portrait Busts of Nobles 2 Ernest Rancoulet Bronze Portrait Busts of Nobles Lot 80: 2 Ernest Rancoulet Bronze Portrait Busts of Nobles

Two (2) Ernest Rancoulet (France, 1870-1915) patinated bronze busts of aristocratic figures. 1st item: Portrait bust of an Elizabethan noblewoman depicted wearing a feathered hat, thick bodice over a quilted collar, pearl or beaded necklace, and high-collared jacket mounted on a hexagonal, plinth base. Signed “Rancoulet” to lower right. Overall: 29 1/2″ H x 15 1/8″ W x 8 3/4″ D. 2nd item: Portrait bust of a Renaissance French nobleman depicted with a mustache wearing a feathered hat, thick vest over quilted undershirt, large necklace with jeweled pendant, and high-collared jacket thrown off one shoulder mounted on a hexagonal, plinth base. Signed “Rancoulet” to lower left. Overall: 29″ H x 16″ W x 8 3/4″ D.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of Pia Stratton, Nashville, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition. 2nd item: Bust is missing a mounting bolt and is loose on the base. [See more photos →]

$2,400.00$2,800.00
81 Lot 81: 2 Small Busts of George Washington, incl. Hans Muller 2 Small Busts of George Washington, incl. Hans Muller Lot 81: 2 Small Busts of George Washington, incl. Hans Muller

1st item: Hans Muller (Austria/Germany, 1873-1937) bronze bust depicting George Washington, mounted on a tapered conical brass base with pierced decoration. Signed "H. Muller" to back left of bust. 7 1/2" H x 3" W. 2nd item: Warner, Miskey, and Merrill, Philadelphia patinated zinc bust depicting George Washington on a round base. Embossed maker's marks to left side of bust. 5" H x 2 1/2" W.

PROVENANCE: Private Nashville, TN Collection.

CONDITION: Both with minor abrasions, general surface wear. 2nd item: Slightly unstable on base. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
82 Lot 82: Franz Bergmann Bronze Sculpture, Woman & Snake on Rug Franz Bergmann Bronze Sculpture, Woman & Snake on Rug Lot 82: Franz Bergmann Bronze Sculpture, Woman & Snake on Rug

Franz Xavier Bergmann (Austrian/American, 1861-1936) cold-painted bronze sculpture depicting a bejeweled, nude woman with arms raised in caution, kneeling on an oriental rug before a cobra snake reared up in strike pose. Stamped with Bergmann foundry mark to underside. 3" H x 6" W x 5 3/4" D.

CONDITION: Minute wear to cold painting and minute area of oxidation to underside. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
84 Lot 84: French Bronze Bird Sculpture, E Delabrierre French Bronze Bird Sculpture, E Delabrierre Lot 84: French Bronze Bird Sculpture, E Delabrierre

Paul-Edouard Delabrierre (French, 1829 – 1912) small bronze sculpture depicting a partridge standing on a raised naturalistic base with leaves, flowers, and a lizard. Signed along the upper rock edge E DELABRIERRE. Mounted onto a green fabric-covered wood base. 6 1/2" H X 6 1/2" W X 4 1/2" D. 19th century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of Pia Stratton, Nashville, Tennessee.

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

$300.00$350.00
254 Lot 254: 3 Gilt Decorative Items, incl. Grand Tour Warwick Style Vase, Tobacco Box, & Figural Lamp 3 Gilt Decorative Items, incl. Grand Tour Warwick Style Vase, Tobacco Box, & Figural Lamp Lot 254: 3 Gilt Decorative Items, incl. Grand Tour Warwick Style Vase, Tobacco Box, & Figural Lamp

1st item: European Grand Tour Warwick style gilt bronze vase or double-handled urn having a beaded rim with relief decoration to the bodies depicting Bacchus and his folowers and acanthus leaf with twisted tassel handles, raised on a turned standard and resting on a figural leaf and berry base. The iron base underside marked LEO D BERNSTEIN NYC WM 415. 8 1/4" H. Late 19th/Early 20th century. 2nd item: Continental gilt brass tobacco or cigar box, cylindrical form with relief figural, mask, and foliate decoration to the the body. 8 1/4" H. Late 19th/Early 20th century. 3rd item: French gilt bronze Rococo style bronze figural lamp molded as a standing cherub with and s-scroll decoration on an ornate circular base, topped with a pineapple finial. 26 1/2" H x 7 1/4" Dia. Late 19th/Early 20th century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of Margaret Harold Roberts, Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition. Underside of base fitted with metal insert. 2nd item: Damage to finial on lid and some bending to lower edge. Oxidation present to the interior. 3rd item: Some grime and overall light surface wear and oxidation. Lamp functioning at time of inspection. [See more photos →]

$300.00$400.00
359 Lot 359: Italian Mid-Century Gilt Brass Rooster Italian Mid-Century Gilt Brass Rooster Lot 359: Italian Mid-Century Gilt Brass Rooster

Italian mid-century gilt brass rooster. Marked on the underside of one foot in red, "Made in Italy". 25 3/4" H x 28" W. 20th century.

PROVENANCE: Private Bristol, Tennessee collection.

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

$200.00$250.00
361 Lot 361: 2 Olen Bryant Sculptures, Face Vase and Nude Female 2 Olen Bryant Sculptures, Face Vase and Nude Female Lot 361: 2 Olen Bryant Sculptures, Face Vase and Nude Female

Two (2) sculptures by Olen L. Bryant (American/Tennessee, 1927-2017). 1st item: Asian inspired terra cotta face jar with lipped opening at top, over a molded face with closed eyes, flat and broad triangular nose, thin lips, large ears on either side, and textured dark hair coming to a widow's peak on forehead. Signed "Bryant '55" on underside. 8 3/4" H x 6" W x 6" D. 2nd item: Red clay sculpture of a rotund nude woman lying on her back with her arms raised above her head. 5 1/8" H x 5 1/2" W. 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 for this lot.

CONDITION: Both overall very good condition with minor scattered surface wear, some debris inside jar. [See more photos →]

$350.00$450.00
384 Lot 384: 4 Assembled Sculptures, Bust, Bas Relief, & 2 Blanc de Chine 4 Assembled Sculptures, Bust, Bas Relief, & 2 Blanc de Chine Lot 384: 4 Assembled Sculptures, Bust, Bas Relief, & 2 Blanc de Chine

1st item: Italian marble and alabaster female bust by Giuseppe Bessi (Italian, 1857-1922) titled "V. Colonna" depicting the Italian noblewoman and poet Vittoria Colonna wearing a laurel wreath atop her head and looking downward. Comprised of two parts, the head and the shoulders. Titled along the lower sculpture edge and signed "G. Bassi" along the lower rear edge. 9 1/4" H x 10" W. First quarter of 20th century. 2nd item: Plaster bas relief sculpture depicting Saint John the Baptist as a youth after the original marble sculpture by Desiderio da Settignano, real name Desiderio de Bartolomeo di Francesco detto Ferro (Italian, c. 1428 or 1430-1464). 9 3/4" H x 6" W. 20th century. 3rd item: Blanc de chine porcelain figural depicting a young woman standing holding a basket and feeding birds, with birds perched atop her head and on the naturalistic ground by her feet. Unsigned; underside of base inscibed E2988. 11 1/4" H x 5 1/2" square. 20th century. 4th item: Blanc de chine porcelain figure depicting a cloaked female with bare feet and downcast gaze. Stamped with blue seal form and numbered to underside. 6 3/8" H x 3" W x 2 1/8" D. 20th century.

PROVENANCE: The collection of a Tennessee institution.

CONDITION: 1st item: Losses to one laurel leaf, losses along the lower base edge, repaired break right side edge and hairline to right side of base. 2nd item: Scattered abrasions and scattered chipping along the edges. 3rd item: Old repairs to wings of birds atop female's head, otherwise overall good condition. 4th item: Overall very good condition with minute wear to glaze. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
385 Lot 385: Wandering Minstrel & Large Reproduction of La Dama Elche, Signed Wandering Minstrel & Large Reproduction of La Dama Elche, Signed Lot 385: Wandering Minstrel & Large Reproduction of La Dama Elche, Signed

Two (2) French sculptures, including one (1) spelter figure of a wandering minstrel attired in robes, playing a medieval cittern, and standing on a base; and one (1) reproduction of the 4th-century B.C.E. Iberian stone sculpture "La Dama Elche" housed in the Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Madrid, Spain, rendered with plaster, signed "J. Rnozo M. Paris, 1908" on right back corner. Wandering Minstrel: 23" H x 9" W x 7" D. "La Dama Elche": 22 1/4" H x 18" W x 12" D. Both Late 19th/Early 20th Century.

PROVENANCE: The collection of a Tennessee institution.

CONDITION: Wandering minstrel in good condition with some scattered paint loss and oxidation to the instrument. "La Dama Elche" with surface scratching and some scattered areas of chipping. [See more photos →]

$300.00$400.00
478 Lot 478: George Northup Bronze Lamp, Aspen Birch Tree George Northup Bronze Lamp, Aspen Birch Tree Lot 478: George Northup Bronze Lamp, Aspen Birch Tree

George Northup (American, b. 1940) bronze sculptural "Aspen" lamp, comprised of a patinated or cold painted Aspen birch tree resting on a naturalistic patinated base with leaves and fitted with a round bronze shade and dragonfly finial. Signed on the base edge "Northup" and numbered 2237 to the underside. 67 1/2" total H with finial. Shade: 16 1/2" H x 10" dia.

PROVENANCE: Private Cleveland, Tennessee collection.

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

$1,800.00$2,200.00
493 Lot 493: Collection of 32 Ethnographic Sculptures & Masks, mostly African Collection of 32 Ethnographic Sculptures & Masks, mostly African Lot 493: Collection of 32 Ethnographic Sculptures & Masks, mostly African

A collection of thirty-two (32) ethnographic carvings and sculptures, including items from Mozambique, Madagascar, and Cuba plus a lidded basket, thirty-three (33) items in total. Includes 1 wooden African mask (12" x 6" x 7"), 2 Madagascar carved wood figures of man and woman carrying a baby, 1 bust length carved wood (possibly ebony) figure of a nude woman, 1 polychrome carved wood figure with rope around neck, 1 carved mancala game board with rhinoceros decoration to lid and interior compartments with small game pieces, 1 abstract bust, 1 mask with figural finial, 2 animal figures, 2 female figures carrying baskets atop their heads, 1 male figure, 1 totem with busts, 1 totem with three figures depicted seated atop one another's head holding a cup, and 1 Cuban carved Guayacan wood figural group depicting fish, turtles, and dolphin. Figures range from 9" H to 47" H. Also includes a set of 13 African ceramic figures depicting various members of a tribe, plus 1 round table laden with food and drink, housed inside 1 colorful woven basket. Ceramic figures each approximately 4 3/4" H, basket 12 1/2" H x 10" diameter. Plus 2 turtleshell masks and 1 metal yoke with figure upon a horse. All items 20th century except for mask, which may be older.

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

CONDITION: Mask with considerable wear and some surface losses. 1 ceramic figure has tiny chips to base, 1 other has a few scattered tiny chips. All items in otherwise good condition. [See more photos →]

$300.00$350.00
570 Lot 570: Brandt State Bird & Flower of Georgia Carved Wood Figural Brandt State Bird & Flower of Georgia Carved Wood Figural Lot 570: Brandt State Bird & Flower of Georgia Carved Wood Figural

Hand carved and painted wood figural group depicting the Georgia state bird and flower, a brown thrasher perched upon a log with Cherokee rose blossoms. Signed on the log beneath the bird "R. Brandt" and dated "1977". Mounted onto an oval wood base. 7 3/8" H x 16" L x approx. 10" W.

PROVENANCE: Deaccessioned by the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation to benefit the acquisitions fund.

CONDITION: Overall good condition, some light grime, wood shrinkage to one upper leg of bird. [See more photos →]

$100.00$150.00