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Folk Art and Painted Furniture Lead the Way in Cowan's October 17th Fine and Decorative Art Auction

Folk Art and Painted Furniture Lead the Way in Cowan's October 17th Fine and Decorative Art Auction

 CINCINNATI, OH – Exceptional quality made a difference during the October 17th live salesroom auction of Fine and Decorative Art conducted by Cowan's Auctions. Led by highly desirable material from the lifetime collection of Dr. John and Shirley Chewning, competitive bidding drove the prices for many of the lots above their estimates. Total sales reached $594,000 in the 577-lot auction.

 The Collection of Dr. John and Shirley Chewning

 Anchoring the event was the lifetime collection of Dr. John and Shirley Chewning, who assembled an intriguing and exceptional array of folk art, pottery, miniatures, glass, furniture and more. The high seller of the day and one of the biggest surprises of the auction were a pair of 19th century Folk Art Pastel Portraits from the collection, bringing $63,000 over their $400-600 pre-auction estimate.

 Selections of folk art and furniture from the Chewning collection inspired competition amongst bidders and brought high prices throughout the sale. A Five-Drawer Blanket Chest in Original Blue Sponge sold for $19,200 over its $1,000/1,500 estimate, an Ohio Portrait of Cynthia Hine by Itinerant Artist Jasper Miles (1782-1849) realized $19,200, and a Pennsylvania Paint-Decorated Corner Cupboard brought $6,300.

 Additional offerings from the Chewning collection included a John Bell Pennsylvania Flower Pot, which quadrupled its pre-auction estimate of $1,000-1,500 and sold for $6,000, a Pennsylvania Dutch Cupboard with a High Pie Shelf realized $3,480, and a William and Mary Mule Chest sold for $3,120.

 Paintings and Fine Art

 Additional outstanding items in the October 17th sale included selections of fine art and works on paper by well-known regional artists. A painting by Frank Duveneck (American, 1848-1919), titled "Portrait of Theodore Wendel," sold for $12,000. Born in Midway, Ohio, Theodore Wendel (1859-1932) was a student of Duveneck and traveled with him to Europe. Wendel returned to America and settled in Boston, where he became renowned for his Impressionist renditions of the New England coast. He is now regarded as one of the most important American landscape painters.

 The final installment of the Clarence and Mildred Long Collection of Indiana artists attracted a notable crowd of bidders. From the collection came "Sun Kissed Trees" by T.C. Steele (American, 1847-1926), oil on canvas, 21.5 by 31.5 inches. It sold for $4,500.

 Other featured selections from the paintings portion of the auction include a work by Dixie Selden titled "Booth Bay Harbor, Maine," which sold for $12,000, a watercolor on paper titled "Indian Artifacts" by George Catlin realized $14,400, and a painting titled "Sunrise, Teton Range, Wyoming, Morning Mist" by Charles Partridge Adams brought $12,000.

 Rounding out the sale

 The diverse nature of the auction offered bidders material that ranged from an Andrew Clemens Sand Bottle, selling for $18,000, to a Rare Christytown Pottery Works Ohio Harvest Jug, which brought $9,000 above its $4,000-6,000 pre-sale estimate. Sterling silver also performed well in the auction. A Portuguese Silver Flatware Service realized $3,000, and a set of Towle Sterling Flatware in the El Grande Pattern brought $3,240. A Hepplewhite Breakfront Secretary Bookcase with Inlay, originally estimated at $1,000-2,000, sold for $5,700, a Tiffany Favrile Mushroom Lamp brought $4,500, a Centennial Memorial Parian Vase by W.T. Copeland & Sons realized $3,600, and a Zon-O-Phone Phonograph realized $2,337.

 Cowan's next live salesroom auction of Fine and Decorative Arts will take place in 2016. For information about that sale or those in Cincinnati or Cleveland, phone Cowan's Auctions at (513) 871-1670 or visit

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