Vintage French gray chest, or dresser, with its gorgeous original rose and gray marble top, circa 1950. Raised panel sides and drawer fronts, floral carving at the front corners, French feet and solid brass hardware. Four drawers with large hand cut dovetails. Solid cherry. Measures 19 inches deep, 35 inches wide and 32.5 inches high. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Fannie Burr pencil drawing of a bull on paper 1880, signed lower left. This pencil drawing by Fannie Burr measures measures 9.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall with a 12.5 x 12.5 inch frame. Fannie Burr (1858 to 1931) was from Monroe, CT, the daughter of a very prosperous farmer. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and the Yale School of Fine Arts. After that, she studied at the Art Students League in NYC. These accomplishments were very rare for a young woman in those days. List in Who Was Who in American Art by Falk. Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain CT. Catalogue of work produced by The Connecticut Gallery Inc. Acquired directly from an heir to the estate c1880 Estate number 106
Fannie Burr oil painting on artist board of cow profiles c1880. This painting by Fannie Burr measures measures 12.5 inches wide by 9 inches tall with a 11.5 x 15 inch frame. Fannie Burr (1858 to 1931) was from Monroe, CT, the daughter of a very prosperous farmer. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and the Yale School of Fine Arts. After that, she studied at the Art Students League in NYC. These accomplishments were very rare for a young woman in those days. List in Who Was Who in American Art by Falk. Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain CT. Catalogue of work produced by The Connecticut Gallery Inc. Acquired directly from an heir to the estate c1880 Estate number 159
The Edward T. Chow Collection, complete in 3 hardcover volumes with original dust jackets and estimates. This celebrated collection was auctioned by Sotheby Parke Bernet in 3 parts: Part 1 (Ming and Qing Porcelain, 157 pages) was sold in Hong Kong on 11/25/80; Part 2 (Early Ceramics and Ancient Bronzes, 144 pages) was sold in London on 12/16/80; and Part 3 (Ming and Qing Porcelain, 184 pages) was sold in Hong Kong on 5/19/81. Very good condition: miniscule wear to the jackets, tight bindings, nearly untouched pages. This is a very rare, must have set for any serious collector of Chinese Works of Art. It is the good, better, best of all known collections. Many marks are clearly shown with wonderful descriptions. Edward ("Eddie" T. Chow Art Dealer and Collector 1910-1980. Eddie Chow is remembered as a significant collector-dealer in Chinese art during the postwar years. Born in Yangzhou, he was sent to Shanghai at the age of thirteen to study Chinese art with the dealer Zhu Heting. Chow was also mentored by Jacob Melchior, a Danish collector who worked for the International Maritime Customs Service. He soon developed a network that included some of the major collectors of the first half of the twentieth century, including Sir Percival David and George Eumorfopoulos. Chow first met Eumorfopoulos in the 1930s when the International Exhibition of Chinese Art at the Royal Academy in London was being organized. After he moved to Hong Kong in 1947, Chow built both his reputation as a dealer and his own significant collection of Chinese works of art. Twenty years later, in 1967, Chow moved to Geneva, Switzerland. Following his death in 1980, Chow’s collection was auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong and London. Bio obtained from www.asia.si.edu Freer/ Sackler Smithsonian
Samson Flexor abstract watercolor c1955 with original Washington Gallery of Art label on reverse, signed lower right. The original frame measures 16.5 x 12.5 inches.The image measures 6 x 9 inches. Samson Flexor (1907-1971) was born in Soroca, Moldova, to a wealthy Jewish family. His father, Modest Flexor was known throughout the province as an agronomist, a landowner and one of the richest men. His mother Marie-Georgette (née Kleiner) was born in France. Samson was educated at a Sorocan private school, the Odessa Art School, and school in Bucharest, where the family relocated. In 1922-1924 he studied at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and afterwards in the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris with Lucien Simon, and also attended lectures on art history at the Sorbonne University. In 1926 he studied fresco technique in private Academie Ranson. In the late 1920s his parents also settled in Paris, and in 1929 the family received French citizenship. After the war, Flexor did not remain in France. In 1946 he first visited Brazil, and in the spring of 1948 he left France for good and settled in São Paulo. After moving to Brazil, realism completely disappeared from his works and all his further work was abstract. In 1951 Flexor opened the first abstractionist studio in Brazil called Atelier-Abstração, where the exhibited works are united around him a group of Brazilian contemporary abstract painters Jacques Douchez, Norberto Nicola, Leopoldo Raimo, Alberto Teixeira, Wega Nery, Anésia Pacheco e Chaves, Charlotta Adlerová, Ernestina Karman, Iracema Arditi and Gisela Eichbaum. In 1961 Flexor opened a second abstractionist studio. In the last years of his life Flexor regularly exhibited in Brazil.