Striking geometric abstract lunarscape painting entitled "The Beginning" by Michiel Gloeckner (born 1915, died 1989), signed and titled verso, circa 1974. Oil on canvas. Exhibited: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (1960), Munich Kunstverein (1966), Galerie 5, Paris (1972-1976), etc. Collections include: Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA. Well listed in Davenports, AskArt, etc. Dimensions: 29" H x 23" W in original Gloeckner frame.
A geometric abstract oil on board by well-listed Connecticut and Rhode Island artist Virginia M. Hogan. Listed in Who Was Who in American Art, Davenport's, Mallet's, Ask Art, etc. Provenance: See sticker (verso) for 1955 South County Art Association, RI, and estate label per John E. Woodmansee III. Newly custom matted and framed. Dimensions, framed: 37.5" W x 34.25" H; artwork: 23" W x 19" W.
An unusual 19th century Continental hand painted tole tray with brass handles, depicting an Italian pastoral landscape on a cream color background with floral sprays and neoclassic scenery, newly custom mounted as a tray table with faux bamboo legs and cross stretchers. Tray circa 1880. Dimensions: 32" W x 21.5" D x 22" H.
Striking geometric gouache on paper by Lloyd R. Ney (born 1893, died 1964), one of America's leading 20th century modernists and noted PAFA artist (New Hope, PA). Signed and dated 1963 at lower right. Ney was born in Friedenburg, PA, in 1893. He studied at the PA Mus. Sch. of Industrial Art and at the PA Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1918 he won a Cresson Fellowship to study in Europe. He traveled to France where he studied and painted in Paris among the European modernist community. He lived at the Hotel de Versailles in Montparnasse. During this period Ney created his major work, "The Drinkers." Later he would write extensively about the process of developing this work and the transforming experience of integrating the Modernist ideal he had witnessed in Paris. After returning to the US, Ney settled in the art community of New Hope, PA. He was among a group of artist known as the "Independents," who challenged the traditional and impressionistic subject matter of regional artists. They formed a new exhibition group. Ney was part of the "New Hope Modernist School" for most of his life as a painter. During the period of the W.P.A. in the early 1940s, Ney was commissioned to paint a mural for the New London, OH, post office. The documentation of the controversy over this mural and its modernist style was the subject of numerous letters between Ney and the Director of the Federal Arts Project. It was finally reconciled when the citizens of New London, petitioned Washington to allow Ney to execute the first abstract mural in a government post office. The original cartoon for this mural is in the collection of the Michener Mus. of Art, New Hope, PA. The documents over this controversy are in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. along with much of Lloyd Ney's original writing and correspondence, including the original manuscript, Art Appreciation For The People, How To Look At Paintings, What Constitutes A Work Of Art, 1949. Ney's career included 15 years of exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, and 3 of his paintings are in the museum's permanent collection. His work was exhibited in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy during his lifetime. Posthumously, the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA, mounted a major exhibition of the "New Hope Modernists," featuring Ney and his contemporaries, C. F. Ramsey, Charles Rosen, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Lee Gatch and R.A.D. Miller. Ney's prolific career encompassed over 50 years, painting in Paris, Capri, Key West, Martinique, Mexico and New Hope, PA. Hope Modernists," featuring Ney and his contemporaries, C. F. Ramsey, Charles Rosen, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Lee Gatch and R.A.D. Miller. He died in 1964. Dimensions overall: 33.25" W x 40" H.
Fine antique French secretaire abattant (secretary desk) with floral marquetry inlay, circa 1850. Multi-drawer interior, drop lid over two doors with covered drawer. Excellent condition with a few minor cosmetic enhancements. Measures 56.5 inches high including the original white marble, 14.25 inches deep and 28.5 inches wide. This is a very pretty piece in a rare diminutive size. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours of operation and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com