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# 7017. A pair of framed oil on canvas, mounted as a two panel floor screen. Each panel is 38" wide and 77" tall. The screen dates from the 19th century. Wood and gesso decoration; later gold paint over the gilt surfaces; lossed to the gesso decorations. The oil on canvas panels probably date prior to 1800. This screen has been used as part of the furnishing of "Bois Dore" a Newport Gilded Age mansion located on Narragansett Avenue. The panels were the property of Mrs. Elinor Dorrance Hill Ingersol. The panels were purchased for Bois Dore or used in another home. After her passing the mansion was purchased by oil heiress Carolyn Mary Skelly and has subsequently been sold recently. Price: $12,500.00 the pair.


# 4710. An oil over ink on paper. Artist William Horace Littlefield ( was an American painter known for his figure studies of male nudes. Born 10-28-1902, died 7-5-1969. His works are in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Harvard Art Museums, the Worcester Art Museum, Smith College Art Museum, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Addison Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Size: 22.25" x 43". Paper mounted on board. Pencil notations on the art work itself ( "my body...") and notations on the back side in pen: "William Horace Littlefield Paul Thorpe Apollo for Apollo and Daphne. Jan. 1933 Oil on paper over ink." We do not believe that this piece was signed by the artist. Condition: tears, holes. Price $3,950.00.


#7014. A large colored engraving depicting "The Battle of Drumclog" taking place June 1, 1679. This engraving dates from the mid 19th century. Engraved by Charles Edward Wagstaff ( he was also responsible for the engravings of "The Coronation of Queen Victoria"; "The Marriage of Queen Victoria"; "The Golfers: a Grand Match Over St. Andrews' Links") after a famous painting by George Harvey. The frame size is: 46" x 38" and the engraving is 33" x 23" The frame was made by the firm of Charles Whitehead at 175-177 Columbus Ave. New York. This extraordinary frame was custom made for this engraving featuring Scottish decorative elements. Condition: minor losses to the gesso decorations; no noticeable staining to the engraving. The back retains its original wood covering and papers. It has never been out of this mounting once framed. Inquiries.


# 6089. A fine Gilded Age Portrait of "Mary Walter Cooper. . .was Peter Cooper's niece-in-law. Her husband was Charles William Cooper, son of Peter's younger brother Edward Cooper. Mary and Charles had one daughter, Julia, who was married to Captain Schuyler Schieffelin in 1907. They appear to have been a relatively close-knot extended family, as the Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections hold correspondence between them all in the Cooper family papers collection. Charles and Mary were also both very involved in The Cooper Union in the early part of the 20th century: he served on the Board of Trustees, and she was President of the Ladies Advisory Council. The Mary Walter Cooper Scholarship was first given in 1916 to two students of the Women's Art School. In the Fall of 1926 she permanently endowed this scholarship and today it's available for anyone in the School of Art. The Coopers resided in Tuxedo Park. The portrait was painted by Josef Arpad Koppay, he was the court painter for the Hapsburg's of Austria. Commissions allowed him to travel throughout Europe and the East Coast of the U.S. where he painted portraits of industrialists, artists and writers. Roosevelt and Rockefeller were clients. The size of this oil on canvas is 48" wide and 70" tall. Original frame. The portrait should be cleaned with a few touch-ups... Inquiries.


# 5602. A pair of American Portraits on panel. On the reverse of the gentleman's portrait in pencil: "Portrait of Henry J. Tuckerman . . . " with a printed label on the back side: "Henry Theodore Tuckerman" So, we don't know which Tuckerman it is, but we know that it is a Tuckerman, probably from Boston. Sold with the companion portrait of his wife. Size: Frame is 28" x 33.5" and the board is 21.5" x 27". Condition: paint loss to both portraits. The frames were gilt originally and we probalby painted with gold paint "to freshen them up"! Circa 1820-30. Inquiries.


Item # 7004. A portrait of Dr. Samuel Bradhurst III (1749-1826). He trained as a surgeon and during the American Revolution served at the Battles of Princeton and Brandywine. While attending the wounded in 1777, he was captured by the British and placed under house arrest. In 1799, he sold 20 acres in Harlem Heights to Alexander Hamilton on which he would build Hamilton Grange. Bradhurst was a friend of Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Mary, was a first cousin of Aaron Burr's wife, Theodosia. In an attempt to keep the two from duelling, Bradhurst secretly challenged Burr to a duel fought with swords days before the fateful encounter with Hamilton. Burr escaped unharmed while Bradhurst was wounded in the arm. It was rumored that he fought the duel with his wife's uncle's sword, that of General Maunsell. After the Revolution Dr. Bradhurst enter into the wholesale drug business with Josiah Hazard Field (d. 1806) and by 1804 was a member of the Legislature. Aside from his estate on Manhattan, Pinehurst, he owned land in New York City and Virginia. He had 5 children. A label on the back of the frame states: "From Frederick Keppel & Co. rare engravings and etchings No. 4 East 39th St New York. No. H1486" Frame size: 33" x 38" and canvas size: 25" x 30". Condition: scuffs, two punctures to the canvas, very dirty. . . .terrible but restorable condition. We will be listing the companion portrait of Dr. Bradhurst's wife. Inquiries.


Item # 7005. A companion portrait to Dr. Samuel Bradhurst portrait. Depicting Mary (Smith) Bradhurst (1753-1841). Father was Richard Smith (b. 1715), Mother Deborah (Stillwell) Smith (1718-1826). She as the first cousin of Theodosia Bartow who married Aaron Burr, but politically and personally the Bradhursts were allied to Alexander Hamilton. She and her husband lived at Pinehurst and had five children. Pinehurst was built in 1786 for Lt. General John Manunsell, it was the grandest of the Federal-Style mansions, the grounds stretched from one side of the island to the other. Demolished for urbanization in about 1890. A label on the back of the frame states: "From Frederick Keppel & Co. rare engravings and etchings No. 4 East 39th St New York. No. H1487" Frame size: 33.5" x 38.5" and canvas size: 25.5" x 31". Condition: scuffs, a punctures to the canvas, very dirty. . . .terrible but restorable condition. Inquiries.


# 5648. A pair of 19th century English 'Dummy Boards'. Representing "The Royal Horse Artillery -1832" and "The 17th Lancers -1832". Size: 40" tall and 20.5" wide. Material painted wood and metal base applications. Condition, without issue. From the estate of a noted Newport, RI interior decorator who purchase these items in London and had them shipped to Newport over 40 years ago. Price: $3,850.00 the pair.


Item Code: PAR. A small oil on board framed under glass. The title on the reverse states: "Old Fashioned Children" in hand written script. The Artist Board is made in Baltimore. Looks as if it is a study for a childrens book. Illustration style from the 1920's perhaps. Signed in the right. See hyperlink for detailed photos. From a Newport Rhode Island estate in storage for over 50 years. Price: $950.00.


Item number 4221 is a pair (2) of 17th century Gothic carved wood figures in relief of two Saints. The figures are possibly from Central Europe; they were brought out of Hungary in the 1950's. Each is 7" wide and 18" tall. Originally polychromed. Paint and gesso loss and very fragile; worm holes. Very well carved. Price: $4,950.00 the pair.


# 4865. A bronze head of "Pan". Signed N. Dimitrieff and dated 1937. Size: 11" tall. Very heavy cast bronze weighing 14lbs. Marked: Roman Bronze Works. (The following is the only other reference we can find about this artist: Dimitrieff, N. V., sculptor. Bedi-Rassy Art Foundry, founder. Title: Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), (sculpture). Dates: 1941. Dedicated 1949. Medium: Statue: bronze, painted black; Base: granite. Dimensions: Statue: approx. 4 x 3 x 3 ft.; Base: approx. 6 x 5 x 5 ft. Inscription: N. V. Dimitrieff/1941 BEDI-RASSY FOUNDRY N.Y.C. (On front of base, raised:) PUSHKIN/1799 - 1837 signed Founder's mark appears. Description: A waist-length portrait of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, wearing long sideburns and dressed in traditional 19th century gentleman's clothes, including a cape which hangs over his proper right shoulder and flows around his back to his proper left side. He holds a scrolled paper with text inscribed into it in his proper left hand. His proper right hand is raised up to his chest. The portrait is painted black and is installed on top of a tapered stone base. Scroll Object Type: Outdoor Sculpture -- New Jersey -- Cassville Sculpture Owner: Administered by Jackson Township, Department of Public Works, Jackson Township, New Jersey 08527 Located Pushkin Park, Rova Farm, Intersection of Route 571 & Perrineville Road, Cassville, New Jersey Remarks: Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, 1799-1837, a poet and dramatist, introduced Romanticism into Russian literature. The monument was erected on the 150th anniversary of Pushkin's birth. Repository: Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 Control Number: IAS NJ000261) Price $9,500.00.


# 4567. An oil on canvas of a white peacock and flowers. Size of canvas: 19" x 50" in a very simple gold painted frame. Age: 19th century. Condition: crazing to the surface, probably needs minor cleaning and varnishing. Price: $2,850.00.


# 4542. An Oil on Canvas. Signed Laszlo Zilahy. Hungarian. The style of this picture is the "Neogrady" style, but I believe that this artist predates those images by several years. We have never been able to find any information about Laszlo Zilahy. When we purchase this painting in Boston many years ago, it had its original large gold leaf frame with a Budapest Stamp on the frame dated 1876. The frame was too large for the area we were displaying the painting so we reframed the painting and sold the frame. Size: 23" x 34". Condition: original stretcher; flakes to the canvas as noted in the photos; crackelature to the surface. The work is stable, has never been cleaned and has not been relined. Price: $2,500.00.


# 4472. A dated 1830 Portrait Bust. Signed on the bust in large script: "R. Trentanove Fece Roma 1830". Size: 26 1/2" tall and 16" wide. Material: Carrara Marble. Condition: minor edge flakes to the toga; multiple tiny paint splatters to the surface; the sockel was neatly broken into and reglued. Please see detailed images below. This handsome classical portrait bust in typical of the era (1830's). Probably commissioned as a portrait bust by the sitter. In storage in a Newport warehouse since about 1925. Raimondo Trentanove, Italian 1792-1832; Initially a pupil of De Maria and Bartolini, Trentanove worked in Rome in close partnership with Canova. There he was involved in the execution of numerous works in his master's style, including direct copies after Canova, antique sculpture and portrait busts. Amongst the latter there exists a fine marble of Canova himself, now in the Galleria d'arte Moderna, Milan. Another version of the present impressive memorial bust of Napoleon may be found in the Museo del Risorgimento, Faenza. This portrait bust was completed two years before Trentanove's death in 1832. In the exhibition catalogue: " Art and the Empire New York 1825, 1861 " Edited by Catherine Hoover Voorsanger and John K. Howat ( ISBN 0-87099-957-5 ) on page 137 is mentioned: "Also in 1824 the (American) Academy elected as honorary member the Italian Raimondo Trentanove, a favored pupil of Canova . . . an act calculated to emphasize the institution's connections to Europe and to counter criticism of American cultural provincialism." This bust weighs 103 lbs. {It is possible that this may be a portrait bust of Charles Lucien (Carlo) Jules Laurent Bonaparte, 2nd Prince of Canino and Musignano (May 24, 1803 – July 29, 1857) was a French naturalist and ornithologist. He was the son of Lucien Bonaparte and nephew of Emperor Napoleon.} Price $30,000.00.

( A Trentanove bust of Napoleon sold recently at a Sothebys Auction for just over $53,000.00.

Information from a Sothebys Auction of a portrait bust by Trentanove of George Washington taking place in 2005: LOT 12 PROPERTY FROM THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS RAIMONDO TRENTANOVE (1792-1832) GEORGE WASHINGTON 8,000—12,000 USD Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: $36,000 USD ; measurements height: 22.5 in. alternate measurements (57.2 cm) DESCRIPTION inscribed R. Trentanove. Fece. in Roma. 1824 white marble Executed in 1824. PROVENANCE Commissioned by James Lenox in Rome, 1824


# 4223. Pictured is a watercolor att. to Moritz von Schwind. The image size is 14½" x 10¼". It is on paper. This work is a study for a mural. Schwind completed interior paintings for among other places the Vienna Opera House. The subject depicts Brunhilde & Siegfried. There was an exhibition at The National Gallery in Washington in 2001 titled: "Spirit of an Age" among other artist represented is quoted the following: "The exhibition features . . . two idealized canvases by Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871). In Von Schwind's The Rose, or The Artist's Journey (1846-1847), the painter fills the landscape with knights, maidens, and castles to evoke a medieval, fairytale mood." Brought out of Budapest in the 1950's. Price: $3,500.00


# 3922. Oil on panel, signed: Imre Greguss (front and back), Hungarian, 1856-1910. A study for a mural. Titled: Prince Rakoczi in Transylvania. Fully documented. 9½" X 13½". Greguss specialized in paintings with a military theme and his works hang in the Military Museum in Budapest. Price: $3,850.00.


# 3261. Oil painting on canvas. A self portrait with the artist holding his brush. Probably American. Size : 11" x 14". Sign on the paintbrush: " J E Landers 1875" We don't know if this is Jelanders or J Elanders or J E Landers. There was a James Ervin Landers ( James Ervin Landers Date of Birth: 9 May 1848 Place of Birth: McMinn Co., TN Date of Death: 4 Sept 1913 Place of Death: Okemah, OK Date of Marriage: 23 Sept 1869 Place of Marriage: Athens, McMinn Co, TN )who died in Okemah in 1915. Price: $3,000.00.


#FLAG. An oil on board. The pledge of allegiance prior to the "in god we trust" addition. Circa 1940's. Size: frame is 26" x 32" and the board size is 22" x 28". Condition: a little darkening above the stripes and a scratch from the top right through the stripes. Probably used in a school room. Value: priceless - cost: $250.00.


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# 5565. A Fine and Rare Portrait Miniature by William Grimaldi. Mounted on a black lacquered board (size: 7" x 8.5"); portrait surrounded by a gilt metal frame of oak and acorn design. The portrait itself is 2.25" x 3". Signed on the left edge of portrait "Grimaldi" and dated "1807".

William Grimaldi (1751-1830) was an English miniature painter. Born in the parish of St Leonard's, Shoreditch, on 26 August 1751, he was son of Alexander Grimaldi and Esther Barton his wife, and great-grandson of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, the heir and representative of the Genoese family of Grimaldi, who had settled in England after the bombardment of Genoa in 1684. Grimaldi was nephew of Thomas Worlidge, to whom in 1764 he was bound apprentice for seven years. He remained with Mrs. Worlidge after his uncle's death, and assisted in the publication in 1768 of Worlidge's Antique Gems. On completing his apprenticeship Grimaldi started life as a miniature-painter, working only in water-colours up to 1785, when he made some essays in enamel painting. From 1777 to 1783 he was in Paris. Watercolour miniature of Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford by Grimaldi, after John Hoppner. He attracted the notice of Sir Joshua Reynolds, many of whose works, notably his Master Bunbury, Grimaldi copied in miniature; Reynolds recommended him to many persons of distinction, including the Prince of Wales and Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. For the former he painted a miniature of Maria Fitzherbert, and for the latter a miniature of the duke, which was presented to the duchess Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia on their marriage. In 1790 he was appointed enamel painter to the Duke of York, in 1791 to the Duchess of York, and in 1804 to the Prince of Wales. Grimaldi was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1786 to 1824. He practised in the country as well as in London, but in 1825 settled at 16 Upper Ebury Street, Chelsea, where he died 27 May 1830, and was buried in Bunhill Fields cemetery. In 1873 the Rev. A. B. Grimaldi published A Catalogue, Chronological and Descriptive, of the Paintings, Drawings, and Engravings by and after William Grimaldi, R.A., Paris, Enamel-Painter Extraordinary to George IV. Inquiries.


# 5731. A rare 18th century portrait miniature depicting "Madame Du Barry as a page" Du Barry was courtesan and official mistress of Louis XV. Size of miniature: 2.5" x 1.75"; size of frame: 3.75" x 3.5". The gold gilt brass frame appears to be contemporary with the miniature. Condition: showing normal signs of age; no cracks or significant loss of surface pigment. Inquiries.


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