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# 5452. A charcoal drawing by Newport artist Helena Sturtevant, signed and dated 1925. The subject is Whitehall. Size: 10" x 14". Condition: no frame; matt lines about 1/2" around the outer edges. Inquiries. (American impressionist Helena Sturtevant, b 1872, Middletown, RI d 1946 Newport, RI Addresses: Newport, RI, Studied, BMFA School with E. Tarbell; Acad. Colarossi, Paris, with Blanche and L. Simon. Member: Newprt AA (director); AFA; College AA; NAWPS, AAPL. Exhibited: NAD, 1902, 1911, 1943; PAFA, fine annuals, 1905-17; Newport AA, 1912 (innaugural); AIC, 1913; Paris Salon, 1927; WFNY, 1939; GGE, 1939; Copley Gals., Bostom, MA. Work: Newport City Hall; NYPL (etching); Berkeley Mem. Chapel, Newport, RI "sister of Louisa" altar piece. Comments: Best known for her paintings of Newport historic buildings and the area coastline. Sources: WW40; Falk, Exh. Record Series. . See Who was Who in American Art page 3214. )

# 5298. A Genre portrait of a girl holding flowers: late 18th / early 19th century. Size: 37.5" x 49.5". Condition: relined; flaking to the left bottom quadrant. Unsigned and not attributed. From a Newport Estate. Price $2,750.00.

# 4632. A needle work rendering of an owl of which the original was executed by Bernard Buffet in 1969. Of the era. Frame size: 26.5" x 31". Needle work size 21" x 25.5". Condition: bright, no losses, framed with a period canvas wrapped frame. The needle work is hand wrought as shown on the detailed reverse side of the art. Price: $850.00.

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.

# 5265. An Oil on Canvas by local Newport Artist Helena Sturtevant, signed and dated 1946 (the year she died). Frame Size: 35.5" x 30" and canvas size: 25" x 30". Signed in the lower left corner. Spring, probably late May; either Middletown or Portsmouth. American impressionist Helena Sturtevant, b 1872, Middletown, RI d 1946 Newport, RI Addresses: Newport, RI, Studied, BMFA School with E. Tarbell; Acad. Colarossi, Paris, with Blanche and L. Simon. Member: Newprt AA (director); AFA; College AA; NAWPS, AAPL. Exhibited: NAD, 1902, 1911, 1943; PAFA, fine annuals, 1905-17; Newport AA, 1912 (innaugural); AIC, 1913; Paris Salon, 1927; WFNY, 1939; GGE, 1939; Copley Gals., Bostom, MA. Work: Newport City Hall; NYPL (etching); Berkeley Mem. Chapel, Newport, RI "sister of Louisa" altar piece. Comments: Best known for her paintings of Newport historic buildings and the area coastline. Sources: WW40; Falk, Exh. Record Series. . See Who was Who in American Art page 3214. Condition: could be cleaned; original frame, no restorations. This painting has been sold: if you wish to sell a painting by Helena Sturtevant, please contact us: drawrm@hotmail.com

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.

# 5231. An oil on canvas depicting the "Old Stone Mill" of Newport Rhode Island in the dead of Winter. Size of the canvas: 16" x 22". Signed: "Lewis" in the lower right corner. Metal stretcher braces are pat'd dated 1883 /1885. Painted sometime before 1900. Condition: cleaned and re-varnished some time in the past. With a full moon on the right side of the view, the Old Stone Mill ( the Viking Tower ) is shown surrounded by snow; barren trees laden with snow, clumps of field grass poking through the snow, a well trod path around the Mill; flakes of mica imbedded in the freshly painted surface by the artist add charm to this amateur painting. Seldom depicted as an oil painting, photographed scores of times for tourist post cards. Inquiries.

# 2505. A small poster of depicting May Belfort holding a black cat. Size: app. 17" x 25" matted and framed ( 32" x 36"). From a Newport Rhode Island estate. Framed sometime in the 1950's. Signature on the lower left corner for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Condition: excellent with no tears or discoloration. P.O.R.

# 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.

# 4856. An oil on cradled board. A Grand Tour Copy of St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata (after Giotto). 19th Century. De-assessioned from the Fogg Museum. Size: (frame) 36" x 48". The art is about 5" smaller in size. Condition: flaking to the painted surface. The gilding is bright and intact. There is incised decoration behind the gilt halo of St. Francis and The Christ on the cross. The color of the flesh of the St. Francis figure is green. Price: $1,350.00.

# 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


SARAH BERNHARDT ( French, 1844-1923).

A portrait bust of an Actress

{This bust was sculpted by NOT of Ms. Bernhardt}


25 1/2 " in.( 64.7 cm ) high, marble

{Probably dates from between 1885-1895}

"Alors découragée et dégoûtée du thèâtre, je me pris de passion poul la sculpture" - S. Bernhardt, 'Ma Double Vie' , Paris, 1907 , p.40.

Born Rosine Bernard, Bernhardt became one of the most famed actresses of nineteenth century Paris. She made her debut on the French stage in 1862, in Racine's 'Iphegnia.' By 1869, her fame ever increasing, Bernhardt began painting and sculpting. By 1874, she was exhibiting her sculpture at the Salon and continued to do so intermittently until 1886. In addition, Bernhardt had shows devoted to her work in London in 1879 and thereafter in New York and Philadelphia. the multi-talented Bernhardt even exhibited decorative works at the Exposition Universelle in 1900. Examples of her works are exhibited in museums all over the world including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Price: $35,000.00.

Oil on board by Mary E. Parrish. Titled "Autumn Landscape" with original exhibition label for the 6th annual exhibition, 1917, of the Art Association of Newport. Original frame. Size : 9" x 12". Price: $1,000.00.

# 3922. Oil on panel, signed: Imre Greguss (front and back), Hungarian, 1856-1910. A study for a large panel. 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: $1,500.00.

# 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.

From our selection of fine and rare portrait miniatures

# 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.

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