John Coker’s January 15 auction run by European Fine Arts, Antiques with the Washington family …
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – On Saturday, January 15, 2022, John W. Coker & Co. will auction antiques and artwork from several distinguished estates and families. The online-only event, with live auctions on the Internet and through LiveAuctioneers, is highlighted by a very special selection of European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings formerly from the collection of Dr Albert Kinkade Chapman (1890-1984 ), President and CEO of Eastman Kodak.
“Very few people even knew that Dr Chapman’s collection existed before we auctioned part of his collection in 2010,” said Coker Auctions founder / owner John W. Coker. “He started collecting in the 1940s and acquired most of his work by the 1960s, buying from Knoedler, MR Schweitzer, Sam Salz, Milch and other well-known New York dealers. He never exhibited his collection. Once he bought a painting, he didn’t want him to lose it. “
Artworks from the January 15 auction with provenance from Chapman include oil on canvas by Ker-Xavier Roussel titled Satyr chasing a wood nymphet, estimate of $ 60,000 to $ 80,000; and a work in graphite on paper by Camille Pissarro entitled The artist’s mother, $ 50,000 to $ 75,000. Other highlights of the oil on canvas include E. Othon Friez Bright landscape with house, $ 60,000 to $ 80,000; and that of Gustave Loiseau A view from the window of the artist’s studio, $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.
The auction opens with an enchanting portrait whose lineage is linked to the “royalty” of the South. Painted by Atlanta artist E. Sherwood Jeter (1862-1930), oil on canvas depicts Mary Abbott Candler, a niece of Asa Griggs Candler, who purchased the full rights to Coca-Cola from the inventor of the soft drink in 1891. The portrait passed by descent in the family of the model since its creation in 1898. It is estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000.
There are many other works of art worth considering including a very detailed graphite on paper drawing by Gifford Beal (American, 1879-1956) of a park scene, possibly in New York City. His estimate is $ 1,000 to $ 2,000. An oil on canvas by F. Luis Mora circa 1901, which will be included in Lynne Pauls Baron’s next Mora catalog raisonné, shows an interior view of a studio, with Mora at his easel painting a portrait of a live model. In an obvious homage to the past, Diego Velazquez (1599-1660), the 17th-century court painter to King Philip IV of Spain and Portugal, is depicted standing behind the artist. The work is in unrestored new condition and there is no trace of its exhibition. Any painting of Mora is important because he is considered the first Hispanic teacher in America. The artwork donated by Coker is estimated between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000.
The coveted Judaica comes from the family of Mr. and Mrs. Max Wolfe of Cincinnati, who moved to Tennessee in the 1930s and founded Quality Bakery, Knoxville’s first Jewish bakery. Eight 1920s sterling silver kiddush cups traditionally used to inaugurate the Jewish Shabbat are auctioned off with an estimate of $ 600 to $ 900.
In addition, Coker will donate family items from a trunk inherited from Esther Maria Lewis Chapin (1871-1959), great-granddaughter of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731-1802). Some of the items originally found in the vault were donated to Mount Vernon and, according to family tradition, several pieces – including a few from the January 15 auction – once resided at Arlington House, the home of General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) and his wife Mary Anna Randolph Custis (1807-1873).
The historical collection includes a pair of hand painted vases, from $ 2,000 to $ 4,000; and a pair of glass girandoles, $ 500 to $ 2,500; from Arlington House. According to family legend, the vases and girandoles were removed just before the northern forces occupied the Lee Residence. The same shipment includes a beautiful silk embroidery depicting roses, believed to have been jointly created by Martha Washington and Nellie Custis Lewis. Both women were renowned embroiderers and rose lovers. Estimate: $ 1,000 to $ 3,000
Also noteworthy in the auction lineup is a collection of pre-Columbian fragments that have resided in the United States since the 1950s. One example, a clay jaguar figurine, presumably Mexican and approximately 500 to 1,500 years old, is estimated to be between $ 500 and $ 5,000. All of the artifacts were donated to an American family who visited Mexico in the 1950s, returned home with the pieces, and displayed them in their pre-1958 Detroit home until they were sent to Coker.
An Anglo-Indian sterling silver display parchment holder (with a parchment inside) dates from the Raj period and is richly carved, chiseled and engraved. According to the parchment, the gift was presented in 1911 to “J. Moore, Esq., By European employees and employees of The Bombay Woollen Mills. It is 15 inches long and is estimated to be between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000.
John Coker’s online-only auction for January 15, 2022 will begin at 9 a.m. EST, with live internet and mail order auctions available through LiveAuctioneers. For more information on any auction item, call John Coker at 865-475-5163 or email [email protected]