Paintings by female artists who didn't get their just due when alive will headline Gray's Jan. 16th auction in Cleveland

Oil on canvas painting after Margaretha Haverman (Danish, c. 1693-1739), titled Still Life with Flowers (est. $5,000-$7,000).

Pencil on ivory and cream wove paper by Kathe Kollwitz (Prussian, 1867-1945), titled Begrussung, circa 1892 (est. $5,000-$7,000).

Oil on canvas by Ivy Goldhamer Stone (Cleveland, 1917-2006), titled William Mather on the Cuyahoga River, 1989 (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Woodcut by Rockwell Kent (American, 1882-1971), titled The Mountain Climber, signed lower right (est. $1,500-$2,500).

First half 18th century Georgian mahogany desk by Gillows (England), with maker’s stamp, having 20th century modifications (est. $6,000-$8,000).

Gray’s Auctioneers will kick off 2019 with another extensive sale of fine art, decorative arts and furniture on Wednesday, Jan. 16, online and in the gallery.

While we've taken steps in the right direction in the last 300 years, this story of a talented young woman locked out of pursuing her passion by a vindictive older man has unfortunate echoes today.”

— Serena Harragin

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES, January 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gray’s Auctioneers will kick off the New Year with another extensive sale of fine art, decorative arts and furniture on Wednesday, January 16th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, beginning at 11 am Eastern time. “We’ll be highlighting some terrific female artists who never received their just due while alive,” said Serena Harragin of Gray’s.

The full catalog is up now, at GraysAuctioneers.com. Bidding is also available on Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. In-person previews will be held Thursday thru Wednesday, January 10th-16th, from 10-5; and Saturday, January 12th, from noon-4 pm.

Lot 33 is a painting after Margaretha Haverman (c.1693-1739), the 18th century Danish still life artist about whom little is known. What scant details of her biography can be found tell the tragic story of a promising young artist whose career was cut short by the hostile sexism of her time. She was raised by a former Danish military captain turned schoolmaster and as a teenager studied under Jan van Huysum.

Van Huysum was a secretive Dutch still life specialist known as “the phoenix of all flower painters”. He refused to take pupils for fear of his technique being replicated, but Haverman’s father convinced Van Huysum to take her on as his sole student. Van Huysum relented under the impression that, as a woman, Margaretha would have no chance at a real career in the arts and thus provide no competition.

But Margaretha proved to be an excellent student and talented painter, and soon began selling her own work. She then became just the second woman ever to be accepted into the prestigious Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris. Shocked and embarrassed, Van Huysum may have pulled some strings to have the young prodigy thrown out of the Académie, as not even one year after her enrollment, she was expelled on the grounds that her acceptance work had in fact been painted by him.

There was, of course, no evidence provided for this assertion, but it dissuaded Haverman from pursuing a career in the arts. Only two of her works have survived. One is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other in the National Gallery of Denmark. “While we have taken many steps in the right direction in the last three hundred years, this story of a talented young woman locked out of pursuing her passion by a vindictive older man still has unfortunate echoes today,” remarked Serena Harragin.

Lots 73 and 74 are two drawings by the Prussian Expressionist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). One of the foremost female artists of her era, Kollwitz was only considered an Expressionist due to the stylistic flourishes she adopted from the younger artists she admired later in life. She could also be described as a Social Realist due to her heartfelt and often gritty depictions of the struggles of working-class life.

Finding her true talent as a draughtswoman and etcher, Kollwitz’s beautiful prints and woodcuts are inseparable from her radical socialist politics. Her best-known works are The Weavers and The Peasant’s War – both depict scenes from two landmark revolts of the German working class. In 1920 Kollwitz was elected a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts, the first woman to receive this honor.

Kollwitz’s international reputation helped protect her from the Nazi party, though she and her husband were threatened by the Gestapo and her work was banned from exhibition in her home country. She passed away just 16 days before the end of the war, a guest of the Prince of Saxony after her Berlin home was bombed in 1943. Lot 73 is Bergrussung (Greeting); Lot 74 is Mother Leaning over a Crib.

Cleveland native Ivy Goldhamer Stone (1917-2006), though relatively unknown, was another woman of indisputable talent. Gray’s has fifteen of Stone’s artworks up for auction this month, some of which originate from a set of commissions for Sherwin Williams in 1989, when they asked her to paint a panoramic series of views of downtown Cleveland from the windows of their corporate headquarters.

One of her paintings, Lot 1, titled William Mather on the Cuyahoga River, depicts the famous bulk freighter sailing along Cleveland’s waterfront. This month’s auction also includes artworks Stone painted in Pittsburgh and Nova Scotia. All serve as an illustration of the smooth, rich, and vibrant technique in both oil and watercolor that Stone brought to her renderings of these urban waterfronts.

Lot 114 is a woodcut print titled The Mountain Climber by American printmaker, painter, and author Rockwell Kent (1882-1971). In a career that lasted nearly 70 years, Kent distinguished himself as a figure in the long tradition of American Naturalism. He continued the legacy of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman with his grand, mystical landscape paintings (and renderings of Alaskan vistas in particular).

Through his work as a skilled landscape painter and organizer of shows for fellow independent artists, Kent became a major part of the vanguard of American modernism. He studied under some of the most significant theorists of his day, such as Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase. He is best known for his work as an artist, but was a prolific writer and activist as well, publishing a number of travel diaries.

Along with striking artworks, the auction also features a rich collection of jewelry, decorative art and furniture lots, including Lot 277, an 18th century Georgian mahogany desk by Gillows of Lancaster and London, the British furniture manufacturer established around 1730. For nearly two centuries, Gillows’ exquisite craftsmanship was greatly respected throughout England and all of the greater British Empire.

Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers is Northern Ohio’s leading licensed auctioneers and appraisers of fine art, jewelry, antiques, decorative arts, rare books, and antique rugs. A boutique auction house with three decades of experience in the art business, the experts at Gray’s now offer traditional real estate services. The specialists at Gray’s have worked with museums, educational institutions, corporations and private collectors to achieve the full value of their collections at auction. Gray’s auctioneers are licensed, insured and bonded in favor of the State of Ohio. To learn more, visit www.graysauctioneers.com

Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about selling a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (216) 226-3300; or, you can send an e-mail to their appraisals department, at appraisals@graysauctioneers.com.

To learn more about Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers and the live and internet auction planned for Wednesday, January 16th, at 11 am EST, visit www.graysauctioneers.com. Updates are posted often.

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Serena Harragin
Gray's Auctioneers & Appraisers
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Movie posters, vintage lunchboxes, cap guns, original toy artwork at Bruneau & Co's Vintage Pop Culture Auction, Jan. 12

1965 Aladdin The Beatles metal lunchbox with thermos and instruction sheet (est. $1,000-$2,000).

1967 American Thermos Lost in Space metal dome-top lunchbox with matching thermos (est. $600-$900).

Roy Rogers official holster and cap gun outfit by Classy Products, Inc, (est. $400-$600).

Original concept and production toy painting by Dexter Liu of LCD International, for Dr. Seuss inflatable toys (est. $400-$600).

Original concept and production toy painting by Dexter Liu of LCD International, for the Coleco Sectaurs Waspyx character and action figure (est. $400-$600).

The auction, bursting with over 300 lots, is scheduled for Saturday, January 12th, online and in Bruneau & Co.'s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, R.I.

I don’t think you could ask for a cooler collection of items. Whether you were a child of the 1940s or a child of the 1980s, there is definitely something for you in this great auction.”

— Kevin Bruneau

CRANSTON, RI, UNITED STATES, January 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — CRANSTON, R.I. – A Vintage Pop Culture Auction bursting with more than 300 lots of movie posters, vintage lunchboxes, cap guns, original toy artwork and more is scheduled for Saturday, January 12th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the firm’s gallery located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, starting at 12 noon Eastern, with a 150-lot, in-house-only pre-sale at 10 am.

The first portion of the catalog will offer 169 lots of movie posters, featuring a selection of original Star Wars (1977), Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi posters; original Toho American release Gammera the Invincible and Mothra one-sheets; plus posters from Halloween (1978), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Rocky (1977); Jaws (1975); Godzilla and many others.

The second portion of the catalog will feature the lunchbox and toy collection of a Rhode Island gentleman, highlighted by 30 original concept and production toy paintings by designer Dexter Liu of LCD International of Newport, R.I. Original art offerings will include Coleco Sectaurs production art, unreleased Coleco Dungeons & Dragons artwork and Coleco Dr. Seuss artwork.

The 84 lunchboxes will be led by a 1967 American Thermos Lost in Space metal dome-top lunchbox (est. $600-$900); a 1965 Aladdin The Beatles metal lunchbox with thermos instruction sheet, original Aladdin sticker and original owner sticker (est. $1,000-$2,000); a 1968 Aladdin Star Trek metal dome-top lunchbox (est. $500-$800); and a 1966 Aladdin Hogan’s Heroes metal dome-top lunchbox (est. $500-$800). All come with matching metal and plastic thermos bottles.

The auction will conclude with 37 lots of antique and vintage cap guns, including Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Robertson holster sets from manufacturers such as Hubley, Kilgore, Nichols and Mattel. “I don’t think you could ask for a cooler collection of items,” said Bruneau & Co. president and auctioneer Kevin Bruneau. “Whether you were a child of the 1940s or a child of the 1980s, there is definitely something for you in this great auction.”

Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Director of Pop Culture and auctioneer, added, “It’s good to have a change of pace from the traditional Star Wars or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys. It’s not every day you handle near-new old stock cap guns and rare, vintage lunchboxes.”

The 30 original concept and production toy paintings by Dexter Liu of LCD International will include watercolors on paper laid on cardboard for Dr. Seuss inflatable toys, to include The Cat in the Hat, Horton and a Sneetch, overall 11 ½ inches by 14 ½ inches; and the Coleco Sectaurs Waspyx character and action figure, 17 inches by 14 inches (both are estimated at $400-$600).

Mid-20th century toy guns are sure to generate nostalgia in the crowd. Examples will include:

• Kilgore Long Tom six-shooter cast iron cap gun pistol, mint in the original box. The gun measures 10 ¼ inches long and is in working condition. In fact, it appears to be virtually unused. The box shows very little wear. Overall a beautiful package (est. $400-$600).
• Roy Rogers official holster and cap gun outfit by Classy Products, Inc. The double black and tan tooled leather holster outfit includes two cap guns with faux ivory grips and 15 bullets (one is missing). The gun is 9 inches long and appears unused (est. $400-$600).
• H. A. Henry, Ltd. 400 Wagon Scout 5-in-1 combination rifle, converts into a cap gun, cap pistol with long barrel, carbine, rifle without sight and complete rifle. All six bullets are present. Rifle is 30 inches long; pistol is based on a .44 Magnum design (est. $80-$120).

Doors will open on auction day right at 8 am Eastern time. Online bidding will be facilitated by bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com, LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com, or by downloading the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. Previews will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, and Friday, Jan. 11, from 9-5. The auction will begin promptly at 12 noon. All times Eastern.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the January 12th Vintage Pop Culture Auction, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently. To contact the company via e-mail, use info@bruneauandco.com. Or, you can phone them at (401) 533-9980.

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Travis Landry
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
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Bernie Madoff playing Stockbroker video game in prison

Bernie Madoff serving 150 years in prison for running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

Wall Street legend who ran the largest financial fraud in US history

Madoff is now 79 years old.

The ponzi criminal is reportedly up to his
old tricks, this time in a fictitious video
game stock market.

Bernie Madoff seemed to
enjoy special celebrity status”

— Ralph Griffith

NEW YORK, NY, USA, January 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — It's been widely reported that Bernie Madoff has been enjoying "special celebrity" status in prison, including freedom to wander the halls beyond the allotted 15 minutes daily. According to fellow inmate Ralph Griffith, Madoff was able to select his own cellmate, ("Bulldog," a Mexican drug runner from Texas).

Now according to Wall Street Insider, it seems Madoff's privileges continue with recent reports of Bernie playing a new Stockbroker video game called "Comish – The Stockbroker Sim!" on iPhone.

It is not clear how he gains access to the iPhone and what other iPhone related activities he may wallowing in, but apparently he has advanced quite quickly in "Comish" and has unlocked most of the luxury items in the game.

"Comish" is free to play on App Stores so that may explain a little of how he might have access, (A
paid game would require a credit card or passwords which would be highly unlikely for him to have).

This virtual stock trading game "Comish" has global leaderboard of players competing to see who is the 'Biggest Broker on Wall Street'. Unfortunately we still do not know Madoff's gamer name but if we find out it would certainly be fun to see if we could beat him at his own game!

Chad Marrigan
Opposite Lock Entertainment LLC
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