At this point in our marketing of our January sale, many of our patrons are surprised to learn that nearly every painting in our January 24 Art Auction comes from one home. It is true, and the collection represents decades of collecting Indiana, American and European art.
One of the sale highlights, at least from our perspective, is the group of paintings by Brown County artist Varaldo Guiseppe (VJ) Cariani. Many times throughout the year, we will offer one or two large Cariani oils in our art auctions, but this collection has three large still life paintings, two large landscapes and two smaller landscapes, each well-presented and ready to hang.
Another favorite of our staff are the pair of William Aiken Walker (South Carolina 1838-1921) oils depicting cotton harvesting in the old South. While these paintings are unsigned, a letter of provenance from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, referencing Ellwood Parry as consultant who authenticated the paintings, is attached. Rarely are Walker’s paintings sold outside of the southeast United States, and these paintings represent a real opportunity to own a piece of Americana.
Also featured are three great paintings by George Ames Aldrich. Aldrich is claimed by Indiana as affiliated in this state, as he exhibited regularly in the Hoosier Salon in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and was involved heavily in the South Bend art scene in the 1920’s, but he was classically trained in Europe as early as the 1890’s, and then in the early 1900’s, attended Academies Julian and Colarossi, and later joined the Societe des Artistes Francais. We are pleased to offer three outstanding examples of Aldrich’s work in this auction.
The Verbles also appreciated and decorated their home with historic European paintings. Many 19th century oils graced the walls of their large, waterfront home. Some are historic paintings by artists with little or no biographical information, but several are by listed artists, featuring a Petrus Kremer (Antwerp, Belgium, 1801-1888) oil on canvas, 39 x 31, entitled “In Her Studio”, depicting acclaimed artist Maria Van Oosterwyck in 1660, painting in a studio setting, and presented in an ornate gold leaf frame .
In all, over 80 paintings from the Verble collection comprise this rare offering of such a pure, fresh-to-the-market group of art. Visitors to our gallery will also have the opportunity to preview our February auction, also comprised of the Verble collection, featuring period and period-style French furnishings, antique and semi-antique oriental rugs of high quality, a large collection of Dresden porcelain and a fantastic selection of period decorative accessories and decorative arts.