THE LEO LERMAN & GRAY FOY COLLECTION


 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10am

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DOYLE NEW YORK'S AUCTION OF THE LEO LERMAN & GRAY FOY COLLECTION SURPASSES PRE-SALE ESTIMATE

September 24, 2013 Auction Comprised the Extensive Collection Assembled by Famed Author and Conde Nast Editor Leo Lerman and Artist Gray Foy

Sale Totaled $831,519 Against a Pre-Sale Estimate of $413,600-630,600

1833 Watercolor Depicting a Bear in the Forest by German Artist Aloys Zotl Fetches $125,000


Doyle New York was honored to auction the Leo Lerman & Gray Foy Collection on September 24, 2013. This important auction comprised the extensive collection assembled by famed author and Conde Nast editor Leo Lerman (1914-1994) and artist Gray Foy (1922-2012).  Included were over 650 lots of furniture, decorative arts, paintings, books, photographs and ephemera collected over more than fifty years for their home in the historic Osborne near Carnegie Hall. It was in those elaborately decorated rooms that the pair regularly hosted lively -- and now legendary -- soirees for their myriad friends, including Marlene Dietrich, Maria Callas, Truman Capote and many others.

With international competitive bidding, the sale totaled $831,519, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $413,600-630,600, with an exceptional 98% sold by lot and 94% by value.

PAINTINGS
The top lot of the day was an 1833 watercolor titled Bear in the Forest by Aloys Zotl (German, 1803-1897) that soared past its estimate of $15,000-25,000 to achieve a stunning $125,000. Other paintings in the collection featured a view of Raspberries on the Forest Interior Floor by William Mason Brown (American, 1828-1898) that sold for $12,500. By Pavel Tchelitchew (Russian, 1898-1957) was a gouache Portrait of Alice Astor Pleydell-Bouverie that fetched $10,000. Dated 1881 was a work titled The Bear Discussion by William Holbrook Beard (American, 1824-1900) that sold for $10,000.

LAMPS
The array of colorful leaded glass lamps in the collection featured a circa 1910 bronze and leaded glass Red Poppies floor lamp by Duffner & Kimberly that sold for $68,750, exceeding its estimate of $40,000-60,000. Representing John Morgan & Sons  was a circa 1905 patinated-spelter and enameled leaded glass Pansy lamp that surpassed its estimate of $8,000-12,000 and fetched $15,000. From Tiffany Studios was an early 20th century bronze and favrile glass Linenfold counter balance desk lamp that achieved $6,875 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography in the collection featured Irving Penn’s (1917-2009) Fish, New York, circa 1939, which achieved $12,500. A platinum-palladium print flush-mounted on aluminum and printed in 1983, it was inscribed by Penn to Leo Lerman.

VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS
The Lerman and Foy Collection contained numerous Neapolitan School gouache depictions of volcanic eruptions, mostly of Mount Vesuvius, which performed strongly in the auction. A 20th century example titled L'Eruzione del Vesuvio del 1822 achieved $10,000, far surpassing its estimate of $300-500. Another 20th century depiction tilted The Volcano's Path exceeded its estimate of $400-600, fetching $8,750. Swatch for Mount Vesuvius Studies, a 20th century work that was a composite of differing views of Vesuvius sold for $7,500, many times its estimate of $800-1,200. Dating to the mid-19th century was a pair of Victorian papier mache fire screens with painted and mother-of-pearl inset panels depicting erupting volcanoes that sold for $6,875, well over the estimate of $2,000-4,000.

DECORATIVE ARTS
The Lerman and Foy Collection was particularly rich in collections of decorative arts representing a number of collecting categories. Among these were Majolica, treenware, porcelain plates and tea services, glass, faux bamboo, shell art and valentines, desk accessories, wax centerpieces, horn, paperweights, silver boxes and other articles, and Staffordshire figures.

Highlighting the decorative arts was an unusual 19th century German carved wood owl-form tobacco jar that soared past its estimate of $2,000-3,000, selling for $9,375. A companion pair of circa 1872 Minton Majolica vases, Model 1692, designed as a bamboo stalk with playful monkeys achieved $4,688, well over the estimate of $1,200-1,800. An unusual late 19th century wool and cloth composition figure of Father Christmas, probably German, height 25 inches, estimated at $500-700, sold for $3,750. A late 19th century Continental carved wood figural group of cattle on a rock carved base, height 22 inches, width 30 inches, sold for $3,750, several times its estimate of $800-1,200. A late 19th century Victorian wax floral arrangement under a glass dome, height 21 inches, fetched $3,125, far surpassing its estimate of $300-500. 

FURNITURE
Highlighting the furniture in the collection was an early 20th century Continental Art Nouveau marquetry inlaid fruitwood and brass fold-over card table that sold for $8,125, many times its estimate of $1,500-2,000. A pair of large circa 1870 American Renaissance Revival walnut bookcase cabinets achieved $5,313, more than doubling the estimate of $1,500-2,500. A set of eight 19th century Dutch Rococo Revival carved oak dining chairs estimated at $1,200-1,800 fetched $4,375. Among the Black Forest objects was a late 19th century carved oak hall stand in the form of two bears climbing a tree that sold for $4,375 against an estimate of $2,000-3,000. Rustic Branch furniture performed strongly during the sale, including a pair of 19th century armchairs estimated at $1,000-2,000 that fetched $3,750.

All prices include the Buyer’s Premium.
 

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Lot 636
Aloys Zotl
German, 1803-1897
Bear in the Forest, 1833
Signed Aloys Zotl and dated pinxit um 22 Oktober. 1833. (lr); inscribed Laugethiere Tab. and inscribed extensively in German along the lower register
Ink and watercolor on paper
Image 11 x 14 inches; sheet 15 3/8 x 17 3/4 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $125,000
Lot 644
Duffner & Kimberly Bronze and Leaded Glass Red Poppies Floor Lamp
Circa 1910
The domical shade with an irregular border, decorated with large poppy blossoms in various stages of bloom, in semi-opaque mottled red, lavender, purple, apricot and white colored glass, further decorated with striated green leaves and stems, supported by a tapering foliate decorated standard, ending in a domed circular base on bulbous feet, pierced metal cap and bulbous finial, unsigned. Height 6 feet, diameter of shade 28 inches.
See Paul Crist, Mosaic Shades, Volume II, p. 226, for an illustration of this rare model.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $68,750
Lot 507
John Morgan & Sons Patinated-Spelter and Enameled Leaded Glass Pansy Lamp
Circa 1905
The domed shade with an irregular rim, decorated with pink, red, blue, green and yellow pansies with striated green leaves against an opaque white ground, supported by a naturalistic tapering tree-form standard, flanked by attenuated tendrils, continuing to a domed circular base, unsigned. Height 23 1/4 inches, diameter of shade 17 1/2 inches.
See Paul Crist, Mosaic Shades, Volume II, p.110, for an illustration of this rare model.
James D. Julia, in Fairfield, Maine, sold an identical model of this lamp in their Important Lamp & Glass auction, Day II, November 20, 2009, Lot 2373.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $15,000
Lot 479
PENN, IRVING (1917-2009)
Fish, New York
, circa 1939. Platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed 1983, sheet 16 x 24 inches (417 x 610 mm) the reverse of the flush mount signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered 1/40 and '2937', inscribed by Penn to Leo Lerman "for LEO/Happy Birthday/I." together with a heart and "70", (in ink), copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps. Some minor soiling and wear to outer edge of image and verso.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $12,500
Lot 125
William Mason Brown
American, 1828-1898
Raspberries on the Forest Interior Floor
Signed with conjoined first initials WMBrown (lr)
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
A Brooklyn resident for many years, William Mason Brown focused on landscape painting early in his career, but turned to still life compositions after 1869. This lovely example depicts raspberries, a subject that appears regularly in the artist's oeuvre.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $12,500
Lot 625
Pavel Tchelitchew
Russian, 1898-1957
Portrait of Alice Astor Pleydell-Bouverie
Inscribed 82 Drawing Sketches for Portrait on the verso
Gouache on paper
19 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $10,000
Lot 629
William Holbrook Beard
American, 1824-1900
The Bear Discussion, 1881
Signed with artist's monogram WHB and dated 1881 (ll)
Oil on canvas
15 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $10,000
Lot 8
Neapolitan School
20th Century
L'Eruzione del Vesuvio del 1822
Inscribed as titled (lc)
Gouache on paper
Sight 19 x 19 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $10,000
Lot 1
German Carved Wood Owl-Form Tobacco Jar
19th Century
Perched on a rocky outcrop. Height 20 1/4 inches.
Provenance:
Doyle New York.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $9,375
Lot 51
Neapolitan School
20th Century
The Volcano's Path
Gouache on paper
Sight 17 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $8,750
Lot 71
Continental Art Nouveau Marquetry Inlaid Fruitwood and Brass Fold-Over Card Table
Early 20th century
The rectangular top with stylized flowers and leaves and a baize-lined playing surface, raised on canted molded legs mounted with brass vine-form brackets. Height 30 inches, width 35 1/2 inches, depth 16 1/2 inches.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $8,125
Lot 593
Circle of Johann (Jan) Christian Vollerdt
An Anthropomorphic Landscape Forming the Profile of a Man's Head, Circa 1760
Oil on canvas
15 x 19 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $7,500
Lot 6
Neapolitan School
20th Century
Swatch for Mount Vesuvius Studies
Gouache on paper
13 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
This unusual gouache was the swatch used by the artist to allow his patrons to select which eruption they would like painted of Mount Vesuvius.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $7,500
Lot 286
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Favrile Glass Linenfold Counter Balance Desk Lamp
Early 20th century
With an adjustable mount ending in a green glass shade with paneled sides, supported by a gooseneck standard, continuing to a domed circular base, shade stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1910 PAT. APPL'D FOR, base stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 415. Height 14 3/4 inches, height of shade 4 1/2 inches, diameter of shade 6 1/2 inches.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $6,875
Lot 48
Pair of Victorian Papier Mache Fire Screens
Mid 19th century
Each circular painted and mother-of-pearl inset panel depicting erupting volcanoes, raised on a cylindrical standard continuing to a domed base. Height 58 3/4 inches, diameter 15 1/2 inches.
Provenance:
Niall Smith, New York.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $6,875
Lot 557
Daniel Albert Veresmith
American, 1861-1932
The Doll Shop, 1917
Signed D. A. Veresmith and dated 1917 (ll)
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $5,938
Lot 107
French Art Nouveau Walnut Dining Table
Louis Majorelle, circa 1906, 'Modele Chicoree'
With six associated leaves, the oblong top with a molded edge, above molded legs with stylized foliate decoration. Height 27 1/2 inches, width closed 5 feet 2 inches, width extended 14 feet 11 inches, depth 51 inches.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $5,938
Lot 37
Neapolitan School
20th Century
Mount Vesuvius Erupting
Gouache on paper
Sight 16 1/2 x 34 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $5,938
Lot 502
Pair of American Renaissance Revival Walnut Bookcase Cabinets
Circa 1870
Each in two parts, with two glazed doors over two paneled doors, raised on a plinth. Height 8 feet 5 1/2 inches, width 53 inches, depth 19 1/2 inches.


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $5,313
Lot 50
Neapolitan School
20th Century
Eruz. Del 1794 and Monte Etna: Two
Each inscribed as titled (lc)
Each gouache on paper
Sight 8 x 11 inches and sight 13 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches, respectively


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $5,000
Lot 397
Eugene Berman
American/Russian, 1899-1972
Rigoletto, Act I-III (Jesters)
Signed with artist's initials E.B. (c), inscribed Rigoletto (lc) and inscribed Act I-III (uc)
Ink and watercolor on paper
10 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches


C The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
Sold For $5,000