Mroczek Brothers Auctions is holding one of their fine art & antiques auctions today, that is if you are reading this on Thursday April 18th. MBA usually has an auction of this variety every 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on the strength of the works consigned with the auction house. I’ve been keeping up with their auctions for over a year now and am usually impressed with the offerings at these event sales.
So, what’s on sale this time? Some fine choices from Northwest Mystic artists, a Chihuly, and classic photographs from the Curtis brothers, Edward S. and Asahel.
You might remember Scott Lawrimore’s first offering as curator at The Frye in which he brought out a collection of Helmi Juvonen‘s sweet love letters and homages to her fellow Northwest Mystic artists. MBA has been working its way through a consigned portfolio, and there are a few offerings from Helmi in this sale. One particular lot is a collection of 9 drawings, forming a study of a totem pole. This lot has an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000.
If you’ve studied photography, native culture, or the history of Northwest art, then you no doubt are aware of Edward S Curtis. The renowned photographer made it his life’s work to document the Native American through photographs. Both a creator of beautiful images as well as a chronicler of history, Curtis’ prints are highly prized today. His lesser known brother, Asahel specialized in landscape photography and spent his lifetime on hiking trails around the Pacific Northwest, there are even trails named after him to this day.
A cute little mixed media piece by painter Richard Gilkey is certainly a find. Originally purchased at Foster/White, or at least resold through the gallery at some point in time, this is a peak into Gilkey’s work, a nice addition to any collection with one of his larger textural paintings. This little owl has a $300-$600 estimate.
Sculptor Philip McCracken was at one time big on public art, and you can find 2 of his works in our downtown business district. Hint: one is concrete and the other bronze, both are birds. This heron statue is a maquette for one of his public works up in Bellingham, which you can visit today at The Whatcom County Museum. The sculpture has a $4,000-$8,000 estimate.
And for glass lovers, there are 2 Chihulys in this sale. Chihuly’s prices are sky high, but at auction they are comparatively reasonable. This macchia has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.
And if you need something just a bit more illustrated, then there is an original artwork by renowned pin-up artist Ren Wicks. Wicks’ work graced the pages of Esquire, Redbook, Saturday Evening Post, and Coronet. If you’re going to have pin-ups, you might as well have unique works of the vintage variety.
There are around 300 items in the auction, so feel free to peruse the online catalogue or stop in for a preview. The auction house has preview hours from noon until 6, at which time the auction starts. You can also bid online or by absentee if anything catches your fancy. I’ve made a Pinterest board of my picks, check it out here:
The full catalogue can be found here:
And for more information, please visit the MBA website here: