Art On The Block @ MBA Auctions

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.

Helmi Juvonen (1903-1985 WA) 9-Part Northwest Totem Drawings Colored Pencil/Paper 20''x15'' Each Sheet. Early collection of drawings including one of the full totem and then eight sectioned drawings of the full totem.

Helmi Juvonen (1903-1985 WA) 9-Part Northwest Totem Drawings Colored Pencil/Paper 20”x15” Each Sheet. Early collection of drawings including one of the full totem and then eight sectioned drawings of the full totem.

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.

Asahel Curtis Lower Snoqualmie Falls Sepia Tone Photograph 24''x19'' Image. In original frame with title plate.

Asahel Curtis Lower Snoqualmie Falls Sepia Tone Photograph 24”x19” Image. In original frame with title plate.

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.

Richard Gilkey (1925-1997 WA) ''Owl'' 1962 Mixed Media/Paper 9''x6'' Image. Early Foster/White Gallery label on verso.

Richard Gilkey (1925-1997 WA) ”Owl” 1962 Mixed Media/Paper 9”x6” Image. Early Foster/White Gallery label on verso.

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.

Philip McCracken (b.1928 WA) ''Heron'' 1977 Maquette Bronze Sculpture on Pedestal 18.75''x6''x6''. This maquette is for a public commission that stands in front of the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham. The piece is pictured in the book Iridescent Light on page 278 when it was in McCracken's home. From the estate of Pat Fleeson.

Philip McCracken (b.1928 WA) ”Heron” 1977 Maquette Bronze Sculpture on Pedestal 18.75”x6”x6”. This maquette is for a public commission that stands in front of the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham. The piece is pictured in the book Iridescent Light on page 278 when it was in McCracken’s home. From the estate of Pat Fleeson.

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.

Dale Chihuly (b.1941 WA) Cinnamon Macchia 2001 Studio Glass Bowl 7.75''x7''x6.75''. Signed on side and initialed ''PP 01'' for Portland Press Edition. Comes in original Plexiglas case.

Dale Chihuly (b.1941 WA) Cinnamon Macchia 2001 Studio Glass Bowl 7.75”x7”x6.75”. Signed on side and initialed ”PP 01” for Portland Press Edition. Comes in original Plexiglas case.

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.

Ren Wicks (1911-1988 CA) ''Anna Held'' Illustration for Harold's Club Casino 1969 Calendar Mixed Media/Board 24''x26.5''. Staining on bottom portion. In need of restoration.

Ren Wicks (1911-1988 CA) ”Anna Held” Illustration for Harold’s Club Casino 1969 Calendar Mixed Media/Board 24”x26.5”. Staining on bottom portion. In need of restoration.

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:

http://pinterest.com/dandysme/mba-auction-april-2013/

The full catalogue can be found here:

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/39556_american-european-asian-fine-art-and-antiques/page1

And for more information, please visit the MBA website here:

http://mbaauction.com/

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