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February Fine Estates Auction

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 6 p.m.
710 Main Street South, Middle Quarter Plaza, Woodbury, CT
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Featured is an important group of signed Betty Woodman ceramics with a most interesting provenance. The works, comprising a fish platter and an eleven- piece ceramic wall collage sculpture, were designed by Betty Woodman in collaboration with the late Thomas N. Armstrong III, a former director of The Whitney Museum in New York and a close personal friend of the artist; and delivered by Ms. Woodman in 1986 as part of an installation she created in the master bathroom of Hoover Hall, the Armstrong’s colonial revival estate on Fisher’s Island, NY. That house was destroyed by fire in 1990 and subsequently replaced by a striking modernist glass house designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners. Apparently three of the original components were lost in the fire, but the integrated sculptural group is illustrated on page 220 in Armstrong’s book: A Singular Vision (Quantuck Lane Press, NY. 1991), which documents the history of and collections within Hoover Hall and its modernist successor, Hooverness.

These colorful organic pieces which were specially designed by and acquired directly from the artist, were rescued from the conflagration and kept by the family, but now are available for competition among discerning collectors of 20th century decorative arts. The platter is lot #54 (click for details) in the auction with a pre-sale estimate of $1000-1500, and the collage wall sculpture is lot #145 (click for details) carrying a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-15,000.

The auction begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 27th. Absentee and phone bidding are offered directly through Schwenke Auctioneers. Live and absentee bidding is also available on the Hibid, Invaluable and Live Auctioneers platforms. Please visit or call (203) 266-0323 for more information.

Preview Dates

Sunday, February 24th, 11am - 4pm
Monday, February 25th, 10am - 5pm
Tuesday, February 26th, 10am - 5pm
Wednesday, February 27th, 10am - 4pm
Preview is also available at other times by appointment. The gallery will close at 4:00 pm on auction day.