Norman Rockwell’s painting of a small-town newsroom is being sold at Christie’s Nov. 19 American Art Auction in New York with the proceeds from the sale to benefit The National Press Club in Washington and its affiliate the National Press Journalism Institute. The estimate is $10 million-$15 million.
The painting, “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor,” which appeared in the May 25, 1946, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, was given by Rockwell (1894-1978) in the early 1960s to the National Press Club, which later transferred it to the Journalism Institute, the club’s nonprofit arm that provides training and scholarships for journalists. It has been on loan at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge for most of the past six years, and was returned early this year to the Press Club
The large-scale 23-by-63-inch painting depicts a scene at the Monroe County Appeal, which was founded in 1867 in Paris, Mo. Pictured are the editor seated at his typewriter, with seven others in the room and Rockwell coming through the door with a portfolio under his arm.
Other top paintings in the sale include “Juniper Terrace, Yellowstone” ($4.5 million-$5.5 million) by the British-American artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926), “The Croquet Game” ($4 million-$6 million) by the Indiana-born Impressionist William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), “The Dock” ($1.5 million-$2.5 million) by the Ohio-born Realist painter George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925), and “Ghost Stories” ($1.5 million-$2.5 million) by Canton, N.Y., native Frederic Remington (1861-1909).
In addition to its live sale, Christie’s is holding an online auction of illustration art, “America Illustrated: Norman Rockwell and His Contemporaries,” with estimates from $400 to $100,000. Bidding ends Nov. 24.
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A new event, the Boston Home Décor Show, is being launched this week by Fusco & Four at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts with a gala preview Nov. 19 to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The show will run through Nov. 22.
It replaces the Ellis Boston Antiques Show, produced by Fusco & Four from 2011 to 2014, and that took its name from the Ellis Antiques Show that ran for 49 years from 1960 to 2008 and the Boston Antiques Show that ran for 21 years.
The new show, which includes antique, modern, and contemporary home furnishings, fine art, decorative arts, and home decor, “is designed to capture the evolution of the collecting and design market,” said Tony Fusco. “The way people collect and how they furnish their homes has dramatically changed.”
The trend to downsizing, the emergence of younger collectors interested in acquiring works of their own generation, and the appeal of interior design that embraces both old and new, all of this called for a new kind of show, he said.
Tickets for the gala preview are $250 for the VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. and $125 at 6:30 p.m. for the gala.They can be purchased at www.diffaboston.eventbrite.com.
The show continues through the weekend from 1-8 p.m. Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 21, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the special weekend programs.
Friday at 2 p.m. New York interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth, whose “Living Traditions: Interiors” (Monacelli Press) is in its second printing, will give a talk on designing comfortable, tireless rooms tailored to a client’s personality.
Saturday at 3 p.m. there will be a panel discussion on “Creating Your Dream Home” and Sunday at 2 p.m. “What They Don’t — or Won’t — Usually Tell You,” a panel discussion by interior designers on secret shortcuts, protected resources, and personal finds.
For information visit www.bostonhomedecorshow.com or call 617-363-0405.
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James D. Julia’s Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at its Fairfield, Maine, gallery offers a wide range of choices and prices from a Tiffany chandelier with a $160,000-$180,000 estimate to a 3½-inch Moser vase with a $200-$300 estimate.
The chandelier in the design of trellises and intertwining flowers known as October Night is expected to be the auction’s top seller, but there also are chandeliers with estimates as low as $3,500-$5,500 for a Steuben chandelier and $2,500-$4,500 for a Quezel chandelier.
The large number of Tiffany lamps ranges from a rare koi table lamp ($50,000-$100,000) to a counterbalance desk lamp ($600-$800). The table lamp, its cone-shaped shade decorated with koi (the Japanese word for freshwater carp) with mottled cream, salmon, and yellow glass bodies and blue eyes, was purchased by the consignor at a Japanese auction in 1991.
Topping the selection of lamps from other makers are a Pairpoint Puffy Apple Tree table lamp ($25,000-$35,000) and a 1927 Handel table lamp, its dome-shaped shade reverse-painted with exotic birds ($10,000-$15,000).
Highlighting the vast array of vases are a Webb 11¾-inch three-color cameo vase ($40,000-$60,000), a 7-inch Tiffany aquamarine paperweight vase ($40,000-$60,0000), an Alphonse-Georges Reyen cameo glass vase ($18,500-$22,500), a 14½-inch Galle marquetry iris vase ( $15,000-$25,000), and a Daum Nancy 15¾-inch cameo glass vase.
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A Provincetown collection including paint-decorated furniture by the late Provincetown artist Nancy Whorf and items from a Martha’s Vineyard estate are among the offerings at Eldred’s Americana, Paintings, and Maritime Art Auction Nov. 19 at 11 a.m., and Nov. 20 and 21 at 10 a.m. at its East Dennis gallery.
Whorf, who died in 2009 at 79, was born in Winthrop but spent nearly her entire life in Provincetown, where her father, the well-known watercolorist John Whorf (1903-59), was a member of the artists colony and where Nancy in her early teens began decorating furniture in the workshop of the folk artist Peter Hunt.
Later, after studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she opened her own shop in Wellfleet, where the colorful furniture she sold often had scenes of Provincetown. Furniture in the sale with Provincetown scenes include a bed headboard and an Empire-style chest, each with an $800-$1,200 estimate.
Among the items from the Martha’s Vineyard estate are an early-19th-century pine blanket chest with sponge-painted decoration ($2,500-$3,500), an 18th-century Delaware Valley five-splat armchair with rush seat, and an 18th-century Hudson Valley tavern table (each with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate).
The expected top sellers of the 1313-lot auction are a circa 1730 Litchfield County, Conn., Queen Anne cherry highboy ($35,000-$50,000) and “Yachts Sailing Off The Coast” ($30,000-$50,000), a 24-by-36-inch oil painting by the renowned British marine artist Montague Dawson (1890-1973).firstname.lastname@example.org.