Landscape oil painting on canvas by Scottish-born abstract modernist William Gear (1915-1997), titled Landscape, May 50 (1950) (est. $ 10,000 – $ 20,000).
Auctioneers Bruneau & Cie

CRANSTON, RI – A landscape oil painting on canvas by Scottish-born Abstract Modernist William Gear (1915–1997), titled Landscape, May 50 (Landscape of May 1950), is the expected headliner of an auction sale of 436 lots of estates, antiques, works of art and decorative art scheduled for Saturday, November 25 by Bruneau & Co Auctioneers, in their Cranston gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue.

The auction will begin at 12 noon Eastern Time and will be preceded by a DiscoverIt Estates live-only auction (no online auction) starting at 10 a.m. The midday auction will feature furniture, artwork, sculpture, modern design, fine art pottery, Waterford crystal, Baccarat chandeliers and other light fixtures, beautiful rugs and Oriental rugs and unusual items from all over New England.

“This is an auction that will appeal to the modern art collector, with many different styles including pop art from Red Grooms and James Rizzi to Mexican muralists Francisco Zuniga and Manuel Herrera,” said Kevin Bruneau, president of the company and auctioneer. of the Bruneau & Cie auctioneers. “We see more and more of these works increasing in value. “

William Gear’s painting represents a fusion of abstract naturalistic forms in an earthly palette, against a gray background, and is housed in a 33 inch by 26 ½ inch frame. It is signed and dated in the lower right corner and on the reverse side and is a fine example of Gear’s work embodying his long and distinguished career. Bruneau & Co. gave it a pre-sale estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000.

The painting has a compelling history and provenance. In 1950 the same year Gear painted Landscape, May 50, he left Paris, where he lived, for New York, to participate in a joint exhibition with Jackson Pollock. It would be his one and only American exhibition. In the United States, he met his future wife, Deborah Chertok, and he gifted this painting to his sister.

“Sometimes the story can be just as interesting as the object itself,” said Travis Landry, specialist and auctioneer at Bruneau & Co., “and the provenance of William Gear’s painting is certainly this- There. For an artist who has exhibited only once in the US, and very briefly, it is very rare to find any of his work in the US This is an unusual offer, I’m sure collectors will appreciate.

Other artwork on sale will include a 23½-inch-high figurative bronze sculpture of a woman by the aforementioned Mexican muralist Francisco Zuniga (1912–1998), on a marble plinth (est. $ 2,000- $ 3,000 $); and a large oil on canvas (50 inches by 80 inches, framed) of Maritime Seascape of a Brigantine Ship at Sea by Wesley Elbridge Webber (Am., 1841-1914) (est. $ 8,000 – $ 12,000).

An impressionist port scene in oil on canvas by Rhode Island painter Frederick Usher DeVoll (1873-1941), depicting a ship in dry dock and workers, is expected to fetch $ 3,000 to $ 5,000, while another work of art – a General Motors circa 1935 A double-sided ovoid porcelain sign from United Motor Service showing a convertible convertible is expected to fetch $ 1,500 to $ 2,500.

A famille rose baluster shape vase from the famille rose Qing dynasty (Guangxu period, 1875-1908) of the famille rose, 17 ½ inches high, decorated with lotus flowers, warriors, elders and more, is expected to reach $ 2,000 to $ 3,000. Additionally, an Art Nouveau Secessionist table lamp in patinated bronze and Loetz art glass attributed to Gustav Gurschner (Germany / Austria, 1873-1970) is expected to fetch $ 2,500 to $ 3,500.

An ultra-fine weave silk Turkish rug of about 1850, measuring 6 feet 9 inches by 4 feet 10 inches, decorated with stylized flowers and tendrils against a dark blue central field, is estimated between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000; while a hand-woven 17th century woolen tapestry, most likely Flemish, measuring 8 feet 5 inches by 6 feet 2 inches, depicting a hunting dog and game birds, is expected to sell for between 2,000 and 3,000 dollars.

A pair of faceted golden goblets from the Russian Imperial Potemkin glassworks, made around 1780, will be sold in single lots. One is decorated with a barbaric scene of neoclassical figures, some on horseback, engaged in battle (est. $ 800- $ 1200). The other is decorated with three ovoid panels of individualized neoclassical women, separated by architectural elements (est. $ 600- $ 900).

Internet auctions will be available through,, and Offers by telephone and correspondence (left) will also be accepted. The previews will take place on Friday, November 24, from noon to 9 pm; and Saturday, November 25, the date of the auction, when doors open at 8 a.m. until the auction begins at noon Eastern Time.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the two-session auction on November 25, visit To contact Bruneau & Co. by email, use [email protected]


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