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Walter Launt Palmer (American, 1854-1932)
Walter Launt Palmer (American, 1854-1932)WINTER TWILIGHTSigned lower left ""W.L. Palmer""Signed and inscribed indistinctly in pencil on the stretcherOil on canvas 35 x 25 in. Keno Auctions
Hans Christensen (Danish, 1924-1983), Eye Pin, Crunch Earrings, Eye
Hans Christensen (Danish, 1924-1983) Eye pin, two Crunch earrings, an Eye Crunch pin, a Leaf pin, a Two Fish pin, a Ring, an Oval pin, and an Atom pin. Sterling silver .4, .3, .3, .5, .5, .6, .3, .5, .1 troy oz. (8 pieces) Other Notes: Please click to view Innovation Hall of Fame inductee Hans Christensen video It is an honor for Keno Auctions to offer this collection of exciting and rare silver from the Estate of Elisabeth Christensen, wife of Master Silversmith Hans Christensen (1924-1983) Museums and collectors have known of Hans Christensen's personal collection for decades in hope that they might procure one or two representative pieces. Many of the pieces in the sale have been lent by Mr. and Mrs. Christensen to exhibitions over the decades. The extensive files on the collection which have been sent us by the family document these requests. This sale represents the complete collection of silver in the Estate. Each example is unique and many are the prototypes for presentation pieces. The objects in this auction (lots 112-154) span his full career. The pieces range from his first major piece - the teapot and warmer (lot 122) - created when he was 20 year's old as his journeyman's piece at Georg Jensen in 1944 - to the silver and brass stabiles that he became well known for in the 1970's and early 1980's. The Master craftsman Hans Christensen was a major force in handcrafted silver design in America in the second half of the 20th century. This sale represents a unique opportunity to acquire an example of his work. -Leigh Keno Hans Christensen was undoubtedly one of the most skilled and accomplished silversmiths who uniquely shaped the craft in America during the 20th century. Participating in multiple shows and exhibitions, Christensen also created an extensive body of work for private clients while simultaneously building a career as a respected and loved professor. He was a member of the Guldsmedehoikoleforeningen, Copenhagen, a Fellow in the Institute of Arts and Letters in Switzerland, a Fellow of the American Crafts Council, a Member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and a member of the Nathaniel Rochester Society. His work is in the permanent collections of presidents, individuals, institutions, and the royal families of England, Denmark, Iran, and Sweden. His work was exhibited in shops and museums in Switzerland, Spain, England, Germany, Poland, the United States, Denmark, Sweden, and France. Born in Copenhagen in 1924, Christensen became a silversmith at his father's urging; the elder Christensen recognized that his son could pursue his passion for the arts in a highly lucrative industry vital to the contemporary Danish economy. Christensen's career began auspiciously at the most prestigious and successful Danish silversmithy, Georg Jensen, where his work was distinguished from the start. In 1944, when he was 20 years old and had spent about 5 years as an apprentice, Christensen completed a tea pot and warmer ­­­­­­­for his "Journeyman's Piece," a serious test of Christensen's abilities as a silversmith. At the time, apprentice silversmiths who failed to pass the journeyman's examination and performance review were forbidden from working as silversmiths by Danish law. Not only did Christensen pass the examination, but he also received two Silver Medallions for this piece, one for design and one for execution, which were both presented to him personally by King Frederick IX of Denmark. The presentation of two medals to one person was exceedingly rare and had not occurred since the 19th century. (The tea pot and warmer, together with the two medals will be offered as lot 122). After completing his apprenticeship at Jensen, Christensen enrolled in the leading institutions of the industry. He matriculated at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts in 1949, the Technical Society for Advanced Silversmiths in 1951, and the School for Arts and Crafts in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. Upon finishing his studies, Christensen returned to Jensen. From 1952 to 1954, he was the lead silversmith and head of the prototype department, and was amongst the youngest department heads at the Jensen works. As part of his responsibilities for this position, he directed the silver smithing section at the S.A.C. in Copenhagen. During this second stint at Jensen, he collaborated personally with a number of Jensen designers, such as Jorgen Jensen (son of Georg), Sigvard Bernadotte (a member of the Swedish royal family), Arno Malinowski, Ole Bent Petersen, Magnus Stephenson (an award-winning architect), and Henning Koppel. Hans Christensen personally made the first of the famous Henning Koppel water pitchers, designated as "Number 992," which was introduced in 1952. The piece was undisputedly beautiful to behold at rest and a tribute to both the designer and the silver smith's perseverance, but Christensen knew it had shortcomings as well. Yet Christensen was unable to further design for the water pitcher until after the expiration of his contract with Jensen, which had previously prevented from him from designing silver in the States. Having worked in the prototype shop in the development of the pitcher, Christensen was well aware of the pitcher's intimate details, its contours, and its functional properties, and thus well-aware of what could be improved. The pitcher's handle was cold to the touch, and while it was graceful it could be somewhat uncomfortable in the server's hand when filled with 6-8 pounds of water; its contours needed to be changed. Most importantly to Christensen (and more frequently than anyone wanted to admit), ice as well as water would often spill out of the spout, creating an annoyance for the diner. Christensen resolved the former issue by simply adding a comfortable, rich, warm walnut handle. In order to solve the latter issue, Christensen needed to think scientifically - he reasoned that if ice were directed through the neck of the pitcher to a position higher and away from the spout, there would be no more unfortunate spills, and the price of ownership of the pitcher could be persevered. (Christensen's improved Water Pitcher completed from one sheet of silver in 1959 will be offered as Lot 114). In 1952, an exhibition of George Jensen silver was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Christensen, who made 80% of the designs in this show at Jensen's prototype shop, was sent to the museum to represent the company. It was at this exhibit that he was introduced to the American Crafts movement, and was urged by Amy Vanderbilt Webb to emigrate to the U.S. to teach at the School of Arts and Crafts in New York. After two years of letters from Ms. Webb, Senator Kenneth Keating of New York, and Harold Brennan, Director of the School of Arts and Crafts, Christensen moved to America in 1954. Though he was prevented from designing silver products outside of Jensen because of the conditions of his employment contract, the opportunities to designing automobiles and various consumer goods helped to persuade him. He also took a position at the School of Arts and Crafts in New York. Christensen's innovation continued after his move to the United States. In 1958, his sterling coffee service, including a coffee pot, creamer, and sugar bowl, stirred great controversy at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium, the same city where Georg Jensen was handsomely recognized in 1910. The coffee service features handles mounted on the top and side of the vessels, which was a completely new conceptual innovation at the time. Another noteworthy piece, the Eastman Kodak Bowl, was made by Christensen for the Eastman Kodak Company of Rochester, New York. When asked to create a special gift for retiring employees, he incorporated a representation of a camera lense, or eye, in the bowl's design. (The prototype for this bowl will be offered as lot 128).­­ In 1978, Byron White (under Hans Christensen's watchful eye) created "Spiral Form #1", and received top honors in the Statements in Sterling Design Competition, making it the first time in the 24 year history of the competition than an entry earned the unanimous decision of the jury. This work was later acquired on behalf of the largest collection of American Silver, the Garvin Collection at Yale University, and was the first acquisition representing contemporary design. Christensen also had the honor of the having two pieces in the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection, the second in 1978. Keno Auctions
Two Paintings of the Continental School, "The Death of Jezebel" and
Two Paintings of the Continental School THE DEATH OF JEZEBEL Italian School, 18th century Oil on canvas 51 1/2 x 70 in. TOGETHER WITH Continental School BATHING IN AN IDEAL LANDSCAPE Flemish, early18th century oil on cradled panel 24 1/4 x 34 1/4 inches Keno Auctions
Calligraphy Ink Sketch of American Eagle and A Friendship Book
Calligraphy Ink Sketch of American Eagle and A Friendship Book American, 19th century the Friendship Book includes watercolors, cut paper, and woven hair (2 pieces) Keno Auctions
Glazed Earthenware Pottery Recumbent Lion
American, 19th centuryEstimate: $800 - $1,200Collectors Joanne and Jeffrey Klein enjoy the eclectic mix of American folk art, painted furniture and modern sculpture and paintings. They love the juxtaposition of modern with traditional ranging from symbolism to widely varying textured painted and weathered surfaces. Their appreciation of form, color and texture is exhibited in their collection of exceptional painted furniture, weathervanes, redware pottery, hooked rugs and wood carvings. Keno Auctions
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