Simpson Galleries’ forthcoming sales on 9 and 10 February includes works by famous American, French, Greek and Flemish artists.

Columbus Circle by Guy Carleton Wiggins is one of the key highlights of the 9 February sale. An American impressionist artist born in Brooklyn, Wiggins was inspired by the city of New York, which he portrayed in many paintings, particularly during the winter, focusing on its snowy streets and skyscrapers. The work was made in 1936, the year in which Wiggins was elected to the National Academy of Design, and according to the auction house, it is possible that this was submitted for his candidacy to join the prestigious institution.

Georg (or Georgios) Jakobides was a Greek painter who spent most of his career in Munich, where he opened his own studio and founded a school for women in 1878, which operated until 1898. His main themes were scenes of everyday life, especially with children, interiors, still lifes and flowers. Knitting is an activity of the time that often recurs in his work, as evidenced by this oil on panel entitled Little Girl Knitting. On his return to Greece, he became famous in portraiture and became known as one of the best portraitists in the country. Upon his death in 1932, Jakobides left behind an impressive body of work that comprised nearly 200 paintings.

The oil on canvas Pink and Violet Mountains with Lake Front Houses is a landscape by the American artist Edgard Payne who, influenced by French Impressionism, travelled to Europe between 1922 to 1924 to paint and exhibit. Payne painted fishing boats in Brittany, the Alps in Switzerland, and Venetian landscapes. He received the Honourable Mention of the Paris Salon in 1923, and enjoyed a prolific career in his native country, depicting the Wild West, notably painting Native Americans on horseback and the mountainous landscapes of California.

In the decorative art category, Simpson Galleries has assembled a range of fine art and furniture, starting with this ebony and rosewood marquetry credenza attributed to Pottier & Stymus, a manufacturer of American furniture and design active during the Victorian period. Founded in New York by Frenchman Auguste Pottier and William P. Stymus in 1859, the company produces mainly Neo-Greek, Renaissance Revival, Egyptian Revival and Modern Gothic furniture.

These two figures, made according to the style of Valentino Panciera Besarel, are presumed to be from the second half of the nineteenth century. They were commissioned around 1883 by Zacharie Olympe Hériot, a former mayor of Essoyes, a French commune in northeastern France. Following the acquisition of Château de la Boissière (Yvelines), Hériot began work to completely rebuild the interior and decorations of the castle, and placed the order as part of the project. Valentino Panciera Besarel was a sculptor for architect Guiseppe Segusini and received several private commissions, so that in 1861 the Prince of Wales, the British Consulate, and the King of Italy were among his most prestigious clients.

This exceptional Art Deco clock is from famed French glassmaker René Lalique. The piece of frosted glass, entitled Two Figures, shows two girls dressed in draperies holding a garland of flowers around the dial engraved with Arabic numerals. They stand on a base in ‘cavet’ (a concave moulding whose profile is a quarter circle).

The catalogues of the two sales also include silverware, archaeological pieces, and some bottles of fine wines, including Petrus, Clos Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée.

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