Shared from the 4/23/2021 Antiques and The Arts Weekly eEdition

Fifth Session Of Senator Faxon’s Estate Collection Featured—

DuMouchelles To Offer Picasso, Renoir, Tiffany, Gallé & Newly Discovered Pewabic Pottery April 29-30


Pair of mold-blown cameo glass plum vases, Emile Galle (French, 1874-1936), circa 1925.


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) rare 1969 earthenware ceramic (Terre De Faience) pitcher, “Visage Aux Yeux Rieurs”


Edouard Cortes (French, 1882-1969), “Place de L’Opera,” oil on canvas.

DETROIT, MICH. — DuMouchelles’ April 29-30 sale features fine and decorative art from notable estates and collectors hailing from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Chicago, Ill., Grosse Pointe, Mich., and Hubbard Lake, Mich., among others. The auction also marks the fifth session of the collection from the estate of Michigan Senator Jack Faxon, an avid art collector and a champion for the arts that led to him create the Michigan Council for the Arts and serving on the board of the Harlem School of Arts. Faxon’s extensive collection of fine art, including rare pieces of African and Asian Art, has brought competitive bidding from around the globe and highly successful results. For example, his Al Held (American, 1928-2005) acrylic on canvas MO-T-6 (1971) hammered down at $148,800, while a Dogon, Mali African carved wood standing female figure yielded $20,320.

DuMouchelles’ April auctions feature a Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) rare 1969 earthenware ceramic (Terre De Faience) pitcher, “Visage Aux Yeux Rieurs” (A.R. 608). The Ohio owner of the Picasso told her children that it was a very valuable piece and when she passed away, she told them to “call DuMouchelles.”

A Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) lithograph on paper (height 20” inches, width 23 inches) titled “Le Chapeau Epingle” depicts a young woman pinning another’s hat and is from the estate of a prominent Bloomfield Hills collector. Other fine art by artists including Pablo Picasso, Edouard Cortes (French, 1882-1969), Constantin Kluge (French/Russian Federation, 1912-2003) and Pierre Bittar (French/American, b 1934) are also being offered for sale.

A Mary Chase Stratton (American, 1867-1961) Pewabic pottery iridescent “Station of The Cross, VI” from Marygrove College in Detroit is likely one of the prototypes shown to Charles Maginnis and Father Bernard A. McKenna as they selected the tiles and 14 Stations of the Cross installed in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The location of this work had been unknown until a curator of Marygrove College discovered it in a storage facility around 1960, where it remained until today.

A collection of art glass from a private Franklin, Mich., collector features Tiffany, Émile Gallé (French, 1874-1936), Daum (French, established 1878) and Lalique. Diamonds, emeralds and pearls, including a Belle Epoch diamond and emerald necklace from the early Twentieth Century from a Florida and Michigan private collector of fine jewelry, will be offered for sale.

The auctions also feature a wide selection of African Tribal Art from the collections of Martin and Sharon Scott, Clinton, Mich., and Senator Faxon; Asian Art, including watercolors, ink on paper, porcelain, glass and furniture; bronze sculptures and garden sculptures from a lakeside estate of a prominent Saint Clair Shores, Mich., industrialist; Midcentury Modern and period furniture; crystal by Baccarat, Waterford and Steuben; Herend, Wedgewood, Ginori, Royal Copenhagen and other porcelains; and Persian silk and wool rugs.

The sales will begin at 11 am EDT on both April 29 and 30. DuMouchelles Auction is at 409 East Jefferson Avenue. Absentee and phone bidding are available, with online bidding on DuMouchelles online platform, LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. For information, or 313-963-6255.

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