Max Kuehne Furniture and Fine Art to Feature at Kaminski's June 20th Saturday Estate Auction

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Max Kuehne furniture, art by French artist Georges d'Espagnat, American artists Anthony Thieme, and Reynolds Beal as well as works by Russian artist David Burliuk, Dutch artists Anton Karssen and Niek van der Plas and two Alexander Calder wall tapestries to feature at Kaminski Auctions Saturday, June 20th sale.

Max Kuehne library table

Saturday, June 20th, Kaminski Auctions features an important piece of furniture by artist and craftsman Max Kuehne. Born in Halle, Germany; he immigrated to this country in 1890. He settled in Flushing, New York and began his formal art training at the New York School of Art where he studied under William Merritt Chase and Kenneth Hayes Miller.

Kuehne first visited Cape Ann in 1912 and painted “plein air” scenes of Gloucester harbor. His works depicted the busy Gloucester waterfront and his style has been described “as a combination of “ Impressionism and Realism.”

After traveling in Europe for inspiration, he returned to Rockport, Massachusetts on Cape Ann, which later became his regular summer residence. An accomplished artist, Kuehne was also an expert woodcarver and craftsman.

Hard hit during the Depression years he turned to his woodworking making decorative screens, tables, and picture frames incised with gold and silver leaf and stunning glazes on gessoed surfaces. His furniture creations are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester.

Kaminski’s lot 6114 is an exquisite Max Kuehne handcrafted library table with a gold leaf flowered surface and signed on the lower center top surface by the artist. It is conservatively valued at $3,000-$5,000.

Fine art in the sale includes a work by the French artist Georges d'Espagnat (French 1870–1950), titled "Woman on Red Sofa", oil on canvas, initialed "GDE.” It was purchased originally from "Christie's London: Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Watercolors, and Sculpture", Nov. 1994, as Lot #282 and is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Other artists represented in the sale include American artists Anthony Thieme, and Reynolds Beal as well as works by Russian artist David Burliuk, Dutch artists Anton Karssen and Niek van der Plas. There are also two Alexander Calder wall tapestries.

Jewelry offerings include a pair of 18K yellow gold earrings, with cabochon sapphires, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, valued at $3,000-$6,000, and a signed Russian Fabregé silver and 14 carat gold enameled cigarette case with diamonds and sapphires valued at $2,200-$2,500.

Decorative items include a collection of Russian icons, a 19th century marble bust, and a pair of Chinese Gu vases. Rounding out the top lots in the sale is a selection of antique and semi antique Persian rugs including a Keshan, Sarouk and Heriz.

Preview for this exciting sale will be held Wednesday-Friday, June 17th-19th 10:00am-5:00pm and at 8:00am day of sale at the Kaminksi Auction gallery at 117 Elliott Street, RT. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information go to and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

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