From Harlem to Cuba and Back Again With Black Rock Galleries' Fall Estates Auction

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A wide range of fine art, estate jewelry, antiques & more offered at Black Rock Galleries Important Fall Estates Auction includes never-before-offered Henry Stull, Chartrand, and Borein works among others.

Estimate: $20000.00 - $30000.00

Attributable To Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902 - 1982)

One piece I'm really excited about is 'Barcelona Harbor.' Although this piece is unsigned, it's arguably attributable to Wifredo Lam based upon the known provenance and other information provided by the estate. We anticipate a lot of interest in it....

Harlem's rich historic past meets Cuban art at Black Rock Galleries (BRG) during their Fall Estates Auction taking place on Sunday, November 8 at 1 p.m. BRG is pleased to offer this fine collection of fine art, estate jewelry, antiques, and decorative arts to the highest bidders. Many of the lots offered in this auction come from Harlem's historic Watt-Pinkney family including the estate of Beverley Lopez, great nephew of Archibald Watt and renowned artist in his own right. The Watt family farm and breeding stable was once the largest single property in Harlem and was one of the last to be developed.

Bidders may participate in the auction in person at BRG located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT. Alternatively, bidders may leave absentee bids, register for telephone bidding, or bid online through Absentee and telephone bidders must register before 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Auction previews take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit Black Rock Galleries for additional auction information.

“With this caliber of never before offered pieces of art held in private collections passed on through generations, including Henry Stull equestrian works and Esteban Chartrand paintings, collectors and art enthusiasts will be very excited to bid on these really incredible examples of fine and rare works," explains Grant Panarese, one of BRG's managing partners. "We anticipate a lot of interest in many of the lots being offered and expect to see some really intense bidding on some of these pieces!"

Auction highlights include:

  • Five magnificent Henry Stull (Canadian, 1851-1913) paintings commissioned by the Watt-Pinkney family who owned much of what is modern day Harlem. The family bred renowned thoroughbred horses including "Maid of Harlem," one of the featured pieces in the offerings
  • Three pristine Esteban Chartrand (Cuban/American, 1840-1884) oil on wood paintings depicting landscapes of Cuba -- all hailing from the estate of artist and descendant of the Watt-Pinkney family, Beverley Lopez
  • An amazing oil on canvas, measuring 32" by 39.5" attributable to Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) entitled, "Barcelona Harbor" from a private collection of television producer, Pedro Font
  • Stunning estate jewelry including a 3.93 carat diamond platinum-set engagement ring, a 2 carat marquis diamond ring, and a gold and diamond bracelet
  • Two military commission documents: A Pinkney appointment to First Lieutenant dated 1802, signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and countersigned by Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War and the other an appointment to Colonel for Ninian Pinkney dated 1821, signed by James Monroe as President along with a John Calhoun, Secretary of War countersignature
  • A detailed pen, ink, and dry brush sketch, "Dun Gone," by Edward Borein (American, 1873-1945) featuring a cowboy on a bucking horse
  • Two impressive Carl Kauba (Austrian, 1865-1992) cast native American bronze sculptures
  • A George III mahogany bookcase owned by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. at his Water Street New York City building and was acquired by the Lopez family around 1911.
  • A pair of Carlyle Hotel conference chairs used by John F. Kennedy on September 24, 1961 during his meeting with disarmament advisors, Arthur Dean, John McCloy, and Secretary of State, Dean Ruck.
  • A rare silk and stump work with oil paint highlights of the Watt-Pinkney Mansion in Harlem circa late 1800s. The Watt-Pinkney family owned much of the land that makes up Harlem.

"One piece I'm really excited about is the "Barcelona Harbor," exclaims Panarese. "Although this piece is unsigned, it's arguably attributable to Wifredo Lam based upon the known provenance and other information provided by the estate. We anticipate a lot of interest in it and because it's a great piece to place your bet upon!"

About Black Rock Galleries
Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and its new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. BRG is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featuring a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, BRG offers something for every taste, budget and style. Visit or call (203) 335-0000.

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Estimate: $3000.00 - $5000.00Thomas Jefferson, as President, a printed document signedA military commission for a Pinkney appointed to First Lieutenant. Executed with elaborate military cachet at the base. Countersigned by Dearborn, Secretary of War. Dated 1802.Estimate: $400.00 - $600.00Watt-Pinkney Mansion, Harlem New York At 139th & 7th Ave.A rare silk and stump work of the Watt-Pinkney mansion with oil paint highlights. The Watt farm was once the largest single property in Harlem and one of the last to be developed.Estimate: $12,000.00 - $18,000.003.93 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring, Set In Platinum Size 6 1/2Estimate: $5,000.00 - $8,000.00One of three Esteban Chartrand (Cuban / American, 1840 - 1884) never-before-offered paintingsOil on wood panel depicting "Cuban River Landscape" with deer. Signed lower left. In original gilt wood and gesso shadow box frame.Estimate: $4,000.00 - $6,000.0018K Gold, Diamond, Star Sapphire & Ruby Encrusted Guilloche Enamel EggTop mounted with a cabochon star sapphire. Interior flowers are enamel decorated with diamonds and rubies. Stamped "H.W." "56*".Estimate: $2000.00 - $3000.00American 19th Century Mahogany Office Bookcase, Purportedly Once The Property Of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.George III style mahogany bookcase with two large glazed doors, and pigeon hole interior over a base fitted with two paneled doors. Accompanied by the affidavit of Manuel Lopez describing its acquisition from the Rockefeller offices in "1911 or 1912."Estimate: $400.00 - $600.00Tiffany & Co Chrysanthemum Pattern Sterling Silver Claw-foot Ice Tongs, 1891 - 1902Claw and pierced bowl with floral handle. Stamped pat. 1880, 5 3/4" long, 3.4 ozt.Estimate: $1500.00 - $2500.0019th Century American School of "Lady of Rank."Oil on canvas of lady in 17th century hunting attire with falcon, on horseback with groom and hunting dog; huntsman behind. Parading before an infant and nursemaids in a theater-like setting. unsigned, 1859-1869 Dimensions: 30 x 25 inches.Estimate: $12000.00 - $18000.00One of five Henry Stull (Canadian, 1851 - 1913) paintings "The Annual Champion Stakes Of 1901"As run at Sheepshead Bay Race Course with Maid of Harlem, Rockton & Hammock in the stretch with jockeys on the whip. Oil on canvas. Signed lower right. In original gilded frame. Image: 29 3/4 x 34 1/2 inches.