Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ethnographic, Art, and Antiques Estate Sale of Marilyn Neumann Smith Aug 8-10

    We usually don’t get this biographical in the ad, but in this case it will help to Appreciate the scope of the inventory and collection.  Marilyn held a PhD in molecular biology.  She traveled throughout the United States (Santa Fe and Taos especially), Canada, and Mexico as well as to exotic places, including China, India, Africa, and South America.. She bicycled throughout Europe, explored the Amazon, and trekked across the Himalayas in Nepal. Marilyn was an amazing and award winning watercolor artist and a member of the Visual Art Society of Texas (VAST). She was also a ceramic artist who worked in a style reminiscent of the Cado Indian culture of North Texas (Most of the above text is lifted from her obituary found here: http://www.dentonrc.com/obituaries-headlines/20140112-marilyn-n.-smith.ece).  

She was a skilled craftsman and early and imaginative re purposer. She appreciated everything from modernist to folk art to traditional antiques. This house has everything from Roman oil lamps to Dansk flatware, and two outstanding, early, mid-century bedroom suites—one probably late 40’s Heywood Wakefield, the other a Birdseye maple with custom knobs & pulls. She had a huge textile collection, African saturated dye & antique silk Kente cloth pieces, Peruvian, Mexican, and Southwest rugs, ponchos, & wall hangings. Most of her own watercolors are located In the studio building along with works By friends and listed artists.  The highlight of these is a Jimo Buriamoh, Cubist beadwork portrait. Other signed pieces include a Judy Rhymes (Santa Fe) watercolor, a Robert Redbird (Kiowa) painting, a Jackie D. Tointigh drawing, and a Virginia Stroud (Cherokee-Muscogee Creek) signed print.  There are several cotton Nigerian batiks signed Nike Davies Okundaye, and a batik on paper by Tunde Odunlade.  And we have gazillion small souvenirs and mementos from her travels and garage sales.  

 Furniture besides the bedroom suites includes: Small mahogany china cabinet New Mexico style low credenza Folky antique pine blanket chest Mid Century Modern Brasilia style dining chairs. Dining table decorated by Marilyn 2 late 40’s early 50’s modern sleeper sofas 2 Desk-streamlined 80’s and vintage office desk. Modern 2 chair & table patio set 4 Vintage metal painted lawn chairs Large antique trunk and red steamer trunk 2 Danish, small storage cabinets and lots of chairs   
Additional items: Rag rug loom Room full of fabric scraps and linens Several good quilts-- one an exceptional Folky, antique, friendship quilt. Collection of Pueblo and Oaxaca Burnished pots.  Some of the Pueblo At least 2 dozen Mexican bateas (carved and decorated wood chargers) and vintage Mexican tourist pottery. Folk pieces from Romania including A traditional lady’s vest. Three sets of dishes Franciscan Whitestone and H. Lauglin Virginia Rose Some vintage kitchen S/S Amana Frig and older washer/dryer Tools and art supplies. 2 bicycles. Jewelry, vintage clothes, & hats.      
Vehicles: 1987 Nissan PU, 170k miles, runs well. and has new ac compressor. 2003 VW Passat  loaded, 6 cyl, 90k mi.   For Sunday morning update check this blog.
Dates and Times:
Fri-Sun, Aug 8-10
Fri & Sat 9-5
Sun 11-5 (Half Price)

Sorry NO children
NO large hand bags
Accept cash, checks, credit cards.

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1 comment:

  1. It always astonishes me how much stuff people have. From these pictures I can see that she really loved Native American art, which is really cool! She had a lot of really great art pieces and china. If I was closer I would have been interested in going and seeing some of these items. There are never any good estate sales near where I live though! http://www.international-auction-gallery.com