FS Church’s ‘The Dolls’ Matinee’ Hosts First Day at Cottone’s

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GENESEO, NY – Two days of antiquing and fine art across the block at Cottone Auctions, May 7-8, saw more than 300 lots find new homes, including paintings and prints , decorative arts, 20th century design, estate jewelry, Asian art, furniture, Americana, stoneware and more. Sales were dominated by a charming painting by Frederick Stuart Church (American, 1842-1924), well chosen for Mother’s Day, of a young girl perched in a tree in her best clothes with a menagerie of her beloved dolls and a coterie of fanciful wildlife. “The Dolls’ Matinee,” oil on Masonite, 18 by 26 inches and signed “F S. Church NY 91. Copyright” lower right, exceeded its estimate by $5/8,000 and sold for $16,800 , costs included. Working primarily as an illustrator and best known for his often allegorical depictions of animals, Church portrays them with tenderness, blending a deep understanding of animal anatomy, as well as animal facial expressions and the moods and feelings they convey. The sale totaled $661,128 with bounty. More highlights from the two days will be featured in a later review.

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