Hundreds of quality lots from the estate of the late Dr. Kevin-John McIntyre of East Greenbush, N.Y., will be sold without reserve (everything sells, regardless of price) on Saturday, June 12, by Finney’s Auction Service, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. The sale will be held at Finney’s showroom in Schodack, located about 15 minutes from Albany.
Dr. McIntyre’s rich and distinguished career included stints as senior vice president of The Discovery Channel-Asia, university professor, Foreign Service diplomat, documentary film producer and authority on Asian culture. Over the years, he amassed impressive collections of Oriental antiquities, European art, nautical items and rare antiques. All these will cross the block.
“Dr. McIntyre was an important, larger-than-life figure, and his credentials speak for themselves,” said Sharon Finney of Finney’s Auction Service. “There has been a lot of advance interest in this sale. I expect it will be a busy auction, and a well-attended one, too. People who have seen the merchandise in person have been astounded. Some of the items are breathtaking.”
Oriental items will dominate the day’s offerings. Expected highlights include an 18th century embroidered princess’s robe, a large embroidered wall hanging, a pair of Chiang Lon Rainy blue altar vases, a silk embroidered rank badge (framed), Huang Huali hunting chairs, a Huang Huali dining table, cabinets, porcelains, ivory and many other antique Oriental items.
Dr. McIntyre’s expertise in the field of Asian culture was extensive and indisputable. In addition to dramatically expanding Discovery’s footprint on the Asian continent, he wrote and produced an award-winning, six-part film series titled Artifacts, which detailed the history of porcelain, calligraphy, architecture, metallurgy, wood block printing and silk in China and Japan.
Dr. McIntyre also collected artwork, which will also come up for bid June 12. A few of the more notable examples include the following:
• An original oil on canvas landscape by the French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875), 7 ½ inches by 11 inches, signed by the artist and housed in a gilt frame. Corot was a realist landscape painter and printmaker. He painted in the Barbizon School of France.
• An original oil on canvas rendering of a river landscape by the Italian artist Toni Bordignon (b. 1921 in Treviso, Italy), 11 ¼ inches by 14 ½ inches, signed by the artist in a wood frame.
• An original oil on board painting of a field landscape by the American landscape and coastal view painter William Stanley Haseltine (1835-1900), signed, 13 inches by 15 ½ inches. The painting is housed in a gilt frame. Haseltine was associated with the Hudson River School.
• An original oil on canvas painting by the English landscape artist Sidney Percy (1821-1886), titled Grazing and measuring 14 inches by 20 inches. The work is signed and in a gilt frame.
• An oil on canvas painting by 19th century French artist Dominique Alphonse Negre, titled Le Bain. The painting, measuring 14 ½ inches by 25 inches, is nicely housed in a wood frame.
In addition to the Oriental items, the auction will also feature a collection of frogs from around the world, an Erotica collection (ivories, statues, etc.), nautical items, music and more.
The nautical items will include a large ship’s model in a glass case, a brass sextant, an Elgin ship’s clock, a Weibach compass in a wood box, a carriage clock in a leather case, a brass wall-hanging barometer, a brass telescope, a beaded gourd water vessel, a leather U.S. Navy canteen with leather holder, several wood boxes with brass trim, a bayonet holder and more.
Furniture that’s not Oriental will feature a round glass-top table, a large mirror with fretwork trim, a two-door chest, a campaign secretary, a captain’s liquor chest, a rosewood display cabinet and a rosewood breakfront with beveled glass. Also sold will be a Seth Thomas grandfather clock, carved wood panels, camphor wood three-section hat boxes and other items.
Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Previews are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, June 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, June 12, from 9-11 a.m.
A 12 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. Terms will be cash, known checks, and Visa and Master Card. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. Finney’s gallery is located off Interstate 90 in upstate New York. The address is 1568 Columbia Turnpike in Schodack, one mile off exit 10, about 15 minutes from Albany, and 25 minutes from Hudson.
Finney’s Auction Service is a full-service, family-owned and operated business. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection you may call them at (518) 479-4371 or e-mail them at [email protected].
To learn more about Finney’s Auction Service and the June 12 auction, please log on to www.finneysauction.com. Photos of many of the lots to be sold have been posted to the website.