Dot’s Last Art Show
The weekend just passed marked the final dissolution of Mom and Dad’s estate. Sold to happy buyers were Mom’s original woven garments and the art collection that our parents assembled over their 60 years together—paintings, jewelry, pottery, basketry, glass, weaving, and jewelry—as well as several notable pieces of midcentuy modern furniture. Additionally, the sale included some of the outmoded though still interesting devices that Dad used over the years, such as typewriters and view cameras. Mary and Katie Clegg of Clegg Estate Sales described the sale in detail:
Incredible sale packed with designer mid-century modern furniture, Chihuly glass, a wide selection of art, including many original pieces by Dot Replinger, a well-known local weaver. The sale will be held in the Replingers’ beautiful mid-century home, designed by John Replinger a celebrated local architect and former University of Illinois architecture professor. This sale also includes folk art, art pottery, Navajo rugs, Georg Jensen “Blue Shark” flatware, Royal Danish sterling flatware, Native American pottery, kachinas, jewelry & baskets, art books, and much more.
Furniture includes Johannes Hansen Peacock Chair, George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge desk, Eero Saarinen for Knoll Carrara Marble Tulip table, original molded fiberglass Eames chair, pair of Hans Wegner “The Chair” for Herman Miller chairs, George Nelson for Herman Miller chest, Alvar Aalto stool, vintage Herman Miller Eames wire chair, architectural drawing cabinet, Hamilton map case, primitive pie safe, Techline chests, bookcases and side tables, mid-century desk, wooden trunks, wooden bench, drop leaf table, double bed, and more.
We have an incredible collection of art pottery including pieces by Lela & Luther Gutierrez, Donald Frith, David Shaner, Margarite Wildenhain, Don Pilcher, Alan Vigland, Tim Mather, Larry Richmond, Marie Chino, and many more. There is a wide selection of textile art by Dot Replinger, Dianne Shullenberger, Kaija Sanelma Harris, Junichi Arai, and more. We also have several clothing items and scarves made by Dot Replinger. This sale includes glass pieces by Mark Fowler, William Warehall, William Carlson, Robert William Bartlett, Iittala, and more.
We have a turned wood bowl by Bob Stockdale and handmade Native American, African & Colonial American baskets. Art includes pieces by Ed Betts, Louise Woodruff, Lee Chesney, Ruth Fash, Pamela Redick, Gemma Taccogna, Eugene Wicks, Mimi Muller, Shozo Sato and more. We have a fantastic retablo by Kathleen Vargas titled “La Cocina de Frida” paying homage to Frida Kahlo.
Additional items include an Issey Miyake purse, Oaxacan carved figures, Arabia Valencia & Ruska dishes, Eilene tea set, rugs, weaving & art supplies, vintage fabric including Knoll, Marimekko and other Scandinavian designers, dolls, bag collection and women’s clothing including several Eileen Fisher pieces, a large selection of jewelry, including Native American sterling and turquoise, including squash blossom necklaces. Sale includes kitchen items, model trains, vintage toys, Kachina dolls, jewelry, vintage car ephemera, vintage typewriters including Hermes, Corona, Olivetti, Olympia and a Hermes calculator, a large selection of books (architecture, art, weaving), photography equipment including a Korona View Camera, Conley camera, Polaroid 100 Automatic Land camera, and Beseler enlarger . . . .
The Cleggs promoted the sale heavily, expertly photographing the many items for sale, shown here. I heard that the crowds were large and cheerful, excited to find treasures and perhaps keepsakes from among the many items displayed. Some people came to the event just to see the house. I heard from one correspondent in the Champaign-Urbana art scene that the sale was the talk of the town.
I present Mom’s last art show: