ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Potomack Company gallery showroom currently evokes an "Out of Africa" safari adventure, its walls displaying an extensive collection of wild game animal trophies and Masai hunting weapons from the 1930s African family quest of explorer and former New York Curb Exchange (now New York Stock Exchange) president Howard C. Sykes Jr. that highlight the gallery's April 21-22 auction.
From an early American capitalist titan to a modern day corporate giant, the sale also includes over 100 works of art by modern artists including Sol Lewitt, James Rosenquist, Sam Gilliam and other artists that decorated the northern Virginia halls and offices of Accenture before its recent relocation.
Animals in the Howard Sykes safari collection were meticulously preserved by renowned taxidermist James L. Clark, director of arts, preparation and installation of animals for the American Museum of Natural History, and the famed Jonas Brothers Taxidermy Studio. Such taxidermists were considered artists, skilled in preserving the animals anatomically correctly and posed in artistic and realistic forms. The trophies were housed at the Sykes family's New York estate, Apple Doorn Farm, in a specially designed trophy cottage from 1937 until removal to The Potomack Company for sale.
Among the species represented are giraffe, Robert's gazelle, rhinoceros, cobra, wildebeest, fringe-eared oryx and other African trophy game along with dall sheep and moose from the American Northwest. A portion of sales proceeds will be forwarded to the Horns for Habitats project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria.
Adventure-loving President Theodore Roosevelt helped inspire the expeditions and scientific explorations to Africa in the first half of the twentieth century among prominent American businessmen and wildlife enthusiasts, including Sykes and his family.
Paintings in the auction from the Accenture collection include Snow Lane #50 by Sam Gilliam (Am. 1933-), Pilot – Speed of Light by James Rosenquist (Am. 1933-) and Color Bands by Sol Lewitt (Am. 1928-2007).
The Potomack Company is a fine art and antiques auction gallery located at 526 North Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. For additional information, please call 703-684-4550 or visit www.potomackcompany.com.
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