Paintings and porcelain from Edwin Cox’s estate in Dallas up for auction


Last November, a $ 200 million collection of Impressionist artwork owned by the Dallas oil tycoon Edwin L. Cox sold for a record $ 332 million through auction house Christie’s. Now the rest of his treasures are up for grabs.

Chicago-based Hindman Auctions is offering properties from the Edwin L. Cox estate at four auctions from January through March 2022.

Bidders will have multiple chances to acquire hundreds of items from Cox’s estate – from furniture to paintings to wine glasses – starting January 13. The full schedule is as follows:

  • Chicago Collections Auction January 13-14.

  • European sales of furniture and decorative arts on February 2-3.
  • Asian art auction on March 25.
  • Chinese and Himalayan artwork auction on March 29.

“Hindman is known to market sole proprietorship collections in a way that tells the whole story of a person’s collectible heritage,” said Vice President Hindman and senior specialist in European furniture and decorative arts Corbin Horn in a statement. “Cox has left a distinct mark through his consummate collection. We’re excited to be able to offer Cox’s Decorative Arts, which are as intriguing as his collection of Impressionist art, in multiple auction categories over the coming months.

Highlights of the Cox Estate in Hindman include artwork by Peter Ellenshaw and Constantine Kluge, as well as Chinese artwork green family porcelain, beautiful rugs and a variety of European decorative arts, they say.

Cox, a Dallas oil and gas tycoon named after the SMU business school, died on November 5, 2020 at the age of 99. He was a renowned philanthropist and businessman, a distinguished entrepreneur in the American energy industry, and a staunch benefactor of major cultural institutions.

During his lifetime, he assembled a collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh, Gustave, Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne and many others that Christie’s called “one of the finest collections of Impressionist art ever sold at auction” .

But his collection also included an impressive and influential assemblage of decorative arts, says Hindman.

Specific highlights include:

  • Path through the Moors, 1975, by Peter Ellenshaw (British, 1913-2007), oil on canvas, signed by the artist. (Estimate: $ 1,500 – $ 2,500)
  • River scene by Constantin Kluge (French, 1912-2003), oil on canvas, signed by the artist. (Estimate: $ 1,500 – $ 2,500)
  • An Italian silver dog figure by Romeo Miracoli e Figlio, Milan, 20th century, marked ‘R. Miracoli ‘and stamped Sterling on the underside. (Estimate: $ 600- $ 800)
  • A silver Italian pumpkin shaped box sold by Tiffany & Co. Fratelli Cacchione, Milan, 20th century, with a pair of Mexican pumpkin shaped boxes in silver plated metal. (Estimate: $ 1,500 – $ 2,500)
  • A Chinese man Green Family Porcelain Biscuit ‘Piggyback’ Group (1654-1722). (Estimate: $ 2,000 to $ 3,000)

It’s a lot of fun to browse the Chicago Collections catalog and imagine what collections of silver spoons, champagne flutes, and carved animals (some of which are surprisingly affordable to the general public) might look like in the house. ‘a non-billionaire.

The auctions will be available online through Hindman’s digital auction room. Here you will find information about the collection and how to bid.


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