Dox Thrash's The Scientist print to highlight October 5 sale

Dox Thrash's (1893-1965) The Scientist print will highlight an estate sale at Elite Decorative Arts in Florida on October 5 with an estimate of $12,000-18,000.

Seven prints by the artist are offered from the collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak - patrons of the arts who befriended Thrash when they met him at a solo exhibition in Philadelphia.

Dox Thrash Scientist
Thrash studied art in Chicago

Thrash was a former member of the Buffalo Soldiers, the African-American battalion that served during the first world war, and had previously worked in circus and vaudeville. He studied art at night school in Chicago. In 2005 a print titled Mr X (1944) sold for $16,000 against an $8,000 high estimate - an increase of 100%.

A spokesperson from Elite Decorative Arts commented: "We are proud to have been selected by the Nowak estate to be the exclusive agent to market and sell these select works by Dox Thrash.

"The Nowaks were greatly influenced by their neighbors in Philadelphia, Albert Barnes and his wife, avid art collectors whose Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of Impressionist art masterpieces in the world. The Barneses imparted their discerning eye for art to the Nowaks."

The auction also features a hand painted porcelain French urn attributed to Emile Fuchs, the Austrian artist. Made around 1900, the urn stands on a bronze frame and features scenes from Greek mythology.

Fuchs was a popular sculptor of the Victorian era and received commissions from many important patrons, including Queen Victoria and King Edward VIII.

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