Seller Story: Margaret Munsen, former wife of listed artist Edmond J. Fitzgerald
In 1978, Margaret Trent of Cincinnati Ohio married Edmond J. Fitzgerald. Both widowers, the two met when Margaret took to a trip to New York, where Edmond was a painter and a teacher. They settled in Cincinnati; Edmond bringing with him all of his paintings, and setting up a studio in a warehouse on Spring Grove Avenue. The couple combined their belongings and tastes – his collection of sculptures alongside her crystal, china, and rugs — examples of which are in this sale.
Born in 1912, Fitzgerald graduated from the California School of Fine Arts where he was a student of Lee Randolph. He set up a studio in his hometown, Seattle, nearby fellow artists Eustace Ziegler and Eric Johanson. He served 26 years in the United States Naval Reserve. During WWII, he commanded a landing craft and had combat assignments.
With his first wife, Mary Louise Streets, he had two children who sometimes appeared as models for his work. The family lived in Larchmont, NY, where Edmond painted and taught art classes. His teaching assignments in the region included the Newark Academy of Art, Parson’s School of Design, and the New York Academy of Design. Edmond made frequent trips back to the Pacific Northwest to paint his favorite landscapes, many of which are featured in this collection.
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting of Shoreline
Minton "Sinclair" Bone China Dinner Service
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Original Oil Painting of Artist at Work
Queen Anne Style Dining Table and Chairs by Pennsylvania Classics, Inc.
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting of Autumn Landscape
Chinese "Rose Canton" Style Porcelain Footbath on Wood Stand
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting of Still Life
Vintage Hand-Knotted Sarouk Style Wool Accent Rug
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting of the Artist in His Studio
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Art Books, Art Palette and Paint Brushes
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting of Louis Pasteur
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting Self Portrait as a Naval Officer
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting "The Pier"
Sterling Silver Industria Peruana Platter With Wood Meat Tray Insert
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Watercolor Painting
Vintage Asian Inspired Carved Nesting Tables
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting "Portrait of Desme"
UnoAErre 14K Yellow Gold Fancy Link Necklace
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting
Bisang Couture Off-White Mink Fur Coat
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Original Watercolor Seated Nude Woman
Chanel Designer Leather Flats with CC Logo
The Works of J.M. Barrie Eleven Volume Set
Chinese "Rose Medallion" Porcelain Jar Table Lamp
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Original Oil Painting of Ocean Scene
Gorham "Puritan" Sterling Silver Cream and Sugar
Finely Hand-Knotted Signed Aubusson Inspired Wool Area Rug
Barrel Back Armchairs
18K White Gold 5.39 CTW Diamond Necklace
Carl Paul Jennewein Bronze Sculpture "Cupid and Psyche"
Chauncey Foster Ryder Oil Painting of Village Landscape
Regency Style Marble Top Black Cabinet by Brandt
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Original Watercolor "Spring Grove At Winton"
Antique Anglo Indian Style Brass Tray Table on Folding Stand
Edmond J. Fitzgerald Original Watercolor "Lake Union Seattle"
Black Leather Petite Wing Chair by Ferguson Copeland, Ltd.
Fitzgerald served as president of the Allied Artists of America and the American Watercolor Society, and showed at Grand Central Galleries in New York City.
In 1989, Fitzgerald died of cancer. After his death, Margaret married Bob Munsen. The two sold their homes and combined their collections in a new house where many of Fitzgerald’s paintings lived, until Margaret and Bob passed away.