Roseberys- Islamic & Indian Art Online Auction Results

Roseberys- Islamic & Indian Art Online Auction Results

International buyers embraced remote bidding at rescheduled auctions of Islamic and Indian Art at Roseberys London.

Portrait of ‘The Messalina of the Punjab’ who fought British rule was among the top-selling lots.

 

A posthumous portrait of Maharani Jind Kaur – the fearless Sikh queen of Lahore who became a serious obstacle to British rule in India – was a star lot in Roseberys rescheduled Indian and Islamic art sales. 

The oil on canvas came from a private collection in Copenhagen and was painted in c.1905 by the Danish artist Hugo Vilfred Pedersen (1870-1959), a leading painter in the British Indian colonies during the early 20th century. Estimated at £3,000-5,000 in the Arts of India auction on June 17, it attracted fierce competition and eventually sold for £23,750. 

Jind Kaur, popularly known as Rani Jindan, was the youngest wife of Ranjit Singh, the Maharaja of Punjab. Her revolt began when her husband died of a stroke in 1839 and the British tried to wrest the kingdom from Duleep Singh, her infant son, and heir. 

Renowned for her beauty, energy, and strength of purpose, Jindan is chiefly remembered for the fear she engendered in the British in India. In a smear campaign, she was derisively labeled the ‘Messalina of the Punjab’, a salacious seductress too rebellious to be controlled. During her rule as regent, she waged two disastrous wars against the British that led to the annexation of Punjab. Her life was the subject of the 2009 film Rebel Queen. (Lot 79)

With social-distancing restrictions in place, Roseberys rescheduled sales of Islamic and Indian art saw a huge increase in international bidding across online platforms and on the phones. The June sales, originally planned for April and containing a wide range of artefacts from the Islamic and Indian Worlds, was particularly strong on Islamic manuscripts. 

A manuscript of the Qasida al-Burda (Poem of the Mantle) – a celebrated ode to the Prophet Muhammad – sold for £23,750 in the Islamic Art & Manuscripts sale on June 16. The Arabic manuscript was copied and signed by Sadiq bin Yusuf of Sian, China, in 1010AH (1601-02) and contained interlinear translation and copious notes throughout. Online and commission bidders competed before it was eventually won by an international online bidder on thesaleroom.com. (Lot 66)

A £18,750 bid secured a fine and rare Timurid copy of Rumi’s Mathnawi Ma’nawi made in Iran in c.1480 and sourced from a private collection in London. The polychrome frontispiece was particularly admired, with its rigorous and complex pattern of interlacing split-palmettes, flowering vines and stellar motifs. (Lot 134)

Eagerly contested elsewhere was an attractive and colourful Persian manuscript bound in concertina-form and containing ten calligraphic panels set against intricate patterns of weaving gold flowers on coloured paper. This Qajar muraqqa, signed by Ali Raza Abbasi and dated 1007AH (1598), drew fierce bidding across the online platforms Roseberys Live, Invaluable and thesaleroom.com before it was knocked down at £17,500. (Lot 100)

Two large Qajar pottery tiles from a distinguished Italian collection were much admired in the sale. The first was a c.1890 example finely painted with two princely figures on horseback hunting wild boar and was bid to £8,750. The second, a c.1880 piece, depicted the founder of the great Safavid dynasty, Shah Ismail, herding wild animals with his courtiers against a vivid cobalt background. Bidding took place between the telephone and online, eventually going to an online bidder for £5,500. (Lot 248) (Lot 249) 

Further highlights included a dozen ancient black Etruscan bucchero vessels from a private collection in New Mexico that sold together at £5,750 and a large Indo-Persian brass celestial globe signed by Amal Nasir al-Din Tusi in 1305AH (1887-88AD) and extensively engraved with markings, figures, astrological symbols and pictorial representations of the constellations. This was secured by a bidder on Roseberys Live for £3,750. (Lot 14) (Lot 262) 

Bids also emerged for Indian miniatures with distinguished provenance. The scene of a princess lamenting her lover’s departure painted on a miniature from Kangra in North India sold to a telephone bidder for £7,500. The early 19th-century work came from the collection of Dr. WB Manley, a great collector of Indian paintings who had served in the Indian Police in the Bombay Presidency from 1905-24. He exhibited works from his collection on a number of occasions, including in the Royal Academy Exhibition The Art of India and Pakistan (1947-48). (Lot 166)

Also from Kangra was an illustration of Vipralabdha – the so-called ‘disappointed mistress’ and one of the eight ‘nayikas’ who is deceived into waiting all night for a lover who never comes. Another miniature with excellent provenance, it was acquired by Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop (1823-1887) and thence by descent. 

Dunlop was born in Madras and held the position of district officer of the Meerut District during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. He penned the books Service and Adventure with the Khakee Ressalah (1858) and Hunting in the Himalaya (1860). The lot went to a telephone bidder for £3,000. (Lot 162)

The trend for strong sales continued in the jewellery section where a 19th-century emerald inscribed with Quranic verses and set in a European gold mount sold to a commission bidder for £4,750. (Lot 92)

A 19th-century sword with an undulating blade, gold overlaid hilt and an inscription to the inside of the knuckle guard was won by a telephone bidder who paid a multi-estimate £3,250 among a select offering of arms and armour. (Lot 76)

 

 

For further information please contact:

Peigi Mackillop

[email protected]

+44 (0) 20 8761 2522 

 

Freeman’s- Ongoing Success of Online Art + Design Auctions

Freeman’s- Ongoing Success of Online Art + Design Auctions

Following its highly successful online Design and Modern & Contemporary Art auctions this Spring, Freeman’s is pleased to announce another stellar result. Its inaugural June 26 Art + Design auction achieved a 95% sell-through rate and totaled just shy of $500,000, comfortably surpassing its pre-sale high estimate.

 

With works offered at more accessible price points by world-class artists and designers such as George Nakashima, Samuel Yellin, Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell, and Pablo Picasso, the 94-lot auction welcomed a host of new online bidders. Accounting for 40% of successful buyers, the influx of new bidders confirms Freeman’s continued success in attracting new online buyers.

“Not only am I thrilled by the competitive bidding and strong prices achieved throughout our Art + Design sale, but I’m also highly encouraged by the robust presence of new collectors attracted to the sale by its diversity of material and approachable price points,” remarked Head of Sale Shannon Jeffers, “As the art market continues to shift towards a predominantly virtual format, Freeman’s continues to create new and exciting opportunities for first-time, online buyers to join our community of art lovers. We are harnessing the momentum generated by this first Art + Design auction by offering similar sales this fall, including another Art + Design auction as well as a dedicated, online Prints and Multiples auction.”

Last Friday’s auction was led by a Rare Four-door “Chan” Cabinet, New York, circa 1970s by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne (Lot 15), which surpassed its pre-sale high estimate to sell for $43,750.

 

 

Other Design works that exceeded expectations include a Special “Triple Cabinet with Sliding Doors”, 1971 by George Nakashima (Lot 70), which sold for $27,500 and a Two-door Gate for the Miles F. Goodman Residence, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1924 by Samuel Yellin (Lot 77), which realized $27,500.

A light-switch cover made by Yellin for the same residence (Lot 78) sparked a lengthy bidding war that saw the piece soar past its pre-sale estimate of $400-600, bringing $16,250.

Prints, multiples, and sculptures by well-known artists from around the world elicited spirited competition, resulting in numerous strong prices. A particular highlight was New York, N.Y. 10008 by Chilean artist Nemesio Antunez (Lot 40), which realized $19,500, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $800-1,200.

The Untitled sculpture by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg (Lot 12) also performed well, nearly doubling its pre-sale high estimate, realizing $5,938.

Works on paper by blue-chip artists such as Adolph Gottlieb (Lot 36); Patrick Heron (Lot 35); Josef Albers (Lot 31); and Paul Jenkins (Lot 94) also achieved prices above their estimates.

 

The Art + Design auction is the first of its kind at Freeman’s. It presents art and objects from the Modern & Contemporary and Design departments in compelling ways, appealing to a new generation of buyers who collect across categories. A number of similar auctions are planned for Freeman’s Fall/Winter 2020 auction season.

HEAD OF SALE

Shannon Jeffers | [email protected]

 

PRESS INQUIRIES

Madeline Hill | [email protected]

Roseberys- Portraits Proving Popular at Old Master Auction

Roseberys- Portraits Proving Popular at Old Master Auction

Roseberys London: The highly anticipated Old Master, 18th & 19th Century Pictures auction, on Thursday 4 June was the first sale to take place since the lockdown began. Despite the postponement and obstacles due to Covid-19, the auction was a great success, producing fantastic results throughout. With highlights including a Hunting scene, painted by French artist René Princeteau and a portrait of a lady in the manner of Italian artist Pierfrancesco Cittadini, both selling both for £30,000 each. 

On the overall sale, Marcus Grey, Head of Department, commented: Last Thursday’s auction showed some fantastic results for Roseberys with early portraiture dominating the highlights. A beautiful mid-17th century portrait attributed to the circle of Pierfrancesco Cittadini made a result of £30,000, whilst a unique portrait by Lavinia Fontana made £7,500. Also, our private collection of Portrait miniatures proved to be very popular, with Lot 4 selling for £6,875 and lot 20, a Portrait miniature of a high-ranking Napoleonic officer by Louis-Marie Sicardi- selling for £5,500. The results of the René Princeteau’s also showed that the market for this artist continues to be strong with many selling for the above estimate. 

Before the sale began, the internet clerks were briefed and ready to expect a busy day of sales. Expectations were set high due to the number of pre-registered bidders which exceeded 800, poised, and ready to compete for their lots throughout the day. 

The beginning of the sale saw a collection of 67 miniatures realise excellent results, with many achieving prices higher than their estimates. One being lot 4, circle of English artist Isaac Oliver. The portrait miniature of a lady in a glazed oval silver frame, sold for £6,875, over double its expected estimated value. 

 

Estimated to sell for £6,000 – £8,000, lot 72 was fiercely bid up to a successful sale price of £30,000. The Portrait of a lady, wearing a red Italo-Hispanic dress, holding a rose is circle of Italian artist Pierfrancesco Cittadini, 1616–1681. Born in Milan, Cittadini initially became a pupil of Daniele Crespi before heading to Bologna in the 1630s to establish himself as an artist in the workshop of Guido Reni, later rivaling his former master for altarpiece commissions within the city. The Portrait of a lady is typical of the artist’s style. Known for his attention to detail in the portraits of female sitters, the present oil on canvas characteristically displays the attention to the elaborate costume of the sitter and the rose she holds in her hand. 

 

Another work that sailed high above its estimate to £23,750 was lot 75. The oil on canvas depicting choppy waters with a whale and a sea-monster, is circle of Dutch artist Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom, 1562-1640. Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom was a Dutch Golden Age painter credited with being the founder of Dutch marine art or seascape painting. His work can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, Frans Hals Museum, and Westfriesmuseum. 

 

Previously sold at Sotheby’s London in 1993, lot 103, was successfully bid up to a final selling price of £8,125, from its original estimate of £2,000 – £3,000. The oil on canvas, titled Esther Before Ahasuerus, hails from the Genoese School, 17th century. 

 

Realising a price of £7,500, lot 96 is a beautiful self-portrait, with strong provenance by Italian artist Lavinia Fontana, 1552-1614. The, signed, inscribed, and dated oil on canvas self-portrait of the artist as St. Catherine of Alexandria, was painted in 1595. St. Catherine is portrayed with her traditional attributes gazing up to the heavens in Fontana’s typically Mannerist style. The detail and colour is employed vibrantly, reminiscent of the work of Sofonisba Anguissola, another female northern Italian Renaissance painter.

 

Titled Il Guercino, lot 109, study of a woman half-length with arm outstretched in red chalk on laid paper sold for £6,875. The Italian picture that was likely to be created around the period of 1591-1666, is from the workshop of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, proving that there is still some market demand for good quality works on paper, a market that has suffered greatly over the last ten years. 

 

A collection of star lots within the auction came toward the end of the sale, with multiple bidders competing from Belgium, France, and the US. All the works by French artist René Charles Pierre Princeteau, 1843-1919, came from a private collection. A master in the depiction of equestrian subject matter, René Princeteau is considered to be one of the most highly sought-after academic French artists of the late 19th century. Lot 364, Early morning, bringing out hounds with huntsmen in attendance; oil on canvas, was the hotly contested work that soared up to £30,000. The work is considered to be a fine example of the artist’s carefully conceived hunting scenes. This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on René Princeteau compiled by Louis Cuvreau and Hubert de Watrigant. 

 

 

Other sale highlights coming from the private collection of Princeteau’s works, were lot 358, Veneur pendant un débuché, selling for £13,750, lot 359, La Chasses Basque selling for £12,500 and lot 360, Piqueur Foulant selling for £11,500. In total, the collection of seven works by Princeteau sold for, £90,125. 

 

For further information please contact

Head of Department Marcus Grey [email protected] 

Please note all the prices quoted include Buyer’s Premium of 25% 

Freeman’s – Impressive Chinese Imperial Porcelains

Freeman’s – Impressive Chinese Imperial Porcelains

PHILADELPHIA, PA— On Friday, June 19, Freeman’s will offer over 200 carefully selected lots in its Asian Arts auction.  Spanning centuries and countries, the sale is a compelling offering of furniture, porcelains, jades, textiles, sculpture and fine art from across the Far East, including a group of ancient Chinese bronzes from a private Main Line collection and a selection of mark and period Chinese porcelains of the Qing dynasty.

CHINESE IMPERIAL PORCELAINS

The sale includes a fine selection of elegant imperial Chinese porcelains from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The highlight is a rare and refined blue and white-decorated porcelain lobed bowl, Qianlong mark, and period (Lot 58, $30,000-50,000).  When acquired by the present owner in 2011, only one other known example, with a yellow enamel ground, was noted.

 

BUDDHAS AND BODHISATTVAS FROM JAPAN TO THE HIMALAYAS

A strong section of the sale is composed of Buddhist figural arts, including examples rarely encountered on the market.  For sheer elegance of execution, the 15th century Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva (Lot 31, $20,000-30,000) is unequaled among the sculptures.  With finely cast and finished details and a rich gilded surface suitably-worn by centuries of adoration, the bodhisattva is an example of the fine workmanship, likely Newari, which so influenced the exquisite gilt bronzes of the early Ming dynasty.

Of particular note is a small, gold repoussé Southeast Asian figure of a seated Buddha from the 12th-14th century (Lot 26, $10,000-15,000).  Acquired by the husband of the present owner from noted New York dealer Doris Wiener, the Buddha is a rare survivor in precious metal, with a lively expression and large presence belying its 2 ¼ inch height.  It is joined in the sale by a number of additional Chinese, Japanese, and Burmese figures of Buddhas and bodhisattvas, which differ in size and are made of varying elements including wood, sandstone, copper, and bronze.

This piece is joined by a small group of monochrome red bowls and dishes (Lots 59-62) given to the present owner’s mother by her longtime friend, Joseph Paul Gardner — an architect and dancer who served as one of the Monuments Men in World War II and as first Director (1933-1953) of what is now the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.

Lot 31: A Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva

15th century

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Lot 194: Waterfall, Tani Buncho (1763-1840)

H: 130 1/2, W: 55 3/4 in.

Estimate $6,000 – 8,000

Lot 189: A rare and impressive Japanese patinated bronze censer and cover with original wood stand, Miyao.

Meiji period, late 19th century.

Estimate $25,000 – $35,000

 

JAPANESE PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BETTY BORMAN, LOS ANGELES

California collector Betty Borman assembled a fine group of Japanese ink paintings and calligraphy, including works by some of the most noted artists of their time.  Of particular note is the grandly-scaled “Waterfall” by Tani Buncho (1763-1840) (Lot 194, $6,000-8,000), which may be the artist’s largest extant work, and a six-panel folding screen, “Dragon Vanishing into Clouds,” by famed lacquer artist Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) (Lot 195, $10,000-15,000).

 

AUCTION

June 19 | 10am

 

HEAD OF SALE

Ben Farina, [email protected]

PRESS INQUIRIES

Madeline Hill, [email protected]

 

Freeman’s – Modern Art Auction Achieves Over $1M

Freeman’s – Modern Art Auction Achieves Over $1M

PHILADELPHIA, PAFreeman’s is delighted to announce the results of its highly successful Modern & Contemporary Art Auction—their first online fine art sale of 2020. With an impressive sell-through rate of 95%, the 58-lot sale achieved over $1 million, just shy of its pre-sale high estimate. Strong prices were achieved for Latin American, English, and iconic American Pop artists. With many consignments from private New York collectors, the auction included notable works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and Andy Warhol.

“We were delighted to see that the market remains competitive for top works by blue-chip artists, and to achieve an enviable sell-through rate in our first online fine art sale,” said Dunham Townend, Head of Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art Department. With this most recent success, Freeman’s raises its average sell-through rate for its 2020 fine auctions to 93.5%.

 

SECOND HIGHEST PRICE ACHIEVED AT AUCTION FOR “CHANEL” BY ANDY WARHOL

The sale was led by Chanel, an iconic print from Andy Warhol’s, Ads series, which sold for $175,000—nearly the high end of its pre-sale estimate. This price is the second-highest ever fetched at auction for this important screenprint.  Robust pre-sale interest and spirited bidding from the East and West Coasts, as well as from Europe, culminated in one of the highest auction prices ever achieved for this iconic Pop image.

 

ROBUST PRICES ACHIEVED FOR BRITISH MODERNISTS

Skoob Assemblage by British Modernist John Latham was a runaway success.  Bidders from the United Kingdom, Europe, and America competed vigorously for this fresh-to-market assemblage by one of England’s most celebrated Conceptual artists. The work more than quintupled its pre-sale low estimate, realizing $27,500.

Similar-spirited bidding drove Lynn Chadwick’s Pair of Cloaked Figures to sell for $43,750. This quintessential example by the revered British sculptor had been in a private New York collection since 1978.

These robust results continue Freeman’s long-established history of success with Modern British artists including William Scott, Henry Moore, and John Hoyland.

Lot 44: Skoob AssemblageJohn Latham (British, 1921-2006)

Sold for: $27,500 (buyer’s premium included)

 

Lot 30: Yellow RoadAlex Katz (American, born 1927)

Sold for: $46,875 (buyer’s premium included)

 

Lot 2: Soldat Marocain et Hamido, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)

Sold for: $18,750 (buyer’s premium included)

 

WORKS BY PICASSO, RIVERA, KATZ, RODRIGUE & MATISSE EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

Strong prices were also achieved for works by many other internationally renowned and sought after artists. Other notable results include $46,875 for Pablo Picasso’s Face with Black Nose and Alex Katz’s Yellow Road; $32,500 for Diego Rivera’s Seated Woman; $25,000 for George Rodrigue’s Blue Over You; and $18,750 for Henri Matisse’s Soldat Marocain et Hamido.

 

 

HEAD OF SALE

Dunham Townend  [email protected]

 

PRESS INQUIRIES

Madeline Hill, [email protected]

Freeman’s – Significant Art By Redfield & Garber

Freeman’s – Significant Art By Redfield & Garber

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Sunday, June 7, Freeman’s will hold its much anticipated, bi-annual auction of American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists. The sale will include a number of works by marquee names in the field, such as Robert Henri(1865-1929), William Macgregor Paxton (1869-1941), Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) and Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935). This season, a particularly heavy focus will be made on the New Hope School through high-level pieces coming from the private Collection of Heidi Bingham Stott, granddaughter of the illustrious Hiram Bingham who notably rediscovered the archeological site of Machu Pichu in 1911.

 

THE STRONGEST COLLECTION OF PENNSYLVANIA IMPRESSIONISTS TO COME TO AUCTION IN YEARS

Spring at Point Pleasant on the Delaware River by Edward Redfield (1869-1965) is one of the anticipated highlights of the Stott Collection (Lot 40, estimate: $300,000-500,000). Executed en plein-air on May Day of 1926, the painting depicts, in thick and short brushstrokes, a plunging view of the Delaware River from the artist’s studio in Point Pleasant. The subject was one of Redfield’s favorites, and he continuously returned to the location to paint similar vistas, as exemplified by The Peaceful Valley (Lot 57, estimate: $200,000-300,000) another view of the celebrated locale from a different private collection, which Redfield executed in a more modern fashion almost a decade later.

Among the other highlights of the Stott Collection are three oils by Daniel Garber (1880-1958), including Rodger’s Meadow (Lot 44, estimate: $200,000-300,000),  an important canvas that illustrates a shift in the artist’s career. Executed in 1922, the work faithfully records the local geography and the daily life of Bucks County, where Garber and his family moved at the turn of the century.

The Stott Collection also includes two quintessential nocturne scenes by George Sotter (1883-1951) (Lots 41& 42), as well as a rare Italian canvas by Fern Coppedge (1883-1951), which the artist completed after her return from Florence in 1926 (Lot 43).

NOTABLE PENNSYLVANIA PIECES

Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania artists will be well-represented in the June sale, starting with The Converted Barn, an early painting by N.C. Wyeth (1853-1890), which depicts the studio where the artist would paint Treasure Island several years later (Lot 26, estimate: $50,000-80,000). Executed in 1908 (the year N.C. and his wife Carolyn moved from Delaware to Chadds Ford), the work shows Wyeth’s affinity for landscape painting and more specifically, his appreciation of the lush Brandywine River Valley.

 

Lot 57: The Peaceful Valley, Edward Redfield (1869-1965)

Estimate $200,000-300,000

 

Lot 44: Rodger’s Meadow, Daniel Garber (1880-1958)

Estimate $200,000-300,000

 

Lot 41: 1 of 2 quintessential nocturne scenes, George Sotter (1883-1951)

Estimate: $50,000-80,000

 

Lot 42: 1 of 2 quintessential nocturne scenes, George Sotter (1883-1951)

Estimate: $40,000-60,000

 

Lot 43: A rare Italian canvas by Fern Coppedge (1883-1951) in 1926.

Estimate: $25,000-40,000

 

Lot 26: The Converted Barn, N.C. Wyeth (1853-1890)

Estimate $50,000-80,000

 

Four pieces by Philadelphia native Arthur B. Carles (1882-1952) will also be included in the sale, starting with a 1908 portrait of his then-fiancée Mercedes de Cordoba (Lot 29, estimate: $15,000-25,000). Shown seated in front of a window pane in which one can spot the reflection of the artist himself, Mlle de C. owes a great debt to the art of Henri Matisse, whom Carles revered and met in Paris. In contrast, Abstract Still Life with Drape (Lot 32, estimate: $15,000-25,000) shows the strong influence that Cubism and Georges Braque had on Carles in the 1930s, a moment when the artist tried to synthesize his exploration of shapes with his love of color.

 

OTHER AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Among the several 19th century pieces on offer are two oils by Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), both kept in the family of the artist since his death in 1896. Respectively executed in Giverny and at his return to the United States, Moyen-Age (Lot 10, estimate: $7,000-10,000) and Vermont Hillside (Lot 9, estimate: $20,000-30,000) illustrate the influence of French painting, and of Impressionist Master Claude Monet, on the artist. The rest of the sale includes the recently rediscovered Signing of the Compact in the Cabin of the Mayflower by Edwin White (1842-1946), which is considered one of the greatest pieces the artist ever made (Lot 4, estimate: $10,000-15,000); three French canvases by Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) with stellar provenance (Lots 17-19, estimates: range from $15,000 to 40,000); as well as two watercolors by Stephen Scott Young (born 1957), including one directly bought from the artist (Lot 37, estimate: $10,000-15,000 & Lot 38, estimate: $12,000-18,000)

 

AUCTION

June 7 | 2pm

HEAD OF SALE

Alasdair Nichol, [email protected]

PRESS INQUIRIES

Madeline Hill, [email protected]

Julien’s – ‘Sports Legends’ With Iconic Kobe Bryant Pieces

Julien’s – ‘Sports Legends’ With Iconic Kobe Bryant Pieces

Los Angeles, California -Julien’s Auctions announced the new date for SPORTS LEGENDS will be May 21 2020, live online at juliensauctions.com with over 300 historic sports artifacts atop the auction podium in a winners’ circle of uniforms, medals, shoes, memorabilia, sports equipment and more from the worlds of basketball, soccer, baseball, and beyond.

Among the highlights announced is a collection of items from Kobe Bryant, the basketball legend and 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Items include: Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, game-worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain (estimate: $10,000-$20,000); Bryant’s 2011 handprints in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood where the NBA legend became the first athlete to cast prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers home number “24” jersey game worn during the 2006-2007 season (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a pair of black and white Adidas brand basketball shoes game-worn and signed by Bryant and inscribed with his jersey number “8” (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).

 

The highlights also include a Spalding NBA All-Conference basketball signed by the members of the 2009-2010 Los Angeles Lakers including, Bryant, Ron Artest, Shannon Brown, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell, Sasha Vujacic, and Luke Walton (estimate:$2,000-$4,000).

Born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kobe Bean Bryant was the son of Joe Bryant, a professional basketball player in Italy where Bryant and his family lived for eight years and where Bryant learned to speak Italian fluently. In 1996 after graduating from high school at the age of 18, Bryant became the youngest player at the time in NBA history when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers, the team he would play for throughout his entire professional career. In his spectacular 20-year basketball career, Bryant would elevate the sport to new heights and achieved other unprecedented feats and honors including 18 NBA All-Star titles, five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, two NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards, four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals for men’s basketball and ranking as the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history.

On April 13, 2016 in his final NBA game before retiring, Bryant scored an astounding 60 points for the Lakers who defeated the Utah Jazz 101-96. In 2017, the Lakers retired Bryant’s jersey numbers No. 8 and No. 24. Bryant also won a Sports Emmy and Academy Award for the 2018 Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball.

On January 26, 2020, Bryant’s tragic death, at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash with eight other people including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, sent shock waves across the globe. Before his death, Bryant was named one of the eight finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

“As one of the millions of fans mourning around the world, we were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Kobe Bryant’s passing while we were preparing for our annual Sports Legends auction a few weeks ago”, said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “We are honored to include this collection of his items and pay tribute to this giant who was an inspiration not only to basketball fans but to the entire world.

Other Sports highlights include: a Jules Rimet replica trophy presented to Marco Antônio Feliciano during the 1970 World Cup with the Brazilian National Soccer Team when Brazil defeated Uruguay 3-1 in the semifinals and crushed Italy 4-1 in the tournament final at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); a Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics silver medal (estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team from the first World Cup to be held in Asia and the first and only World Cup to be jointly hosted by more than one nation, in South Korea and Japan (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); a 1994 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a member of the champion Brazil national football team during which Brazil defeated Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0-0 in extra time, the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); a yellow and green satin sash presented by the Brazilian Football Confederation to commemorate Brazil’s fourth FIFA World Cup victory (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); a gold tone medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team, winner of the 2005 Confederations Cup during which Brazil won the tournament, defeating Argentina 4-1 in the final at Waldstadion in Frankfurt (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a 2009 medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team, the winner of the 2009 South Africa Confederations Cup by defeating the United States 3-2 in the final to retain the Cup trophy the team won in 2005 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000) and more.

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS LIVE ONLINE AUCTION

SPORTS LEGENDS

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

For inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 310-836-1818.

 

 

Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, game-worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain

Estimate: $10,000-$20,000

Freeman’s – Results of P.G. Wodehouse Books & Ephemera

Freeman’s – Results of P.G. Wodehouse Books & Ephemera

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Continuing its success with private collections and single-owner sales, Freeman’s achieved a 96% sell-through rate for its May 7 auction of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection of William Toplis. The house is pleased to add this strong sell-through rate for a single-owner collection to its list of recent single-owner sale successes.

THE P.G. WODEHOUSE COLLECTION OF WILLIAM TOPLIS

Comprising nearly 200 lots that included first editions, manuscripts, original art, sheet music, libretti, scripts, and much more, the comprehensive, albeit niche, collection elicited interest from Wodehouse aficionados worldwide.

 

DIGITAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN ATTRACTS NEW BIDDERS

As a result of a robust digital marketing campaign combined with direct outreach to Wodehouse societies and collectors around the globe, 40% of buyers in this auction were new to Freeman’s–a statistic that is consistent with the company’s average for online auctions in 2020.  Aggressive and lengthy bidding wars erupted for many of the collection’s most covetable lots, driving selling prices far past their pre-sale estimates.

TOP LOTS: POCKET WATCH AND TYPESCRIPT

Most notably, Lot 177: P.G. Wodehouse’s Pocket Watch, which was elaborately engraved with the author’s monogram, sold for over ten times its high estimate to achieve $4,375. The sale was led by Lot 24: A corrected typescript of Do Butlers Burgle Banks, which featured extensive autographs revisions and annotations in pencil and red and blue ink by Wodehouse himself; the lot exceeded expectations to sell for $8,750.

SINGLE OWNER SALES: FREEMAN’S FOCUS

Selling works from private & corporate collections –whether as stand-alone single-owner sales or featured works within departmental auctions–is considered to be one of Freeman’s strongest areas of achievement.  Recent successes include The Collection of Robert J. Morrison; The Collection of Richard E. Oldenburg; The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer; The Jeff Hunter Collection; and The Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton.

 

H&H Classics- 1934 Alvis Speed 20 Sb Vanden Plas Saloon

H&H Classics- 1934 Alvis Speed 20 Sb Vanden Plas Saloon

H&H Classics are proud to offer this magnificent Alvis for sale at their next Live Auction Online on May 27th. 

Charles Follett was a mercurial character who became renowned within the London motor trade for sourcing the very best pre-owned exotica. He would travel anywhere in the UK for the right car, building-up an enviable client base in the process. A member of the Brooklands set, his ‘black book’ comprised society’s elite from racing drivers to celebrities via members of the aristocracy. Given sufficient funding to buy showrooms in the heart of Mayfair, he became the Alvis concessionaire for London and the Home Counties during 1931. 

 

Seriously impressed by the Coventry firm’s engineering integrity but dismayed at the staidness of its offerings, Follett set about turning the marque into a Lagonda, Sunbeam, Invicta and (later) Bentley rival. Decades before Jaguar came up with its famous ‘Grace . . . Space . . . Pace’ slogan, he was adamant that all three were intrinsic to making a car appeal to wealthy buyers.

Introduced in late 1931, the Alvis Speed 20 SA was the first model which Follett could really sink his teeth into. Based around a low-slung, double-dropped chassis frame, powered by a lusty 2511cc OHV straight-six engine and boasting 90mph performance, it proved an ideal canvas for the coachbuilder’s art. Conscious that Vanden Plas’ order book had thinned considerably due to Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley and the subsequent hiatus in the latter’s production, he approached the London company with a bold proposal. Follett would order a minimum of 100 bodies from them if they would (a) cut the average cost from £600 to £195 per chassis and (b) devise a range of suitably rakish designs over which he would have sign off. Vanden Plas capitulated and came up with a notably stylish Saloon, Tourer and Drophead Coupe which The Autocar hailed as ‘very attractive special bodies’.

Often at loggerheads with Alvis’ supremo T.G. John and his chief engineer G.T. Smith-Clarke over the ‘unnecessary’ expense of a la mode coachwork, Follett once denied the pair access to their own boardroom while he laid out the £895 required to buy a Speed 20 in one pound and ten shilling notes just so they would better appreciate that looks and amenities were as important as driving dynamics when such sums were involved.

Introduced in late 1931, the Alvis Speed 20 SA was the first model which Follett could really sink his teeth into. Based around a low-slung, double-dropped chassis frame, powered by a lusty 2511cc OHV straight-six engine and boasting 90mph performance, it proved an ideal canvas for the coachbuilder’s art. Conscious that Vanden Plas’ order book had thinned considerably due to Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley and the subsequent hiatus in the latter’s production, he approached the London company with a bold proposal. Follett would order a minimum of 100 bodies from them if they would (a) cut the average cost from £600 to £195 per chassis and (b) devise a range of suitably rakish designs over which he would have sign off. Vanden Plas capitulated and came up with a notably stylish Saloon, Tourer and Drophead Coupe which The Autocar hailed as ‘very attractive special bodies’.

Often at loggerheads with Alvis’ supremo T.G. John and his chief engineer G.T. Smith-Clarke over the ‘unnecessary’ expense of a la mode coachwork, Follett once denied the pair access to their own boardroom while he laid out the £895 required to buy a Speed 20 in one pound and ten shilling notes just so they would better appreciate that looks and amenities were as important as driving dynamics when such sums were involved.

Embracing the ‘Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday’ ethos, Follett campaigned a series of Alvis cars at Brooklands. Evolving from SA to SB guise in September 1933, the Speed 20 gained a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox, independent front suspension and adjustable rear dampers. While, stylistically the model was enhanced via a forward sweeping scuttle / bonnet join line, 19-inch wire wheels and larger Lucas P100 headlights. Again tasked by Follett with clothing the Speed 20SB to best effect, Vanden Plas produced a variety of open and enclosed bodies the best looking of which was undoubtedly a two-door saloon cum fixed head coupe known as the ‘Flatback’.

 

A close-coupled, Four Light design with notably slim A-, B- and C-Pillars, the ‘Flatback’ also sported a distinctive swage line that accentuated its airy glasshouse and ‘letter box’ rear window. A spectacular exemplar of the ‘airline’ styling trend which captivated the automotive industry on both sides of the Atlantic during the mid-1930s, the Speed 20 SB ‘Flatback’ is arguably the best-looking enclosed Alvis ever made. Indeed, for many its desirability is second only to that of the (again) Vanden Plas-bodied 4.3 Litre Short Chassis Tourers. Often finished in two-tone liveries, the four-seater sported extravagantly peaked, full flowing wings as well as a louvred scuttle and external fuel filler neck. Long prized by collectors for being among the most elegant pre-WW2 Saloons, only eight of the thirty-six Speed 20 SB ‘Flatbacks’ made are known to have survived to the present day. Interestingly, the last one to go under the hammer fetched $198,000.

First registered in London on 24th January 1934 (or so its expired ‘AXH 434’ number plate would imply), chassis 11154 had migrated to West Sussex and the care of Frederick James Scott some twenty-one years later. Mr Scott kept the Alvis until Christopher Charles Storrar took possession during July 1970. Acquired by the famous W.O. Bentley dealer Stanley Mann the following November, the Speed 20 SB was sold to New Zealander David Curry shortly thereafter. Treated to an engine overhaul before passing to fellow Antipodean Joe Marsden in 1973, the ‘Flatback’ Saloon was subsequently treated to an extensive restoration that spanned two decades and was not completed until 1990.

Having refurbished the Alvis as a retirement project, Mr Marsden finally relinquished it to the then President of the Alvis Car Club of New Zealand, John St. Julian during 2008. Loaned to a member of the British Bentley Drivers’ Club the next year for a rally, the Speed 20 SB was forced to retire with a broken crankshaft. A new billet replacement was made by a firm in Melbourne and the camshaft reground to the original profile with new bearings being fitted throughout etc. However, with all Mr St Julian’s other commitments and cars, the ‘Flatback’ Saloon was in need of some recommissioning when it entered the current ownership in 2017. A committed Alvis enthusiast, the vendor has gone through the Speed 20 SB and got it running to his liking. As well as refurbishing the cooling system (radiator clean and repair), he has had the magneto rejuvenated and new brake linings installed throughout.

The seller informs us that: “There is a thermostatically- controlled electric fan fitted with a manual override (the model was not specified with a mechanical fan when new). In our hottest summer temperatures ever recorded (37.5 Celsius) the car performed perfectly during the annual Art Deco parade through the town of Napier (Art Deco Capital of The World), driving in 1st gear for 40 minutes without the fan coming on once. I have also converted the accelerator to the right of the brake pedal, as I have been driving for over fifty years and was prompted to do so after a very close call with a fence! The pedal layout can be returned to original configuration in five minutes if you are concerned with absolute authenticity. The trafficators ‘flash’ and there are indicators at all four corners for safety. These are integrated rather than being external additions. All original fittings are present on the car. These include: the built-in jacks front and rear, the Luvax adjustable rear shockers and the one-shot lubrication system. The extensive history file documents the restoration carried out by Joe Marsden as well as the additional work done by John and myself. It further includes the old-style UK buff logbook and registration plates, which are still on the car. The Alvis starts and runs very well and I have no hesitation in driving it anywhere”.

 

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE H&H CLASSICS PRESS OFFICE:

Julian Roup ON +44 (0) 7970 563958

OR email [email protected]

 

Freeman’s – American Furniture & Arts Results

Freeman’s – American Furniture & Arts Results

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its April 28 & April 29 online auctions of American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts. Together, the back-to-back sales totaled just shy of $975,000. Both sales elicited the participation of a sizable number of new bidders and ultimately exceeded expectations, nearly reaching their pre-sale high estimates.

On April 28, 75 phone bidders competed against nearly 5,000 registered internet bidders resulting in lengthy bidding wars and an 87% sell-through rate. The 160 lot auction realized $886,645, with strong prices achieved for furniture, art, textiles and decorative objects alike.

 

STRONG PRICES REALIZED FOR FINE EXAMPLES OF PERIOD FURNITURE

The sale was led by a Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock with works by Pennsylvania clockmaker Daniel Rose (Lot 23), which realized $62,5000—one of the highest prices achieved for the maker at auction. Fine examples of period furniture performed well throughout the day and oftentimes exceeded their high estimates, discrediting the pessimistic, but popular, opinion that there is little desirability in today’s market for traditional  “brown wood.” Other notable results for furniture included: $25,000 for a Chippendale figured walnut secretary desk made for Jeremiah Wood, by Joseph Kimsey, Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ, 1791 (Lot 19, estimate: $10,000-15,000); $25,000 for an aesthetic rosewood multi-tiered table inlaid with a fly, and spider with web by A. & H. Lejambre (Lot 103, estimate: $8,000-12,000); and $17,500 for a Philadelphia Chippendale carved mahogany dressing table (Lot 41, estimate: $8,000-12,000).

RARE OBJECTS WITH IMPRESSIVE PROVENANCE ELICIT BIDDING WARS
Bidders competed aggressively for fresh-to-market objects that had compelling histories or had descended through prominent American families. A rare historic record of a specific North American time and place: of Western Plains life, exploration, the life and arts of Native peoples, and the transformation of the West, the single-owner Clement Hungerford Pollen Collection (Lot 155) generated considerable interest and ultimately achieved its high estimate of $50,000. A Baltimore painted and stenciled Grecian caned couch (Lot 68) came with an affixed note that said it descended in the Patterson Family of Baltimore, including Elizabeth (Betsy) Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879), helping it to soar past its $500-800 pre-sale estimate to sell for $16,250. Similarly, a gilt-washed sterling askos claret jug by Gorham Mfg. Co. (Lot 111) that had descended in the Macalester Family and had been owned by Eliza Lytle ‘Lily’ Macalester (1832-1891) and her husband Alfred D. Berghmans (1832-1872), more than tripled its pre-sale high estimate to sell for $18,750. A striking group of ten Masonic charts by artist, miner and engineer George M. Silsbee (1840-1900) of Leadville, CO, sold for fifteen times its low estimate to realize $15,000.

MARITIME ART & OBJECTS FARE ESPECIALLY WELL, SAILING PAST PRE-SALE ESTIMATES

The auction featured a strong selection of maritime art & decorative objects, with many works coming from the Collection of Heidi Bingham Stott. Comprising a number of sailor’s valentines and woolies, the Collection was highlighted by two woolwork pictures: the first, depicting the “Capture of Canton by the Allies, December 28, 1857” (Lot 63), quadrupled its pre-sale low estimate to sell for $13,750; the second, depicting five ships by a coastline in white water (Lot 133), sold for over six times its low estimate, realizing $12,500. Beyond the collection, other nautical items, including ship paintings and Chinese Export porcelain, achieved strong prices: a collection of Chinese Export ‘Tobacco Leaf’ porcelain (Lots 29-39) totaled $57,151; and an American School 19th century painting of White Diamond Line Packet leaving Boston Harbor (Lot 87, estimate: $2,000-3,000) sold for $13,750.

Following suit, the April 29 auction was led by a painting by Alexander Charles Stuart (1831-1898) of an American Naval Engagement (Lot 105), which sold for over seventeen times its high estimate to realize $13,750.

ADDITIONAL SALE HIGHLIGHTS

Other highlights in the April 28 sale included an 18th century Boston canvas work picture (Lot 5, $35,000);  a Portrait of Henry Clay (1777-1852) by School of Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827) (Lot 69, $32,500); A Mexican War presentation sword to Brevet Major John Frederick Roland, 2nd Regiment U.S. Artillery by Ames Mfg. Co. (Lot 89, $23,750); and a rare and possibly unique painted tinware and zinc Liberty cap with Civil War association to the Pratt Street Riot (Lot 95, $18,750).

 

Lot 23: Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock with works by Pennsylvania clockmaker Daniel Rose

Sold for: $62,5000

Lot 19: Chippendale figured walnut secretary desk made for Jeremiah Wood, by Joseph Kimsey, Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ, 1791

Sold for: $25,000

Lot 103: Aesthetic rosewood multi-tiered table inlaid with a fly, and spider with web by A. & H. Lejambre

Sold For: $25,000 

Lot 31: Philadelphia Chippendale carved mahogany dressing table

Sold For: $17,500

Lot 155: A rare historic record of a specific North American time and place: of Western Plains life, exploration, the life and arts of Native peoples, and the transformation of the West, the single-owner Clement Hungerford Pollen Collection

Sold for: $50,000

Lot 68: A Baltimore painted and stenciled Grecian caned couch descended in the Patterson Family of Baltimore, including Elizabeth (Betsy) Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879)

Sold for: $16,250

H&H Classics- Online Only Auction Achieves £600,000

H&H Classics- Online Only Auction Achieves £600,000

The 70% selling rate and £600,000 total achieved at the latest H&H Classics sale on Wednesday 29th April 2020 further embeds the success of the company’s Live Auction Online platform with four successful sales held during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Top Lot in the sale was a very fast Ford – a 1967 Ford Mustang 390 GT Fastback which made £63,250.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics, comments: “If you are a fan of the model of Mustang immortalised by Steve McQueen’s Lieutenant Frank Bullitt and one of the most memorable car chases in cinema history, then you’ll probably be blown away by ‘YTA 488E’, which is without question the best 390 GT we have ever seen”.

 

The sale attracted some 387 online bidders with log-ins from as far afield as California and New Zealand. With mouse clickers vying against telephone and commission bidders, plenty of lots sold over top estimate but perhaps more impressively 48 percent of those participating in yesterday’s auction were new to H&H.

Nine cars exceeded their top estimate including an older restored, ex-USA 1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster which had been in the same family for the past 19 years, that sold for £50,600.

 

A 1996 Ferrari 456GT made £35,650 despite having over 99,000 miles on the clock. One of just 141 RHD manual cars supplied to the UK, it had been first owned by English entrepreneur, Sir Peter de Savary.

By way of complete contrast was a ‘restoration project’ from Derbyshire, a 1933 Invicta 12/45 Saloon which sold for £11,500. This car had stood out in all weathers for 35 years.

A 1999 Jaguar XK8 Convertible with 102,000 miles on the clock surprised by making £7,475. Its rare Metallic Aubergine livery obviously taking the fancy of two determined bidders.

 

 

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE H&H CLASSICS PRESS OFFICE:

Julian Roup ON +44 (0) 7970 563958

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Freeman’s – Art Auction led by Warhol, Picasso & Katz

Freeman’s – Art Auction led by Warhol, Picasso & Katz

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Thursday, May 14, Freeman’s will hold its online auction of Modern & Contemporary Art. The 58-lot sale spans myriad artistic periods and features fresh-to-market works by important international artists such as Sam Gilliam, Wolf Kahn, Harry Bertoia, Henri Matisse, and Lynn Chadwick, amongst others.

Says Dunham Townend, Head of Sale: “We are delighted to present this well-curated sale, which offers a wide array of works that will appeal to a broad cross-section of collectors.  With pieces by early Modern masters, Post-War luminaries, and dynamic blue-chip artists still working today, this sale offers something for the new as well as the established collector.”

 

WARHOL, PECHSTEIN, BRASILIER, KATZ AND PICASSO

Leading the auction is Chanel from Ads (Lot 48, $120,000-180,000) by American Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. Chanel is one of ten prints from Andy Warhol’s Ads series, each of which features images that were appropriated from ubiquitous ads or logos of the 1950s-1980s.  Like his famous depictions of celebrities, Warhol’s Ads both reveal and revel in our devotion to the iconography of fame and luxury. Chanel is an excellent example of the themes and techniques that Warhol explored throughout his long and celebrated career.

Other notable international top lots in the sale include: Äpfel (Lot 4; $60,000-100,000) by German Expressionist Max Pechstein and Cavaliers sur la Neige (Lot 32, $60,000-100,000) by French artist André Brasilier.  Äpfel depicts a still life of apples in a compressed and flattened space that seem to fall forward toward the viewer. Painted in 1928, this work reveals the influences of Matisse and Cézanne in Pechstein’s early work.  Brasilier’s Cavaliers sur la Neige is an excellent example of the artist’s lyrical and elegant depictions of horses in the landscape. Both paintings are fresh-to-the market, having been held in private collections for decades.

Notable contemporary works in the auction include Yellow Road (Lot 30, $25,000-40,000) and Forsythia (Lot 31, $20,000-$30,000) by Alex Katz; Behind Sam’s (Putney, VT) (Lot 29, $10,000-15,000) by Wolf Kahn; and Run (Lot 50, $15,000-$20,000)by Sam Gilliam.  Executed in 2011, Run is an exciting recent example by Gilliam, whose market has seen robust growth in recent years.

The sale also includes a grouping of ceramics by Pablo Picasso (Lots 8-11).  Leading them is Face with Black Nose  (Lot 11, $25,000-$40,000), an excellent example of the artist’s exploration of portraiture in his ceramic forms.  Additionally, there is a collection of sculptures by Kiki Smith, Lynda Benglis, David Salle and Richard Tuttle from the noted innovative Art Foundry Editions, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Lots 51-54).

 

LATIN-AMERICAN SECTION FEATURING DIEGO RIVERA AND OTHERS

A considerable number of works in the sale are by artists hailing from or working in Central and South America. This sizable representation of Latin American artists contributes to a sale that features blue-chip artists from around the world.

Highlights of this section include The Merchant (Lot 20, $25,000-40,000) and Seated Woman (Lot 21, $25,000-40,000)—two paintings by Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera.  Both works have descended in the family of the woman to whom the artist dedicated the works, and come to the market for the first time in decades.

An untitled, mixed media textile (Lot 17, $25,000-40,000) by Brazilian artist Roberto Burle-Marx is included in the sale, as well as four paintings (Lots 13-16) by Venezuelan painter and muralist Oswaldo Vigas, and two works by Mexican artist Francisco Zúñiga (1912-1998), including Madre e Hija Sentadas (Lot 19, $25,000-40,000), a figural onyx sculpture depicting a mother and daughter working in Zuniga’s trademark voluminous style.

 

ENHANCING ONLINE EXPERIENCE FOR BUYERS – INTERACTIVE E-CATALOGUE

With the house’s recent launch of an online only sales format, Freeman’s is increasing its accessibility and ensuring that the buying experience for their international bidders remains as seamless as possible. To that effect, the house launched a new eco-friendly and technology-driven catalogue, encouraging exploration and immersion through the use of different media. The digital format aims to simplify the online buying process while its multi-sensory delivery enhances and enriches the viewing experience. Explore the interactive e-catalogue on Freeman’s website.

 

AUCTION: May 14 | 12pm

 

HEAD OF SALE

Dunham Townend, [email protected]

PRESS INQUIRIES

Madeline Hill, [email protected]

 

 

Lot 4: Max Pechstein (German, 1881-1955) Äpfel

Estimate: $60,000 – $100,000

Signed and erroneously dated 1947 bottom right, signed again and titled verso, also inscribed with the artist’s address, oil on canvas. Executed circa 1928. 19 3/8 x 19 7/16 in. (49.2 x 49.4cm)

 

Lot 32: André Brasilier (French, born 1929). Cavaliers sur la Neige

Estimate: $60,000 – $100,000

Signed and dated 1969 bottom center, oil on canvas.
76 1/4 x 50 9/16 in. (193.7 x 128.4cm)

 

Lot 30: Alex Katz (American, born 1927). Yellow Road

Estimate: $25,000 – $40,000

Signed and dated 98 bottom right, oil on board.
14 5/8 x 11 9/16 in. (37.1 x 29.4cm)

Lot 31: Alex Katz (American, born 1927). Forsythia #2

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

Signed and dated 97 top right, oil on board.
11 3/4 x 9 in. (29.8 x 22.9cm)

 

Lot 29: Wolf Kahn (American/German, 1927-2020). Behind Sam’s (Putney, VT)

Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Signed bottom left, inscribed #53-1976 and titled verso, oil on canvas. Executed in 1976.
14 x 28 in. (35.6 x 71.1cm)

Lot 50: Sam Gilliam (American, born 1933). Run

Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000

Signed and titled bottom right, mixed media.
Executed in 2011.
sight: 30 x 29 x 1 1/2 in. (76.2 x 73.7 x 3.8cm)

Freeman’s – Single Owner Collection of P.G. Wodehouse

Freeman’s – Single Owner Collection of P.G. Wodehouse

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On May 7, Freeman’s will proudly present an online auction of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection of William Toplis (1924-2019). The present collection encompasses an array of material that spans Wodehouse’s entire career, from his earliest forays into publishing in the 1890s, to the 1970s when he published his last works. William Toplis was a Philadelphia native, veteran of the US Navy, dedicated teacher, and—in true Bertie Wooster fashion—a fervent collector of bespoke suits. His high standards and love for the author’s work allowed him to build a collection without peer. Diligently researched and covering both his literary work as well as his work for the stage, the collection encompasses first editions, manuscripts, original art, sheet music, libretti, scripts, and much more. In its breadth, it charts the author’s trajectory from aspiring writer to world-renowned author.

NOTABLE AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Featured in this sale are many rare and unusual items, including a unique set of P.G. Wodehouse’s personal scrapbooks (Lot 176, Est. $3,000-5,000). Wodehouse compiled these four scrapbooks over an almost 50-year period from 1911 to 1960. They contain hundreds of newspaper clippings, programs, telegrams and other ephemera related to Wodehouse’s career, both on the page and on the stage, and offer a rare glimpse into Wodehouse’s own chronicles of his professional life. Also on offer is a first issue of Wodehouse’s 1910 novel “The Intrusion of Jimmy,” charmingly inscribed to Wodehouse’s mother and signed by the author with his nickname, “Plum” (Lot 60, Est. $1,000-$1,500). Published six months later in England with a new title, “A Gentleman of Leisure,” this work represents an important period of Wodehouse’s writing career, when it began to take off in both the United States and England. This, along with numerous other important books – like a first English issue of “Big Money” in its exceedingly scarce first issue dust jacket (Lot 7, Est. $3,000-5,000) – brings together a robust and expansive collection spanning the illustrious career of P.G. Wodehouse

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

An English humorist, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975) is perhaps best known as the creator of comedic duo Bertie Wooster and his sharp-witted valet, Jeeves, who appeared together in 11 novels and 35 short stories. His humor prodded at the eccentricities of the gentlemanly upper-class, and his poetic writing style captured the attention of audiences around the world. Wodehouse, a prolific writer if there ever was one, published more than 90 novels and 200 short stories in his lifetime, solidifying his place in the English literary canon and in the hearts of his readers.

 

AUCTION: May 7 | 10am

 

HEAD OF SALE

Darren Winston, [email protected]

 

PRESS INQUIRIES

Madeline Hill, [email protected]

“The Intrusion of Jimmy” inscription.

Estimated: $600-$900

Lot 60: New York: W.J. Watt & Company, (1910). First edition, first issue. 8vo. (vi), 314 pp. Inscribed by Wodehouse on front free endpaper: “To Mr. Mathis/with the author’s compliments/P.G. Wodehouse.”

P.G. Wodehouse’s Personal Scrapbooks,, 1911-1960

Estimate $3,000-5,000

Lot 176: In four volumes. P.G. Wodehouse’s personal scrapbooks. Compiled over an almost 50-year period.

P.G. Wodehouse’s Personal Scrapbooks,, 1911-1960

Estimate $3,000-5,000

Lot 176: In four volumes. P.G. Wodehouse’s personal scrapbooks. Compiled over an almost 50-year period.

P.G. Wodehouse Collection of Willia Toplis

Thu, May 7 2020

“The Intrusion of Jimmy”

Estimated: $600-$900

Lot 60: New York: W.J. Watt & Company, (1910). First edition, first issue. 8vo. (vi), 314 pp. Inscribed by Wodehouse on front free endpaper: “To Mr. Mathis/with the author’s compliments/P.G. Wodehouse.”

P.G. Wodehouse Collection of Willia Toplis

Thu, May 7 2020

H&H Classics- Race & Rally Cars Head The Grid

H&H Classics- Race & Rally Cars Head The Grid

The next Auction Online at H&H features a number of race and rally cars including this 1972 Chevron B20, the only Formula 3 version of its B20 design built by Chevron. It is estimated to sell for £38,000 to £42,000 at the March 4th sale.

The Chevron was a works car for Chris Skeeping in 1972. It has been the winner of Formula 4, Monoposto and HSCC Classic and the F3 Championships. It has had just four owners from new and is ready to compete.

The car comes with a fully documented history, has been professionally maintained and features a low mileage Twin Cam engine.

Car number one of only eleven B20’s built by Chevron; this is the only Formula 3 version ever produced and was the works car for Chris Skeaping who raced it in F3 events in England and Europe. Chris’s best result was 3rd at Silverstone, 14 May 1972.

The car passed briefly into the hands of Chevron’s Italian agent, Eris Tondelli, then in 1975 it was sold by Chevron Cars to Alex Lowe and went on to win the Formula 4 & Monoposto championships in 1977 and 1980 respectively. Alex then sold the car back to Chevron.

In 1994 it was totally restored by Roger Andreason at Chevron Cars for Nick Crossley. Nick spared no expense at all and he used it in HSCC F3 races, winning the Classic F3 Championship in 1995.

When the present owner bought it the car had been standing for quite a number of years so it was subjected to a light restoration and returned to its original livery from when Chris Skeaping ran it for Chevron.

Whist in his ownership it has been maintained by Martin Stretton Racing so has wanted for little although it will need new tyres and seatbelts and the extinguisher will need recertification as it hasn’t been raced since Oulton Park in August 2014.

The Twin Cam engine was overhauled by Colin Holt in April 2013 and since then it’s done five races, a total of 584 miles, verified by Martin Stretton’s record. So, apart from the tyres, seatbelts and extinguisher and the obvious change of fluids, it is pretty much ready to race. It also comes with a set of (old) wets, a spare nose section, rear wing, 2 rear uprights, 4 front wishbones and various other suspension items.

The car was raced at Monaco in 2010 so would certainly be eligible should they run a suitable class in the future. Could run in Classic F3 but also Classic Racing Cars. 

This Triumph Vitesse MK2 rally car, which has been owned for almost 10 years by the vendor is affectionately known as ‘The Snotter’.

It has provided huge enjoyment as a Historic Rally car and has covered around 20,000 miles during that time either competing in rallies or getting to and from them and has proven to be 100% reliable.

All its events have been in Switzerland or France and include multiple Alpine Challenge rallies, Rallye du Dauphine, Rallye du Chablais, Rallye Glace et Neige, Rallye Mont Blanc, Ollons Villars Hillclimb and many more. The owner’s co-driver being Swiss allowed the car to be garaged in Geneva between rallies only returning to the UK periodically for maintenance and minor repairs. The last competition event undertaken was in 2018 and the car was driven back to the UK in December 2018 after which it has hardly been used and this is the main reason for the sale.

Mechanically, it has been kept very standard for reliability. It has a 4 speed non-overdrive gearbox, upgraded high ratio differential, 14in Minilite wheels, conversion to telescopic rear shock absorbers. Internally, there is an FIA spec full Rollcage, Competition Seats, Full Harnesses, Tripmaster. Structurally, it is very sound but with some cosmetic details – faded paint on boot lid and roof and very minor bubbling around base of doors – it is after all a rally car. The original front and rear seats are included if someone wants to revert to non-competition use.

It also has an MSA Historic Rally Car Passport, large history file showing that it is a matching numbers and Devon registered car from new, original service book and has had 5 recorded keepers in 50 years. Mot and tax exempt.

It would make an ideal vehicle for someone to start historic regularity rallying.

  • Previously winning car at Prescot B in 2014
  • Built for Mike Henney
  • Complete with V5C
  • All original running gear including straight cut gearbox
  • Complete with 4.5, 4.8 & 4.3 ratio diffs
  • Supplied with standard 1275 cc engine requiring rebuild
  • FIA Rear roll cage
  • Lightweight hardtop
  • Racing fuel tank and facet fuel pump
  • Comes with some spares

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE H&H CLASSICS PRESS OFFICE:

Julian Roup

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H&H Classics- Prince Bernhard’s 1938 Lagonda

H&H Classics- Prince Bernhard’s 1938 Lagonda

Originally the property of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and known by subsequent keepers as ‘Penelope’ this stunning car featured extensively in the authoritative book ‘Lagonda’ by Bernd Holthusen.

It comes to auction with H&H Classics at Duxford Imperial War Museum on March 18 with an estimate of £200,000 to £250,000.

The drophead coupe was beautifully restored by the late Peter Whenman of Vintage Coachworks during 1992-1993 and is still highly presentable. The LG6 was invited to the 2016 Dutch Paleis Het Loo Concours d’Elegance where it won its class. The four-seater was also an award winner with the Lagonda Club in both 1959 and 2003!

“A very special Post Vintage Thoroughbred” says Damian Jones of H&H Classics.

The Lagonda was used by the vendor to learn how to drive whilst it belonged to his father from 1958-1962 and has been in the current ownership since 2002.

Prince Bernhard was the German-born consort to Holland’s Queen Juliana. His life embraced triumph and scandal. Bernhard Leopold Frederik Everhard Julius Coert Karel Godfried Pieter, Prince of the Netherlands lived to be 93 from 1911 to 2004.

His life was full of drama, twists and turns. Having bought the LG6 new in 1938, he moved to England when Holland fell to the Nazis two years later. Volunteering his services to Allied Intelligence, he was vetted by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame and later flew various missions over Continental Europe under the assumed name of ‘Wing Commander Gibbs’. In 1944 he held the rank of commander-in-chief of the Dutch armed forces. Later it emerged that he had had early links to the Nazi party and in 1976 he was exposed for taking bribes in the global Lockheed scandal.

Juliana chose Bernhard as her future husband after meeting him at the winter Olympics in Bavaria in 1936 and they married the following year.

For 30 years, he travelled the world promoting the economic and cultural interests of the Netherlands, as well as his pet causes, setting up the Bilderberg Circle, a private forum for frank discussion of world issues by the west’s great and good. He was also president of the World Wildlife Foundation and the International Equestrian Federation.

The Lagonda was used by Prince Bernhard while based in Britain during the war. A very keen car enthusiast he owned more than 60 cars in his lifetime, one of his favourites was a uniquely green 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Speziale.

Prince Bernard arrived in the UK with the Dutch Royal Family in June 1940, right after the Germans invaded Holland in May 1940.

In 1940 he founded ‘The Spifire Fund’, a fund that acquired war equipment, that formed the basis of the now well-known Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, supporting cultural projects.

1940: Liaison officer between the Dutch and British armed forces.

1941: Honorary Air Commodore at the RAF

1943: Founder of 322 Dutch Squadron RAF, mainly escort flights, V1 interception and combat and ground attacks.

 

 

Estimate: £200,000 – £250,000

Registration No: GPH 299

Chassis No: 12318

MOT: Exempt

  • Featured extensively in the authoritative book ‘Lagonda’ by Bernd Holthusen

  • Beautifully restored by the late Peter Whenman of Vintage Coachworks during 1992-1993 and still highly presentable

  • Formerly the property of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

  • Used by the vendor to learn how to drive whilst it belonged to his father from 1958-1962 and current ownership since 2002

  • Invited to the 2016 Palais Het Loo Concours d’Elegance where it won its class

  • Known as ‘Penelope’

  • An award winner with the Lagonda Club in both 1959 and 2003!

  • A very special Post Vintage Thoroughbred

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE H&H CLASSICS PRESS OFFICE:

Julian Roup

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H&H Classics- 1934 Delage D6-11 Saoutchik Cabriolet for Sale

H&H Classics- 1934 Delage D6-11 Saoutchik Cabriolet for Sale

Among the most elegant 1930s French cars H&H Classics have offered is this imposing 1934 Delage, which not surprisingly was awarded first prize at the 1993 Paris Deauville Concours d’Elegance and 1994 Rallye de Lisieux. It is estimated to sell for £40,000 to £50,000 with H&H Classics at Duxford, Imperial War Museum on March 18.

It was rebodied in the style of Saoutchik by coachbuilder Daniel Nantou of Bazemont during 1989. Resident in France for most of its life, the Delage spent seven years on Guernsey before entering the current UK ownership during 2013.

It is believed to be one of just 18 survivors of this model from the magnificent French marque.

 

Known to the Delage Register and Les Amis de Delage, the svelte Cabriolet boasts ‘matching’ chassis and engine numbers. Equipped with a more modern fuel pump and alternator, it has been used by the vendor for frequent 40-mile round trips.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics says emphatically that it is: “Among the most elegant 1930s French cars we have offered.”

 

For more information about the Auction, please visit H&H Classics.

 

Press Inquiries: Julian Roup ON +44 (0) 7970 563958 OR email [email protected]

 

 

Estimate: £40,000 – £50,000

Registration No: 644 YUX

Chassis No: 37988

MOT: August 2020

– Rebodied in the style of Saoutchik by coachbuilder Daniel Nantou of Bazemont during 1989 and subsequently awarded first prize at the 1993 Paris Deauville Concours d’Elegance and 1994 Rallye de Lisieux

– Resident in France for most of its life, the Delage spent seven years on Guernsey before entering the current UK ownership during 2013

– Known to the Delage Register and Les Amis de Delage, ‘matching’ chassis and engine numbers

– Used by the vendor for frequent 40-mile round trips and equipped with a more modern fuel pump and alternator

Salon du Dessin- Ode to Nature- In Gardens & The Wild

Salon du Dessin- Ode to Nature- In Gardens & The Wild

Theme of ‘Ode to Nature – In Gardens & The Wild’ attracting British gardeners & Art lovers to 29th Salon du Dessin – the World’s Premier art drawing fair in Paris.

Greener than ever, the Salon du Dessin will devote this year’s International Symposium to the art of gardens and botany. The 2020 fair guest, the Musées de Marseille, will present a selection of their best works based on nature and several galleries will present drawings related to the theme.

The work of Walter Leistikow, an avant-garde Berlin artist active at the end of the 19th century, can be found in the museums of Berlin, Munich and Leipzig. His contacts with Edvard Munch, his travels in northern countries and a stay in Paris in 1893 influenced the naturalist, symbolic lyricism seen in this watercolor and gouache on paper presented by Martin Moeller & Cie.

 

Ode to nature: atmosphere

Gustave Doré, a seasoned hiker, painted the Alps, the hills of Scotland, the Brittany coastline and other natural areas. The artist made marvelous use of watercolors in his landscapes, as can be seen in this picture of the setting sun in the mountains, to be presented at the fair by Galerie Terrades.

The New York gallery W.M. Brady and Co. will present a beautiful pencil drawing by Georges Seurat, Rain, which belonged to the collection of the American John Quinn (1870-1924). Seurat, who loved to draw, takes this black-and-white study to the limit, using a soft Conté crayon on coarse-grained Ingres paper to represent the gradations of light and shade.

Gérard de Palézieux (1919-2012) was a little-known Swiss artist whose work was revealed to the public through a wonderful exhibition at the Fondation Custodia in Paris in 2019. An outstanding illustrator, Palézieux excelled at still lifes and was also a great landscape artist. The Swiss gallery Ditesheim & Maffei will feature a group of delicate works by the artist, a follower of Corot.

The virgin forest flourishes in Sam Szafran’s work. A good example is this watercolor, to be shown by Galerie Berès. Szafran became enamored of nature in the 1970s, when he discovered a plant genus that was new to him, the philodendron, in the Paris studio of a friend, the painter Zao Wou-Ki. “That was when my obsession with plants found the best way to express itself”, he said.

 

 

 

In 1901, Henri le Sidaner moved to Gerberoy, in the Oise department of France, where he created three monochrome gardens: an all-white garden, a rose garden (site of his summer studio) and a yellow and blue garden. In this beautiful work on paper presented by Talabardon & Gautier, the painter evocatively depicts the softness and clarity of the moonlight on the plants.

The London gallery Stephen Ongpin Fine Art will present two watercolors and gouaches on paper by Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, a famous cartographer and illustrator who accompanied Jean Ribault’s second expedition to the New World in 1562. He is known for his artistic depiction of the landscape and flora and fauna, and for his descriptions of the inhabitants.

From his youth in the Jura until his death on the shores of the Mediterranean, Le Corbusier was always interacting with nature: he collected stones, bones and shells, experimented with a wealth of materials and sought to bring green spaces to the city. He was also fascinated by women’s bodies, as seen in a work presented by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

A watercolor and gouache by Hans Reichel to be shown by Martin Moeller & Cie, demonstrates the artist’s kinship with Klee: witness the bird, the blade of grass and the star. Reichel and Klee worked together in Munich during the war, then at the Bauhaus in Weimar in the 1920s, an adventure they experienced together, both of them somewhat on the sidelines. Reichel moved to Paris in 1928 and died there 30 years later.

 

 

Three centuries of drawings from the Musées de Marseille – Nature in all its states

The presence of the Salon du dessin’s guest this year, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, offers an opportunity to show a selection of drawings from its graphic arts department as well as from two other Marseille museums with Old Master drawing collections, the Musée Grobet-Labadié and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode. In line with the theme of this year’s fair, the art of gardens and botany, works depicting nature in one form or another were selected from the three museums’ collections. Forty drawings dating from the 15th to the 19th century – including works by Pierre Puget, Jean-Baptiste Huet, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Jean-Antoine Constantin and Camille Corot – will offer a sampling of the treasures to be found in Marseille’s museums.

 

 

 

 

Salon du Dessin: Open noon-8 p.m., until 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 26

Admission: €15 – Free catalogue

Palais Brongniart, Paris March 25–30, 2020

Press Opening: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 2 p.m.

 

For more information about the fair, please contact:

Sylvie Robaglia, [email protected]

Samantha Bergognon, [email protected]

Charlotte Corre, [email protected]

 

Press Inquiries:

Julian Roup on [email protected]

 

Aspire x Piasa- Contemporary African Art to Remember

Aspire x Piasa- Contemporary African Art to Remember

First French-South African auction partnership promises new world records on contemporary African art this Valentine’s day, February 14th

 

Pan African vision spanning 10,000 miles from Paris to Cape town set to shake up Africa’s art market

 

French flair and passion from Piasa combined with South African energy and local knowledge from Aspire promises to deliver an auction sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art to remember on February 14th at 3pm in Cape Town.

This collaboration is unprecedented and represents the first time an African and European auction house have partnered to present a sale of African art, in Africa, for a global audience.

The landmark auction: Modern and Contemporary African Art takes place on Friday, 14 February at OroAfrica House in Cape Town. The curated collection comprises 198 lots, featuring 139 artists representing 27 countries from Africa and the diaspora. While presenting a broader pan-African offering, it spotlights key collecting segments from 20th Century modernism to contemporary production and photography.

Christophe Person, of French auction house Piasa, says: “The South African market is one of the most dynamic on the continent. But until now collectors have been mostly focussed on local artists and less on art from other African countries. What is special about this new partnership between Aspire and Piasa is that it offers a pan-African vision of contemporary creation.” Ruarc Peffers of Aspire, adds: ”We are delighted to be working with Piasa who have made significant inroads into the Contemporary African Art Market in Europe. Creating both depth and breadth geographically is one of the real excitements of this joint initiative.”

Ever-increasing global interest in art from Africa is changing the art market. To meet the growing demand, Aspire has partnered with Paris-based house Piasa, to introduce an Africa-focused auction that presents some of the best examples of modern and contemporary art produced on this continent.

Headlining the collection, and the top lot by value, is J.H. Pierneef’s Baobabs with Soutpansberg in the distance, 1920 (R6–9million). Pierneef’s baobab paintings are extremely rare. Painted a century ago and never before seen on the market, this large, splendid painting, with impeccable provenance, will enhance any serious art collection.

Adorning the catalogue cover is a superb, early painting by internationally acclaimed Marlene Dumas, never before seen on the market. Oktober 1973 is only the third Dumas painting ever offered at auction in South Africa. Estimated at £160,000 – £260,000 (R3–5million), the work is set to attract significant interest.

An impressive variety of drawings and sculpture by William Kentridge leads the contemporary selection. Topped in value, Kentridge’s mixed media work Whilst Reaching Down (Slowly), 2013, £160,000 – £260,000 (R3–5million) is a series of drawings on dictionary paper which highlights the artist’s command of drawing, text and animation.

The auction introduces some of the most in-demand African artists on the market. A remarkable painting by Chéri Samba (Congo) titled Retour au Bercail, 1995, (R225,000 – 300,000), is the first work to be offered at auction in South Africa by this seminal painter.

Rarely exhibited in South Africa and making its inaugural local auction appearance, is an early 1980s photograph Every Mother’s Son / Children of Suffering (R70,000–90,000) by the late Nigerian/British photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Legendary photographer David Goldblatt is represented with seminal images from his famous photobooks Some Afrikaners Photographed and TJ/Johannesburg Photographs, including the highly sought-after work; A railway shunter who dreamed of a garden without concrete or bricks, watered by this dam, Koksoord, Randfontein. 1962 (R250,000– 400,000). Aspire currently holds the world auction record for Goldblatt’s work and continues to dominate this market globally.

            PRESS INQUIRIES:

Julian Roup at [email protected]

Tel 07970563958 or Marelize van Zyl | +27 83 283 7427 | [email protected]t

VENUE

OroAfrica House, 170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town

PUBLIC OPENING | VERNISSAGE

Tuesday, 11 February at 6 – 8:30 pm

PREVIEW DAYS

Wednesday 12 February
12 to 5 pm

Thursday 13 February
10 am to 5 pm

Friday 14 February
10 am to 3 pm

SALE ENQUIRIES:

Cape Town | +27 21 418 0765 | [email protected]

Johannesburg | +27 11 243 5243 | [email protected]

William Kentridge (South Africa, b.1955)

Whilst Reaching Down (Slowly), 2013

charcoal, pastel, red conté and screenprint on found Shorter Oxford English Dictionary pages

signed in red conté bottom right

120 x 160 cm

 

 

Estimate: R 3,000,000 – R 5,000,000

Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Aboudia) (Cote D’Ivoire, b.1983)

Untitled, 2013

acrylic, pastel and collage on canvas

 

100 x 139 cm

 

 

Estimate: R 130,000 – R 160,000

 

 

Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (South Africa, 1886-1957)

Baobabs with Soutpansberg in the distance, 1920

 

oil on board

signed and dated bottom left

70 x 98 cm

 

 

Estimate: R 6,000,000 – R 9,000,000

Marlene Dumas (South African, b.1953)

Oktober 1973, 1973

oil and water-based paint on canvas

inscribed with the title top right

183 x 121 cm

 

 

Estimate: R 3,000,000 – R 5,000,000

Freeman’s – Morisot, Van Gogh and Degas

Freeman’s – Morisot, Van Gogh and Degas

On February 18th, Freeman’s will hold its inaugural auction of European Art and Old Masters at its brand new 2400 Market Street location. The tightly-curated 50-lot sale will showcase Continental and British works spanning from the 16thto the early 20thcentury. A variety of mediums will be featured, including early prints and works on paper, paintings, and sculpture – some being important rediscoveries by celebrated artists such asNiccolò Codazzi (1642-1693), women artists Giovanna Garzoni(1600-1670) and Emilie Preyer (1849-1930), Max Liebermann(1847-1935), Armand Guillaumin(French, 1841-1927) and Montague Dawson(British, 1890-1973).

THREE IMPRESSIONIST HIGHLIGHTS

One of the highlights of the sale will beBerthe Morisot’sApollon Révélant sa Divinité à la Bergère Issé(after François Boucher)(Lot 37; $150,000-250,000) – a striking late work completed in the fall of 1892. The painting is one of two paintings that Morisot copied after François Boucher, an 18thcentury artist she particularly revered and studied. So distinctly Rococo in theme and technique, the present work made an impression on Claude Monet, who insisted on including it in the artist’s retrospective show in 1896. It later inspired his famous Nymphéasseries. This painting remained in the Morisot family’s collection until it was purchased by the present owner from the artist’s grandson, giving it impeccable provenance.

Also on offer will beBald-Headed Orphan Man, Facing RightbyVincent van Gogh(Lot 32; $120,000-180,000). Completed in The Hague in January 1883, the charcoal drawing follows the artist’s move from his hometown in Etten – an important moment in the artist’s creative development.  It depicts Adrianus Jacobus Zuyderland, a 72 year-old pensioner of an almshouse who would become van Gogh’s most frequently used model. Here, Vincent captures a certain sense of pride in the downtrodden old man, perhaps revealing a sense of his own calm defiance. Other, less posed, versions of the orphan man can be found in the collection of prestigious museums, including the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

A fresh-to-market bronze by Edgar Degasentitled Grand Arabesque, Deuxième Temps(Lot 48; $120,000-180,000) will also be featured in the sale. Purchased from Alex Maguy Gallery in 1966 by the grandparents of the present owner, the sculpture has never been seen at auction before, remaining in the same family’s collection until the present date. The work presents a carefully modeled dancer in arabesque, one of ballet’s most challenging poses. As Degas preferred to work in clay and all his bronze castings are posthumous, the present work is an interesting piece showcasing the artist’s ability to capture all the strength and delicacy of the ballerina’s pose in a three-dimensional work.The sculpture will be exhibited in London alongside the Berthe Morisot oil and the van Gogh drawing between January 27 and 30, 2020.

IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPES

The sale will also showcase numerous attractive 19th century landscapes, including an unusually-large Venetian vista by Rubens Santoro(Italian, 1859-1942), which depicts Saint Mark’s Basilica in the distance (Lot 35; $50,000-80,000) as well as two Dutch scenes by Willem Koekkoek(Dutch, 1839-1895) (Lot 26; $50,000-80,000 and Lot 27 $25,000-40,000). Other landscape paintings of international repute will include an impressive landscape by Danish artist Peder Mørk Mønsted(1859–1941) (Lot 38; $20,000-30,000) and a newly unearthed painting of a chapel in Valdai County by Russian Symbolist painter Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich(1874-1947) (Lot 39; $30,000-50,000).

A STRONG SECTION OF OLD MASTERS

Along with 19th century works, Old Master paintings will be well-represented through  a rare and iconic woodcut of The Rhinoceros(Lot 1; $12,000-18,000) by Albrecht Dürer(German, 1471-1528) , a striking copy of a lost devotional piece by an artist in the circle of Quentin Massys the Elder(Dutch, 1466-1530) (Lot 4; $40,000-60,000) and a bountiful still life by David de Coninck(Flemish, 1644-1701) featuring jewel-toned fruits, animals, and architectural elements in an extensive landscape (Lot 8; $20,000-30,000).

2400 MARKET STREET

This month, Freeman’s opened its new flagship location in Center City’s prestigious 2400 Market Street. Featuring a purpose-built gallery and auction room with corporate offices above, Freeman’s is excited to be a part of the 600,000 square-foot development that has been recently hailed as one of the biggest and most visible mixed-use projects in Philadelphia. This move to new, custom-designed headquarters is a key component in the company’s contemporary business model and will further establish it as a leading and dynamic 21st century auction house. In their new location, Freeman’s is ideally positioned to meet the growing demand for global service, while continuing to be ingrained within the heart of the city that we have called home since 1805.

 

SPECIALIST

David Weiss | Senior Vice President | Head of Department

[email protected]| 267-414-1214

Press Inquiries:

Madeline Hill, [email protected], +1 267.414.1201

H&H Classics – Founder Sells His Personal Collection

H&H Classics – Founder Sells His Personal Collection

One of Britain’s best-known and most respected classic car auctioneers, Simon Hope, chairman and founder of H&H Classics has sold his Matchbox 1-75 model collection of nearly 3,000 cars and trucks for a premium inclusive total in excess of £300,000.

Simon says it was something of a wrench to sell, even at that price, as it was a collection he put together with love and passion over some 60 years, starting when he was a young boy. His grandma would not let him play with them on her lovely mahogany dining table, so he simply played with them by taking them out of the box and then putting them back – practically untouched. The collection, rightly noted as one of the finest in the world and comprising some extremely rare examples, was in mint condition, including their original boxes, attracted bidders from all over the world.

Simon, 68, based in Warrington Cheshire, where H&H Classics is headquartered, kept his cars in pristine condition and in their original mint Matchbox packaging. It truly was one of the best collections of its kind in the world. The collection was so big it had to be spread out over three different sales with specialist toy auctioneers Vectis of Thornaby, North Yorkshire.

Simon says thathis hobby began as a young child when his parents and grandparents started to buy him bought him a Matchbox model car for birthdays and Christmases. His passion for Matchbox models continued into adulthood and as he got older, he continued to buy more and more models. “It was only I got older that I realised there was actually a collecting scene out there and information on rarer versions and colours. I never took part in that scene preferring to simply track down the ones I wanted in perfect (or as near as possible) condition. It just grew and generally they were bought with amounts of money not missed at the time.”

Julian Royse, a specialist at Vectis, said: ‘There is a big market out there for items like this, particularly the models from the 1970s as these things do tend to be generational. “Models from the 1950s which have previously been very valuable are now less so and later examples are extremely desirable. We find the demand far outstrips the supply and as such people will be very keen to get their hands on pieces which may not come up again in their lifetimes. These toys used to be exported to eastern Europe and there is surprisingly now a really big market in the Czech Republic.

‘This collection was astounding and and probably had the biggest range of any I’ve seen.”

Press Enquiries:

Julian Roup, [email protected], 07970 563958

 

Matchbox Superfast 68a Porsche 910

 

H&H Classics – 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

H&H Classics – 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

This stunning pre-war 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe will be sold for an estimate of £300,000 to £400,000 at the next H&H Classics sale at Duxford on March 18th2020.

Quite possibly the finest example on the market today and a real jewel for any collectionit was unearthed after forty years’ barn storage and subsequently treated to an exhaustive ‘chassis up’ restoration with input from the likes of LMB Racing, Bishop Gray and Mel Cranmer.

This Lagonda was the most technologically advanced motor car to come out of Britain pre-WW2. A Lagonda press release from August 1937, states:’Of the half-dozen patrician motor cars still remaining on the world market, none ever inherited such a rich patrimony of design as the 12-cylinder Lagonda. The new car is no mere recapitulation of a good – but tired – design in terms of 1937. It is a new-born car, unrelated to any yet on the road – here or on the Continent. New ideals of performance were set up and these have been exceeded in the sheer versatility of the new car. Such is the 12-cylinder Lagonda – a car destined to rank from now on, among the greater names in motoring history’.

‘In making an evaluation of the better British cars, the Lagonda V12 certainly must be considered an excellent design and one that contributed to raising the state of the art – not forgetting, of course, that it probably should be considered W O Bentley’s masterpiece’. (Road & Track, October 1978).

The most technologically advanced and ambitious motorcar to come out of Britain pre-WW2, the Lagonda V12 had few international peers. Bugatti’s Type 57 may have boasted a similarly exotic overhead camshaft powerplant but its chassis layout was positively archaic by comparison. Mercedes-Benz’s 540K could match the British car’s power output but only when its refinement-compromising supercharger was engaged, while Hispano-Suiza’s J12 needed over twice the cubic capacity to develop an extra forty horsepower! A landmark design, the Lagonda will forever be notable as the world’s first production car to feature an overhead camshaft V12 engine.

Debuting in prototype guise at the October 1936 Olympia Motor Show (but not officially launched for another year), the Lagonda V12 was engineered by a crack team of ex-Rolls-Royce employees including W.O. Bentley, Stuart Tresillian and Charles Sewell. A ‘clean sheet’ design that aimed to marry limousine refinement to sportscar performance, it was based around a substantial cruciform-braced box-section chassis. Boasting sophisticated unequal-length wishbone independent front suspension actuated via unusually long torsion bars and special shackle pins that helped obviate side thrust on its semi-elliptic rear leaf-springs, the newcomer also incorporated a Marles steering box, Salisbury hypoid rear axle and twin master cylinder Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes. Singularly advanced, the model’s aero-engine inspired 60? V12 featured overhead camshafts (one per bank), twin SU carburettors, a combined duplex-chain / gear-driven timing system and Lanchester-type vibration damper. Displacing 4480cc (bore 75mm x stroke 84.5 mm) the unit was quoted as developing 180hp @ 5,500rpm. Available in 10’4″, 11’0″ and 11’6″ wheelbase lengths, the Lagonda flagship was among the fastest cars of its generation. Though, the provision of a centre-change four-speed manual gearbox (with synchromesh on the top three ratios) and conventional pedal layout made it surprisingly easy to drive.

Beguiled by in-house stylist Frank Feeley’s marvellous creations which seemed to capture the very spirit of the age, most customers opted for factory coachwork (though, outside commissions were still welcome). Not content with the publicity garnered by Earl Howe’s record breaking Brooklands run aboard a Standard Short Saloon on October 10th 1938 which saw the titled racer lapping at up to 108.27mph and average 101.5 miles for the hour (despite an unscheduled pitstop), Lagonda proprietor A.P. Good commissioned W.O. Bentley to mastermind a V12 assault upon the 1939 Le Mans 24-hour race. Given less than six months in which to complete the project, Bentley was relentless in his pursuit of more horsepower, lower weight and better aerodynamics. Still retaining a 10’4″ wheelbase, the resultant racer was theoretically capable of 140mph. Governed by a strict protocol that prized finishing above all else, the two V12s entered for the June 17th-18th race duly crossed the line in third and fourth place overall. Interestingly, their average speeds of 83.61mph and 83.35mph respectively would have been sufficient for outright victory in either the 1938 or 1949 events. Of the 190 Lagonda V12s produced between 1938 and 1940, a mere 100 are thought to have survived to the present day.

According to information kindly supplied by the Hon. Registrar of The Lagonda Club Mr Arnold Davey, chassis number 14092 was first registered on June 12th 1939 to a Mr A.C.W. Norman of Montague St, London W1. A factory-bodied Drophead Coupe built on the short (10ft 4in) wheelbase, its guarantee was issued three days later. Fitted like many of its siblings with a replacement Sanction 2 engine under warranty (V12 151 being swapped for V12 59), ‘MG 6768’ was purchased by its second keeper, a Mr Withair of Cheyne Place, London SW3 in November 1945. Looked after by Davies Motors of Staines until 1952 (the same year that Mr Davies – a former Lagonda service manager – curtailed his role as the factory’s semi-official maintenance depot for prewar cars), the V12 subsequently migrated to Bognor Regis (Mr Dewhurst) and Middleton-on-Sea (Mr Sanderson) before being bought by the Hollinshead family who barn stored it for forty years.

Still covered in protective wax when purchased by Alfred Hill MBE via our July 2006 Buxton auction, the Lagonda soon found itself being disassembled for the first time since leaving the Staines factory. Thoroughly overhauled with new parts sourced from Farndon Engineering (crankshaft / con-rods), Arias (forged pistons) and LMB Racing (camshafts), the engine was also treated to an unleaded fuel conversion, replacement timing chains and fresh bearings etc not to mention a refurbished starter motor and dynamo. Photos on file show that the suspension, brakes, fuel system and wiring were all rejuvenated, while attention was paid to the ash frame, alloy bodywork, G10 four-speed manual gearbox and steering joints too. Gaining a new crown wheel and pinion and differential bearings courtesy of LMB Racing, the Lagonda had its radiator and hubs reconditioned by CPA Services and Richard Bros respectively.

Retrimmed in Dark Blue leather with a matching mohair hood by J. Krych, the interior also gained a European walnut dashboard and door cappings. Following a bare metal respray, the Drophead Coupe had its brightwork refinished by S&T Electro-Plate. Sadly, Mr Hill died before ‘MG 6768’ had been properly run-in or debugged. Thankfully, the vendor whose garage has hosted various important WO Bentleys, Bugattis and front-engined Grand Prix cars proved an ideal new owner. Discovering that a huge amount of man hours and money had gone into the project, he set about fine tuning the result. Thus, the ingenious mechanism which secures the door in two planes is fully functional, the ‘disappearing’ rear luggage rack works as it should and literally every ‘nut and bolt’ underneath has been checked / tightened. A seasoned racer, the vendor is a firm believer in preparation and even a cursory examination shows that the Lagonda has been suitably gone through and set-up.

Starting readily upon inspection, idling happily and accelerating in a decidedly post-WW2 fashion, the V12 remains every bit as impressive as it must have done eighty odd years ago. Collectors have traditionally been wary of W.O. Bentley’s masterpiece but we believe ‘MG 6768’ to be among the very best examples available. Drawing on the expertise of BishopGray, LMB Racing and Mel Cranmer, the Drophead Coupe is a singularly imposing and impressive machine. Decidedly undervalued when compared to its Bugatti and Mercedes-Benz counterparts, the Lagonda is offered for sale with a DVD chronicling different stages of the restoration, continuation buff logbook, three files of invoices and numerous photographs. A jewel for any collection.

For more information about the auction please contact visit H&H Classics.

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Registration No: MG 6768

Chassis No: 14092

MOT: Exempt

 

– Quite possibly the finest example on the market today and a real jewel for any collection

– Unearthed after forty years’ barn storage and subsequently treated to an exhaustive ‘chassis up’ restoration with input from the likes of LMB Racing, BishopGray and Mel Cranmer

– The most technologically advanced motor car to come out of Britain pre-WW2

‘Of the half-dozen patrician motor cars still remaining on the world market, none ever inherited such a rich patrimony of design as the 12-cylinder Lagonda . . . It is a new-born car, unrelated to any yet on the road – here or on the Continent . . . Such is the 12-cylinder Lagonda – a car destined to rank from now on, among the greater names in motoring history’. (Lagonda Press Release, August 1937)

‘In making an evaluation of the better British cars, the Lagonda V12 certainly must be considered an excellent design and one that contributed to raising the state of the art – not forgetting, of course, that it probably should be considered W O Bentley’s masterpiece’. (Road & Track, October 1978).

 

Estimate: GBP£300,000 – 400,000

H&H Classics – Three Real Exotics Go Under The Hammer

H&H Classics – Three Real Exotics Go Under The Hammer

If you want a car that is really special and different there is just one man to go to the in the UK, Andy Saunders, who produced this extraordinary vehicle based on a Citroen chassis, now for sale with H&H Classics at their next Auction Online on December 4th.

Built in 1984 by Andy Saunders. This car was constructed entirely in steel and hand rolled. Welded to a steel frame and when first completed was finished in white pearl with base white graphics winning Best in show at the Devillbiss Show that year

It appeared at Goodwood Festival of Speed Concours in 2004 and was the subject of magazine feature after magazine feature and became a hit at motorshows all around Europe and Scandinavia. The base vehicle was a 1976 Citroen CX Pallas which received space age styling from inspiration taken from the wild prototype & custom vehicles of the late 70s and early 80s.

Indecision was given a ‘more modern’ twist when relaunched at Goodwood. It was painted satin silver and silver flake with detailing by Melliard. The interior stayed the same, Ox Blood with the white piped swivel seats and the heart shaped double bed in the rear.

Saunders’ work is universally appreciated and appeals to a broad audience. He has been invited to exhibit at Louis Vuitton Concours de Elegance, at The Hurlingham Club Chelsea, on more than one occasion. The Goodwood Style et Luxe Concours de Elegance, The New York Concours de Elegance in Central Park Manhattan and the Scwechzingham European Concours de Elegance. As well as fronting major motor shows across Europe, Korea and Australia and going on to having one of only 10 cars ever chosen to be displayed at the massive Hells Angels ‘Bulldog Bash’ motorcycle event.

Indecision was sold at the Earls Court Motorshow of 1987 and found a new home in the private collection of Noel Rosko who owned her up until Andy received an invite for the Style et Lux concourse at Goodwood Festival of Speed  in 2004.

After it was displayed at Goodwood it was bought by a private collector in London where it has been on private display for 16 years until last year when it was invited to a three month exhibition of Andy’s work entitled The Art of Kustom in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

Andy Saunders grew up in Poole, on the South Coast of England, developing an early relationship with the building and customisation of cars. His journey to become one of the leading and most recognisable ‘Car Artists’ today has been achieved with commissions from the film industry, private collectors to leading vehicle manufacturers and recognition with 76 nominations for the Turner Prize.

Saunders is truly a major player on the scene today. Now the industry’s ‘go-to-guy’ for outlandish custom car projects, Saunders creations have included a car that was just 21 inches tall, a two-seater Mini and a Citroen 2CV inspired by Picasso.

The only Pontiac Fiero Finale ever produced now with updated specifications and 58,000 miles on the clock is estimated to sell for £12,000 to £14,000.

The car was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show as a prototype but never went into production. It is a RHD five-speed manual and has had extensive work done including a revised body styling, daytime running lights, a new carbon dash, new seats, kick plates, a new set of tyres and a complete respray.

It has a special registration plate and an MOT until September 2020.

Antony Clayton, the designer of this unique cars, says: “When I designed the FIERO FINALE for Candy Apple Cars, it was very well received at the Geneva Motor Show and body kits were available soon afterwards. In  2002 I bought a completed Fiero Finale, and in the last year have considerably up dated the design, as can be seen from the enclosed photographs.”

For more information about the auction please contact visit H&H Classics.

 

 

 

 

 

1976 Citroen Indecision

Registration No:6642 EL

Chassis No:05MC6017

Location:London

– Built in 1984 by Andy Saunders. This car was constructed entirely in steel and hand rolled. Welded to a steel frame and when first completed was finished in white pearl with base white graphics winning Best in show at the Devillbiss Show that year

– Appeared at Goodwood Festival of Speed Concours in 2004 and was the subject of magazine feature after magazine feature and became a hit at motorshows all around Europe and Scandanavia

– The base vehicle was a 1976 Citroen CX Pallas which received space age styling from inspiration taken from the wild prototype & custom vehicles of the late 70’s and early 80’s

– Current ownership since 2006 with documented history

Estimate: GBP£16,000 – GBP£20,000

 

Bonhams – Host Launch Of New Photographic Collection

Bonhams – Host Launch Of New Photographic Collection

“The Work By Adriaan Van Heerden Illuminates Our Contemporary Wasteland With Cold & Understated Ferocity” Says Oxford Don & Eminent Irish Poet Bernard O’donoghue

 

The Irish poet Bernard O’Donoghue, lecturer in medieval literature and modern poetry at Oxford University and biographer of Seamus Heaney, says that Adriaan van Heerden’s new photographic collection Unreal Cityilluminates our contemporary wasteland with cold and understated ferocity through the prism of T.S. Eliot’s great masterpiece, The Waste Land.

Eliot wrote The Waste Landin the immediate aftermath of the Great War, with civilization apparently in ruins. As we are approaching the centenary of the first publication of this monumental literary achievement, van Heerden suggests that one does not have to look far for evidence of our current wasteland. A decade of austerity has resulted in 130,000 unnecessary deaths and 320,000 homeless people living on our streets, as wealth inequality keeps growing and property becomes more and more unaffordable, especially in London. Property development has brought uneven benefits, with tens of thousands of poorer families displaced and struggling to cope as a result of welfare cuts.

 

 

 

Van Heerden’s interpretation of The Waste Landin bleak but beautiful photographs shows how wealth inequality, homelessness, the waste of young lives due to crime, spiritual vacuity, political and moral failure in our contemporary society are prefigured in Eliot’s great poem. Brexit has lifted the lid on these horrors and van Heerden’s Unreal Cityforces us to face up to them and challenges us to do something radical to solve them, by setting up a conversation between photographic imagery and poetic text in a way that has never been done before.

In Eliot’s poem London is the Unreal City, the background against which many of the characters have their entrances and exits. Van Heerden takes us into the heart of darkness of contemporary London, forcing us to experience the harsh everyday realities of its most vulnerable inhabitants.

O’Donoghue, who wrote an essay for Unreal City, says: “When Bertrand Russell read these lines in the final section of the poem –

 

Falling towers

Jerusalem Athens Alexandria

Vienna London

Unreal

 

he remembered that he once told Eliot of a nightmare in which he had a vision of London as an unreal city, its inhabitants like hallucinations, its bridges collapsing, its buildings passing into a mist. In some senses of course, as Adriaan van Heerden’s photographs richly illustrate, London is all too real, in its inequalities, materialism and the failure of its inhabitants to make meaningful contact with each other. Elsewhere Eliot said “Human kind / cannot bear very much reality”; van Heerden insists that we must acknowledge the intolerable discomforts and harshness of city reality which are not hallucinatory.”

According to O’Donoghue, van Heerden shows that we now live in the future of Eliot’s Waste Land, and that much of what is traumatic in our world is anticipated or described with great urgency in this prophetic document of nearly a century ago. Van Heerden’s pictures show how it is literally true, but more importantly they show the ways in which it is spiritually and figuratively true. For example, it would be easy to illustrate from the modern nightmare city literal representations of some of the most familiar lines of Eliot’s poem, such as the Dantesque passage from which he takes his title:

 

Unreal City,

Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,

A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,

I had not thought death had undone so many. (lines 60-63)

 

This might well have been illustrated by trudging, despondent lines of people, like in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. But van Heerden’s chosen picture is much more imaginative: a street of seedy shopfronts with a single dark figure walking past.

Similarly, for line 17, “In the mountains, there you feel free” there is a picture of a tapering high-rise block of flats, an ironic image of unfree, prosaic aspiration: a subject which is returned to for line 343 of the poem: “There is not even solitude in the mountains.”

Many of these pictures illustrate the familiar modern paradox, noted by Elias Canetti and others: being lonely amid crowds.

This kind of creative mismatching is the hallmark of van Heerden’s style; the illustrations of other familiar lines from the poem manifest the same adjustments from the physically real to the abstract and vice versa. “A heap of broken images” (line 22) might invite an image of detritus; but van Heerden’s is a beautiful reflection of towers and clouds in the glass panes of the Gherkin.

His picture for “I will show you fear in a handful of dust” (line 30) shows furniture discarded in a leaf-strewn walkway: an unlikely but evocative symbol of transience. We are reminded of Dr Johnson’s critical statement, admired by Eliot, about the seventeenth-century Metaphysical poets: that by them “heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together.” Johnson did not like the habit; but it describes very well Eliot’s own practice and van Heerden’s response to it.

Van Heerden follows Eliot into the city’s real, named places, often its historic churches: Saint Mary Woolnoth, Magnus Martyr, All Hallows-by-the-Tower, St Pancras Old Church. The churches are in keeping with one of his recurrent themes: the failure of religion to fulfil a spiritual or socially healing role – in Eliot’s terms, “the dead tree gives no shelter.” There are other real places too: King William Street, the Lloyds Building, Carnaby Street, Madame Tussaud’s, Canary Wharf, the Blavatnik Building – linking to another primary theme in the book: the inequalities and brutalities of a materialist, mercenary society. Most urgently real are the bus-stop where Stephen Lawrence was mortally wounded, and the burnt Grenfell Tower.

Van Heerden describes his work with Eliot’s poem as “a conversation”; but progressively as you work through the pictures, you see that it is close to the contradictory essence of Eliot’s great poem. His project is a decidedly political one, motivated by outrage at injustice and inequality. Generally, Eliot is seen as apolitical – Old Possum who keeps out of sight – or even reactionary. But it is remarkable how well the salient lines of The Waste Landlend themselves to radical perspectives.

Great art, it has often been said, must not be depressing; we must not despair in the face of the futility and anarchy of our world. It has also been said that good art is always political; that is certainly true of van Heerden’s response to The Waste Land. The injustice, violence and materialism of the unreal city are squarely faced; but the city represented here is also recognisably real. Coleridge said of Charles Lamb that to him no sound was “dissonant that tells of life.” Eliot’s view of the world has sometimes been said to be disdainful or supercilious. Van Heerden shows that it also has within it a humanity to which these pictures give vivid, if harsh, reality.

Unreal Citywill be launched at Bonhams in London (the international fine art auction house) on Monday 2 December, 6-8 pm. The event will include a small exhibition of pictures from the collection, a drinks reception and a short speech by Bernard O’Donoghue. The event is sponsored by Denbies Wine Estate and supported by London South Bank University.

To attend this exciting event, please RSVP to Matthew Haley: +44 (0) 20 7393 3817 or email [email protected]. Places are strictly limited so early reservation is advised.

Press Enquiries:

Julian Roup, [email protected], 07970 563958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Falling towers”

 

 

 

 

 

“In rats’ alley where the dead men lost their bones”

Freeman’s – Modern & Contemporary Sales Total $2.8m+

Freeman’s – Modern & Contemporary Sales Total $2.8m+

PHILADELPHIA, PA-Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art sale held on 29 October 2019, and The Collection of Robert J. Morrison sale held on 30 October 2019, were resounding successes. Sale totals combined reached over $2.8million.

The auctions featured many lots that spanned multiple media across several collecting genres including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and prints and multiples.

 

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART

Among the significant highlights from the Modern and Contemporary Art auction were several works from the distinguished collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Oldenburg.  Distinguished collector and art world power broker, Richard Oldenburg’s interest in the arts helped him and his wife to build an impressive personal collection of international scope. The entire collection sold for $304,687, which more than doubled the presale low estimate total. Most notable was a pencil drawing by American artist Ellsworth Kelly entitled Lemon Branch [4](Lot 68), which achieved an auction record for a pencil work by the artist and sold for $181,250 tripling its presale low estimate of $60,000.

More noteworthy works sold in the Modern and Contemporary Art sale included an important work on paper by American artist Helen Frankenthaler, Red Hot,(Lot 52)which garnered $137,500; and another work on paper by Chinese/French artist Zao Wou Kifrom his Oracle Bones series, Untitled, (Lot 27)which brought an impressive $93,750.

Dunham Townend, Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art department states: “We were delighted to achieve strong results for important works on paper by blue chip artists and to set a record for a significant Ellsworth Kelly drawing from a notable collection.”

 

 

THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT J. MORRISON

Thesingle owner auction enjoyed a standing room only crowd and a 100% sell through rate, nearly doubling its presale estimate totals and affirming Freeman’s strong expertise in selling collections of this kind. A celebrated advertising executive as well as a passionate collector and philanthropist, Morrison amassed hundreds of cherished graphic works, ranging from vintage postcards and gallery announcements to rare prints and multiples.

The sale featured a number of highlights, including two works by American Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein,Sweet Dreams Baby!(Lot 26), which sold for $143,750on an estimate of $60,000-100,000; andCrying Girl, (Lot 6) which achieved $62,500against a presale estimate of $30,000-50,000. Another noteworthy work by Pop Art legend Andy Warhol was his color screenprint Flowers,(Lot 65), which sold for an impressive $65,625against its original estimate of $25,000-35,000. Other highlights included Robert Longo’s Rick(Lot 76), a screenprint which brought $35,000, over tripling its presale low estimate; and Rodeo by Ed Rucha (Lot 83), which achieved $21,250against a presale estimate of $6,000-10,000.

“Freeman’s was honored to present for sale Pop prints, multiples, graphics and books from the estate of Philadelphia collector and philanthropist, Robert J. Morrison today. The packed saleroom and high prices were a testament to Bob’s keen eye and generous spirit as both local bidders and those from great distances vied for works from his important and eclectic collection.” –Anne Henry, Vice President, Head of Sale.

 

Press Inquiries:

Madeline Hill, [email protected], +1 267.414.1201

Acteon – Painting by Cimabue Sold at Auction for €24m

Acteon – Painting by Cimabue Sold at Auction for €24m

Under the hammer of Dominique le Coënt, Acteon, a French consortium of auction houses in Senlis, Chantilly, Compiègne, Lille and Paris,The Mocking of Christ, a rare painting by Cimabue, has sold at auction for € 24,180,000 -$ 26,792,500.

Found hanging in a local family’s home near Compiègne by Acteon, the tiny painting (24,6X19,6cm – 9,6X7,7 inches) was authenticated by Cabinet Turquin. Initially estimated between 4 and 6 million euros, the painting becomes the most expensive pre-1500 old Master to have been sold at auction. Globally, the Senlis Cimabue is the 8th most expensive old Master to have been auction after Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (2017), Rubens’s Massacre of the Innocents (2012), Rubens’s Lot and His Daughters (2016), Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Woman (2000), Raphaël’sPortrait of Lorenzo de Medicis (2007), and Canaletto’s Veduta del Canal Grande (2005). The beneficiary will be the old lady who sold the house and asked Acteon to clear it. They had a week to do it.

In front of an audience of more than 500 people, 8 competitors aggressively bid for this rare painting by Cimabue, the 13th century Florentine painter renowned as one of the greatest pre- renaissance artists, whose body of work is limited to ten works, of which none is signed and all in public collections. the buyer is a private individual.

Investigations of Cabinet Turquin had determined the painting belongs to a devotional panel of two elements painted with eight scenes from the Passion of Christ. The panel, titled The Mocking of Christ, joins the two other elements known to us today: the Flagellation which has been in the Frick Collection in New York since 1950 and Virgin and Child Enthroned surrounded by two angels, which was bought by the national gallery in London in 2000.

 

“This is a historic sale for the Actéon group. With a remarkable price of € 24 180 000, this auction joins the ranks of the 8th most important Old Masters auctions worldwide. This record shows that today, a work of art can be sold anywhere in the world thanks especially to powerful platforms such as Interencheres.” says Dominique le Coënt, director of Actéon group.

“We received interest from all the most prominent museums worldwide. Contemporary art collectors whom we did not know also showed a keen interest, which for us as experts in Old Masters, was a completely new phenomenon.” Eric Turquin, expert who authenticated the Cimabue painting.

This exceptional discovery of The Mocking of Christ allows us to pursue the reconstitution of the unique devotional work known to us today as being by the hand of Cimabue. Traces of the original framing, the small round dots made with the same sort of stamp, the style, the gold ornamentation, the corresponding of the backs of each of the panels and their similar condition confirm that these panels made up the left side of the same diptych.

 

An exceedingly rare artist and one of the first examples of Western painting

The majority of works by Cimabue were done for churches in Pisa, Florence, Bologne, Arezzo. A Virgin and Child Enthroned painted circa 1280 for the church of San Francesco in Pisa is today in the louvre. devotional panels, of which our panel is one, were small in scale and easy to transport and were intended for private contemplation by religious congregations or individuals in their chapels or private oratories.

Cimabue a Florentine painter active in the second half of the 13th century, ensured the renewal of Byzantine painting by breaking with its formalism and its images that were codified by dogma. he is the artist who opened the door to a greater naturalism in art that precedes that of the renaissance; he gives a soul to each of his figures and brings depth to his composition by conceiving the first notions of perspective.

In this rediscovered panel, the multitude of faces, be they grimacing or jeering, very expressive, all serve to reinforce this idea of Christ being surrounded. Christ himself is shown as a flesh and blood human being in an attitude of surrender and not as an almost abstract divinity. Giotto and Duccio, for whom Cimabue is considered the spiritual father, will follow this stylistic evolution.

This panel is thus one of the first examples of Western art that opens the way to Humanism in paintings.

For more information about the sale please contact:

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Sylvie Robaglia, Art & Communication

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Hindman – Clothing Archive Of Geoffrey Beene (1927- 2004)

Hindman – Clothing Archive Of Geoffrey Beene (1927- 2004)

Hindman will sell Property From The Geoffrey Beene Archive: Clothes That Care, featuring significant designs from iconic fashion designer Geoffrey Beene’s personal collection that have been carefully preserved for the past 15 years.

The auction in Chicago on November 20th includes lots dating from the 1960’s to the early 2000’s. All net proceeds from the sale of the Geoffrey Beene Archive will benefit the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs asked separately who they felt was the greatest designer produced by the United States in the 20th century, a figure who could be placed alongside couturiers of the calibre of Chanel and Balenciaga, both replied without hesitation, “Geoffrey Beene,” according to fashion writer Colin McDowell who interviewed them for The Business of Fashion.

Beene did not care to be a big brand. In his gentlemanly Southern drawl he said: “I’m not a driven businessman, but a driven artist, I never think about money – beautiful things make money”.

“At Hindman, we love any opportunity to celebrate exemplary designs, and this sale is replete with highlights of modern American fashion design,” said Timothy Long, Hindman’s director and senior specialist of luxury accessories and couture. “We are proud that the proceeds of the Property From The Geoffrey Beene Archive: Clothes That Care© sale will benefit cancer research.”

Geoffrey Beene was one of the greatest American fashion designers of the 20th century and a prominent figure in the emergence of the American fashion industry after World War II. Beene was a pioneering force in creating an American style that was independent from the dictates of European Haute Couture. From the launch of his own line in 1963 to his death in 2004, Geoffrey Beene was an independent force in American fashion, and was awarded the prestigious Coty Fashion Award no less than eight times­—the highest number awarded to any designer to date.

Beene started his career during the era when Parisian designers still dominated the fashion world and Americans were expected to look to them for inspiration. However, though Beene was trained in the traditional manner, educated in New York and Paris, he broke out of the mould after his training and apprenticeship working for other designers. His first collection made the cover of Vogue, and he has been regarded as a Dean of American design ever since. His high-profile clients have included several Presidential First Ladies, and he designed the wedding dress of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, Lynda Bird Johnson, in 1967.

The Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Centre at Memorial Sloan Kettering was created in 2006 to support and fund new research approaches in preventing, diagnosing and treating all cancers. Together, the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and Geoffrey Beene, LLC have awarded a total of over $175 million to the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center, funding approximately 130 separate new revolutionary research projects that have resulted in major breakthroughs in multiple cancers.

 

 

About The Geoffrey Beene Foundation

The Geoffrey Beene Foundation was founded in 2006 by G. Thompson (“Tom”) Hutton, Esq., under his discretionary authority as Executor of the Estate of Geoffrey Beene, who died in 2004. The mission of the Foundation is to support critical philanthropic causes, the most important being the establishment in 2006 of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Tom Hutton initiated and orchestrated the creation of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center with Harold Varmus, M.D. (Nobel Laureate and former CEO of MSK), because Hutton wanted to fund new revolutionary research initiatives that would lead to new treatments for cancer patients. Together the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and Geoffrey Beene, LLC (until 2018 when its business was sold) have been the sole funding sources and have funded approximately 130 separate new revolutionary research initiatives across all cancers to develop new treatments and diagnostics for cancer patients. The new research has resulted in major breakthroughs in multiple cancers, saving and improving thousands of lives.

 

About the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center and has devoted more than 130 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs. Today, they are one of 50 National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science flourishing side by side with clinical studies and treatment.

The close collaboration between physicians and scientists is one of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s unique strengths, enabling them to provide patients with the best care available, as they work to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Their education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and biomedical research around the world.

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Lot 172

Three Geoffrey Beene Dresses, Spring 1992

 

Estimate: US$2,000 – US$3,000

Strauss & Co – South African Art’s Love Affair With Paris

Strauss & Co – South African Art’s Love Affair With Paris

Forthcoming Johannesburg sale, to be held at Strauss & Co’s Houghton offices on Monday, 11 November will focus collectors’ attention on the strong influence Paris has exerted on South African art throughout the twentieth century.

“Paris was a beacon for countless South African artists,” says Susie Goodman, executive director at Strauss & Co. “The first South African artist to study in Paris was Robert Gwelo Goodman, in 1895. The list of local artists who followed in his footsteps is as remarkable as it is long. The top three lots in our upcoming sale are by Alexis Preller, William Kentridge, and Penny Siopis, highly acclaimed artists who each spent time in Paris early in their careers.”

Alexis Preller:

The top lot is Preller’s Icon Barbare (Adam), an oil painting quoting his powerful 1969 intaglio Adam (sold by Strauss & Co in 2016 for R6.8 million). Shown on the artist’s 1972 Pretoria Art Museum retrospective, Icon Barbare (estimate R8.5 – 10 million) depicts the biblical first man with Prelleresque flourishes.

“The Christ-like beard and hair are ambiguously transformed with green and leaf-like tendrils thus assuming a pagan quality,” notes artist and Preller expert Karel Nel. “The transmuted presence feels more like an icon of Pan, the Greek god of nature, of fertility, the mountains and wilds.”Assuredly loose in style, this oil on canvas reveals Preller’s admiration for French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy, a lifelong friend of painter Othon Friesz.

Preller met Friesz, a teacher at Académie de la Grande Chaumière, in 1937 during his first trip to Paris. Lacking funds to study at his art school, Preller

invested his energies in the “tireless examination of the works of modern artists on view in galleries,” according his biographer Esmé Berman. During these expeditions Preller recognised in Gauguin “a guide to the direction he himself might follow”. This influence is evident in Mapogga Wedding (R2 – 3 million), a 1952 oil depicting a bride and groom set slightly askew with Gauguinesque figures in the background.

William Kentridge:

The influence of Paris is also evident in the work of contemporary masters such as William Kentridge and Penny Siopis. In 1981 Kentridge studied mime and theatre at a Paris acting school founded by Jacques Lecoq. A decade later, having decisively returned to making art, he produced the collage Iris, a highly unusual colour work portraying a single flower in Van Gogh’s Provencal tones of blue and purple (estimate R3 – 5 million).

Penny Siopis:

Five years later, Siopis undertook a seven-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts after winning the Volkskas Atelier Award with her well-known painting Melancholia. The forthcoming sale includes a companion work, Act I Scene II (estimate R2.8 – 3.5 million), which was interrupted by Siopis’s stay in Paris and completed upon her return to Johannesburg à la Melancholia. This lot includes various pictorial elements (tortoise shell, porcupine quills, classical statuettes, red arum lilies) appearing in Melancholia.

The upcoming sale is an opportunity for collectors and art lovers to explore South African art’s indebtedness to Paris. Artists from various periods are represented in the catalogue, including Ruth Everard Haden, Clément Sénèque and Maud Sumner, who all studied in Paris during the interwar years. Sumner’s Woman Seated at a Mirror (estimate R350 000 – 500 000) is an intimate domestic scene in the style of Bonnard and Vuillard.

Postwar painters also feature prominently. They include Erik Laubscher, who studied at the Académie Montmartre under Fernand Léger, Bettie Cilliers-Barnard, Sydney Goldblatt and Anna Vorster, who all studied at the Paris art school founded by cubist painter André Lhote. Standout lots include Laubscher’s School of Paris work from 1956, Abstract Landscape (R250 000 – 300 000) and Cilliers-Barnard’s international style Abstract Composition (estimate R80 000 – 120 000) painted a year later.

Paris was more than simply a workshop for painterly innovation; it provided shelter for dissidents and exiles. Following in the footsteps of pioneering abstract painter Ernest Mancoba, who settled in Paris in 1938. Gerard Sekoto choose to leave apartheid South Africa for the City of Lights a decade later. A highly collectible artist, Sekoto is represented in a wine-coloured composition from 1968, Three Figures (estimate R350 000 – 500 000).

Highlights from the contemporary selection include Diane Victor’s There’s Fire in the Thatch (estimate R300 000 – 500 000), a large charcoal and chalk pastel drawing portraying six figures locked in an embrace hovering over a burning landscape. Victor won the 1988 Absa l’Atelier Art Competition and – like Siopis – stayed at the Cité Internationale des Arts. During her ten-month residency she produced drawings combining classical references with contemporary social comment and autobiographical detail.

All these works will go under the hammer on Monday, 11 November at Strauss & Co’s new sales and exhibition space at 89 Central Street, Houghton, in Johannesburg. The Paris-themed sale will also include a collection of Edoardo Villa bronze sculptures from the estate of Aldo Carrara, a lifelong friend of the artist, as well as a number of noteworthy landscape scenes by JH Pierneef.

For more information about the sale please contact:

Press Inquiries:

Julian Roup, Bendigo Communications [email protected], +44 7970 563 958

 

 

 

 

‘Iris’ by William Kentridge

A single flower in Van Gogh’s Provencal tones of blue and purple

Estimate: GBP£160,000 – GBP£265,000  (R3m to R5m)

Freeman’s – Collection Of Art Collector Robert J. Morrison

Freeman’s – Collection Of Art Collector Robert J. Morrison

On October 30, Freeman’s will proudly present the Collection of Philadelphia Pop Art Collector and Philanthropist, Robert J. Morrison, whose extensive collected works include prints and multiples by Pop Art icons such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, and Jim Dine.

 

“Robert Morrison was a generous, witty man and an intellectually curious collector.  His collection was built around iconic Pop works but also included invitations, posters and ephemera that together tell the story of a lifelong collector and ad-man who loved a witty turn of phrase and a colorful, effective image. Bob was drawn to the democratic nature of Pop art, and loved nothing more than to share his collection with others.”—HEAD OF SALE, ANNE HENRY

 

 

SALE HIGHLIGHTS

The core of Morrison’s collection is comprised of graphic works by two of the most important and influential artists of the Pop Art movement — Andy Warholand Roy Lichtenstein. Top works by Roy Lichtenstein include Sweet Dreams Baby!(1965) at an estimate of $60,000-100,000 (Lot 26); Crying Girl(1963) at an estimate of $30,000-50,000 (Lot 6); and Shipboard Girl (1965) at an estimate of $30,000-50,000 (Lot 32).

 

Top works by Andy Warhol include Liz(1964) at an estimate of $20,000-30,000 (Lot 48); Flowers(1970) at an estimate of $25,000 – 35,000 (Lot 65); and three variations from his Mao series, two estimated at $30,000-50,000 and one at $20,000-30,000 (Lots 51-53). Other highlights offered include Ed Ruscha’s Rodeo(1969) at an estimate of $6,000 – 10,000 (Lot 83); Wayne Thiebaud’s BlackSuckers1971 at an estimate of $15,000-25,000 (Lot 45); and Robert Longo’s Rick1994 at an estimate of $10,000-15,000 (Lot 76).

 

ROBERT MORRISON: A HISTORY OF THE COLLECTOR

Morrison began collecting at the age of 12, fueled by an early passion for graphic works of art and design. After graduating business school in the early 1960’s, Bob moved to New York City to pursue a career in advertising. There, he attended gallery shows and met some ofthe artists whose works he began to collect, including Warhol and Lichtenstein. He later moved to Philadelphia and became a nationally celebrated advertising executive, compiling more than 200 national creative awards over the span of his career.

 

“There’s no doubt that collecting contemporary art can be a wonderful passion. Maybe even an obsession. For me, it has always been both, and I have never regretted the journey.” –ROBERT J. MORRISON

 

Bob was also a dedicated philanthropist in Philadelphia, serving as a Board member and Chair of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. He also gave time and support to OutGivers,  amfAR, and helped launch the WillPower Project. In 2007, in partnership with the Rockefeller Group, Bob created “The Fine Art of Tangible Assets,” a monograph and conversation discussing the transformation of collections into philanthropic capital, and more recently, helped launch an emerging art collectors’ group, Philly Stewards.

 

For more information about the sale please contact:

Head of Sale:

Anne Henry, [email protected], +1 267.414.1220

Press Inquiries:

Madeline Hill, [email protected], +1 267.414.1201

Freeman’s – Historic American Flags to Embark on Highlights Tour

Freeman’s – Historic American Flags to Embark on Highlights Tour

On November 24, Freeman’s will proudly present the first auction held at their new gallery at 2400 Market in Center City, Philadelphia. The single owner sale, A Grand Old Flag: The Stars and Stripes Collection of Dr. Peter J. Keim, is one of the largest collection of historic American Flags ever offered at auction.

PHILADELPHIA- Recognized asone of the most comprehensive collections of historic American Flags, The Stars and Stripes Collection of Dr. Peter J. Keimranges from 13-star Flags to 50-star Flags, with most in-between iterations. Built over 40 years with passion, perseverance and a steadfast commitment to rarity and historical significance, the collection includes an impressive array of over 400 Flags, as well as related books, patriotic memorabilia and artifacts from 19thand 20thcentury popular culture. 

Significance of the Collection

Lynda Cain, Freeman’s Vice President and Head of the American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts Department, says “The Flags of the Keim Collection are important markers of time and place in American history. With every additional star of statehood, these Flags illuminate the complex geographical negotiations, political and economical machinations, and military actions behind the history of growth of the United States of America. Collected with an astute eye for rarity and graphic impact, Dr. Keim has amassed stunning examples of our National Emblem.”

Over the years, Flags from Dr. Keim’s collection have been featured in numerous publications, programs and museum exhibitions across the country. They were also prominently displayed twice in the famed windows at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Ave. in New York City.

“This important and renowned collection is a true celebration of this great nation and its storied past,” remarks Freeman’s Chairman Alasdair Nichol. “It’s a well-known fact that Freeman’s own history is closely intertwined with that of Philadelphia and the United States, so we felt very strongly that Dr. Keim’s collection was perfect for the opening of our new gallery: an impressive and fitting tribute to the past as well as a toast to the future.”

Touring Dates

Highlights from the collection will be touring to various historically significant cities along the Eastern seaboard prior to their exhibition and sale. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served; please RSVP by September 20.

Richmond, VA– September 24, 6-8pm | Commonwealth Club, 401 W. Franklin Street

Washington, D.C.– September 25, 6-8pm | Kimpton George Hotel, 15 E Street NW

Boston, MA– October 10, 6-8pm | Loews Hotel, 154 Berkeley Street

 

Hindman – Surreal Pop Art By Jim Nutt & Gladyss Nilsson

Hindman – Surreal Pop Art By Jim Nutt & Gladyss Nilsson

Hindman’s Post War and Contemporary Art Auction on September 26th at 10am will feature an extraordinary selection of rare and outstanding paintings by the Hairy Who? and the Chicago Imagists.  Included in this premier presentation are superb examples by Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke and Karl Wirsum.  

Their work was known for grotesquerie, surrealism and complete separation from the art scene in New York art or world trends.

Jim Nutt’s Plume from 1989 is estimated at $200,000-400,000 and offers a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire an early work from his period of portraits that emerged as his preferred painting product in the 90s and has held a continued place in his practice. These stylized and detailed, fantastically imagined women were influenced by the formal constructs of Renaissance portraiture, balancing between the beautiful and grotesque and exemplifying an artist who has mastered his craft.

“I have spent my life surrounded by Chicago art and artists and have had the good fortune of bringing numerous stellar examples of Chicago Imagist material to market over the last decade here at Hindman.” says Zack Wirsum, Senior Specialist in Post War and Contemporary Art. “I can say with full confidence that this selection of paintings is among the best batches of Hairy Who? and Imagist work to come up at auction in one setting that I have ever seen. I anticipate the excitement over these works from the collecting world to be absolutely frenzied.”

One such highlight is the uncharacteristically large-scale diptych by Gladys Nilsson, Dipdick…Adam and Eve after Cranach, 1971, estimated at $20,000-30,000. This work playfully riffs on Lucas Cranach the Elder’s similarly titled Northern Renaissance masterpiece. Engaging the same energy as her more intimate watercolors but on a grander scale the work employs high key colors, dynamic patterns and whimsical interwoven bodies to reinterpret and reinvigorate a classic.

Two paintings from Karl Wirsum’s seminal Doggerel series of vibrantly electric colored and graphically edged anthropomorphic dogs will be reunited for the first time since the late 60s. With presale estimates of $40,000-60,000 and $50,000-70,000 each, Doggerel, 1966 and Doggerel III, 1967 interestingly come to market from two different collections. Originally purchased from a group exhibition at Dell Gallery in 1966 and the second Hairy Who? exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in 1967 respectively, the works have remained with the original buyers since. This pair of paintings illustrate Wirsum’s evolution from more open spaced akimbo psychedelic abstraction to a full frontal frenetic symmetrical figuration that became his signature approach through the rest of the 60s and beyond. Other Chicago artists of note featured prominently in the auction are Leon Golub, Richard Hunt, George Cohen and Gertrude Abercrombie.

The artist Jim Nutt was born in 1938 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early sixties just as Abstract Expressionism was ceding the spotlight to Pop Art.  Together with other students he and his wife, the painter Gladys Nilsson, formed a group that came to be known as the Hairy Who.  Allied to the Chicago Imagists, their style was a kind of surrealising Pop, with a cartoonish, eschatological gonzo character that earned them a swathe of group shows across the US and beyond from 1966 through to the early 70s.

Since the mid-90s Nutt has focused exclusively on painting female heads; the works in this current exhibition date from 2010 to 2016. They are not portraits, although the artist does admit to being a close observer of people in the street.  Writing in the New Yorker, David Nolan referred to them as a kind of ‘geek classicism’.  The works are of uniform size, and draw one in with a power to match a Lucas Cranach Adam and Eve.  Nutt uses thinned acrylic paints.  This is significant because the colour used this way has a translucency that means he has to build up many layers of paint to achieve the desired effect.  He is interested not in brush strokes, the paintings are entirely without gesture, but in the impasto brought about by this layering which in turn lends the heads an extraordinary three-dimensionality

For more information about the auction please contact visit Hindman

 

Jim Nutt (American, b. 1938)

Plume, 1989

acrylic on canvas in acrylic on wood frame

signed Jim Nutt, titled, dated and annotated (verso)

25 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches.

Property from a Corporate Art Collection

 

Estimate: US$200,000 – US$400,000

Hindman – Dame Olivia De Havilland Haute Couture & Designs

Hindman – Dame Olivia De Havilland Haute Couture & Designs

A stunning array of dresses worn by Dame Olivia de Havilland, the 103-year-old British-American-French actress whose career from 1935 spanned the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema to the late 1980s, will be sold by auction house Hindman in Chicago on September 17th.

De Havilland is one of the top actresses of all time, with a career that includes 49 feature films. One of her most remembered roles was Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind (1939), in which she plays Scarlett O’Hara’s sister-in-law.

The September 17, 2019 Haute Couture & Luxury Fall Fashion Auction at Hindman includes an impressive collection of 400 lots of vintage clothing gathered from around the United States and Europe. This compelling group of designs features wearable early 20th century dresses, numerous examples from post-WWII American fashion designers such as Norman Norell, Adele Simpson and James Galanos, and unique haute couture creations from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro, among others.

Headlining this auction is an exciting collection of Parisian haute couture and Hollywood designs worn by Dame Olivia de Havilland from 1954 to 1989. A majority of the items (27) are haute couture creations by Christian Dior, including ensembles made under the creative direction of Christian Dior himself, Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Bohan.

 “Dame Olivia de Havilland is a timeless fashion icon and this couture is nothing short of historical,” said Timothy Long, Hindman’s director and senior specialist of luxury accessories and couture. “Olivia’s collection, along with the auction’s other offerings, must not be missed by fashion experts and enthusiasts alike.”

Three of the Dior ensembles were worn by de Havilland in her movies, such as Light in the Piazza (1962) and the iconic Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).

A Dior coat was worn for her role in the Broadway production of A Gift of Time (1961), while other Dior designs were worn by de Havilland to the premieres of her movies, such as Proud Rebel (1958), Lady in a Cage (1964) and the 1961 special showing of Gone with the Wind (1939) in honour of the Centennial of the Commencement of the Civil War.

There are also eight evening gowns worn by de Havilland to formal events between 1977 and 1989. These events include the 1977 American Film Institute tribute to Bette Davis, for which de Havilland wore a gown designed by Hollywood costume designer Edith Head. Another dress was made by Hollywood costume designer Paul Zastupnevitch and worn in 1989 by de Havilland when she accepted the People’s Choice Award for Gone with the Wind as the favourite film of all time.

In addition to Christian Dior clothing and accessories, this collection includes six paper programmes, printed by

the House of Christian Dior, detailing the garments included in Dior’s fashion shows in Paris, which were attended by Olivia de Havilland. Each programme features hand-written notes by de Havilland, including her thoughts on each collection and scheduling details.

With these programmes are two photographic prints, provided with the clothing, of Olivia de Havilland with Christian Dior. One image is of de Havilland wearing a wedding dress, designed by Dior, for her role in The Ambassador’s Daughter (1956). The second image is of Dior seated at a table with de Havilland in a white hat.

For more information about the auction please contact visit Hindman

 

 

Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Haute Couture Dress, Inner Bodice and Shoes, Spring-Summer 1964

Worn by Dame Olivia de Havilland in the 1964 movie ‘Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte’.

 

 

Estimate: US$1,200 – US$1,800

 
 

 

 
 
Julien’s – Top Memorabilia From Hall Of Fame Players

Julien’s – Top Memorabilia From Hall Of Fame Players

Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, And Hank Aaron Memorabilia Offered In Julien’s Auctions November 14th Event

Los Angeles, California – (August 23, 2019)– History and investment opportunities intersect for baseball fans attending Julien’s Auctions “A Southern Gentleman’s Collection” event in Beverly Hills on November 14th. With the Sports category leading the sale, high value baseballs and game worn jerseys each carry with them stories about some of the greatest moments and players of the sport.

Brett Hughes, Managing Director Global Sports at Julien’s Auctions, says: “Once in a while a collection comes our way that you can feel the history, opportunity, and excitement all at once. This collection – compiled over the course of 30 years by Goodman Basil Espy­ III, M.D., is just that – exciting. It includes the kinds of items that makes the heart of any baseball fan and collector beat faster. Much faster. An indication of the strength of this market can be seen in the price rises we are seeing. A Babe Ruth uniform similar to one sold in 2008 for $300,000, we expect to sell for $400,000 or higher today. The market goes from strength to strength.”

David Seideman, an authority on sports collectables for 30 years (who writes for such publications as Forbes, Time and Sport Illustrated) claimed the following earlier this year: “[The] supply of signed Babe Ruth baseballs cannot meet the demand…  No matter how many thousands upon thousands of times he scribbled his name, an autographed Babe Ruth baseball is still the centerpiece of any worthwhile baseball memorabilia collection. The price of Ruth balls has at least doubled over the past decade. Expect to pay at least $20,000 for a sharp one, a clean ball. Official American League baseballs are the most desirable, commanding a premium.”

The market for celebrity sports memorabilia continues its relentless upward trend as an alternative investment sector. Many wealthy collectors who have art, wine, classic cars, and jewelry in their portfolios now also include items linked to some of the greatest professional athletes in the world. The sports market, in some instances, is outpacing some of the more conventional investment categories.

Because of the international interest in this collection, it is being taken to England on board Cunard’s luxurious Queen Mary 2, in a voyage departing New York on September 15thand arriving in Southampton, England on September 22nd, crossing the Atlantic Ocean with an exhibition of sports highlights from the Julien’s Auctions sale event later in the year.

For more information please visit Julien’s Auctions.

 

A Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe signed baseball.  A Reach Official American League Baseball (William Harridge) era 1947-1953, signed by Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe in blue ink. This signed baseball commemorates the brief union of one of sports brightest stars with Hollywood’s most glamorous actress. It is well known that after Marilyn’s passing Joe refused to sign any Monroe related material whether it be photographic images or pages already bearing her autograph. Any signed objects by both legendary figures only derives from the short period the couple spent together, factually only a nine-month marriage was full of unhappiness, tears, and general strife.

 

Estimate: US$150,000 – US$250,000

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