Don’t miss these 6 lots for auction at New York Showplace, from an Art Deco clock to a polar bear to a charming seascape by Raoul Dufy
For more than two decades, New York’s Showplace has served as a one-stop shopping destination featuring a wealth of fine art, designer items, jewelry and luxury fashion, as well as a mix of ephemera. vintage for discerning collectors. In addition to selling exhibits, Showplace also hosts a host of auctions each year, and this fall it features Important fine art and design (October 10), a 145-lot auction that brings together fine art from Jean Dubuffet, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso, top-notch design objects from Knoll and Carlo Scarpa, and much more.
The auction also featured works from some esteemed New York collections, originating from the MacArthur family residence on Fifth Avenue; the Park Avenue estate of American film producer Martin Bregman; and the Fifth Avenue residence of Jill and Ken Iscol.
While collectors can certainly bid online, those in New York are welcome to preview lots at Showplace’s newly renovated galleries on 25th Street, where the auction will take place live. Below, discover 6 lots not to be missed.
Saint-Adresse (around 1950)
Estimate: $ 60,000 – $ 80,000
Raoul Dufy’s Vibrant Seaside Oil Painting The entrance to the port at Sainte-Adresse (circa 1950) is one of the flagship items of the sale. The artwork sums up the best of Dufy, with an aerial view of an energetic French waterfront filled with pedestrians, marked by its iconic vivid blue passages. The work also has an impressive provenance, coming from the collection of Wally Findlay Galleries.
Three palm trees (1948)
Estimate: $ 40,000 – $ 60,000
This 1948 watercolor on paper shows an abstract trio of palm trees, bursting with character. It predates Dubuffet’s evolution towards the “art brut” style for which he is best known, but nevertheless highlights his movement towards intense body language. The work bears a Cordier & Ekström, Inc. (New York) gallery label on the reverse.
Rare Set Gold Pendulum, Vacheron Constantin
Estimate: $ 40,000 – $ 60,000
Probably the title of the cutest lot belongs to this Neo-Art Deco-style gem-set gold clock featuring a lying polar bear with ruby eyes. The bear balances the clock face on its paws like a ball, while itself perched atop a stepped onyx base, surrounded by 18k gold trim and elevated on 18 gold feet carats.
Estimate: $ 150,000 to $ 250,000
This patinated bronze coffee table is rare in the work of Diego Giacometti. The table was acquired directly from the artist by Gallerie Gianna-Sistu in Paris in the late 1970s and was subsequently imported by Hirschl-Adler, New York, for dealer Jeffrey Hoffeld in 1987. The work arrives now up for auction from a private Park Avenue collection. , where he has resided since 1993.
Anemones In A Vase
Estimate: $ 30,000 to $ 50,000
French painter of Polish origin Moïse Kisling moved to Paris at the age of nineteen and spent most of his life there (apart from a few years in the United States during World War II). Friend and contemporary of Amedeo Modigliani, Kisling made a name for himself through his somewhat stylized portraits of women. This charming painting, Anemones in a vase, is from the Wally Findlay Galleries collection.
Estimate: $ 15,000 – $ 25,000
Colored 1978 etching and aquatint by Joan Miro on paper titled Metamorphosis is perhaps the highlight of the print works offered in the sale, with swirling lyrical forms in Miro’s bold color palette of red, black, and white, along with pops of green, yellow, and blue. The print is number 17 from an edition of 50.
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