The Auction Block
Sotheby’s Silent Seasons – Summer No. II Oil on Canvas Will Barnet (1911 – 2012) Estimate: $60,000 – $90,000 Auction Date: April 23
Sotheby’s April sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture includes a rich array of American artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries, including this iconic painting by Will Barnet, which exhibits the artist’s characteristic motifs of the human figure and animals in casual scenes of daily life, depicted in a state of dreamlike whimsy. Other highlights include Gifford Beal’s ‘Fish Houses, Winter Day,’ as well as works by George Inness, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and notable 20th century artists like Charles Burchfield and Norman Rockwell.
christie's A massive pair of Napoleon III ormolu-mounted Japanese Imari Porcelain thirteen-light torchère Estimate: $120,000 - $180,000 Auction Date: April 16
Part of Christie’s auction, The Opulent Eye: 19th Century Funriture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Glass, each of these rather magnificent torch lamps is of bottle outline with a pair of profusely scrolled acanthus handles, issuing thirteen scrolled candle-branches on entwined dolphin support. A truly opulent sight.
bonham's An Important Suite of Diamond and Ruby Jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels French, 1988 Estimate: $180,000 - $220,000 Auction Date: April 15
This diamond and ruby suite from the 1980's, part of Bonham’s Fine Jewelry sale, is a beautiful and romantic example of Van Cleef & Arpel's graceful designs set with superbly matched calibré set cut rubies and diamonds. This suite is a fine example of Van Cleef & Arpels interpretation of the unique time and fashion which characterized the 1980's with the image of wealth and success expressed in impressive jewels and dress.
Freeman’s Special Minguren I Coffee Table Curly maple burl and walnut George Nakashima (1905 – 1990) Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Auction Date:April 22
The American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts sale at Freeman’s is a welcome treat for those interested in the unique history and style of American craft and design. From the 18th century to the 20th century, the selection ranges from a Chippendale walnut case clock ca. 1775, to 20th century master furniture makers like George Nakashima, whose renowned “natural wood” design is on full display with this beautiful coffee table. Other offerings include Oriental rugs and carpets, as well as rare coins.
doyle new york Frida Kahlo Archive Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000 Auction Date: April 15
Doyle New York’s auction of Rare Books, Maps & Autographs is highlighted by an archive of unpublished love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to Jose Bartoli.This group of letters is dated between August 1946—when Kahlo had just turned 39—and November 1949. Her letters were written while Kahlo was recuperating at home in Mexico City from a spinal fusion performed in June of 46. The archive comprising approximately 25 letters in Spanish from Kahlo to Bartoli.