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Sam Francis, Untitled
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From the Estate of Dr.Alfred Ziviello

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994)
Untitled, 1980
monotype with dry pigments, inks, and oils on handmade paper
Signed in pencil “Sam Francis” lower right
Inscribed in pencil “EXP-SF-37-02- ‘80” on verso, lower right
30 3⁄4 x 25 1⁄4 inches

$12,000 – 18,000

Executed in 1976, this work is identified with the interim identification number of “SFM80-875” in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Provenance:
Jane Kahan Gallery, New York;
Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Ziviello, Long Island, NY

Property from the Estate of Dr. Ziviello

I met Dr.and Mrs. Alfred Ziviello about 30 years ago, when they stopped by old gallery on 74th Street and Madison in search of Americana. They had been in the area viewing the galleries and had their eye on a work by Calder. I loved the fact that the Doctor was a collector of a wide range of items with one common theme– Quality. Because he was an excellent surgeon, he was more observant of details than the average person. Mrs. Ziviello is a great cook and I truly looked forward to visits at their home, to discuss a wide range of subjects….usually centering around art! On a fishing trip Montauk together with his son David, just hearing his description of the physiology of the large shark that I had caught—before I released it—was impressive! The tuna caught that day was carved up for dinner by the only one truly qualified—the surgeon, Dr. Ziviello.

They purchased many fine examples of early American antiques and used this same discriminating eye to build an equally well-chosen collection of contemporary art most of it purchased from the respected Madison Avenue dealer, Jane Kahan. Works by Henry Moore, Picasso, and Calder were scattered throughout the home and passionately enjoyed by the couple. I visited with Dr. and Mrs. Ziviello shortly before his untimely passing in January, 2014 and we discussed the fact that he would like to sell his modern collection at Keno Auctions with conservative pre-sale auction estimates.

Keno Auctions is honored to offer some exemplary examples of Modern and Contemporary art by artists Frank Stella (lot 7), Sam Francis (lot 8) Alexander Calder (lot 9), Pablo Picasso (lot 39-41), Marc Chagall (lot38) and Martha Walter (lot 43).

-Leigh Keno
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Sam Francis, Untitled

Estimate $12,000 - $18,000
Oct 01, 2014
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Starting Price $6,000
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0008: Sam Francis, Untitled

Sold for $22,000
17 Bids
Est. $12,000 - $18,000Starting Price $6,000
Modern & Contemporary Fine Art & Design
Oct 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0008 Details

Description
...
From the Estate of Dr.Alfred Ziviello

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994)
Untitled, 1980
monotype with dry pigments, inks, and oils on handmade paper
Signed in pencil “Sam Francis” lower right
Inscribed in pencil “EXP-SF-37-02- ‘80” on verso, lower right
30 3⁄4 x 25 1⁄4 inches

$12,000 – 18,000

Executed in 1976, this work is identified with the interim identification number of “SFM80-875” in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Provenance:
Jane Kahan Gallery, New York;
Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Ziviello, Long Island, NY

Property from the Estate of Dr. Ziviello

I met Dr.and Mrs. Alfred Ziviello about 30 years ago, when they stopped by old gallery on 74th Street and Madison in search of Americana. They had been in the area viewing the galleries and had their eye on a work by Calder. I loved the fact that the Doctor was a collector of a wide range of items with one common theme– Quality. Because he was an excellent surgeon, he was more observant of details than the average person. Mrs. Ziviello is a great cook and I truly looked forward to visits at their home, to discuss a wide range of subjects….usually centering around art! On a fishing trip Montauk together with his son David, just hearing his description of the physiology of the large shark that I had caught—before I released it—was impressive! The tuna caught that day was carved up for dinner by the only one truly qualified—the surgeon, Dr. Ziviello.

They purchased many fine examples of early American antiques and used this same discriminating eye to build an equally well-chosen collection of contemporary art most of it purchased from the respected Madison Avenue dealer, Jane Kahan. Works by Henry Moore, Picasso, and Calder were scattered throughout the home and passionately enjoyed by the couple. I visited with Dr. and Mrs. Ziviello shortly before his untimely passing in January, 2014 and we discussed the fact that he would like to sell his modern collection at Keno Auctions with conservative pre-sale auction estimates.

Keno Auctions is honored to offer some exemplary examples of Modern and Contemporary art by artists Frank Stella (lot 7), Sam Francis (lot 8) Alexander Calder (lot 9), Pablo Picasso (lot 39-41), Marc Chagall (lot38) and Martha Walter (lot 43).

-Leigh Keno

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