Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Log In
lots of lots
Lot 0012
Zhan Gengxi (Chinese, B. 1941) "Two Whooping Cranes Standing" Signed and stamped lower right. Original Watercolor painting on Rice Paper.

Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.

This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the 29c Whooping Crane stamp issued October 9, 1994.

Few birds are as large or as distinctive as America's Whooping Crane. And few birds are as threatened. Crowned with fashionable feathers, Grus Americana was virtually wiped out in the 19th century due to the popularity of its plumes with milliners. Known for its trumpeting call, created by an unusual coiled windpipe, the sizable Whooping Crane can be as long as 56 in. Though they are more numerous today thanks to strict conservation measures (in the late 1980s there were nearly 100 individuals), in 1941 just 11 of these majestic birds were believed to exist. Cranes around the world have faced similar difficulties, and of the 14 known species most are now rare. An exception is the somewhat smaller sandhill crane of the central and western United States. Conservation laws there have helped this bird to hold its own. Every spring, thousands of bird watchers gather in western Nebraska's Sandhill region to view the migration of these birds. Interestingly, the sandhill crane may do its part in saving its cousin the Whooping Crane. In recent years, experimental projects have been undertaken in which Whooping Crane eggs have been placed in sandhill crane nests in the hope that the wild birds would successfully raise the newly-hatched Whoopers which would then be fit to survive in the wild.

Image Size: 11.25 x 12.5 in.
Sheet Size: 12.75 x 14.75 in.
Overall Size: 16 x 20 in.

- By registering to bid for this auction either in-house or online and/or placing a bid in this auction the BIDDER/BUYER agrees to all the terms and conditions of Helmuth Stone Gallery Auctions.

- All silver, gold and/or jewelry lots or invoices containing said lots MUST be paid for via wire transfer or cashier’s check, no other forms of payment will be accepted.

- All sales are final; no refunds will be given under any circumstances.

- Helmuth Stone Gallery provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.

- Online images can sometimes be low quality due to the uploading process, original high-resolution images can be requested via email at HelmuthStone@gmail.com

- We recommend looking into shipping quotes prior to bidding, shipping quotes can take up to a week or more post-sale as we host our auctions through 6 online platforms and shipping can become backlogged, if you would like a list of local shippers please email us directly.

- Our auction catalogs are hosted through multiple online platforms along with phone and in-house bidding. Bids placed on other platforms are not shown through this catalog. Because of this, even if it appears you are the only absentee bid or bidder on a lot, you may already be out bid or may have placed a bid equal to another bidder. Therefore, we always recommend bidding live.
Starting Price
Buyer's Premium
  • 24%

Zhan Gengxi (B. 1941) "Whooping Cranes"

Estimate $300 - $600
$1500 bids
Starting Price $150
Get pre-approved to bid live on Sun, Apr 05, 2020 1:00 PM '.Register For Auction
Shipping, Payment & Auction Policies
See Policy for Shipping
Ships fromSarasota, FL, US
Free Local Pick-UpSarasota, FL, US

Helmuth Stone Gallery

Sarasota, FL, USA