ATLANTA – A vibrant and colorful four-panel painting by Nyoman Gunarsa (Indonesian, 1944-2017), titled Balinese Dancers, sold for $20,000 in a three-day Fine Estates & Collections auction held August 25-27 at Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery. The painting was the top achiever of the 1,289-lot event, which totaled a robust $1.39 million.
Balinese Dancers had a modest estimate of $500-$700, but bidders quickly blasted through that and then some. The multi-panel oil on canvas depicted women in the foreground in different poses and a group of women in the background dancing. The unframed work was artist-signed and dated at the lower right panel and was consigned from a private Atlanta collection.
Balinese Dancers may have been the top lot of the August 25 Day 1 auction session, but close on its heels was a Tibetan polychrome painted wood door depicting a guardian spirit with a tiger on a chain in a celestial landscape. The door was attached to a red painted wood frame with red metal hardware. Again, its estimate was modest, at $200-$400, but it sold for $17,500.
Slightly more was paid for a pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain phoenix tail vases that finished at $18,750 against an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The figural Fengweizun vases were each decorated with male figures and bats in a landscape and rested on wooden stands. One had a character ink stamp, but the pair were otherwise apparently unmarked.
Two lots from Session 2, which took place on August 26, earned identical prices of $18,750. The first was a large pair of Aspen Art guardian lions, both 56in tall. The cast bronze garden sculptures were modeled as opposing sitting lions and each had a pleasing patina. The lot easily bested its $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
The second was an untitled paint splatter work by Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), one of two Sam Francis paint splatter paintings in the auction. Untitled SF 78 was an abstract monotype acrylic and mixed media on laid paper, with geometric shapes and yellow stripes, signed by Francis at the lower right.
Another Session 2 lot that performed well was a pair of Versace gilt bronze mounted green marble amphora form urn Leone double socket table lamps. Each had an artichoke finial, black gold Barocco shade, double arms and laurel bands to the bodies, and Medusa heads and Greek Key bands to the base. The pair achieved $13,750.
In Session 3, which happened on August 27, a bronze and marble bank table acquired by Amadeo P. Giannini, president of the Bank of Italy (now known as Bank of America) changed hands for $11,250. The table resided in the lobby of the Bank of Italy in San Francisco for years.
Lastly, a mid-century Italian trompe l’oeil painted secretary bookcase in the style of Eugene Berman and Fernand Renard, depicting untidy open shelves, a disorganized slant front desk and messy drawers with papers hanging out, hit $15,000.
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