LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. will host an important fine art, antiques, 20th century design and fine jewelry auction on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. PST. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Featuring property from prominent California estates, the online-only sale will offer a 23.73 carat Colombian emerald ring by Graff (above, est. $200,000-$250,000), a cube by Larry Bell (est. $20,000-$30,000), an important pair of Chinese imperial palace panels (est. $80,000-$120,000) and a still life painting by Francoise Gilot (below, est. $12,000-$18,000). As recounted in her memoir, Gilot was Pablo Picasso’s student, decade-long partner and mother of their two children.
Abell’s Feb. 21 auction also includes property from the estate of Audrey Steele Burnand, Newport Beach; the estate of Valerie Franklin, Los Angeles; and the estate of Eva and Loran Whitelock, Los Angeles, to benefit the Loran and Eva Whitelock Fund for Cycad Cultivation, Conservation and Research at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens (The Huntington). Loran Whitelock, a renowned cycad expert, spent a half-century studying, collecting and writing about the primordial plants. In 2015, the Huntington acquired his cycad collection, known as one of the best private collections of its type in the world.
Fine art in the upcoming auction includes paintings, drawings and sculptures signed Charles Arnoldi, Larry Bell, Maurice Braun, Arthur Dove, Francoise Gilot, Duncan Gleason, Yoshio Ikezaki, Jean Mannheim, Gustavo Montoya, Ed Moses, Leon Nikolaievitch Bakst, Eric Orr, Edgar Payne, Ronald Peterson, Hanson Duvall Puthuff, Giulio Rosati, Richard Schmid, Millard Sheets, Elmer Wachtel, William Wendt (below), Hans Zatka and more.
Modern and contemporary prints and multiples include works signed Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Pedro Friedeberg, Robert Graham, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein: Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Edward Ruscha and other renowned artists.
Fine jewelry includes the 23.73 carat Colombian emerald ring by Graff, a pair of Cartier Panthere diamond and sapphire earrings, rings by Marina B., Chanel fine earrings, pair of Bulgari rock crystal and diamond ear pendants, a group of 10 loose 3.0-plus carat diamonds, a 5.72 round brilliant diamond ring, a 7.60 pear brilliant diamond ring and a Mayan jade necklace.
Antique and modern furniture includes an impressive lapis lazuli, hardstone inset and gilt bronze French Empire table, Lalique cactus table, Mario Papperzini for Salterini patio set, Mexican Colonial carved wood library table, pair of Chinese hardwood and marble inset moon-viewing chairs, Chinese hardwood desk, 12-piece George III inlaid dining set, Louis XV-style consoles and commodes, and a New York Gothic Revival tall- case clock.
Decorative arts include a collection of Pablo Picasso Madoura pottery, Michael and Magdalena Frimkess pottery urn, Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, vases by Dale Chihuly, Vienna porcelain urn, Steinway & Sons grand pianos, French marble and bronze figural mantel clock depicting night and day, gilt bronze rhinoceros after Salvador Dali, Emile Galle enameled glass drink set, sterling flatware services by Alan Adler, Georg Jensen, and Mappin & Webb, a collection of 16th, 17th, and 18th century Latin American and Spanish Santo figures, Persian room-size carpets, and Spanish embroideries and tapestries.
Previews will be held Feb. 15-20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., by appointment only at the Abell gallery, 2613 Yates Ave. in Los Angeles. For more information contact Abell Auction Co. at 800-404-2235.
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