LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Clarke Auction Gallery will showcase the best of artistic design at its auction on Sunday, June 2, ranging from fine paintings by Jared French and E.H. Potthast to art objects and sculptural works by Tiffany Studios, Pablo Picasso, George Nakashima and Tom Otterness. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will include a number of fine and important pieces of art – highlighting original paintings from old masters to contemporary artists – sterling silver, jewelry, Asian arts, decorative arts, Oriental rugs, bronzes, lighting, and Continental and American furniture. The sterling and jewelry selection will feature flatware, tea sets, sterling accessories, diamond jewelry, gold jewelry and designer jewelry. Mid-century offerings will feature American and Italian designers from the 1950s to contemporary manufacturers.
“The auction is deep in artwork by blue-chip artists but we have so much more than just paintings and sculpture,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “Good artistic design runs throughout the entire sale from a fine ceramic piece by Picasso and a trestle table by George Nakashima to antique garden sculpture, fine jewelry and more.”
Headlining the fine art category will be two works by Jared French (American, 1905-1987), who was renowned for his egg tempera paintings. His tempera on canvas laid to Masonite painting depicting three male figures (above) is expected to sell for $30,000-$50,000. His 9½-inch-tall bronze sculpture titled The Fat Man, circa 1958, carries a $6,000-$9,000 estimate. Both artworks come from the collection of the late Jon F. Anderson, who was active in the New York arts scene and often served as an artist’s model, working for many well-known painters, photographers and sculptors.
Bronzes and paintings go hand in hand here and highlighting the auction are an Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857-1927) oil on board of a coastal landscape (est. $6,000-$9,000) signed, 12 by 16 inches (below), and a Tom Otterness (American, b. 1952) bronze depicting two figures (probably a parent and child) (est. $6,000-$9,000), 1986, signed and dated on the base, no. 3 from an edition of three. Coming out of a New York City collection, the piece measures 13¼ by 3 by 11¼ inches.
The parade of designer names continues with a pair of Tiffany Studios Turtleback tile wall sconces (est. $8,000-$10,000) from a Westchester collector’s home, having 8½-inch-wide shades with fixtures measuring 12 inches overall.
Furniture master George Nakashima is represented with a traditional trestle table (est. $5,000-$7,000) with a book-matched top, also from the Anderson collection, 60½ by 33 by 28 inches.
Highlighting decorative arts will be a Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) 1956 Madoura convex wall plaque, Plongeurs, (est. $4,000-$6,000) having a 7¼-inch diameter, and a fine set of four doré bronze figural two-arm sconces (est. $3,000-$5,000).
The sterling silver offerings here are equally notable and range from a 116-piece Georg Jensen flatware service (est. $6,000-$9,000), totaling 141 troy ounces, to a five-piece Tiffany & Co. tea service with tray (est. $4,000-$6,000) consisting of a teapot, coffeepot, creamer, covered sugar and waste vessel, pattern no. 6350, with a floral and scroll decoration.
Jewelry offerings include a large Italian 18K gold link bracelet ($2,500-$3,500) made up of three large infinity links with Florentine finish separated by polished 18K yellow gold links.
Just in time for summer, garden antiques will also be on offer, led by a large and impressive antique marble fountain (est. $3,000-$5,000) and a striking pair of antique marble columns (est. $3,000-$5,000).
Rounding out the auction are a Steinway & Sons piano, serial #183028, which belonged to artist Paul Cadmus and comes out of Anderson’s estate (est. $3,000-$5,000), a set of six Gustav Stickley Mission oak chairs #348.5 and 348.5A (est. $2,000-$3,000) and an album of Japanese woodblock prints including Chikanobu (est. $2,000-$4,000), with one side of the book mounted with triptychs including Russo-Japanese prints and images from Japanese myths and scenes from history.
For details contact Clarke Auction Gallery at 914-833-8336.