ATLANTA – Artworks by Gerhard Richter (German, b. 1932-), Jean Baptiste Van Loo (French, 1684-1745), Igor Tulpanov (Russian and American, b. 1939-) and Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906) are among the expected top lots in Ahlers & Ogletree’s three-day, online-only Fine Estates & Collections auction planned for the weekend of August 25-27, starting at 10 am Eastern time all three days. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Session 1, on Thursday, August 25, will feature 362 lots of Asian and ethnographic arts. Session 2, the following day, will contain 396 lots of Mid-century Modern and modern art and design, jewelry and silver. The final session, on Saturday, August 27, will have 529 lots of period antiques and fine art, making for a three-day total of 1,289 lots.
The large oil on canvas by Igor Tulpanov is a colorful surrealist work titled Samurai and estimated at $35,000-$55,000. It’s one of Tulpanov’s most important paintings, and it is signed and dated (‘96’). It depicts chess boards, a ghost-like figure and a red samurai. The Russian-born Tulpanov makes his home in Florida.
The portrait by Jean Baptiste Van Loo is an 18th-century three-quarter length painting of the actress and playwright Madame Marie Justine Benoit Duronceray Favart (French, 1727-1772), shown in a blue dress with jewels, against a red draped background. It is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
The Eastman Johnson oil on board, titled Old Man Reading, depicts a gentleman with white hair reading a book on a table in a darkened interior. It is initial-signed (“E.J.”) at the lower left, with two paper labels on the verso, possibly in Johnson’s hand, and it is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. The work is listed in the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonne.
The Session 1 Asian offerings will be led by a Chinese root wood and dream stone parlor set. It comprises two gnarled root wood arm chairs, each having a round marble dream stone centered in the back, with a conforming rectangular cocktail table. Its estimate is $2,000-$4,000.
A Korean Chaekgeori eight-panel floor screen, featuring ink and gouache on paper with silk borders and depicting a scholar’s bookshelf with vases, chimes, stone chops, calligraphy brushes, a toad and flowers, is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Each panel measures 70 by 16 ½in.
Session 2 top lots will be dominated by intriguing artworks, highlighted by a 2015 silkscreen behind float glass by Gerhard Richter, titled Schwarz – Rot – Gold IV, signed and numbered (“89/100”), and estimated at $8,000-$16,000.
A 1969 zinc etching on paper artist proof by Charles White (American, 1918-1979), titled Sara, is estimated at $4,000-$8,000. It is signed and dated at the lower right and has a Forum Gallery (N.Y.) label on the verso.
Session 3 will feature artworks as well as furnishings, such as a bronze and marble bank table acquired by Amadeo P. Giannini, president of the Bank of Italy (now known as Bank of America). The table resided in the lobby of the Bank of Italy in San Francisco for years. It carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
An August 1861 Civil War military commission on vellum, signed by President Abraham Lincoln and appointing William H. Walcott to the post of First Lieutenant in the 17th Regiment of Infantry is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
The final highlight is an 18th-century portrait of a noble lady with jewels, portrayed wearing a yellow brocade dress with a blue cloak. The untitled work is from the circle of Nicolas de Largilliere (French, 1656-1746), signed “JM Nattier” (likely later), and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
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