Artworks from NYC-area estates lead Auctions at Showplace Sept. 12 sale
NEW YORK – Auctions at Showplace will open the autumn auction season with an exciting sale on September 12 featuring 280 lots from New York metro-area estates. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Fine art highlights include modern works by Joan Miro, Josef Albers, Ludwig Sander and Alexei Sundukov, as well as contemporary sculpture by Robert Courtwright. The sale also features chairs by design pioneers Gerrit Rietveld and Frank Gehry. Jewelry is highlighted by an antique American Waltham Watch Co. 14K yellow gold pocket watch with a fob chain.
Fine art highlights include Brain, a 1995 modern surrealist oil on canvas by Alexei Sundukov. It depicts a brain worked in black and white with figural details. Also featured is a large abstract expressionist composition by Kyle Morris titled Fall Series ’64 N0. 1. The oil on canvas bears a Kootz Gallery (New York) label on reverse.
Featured art continues with Joan Miro’s 1980 lithograph on paper titled Incivisa. It is signed in pencil at the lower right and is number 17 from an edition of 75. The sale continues with a large oil on canvas titled Ostia Beach by Nicola Simbari. It bears a Wally Findlay Galleries label and a Sotheby’s inventory label on verso.
Also on offer are two mixed media sculptural works by Robert Courtright, one in red and one in blue, each titled Mask. Sculpture highlights also include a large abstract iron sculpture by David Secrest and an abstract work crafted of molten bronze forms by Klaus Ihlenfeld.
The September 12 auction features a fantastic collection of furnishings ranging from antique to modern. Several Frank Gehry pieces are included, led by three early 1980s Frank Gehry Postmodern Easy Edges corrugated modular cardboard etagere shelves that can be used individually as side tables or together as a shelf. From the same Frank Gehry line are a pair of side chairs in laminated cardboard, circa 1980.
The sale continues with a Gerrit Rietveld Bauhaus Red Blue chair issued by Cassina and a Mies van der Rohe for Knoll MR Chaise Lounge 241LS with cantilevered tubular chromed steel frame and upholstered in brown leather. Also included are two Josef Hoffman modern enameled and perforated metal umbrella stands manufactured by Bieffeplast. Also in the lineup is a Rose Tarlow walnut center table in the Biedermeier taste with parcel ebonized details and a “Rose Tarlow Melrose House” label inside the drawer.
Decorative arts highlights include a Zsolnay Pecs Hungarian Art Nouveau pottery luster-glazed vase with a starfish motif along with three additional lots of antique Zsolnay. Also commanding attention is a Leon Kann Art Nouveau bronze Thistle vase with relief flowers along the bottom.
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