NEW YORK – Capsule Auctions will hold The Holiday Sale: Art, Design, and Decor on Thursday, December 8, starting at 11 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The sale will contain paintings, sculpture, ceramics, works on paper, rare books, collectibles and furniture from New York and New England estates and collections.
The Holiday Sale includes several important figurative paintings, such as Theo Von Brockhusen’s Untitled (Landscape with Trees). Painted in 1905, just a year before the artist joined the Berlin Secession group, the work is a beautiful example of Brockhusen’s expert landscape paintings. It carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. Philip Evergood’s Dusk in the Garden, estimated at $6,000-$8,000, marks another highlight: rendered with Evergood’s signature socially critical eye, this is a haunting WPA-era masterpiece.
Two folios from Czech painter and illustrator Alphonse Mucha, each complete, appear in the sale. Figures Decoratives and also Documents Decoratifs, two ornate unbound books of Art Nouveau plates, are being offered from the collection of Seymour Stein; the latter of the two has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
Other books by William Morris, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens and Omar Khayyam make the sale a destination for lovers of poetry, the Arts and Craft Movement and literature.
The December 8 sale also offers a stunning array of furniture, including items designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Michel Dufet and Paul T. Frankl. Hans Wegner’s famous Valet chair (Model JH540), designed in 1953, is a particularly exquisite item: it is said that Wegner created the first model for Danish King Frederik IX, who fell in love with the practicality of the design after seeing a four-legged prototype. The Wegner chair is estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Striking vases by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Swedish designer Wilhelm Kage round out the sale’s design selection.
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