LARCHMONT, N.Y. — Clarke Auction Gallery will hold its exuberantly named Awesome Estate Auction on Sunday, February 6, starting at 10 am Eastern time. It will feature nearly 500 lots of fine art, antiques, decorative arts, jewelry, silver and Asian arts. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Already attracting considerable presale attention is a circa-1954 gouache by Fernand Leger, Les loisirs, depicting figures engaged in leisure activities. Estimated at $250,000-$350,000, the painting is similar in composition to his lithograph Le Picnic. “The painting features motifs that Leger returned to many times in the last years of his life and ultimately used for both a lithograph and an Aubusson carpet as well as other drawings and paintings,” said Clarke’s fine art specialist William Schweller.
Other important works include a large map-like drawing of Las Vegas by famed illustrator Saul Steinberg, estimated at $20,000-$30,000. The two-panel mixed media drawing dates to 1958 and is from an Upper East Side New York City collection. “This work really showcases Steinberg’s trademark style, injected with whimsy, and captures the glitz and energy of 1950s Vegas,” Schweller said.
The jewelry category contains everything from gold necklaces and bracelets by known designers to decorative smalls. “Following the amazing results of Ilias Lalounis jewelry in our January sale, we are presenting yet another Lalaounis 18K gold necklace,” said Clarke’s jewelry specialist Whitney Bria. The signed lavaliere-style necklace carries an estimate of $5,000-$7,000. A similar example is in the book Ilias Lalaounis Metamorphoses, which describes the piece as a “four bead necklace.” Another jewelry lot worthy of mention is a signed David Yurman 18K gold link bracelet inlaid with diamonds, estimated at $6,000-$9,000.
In antiques, particularly Americana, traditional is king. Leading the highlights is a J.W. Fiske horse and sulky weathervane estimated at $3,000-$5,000. It comes from a Pelham Manor, N.Y., estate and measures 30in by 15 in. A second strong lot from the category is an antique Philadelphia two-piece flat top highboy raised on ball and claw feet, estimated at $1,000-$1,500.
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