Doyle+Design auction features Betty Parsons, Hiro and more, Dec. 7-8

Betty Parsons, ‘Woodpecker,’ estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Betty Parsons, ‘Woodpecker,’ estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8, Doyle will host the next sale in its popular Doyle+Design auction category. This highly anticipated sale showcases a wide range of Modern and Contemporary furniture, silver and design by prominent makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

A special section of the December 7 lineup is devoted to original artwork, photographs and jewelry from the collection of Nancy North, who modeled for the famed fashion designer Halston. In an interview with Doyle executive Peter Costanzo, North said, “Part of our entourage was the celebrated photographer known as Hiro, who was born in Japan but raised in China. Lot 156 in the sale is a large group of black and white images from that trip taken by Hiro. Halston relied on him to record events with his camera and as a guide.” The group of images, which includes a large-format photograph of dance legend Martha Graham, carries an estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Archive of black-and-white images taken by Hiro, including a large-format portrait of Martha Graham, estimated at $3,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Archive of black-and-white images taken by Hiro, including a large-format portrait of Martha Graham, estimated at $3,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Session II of the Doyle+Design sale, taking place December 8, will feature paintings, sculpture and prints spanning the 20th century to the present day as well as art glass and pieces from Tiffany Studios.

Modern and Contemporary art selections include three works by Betty Parsons. Both a highly respected gallerist as well as a celebrated artist, Parsons had an incredible eye; she championed the work of Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Agnes Martin while also creating her own sculptural driftwood assemblages. Woodpecker, estimated at $5,000-$8,000, is an excellent representation of her bold use of color.

Ramon Oviedo, ‘El Ultimo Habitat/Embalado,’ estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Ramon Oviedo, ‘El Ultimo Habitat/Embalado,’ estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Also of note is a piece by Ramon Oviedo. One of the Dominican Republic’s most important artists, Oviedo has been referred to as “the Dominican Picasso.” He draws from Expressionist and Surrealist influences, creating vividly bold abstract forms. His signed, undated piece El Ultimo Habitat/Embalado, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, showcases Oviedo’s complex mixed media compositions.

A special section of the December 8 sale is devoted to the Flower family collection. This exceptional collection showcases ceramic figures by Martin Brothers, Art Nouveau vases by Amphora Pottery Company, Art Deco figures by Charles Vyse, Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre porcelain and a diverse variety of colorful art glass by prominent American, French and British makers, including Tiffany Furnaces, Quezal, Daum, Burgun Schverer et Cie and Thomas Webb & Sons.

Varujan Boghosian, ‘Memory,’ estimated at $6,000-$9,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Varujan Boghosian, ‘Memory,’ estimated at $6,000-$9,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Featured in the fine art choices is an important work by artist and sculptor Varujan Boghosian. From 1975, Memory, estimated at $6,000-$9,000, is representative of Boghosian’s Surrealist-tinged assemblages, clever and mysterious found object pieces that show the influence of Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell.

 

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