On May 23, Clars Auction Gallery will offer two exceptional bronze sculptures by Modernist African-American artist, Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) in its Jewelry, Furniture, Art, Asian Art sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Influenced by both Cubism and Primitivism, Catlett explored social realism subject matter relating to race and feminism in her sculpture, paintings, and prints. The bronzes Woman Fixing Her Hair and Untitled (Faces) exemplify her talent of combining abstract and figurative traditions. These sculptures are estimated at $40,000-$60,000 and $30,000-$50,000, respectively.
Crying Girl, created by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) in 1963 has become one of the artist’s most iconic images. Believed to be inspired by a mid-century comic strip, the work depicts the emotional troubles of the modern American woman. Clars will offer a 1963 edition of the offset lithograph published by Leo Castelli Graphics, estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
Also featured in the modern and contemporary art portion of the sale is a vibrant work on paper by Bay Area native Sam Francis (1923-1994). The untitled work, done in 1969, is a part of his Tokyo series. During his time in Tokyo, Francis was heavily influenced by the art and traditions of the Japanese culture, incorporating the concepts of “ma,” a way of setting mood and place through use of negative and open spaces, into his art. It is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
The design selections will be led by an Antoni Gaudi (Spanish, 1852-1926) Batllo bench, designed in 1906 and executed in oak in the 1980s by BD, Barcelona. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Gaudi, a noted Catalan architect, is recognized by many scholars as a pioneering figure in modernisme or Catalan Modernism. Also in the design lineup are a pair of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Chan tables that carry an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
Fine jewelry on offer includes a selection of diamond, colored gemstone, and gold jewelry, led by a 7.12-carat no-heat Burma sapphire ring, estimated at $18,000-$22,000, and a 10.83-carat no-heat ruby ring with the same estimate.
Asian art highlights include a Chinese iron red enameled blue and white dragon dish, of the Qianlong period and bearing a Qianlong mark, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, as well as a Chinese small cast bronze tripod censer valued at $2,000-$4,000.
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