NEW YORK – On Tuesday, June 2, Jasper52 will present an auction of more than 100 artworks sourced from a Honolulu estate, about half of which have South Pacific subjects and themes. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Three dozen of the works in the auction are by French-born artist Jean Charlot (1898-1979), who after living and working in Mexico City, New York City and Colorado Springs, moved to Hawaii to teach at the university. He remained there for about 30 years until his death. One of the images featured in the auction is a 1973 serigraph/silkscreen print from the Fijian series titled Presenting the Tabua. The 20-by-15¼-inch image (above) is expected to sell for $1,100-$1,500
A small drypoint etching titled The Throw Net, Hawaii (below) is signed in graphite by the well-known artist Charles W. Bartlett (1860-1940). Born in England, Bartlett studied art at the Royal Academy in London and at the Academie Julian in Paris. He is known for watercolor paintings and woodblock prints, especially of scenes from his travels through Southeast Asia, China, and later Hawaii. In 1917, Bartlett and his wife traveled to Hawaii intending after a short visit to return to England, but they were so enamored with the scenery and people of Hawaii that they settled in Honolulu. There he worked with Japanese publisher Watanabe designing woodblocks that were made into prints. The Bartlett print in the auction is numbered 9/75 and dates to the mid-1920s (est. $6,000-$7,000).
One of the oldest works in the auction is a 1784 hand-colored engraving titled A Canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the Rowers Masked by John Webber (British, (1751-1793). The 8½-by14¾-inch print carries a $1,100-$1,500 estimate.
A late 19th century watercolor painting offered in the auction depicts a West Oahu landscape with two figures walking on a path in the foreground and Diamond Head crater in the distance. It is signed by an unknown artist, E. Wheeldon (est. $2,000-$2,500).
One of the works that does not depict the South Pacific is a 19th century atmospheric landscape of a meadow surrounded by trees. It is signed by Edward Morey, an American artist (est. $800-$1,000).
The Jasper52 online auction of Exclusive Fine Art and Collectibles will be conducted Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
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