ATLANTA – A 1984 photographic collage by David Hockney and a monumental 19th-century Georgian breakfront are a few of the expected top lots in Ahlers & Ogletree’s Spring Estates & Collections auction slated for the weekend of April 9-10. More than 1,000 lots will come up for bid, and start times on both days are 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The expected star lot of the April 9 session and the auction overall is a photographic collage by British artist David Hockney (b. 1937-), titled The Desk, July 1st. It is estimated at $60,000-$80,000. The collage, or “joiner” as Hockney called it, is titled, dated and signed and bears the number 8 from an edition of 20.
The sale lineup includes four artworks by Marcel Mouly (French, 1918-2008), led by the 1994 oil on canvas Les Voiles. It depicts an abstract boat with figures and numerous large, colorful sails against a cobalt sky, and is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Nicola Simbari (Italian, 1927-2012) appears seven times in the auction, most notably in the form of a 1971 oil on canvas titled Ischia, estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Simbari is known for his Mediterranean landscapes and paintings of contemporary European life. His work is in museums worldwide.
Virtually everyone is familiar with the American artist Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), better known as Dr. Seuss. His two whimsical creations in the auction include a circa-1994 hand-painted and hand-signed cast resin sculpture from his Unorthodox Taxidermy collection, titled Semi-Normal Green Lidded Fawn, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
A Pratone lounge chair by Ricardo Rosso, Piero Derossi and Georgio Ceretti for GUFRAM, made from lacquered polyurethane foam in the form of a grass patch and stamped “Gufram Multipli 131/200 Pratone,” has an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
A painting attributed to Herman Saftleven (Dutch, 1609-1685) and the Georgian breakfront are the prize lots on Day 2. The early 19th-century mahogany and mahogany-veneered marquetry-inlaid Georgian breakfront carries an estimate of $15,000-$30,000.
The oil on wood board attributed to Herman Saftleven the Younger is titled Rhenish Landscape with Castle and is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. It comes from the estate of a prominent Atlanta businessman. Saftleven was a Baroque period painter and one of Holland’s best-known artists.
Other Day 2 highlights include a hand-knotted wool-on-cotton Persian Bakhtiari panel garden rug, having repeating medallions of alternating cedar trees and roses on a red floral ground with a Herati border, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; and also a 1957 Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine, estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
A 180-piece sterling silver flatware service by Towle, mainly in the King Richard pattern, is expected to hit $5,000-$7,000. Also, a monumental pair of Chinese male and female Sancai glaze ceramic seated Buddhist lion figures on stands should realize $4,000-$6,000.
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