Fine art highlights open with a 1962 untitled oil-on-paper mounted to canvas by the Italian painter Giuseppe Santomaso, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. The piece depicts a polychrome Abstract Expressionist composition and has a Galleria Pogliani label to the verso. Santomaso’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the La Biennale di Venezia, Venice.
Another standout is Young Man in the Artist’s Studio by the Russian artist Ilya Yefimovich Repin, which has an estimate of $40,000-$60,000. The 1914 canvas depicts a young man reclining on a sofa, his head wrapped in a black bandage; both the subject and the reason for the bandage are a mystery. Repin was well-known for his psychologically revealing portraits of many of the leading political, literary and artistic figures of his time, including members of the Imperial Family, Mikhail Glinka, Pavel Tretyakov and Leo Tolstoy, with whom he had a long friendship.
The May 21 sale continues with a small untitled black ink painting on paper mounted to canvas by Franz Kline. The pencil-signed Abstract Expressionist composition belonged to artist Norman Carton, who had exhibited alongside Kline in group shows during the course of their careers, most notably at the 1955-1956 Exhibit of Contemporary American Painting at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The sale also contains a collection of School of Paris paintings, including an interior cafe scene by French artist Albert Andre with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
An exciting collection of fine art glass vases by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Zsolnay Pecs and Dale Patrick Chihuly are on offer as well. The highlight of the collection is a Tiffany Studios Daffodil table lamp designed by Clara Driscoll. She headed the firm’s Women’s Glass Cutting Department, which grew to a team of 35 women later referred to as the Tiffany Girls. The lamp is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
Among the silver choices is a Gianmaria Buccellati silver and malachite centerpiece in the form of a cornucopia issuing harvest fruits, the whole with leaves, grape clusters, pears, apples, pomegranates, figs, lemons, and strawberries with wheat sheaves, issuing from a large polished malachite mineral specimen stone. Its estimate is $15,000-$25,000.
The fine jewelry, luxury goods and designer costume jewelry on offer includes an Art Deco-style platinum, diamond and onyx necklace, estimated at $10,000-$20,000, as well as a Hermes Kelly bag designed by Jean-Louis Robert Frederic Dumas that has retained its original mini-padlock and keys. Also demanding mention is a FRED Paris 18K white gold necklace designed as graduated star links, featuring seven stars adorned with pave-set round brilliant cut diamonds weighing a total of 3.06 carats. The highlights conclude with a Marilyn Cooperman fluted and brightly polished 18K gold brooch featuring 65 fully drilled emerald round beads weighing precisely 38 carats, and a vintage Patek Philippe Top Hat 18K gold watch.
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