NEW YORK – On Wednesday, June 22, starting at 11 am Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct an auction of Prints and Fine Art. The tightly-curated lineup consists of just 60 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
On offer is a wide-ranging span of works that includes artists from many nations, led by original illustration art by Ciruel Cabral for The Book of the Dragon; a Surrealist painting of clowns by Alfano Dardari; a masterfully colored oil on canvas by Gene Pressler, depicting a stylish woman with a parasol; a 19th-century portrait of Samuel Colt, inventor and entrepreneur behind the namesake firearms company, rendered by an unknown hand; and a circa-1900 French School Japonisme painting of a trio of geishas.
Other standouts include a 19th-century portrait of Pocahontas, attributed to Indiana artist George Winter; a dynamic painting of a boxer by Joseph Goss Cowell; a drama-charged 18th-century work by Scottish artist John Douglas Michie; a 1948 canvas of young women boarding a street trolley, painted by Joseph Hudson; and a portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm II in an elaborate cast iron frame.
Equally worthy of attention are a William de la Montange Cary portrait of a girl and her dog; an alluring undated Itzchak Tarkay canvas of two women seated at a table; an exuberant jungle scene by the Haitian painter L. Dumont; an oversize outdoor still life, portrayed in the style of Luis Menendez; an 18th-century study of a rearing Arabian white stallion, attributed to Alfred de Dreux; and Trouble Brewing, an amusing painting of cats done by Jules Le Roy.
Leading the highlights is a Gene Pressler (American, 1894-1933) painting titled Deco Woman with Parasol. The stylish subject raises one hand in delight and holds a parasol in the other, its flame-orange shade contrasting perfectly with the midnight blue background. The undated oil on canvas is estimated at $11,000-$13,000.
A second strong entry in the lineup is a John Douglas Michie (Scottish, circa 1828-1893) painting of a maid and her lover. The young woman, in her work clothes, opens the inner panel of a large window to receive a small bouquet from a young man with a hopeful, pleading expression on his face. The Michie painting is estimated at $9,000-$11,000.
The final highlight will almost certain land among the top-selling lots in the auction. The undated canvas, simply titled Two Women at a Table, is the work of Israeli artist Itzchak Tarkay (1935-2012). It is typical of his oeuvre, depicting a pair of elegant female subjects in a setting that seems almost dream-like. Here, the colorfully dressed women both focus their attention on an arrangement of flowers in a white vase. Two Women at a Table is estimated at $20,000-$24,000.
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