BEVERLY, Mass. – A painting by Natvar Bhavsar (b.1934), a contemporary Indian Abstract Expressionist, is a featured lot in Kaminski Auctions March 2-3 sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Nove, an oversized canvas measuring approximately, 44 by 108 inches and is composed of dry pigment on canvas (above). Known as a “colorist,” Bhavsar uses color as a technique and is influenced with the many Indian textiles, Holy Festivals and experiences from his native India. He sifts the pigments onto canvas and allows air currents, his breath and body movements to create each canvas. The painting on offer has colors of orange, persimmon and gold, is dated 1970, signed, with a gallery label verso, “Parker Street 470 Gallery.”
Another from the Salem, Massachusetts, collection is a work the by the realist artist Joseph Hirsch (1910-1981). The Book depicts three men absorbed in a book in the hand of the middle figure. The work is a large oil on canvas with a brass plaque on the front, which reads, “The First Benjamin Pitman (figure) Prize, 134 Annual Exhibition – 1959 National Academy,” having numerous other labels verso.
American paintings feature prominently in the sale with the top lot, a landscape of Monterey, California, by the American Impressionist artist Guy Orland Rose, (March 1867-November 1925) valued at $40,000-$60,000 (below).
There is a beautiful marine scene of a boat in stormy seas by Stanley Meltzoff, initially done for The Saturday Evening Post with an S.E.P. label verso. A 40-by-48-inch oil on canvas painting titled Waterfront is a view of the Hudson River at 34th Street by Arthur Kimmel Getz (1913-1996), best known for his work as an illustrator for The New Yorker magazine covers. This painting is a deaccessioned work from a New Britain, Connecticut, museum.
American art continues with a surrealist painting of a snail by Gertrude Abercrombie, a view of Yosemite (below) by Albert Biershtadt (1830-1903), and a deer in the woods by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (American, 1819-1905.) Cape Ann artists Emile Gruppe, Anthony Thieme and John Terelak are also represented in the sale.
European art abounds with an interior scene by Georges Rouault, a painting titled Mother and Child by Fernand Leger, a Barbizon landscape by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot and a view of cattle and sheep in a field by the German-American artist Anton Braith.
The auction boasts an extensive offering of Russian paintings with a work by Victor Khromin (New York-Russian Federation, 1948-2015), titled Foresight, as the headline lot. Completed between the years of 2008-2009, the abstract painting on offer is a heat-pressure sculpted surface. A brother-in-law of the artist consigned the piece. A Georgi Alexandrovich Lapchine (Russian, 1885-1950) View of Amalfi and works by Dimitri Arkadievich Nalbandian and Vladimir Donatovich Orlovskii (Russian, 1842-1914) are featured on Day Two as well.
Also crossing the auction block are Henry Moore sculptures that are Guss H. Noah Berlin editions, from a California estate and a Kahlil Gibran bronze of Sibelius with accompanying Kahlil Gibran book picturing the head.
From several New York City estates comes a collection of 19th and 20th-century silver. Twelve English sterling plates with an Irish coat of arms, hallmarked for London 1927-1928, weighing approximately 221.8 troy ounces is estimated to fetch between $7,000-$9,000.
Two rare antique Persian Mottosham Keshan rugs from a New York estate are valued at $10,000-$15,000. The first is a rare pictorial rug depicting Darius and his ministers with Persian script, and Mikhi and Hastaligi writing in the corners. The second rug represents the story of Joseph with his father and brothers and a Persian poem.
Furniture entries include of interest include an exceptional Aesthetic Movement cabinet made of ebony and burl wood with satinwood inlay, decorated with bronze beaded mounts and Wedgwood jasperware medallions.
Asian items of interest include a Chinese yellow and under glazed blue and white porcelain double gourd vase with the Qianlong mark on the base valued at $5,000-$7,000 from a New England collection and an exquisite pair of Chinese cloisonné vases from a New York collection.