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Miro etching among top works at Capsule Auctions Dec. 12

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Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983), ‘La Femme Angora’ 1969, etching and aquatint in colors, 40 5/8 x 27¼in. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Capsule Auctions image

NEW YORK – Capsule Gallery Auctions will present Signed and Numbered: 20th Century Editions & Photography on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

One of the main highlights of the sale is Joan Miro’s La Femme Angora (above), estimated at $12,000-$18,000. The quintessentially gestural touches of the artist capture the erratic and graceful motion of its subject, an Angora rabbit. With vibrant, alluring colors and symbolic motifs characteristic of the artist, this fine specimen of Miro’s iconic style is sure to bring lively bidding. Other modern highlights include Couple et Poisson, from Nice and the Côte d’Azur by Marc Chagall (below), estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a composition by Sonia Delaunay, estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

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Marc Chagall (Russian-French, 1887-1985), ‘Couple et Poisson, from Nice and the Côte d’Azur, 1967, lithograph in colors, signed bottom left and numbered 35/150, image: 24 x 18in, sheet: 29¼ x 20½in. Capsule Auctions image

Capsule Auctions sale features a terrific selection of 20th Century Editions and Photographs from a variety of movements, from early modern through contemporary. Featured artists in the sale include works by Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Chuck Close, Louise Nevelson, James Rosenquist, David Hockney, Ai Wei Wei, Grant Wood, Karel Appel, Robert Indiana, Sonia Delaunay, Tom Wesselman, Alexander Calder, Berenice Abbott Roy Lichtenstein, Giorgio de Chirico, Helen Frankenthaler, Andy Warhol, Carole Feuerman, Thomas Hart Benton, Adolph Gottlieb, George Tooker, Salvador Dali, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella and more.

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The sale also contains fine examples of Regionalist art, including works by George Tooker, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and others. Approaching Storm by Grant Wood, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, illustrates the artist’s deft capacity to capture the essence of daily life in rural America, while a number of works by George Tooker leave the viewer with the haunting presence of their subjects’ psychological condition, none more so than The Voice, estimated at $800-$1,200.

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Grant Wood, (American, 1891-1942), ‘Approaching Storm,’ 1940, lithograph,
signed lower right from an edition of 250, sight: 11¾ x 8¾in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Capsule Auctions image

Offering a splash of color is a fine selection of Modern and Contemporary prints ranging from Abstract Expressionism to Photorealism. An uncharacteristically abstract David Hockney print, Fifth Detail, Snails Space March 27 1995, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, challenges the viewer’s sense of perspective and space, while a lovely work by Helen Frankethaler entitled Air Frame from the Portfolio New York Ten and estimated at $2,000-$3,000 lends a touch of New York School to our offerings.

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Pablo Picasso, (Spanish 1881-1973), ‘Chouette (A.R. 602),’ 1969, white earthenware ceramic vase, partially engraved, with colored engobe and glaze, stamped, marked and numbered 51/350, 11in. Capsule Auctions image

A number of fine sculptures and objets d’art round out the sale, including a whimsical depiction of the artist’s hand and disposition to authority by the endlessly provocative Ai Weiwei (estimate $4,000-$6,000), an iconic Jeff Koons balloon dog in blue (estimate $1,000-$2,000), and two lovely ceramic vessels by Pablo Picasso. The sale also includes etherial, atmospheric photography by Berenice Abbot, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Bruce Weber and others.

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