Potter & Potter presents its first Fine and Outsider Art sale, Dec. 1

Peter Max hand-painted vase from 1961, estimated at $1,000-$2,000

Peter Max vase from 1961, estimated at $1,000-$2,000

CHICAGO  – Potter & Potter Auctions will hold its first Fine & Outsider Art Sale on Thursday, December 1, starting at 10 am Central time. The 365-lot sale will feature works by Dali, Picasso, Chagall and their contemporaries, as well as an array of Outsider art by Howard Finster, Mose Tolliver and Purvis Young. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the lithographs and serigraphs on offer is Salvador Dali’s (Spanish, 1904-1989) Manhattan Skyline, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. This matted, framed and glazed lithograph on paper is from 1976, is one of 150 copies (#99) and is signed by Dali.

Salvador Dali, ‘Manhattan Skyline,’ estimated at $4,000-$6,000


Salvador Dali, ‘Manhattan Skyline,’ estimated at $4,000-$6,000

A second Dali that demands mention is Diamond Head, a group of 20 sequentially numbered color lithographs on Arches paper depicting the Diamond Head volcanic tuff. Numerous figures populate the foreground and colorfully rendered flowers, meant to evoke the native fauna of the Hawaiian islands, complete the scenes. This set is a limited edition of 231-250 of 350, is signed by the artist and is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Salvador Dali ‘Diamond Head’ series of lithographs, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

Salvador Dali ‘Diamond Head’ series of lithographs, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

Original artwork from important Outsider artists includes Howard Finster’s (American, 1916-2001) Mixing Board for Two Years or Longer … a multi-media work estimated at $1,500-$2,000. It is signed and captioned by the artist on its front. On the verso, Finster wrote the following information: “36,000 568 – Works of Art May 4, 1995 Howard Finster [signature] Mixing Board Used About Two Years Finger Dipping and Rubbing in Colors Backgrounds for Art Mixing Board for Working on Art.”

Howard Finster, ‘Mixing Board for Two Years or Longer …,’ estimated at $1,500-$2,000

Howard Finster, ‘Mixing Board for Two Years or Longer …,’ estimated at $1,500-$3,000

Another Outsider art standout is Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s (American, 1910-2007) Mud Portrait, dating to circa 1960s-1980s. The acrylic mixed with mud on board work is mounted, framed and glazed, and signed by the artist in pencil on its upper left corner. Sudduth’s work has been displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art (where he was the Artist-in-Residence) and the Birmingham Museum of Art. This painting was purchased directly from the artist, and its estimate is $1,500-$3,000.

Jimmy Lee Sudduth, ‘Mud Portrait,’ estimated at $1,500-$3,000


Jimmy Lee Sudduth, ‘Mud Portrait,’ estimated at $1,500-$3,000

Sculptures in the lineup are led by Max Le Verrier’s (French, 1891-1973) The Rope Puller, a circa-1930s signed, patinated bronze on a sandstone base. Le Verrier was a pioneer in sculpture in the French Art Deco movement, and won a gold medal in the 1925 Exposition internationale des Arts decoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris. The Rope Puller has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

Max Le Verrier, ‘The Rope Puller,’ estimated at $2,000-$4,000

Max Le Verrier, ‘The Rope Puller,’ estimated at $2,000-$4,000

Equally alluring is Peter Max’s (German and American, b. 1937-) hand-painted vase with a mythological scene, estimated at $1,000-$2,000. This thrown pottery vessel from 1961 is signed by Max and was executed before his psychedelic period.

Set of 36 fortune-telling cards, hand-painted by an unknown artist, estimated at $500-$700

Set of 36 fortune-telling cards by an unknown artist, estimated at $500-$700

Rounding out the highlights is a set of 36 hand-painted fortune-telling cards by an unknown artist, estimated at $500-$700. The cards are decorated with color images of characters and symbols used in fortune telling and includes ink numbers or symbols in each corner. The collection is mounted, glazed and framed and comes with instructions on how to use the cards to tell fortunes.

 

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