GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY will present an important Pablo Serrano Brutalist-style monumental bronze sculpture, St. Junipero Serra, at its upcoming Fine Estates Auction on Saturday, December 3. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The Serrano sculpture, estimated at $80,000-$120,000, was featured in the courtyard of the Spanish International Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65.
The Pablo Serrano (Spanish, 1908-1985) bronze depicts a standing full-length monumental figure of Saint Junipero Serra in his hooded Franciscan religious habit, with bare feet and his arms outstretched in an embracing gesture. It is boldly signed by the artist on its base. During the 18th century, Serra established a chain of missions from the Baja peninsula northward through what is now California, extending the Spanish colonies into North America. In addition to being a Spanish national treasure and hero, Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 15, 1988, and canonized by Pope Francis on September 23, 2015 in Washington D.C. during his historic visit to the United States.
Other fine art selections in the December 3 lineup include Les Promeneuses, an oil-on-canvas study of seven women in fashionable dress suits, painted by Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952). It is initialed “L.V.” at the lower right, with labels to the verso, and is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Also featured is an early 19th-century American School watercolor, pen, ink and mica flakes mixed media on canvas painting of General George DeWolf and his family in an elegant parlor of their Rhode Island home. The artist is unknown, and the work is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Highlights among the furniture selections include an early 18th-century French Regence period finely carved walnut chest with a thick molded marble top. Its provenance includes Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, the former Duchess of Marlborough, and Matthew Schutz Ltd., a fine antiques dealer. Its estimate is $4,000-$6,000.
Standouts among the decorative items are led by a large pair of Japanese Kutani Palace vases that feature polychrome decoration and figural handles, estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
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