MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Shapiro Auctions’ December 4 sale will begin at 10 am Eastern time and will consist of two sessions: Russian and Asian art and antiques (lots 1-331) and European, North and South American, and ethnographic art (lots 500-827). Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Works of first-generation modern Vietnamese masters Le Pho, Mai Trung Thu and Vu Cao Dam are poised to exceed their pre-sale estimates on the heels of a rejuvenated and ever-expanding market for Southeast Asian art across the board. Of particular note is Mai Trung Thu’s Portrait of a Woman with Fan, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. The selection of Asian art is complemented by a variety of contemporary Chinese paintings by Huang Yongyu, Chuang Che, Ling Quan and Liu Dan, as well as antiques, such as a pair of fine Meiji-period bronze vases that are estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
One of the auction’s distinctive draws is its concentration of important large-scale paintings, long unseen on the market, by David Burliuk. Known as the Father of Russian Futurism, Burliuk also changed the course of 20th century American art by influencing a generation of painters as diverse and significant as Joseph Stella, Raphael and Moses Sawyer, Stuart Davis and Arshile Gorky, all of whom convened frequently at Burliuk’s East Village Studio. A circa-1944 painting Burliuk completed in that studio, which depicting a stretch of the Bowery, carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Session II of the sale highlights a collaged composition with burlap and paper by Romanian-born Marcel Janco, now headed to the auction block with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Gracing the Postwar category are a quintessential Gunther Uecker piece with nails, estimated at $120,000-$150,000; a fresh-to-market Hans Hofmann entitled My Garden, estimated at $80,000-$120,000; and Joyce Pensato’s vivid rendition of Batman estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Midcentury furniture design offerings are led by the likes of Edward Wormley, whose iconic Janus sofa is estimated at $4,500-$6,000. The selection of 19th century decorative art boasts a three-piece cobalt porcelain Sevres garniture estimated at $12,000-$15,000. The sale also features Moorcroft pottery and also Pre-Columbian and Greco-Roman art from a private New York collection.
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