LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Just about a month into 2020 and with gold and silver prices on a high, things are on a roll at Clarke Auction Gallery. Starting off the new year with a bang, Westchester’s premier auction house has already ticked off fine Asian abstract paintings and gentleman’s wristwatches at its January 19 auction, among many highlights. Next up on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., will be an auction that runs the gamut from David Hockney artworks to early American Gorham silver. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
“Our January sale was incredibly strong across the board and things conservatively estimated were blowing through their estimates. We are confident our February auction will be equally impressive,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “Buyers are always anxious to break the winter doldrums and we have curated an auction lineup that will appeal to many collecting tastes.”
Fine art will be well represented Feb. 16 with a pair of David Hockney lithographs (below), both estimated at $8,000-$12,000 and depicting Celia Birtwell, consigned from a Scarsdale home. “The works are particularly desirable, as Hockney’s market continues to ascend, due to their depiction of Birtwell, one of Hockney’s most famous subjects,” said Clarke’s fine art specialist William Schweller. Also on offer with be figural art, led by a signed Giorgio Zennaro (Italy, 1926-1968) bronze abstract sculpture ($4,000-$6,000), large at 34 by 20 inches, dated 1979.
Antique carved marble garden statuary will cross the block, including a life-size statue of a satyr and maiden that has an aged patina, 62 inches tall; a signed Pasquale Romanelli (Italian, 1812-1887) marble sculpture, both estimated at $4,000-$6,000 and a signed Cesare Lapini (Italian, 1848-1893) marble figure, Segreto al cuore.
Among Asian arts, a curated selection of decorative smalls will be prominently featured and is expected to do nicely. On offer will be a pair of Mughal style agate “Chrysanthemum” bowls ($500-$700), measuring 1⅜ inches tall with a 3⅛-inch diameter; a pair of flambé glaze bottle vases ($2,000-$3,000), each having a beige lip descending into dripping red, purple, and blue, with a foot coated in a thin brown wash, standing 19¼ inches tall.
“The flambe glaze is particularly attractive just because there is so much depth to it,” said Senko Imamura, the Asian art and antiquities specialist, noting the metals in the glaze change colors in the kiln. “I think this one was really nicely done. You have got a really natural progression from red to purple with these little streaks off blue and pink in there. They are a nice pair of pieces and they are also quite large.”
Another highlight is a cinnabar lacquer foliate box ($1,000-$1,500), Qing Dynasty, Chinese, 5 inches tall with a 13-inch diameter. “The cinnabar is nicely carved. A lot of work went into that one,” she said. “That’s what lacquer is supposed to look like, it’s supposed to be very thin layers built up and then carved out over a long period of time. It’s got very nice cloisonne insets with a poem.”
Silver and diamonds are also expected to shine bright in the sale, according to Clarke’s jewelry and silver specialist Whitney Bria with two particular pieces by Gorham. “I have an early Gorham little figural vessel, which is interesting. I always like those early American silver pieces and American silver always sells well,” she said. Bria also recently picked up on a house call a late 19th century Gorham sterling punch bowl ($3,000-$5,000), hand-hammered, having applied grape clusters and leaves with a gold wash to interior. “What makes it all the more spectacular is its matched Gorham sterling ladle,” she said.
An expected standout in diamonds from a Greenwich, Connecticut, estate is 2.73-carat diamond and 18K yellow gold ring that was just sent out to the GIA for certification.
At press time, Bria was still inventorying for this sale but said there will be many Art Deco jewelry pieces, a pair of jade bangles also going out to GIA, two Hamilton watches (his and hers), a turquoise cocktail ring, French silver and Hermes scarves.
For details contact Clarke Auction Gallery: 914-833-8336.