NEW YORK– Works by Picasso, Chagall, Degas, Renoir, Dufy and Warhol will be auctioned at Guernsey’s on Sunday, November 12. The art collections of three late collectors will be offered without a minimum reserve. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A Connecticut seller contacted Guernsey’s President Arlan Ettinger in 2021 about including three original oil paintings by Post-Impressionist artist Maurice Utrillo in one of the auction house’s upcoming art sales. Sadly, barely a month later, that gentleman passed away. It was then revealed that his collection actually numbered 60 paintings and drawings by Picasso, Chagall, Degas, Renoir, Dufy and other major artists.
The works from the collection include Picasso’s Le Berger (the Shepherd), a watercolor over linocut estimated at $250,000-$350,000, and also two magnificent creations in tiny colored glass fragments utilizing a lesser-known technique referred to as Gemmail (its plural is Gemmaux).
The two Picasso Gemmaux in the collection both date to circa 1955 and are believed to be the first works of this kind to appear in a major art auction. One is Picasso’s Cubist vision of the famed Paris Cathedral, Notre Dame, which carries an estimate of $1 million-$1.5 million. The other is a vibrant rendition of Arlequin et sa Compagne, estimated at $700,000-$1 million.
Raoul Dufy’s equestrian Ascot, Kees Van Dongen’s Kermese, and Marc Chagall’s doubled-sided gouache and drawing Peintre a son Chevalet are additional examples from the Connecticut estate. The last of the three has an estimate of $100,000-$1 million.
From the collection of the late, legendary Jazz musician Gerry “Jeru” Mulligan comes a powerful Willem de Kooning painted on New York Times newsprint dated only days following the John F. Kennedy assassination. The untitled 1963 work is estimated at $150,000-$200,000.
The late Jacob Baal-Teshuva was an internationally respected scholar, author and art historian. His books on Chagall, Warhol and others are widely respected reference works. Among the art to be sold from the Baal-Teshuva collection will be originals by E. L. Kirchner and M. Kadishman and a magnificent Toulouse-Lautrec poster.
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