ATLANTA – Ahlers & Ogletree’s three-session Fine Estates & Collections auction, June 9-11, will be a feast for the eyes and a veritable trip around the world for bidders looking to add quality items to their homes or collections. Start times all three days are 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Session 1, taking place Thursday, June 9, will feature the collection of Ruth West, plus important works by Kara Walker, Thornton Dial, Alice Neel and Howard Finster, with plenty of discovery opportunities for local and upcoming Georgia artists – 361 lots in all.
Offered in the lineup is a screenprint on paper created in 2000 by Kara Walker (American, b. 1969-) and titled The Emancipation Approximation, Scene 18. It depicts figural silhouettes in white and black on a gray background, and is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
A color lithograph on paper by Alice Neel (American, 1900-1984), titled The Family, shows a seated mother and her three children. It is editioned “76/175” at lower left and is signed and dated at the lower right. Its estimate is $3,000-$6,000. The Neel and Walker works are both from the Ruth West collection.
Another star lot in Session 1 is a 1989 patinated bronze sculpture by British artist Sophie Ryder (b. 1963-), titled Minotaur Sniffing a Daisy. It measures 22 ½in tall, is marked “8/12” and is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
An expected top lot in session 2, scheduled for Friday, June 10, is a Gorham repousse two-handled silver tureen in the Tudor pattern, which was created for and exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. The tureen boasts a lid with an urn form finial, and a body and cover decorated with ornate bands. It has a total weight of 80.325 troy ounces and is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
Another Session 2 standout lot is a pair of Art Deco Goddess of Speed carved stone architectural panels, originally intended for Packard Motor Car Company dealerships to apply to their facades. The 25 ½ by 52 ½in panels are estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Packard’s Goddess of Speed automobile hood ornament was modeled after the Greek goddess Nike and was designed in 1938 by John D. Wilson.
Also offered in Session 2 will be a portrait painting by George Esten Cooke (American, 1793-1849), titled Three Children, the subjects of which are shown playing with a model sailboat against a sunset forest background. It was included in an exhibition of Cooke’s works at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia, and it carries an estimate of $5,000-$10,000.
Session 3, happening on Saturday, June 11, will showcase Asian, French, Italian and Continental items, headlined by a circa-1900 hand-knotted Sultanabad carpet. The textile was executed in wool on cotton with some natural dyes and has an all-over design of large floral motifs on a rust field. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Also expected to do well is a monumental pair of Chinese cloisonne horses, each with bright enamels depicting dragons against cloud forms on a turquoise ground and accented with elaborate tack, including saddles and saddle blankets and harnesses in gilt metal with painted and inset stone jewels. The remarkable pair is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
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