FRANKLIN, Mass. – A pair of sanguine drawings on white paper by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), two signed lithographs by Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and other original drawings by notables like Keith Haring, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Jean Cocteau and Fernand Leger, will be sold in an online-only auction by The Woodshed Gallery on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at noon Eastern. Absentee and internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“This started out as a nice little discovery auction, but then some very old prints from the 1500s and 1600s came in, as did some newer drawings, so the merchandise mix was suddenly a survey of printmaking and drawing spanning hundreds of years,” said Bruce Wood of The Woodshed Gallery. “There are many fine pieces in this sale.”
The Chagall drawings are the expected headliners, each carrying estimates of $30,000-$40,000. Both are artist-signed and unframed. One (above), a drawing on white Arches paper, is titled Village Berger Descending (or Dream of the Dance). It’s in excellent condition. The other is titled Violinist and Family and is in good condition. Both were previously owned by The Ashkenazy Gallery in Los Angeles, which was flooded in the late 1990s, but neither work was damaged.
The Dali works are both signed and framed lithographs. One is titled Land Come to Life, from his book The Aliyah, numbered (116/250) and measuring 30 ½ inches by 22 ½ inches framed. The other is titled Land of Milk and Honey, also from The Aliyah. It’s also numbered (116/2650) and is 30 1/2 inches by 22 1/2 inches framed. Both lithos are expected to sell for $1,000-$2,000.
An ink drawing on toned paper by Man Ray (American, 1890-1976, born Emmanuel Radnitzky), titled Female Nude on a Bridge and signed and dated 1917, has a presale estimate of $8,000-$12,000; while a much later Man Ray work, this one an ink drawing on tan paper with abstract watercolor underpainting titled Female Figure, signed and dated 1951, also has an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.
A drawing in color-markers on manila folder-weight paper, attributed to the pop art icon Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) and titled Two Campbell’s Soup Cans, should reach $4,000-$8,000.
A blue ink drawing with water wash on heavy art paper, signed by Jean Cocteau (Fench., 1889-1963), titled Mermaids and having just light handling marks, has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. Also, an ink drawing on heavy-weight tan art paper by Fernand Leger (French, 1881-1955), titled Group of Women, signed “F.L.” and dated (1951), has a presale estimate of $6,000-$12,000.
An original ink drawing on white art paper attributed to the American artist and social activist Keith Haring (1958-1990), titled Crucifixion and Barking Dogs, signed and dated 1982, should fetch $6,000-$12,000.
The Woodshed Gallery is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration, art auctions and custom picture framing. The firm presents online and live auctions and is celebrating its 49th anniversary.
To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, call Bruce Wood at 508-533-6277 or email email@example.com.