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Joan Mitchell untitled pastel on paper, estimated at $20,000-$40,000

Bevy of art luminaries featured at Sarasota Estate Auction, Jan. 7-8

Joan Mitchell untitled pastel on paper, estimated at $20,000-$40,000
Joan Mitchell untitled pastel on paper, estimated at $20,000-$40,000

SARASOTA, Fla. — Sarasota Estate Auction will present fantastic, important art in its two-day sale scheduled for Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8. Headlining the 1,100-lot auction will be works by American portrait artists John Singer Sargent and Gilbert Stuart, along with pieces by the more contemporary artists Joan Mitchell and Fernando Botero. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

A highlight of the January 8 session will be John Singer Sargent’s (1856-1925) signed and dated portrait of Elisabeth Mills Reid, estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Reid was one of the leading woman philanthropists of the early 20th century and the daughter of Darius Ogden Mills. According to the Reid Hall archives, the original 1912 charcoal portrait sketch of Reid is yet to be found. Their image of the charcoal (a photograph) on their web site appears to be the same as the lot on offer.

John Singer Sargent charcoal on paper portrait of Elisabeth Mills Reid, estimated at $10,000-$20,000
John Singer Sargent charcoal on paper portrait of Elisabeth Mills Reid, estimated at $10,000-$20,000

Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) is widely considered one of America’s foremost portraitists. Dating to the first quarter of the 1800s, an unsigned oil on canvas on offer with an estimate of $40,000-$80,000 is attributed to Stuart, who painted approximately 75 portraits of Washington described as being “Athenaeum-type.” Though each version is clearly based on one source, the individual works often have distinct appearances, with variations in costume and background.

George Washington portrait attributed to Gilbert Stuart, estimated at $40,000-$80,000
George Washington portrait attributed to Gilbert Stuart, estimated at $40,000-$80,000

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) was one of the most prominent members of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists. She was also one of the only woman artists in her cohort to achieve critical and public acclaim. An untitled Mitchell chalk pastel on paper with vivid blue and red abstract imagery is signed in pencil at the lower right and estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Fernando Botero, ‘Man On Horse,’ estimated at $600-$900
Fernando Botero, ‘Man On Horse,’ estimated at $600-$900

Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America. Botero’s signature style, known as “Boterismo,” depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. The sale lineup includes a Botero heavy carved wood sculpture of a hat-wearing gentleman, riding crop in hand, seated atop a horse. Its estimate is $600-$900.

18K gold necklace with 50 Akoya pearls, estimated at $2,400-$3,000
18K gold and pearl necklace, estimated at $2,400-$3,000

The two-day sale comprises categories other than fine art, however. Leading the jewelry choices is an 18K gold necklace with 50 Akoya pearls, which carries an estimate of $2,400-$3,000.

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