Spring Estates sales at Clarke Gallery are seeing strength in fine art

Woodcut and screen print by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), “Imperfect Print for BAM,” 1987, signed and dated at lower right. Number 67 of the 75th edition came from the White Plains, New York collection. Sold for $30,000, it’s entering the West Coast auction group.

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Larchmont, NY – The Spring Estate sale at Clark Auctions Show on June 3 totaled just under $1 million and was loaded with fine art, antique clocks, jewelry, Asian antiquities, Persian rugs, and more. Owner Ron Clarke predicted sales would be around 85 percent, with a fair attended by about 40 patrons, plus thousands lining up on online platforms like LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable and Bidsquare. The main pieces were a woodcut and screen print by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) and a portrait of a lady by German artist Julie Wolfthorn (1864-1944) both of which ended up at $30,000.

Liechtenstein, “An incomplete print of BAM,” 1987, signed and dated at lower right. “No. 67” from Issue 75 of the White Plains Collection, NY. It enters West Coast’s bidding pool for $30,000. The Wolfthorne Oil on Canvas Collection, from the New Rochelle, New York, collection beat its estimate of $6/9000, and it’s back in Germany. “We had a lot of action on that,” Clark said. “We had plenty of room in the left bidding.” Known for her portraits, Wolfthorne was one of the leading female artists of the early twentieth century, along with Katie Kolowitz and Dora Heitz. She made portraits of hundreds of celebrities from her time from Berlin, including many activists.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) screenprint, “Brooklyn Bridge,” 1983, finished at $23,650, slightly above his low estimate. A pencil located at the bottom left, the “No. 40” was from the 200th edition and, like Lichtenstein, was derived from the White Plains collection. Its dimensions were 38 x 38 inches. Warhol was commissioned to create this iconic work to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Warhol’s depiction of the bridge gives a playful joke to celebrate the structure in his signature style. Additionally, Warhol’s portrait served as the official artwork for the citywide event.

A Rolex Submariner in stainless steel fetched $12,500.

Fetching the same price as Warhol but a world away in terms of place and aesthetics was an orientalist scenery Fabio Fabi (Italian, 1861-1946) oil on canvas depicting five strangely dressed women in a courtyard with a fountain and a peacock. The 23 by 31 inch painting, signed lower right, is from the Sleepy Hollow Collection, New York. In addition to his Orientalist paintings, Fabi has illustrated works by Virgil and Ludovico Ariosto, as well as Italian translations of works by Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, among many others.

Exceeded Estimates of $4/6000 to Fetch $22,500 Emily Mason (American, 1932-2019) was oil-colored on an abstract work on paper, “As Sounding”, 1982. In The New York Times The obituary described Mason as being “known for creating abstract works through a process I loved calling ‘letting painting speak to you’.” She was the daughter of artist Alice Trumbull Mason (American, 1904-1971) and wife of Wolff. Kahn (German American, 1927-2020) but forged her own path By creating abstract works that show colors in play.From the East Coast Collection, the painting, 26 by 20 inches, is signed, and dated lower right.

Emily Mason (US, 1932-2019) oil stained on an abstract work on paper, “As Sounding”, 1982, beat estimates of $4/6000 to make $22,500.

Another abstract piece, a pair of oils on crimson canvas, was a surprise because it was signed illegally and is expected to fetch only $500/700. They jumped from that estimate and made $18,750. From the New Jersey collection, its dimensions ranged from 15 by 15 inches to 16 by 15 inches.

Although the selling force was in the fine arts, it wasn’t all paintings. The massive French ornamental collection in bronze fetched $20,000, more than double its high estimate, while the men’s stainless steel Rolex Submariner watch came out at $12,500. The decorative clock’s movement is set in marble and set with five cherubs between vines and grapes and raised on a marble plinth. The candlestick had a cherub and a tree with a dove raised on a marble base with bronze feet. The year Rolex was produced in 1978 and it was housed in a 44mm stainless steel case (including crown) with a stainless steel bezel. It had a black dial with a white luminous arrow-marker ring along with a combination of batons and round indexes on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet with a double-fold clasp.

The prices offered include the buyer’s premium as stated in the auction house. The upcoming sale on July 10 features a painting by Irish-born American-based artist Sean Scully (born 1945) painter, printmaker, sculptor and photographer. For additional information, www.clarkeny.com or 914-833-8336.

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