The Auction Block


San Ildefonso Polychrome Lidded Jar, New Mexico
Tony Da (1940-2008)
Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
Auction Date: May 21

Sotheby’s sale of American Indian Art is distinguished by the Charles and Sharon Aberle Collection, which features early and exceptionally fine Navajo blankets. The sale also includes diverse works of Native art from the Great Lakes to the Northwest Coast, comprising basketry, pottery, carvings and jewelry.

Monumental Napoleon III Bronze Twin-Handled Urn
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
Auction Date: May 19

Mounted on a rouge griotte marble pedestal, this urn is offered as part of Freeman’s upcoming sale of English & Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts. The sale will feature rare works of 18th-century porcelain by Chelsea and Worcester, speaking to a period of production that was guided by a fascination with natural forms, driven by advances both in botany and in taste.

“…Emerging into an opening that appeared to have been formed partly by the ravages of the wind, and partly by those of fire,” 1925
Oil on canvas
N. C. Wyeth (American, 1882-1945)
Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000
Auction Date: May 20

The father of Andrew Wyeth, Newell Convers Wyeth was one of the great American illustrators. His “Treasure Island” illustrations are widely considered to be among the greatest of all time. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books. The present painting is an illustration from “The Deerslayer” by James Fenimore Cooper.

Doyle New York
Russian Silver Gilt and Cloisonné Enamel Coffee Pot
Workmaster Fedor Ruckert, Moscow, c. 1896-1908
Estimate: $40,000 – $50,000
Auction Date: June 3

Enameled silver is one of Russia’s greatest artistic legacies. The acknowledged master of this work was Fedor Ruckert (1840-1917), a silversmith of German origin working in Moscow in the final years of Romanov rule. This exquisite piece is part of Doyle New York’s auction of 19th- and 20th-century fine and decorative arts, reflecting the opulence of the Belle Époque.

“Benefits Supervisor Resting”
Lucian Freud (1922-2011)
Estimate: $30 million – $50 million
Auction Date: May 13

As part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, this landmark painting by Lucian Freud will go on sale alongside equally monumental works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Kline, Hans Hoffman, Jeff Koons, David Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Francis Bacon and others.

Bringing the Hammer Down
Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items.

Doyle New York
Frida Kahlo Archive
Auction Date: April 15
Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000??
Final Selling Price: $137,000?

Napoleon III Japanese Imari Porcelain Torchères
Auction Date: April 16
Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000
Final Selling Price: $149,000

Fair Copy of Enola Gay Log Book
Auction Date: April 29
Final Selling Price: $50,000

“Silent Seasons – Summer No. II”
Will Barnet (1911-2012)
Auction Date: April 23
Estimate: $60,000 – $90,000
Final Selling Price: $118,750

Special Minguren I Coffee Table
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
Auction Date: April 22
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000?
Final Selling Price: $55,000

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