The Auction Block

“Fan Fire IV,” 1970
Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)
Estimate: $100,000 – $150,000
Auction Date: September 15
Having relocated to Rockville in June, Weschler’s, the D.C. area’s oldest auction house, will inaugurate its new home on Friday, Sept. 15, with two catalogue auctions of nearly 500 works of art, furniture, jewelry, silver and rugs: the estate sale of Baltimore antiques collector Elizabeth Margolet and the Capital Collections Estate auction. This exceptional painting by Sam Gilliam is one of the day’s many highlights. Now at 40 West Gude Drive, Weschler’s is continuing its regular schedule of weekly and online sales and quarterly catalogue auctions.

Doyle New York
Equestrian Theme Pitcher, 1880-90
S. Kirk & Son
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500
Auction Date: October 4
Doyle will hold an auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts showcasing 18th- and 19th-century American furniture and decorative arts, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts and samplers, in addition to Chinese export porcelain and rugs. Special sections of the sale are devoted to fine 19th-century paintings and Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints. The silver section will offer a broad range of examples from the colonial era through the Belle Époque, including this sterling silver pitcher by S. Kirk & Son of Baltimore.

“Pet Bird,” 1986
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) 
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
Auction Date: September 18
Six unique pieces by Wayne Thiebaud anchor an already impressive sale of the Patricia and John Roche Collection at Freeman’s, which includes a wide range of American, English and European works from the 19th and 20th centuries. This hand-colored etching has all the markings of a classic Thiebaud composition, notably his dynamic, hard shadows and his way of harmonizing colors in a manner both boldly luminescent and deceivingly naturalistic. The subject matter here is altogether unusual for Thiebaud and entirely lovely.

“Untitled,” 1964
Lee Krasner (1908–1984)
Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000
Auction Date: September 26
Sotheby’s will offer the Collection of Edward Albee in a dedicated auction, the proceeds to benefit the Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island. The majority of the more than 100 works on offer adorned the walls of the playwright’s Tribeca loft, which he rehung often to explore new artistic connections. The collection, focusing on the birth and evolution of abstraction and reflecting Albee’s highly personal pursuit of the ephemeral, features works by Milton Avery and Wassily Kandinsky and this Abstract Expressionist tour de force by Lee Krasner.

“Charlotte Rampling at the Hotel Nord-Pinus, Arles,” 1973
Helmut Newton (1920–2004)
Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000
Auction Date: October 2
This undeniably seductive image is part of a simply titled Photographs sale at Bonhams, featuring landmark 20th-century photographic works by Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Helmut Newton and others. Newton was a German-Australian fashion photographer whose influential and erotically charged black-and-white photographs were regularly published in Vogue and other haute and provocative publications.



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