Doyle New York “Night Suspect (A British Coast Guard Cutter in Pursuit)” Montague Dawson (1890–1973) Estimate: $50,000 – $80,000 Auction Date: May 9 The painting depicts the dramatic chase on a moonlit night by the British Coast Guard, firing a canon at suspected smugglers in the English Channel. The son of a sea captain, Montague Dawson served in the Royal Navy in World War I. In World War II, he was an official war artist, painting encounters by the Royal Navy.
Freeman’s “Bowl of Flowers with Fuchsia,” c. 1930 Emil Nolde (1867–1956) Estimate: $50,000 – $80,000 Auction Date: May 8 Expressionist painter Emil Nolde first began to explore watercolor in the 1890s. His experimentation with the medium played a significant role in the development of his artistic identity. He preferred using absorbent Japan paper, which he moistened slightly before saturating it with paint-soaked brushes. As a result, the colors would blossom on the paper, overlapping with each other and revealing luminous depth, subtle transitions and nuanced tones.
Christie’s “Le Marin,” 1943 Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) Estimate: $70 million Auction Date: May 15 “Le Marin” dates from some of the darkest days of Picasso’s life. Denounced by Hitler and known the world over for “Guernica,” his powerful anti-fascist statement, Picasso had received offers to flee France. By the summer of 1940, however, as German forces occupied the capital, he moved permanently into his cavernous Left Bank studio, where — suffering food shortages, curfews and blackouts, and living under the constant threat of Nazi suspicion — he continued to work as the war raged on.
Bonhams “Acrobati e cavallo” Marino Marini (1901–1980) Estimate: $100,000 – $150,000 Auction Date: May 15 Imbued with both playfulness and pathos, “Acrobati e cavallo” is a magnificent amalgamation of two of Marini’s favorite themes: theatricality and the horse and rider. The joy Marini found in the medium of painting is evident in the thickly applied impasto of the present work. The proud posturing of his figures gives forth a sense of grandeur and nostalgia for the classical world.
BRINGING THE HAMMER DOWN Final selling prices for noteworthy items at recent auctions
Christie’s “La Lettre” Paul-César Helleu (1859–1927) Auction Date: March 22-23 Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000 Final Selling Price: $600,500
Bonhams “Tiburon” Selden Connor Gile (1877–1947) Auction Date: April 24 Final Selling Price: $83,750
Doyle New York “Flower Border I” Mary Elizabeth Price (1877–1965) Auction Date: March 19 Estimate: $60,000 – $100,000 Final Selling Price: $306,250
Sotheby’s Fancy Intense Blue Diamond Ring Auction Date: April 18 Estimate $2 million – $2.5 million Final Selling Price: $6,663,300