Two works of art are expected to fetch $80,000-$100,000. The first is a large acrylic on canvas rendering of a reclining woman on a settee with flowers by the iconic American artist Peter Max (b. 1937). The 60 inch by 73 inch work is signed upper right and the reverse (verso) side states, “Copyright Peter Max 1992 #1127).” Max became famous in the '60s as a Pop Artist.
The other work is an original oil on canvas by American artist Franz Kline (1910-1962). The abstract design with four black stripes was executed circa 1958-1960 and was signed lower right. It measures 12 inches by 20 inches and is matted and framed. Best known for his large-scale black and white works, Kline was a prominent artist in abstract and non-objective styles.
Two lots of decorative art are expected to attract keen bidder interest. One is a stunning antique Chinese Qianlong hand-carved ivory mammoth tusk depicting an epic warrior battle scene (est. $50,000-$60,000)
The other lot consists of a pair of 18th century French dore bronze-mounted red marble urns (est. $25,000-$35,000)
Collectors of fine Russian works will not be disappointed. One outstanding lot is an Imperial Russian enameled silver and agate boar’s head cup with cabochon ruby jewels set to eyes and the Faberge Cyrillic mark with double-headed eagle (est. $40,000-$50,000)
Another piece sure to get paddles wagging is an Imperial Russian enameled silver plique a jour Judaica spice tower centerpiece, with 84 silver purity marks and Pavel Akimov Ovchinnikov workmaster marks to the side of the base (est. $35,000-$45,000)
Two Russian lots have identical pre-sale estimates: $30,000-$40,000. One is an Imperial Russian enameled silver and agate kovsh bowl, magnificently designed throughout, with scrolled designs and holding the Faberge mark to the bottom of the handle. The bowl has three cabochon cut ruby jewels set to the handle and front, is 4 ½ inches in height and weighs 38.9 troy ounces.
The other is an antique Russian silver and enamel kovsh bowl made around 1900, having the Moscow town mark and holding the Orest Fedorovich Kurliukov maker marks (plus 84 Russian silver and town marks on the bottom). The 7 ¼ inch tall bowl features beautiful enamel miniature depictions of a man and a woman presenting items with a building in the background.
One other Russian object of note is an Imperial Russian silver and enamel desk clock with the back signed Faberge in Cyrillic and with the mark of workmaster Michaell Perchin (1860-1903). The clock features a white enamel dial and black Arabic numerals and notches. It also has gold scrolled hour and minute hands. The 8-day movement clock stands 4 ½ inches tall.
Returning to fine art, a bronze sculpture by Francisco Zuniga (Mex., 1912-1998), titled Silvia Agachado and depicting a seated nude female with her head lowered, is expected to bring $24,000-$28,000. The 15 inch wide by 10 inch tall work is from a limited edition and is marked “V/VI” (5/6). It is also signed and dated (1967) on the figure’s left thigh and weighs 27 pounds.
An abstract acrylic on canvas by Jules Olitski (Am., 1922-2007), titled No Objects 4, signed and dated 1982 to the back of the canvas, carries a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$30,000. The work is substantial, at 117 inches wide by 40 ½ inches tall. Olitski experimented with spray painting onto canvases and sculptures, but his later work was marked by thick impasto surfaces.
Rounding out a short list of the day’s expected top lots is an abstract acrylic on canvas work by Larry Poons (Am., b. 1937), signed and dedicated on the reverse, “To Val, Love L. Poons 1984” (est. $15,000-$20,000)
Previews will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 25, the date of sale, from 11 a.m. until the first gavel comes down at 1 p.m. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Elite Decorative Arts is currently accepting quality consignments for its March 17-18 Chinese Carvings & Works of Art Sale. To consign an item, an estate or collection, you may call them at (561) 200-0893) or (800) 991-3340; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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