This auction features property from several Palm Beach estates with some rare and seldom seen fresh pieces coming to the auction block. In particular, is a very rare scroll painting by the revered Chinese artist Qi Baishi with provenance from the 1930’s; an Alexander Archipenko bronze with authentication letter, and a fabulous French Mechanical Clock from 1890 with the name “Lady with Her Hands in the Air” .There are over 350 lots of American and European Paintings and Prints, Bronzes, Sterling Silver, Chinese Antiques, Meissen Porcelain, Lalique, Clocks, Carpets, and so much more. Join us for an evening of auction action and you could make the buy of a lifetime.
Chinese art has been on a meteoric rise in the world auction market. The ink and watercolor scroll paintings of Chinese artist Qi Baishi (1864-1957) are heavily sought after in the Chinese art world. Scroll paintings are a very traditional way of Chinese image making going back a 1000 years. The scroll paintings by Qi Baishi at first glance appear conventional and an interpretation from the past, however, their execution and attention to details is what separates him from other Chinese artists of the twentieth century. Lot 303 is truly an example of the artist’s unique style and even though Baishi wasn’t the first artist to focus on small things in nature he was recognized for his careful and naturalistic way of painting the commonplace.
The work is a large ink and watercolor scroll painting of “Lotus Flowers”, measuring 54 ¼” x 27”. The painting is consigned by a Delray Beach lady who inherited the painting from her mother years ago. The painting has an exceptional provenance going back to her grandmother who lived adjacent the Imperial Palace in the 1920’s. The painting is accompanied by a catalog of an exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Brooklyn Museum from 1939-1946, and is illustrated in this catalog. Additionally there is a photograph of the consignor’s mother and step-father in front of the painting from the 1930’s. The painting has never been offered for sale and has a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-70,000. The painting is expected to draw considerable interest as the artist has sold for as much as 65 million.
A bronze by Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964), lot 300, is highlighted, as it is one of only 12 authorized posthumous castings by the artist’s estate. The bronze, entitled “Dutch Fisherman” has a verde-gris patina and is 16 ¼” h. Archipenko is known for his departure from neo-classicism to cubism after he moved to Paris in 1908 where he was part of a group of Russian émigrés artists known as “La Ruche” . The use of the sculptural void is inherent in his work and this bronze amply illustrates his style. The piece is accompanied by a letter from Donald Karshan, former curator of the Archipenko estate dated Jan. 7, 1964. The rare bronze has a pre-sale auction estimate is $30,000-50,000.
The auction will offer some fine paintings and a collection of American prints from R. Motherwell, R. Indiana, R. Rauschenberg, J. Rosenquist, A. Calder, S. Francis, R. Grooms, and many more including lot 115, a serigraph by Ellsworth Kelly, “Black Form”, from Portfolio 9, c. 1967, #4/100. Additionally, Lot 287, a painting by American illustration artist McClelland Barclay (1891-1943) has a personal connection to a local lady; the painting includes the consignor’s mother in an interior scene with another couple seated on a sofa. The painting was done as an illustration for “Medical Center, a group of dramatic novelettes by Faith Baldwin for Cosmopolitan circa 1930’s and is accompanied by a copy of the pages published with the painting. The canvas measures 30” x 28” and is estimated at $8000-12,000.
This sale offers the collectors a wide array of opportunities to buy some real unique pieces including lot 306, a circa 1890 French Mechanical Clock, that is documented as being known as the clock with the lady with her hands in the air, translating to French as “Bras en l’aire” clock. This clock is another excellent example of the merging of whimsy with technical sophistication found in mechanical clocks from the late 19th century and is documented. The pre-sale estimate is $25,000-30,000. Lot 100 is another great and unusual clock. A French Barbell Clock with a 400 day power reserve in a gorge case and aneroid barometer. The clock dial is signed “Brevettee’
The auction items can be previewed at the gallery starting Thursday, October 24th thru Saturday, October 26th (10-5) or visit our website at www.AGOPB.com to view the catalog. Absentee and Phone Bidding is accepted or bid live on-line. Buyer’