Shapiro Auctions Announcing December 16 Fine & Decorative Art Auction
Featuring paintings by Fernando Botero, Ernie Barnes, Gustave Doré & more
By: Shapiro Auctions LLC.
Inaugurating the sale are two fresh-to-market works by Fernando Botero purchased by the current owner at Marlborough Gallery, New York, where exhibited in 1994-96. Both Painter of Still Lives (lot #1, carrying estimates of $350,000-$450,000)
Among the highlights of the sale's 20th century American art selection is an exemplary Ernie Barnes football scene, Ball in Play (lot #12) with a pre-sale estimate of $120,000-$180,000. Known for his exuberant depictions of Black Americans engaged in sport, dance and musical performance, Barnes, a onetime NFL player himself, once remarked: "I hate to think had I not played sports what my work would look like." His elongated and dynamic figures also owe their appearance to the likes of El Greco and Michelangelo:
Other notable pieces by African-American artists include lots #13-20 by Alvin Hollingsworth and paintings on salvaged materials by the Self-Taught "urban expressionist"
Collectors of American Impressionism are sure to appreciate the family gathering pictured by Theodore Butler (lot 87, est. $20,000-$30,000)
The international scope of the auction is attested by its offering of 20th-21st century Eastern European art, impressive Russian icons from a California collection, Asian antiques and African bronzes. Next, lots #238-262 present jewelry and timepieces (#238-262) in time for the holiday season. Finally, the auction gathers a variety of decorative items from estate collections, ranging from fine silver (#267-303), glass (#304-311), porcelain (#332-362) to collectible furnishings and design, including a Cartier Art Deco lighter (#265) and an Italian bar by Tagliabue (#420).