News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture
March 2, 2006
New York – Christie’s New York first Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture auction of 2006 takes place on Thursday March 2. Featuring 190 lots, the sale is expected to realize in excess of $2 million and includes an excellent array of works, stretching from the beginnings of the Hudson River School to mid-20th century Modernism.
The auction is highlighted by two notable single owner collections:
Works From The Estate Of Irving Brown
Part of the early collecting generation that helped define modern art in the United States, Irving Brown had a particular enthusiasm for works on paper and artists of the Stieglitz circle. Committed to American Modernism, Brown bought many of his works from the Downtown Gallery in Manhattan – and this selection from his Estate offers a fine array of New York Modernist works.
With estimates starting at $600, the 27 lots offer an accessible and affordable introduction to Brown’s unique taste – and highlights include Centerport Series #9 by Arthur Dove (estimate: $20,000-30,000); Lions in the Ring by John Marin (estimate: $7,000-10,000) and Nude Figures by Max Weber (estimate: $3,000-5,000). More affordable lots include Space Conception No. 10 by Frederick L. Ottesen (estimate: $600-800) and Reuben Tam’s Black Horizon (estimate: $700-900).
Property From The Corporate Collection Of Lenox/Gorham
Gorham Manufacturing Company, established in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island, produced some of the finest and most quintessential American sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries. The seven lots offer an unprecedented collection from the Lenox/Gorham Collection, never offered before and sourced directly from the company archives.
In an auction featuring an excellent array of sculpture, these works lead the way, with two Native American Indian casts the notable highlights. The Protest by Cyrus Edwin Dallin (estimate: $20,000-30,000) was created for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, and depicts a horse-riding Sioux chief raising his fist. Mares of Diomedes by Gutzon Borglum (estimate: $40,000-60,000) is cast from an original group that for many years had a place of honor at the foot of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s main stairway.
Auction: Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture March 2 at 10 a.m.
Viewing: Christie’s Galleries at Rockefeller Center Feb 25 - March 1
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