Anisfeld painting fetches $93,225 at Philip Weiss Auctions An original oil on canvas painting by the renowned Russian artist Boris Israelevich Anisfeld (1879-1973) sold for $93,225 at a three-day multi-estate sale held Jan. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions.
A pair of works by the Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher (1898-1972) fetched a combined $36,160. One, a lithograph on wove paper titled Up and Down (1947) was signed in pencil by the artist and numbered (9/36). It brought $16,950. The other, titled Day and Night (1938), was a woodcut in black and gray on laid Japan paper, also signed. It breezed to $19,210.
Rounding out the day’s top lots, an occupational shaving mug depicting an image of a man laying a brick walkway topped out at $4,407. Above the image was printed the name “Arthur Kaesner.” Occupational shaving mugs date back to the 1870s and were popular through 1920 or so. Each barber shop patron had his own personalized mug, decorated for his profession.
Philip Weiss Auctions has a pair of 3-day mega-sales lined up for this spring. The first in scheduled for the weekend of Mar. 4-6. On Friday, Mar. 4, an estate sale, featuring prominent local estates and collections, will be held. Saturday, Mar 5, will focus on trains, toys, dolls and toy soldiers. Sunday will have comics, comic art, animation, Disney and sports memorabilia.
Then, on the weekend of Apr. 1-3, another massive auction event will be held. The action will kick off Friday evening, Apr. 1, with postcards, rare books, paper stamps and coins. The following day, Apr. 2, will be dedicated to folk art, Native American objects and militaria. The Sunday session, on Apr. 3, will feature transportation, aviation, automotive and maritime items.
Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auctions, to include the March and April events, log on to www.weissauctions.com.