Large bronze by Francisco Zuniga could fetch $250,000 at Elite auction A large bronze rendering of a female seated on a chair by the renowned Mexican-Costa Rican artist Francisco Zuniga is expected to realize $200,000-$250,000 at Elite Decorative Arts on Sat., Oct. 13..
News-Antique.com - Sep 30,2012 - (BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – A very large bronze rendering of a female seated on a chair by the renowned Mexican-Costa Rican artist Francisco Zuniga (1912-1998) is expected to realize $200,000-$250,000 at a multi-estate sale planned for Saturday, Oct. 13, by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm’s gallery in Quantum Town Center, at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach.
The figural bronze was crafted in 1981 and is titled Rosa en una Silla (or Rosa Sentata). It is quite large -- 49 inches tall by 29 ¾ inches wide by 27 inches deep -- and is marked and dated “Mexico 1981.” It is also inscribed by the artist, who is equally well known for his paintings as well as his sculptures. His father, Manuel Maria Zuniga, was also a noted sculptor.
Francisco Zuniga was once described as “one of the 100 most notable Mexicans of the 20th century,” and the Encyclopedia Britannica called him “perhaps the best sculptor of the Mexican political modern style.” Museums holding his works in their permanent collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The Zuniga bronze is the expected top lot of the 300 or so items set to cross the auction block. The sale will feature fine decorative arts and artwork, estate jewelry, porcelain, silver, bronze, clocks, art glass, furniture, Chinese works and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by Artfact.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
The artwork titled Tactile Tableaux by the Israeli artist Yaacov Agam (b. 1928) has painted metal elements attached to a panel with springs (est. $30,000-$50,000). It was executed in 1965 and measures 56 ¼ inches tall by 42 ½ inches wide. The work was purchased by the consignor from a gallery in France. Agam is a sculptor and experimental artist best known for his contributions to optical and kinetic art. He has lived in Paris since 1951.
A suite of three bronze figures collectively titled Three Hurdlers by Canadian-American artist Artis Lane (b. 1927) is expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000. Each figure is 10 inches tall. Lane is an award-winning black sculptor and painter. She was born and raised in Ontario, in a community of descendants of slaves who came to Canada by way of the Underground Railroad.
Original works by the famed French and Russian artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) are always in demand, and this sale has a great ink and paper illustration by Chagall depicting dancers and doves (est. $20,000-$30,000). Artist signed lower right, the rendering measures 11 inches by 7 ½ inches, with a four-inch mat. This is a rare chance to own an original by Chagall.
An abstract acrylic on canvas by Richmond Burton (Am., b. 1960), titled USA Morphing Fields, should realize $12,000-$18,000. The work, executed in 1999, measures 75 inches by 84 inches and is signed by the artist. It was purchased from the Cheim & Read Gallery in New York. Burton is an abstract painter and printmaker. His