UK Auctioneers In £8 Million Bid To Woo Chinese Buyers Art and antiques worth £8 million, consigned from the West by a consortium of UK auctioneers, will be offered in an historic first sale in China to be conducted by a Mainland China auction house.
members at the request of Huachen Auctions. Huachen specialists and EpaiLive executives.
Chris Ewbank said: “Our original plan was to initiate a consignment worth in the region of £1.5 to £2 million. In response to the strength of support from Triple-A member clients, and given the practical problems in moving so many objects first to Beijing and then Xiamen, it was decided to concentrate on quality and not quantity. The combined low estimate for the sale is around £8 million.”
Among the most valuable items is a trio of paintings by Russian artists which is estimated to sell for a total of around £500,000. It comprises a 1941 portrait of Colonel V.I. Tsvetikov by the acclaimed Socialist realism painter Alexander Laktionov (1910-1972) and two works by Polish-born Vasily Kotarbinsky (1849-1921) who spent most of his creative life in Kiev. Two Girls in Pink and Yellow, 124 by 62 cm, and Girl Amongst Hollyhocks, 124 by 62 cm, are both from a private UK collection and each is estimated at £150,000-180,000.
The visual arts content of the sale also includes contemporary works, very much of the present day. French graffiti artist Blek le Rat (b.1951) is represented by "Computer Man", a work in mixed media, aerosol spray and metallic paint on canvas, 195 x 129.5cm, signed and dated 2008, which is estimated at £25,000-30,000, while a numbered and signed silkscreen of Mickey Mouse by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) from the artist’s Myths portfolio, printed in colours with diamond dust, 96.5 x 96.5cm, signed in pencil, is from the edition of 200, published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, in 1981. It is estimated at £80,000-£120,000
Acquired directly from the artist and from a private London collection is Sir Terry Frost’s “Delivery of the Knight”, an oil on canvas 52 x 91cm, signed and dated 64 on the canvas overflap and signed, titled and dated on the artist’s own label attached to the reverse. It is estimated at £35,000-40,000.
In furniture, the design of a fine 19th century Louis XVI style gilt bronze-mounted mahogany commode à vantaux with bronzes by Léon Kahn closely relates to a pair of commodes adapted by Benneman from a model by Joseph Stockel and supplied to Marie-Antoinette in 1786 for the Salon des Jeux at Fontainebleau.
Léon Kahn was a leading bronzier working in Paris in the last quarter of the 19th century. Little is known about the man or his oeuvre, but signed examples of his work are nearly always influenced by the great ébénistes (cabinet makers) of the 18th century, such as Benneman. His mounts are always of the very highest quality with exceptional casting and chiselling.
The present example has a shaped white and grey veined marble top. It sits above two frieze drawers with panels of scrolling foliate acanthus, framing a lion's head above two cupboard doors and sides decorated with a demi-lune panel of applied gilt-bronze scrolling acanthus with a ribbon-hung garland and a central circular gilt-bronze plaque of a mother