Color litho of Napoleon by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to headline Elite auction, July 13th in Florida A color lithograph depicting French leader Napoleon by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Fr., 1864-1901) is the expected top lot in an auction slated for Sat., July 13, at Elite Decorative Arts in Florida.
News-Antique.com - Jun 17,2013 - (BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – A color lithograph depicting the French leader Napoleon on horseback with two other men by renowned Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Fr., 1864-1901) is the expected top lot in an auction slated for Saturday, July 13, at Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s gallery located at the Quantum Town Center in Boynton Beach.
Also offered in the auction – dedicated mostly to fine decorative arts and Chinese works – are a large and impressive Chinese carved African ivory emperor and empress, a palace-sized Chinese carved African ivory village, a Chinese carved African ivory relief bird’s vase and a heavy Chinese carved red coral maiden figural grouping. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. (EST).
In all, over 300 quality lots will be sold, most of them fresh to the market. Featured will be a broad and impressive array of estate jewelry, fine art, bronzes, silver and Chinese works, to include ivory, jade, red coral carvings, stone carvings, fine porcelain pieces and more. The Quantum Town Center is located at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach (Ste. 106-108).
“We are quite pleased to be offering two large and very impressive collections of Chinese antiques in our July 13 sale,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “We expect Asian works to dominate the day's action, but the Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph could well end up being the top lot of the auction. Regardless, it will be a well-rounded sale, with many great pieces.”
The color lithograph by Toulouse-Lautrec, titled simply Napoleon, is #20 in a limited-edition series of 100. In April 2012, litho #48 from the same series sold at Sotheby’s for $146,500, against a pre-sale estimate of $75,000-$125,000. The example being sold is pencil signed to the lower left, measures 22 ¾ inches by 19 1/8 inches and has been matted and framed.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec became one of France’s most popular and famous painters. He brilliantly captured the Paris night life in his flashy illustrations for the magazine Le Rire in the 1890s, earning him a reputation as “the soul of Montmartre.” The diminutive artist was known for his demi-monde paintings, prints and illustrations. All are highly sought after today.
The Chinese carved African ivory tusks depicting a standing emperor and empress are remarkable for their sheer size (41 inches tall, on a 3 ¼ inch base) as well as their beauty. The figures, carrying the Qing Dynasty reign mark, both have a slightly raised dragon and phoenix design to layered robes and bases. Please note: ivory pieces may not be shipped internationally.
A companion lot to the one just described is a massive Chinese carved and reticulated village scene carved from African ivory tusks. The longest tusk width exceeds 66 inches, and the height is 16 inches (on a 3 ¼ inch base). The scene depicts a city wall guarded by warriors and a horseman at the gate, riverside boatmen, villagers moving about, pagodas, temples and bridges.
Another ivory offering is a Chinese carved African ivory