300 lots of fine decorative arts and Chinese works at Elite Decorative Arts' Dec. 21 auction in Fla. About 300 lots of fine decorative arts and Chinese works will be sold at a year-end auction planned for Saturday, Dec. 21, by Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s gallery in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Rufino Tamayo was born in Mexico to a shoemaker father and a seamstress mother, but when both his parents died when he was 11 he went to live with his aunt in Mexico City. She enrolled him in art school and he immediately took to his lessons. Tamayo was influenced by Cubism, Impressionism and Fauvism, but he gave his artistic creations a unique Mexican feel.
The two paper mixograph works by Tamayo in the auction are titled Nino Con Sombrero (or Boy With Hat), executed in 1980; and Hombre Con Coraje (or Man With Courage). Both have pre-sale estimates of $3,000-$5,000 and both are signed, numbered and mounted in wooden shadowboxes with glass screens. And both are sizable, measuring about 36 inches by 28 inches.
Roberto Marquez also has ties to Mexico City. He was born there, but moved with his family to Guadalajara in 1972. There, he studied sculpture at the School of Fine Arts, as well as poetry and architecture at other schools. His degree is in architecture, but his heart is in art. His paintings incorporate dreamlike images from literature, Mexican history and his life experiences.
The Marquez work in the auction is an oil on canvas, depicting a man standing by a tiled wall with the words, “Bailo Hasta Caer Con Mi Sombra En La Pared” (“Falling to Dance with my Shadow on the Wall”). It’s titled Dancing with My Shadow and was executed in 1989. The large, 72 inch by 60 inch work is mounted in a silver tone wooden frame (est. $7,000-$9,000).
Three clocks are expected to get paddles wagging. The first is a French Japy Freres bronze mantel clock with a figural design depicting mythological beasts. Griffins with balls monitor the bottom of the case, while flying dragons protect the cupid finial. The late 19th century clock, with scrolled raised designs throughout, should hammer for $7,000-$9,000.
The other two have identical pre-sale estimates of $4,000-$6,000. One is a Pavel Buhre Russian silver pocket watch clock with white enamel face and black enamel Arabic numerals. The 11 ¾ inch tall clock has a total weight of 18.72 troy ounces. The other is a Louis XV-style tall wooden case clock clad in gilt bronze, displaying three winged cherubs with flower garlands.
Two names known to everyone are Pablo Picasso and Louis Vuitton. This auction has both. A Pablo Picasso Madoura original round ceramic plate, titled Nature Morte a la Cuiller (Still Life With a Spoon) is 13 ¼ inches tall by 12 ¾ inches wide, with a verso holding impressed marks and numbered The plate, weighing 1,403 grams, is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000.
A high-end Louis Vuitton trunk having a brown leather monogram design and original Louis Vuitton black fitted over cover, complete with keys, should breeze to $4,000-$6,000. Also, a fabulous ladies’ 18kt yellow gold ring set with rectangular cut natural emerald green gem quality jadeite cabochon, surrounded by about 50 accent diamonds, should bring $3,000-$4,000.