More than 125 rare and collectible items will come up for bid online Feb. 22nd at Hess Fine Auctions More than 125 lots of highly collectible Orientalia, fine art, design pieces, tribal art, antiquities, clocks and more will be sold in an internet and catalog auction Feb. 22 by Hess Fine Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Feb 03,2014 - (ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) – More than 125 lots of rare and highly collectible Orientalia, fine art, design pieces, tribal art, antiquities, clocks and more will be sold in an internet and catalog auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 22, by Hess Fine Auctions (hessfineauctions.com), with assistance from ATN Properties, LLC. Both companies are headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Feb. 22 event will be packed with fine works of Archaic Period Chinese bronzes, Japanese metalwork, jade, ivory, art pottery, porcelain, paintings, Native American artifacts, collectible antique clocks and other items. “The Orientalia items plus the ornate ivory pieces and some rare smalls are expected to do particularly well,” said Josh Lubecky of Hess Fine Auctions.
One expected top lot is an important Yuan Dynasty (14th century) Chinese silk scroll by the noted literati artist Zhao Zi Yong. The scroll, which is signed and dated 1356, is quite long and beautiful. Bidding will begin on this lot (#10) at $6,000, but by the time the final gavel falls it should reach between $20,000 and $25,000. Ancient Chinese scrolls are coveted by collectors.
Two lithographs by the Swedish-born American artist Claes Thure Oldenburg (b. 1929) are both expected to do well. One depicts a typewriter eraser and is a study for a public sculpture (est. $1,000-$1,500). The other is a litho of a teapot on Japanese Moriki paper. Christie’s sold an identical image at a prior auction for $7,500, so this example as been estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
The latter lithograph carries an impeccable provenance, having come from the private collection of the assistant to Tatyana Grossman, the founder of Universal Limited Art Editions, which printed the piece. In fact, the auction will also feature a portrait of Ms. Grosman herself, by the renowned printmaker Robert Rauschenberg (Am., 1925-2008) (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Oldenburg and Rauschenberg have much cache in fine art circles. Oldenburg became one of America’s leading Pop Artists, with his whimsical sculptures of pop culture objects, many of them large and out-of-doors. Rauschenberg was one of the major artists of his generation and, along with Jasper Johns, is credited with breaking the stronghold of Abstract Expressionism.
Two other lithographs in the sale also deserve mention. One is an original 1936 sepia litho, signed by the iconic artist Norman Rockwell, best known for his depictions of everyday American life, many of which graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. The lithograph, titled Tom Sawyer, First Smoke, shows Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (est. $1,000-$1,400).
The other is a limited-edition Eight Stone lithograph by Lee Bontecou (Am., b. 1932), from the same Universal Limited Arts Editions collections as the Rauschenburg litho and an Oldenburg print (est. $800-$1,200). Ms. Bontecou is today one of America’s most individualistic artists. She pioneered the technique of shaped canvas, which combines oil painting and sculpture.
Beautifully carved ivory creations from Asia will feature a set of Japanese carved ivory “Seven Lucky Gods” statues on a tiered wooden base (est. $2,500-$3,000); a pair of large carved Chinese ivory emperor and