Henry Moore bronze among prized works in Palm Beach Modern’s March 22 auction of art & modern design For their March 22 sale, Palm Beach Modern Auctions will showcase such eminent names as Henry Moore, Piero Fornasetti, Vladimir Kagan, and Phillip & Kelvin LaVerne + Larry Mohr estate bronzes Part II.
Described by Baca as “an object of lust for years,” Lot 435 is a monumental cobalt blue pottery sculpture by Jun Kaneko (Japanese, b. 1942-) shaped as an irregular sphere. For many years, the sculpture has been part of the collection at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach.
“We’ve always admired this work by Kaneko and, over the years, had made no secret of the fact that we would love to auction it on behalf of the sculpture garden. We’re thrilled that they’ve now chosen to deaccession the piece, which is quite a major artwork, in more ways than one,” Baca said. “It’s 65 inches high, 65 inches wide and 48 inches deep. It’s also very heavy. After it was made, it took a full year for it to dry.” Before the sculpture could be delivered to the auction center, it had to be lifted by crane and placed onto a flatbed trailer. When it arrived, it was removed by a forklift and positioned inside the building. “It’s the first thing you see when you walk inside,” Baca said. The sculpture is expected to make $17,000-$25,000 at auction.
The top-estimated artwork is Lot 166A, a Henry Moore OM CH FBA RBS (English, 1898-1986) bronze titled Mother and Child with Tree Trunk. Signed and numbered 6/9, the 9in high by 9.5in wide sculpture comes with provenance from Galeria Freites, Caracas, and a subsequent private collection. It is referenced in Henry Moore Complete Sculpture, 1980-86, Vol. 5, No. 770, by Alan Bowness, and carries a $60,000-$80,000 estimate.
From the same consignor comes Lot 256A, a Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) pencil-on-paper still life titled Nicaragua Banana. Artist-signed and dated 1973, the 20 by 36in (sight) artwork is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Marlborough Galleries Inc. Its estimate has been set at $25,000-$30,000.
Lot 181, a painted wall sculpture of constructed form is dated 1997 and titled Windows On The World. Measuring 31 by 54.5 inches, it is signed by artist Patrick Hughes (English, b. 1939-) and retails a label on verso from Angela Flowers Gallery PLC, London. “We expect this work to do very well, since Patrick Hughes is very collectible in South Florida.” Estimate: $25,000-$30,000.
Aptly titled Small and Beautiful: The Issue of Scale, Lot 188 is a painting on canvas by Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994). In bold shades of yellow and cobalt blue with green and black accents, the 5.5in high by 8.5in wide painting retains a gallery label from Eaton Fine Art Inc., Florida. It is entered in the sale with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.
Also worthy of note is Lot 75, a Tom Wesselman (American, 1931-2004) lithograph of a nude, signed and numbered 19/75. The 40 by 30in work is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Palm Beach Modern’s March 22 auction will be held at the company’s exhibition center at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405, commencing at 12 noon Eastern Time. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com or