painting in our auction is an outstanding example and pleasing to the eye. The anatomies and sky are exceptional.” The lot is accompanied by a complete study that eliminates the possibility of its having been painted by any of Gerard’s contemporaries, Bacalao noted.
An Ancient Roman reconstituted mosaic panel from Dougga, Tunisia, 150 B.C., depicts a lion attacking an antelope. Its dimensions are 26.5 by 18.5 inches, and it is estimated at $1,500-$2,500. “Dougga is almost certainly the best-preserved Roman town in North Africa and is acclaimed for its period mosaics,” said Bacalao. “This panel is a fine representation.”
Beaux Auctions has a large and loyal following of buyers who collect Latin-American art – and they’re not all based in the Americas. “Brazil has a growing, very wealthy base of art collectors, but worldwide the ‘new rich’ are investing in art as an alternative to the stock market. The Chinese don’t always bid, but when they see a masterpiece they want, they’ll bid as high as they have to go to get it. They’re very hard to beat,” Bacalao said.
Latin-American selections in the May 27 auction range from classical to contemporary. From the Cuzco school, a circa-1740 Salamiel Dei oil depicting an archangel with arquebus measures 48½ by 40 inches and is estimated at $16,000-$20,000. A late-19th-century Cuzco school painting, Birthday of the Virgin, is by an anonymous artist and is a richly gold-embellished interior scene depicting The Holy Family, angels and other attendants. It measures 35 by 27.5 inches, is exquisitely framed, and is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.
The sale also features colonial art of the Americas, including antique oil-on-copper paintings; and Cuban art. The best of the latter category is an original drawing by Wifredo Lam (1902-1982). The untitled ink-on-paper drawing, 13 by 19.5 inches, is an intricately detailed, high-quality drawing with a personal inscription from 1958. It comes with a COA from Lou Laurin Lam and is offered with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. Also of note is a striking Elmar Rojas (Guatemalan, b. 1938-) oil on canvas. Estimate: $40,000-$50,000.
Beaux Auction makes every effort to be flexible and considerate of its customers, no matter where they live. “Although our auctions are online and absentee only, purchases do not have to be shipped immediately. We are happy to hold purchases for buyers who know they will be coming to Miami – for instance, to attend Art Basel or Art Miami – and who wish to collect their purchases at that time,” said Bacalao. “And, we like to make it simple on the other end of the transaction, as well. Most of what we sell comes to us through referrals from art appraisers and dealers who handle high-end estates. Working with us is a much faster process than working with large auction houses. There’s much less paperwork and far less lead time till the next sale. As a result, our consignors receive payment much faster, and that has made a big difference to our business.”