Two-day auction featuring major estates is planned for Jan. 2-3 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Ga. An enchanting collection of artworks by the renowned Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai and three screenprints signed by the iconic American pop artist Andy Warhol will headline the Jan. 2-3 sale.
News-Antique.com - Dec 22,2015 - ATLANTA, Ga. – An enchanting collection of artworks by the renowned Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975), and three screenprints signed by the iconic American pop artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987), are expected headliners at a Signature Estates and Modern & Contemporary Collections Auction planned for January 2nd and 3rd by Ahlers & Ogletree, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time both days.
The auction will be held in Ahlers & Ogletree’s showroom, located at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210), in Atlanta’s fashionable Buckhead design district. A host of important local estates will be offered, with previews planned for Dec. 28-30 from 10-6 and Dec. 31 from 10-3. An evening preview party will be held on Dec. 30, from 6-9 p.m. Doors open both auction days at 10 a.m.
Abdur Rahman Chughtai is regarded as one of the most distinguished Pakistani artists of the 20th century. His work draws from a shared South Asian cultural heritage, and many of his paintings were large-format – exuberant, expansive works rendered in soft, meditative colors and bold, flowing lines. What distinguished Chughtai most were his exceptional skills as a draftsman.
Artworks by Chughtai will include a graphite pencil sketch on paper of a young woman; a watercolor and ink on paper of a woman with a parrot; a watercolor and ink on paper of two Mughal princesses; a watercolor on paper of a young woman with a flower; a watercolor on paper titled Procession; and a watercolor on paper of a woman with an oil lamp. All are signed.
The Warhol screenprints are all pencil-signed by the artist. Two are titled Ladies & Gentlemen (1975) and show a bust-length view of a cross-dresser (or trans-gender person), with dark black hair and pink lips. One is an artist’s proof, the other a publisher’s proof. A third piece, titled Marilyn (1967) is a stylized rendering of the late screen legend Marilyn Monroe. All are framed.
Works by noted French artists will also come up for bid. Included will be an oil on canvas by Edouard Cortes (1882-1969), titled Parisian Street Scene in Winter, signed lower left, showing a bustling Paris, with figures and the Arc de Triomphe; and a lithograph on laid paper by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), titled Rue Eugene-Dutuit a Rouen (1896), pencil inscribed and #4 of 15.
A lithograph in colors by France’s Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), titled Le Tocsin (La Depeche), is a figural print depicting a woman in a long bonnet and dress, walking her dog at night by moonlight. It is monogrammed and dated (1895). Also sold will be a 1976 oil on canvas seascape by Andre Hambourg (Fr., 1909-1999), titled Fetes des Marins, Honfleur, artist signed.
American artists will also have their day. Works will include an etching, aquatint and engraving on wove paper by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), titled Two Figures with Tepee (1980), from the artist’s “American Indian Theme” series, #12 of 32; an oil on mixed media collage on canvas marine rendering of two ships by Thomas H. Willis (Conn.,