Watercolor on paper by renowned Pakistani artist Abdur Chughtai brings $70,800 at auction in Atlanta An untitled watercolor on paper rendering of a young woman with a flower by the renowned Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975), sold for $70,800 at Ahlers & Ogletree's Jan. 2-3 auction.
News-Antique.com - Jan 17,2016 - ATLANTA, Ga. – An untitled watercolor on paper rendering of a young woman with a flower by the renowned Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975), sold for $70,800 at a Signature Estates and Modern & Contemporary Collections Auction held Jan. 2-3 by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle, in Atlanta’s Buckhead design district.
The painting was one in a collection of enchanting artworks by Chughtai offered and was the top lot of the auction. In all, more than 1,200 exceptional lots, mostly pulled from prominent local estates and collections, came up for bid over the two days. Around 300 people attended the event in person, while 7,200+ registered bidders participated online via LiveAuctioneers.com each day.
The highest number of internet bidders for any one Ahlers & Ogletree auction was recorded, as better than 32 percent of sell-through was attributed to bidders on LiveAuctioneers.com alone. Online bidding was also provided by Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Phone and absentee bids totaled 478 combined. By the time it was all over, the sale’s final gross was $1.078 million.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
The runner-ups for top lot honors included a 1976 oil on canvas seascape by Andre Hambourg (Fr., 1909-1999), titled Fetes des Marins, Honfleur, artist signed, that soared to $41,300; and an artist’s proof screenprint on paper depiction of actress Marilyn Monroe by the iconic American pop artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987), pencil signed and titled simply Marilyn. It rose to $22,420.
A 1980 etching, aquatint and engraving on wove paper by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), titled Two Figures with Teepee (#12 of 32), from the artist’s “American Indian Theme” series, realized $7,080; and an acrylic on canvas painting by German-American artist Peter Max (b. 1937), titled Umbrella Man (2008), of a figure carrying an umbrella, apparently without a head, made $5,015.
A color lithograph on wove paper by the noted African-American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988), titled The Lamp, signed and numbered (#23 of 100), showing an African-American mother and her child reading beside an oil lamp, went for $11,800; and a cibachrome print on board by Nan Goldin (Am., b. 1953), titled Jimmy Paulette After the Parade NYC, hit $3,835.
Turning to furniture, a circa 1970s Hollywood Regency-style large figural cast brass ram (or wild goat) glass-top dining table, attributed to Alain Chervet (Fr., b. 1944), coasted to $10,830; a Mid-Century Modern two drawer vanity (or desk) with chrome and teak finish, unmarked, sold for $2,950; and a Mid-Century Modern cocktail table attributed to Philippe Starck (Fr., b. 1949), having a ½-inch thick green frosted glass circular top supported by fin-shaped legs, made $2,124.
Two settees wowed the crowd. One was a rare, circa-1966 Mid-Century Modern bronzed steel wire settee covered in terra cotta boucle, made by Warren Platner (Am., 1919-2006) for Knoll International ($7,670). The other was a ‘Molar’ group settee (or loveseat) in white gel-coated and molded fiberglass with a black trim base by