Artworks from the estate of Christian Buchheit will headline Burchard Galleries' Nov. 12-13 auction A trove of nearly 100 artworks from the estate of Christian Buchheit (1885-1974), who served for 50 years as Building Superintendent for The Art Students League in New York, will be sold Nov. 12-13.
News-Antique.com - Nov 06,2016 - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A trove of nearly 100 artworks from the estate of Christian Buchheit (1885-1974), who served for 50 years as Building Superintendent for The Art Students League in New York, will headline a two-day auction slated for the weekend of November 12th and 13th by Burchard Galleries in the firm's spacious showroom at 2528 30th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.
“This is truly a rare estate find,” said Jeffrey Burchard, owner of Burchard Galleries. “When Mr. Buchheit retired, many of the League artists and teachers paid tribute by presenting him with a 50th year anniversary party that included a portfolio of original watercolors, drawings, oils and prints. Many of these will be in the auction and are being offered to the public for the first time.”
Also up for bid is Part 2 of the estate collection of Yves Georges Prade (1904-1992), a major force in the Parisian art world, having served as editor and art critic for the Blue Review and, along with Pablo Picasso, was a wartime activist for imprisoned artist Max Jacob, among others. Part 1 of the estate, sold September 17th and 18th, also by Burchard Galleries, was a huge success.
In addition to the artworks, the auction will also feature 19th century French marble-top furniture, Civil War swords, vintage lighting, three large R. J. Horner-quality triple bow oak curios, old posters, pristine Oriental rugs, vintage jewelry (gold, diamonds and gemstones) and more – in all more than 1,000 quality lots. Start times will be 8:30 am on Saturday and 12 noon Sunday (EST).
The more than 150 artworks in the sale will include paintings, prints and sculptures by renowned artists such as James J. Audubon, Salvador Dali, George Grosz, Peter Max, Henry MacGinnis, Benson Bond Moore, James Rosenquist and many others. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be facilitated by the two platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
The Buchheit trove will include treasures such as a charcoal drawing of a seated nude by George Grosz (German, 1893-1959), measuring 18 inches by 10 inches and signed lower right. Grosz was known for his caricature drawings and depictions of life in Berlin, Germany in the 1920s. He emigrated to the United States in 1933. The drawing is estimated to hammer for $2,000-$3,000.
Also expected to bring $2,000-$3,000 is an oil on canvas by Hayley Lever (Australian/American, 1876-1958), titled New England Street Scene, signed lower left and housed in a 23 inch by 27 inch gilded frame. Lever was born and raised in Australia and studied in Europe but finally settled in the U.S. He was heavily influenced by the impressionists, most notably Van Gogh.
An oil on canvas painting by Henry MacGinnis (Am., 1875-1952), titled Erie Canal Sunset, has a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000). The signed work is in a contemporary frame measuring 26 ½ inches by 32 ½ inches. MacGinnis was primarily a landscape artist. He was influenced by impressionism but stayed within the realm of realism, softened by an