Michaan’s To Auction Original Sam Francis and Other Premier Art, Furniture, Currency, Jewels Dec. 9 Highlights include fresh-to-market original paintings by Sam Francis plus important works by Wayne Thiebaud, Fernando Amorsolo and Bernard Buffet
News-Antique.com - Nov 18,2016 - ALAMEDA, CA – Two particularly desirable original paintings by Sam Francis (Californian, 1923-1994) headline Michaan's next semiannual Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewelry Auction, slated for Friday, December 9.
Francis, who spent his formative years in Berkeley but lived and worked all over the world, is best known for a style that incorporates vivid, corpuscular drips of pigment applied with gestural freedom and large “empty-center” canvases that reflect the influence of Japanese art. Untitled (SF70-723), estimated at $60,000-$80,000, is a fine example of his signature style. Point Reyes Self Portrait, created in 1990, is an explosion of color in Francis’ free-gesture style and is estimated at $150,000-$200,000. The consignor acquired the paintings directly from Sam Francis, and both works have been approved for inclusion in the next printing of the artist's catalogue raisonné.
Fernando Amorsolo (1892-1972) is the leading painter of the late colonial period in the Philippines and is a favorite with collectors of Filipino art. Michaan’s will offer Amorsolo’s Marikina, a masterful landscape influenced by European art from the turn of the 20th century and infused with the golden light and relaxed mood of the tropics, an effect for which Amorsolo is well known. The subject is farmhands at work in a scene reminiscent of Monet's haystack paintings. In 2009, the artist's daughter Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo confirmed the painting's authenticity, noting, "It is one of the rare subjects that Papa painted depicting a typical Filipino custom." Marikina is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.
In 1958, a New York Times review dubbed French Expressionist Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) one of "France's Fabulous Five," alongside Brigitte Bardot and Yves St. Laurent. Michaan's will auction his sensational landscape Coastal Town With Lighthouse, South of France, a signed and dated work executed in ink and watercolor on paper. Its estimate is $30,000-$35,000. Another art highlight is a work by pioneering Italian abstract painter Achille Perilli (b. 1927-). His oil-on-canvas titled La Luce della Cabala (The Light of the Kabbalah) is signed and dated, and estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
Colorful Cakes, a 1990 lithograph by Wayne Thiebaud (Californian, b. 1920-), depicts archetypal rows upon rows of cakes with equally vibrant reflections. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Also to be offered are original Yosemite Valley scenes by Thomas Kinkade, and LeRoy Neiman serigraphs, including some of his popular bar scenes, e.g., San Francisco’s legendary Buena Vista Café.
The December 9 sale presents a rare and exciting opportunity for connoisseurs of museum-quality couture and textiles. There are three pieces by legendary couturier and fabric designer Mariano Fortuny, including a richly embroidered velvet cape, $1,000-$1,500; and two versions of the Delphos gown, each $1,500-$2,000. The shimmering trademark pleats of these classically inspired gowns are softly weighted by tiny beads of hand-blown Venetian glass. The result is a body-skimming silhouette that broke new ground when it was introduced in the early 20th century.
An outstanding selection of period jewelry is led by an Art Deco platinum bracelet with fine diamonds totaling well over 14 carats. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. An Etruscan Revival suite of drop