Picking has been great this month for the Clarke appraisal team. They have managed once again to put together what -- in the humble opinion of Irish owner and founder, Ronan Clarke – is one of the most diverse and exciting auction offerings in the New York area this month.
While Sotheby’s, Doyle’s, Christy’s, etc. all have great art sales this month, Clarke not only has great art but also a diverse and eclectic mix of midcentury modern, silver, porcelain, rugs, continental furniture and collectibles.
As always, Clarke has its usual gathering of furniture and even though the market has been soft in general, Clarke expects good prices for two 17th century continental pieces – a table and a cabinet consigned by a Connecticut family, an 18th century English secretary bookcase from a New York City household, a pair of 19th century French bookcases and a beautiful 18th century English paint decorated petite commode.
One local collector, now downsizing, provided some of the most interesting and rare items for Clarke, among them and a first for Clarke Auction is a great Dale Chihuly handkerchief vase, a large William Morris vase and a covered glass box by Kyohei Fujita.
Fine art, which Clarke has become a source for, is once again well represented. In the print category are lithographs by Picasso, "Nature Morte a la Charlotte;” two pencil signed Calders - "Copeaux de Spirales" and "Sun and Pyramids;" Miro’s “L’Entraineuse-Rouge” and two Le Corbusiers.
Highlighting the art are a magnificent oil by Theo Tobiasse, from a Larchmont home, a Joseph Floch oil, and a small but great collection of Latin art including Carlos Merida, Nemesio Antunez, Raul Anguiano, Wifredo Lam to mention a few. From a now closed Boston gallery are bronzes by Baskin, Aronson and paintings by Zerbe, Schrag and others. Also featured May 7th is a great portfolio of Russian impressionist oil paintings.
Among the midcentury offerings is a rare collection of Jorge Zalszupin rosewood furniture from a Larchmont home, the highlight of which is a rare aluminum mounted sideboard. From the upper east side of Manhattan come two pieces of signed Paul Evans patchwork furniture, an Arteluce trianali lamp, a beautiful pair of upholstered and brass inlaid chairs, a Singer coffee table, a Dunbar desk and a Prober cabinet. Other items from Westchester homes include a Saarinen table and a Knoll loveseat and chairs. There are also plenty of midcentury accessories including porcelains, mirrors and lighting.
Silver has become very much a highlight in every auction at Clarke’s and May 7th’s auction is no exception with a magnificent sterling set by fine and rare English maker, George W. Adams, an ornately chased English ice bucket, a Georg Jensen bowl, assorted flatware sets and lots more for you to decorate your table with.
It seems lately that Clarke has a Tiffany lamp in every sale and this time there are no fewer than 8, all coming from a single owner collector from Park Avenue, NYC. Rounding off this sale are porcelains -- highlighted by a very large Doulton vase painted by George White – a large collection of Asian ivories; two beautiful handmade Persian carpets, one rare and signed;
Baccarat, bronzes and much more.
Remarks owner Ronan Clarke “our growth and diversity every month shows not only how good the Clarke team is, but also how more and more people are comfortable to use our services. Bring a group of friends to Clarke for a great night out, only 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan, and right next to two great restaurants.”
Clarke runs monthly auctions at its 2372 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538 location. View 400 lots at www.ClarkeNY.com. For information call 914-833-8336 or email info@ClarkeNY.com.