Weschler’s Capital Collection Features Portrait By Mexican Muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros

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  • November 27, 2013

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David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican 1896-1974), El Trabajador Piedra, pyroxiline on panel $40,000 - $60,000
Napoleon III Ormolu Mounted Mother-of-Pearl and Brass Marquetry Kingwood Banded Ebonized Wood Secrétaire à Abattant $15,000 - $25,000
French Art Deco Princess Length Platinum, 18-Karat White-Gold, Carved Emerald and Diamond Necklace, Janesich $3,000 - $5,000

A painting by Mexican painter and muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros is one of the many highlights from Weschler’s next Capital Collections Estate Auction. The artist, whose work often reflected his Marxist ideologies, was one of the three major figures of the modern school of Mexican mural painting, along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. The painting, El Trabajador Piedra focuses on the stoic face of a Mexican stone worker. The pyroxiline on plywood work comes from the estate of former Democratic senator Mike Mansfield and holds an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.

The fine arts selection features a notable collection of late 19th-early 20th century Hungarian works, including oil paintings and watercolors by Bela Onodi, Antal Berkes, Eugen Weisz and Laszlo Neogrady. Other highlights include Edgar Hunt’s Children with Puppies (est: $15,000-$25,000); Jacob Samuel Beck’s Still Life with Fruit ($10,000-$15,000); and an untitled work by German painter Thomas Scheibitz ($20,000-$30,000).     

The auction, taking place at 10am on Friday, December 6, will feature American and European fine art and decorations, Asian works of art, and jewelry.  Notable decorative art lots include a Napoleon III ormolu mounted mother-of-pearl and brass marquetry kingwood banded ebonized wood secretaire à abattant, designed by Charles-Guillaume Diel circa 1870 (est: $15,000-$25,000); nine lots of Georg Jensen silver  with estimates ranging from $1,000 to $8,000; a Tiffany & Co. Audubon Pattern sterling flat table service ($8,000-$12,000); a large selection of over 20 late 19th-early 20th century Meissen figural groups, including a large musicale group (est: $2,000-$4,000); and a whimsical mahogany table designed by Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican/American b. 1937), Open Hand Table (est: $8,000-$10,000).

The jewelry selection is led by a stunning French Art Deco princess-length platinum, 18-karat white-gold, carved emerald and diamond necklace. The intricate piece, designed by the famed European firm Janesich, boasts a total diamond weight of 15.45 carats and carries an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. Other notable lots include a 14-karat yellow-gold fancy intense yellow diamond and diamond ring (est: $8,000-$12,000) and a platinum, emerald and diamond 'Trombino' ring from Bulgari (est: $8,000-$12,000).

 Exhibition for the auction will be held November 30-December 6 at Weschler’s second floor gallery, located at 909 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. Exhibition hours and a complete illustrated catalogue are available at www.weschlers.com.


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