Christopher Wool Painting Leads the Lot At Weschler’s Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Auction

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  • January 07, 2013

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Christopher Wool, Untitled (est: $200,000-$300,000)


An abstract work by Christopher Wool is one of the many highlights from Weschler's February 1 auction, Works of Art from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.  The black-and-white painting is estimated at $200,000-$300,000, and is a prime representation of the artist's bold, engaging patterns.  Best known for his paintings of large stenciled letters, Wool incorporates a variety of methods and media, including spray paint, silkscreen, and metal. His work is displayed in prominent museums across North America and Europe, and he has enjoyed solo exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles and Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo.


The auction will be held at Weschler's Washington, DC gallery, with live online bidding offered through The sale will commence at 1pm, following the 10am Capital Collections Estate Auction. The afternoon session will feature Dewey & LeBoeuf's most sought-after offerings, including a large collection of modern and contemporary prints from artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Mangold.


Highlights include Berenice Abbott's Nightview, New York, estimated at $15,000-$20,000. The 1932 signed silver gelatin print is a stunning black-and-white aerial view of the city. Other notable prints include Sol LeWitt's Wavy Brush Strokes ($8,000-$12,000); Helen Frankenthaler's Orange Downpour ($3,000-$5,000); and three offset lithograph and color screenprints by Frank Stella (estimates ranging from $3,000 to $10,000).

Sol LeWitt, Wavy Brush Strokes (est: $8,000-$12,000)


The morning session of the Capital Collections Estate Auction will feature a selection of jewelry, silver, and American and European furniture and decorative arts. Notable lots include a Victorian tested 10-karat white gold, diamond and blue sapphire bypass ring ($10,000-$15,000); a George II Irish walnut marble-top console table ($2,000-$3,000); a George III silver and cut glass epergne ($10,000-$15,000); and three sterling silver pieces designed by Georg Jensen circa 1918-a pair of compotes ($6,000-$8,000) and a center bowl ($15,000-$20,000).


A pair of Edward F. Caldwell & Co. Renaissance-style bronze, patinated steel, wrought-iron and marble twelve-light torchères make for a stunning display. The monumental fixtures, designed circa 1931, were originally commissioned for the Great Hall in Washington, DC's Folger Shakespeare Library. The New York-based E.F. Caldwell & Co. provided lighting and metalwork to many of the major architects of the period and were best known in Washington for their contributions to the 1902 White House renovation.


Exhibitions for both auctions will be held January 26-January 31 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

Pair of Edward F. Caldwell & Co. Renaissance Style Bronze, Patinated Steel, Wrought-Iron and Marble Twelve-Light Torchères (est: $30,000-$50,000)
Ron Fine


Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers
909 E Street NW
Washington, DC
About Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Weschler's has been an auction tradition in the nation's capital for over 120 years, earning a reputation of trust and reliability. As one of the nation's leading auctioneers and appraisers and as Washington D.C.'s only auction house, Weschler's has been in the unique position to auction property from many prominent Washingtonians such as Katherine Graham, Honorable and Mrs. William McChesney Martin, Jr., Ella Poe Burling, Marshall Coyne, Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, Ambassador and Mrs. Philip Bonsal, Lawrence Lomax, as well as furnishings from the Barney Studio House. Weschler's holds at least six Capital Collections estate auctions each season, featuring European & American furniture and decorations; paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture; jewelry, coins and watches; 20th century decorative arts; Asian works of art; and rugs, carpets and tapestries. To complement our Capital Collections estate auctions, every week Weschler's holds Metro auctions with offerings including reproduction furniture, period pieces, rugs, artwork, silver, jewelry, collectibles, books and general household goods.

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