Antique Russian Icons & African-American Art Achieve Strong Results in Carlyle’s September Auction

  • BEVERLY HILLS, California
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  • October 05, 2016

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Benny Andrews, 1972

Beverly Hills, CA - October 6, 2016 - Carlyle Galleries International, Inc. ( latest auction achieved solid results across multiple fine art categories, at it’s September 25 auction. 

Carlyle Auctions, which specializes in selling fine art, exclusively through online auctions, had more than 300 registered bidders from 41 countries, participating in the auction. As always, Carlyle offered bidders an eclectic selection of artwork - from Old Masters and 19th Century to Modern and Contemporary paintings by international artists.

A highlight of the auction was an artwork by African-American artist Benny Andrews.

The collage on panel, dated 1972 was once in the collection of Louis Clayton Jones (1935-2006), a civil rights leader, founder of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and law partner of former NYC mayor David Dinkins.

Carlyle Auctions’, Jack Marks noted the lot was a last-minute addition to the sale, “The consignor gave it to us about a week before the auction. Normally, we would like at least a month lead-time, but the consignor wanted a fast sale, and we felt confident taking on this challenge because our auctions have been achieving good prices for African-American art lately.” Marks added, “Most importantly, we have a very strong e-mail database which includes many collectors and dealers in African-American art”.  Estimated at $6,000-8,000, the lot sold to a phone bidder on the East Coast for $7,500, including buyers premium.

Collectors found great bargains in antique Russian icons offered in the auction. Nearly a dozen 19th century icons were sold in the $1,000 price range, during the auction, and in post-auction sales. “Because the Russian art market is down almost 50% in the past few years, Antique Russian Icons are one of the great values in today’s art market” Marks noted. 

Russian Icon, 19th Century

Other interesting artwork sold in Carlyle’s September 25 auction, include paintings by French Impressionist George d’Espagnat (1870-1950), American modernist Hyde Solomon, and a wide selection of Old Master and 19th century paintings. 

Carlyle’s next auction is scheduled for October 27, 2016, and will feature almost 200 lots of “fresh to the market” fine art ranging from Old Masters to Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary. 

One of the highlights of the October auction will be a selection of important 1960’s paintings by famed Indian artist Avinash Chandra (1931-1991) who is best known for his abstracted yet sexualized representations of the female body, inspired by the tradition of Indian erotic art. 

Along with F.N. Souza, Avinash Chandra was part of a generation of Indian expatriate artists, who found success in London in the 1960’s. Chandra was the subject of a 1962 BBC television documentary ‘Art of Avinash Chandra’, and was the first Indian British artist to be featured at the Tate Gallery in London, first Indian artist to exhibit at the Documenta in Kassel. Avinash Chandra’s paintings are included in the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Tate Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, Museum of Modern Art, and other important public and private collections.

Carlyle Auctions will be offering 12 paintings by Chandra, including oil on canvas and vibrantly colored works on paper. The paintings created in the 1960’s are from an important East Coast collection.

Hyde Solomon, 1957

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About Carlyle Galleries International, Inc.

Carlyle Galleries International, Inc. is an online Fine Art Dealer & Auctioneer based in Beverly Hills, California, serving an international collector base in over 35 countries. Carlyle specializes in the "middle-market"($5,000-$100,000) in: Old Master & 19th Century, Impressionist/Modern and Post-War & Contemporary art, and runs auctions every month.

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