Weschler's Print Auction Boasts Intricate Escher Engraving

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  • June 04, 2013

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M.C. Escher (Dutch 1898-1972) Stars (Bool 359) $10,000-$20,000
Ansel Adams (Amer. 1902-1984) Edward Weston, Carmel Highlands CA (1 of 2 Works) $4,000-$6,000

Weschler’s Prints & Works of Art Auction, to be held at 10am on Wednesday, June 12, will feature an intricate wood engraving by the Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. The work, Stars (Bool 359) was created in 1948 and is estimated to bring between $10,000 and $20,000. The dizzying display of star polyhedrons is a captivating example of the artist’s fascination with geometric planes, symmetry and a mathematical approach to expression. 

The auction, which boasts a variety of prints, including etchings, lithographs and gelatin silver prints, offers a wide range of artists and genres. Notable lots include Ansel Adams’ Edward Weston, Carmel Highlands CA and Gottardo Piazzoni in His Studio: Two Works (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); Sam Gilliam’s For Xavier (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); Joan Miro’s Book II (Mourlot 1046) (estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and Andy Warhol’s Hans Christian Andersen I (Feldman/Schellman 11.401) (estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

 A portion of the sale’s lots comes from Howrey LLP, a global law firm formerly based in Washington, DC. Their collection boasts the homegrown talent of Washington Color School artists Sam Gilliam and Gene Davis. While both artists displayed distinct stylistic differences, their work is emblematic of the School’s focus on intense pigments, geometric shapes and hard-edged abstraction. Highlights of their work include Davis’ WPA (estimate: $1,000-$2,000) and Gilliam’s Pantheon (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Other notable lots from the sale include Donald Sultan’s still-lifes Blue Flowers and Fruit and Flowers III: Two Works (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); Yousuf Karsh’s Marc Chagall (estimate: $2,000-$3,000), a contemplative portrait of the artist and his work; and David Clyde Driskell’s tempera on paper, Fall Pines (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).

Sam Gilliam (American b. 1933) For Xavier $2,000-$4,000

Exhibition for the auction will be held June 6-7 and June 10-11 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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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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