Weschler’s to Feature Two Original Works by Washington, DC Artists, Sam Gilliam and Gene Davis

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  • February 27, 2017

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Gene Davis "Stripes (Blue)", Estimate: $40,000-$60,000

WASHINGTON - Weschler’s, DC's only auction house, will present for sale
works of art, jewelry, furniture, silver, coins, decorative art, rugs, and Asian art
in its Capital Collections Estate Auction on Fri., Mar. 3

FINE ART Washington Color School artists, Sam Gilliam and Gene Davis,
will attract attention with their strong sale records and steady rise in interest
among both public and private collectors. Gilliam and Davis both are identified
as major contributors to the Washington Color School, which came out of the
DC art scene in the 1950s and 1960s; Gilliam with his spontaneous and
improvisational painting methods and Davis with his exploration of color
relationships utilizing vertical lines and rhythmic, modulating colors. In
Structure of, an acrylic on canvas Gilliam completed in 1973, is a prime
example of his innovative painting methods; the work is expected to bring
$80,000-$120,000. Davis’ Stripes (Blue) carries a $40,000-$60,000 estimate
and explores the juxtaposition of grays, blue, purple, green and yellow. Other
works by Davis’ currently are on display in the special exhibition, Gene Davis:
Hot Beat at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gilliam’s work will also be
in this year’s Biennale in Venice.

The oil on canvas, Untitled P. II by the pre-eminent Czech non-figurative artist,
Frantisek Foltyn, will also garner interest due its provenance rich in post-
WWII Modernist art history as well as recent impressive sale records of his
works. Two works in Weschler’s December 9 Capital Collections Estate
Auction reached record sales, selling for $206,000 and $140,000. Untitled P. II
hails from the estate of artist, Anna Walinska, who was a pioneer among the
post-war Modernists and a trailblazer for female artists. Musicians, a charcoal
on paper drawing by Walinska, will also be part of the sale and is an excellent
example of this style.

Works by Henri Matisse, Annie Leibovitz, Emile Albert Gruppe, and Jacob
Lawrence are some of the other fine art offerings on March 3.

DECORATIVE ART is lead by a collection of 16 lots of Russian Imperial
Porcelain Manufactory military plates and platters predominantly from the
Estate of Eugenie T. Rahim, the daughter of socialite Mary V.R. Thayer.
Thayer, a world traveler and close friend of several leaders of the Soviet
Union, Saudi Arabia, and India, had a lengthy résumé including accreditation
to the Potsdam conference under Nelson Rockefeller, and being the society
columnist for The Washington Post. The pieces were obtained by Thayer
during her travels and carry estimates that range from $3,000-$5,000 to

JEWELRY AND COINS highlights include over 35 lots of US and foreign
coins, a lady’s Cartier 18-karat yellow-gold and diamond quartz wristwatch
($8,000-$12,000), and a 4.02 carat platinum solitaire diamond ring with a GIA
certificate ($30,000-$50,000.)

EXHIBITION The public is welcome to view lots during exhibition hours prior
to the sale: Sat., Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.-noon; Sun., Feb. 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and the following weekdays preceding the sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Thurs., Mar. 2 when the preview will close at 2 p.m.) An auction catalogue is available for purchase. Bids will be accepted on site and online.

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