(Washington, DC) - Weschler's is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to oversee the liquidation of Dewey & LeBoeuf's art assets. Headquartered in New York City, the law firm declared bankruptcy in May of 2012. The collection includes more than 800 pieces of fine art from several of their North American offices. Due to the size and range of the collection, the firm's assets will be sold through several auctions.
The afternoon session on February 1, 2013 will include the firm's most sought-after offerings, including a large collection of modern and contemporary prints. A smaller selection of pieces will be offered on December 12, 2012 with bidding taking place in Weschler's D.C. gallery, as well as through popular auction website Artfact.com. A collection of vintage film posters will be sold in a special online sale at a later date. Additional pieces will be offered over the next few months during select Metro Auctions, held each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
Highlights from the collection include the photographs Nightview and Lyric Theatre, taken by American photographer Berenice Abbott, and the Polar Co-Ordinates series by painter and printmaker Frank Stella. Abbott is best known for her black-and-white shots of New York City architecture, which she chronicled for the Federal Art Project during the 1930s. Stella, considered one of the founders of American abstract painting, is best known for the geometric quality of his work.
A vast and varied selection of prints offers everything from the vibrant complexity of Helen Frankenthaler's Wind Direction to the geometric minimalism of Robert Mangold's Double Column A, B & C. Works by Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Antonio Jacobsen, among many others, round out this eclectic collection.
The catalogue for the February 1st, 2013 auction will be available online in mid-January at Weschler's website 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.