Two Assemblage Paintings by Thornton Dial and A Rare Drawing by Anthony Bourdain Lead the Summer Fine Art Sale Now Open for Bidding on iGavelauctions

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  • July 10, 2020

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Thornton Dial, (American, 1928-2016) Hiding From the Coon Dog, Mixed Media
Lark Mason Associates

Lark Mason Associates is pleased to announce that their Summer Fine Art Sale is now open for bidding on, now through July 21st. Leading the sale are two large scale assemblage paintings by the legendary self-taught artist Thornton Dial and Stay Calm, a rare comic drawing by Anthony Bourdain, the late iconic celebrity chef.

The two Dial works in the sale are Hiding From the Coon Dog: The First African in America, and Patches of Gold (Cornfields). As one of the important African American and Outsider artists, Thornton Dial created thought provoking works that not only blurred the boundary between painting and sculpture, but also addressed historical and sociopolitical issues such as war, natural disasters, slavery and racism.

Also offered are works by Sean Scully, Jim Dine, Wanda Gág, Thomas Hart Benton, Mexican American artist Elizabeth Catlett, and the British artist William Greengrass.

Rounding out the sale is a collection of watercolors by Egbert Cadmus (1868 - 1939) and illustration works by Maria Latasa Cadmus (unknown). Although better known as the parents of the American renowned artist Paul Cadmus, they were exceptional artists themselves. These works are part of the estate of Jon F. Anderson and all proceeds will go to benefit five charity organizations.

Among the highlights are:

Thornton Dial, (American, 1928-2016) Hiding From the Coon Dog, Mixed Media
(Est: $15,000-20,000)

Anthony Bourdain, Stay Calm, Ink on paper, 1976-77
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Thornton Dial, (American, 1928-2016) Patches of Gold (Cornfields), Mixed Media on Canvas, 2002 (Est: $10,000-15,000)

Jim Dine (b. 1935), A Little Girl, 1979, Etching & Aquatint Hand-colored w/ Oil Paint, Ed. 9/35 (Est: $1,000-3,000)

Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018), Stay Calm, Ink on Paper, 1976/77 (Est: $1,500-2,500)

Sean Scully, (American/Irish, b. 1945,) Fold, 15/40, Color Aquatint (Est: $1,000-2,000)

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) In Other Folks Houses, Linocut, 1946 (Est:$800-1,200)

Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), Rainy Day, Lithograph, 1938
(Est: $800-1,200)

Wanda Gág (1893-1946), Lamplight, Lithograph, 1929 (Est. $500-800)

Egbert Cadmus (American, 1868–1939), , Two Women on Picnic, Watercolor on Paper, 1937 (Est: $300-500)

For more information, contact: Charlene Wang, or phone 646-892-8906.

About Lark Mason

With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York.

Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003.  From 2000-2003 he concurrently was a Director of Online Auctions for He also served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is a generalist in American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has valued and advised many private collectors and institutions.

Egbert Cadmus (American, 1868–1939), Watercolor on Paper, Two Women on Picnic, 1937
Lark Mason Associates

Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any work of art in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that realized close to $4.2m. In addition, the recent sale of the Collection from Anthony Bourdain achieved an impressive $1.846,575. Mason, the founder and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is noted for his regular appearances on "The Antiques Road Show."


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