For its summer estates auction on Sunday, July 10, at 10 am, Clarke Auction Gallery will present a well-rounded sale that hits all the major collecting categories with notable and important works yet is far-ranging too.
“Basically it’s a great sale overall from fine art and midcentury modern to furniture, jewelry and Asian antiques,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “We have a nice collection of Grand Tour bronzes, a good selection of decorative clocks and porcelains as well as a larger-than-usual grouping of fine carpets.”
Fine art will be particularly strong and led by a work by an important living artist, Sean Scully (Ireland, b 1945), whose oil on paper “Drawing # 30,” 1980, is estimated at $20/30,000. This 30 ¼-by 23-inch work is signed in pencil and came from a Westchester, N.Y. estate; the artist lives nearby in Nyack, N.Y. Another standout is a Mane Katz (French-Ukrainian, 1894-1962) oil on canvas ($10/15,000) titled “The Flower Cart.”
Among a curated selection of contemporary works are a Paul Henry Brach oil on canvas ($5/7,000), “Tournament #2, signed and dated ‘54, and a 1971 screenprint in colors by Tom Wesselmann “Great American Brown Nude: Cutout” ($2/3,000). A small but pleasing group of Japanese paintings is highlighted by a Jun Dobashi oil on canvas ($3/5,000), “La Naissance.” Among sculptures is an untitled figure ($8/12,000) by Leo Amino, signed and dated 1952.
Whitney Bria, Clarke’s jewelry and silver specialist, doesn’t get floored often but when she opened the box containing a recent consignment, she was stunned to find a pair of platinum, diamond and pearl earrings with eight carats of fine diamonds ($6/9,000). The earrings have overlapping bands of tapered diamond baguettes and ending in semi-baroque pearl drops. “They’re beautiful, early to mid 20th Century, and the diamonds are of great quality,” she said. “The earrings have a really great weight in general.” Also highlighting the jewelry category is a platinum ring centered with a 1½-carat GIA round-cut diamond ($2/3,000); Raymond Yard designs are quite desirable and this auction features two three-piece suites bought directly from him by the consignor’s mother, estimated at $4/6,000 and $3/5,000.
With 70 lots to choose from, the Asian arts category offers some fine items from an estate in Sleepy Hollow. A standout is a Chinese carved rock crystal lidded vase and cover having a leaf border and low relief flowers ($800-1,200) that is well-executed. Carved jade is always popular and a fine example is a Chinese carved russet jade snuff bottle with an amber stopper, 2.375 inches tall ($300-500).
One of Bria’s favorite Asian antiques in the sale is a pair of 18th century Chinese cinnabar lidded urns on stands ($600-900), Chien Lung period, 13 inches tall. “It’s unusual to see stands that are also cinnabar and it’s a particularly nice example that comes with an 1980s appraisal showing provenance,” she said.
Several large-scale statement piece items for the home will cross the block, including a pair of palace size Sevres porcelain urns ($4/6,000) hand painted with figures and a landscape, 52 inches tall, a palace size hand woven carpet ($4/6,000), 23 feet 2 inches by 12 feet 7 inches; a monumental Grand Tour bronze column with Napoleon on top ($2/3,000), 52 inches tall, and an 18th century bronze mounted marble top commode ($3/5,000), parquetry inlaid.
The furniture category is particularly strong in midcentury pieces, led by a George Nakashima table for Widdicomb and six chairs ($3/5,000), a pair of Jansen quality bronze and marble Gueridon tables envicing quality bronze work with original patina ($3/5,000), and a set of six Hans Wegner chairs in oak and woven cane ($3/5,000).
Rounding out the auction will be a signed Codan Mexican sterling midcentury style, six-piece tea service ($3/5,000), a Continental silver tankard ($1/15,00) that is fine overall and further notable for its split mermaid finial on the handle that looks as if it inspired the Starbucks logo; and two Faberge-style items: a gilt silver lidded chalice with enamel decoration ($400-600) and a silver, spinach jade and gilt silver-mounted hinged box ($400-600).
Clarke Auction Gallery is at 2372 Boston Post Road. For information, www.clarkeny.com or 914-833-8336.
2372 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, New York
About Clarke Auction Gallery
Clarke Auction Gallery was started in Westchester, N.Y., in 1998. It is owned and operated by Ronan Clarke, an Irishman who started his career in Ireland and came to New York in 1988 via London. Since his arrival, Clarke has moved from being a picker to owning two retail Antique Stores and All Boro Estate Liquidators (As featured in NY Times, NewYorker, Cranes and Fox 5 News) to opening his own Clarke Auction Gallery which fast became Westchester's Premier Auction. Clarke Auction Gallery runs monthly to a packed house and is situated in the center of Larchmont, N.Y., just five minutes from the Metro North Station (30 mins from N.Y.C, 20 mins from Connecticut) and also on I-95 @ exit 17. Clarke Auction Gallery also serves a worldwide audience with its online gallery. For any information or personal help don’t hesitate to call us at (914) 833-8336 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.