Modern Art, Furniture, and a Luxury Car Drive Clarke in March

  • LARCHMONT, New York
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  • March 21, 2017

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Frank Stella
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Clarke Auction in Larchmont, NY, will offer a full selection of high-end modern and antique lots on Sunday, March 26th.

Collectors of both early 20th Century and Post-War  art will see an array of both paintings and multiples to begin the sale. For bidders interested in earlier works from the century, examples of period Art Deco will be shown alongside more modern forms. A large Deco oil on canvas dated 1914 by Charles-George Dufresne, entitled “Retour De Chasse,” will be offered with an estimate of $6,000/$9,000. An expressionist still life with fruit by Sigmund Menkes will also be up for auction at an estimate of $2,000/$4,000, and an ink drawing on paper by Salvador Dali, also estimated $2,000/$4,000, will round out the early part of the auction.

Additional original works of the 19th and 21st century will also be offered on the day, including a collection of large contemporary pieces, but the highlight of the selection rests on the Post-War and modern prints. Ever popular in the multiples market, prints by Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Tom Wesselman are available on the 26th. The Roy Lichtenstein lithograph and screen print offered is the aptly named” Modern Print,” from 1971. The patterned print is from an edition of 500 and shown with an estimate of $5,000/$7,000. The Frank Stella is an offset lithograph and screen print in multiple colors and is offered at $4,000/$6,000. The lower edition of 100 is dated 1977 and bears the title, “Sinjerli Variation IV, from Sinjerli Variations.” Finally, Tom Wesselman’s “Lulu” print is a colorful example of the artists lithography. It is from the “Metropolitan Fine Art” portfolio of 1982 and will be auctioned with an estimate of $3,000/$5,000.

Paul Evans
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One of the most especially attractive modern works is in the form of a bronze bust. An Elie Nadelman bronze “Head of a Woman,” will be on the block with an estimate of $6,000/$9,000 to finish the modern art selection.

The art pieces brought to market on Sunday, March 26th will complement the exciting Midcentury Modern furniture and design selection later in the sale. Several desirable designer and studio works by Paul Evans will be offered, as well as important works by Italian designer, Gio Ponti, and others.

A rare four panel wall unit ($6,000/$9,000), a model PE-46 Directional geometric center dining table ($6,000/$9,000), a PE-105 model side chair ($2,000/$3,000), and a  large sculpted brutalist form coffee table ($3,000/$5,000) are all among the highlights of Paul Evans designs in the modern furniture selection.

There feature lot in the Midcentury genre is by Italian designer, Gio Ponti. Clarke will offer a pair of original dressers designed by Ponti for M. Singer & Sons. Each dresser is labeled on the interior and has not been retouched or refinished since time of purchase. The pair came from a local home and will be brought to auction at an estimate of $25,000/$35,000.

2+ ct. Diamond Ring
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Despite having a focus on Ponti and Evans, Clarke will offer other desirable pieces in the selection, including ones by Paul McCobb, Carole Gratale, John Stuart, Arturo Pani, Pepe Mendoza, Raymor, Edward Wormley and others.

Traditional antiques and decorative arts are always part of the mix and will continue to have strong showings in the March 26th sale. The luxury lots begin with a 2005 Jaguar Vanden Plas, with an estimate of $6,000/$9,000. There will also be a one-of-a-kind Gothic polychrome figural carving of women in a balcony, with a conservative estimate of $1,000/$1,500. The rarity of such a unique item, especially one with such age and quality may propel it well beyond the pre-sale offering.

Steinway pianos have become a regular addition to Clarke sales as of the past year and there will be another Model L Baby Grand brought to sale from a local estate with an estimate of $4,000/$6,000. Also from local estates come a collection of fine early antique furniture, including a pair of mansion sized French gilt chandeliers with crystal ornament. The pair will be sold separately and hold estimates of $3,000/$5,000 each. The selection will also host a collection of more contemporary furniture and decoration by the well known Theodor Alexander, as well as a number of fine antique carpets, porcelains, Asian art, sculpture, descorative objects and more.

The sterling and jewelry selection will follow the antiques and will feature some excellent ready to wear pieces. The fine jewelry selection includes a Chaumet 18kt gold and sapphire necklace ($1,500/$2,000) and matching bracelet ($600/$900), two Erte necklaces including “Fireflies” and “Aphrodite” ($1,000/$1,500 each), and a 2+ ct. diamond and gold engagement ring ($4,000/$6,000). The selection is full of other quality jewelry in gold, diamond, jade, turquoise and much more.

The sterling offerings will feature set of Tiffany Chrysanthemum flatware service ($2,000/$3,000). A French .950 tea service ($800/$1,000), a number of silver and silver holloware groupings with various estimates, a Marthinsen flatware service ($800/$1,000), an Alvin Cellini flatware service ($1,000/$1,500) and others. The selection will also include high vintage fashion bags, watches, and clothing. 


The catalog is available now and updated daily at There will be live online bidding at and

In-house previews will be held Friday & Saturday March 24th and 25th from 12pm to 6pm at the gallery. The sale day previews will begin at 10am on Sunday, March 26th and continue to the start of the sale at 12pm.

For condition reports or information in consigning in our next sale, please email or call directly at 914.833.8336.


Keane Ryan
Clarke Auction

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