WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – A large abstract expressionist acrylic on canvas painting by celebrated American artist Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) is the anticipated headliner of an auction of fine art, estate jewelry and of decorative arts scheduled for Saturday, May 7 by Antiques and Modernity Auction Gallery. The online-only auction, at 1 p.m. EST, is packed with 510 quality lots.
With a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 to $40,000, Jenkins’ painting, titled Phenomena North West Spinner (1975), measures 50 inches by 60 inches (canvas, minus frame) and is signed lower left and signed, titled and dated on the reverse. It is a fine example of Jenkins’ work, employing the artist’s chance-based painting technique, which pioneered new approaches to abstract expressionism.
Jenkins generally avoided brushes altogether. He achieved his vibrant compositions by pouring paint directly onto the canvas, then tilting it so that the paint flowed, bled, and formed into flowing washes that resembled ceramic glazes. His paintings are highly prized by collectors today and his work can be found in the Smithsonian, Guggenheim, Tate and Whitney museums, among others.
The rest of the catalog features beautiful original artwork, over a hundred estate jewelry lots in 14 kt and 18 kt gold, art glass, sterling silver, bronze and Chinese works , and a large collection of 20th century prints by various notable artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, Leroy Neiman, Victor Vasarely, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Charles Hinman, Adja Yunkers and Jack Sonenburg.
Lots 156-160 are unique, colorful ceramic tile mosaics (one tile per lot) from the French Street Show The invasion of Paris, attributed to the artist known as Invader (French, b.1969). The tiles, which range in size from 8 ½ inches by 6 ¼ inches to 11 ½ inches by 7 inches, were affixed to various walls on the busy streets of Paris between 1998 and 2002. All were taken down in 2015-2016. They offer pre-sale estimates ranging from $6,000-$8,000 to $15,000-$20,000 each. The tiles were listed in the artist’s book The invasion of Paris 1.0as well as the Flashinvader app.
A color serigraph of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), depicting a pink cow on a yellow background, is expected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000. The 46 ½ inch by 29 ¼ inch print is signed in black marker in the lower right and marked “Andy Warhol, June 13, 1971” in the left margin.
The silver category includes two tantalizing prizes. One is a set of 112 sterling silver Georg Jensen flatware in the Acorn pattern, a complete service for twelve, with a nine-piece flatware plus four additional pieces. It has a total sterling weight of 132.7 troy ounces. (est. $6,000 to $8,000).
The other is a six-piece sterling silver Camusso tea set, comprising a kettle with warming stand, teapot, coffee pot, creamer, covered sugar bowl and waste bowl. Each piece is marked “Camusso, Plata Esterlina, 925, Industria Peruana. Total weight is 149.3 ounces. troy (est. $3,000-$4,000).
Lot 1 is a 105 piece Spode bone china service for 17 in the Stafford Flowers design with a six piece place setting. The dinner plates measure 11 inches in diameter each. Each piece is marked on the underside. The sauce sub-plate is Golden Valley; all other pieces are Stafford Flowers (est. $6,000-$8,000).
An acrylic painting on canvas with aluminum rods and string comprising three panels by British-American artist Richard Smith (1931-2016), titled Picture 7, is impressive at 75 inches by 58 inches (excluding strings). It is artist signed and dated 1986 on the reverse (est. $6,000-$8,000).
Polychrome and lacquered wood and metal sculpture by Daniel Meyer (American, born in 1945), entitled The trumpeter, featuring an abstract male torso playing a trumpet, is expected to fetch between $2,500 and $3,000. The 36 inch tall sculpture (with matching 35 inch wooden base) is signed and titled.
An oil on Masonite painting by Philip Reisman (American, 1904-1992), titled Taft Grill Hotel (aka the Taft Hotel in New York) is signed lower right and dated 1943. It is also signed and titled on the reverse. The work measures 47 ¼ inches by 23 ¾ inches, minus the frame (est. $1,600-$2,000).
A 19th century Tiffany & Company gilt bronze three piece clock and trim set, consisting of a bronze and white marble Tiffany clock mounted with two cherubs and flowers, accompanied by a pair of matching ornate urns of masks of cherubs, paw feet, and a flame finial, carries an estimate of $1,500 to $2,000. The urns are 11 ½ inches high; the clock includes a pendulum and a key.
A colored pencil drawing on paper of a lion by Lindsay B. Scott (California/New Zealand, b. 1955), titled distant thunder (1991), should end between $1,000 and $1,500. The work is signed and dated lower right, measures 11 ¼ inches by 9 ¼ inches, and bears a Waterhouse Gallery label.
The full catalog can be viewed now by visiting www.antiquesmodern.com. Internet auctions will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and correspondence bids will also be accepted. A limited preview will be held by appointment only on Friday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, in the Antiques Modern Gallery at 811A Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach.
Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery is actively seeking quality submissions for future auctions. Assessment appointments are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. To consign an item, estate or collection, you can call Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery at 561-318-1834; or, you can email them at [email protected]
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