Auctions | January 26, 2012

Prints, Photos, Paintings & Sculpture at Skinner, Feb. 3

Boston, Mass - January 2012 - Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures on Friday, February 3rd in two sessions at their Boston gallery. The prints and photography portion of the sale will begin at 12 p.m.; paintings and sculptures at 4 p.m.

Skinner recently has seen strong growth in the area of prints, drawings, and photography and will present an excellent assortment of work on paper in the upcoming sale. Highlights include works of Jasper Johns, Gustave Baumann, Jacques Villon, and M.C. Escher.

Jasper Johns frequently interpreted the same subject matter in different media at different points in his career. In 1955 Johns created an encaustic painting with collage and plaster cast elements. He revisited this same composition 25 years later, reinterpreting it in the 1980 etching Target with Plaster Casts (lot 75) estimated to sell between $20,000 and $25,000.

A woodblock print by Gustave Baumann will also be offered. The Ridge Road (lot 15), a color woodcut design, is estimated between $3,000 and $5,000 and features one of the first examples of Baumann’s use of the “hand-in-heart” chop mark. This exemplary piece demonstrates the style that would later cause Baumann to be regarded as one of the premiere woodcut artists in early 20th century America.
Several works by Jacques Villon will be up for bid, most notably a print of L’Espagnole (lot 177) estimated between $6,000 and $8,000. This work, which copies the eponymous portrait by Henri Matisse, shows Villon’s skill at capturing the styles of his contemporaries in intaglio print. Also offered will be Villon’s interpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s La Mariée from 1934 (lot 178), estimated between $1,500 and $2,000, and a number of Villon’s own designs including Minne étendue dans un rocking-chair, le repos from 1907 (lot 174) estimated between $700 and $900.

The classic image from 1944, Encounter (lot 43),from the ever-popular Dutch artist M.C. Escher, is estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.

A collection of photographs from a former film expert and technician at Polaroid Corporation will be offered. It includes the black-and-white Minor White (lot 241), estimated between $400 and $600, and a group of 17 Polaroid images (lot 208) taken for a 1972 film produced by Charles and Ray Eames to promote the Polaroid SX-70 camera. The group of photos is estimated to sell between $1,200 and $1,800.

Multiple images by rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall will be sold, including a 1963 photograph of Bob Dylan, Dylan - Seventh Ave. N.Y.C. (lot 227) estimated between $1,800 and $2,200.

Modernist Paintings
American modernist works are well represented with notable examples including Maurice Brazil Prendergast’s watercolor entitled Maine (lot 446) estimated between $25,000 and $30,000, and an untitled work by Lyonel Feininger (lot 602) estimated between $20,000 and $40,000. Marsden Hartley’s Two Gulls (lot 607) is estimated between $10,000 and $15,000; Autumn Tree (lot 626) by Milton Clark Avery is estimated between $20,000 and $30,000; and John Marin’s Mt. Washington (lot 618) is estimated between $30,000 and $50,000.

Untitled, a painting by Danish Painter Asger Oluf Jorn (lot 612) has drawn considerable pre-sale interest and is estimated between $50,000 and $70,000. Jorn worked in a variety of styles, from the figurative to the abstract, creating works that include political, pre-historic, and mythological references. This 1952 work is closely related to the palate and social sensibility of Jorns’ 1959 series The Silence Myth although it isn’t known to be a part of that series.

European Paintings
A fine work by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Portrait of a Young Man (lot 314) was likely to have been painted around 1800. This rediscovered work, estimated between $40,000 and $60,000, is sensitively rendered and is expected to appeal to European buyers.

Additional European highlights include Leon Jean Basile Perrault’s Le Petit Frère (lot 318), which is estimated between $60,000 and $80,000; Belgian artist Edward Antoon Portielje’s Interior with Two Young Women Sharing a Letter (lot 323), estimated between $6,000 and $8,000; and a work by Charles Bertrand d'Entraygues, The Young Magician (lot 326), estimated between $8,000 and $12,000.

Special Events
Blooms for Books
As part of this sale there will be a special presentation during which Skinner Inc. will auction three original floral arrangements. Kathy Wong, a specialist in Skinner’s Department of American & European Works of Art, will interpret three notable works presented in the auction with fresh flowers. Each artistic flower arrangement will be sold during auction after the lot on which it is modeled. Proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts Research Library at the Boston Public Library.

Gallery Walk, Thursday February 2nd
On Thursday, February 2nd there will be a Fine Art Gallery Walk presented by Robin Starr, Director of American and European Works of Art, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and Gallery Walk at 6 p.m. at the Skinner gallery, 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. Register here:
Previews, Catalogues and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday, February 2nd, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., and Friday, February 3rd, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Illustrated catalogue #2581B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. Skinner's site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner
Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site
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