Archive for October, 2011
Additional property from the Collection of Dodie Rosekrans will be offered in the following sales:
Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
Contemporary Art Evening Sale
Contemporary Art Day Sale
Old Master Paintings
Old Master Drawings
This December Sotheby’s will offer Property from the Collection of Dodie Rosekrans. A celebrated philanthropist, style icon and patron of both fine and decorative arts, Dodie Rosekrans was known internationally both for her sense of adventure and unfailingly generous spirit. A trailblazer and trendsetter in fashion, the arts and society, she made a name for herself in each of the cities in which she lived with her late husband John Rosekrans: San Francisco – where she was born to Michael Naify, founder of the movie chain that became United Artists – Paris and Venice. Mr and Mrs Rosekrans’s charitable contributions were numerous, highlighted by their efforts to support the museums of San Francisco and Paris, the latter of which earned Mrs Rosekrans France’s Légion d’Honneur.
This sale features a pristine case of Château Pétrus 1982 from the private collection of a Continental connoisseur that also includes some top Classed Growth Claret. There is a fabulous array of Château Cheval Blanc and its ‘baby brother’, Le Petit Cheval, in young vintages and a variety of formats. Great Sauternes, White and Red Burgundy, Rhône, California and historic German wines direct from members of the Prüm family vie for attention. Extra ‘glitz’ can be found in a Methuselah of Louis Roederer Cristal 2000, 1990 vintage and a bottle of Cognac Hennessy Timeless in a Baccarat crystal decanter.
The sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in Paris on December 8th will present a host of exceptional Surrealist works, beginning with three major paintings by Max Ernst (in particular La Carmagnole painted circa 1927), a masterpiece by Roberto Matta from 1942 (Le Pendu) and a remarkable composition by Wifredo Lam (L’arbre aux miroirs, 1945) as well as impressive works by André Masson, Victor Brauner and Salvador Dalí. Other highlights include important works of modern art by artists such as Picasso, Metzinger, Picabia and Miró, who is represented by a rare sculpture from the 1960s.
The November 9th auction of Contemporary Art in New York is highlighted by a rare and significant offering of four paintings by Clyfford Still, sold by the city of Denver to benefit the Clyfford Still Museum. The museum, which opens November 18, 2011, will permanently house the estate of the artist and his widow which encompass nearly 94% of the oeuvre of this founder of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Only 77 paintings by Clyfford Still are known to remain in private hands, so the four paintings to be offered through Sotheby’s (expected to realize over $50 million) are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire an icon of 20th century art. Spanning the years 1940-1976, the selection of paintings traces the arc of the artist’s career from his early Surrealist period to the majestic abstractions of 1947-1949 that presage the expansive canvases of the 1970s.
“The House” – final installment of Sotheby’s new film series, available at sothebys.com