This December, Sotheby’s Important 20th Century Design auction will present a curated selection of decorative arts and design from the last 100 years. Commencing with masterworks of prewar design, the sale includes many rare offerings from the American Arts & Crafts and French Art Deco periods. The magnificent Coiffeuse and Chair shown here is just one of several masterworks on offer by designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. The sale also presents collectors with a broad exploration of modern and contemporary design, highlighted by this exceedingly rare monumental sculpture of a Centaur by Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne.
Archive for November, 2011
This December, Sotheby’s is honored to present a highly important Three-Panel window executed by Tiffany Studios depicting a lush field of magnolia blossoms in the Important Tiffany auction. This exquisite window was included in the landmark museum exhibition, “Masterwork of Louis Comfort Tiffany,” which debuted at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC in 1989, and traveled to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and four different venues in Japan. The “Masterworks” exhibition was the first major retrospective to examine the top achievements in the various artistic disciplines of the Tiffany firm. To this day, the items that were selected for inclusion are revered by collectors representing the firm’s best work. This Magnolia window, formerly in the early collection of Bruce and Adele Randall, demonstrates Tiffany unparalleled artistic ability to portray the beauty seen in nature in the medium of glass.
Also in this auction, Sotheby has on offer a carefully curated selection of leaded glass lamps, favrile glass and patinated bronze works. Highlights include a superb “Wisteria” Table lamp and a magnificent “Trumpet Creeper” Chandelier.
Sotheby’s is pleased to present our annual auction of Israeli & International Art on December 14th. This year we are honored to present Property from the Collection of Lillian and Jack Cottin, New York, a collection that notably includes three large, rare synagogue interiors by Marc Chagall from 1931 and 1935, which have been in the collection since 1945. Other highlights include important works by Mordecai Ardon, Reuven Rubin and Nahum Gutman.
We look forward to welcoming you to our galleries this December.
The November 28th auction offers for sale historical and post-war works of art. Included in this auction are paintings by Group of Seven members J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, and Arthur Lismer. In addition, two fine and recently-uncovered canvases by J.W. Morrice are a highlight, as are David Milne’s superb still life from 1928, three early watercolours, one from his New York period and two from Boston Corners, and two of his much-sought-after colour drypoints. An outstanding Marc-Aurèle Fortin is expected to draw attention, as is a stunning canvas by Jean-Paul Lemieux that has not been exhibited in Canada.
The post-war section of the sale is strong with major works by the Painters Eleven, represented by a powerful Jack Bush, and works by Harold Town, William Ronald, Jock Macdonald, Kazuo Nakamura and Tom Hodgson. The Automatistes of Quebec are represented by Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcelle Ferron, Jean McEwen, Claude Tousignant, and other Montreal painters such as Yves Gaucher, Jean Dallaire, and Jacques Hurtubise. More contemporary works, from one end of the country to the other, include important work by Alex Coville, Ed Burtynsky, Takao Tanabe, Christopher Pratt, Dennis Burton, Gershon Iskowitz, Jack Shadbolt, and Tony Scherman.