Everard’s Feb. 23-24 auction features art, jewelry, and furniture from…
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Growing interest in one-of-a-kind or finely crafted items has got the auction market off to a strong start in 2022. Everard Auctions & Appraisals’ Winter Southern Estates Auction Feb. 23-24 is poised to meet demand with more than 650 lots of fine art and decorative art from select sources in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and beyond. Proxy bidding is now underway, with live internet bidding set to begin at 10 a.m. ET on both days of the auction series.
The auction features a wide range of modern and contemporary art, including an important bronze by William Kentridge (NY, South Africa, b.1955-) titled Sculpture for the return (Commendatore Naso). It’s initial-signed W.K. and numbered 11/12 on the side of the base. When rotated, the sculpture changes to form a nose, hence the “Commander Nose” referenced in the title. “For Kentridge, the process of recording history is constructed from reconfigured fragments to arrive at a tentative understanding of the past – this act of recording, dismembering and rearranging becomes an essential activity of the studio”, explains a comment from Marian Goodman. Gallery, who notes his interest in “fragmentation and reconnection, the fragility of coherence”. The sculpture comes from an estate in Sea Island, Georgia, and is estimated between $30,000 and $50,000.
Philip Taaffe (born in 1955-) Anthology III, a 28-by-40-inch oil on paper mounted on canvas, is dated 1991-1992 and has an estimate of $10,000-15,000. “Philip Taaffe is one of the most exciting contemporary artists in his peer group. He is widely known for his large-scale abstracts, and his work is held in a number of public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney,” said Amanda Everard, President of Everard Auctions.
Marc Chagall (Belarusian/French, 1887-1985) is one of the most influential modernist artists of the 20th century. His mystical and deeply personal work remains highly desirable. Everard’s auction includes four etchings by Chagall, each presented with an estimate of $800 to $1,500.
Abstract Expressionist William Lumpkins’ (NM, 1909-2000) Village on the ridge, is a 1971 watercolor painting measuring 18 by 24 inches. “His work is in several public collections, not only in his native New Mexico, but also at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego,” Everard said. It has a pre-sale estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.
Inspired by classical myths, Bryson Burroughs (NY, 1869-1934), created dreamlike paintings and also served as chief curator of paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His striking oil on canvas, The horse tamer, dates from 1933 and is listed with an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000. An oil on canvas circa 1945 stretched on board, Bird Beach, Little Compton, is by Molly Luce (Rhode Island, 1896-1986) and reflects her own experience of living in a small coastal town. Luce has been nicknamed “the American Breughel”. During his lifetime, his works were collected by the Whitney and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was married to Bryson Burroughs’ son, Alan Burroughs, an art expert and pioneer in the use of X-rays to study paintings. Works by Burroughs and Luce remained in the family and were auctioned by a direct descendant of the artists.
Prominent Canadian artists are also represented in the sale. A signed oil on panel painting by Albert Jacques Franck (Ontario, 1899-1973) depicts one of the snowy street scenes for which the artist is known and is estimated between $1,000 and $1,500. Red house near Jarvis street by John Kasyn (Ontario/Manitoba, 1926-2008) is an excellent example of the row house paintings that the artist favored as subjects. Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000. Two marine-themed oil paintings by William De Garthe (1907-1983) are estimated between $300 and $500 each.
Going back further in history, the auction includes two exciting lots alienated from Savannah’s Telfair Museums. An oil on panel, bearing the inscription “Pourbus pinxit”, could have been the work of the Flemish painter Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569-1622). Pourbus comes from a distinguished family of Dutch painters. The painting has a shield in the upper left and depicts a bishop wearing a hat and a fur-trimmed jacket, as well as four rings, including a signet ring. Measuring 32¼ inches high by 25¼ wide, the painting has a conservative estimate of $2,500 to $3,500.
An 18th century George III marble fireplace, in the manner of designer Robert Adam (British/Scottish, 1728-1792) features a carved egg-shaped cornice and inverted front darts and classical figures. Originally purchased from Stair & Company in New York and then offered to Telfair in 1977, this centerpiece stands 5-foot-10 and is auctioned with an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.
One of the most iconic images of the 20th century captures a weary Albert Einstein contemplating the future of mankind. A gelatin silver print of the photograph, taken by Philippe Halsman in 1947, is signed by the photographer and may have been printed as early as 1947 but as late as 1963. It carries an estimate of $3,000 to 5 $000.
Extraordinary images are also found in a collection of LIFE photographs. “Our sender’s father was an editor who left his family his personal collection of LIFE photographs taken of notable people by notable photographers. He had them in his possession since his time at LIFE magazine,” Everard explained. The collection includes Arthur Rickerby photos of John and Jacqueline Kennedy waving to well-wishers at Love Field on November 22, 1963, just hours before the President’s assassination.Estimate $1,200-$1,800
Going back further in the history of photography, several calotype images from 1845 are the work of Scottish artists David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848), considered to be the pioneers of the medium of English origin. their picture The artist and the gravedigger has an estimate of $400 to $600, just like their The Grierson ladies. Copies of these important images can be seen at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Scotland and the Chicago Art Institute.
Many finely crafted and beautifully executed American portrait miniatures dating from the 18th to the early 20th century come from the estate of an esteemed private collector who spent 50 years amassing his treasures. A watercolor on ivory portrait of Edward Greene Malbone (1777-1807), considered the greatest American miniaturist, is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000. Works by other masters of the genre, including John Wood Dodge (1807-1893), John Henry Brown (1818-1891) and Sarah Goodridge (1788-1853) are in the collection.
Scenes of Savannah, past and present, can be discovered in the work of several local artists. Christopher Murphy Jr.’s tempera on paper depicting Savannah’s Johnson Square is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000. A watercolor by his equally esteemed father, Christopher Murphy (1869-1939), depicts a bustling old-time scene in a Savannah plaza and has an estimate of $600-800. There are two works by Lila Marguerite Cabaniss (1874-1969), known for her landscapes, portraits and still lifes of Georgian subjects. His watercolor of the famous Forsyth Fountain is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000.
Decorative art highlights include a Lalique Chêne crystal chandelier and wall sconces, designed by Marc Lalique in 1955 and carrying auction estimates of $6,000 to $8,000 and $1,500 to 2 $000, respectively. There’s also Waterford crystal, furniture, majolica, rugs, a collection of glass paperweights, and a 19th-century American copper weather vane, from $800 to $1,200.
Both sessions of Everard’s Winter Southern Estates auction from February 23-24, 2022 will begin at 10 a.m. ET. Bid remotely or live via Everard, LiveAuctioneers, Bidsquare or Invaluable. A preview reception will be held Feb. 15 from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery at Everard Auctions, with additional previews available Feb. 16-18 or by appointment. For more information about an item in the auction, call 912-231-1376 or email [email protected] Everard Auctions & Appraisals is located at 2436 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404. Visit the company’s website at http://www.everard.com/.