For its summer auction on Sunday, July 10 at 10 a.m., Clarke Auction Gallery will present a well-rounded sale that reaches all major categories of collectors with notable and important works, but is also large in scope.
“Basically, it’s a great sale overall, from fine art and mid-century modern to Asian furniture, jewelry and antiques,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “We have a fine collection of Grand Tour bronzes, a good selection of decorative clocks and porcelains as well as a larger than usual group of fine rugs.”
The fine arts will be particularly strong and led by a work by an important living artist, Sean Scully (Ireland, b.1945), whose oil on paper ‘Drawing #30’, 1980, is estimated at 20/30,000 $. This 30 ¼ by 23 inch artwork is signed in pencil and is from a Westchester, NY estate; the artist lives nearby in Nyack, NY Another standout is an oil on canvas painting by Mane Katz (French-Ukrainian, 1894-1962) ($10/$15,000) titled “The Flower Cart.”
Among a curated selection of contemporary works are an oil on canvas by Paul Henry Brach ($5/$7,000), ‘Tournament #2, signed and dated ’54, and a 1971 color serigraph by Tom Wesselmann’s ‘Great American Brown Nude: Cutout” ($2/3,000). A small but pleasing group of Japanese paintings is highlighted by Jun Dobashi’s oil on canvas ($3/$5,000), “The Birth.” Among the carvings is an untitled figure ($8/$12,000) by Leo Amino, signed and dated 1952.
Clarke’s jewelry and silver specialist Whitney Bria isn’t often floored, but when she opened the box containing a recent shipment, she was stunned to find a pair of platinum earrings , diamonds and pearls with eight carats of fine diamonds ($6/$9,000). ). The earrings have overlapping bands of tapering diamond baguettes and ending in semi-baroque pearl drops. “They are beautiful, early to mid-20th century, and the diamonds are of high quality,” she said. “Earrings have a really good weight overall.” Also highlighting the jewelry category, a platinum ring centered with a 1½-carat GIA round diamond (2/$3,000); Raymond Yard’s creations are utterly desirable and this auction includes two three-piece suites purchased directly from him by the shipper’s mother, estimated at $4/$6,000 and $3/$5,000.
With 70 lots to choose from, the Asian arts category features some beautiful items from an estate in Sleepy Hollow. Noteworthy is a well-executed Chinese carved rock crystal lidded vase and lid with leaf border and flowers in bas-relief ($800-1,200). Carved jade is still popular and a fine example is a carved russet jade Chinese snuff bottle with an amber stopper, 2.375 inches tall ($300-500).
One of Bria’s favorite Asian antiques in the sale is a pair of 18th-century Chinese cinnabar lidded urns on stands ($600-900), Chien Lung period, 13 inches tall. “It’s unusual to see stands that are also cinnabar and this is a particularly nice example that comes with a 1980s appraisal showing provenance,” she said.
Several large-scale pieces for the home will cross the block, including a pair of palace-sized Sèvres porcelain urns ($4/$6,000) hand-painted with figures and a landscape of 52 inches tall, a hand-woven rug the size of a palace ($4/$6,000). 6,000), 23 feet 2 inches by 12 feet 7 inches; a monumental Grand Tour bronze column with Napoleon at the top ($2/$3,000), 52 inches high, and an 18th-century bronze-mounted marble chest of drawers ($3/$5,000), inlaid with parquet.
The furniture category is particularly strong in mid-century pieces, led by a George Nakashima table for Widdicomb and six chairs ($3/$5,000), a pair of Jansen-grade bronze and marble Gueridon tables spellbinding work bronze with original patina ($3/$5,000), and a set of six Hans Wegner chairs in oak and woven cane ($3/$5,000).
Rounding out the auction is a six-piece Mexican-style sterling silver Codan tea set (3/$5,000), a silver Continental tankard (1/$15,000) which is overall good and still most notable for its mermaid split finial on the handle which appears to have inspired the Starbucks logo; and two Fabergé-style objects: a silver gilt lidded chalice with enamel decoration ($400-600) and a silver, spinach jade and silver gilt hinged box ($400-600).
Clarke Auction Gallery is at 2372 Boston Post Road. For information, www.clarkeny.com or 914-833-8336.