Keno Auctions’ Contemporary Art and Design Sale

December 1, 2014 - table lamp

Lita Solis-Cohen | Oct 1st, 2014

Ruth Asawa (Japanese-American, 1926-2013), unresolved five-lobed continual form with spheres inside 4 of a lobes, dual of a inside spheres containing spheres within them, circa 1954, iron and coronet wire, 103″ high, hole during bottom 21″, sole for $329,000 (est. $100,000/200,000). There are a array of Ruth Asawa sculptures during a De Young Museum in San Francisco.
Native American totem, Northwest Coast, late 19th century, red, blue, and black colouring on cedar with animal hair, 25″ x 9″ x 4″, sole for $15,625 (est. $1000/2000). Consignor John W. Freeman’s grandparents Mr. and Mrs. George W. Perkins had bought it during a liner excursion to Alaska in 1909.

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Two phone bidders and dual bidders in a salesroom during Keno Auctions’ recently renovated gallery space (127 East 69th Street, New York City) gathering a cost of a Ruth Asawa handle sculpture to $329,000 (includes buyer’s premium); a guess was $100,000/200,000.

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), a sculptor, is maybe best famous for her handle sculptures that have been called drawings in space. She grown her possess character of handle weaving, desirous by techniques and patterns of encampment basket weavers she met on a outing to Mexico in a summer of 1947.

The consignor, photographer John W. Freeman, purchased a sculpture from Asawa’s initial solo muster in 1954 during a Peridot Gallery on Madison Avenue, New York City. He hung it in a supposed Bowling Alley, built into a bank behind Glyndor House during Wave Hill in a Bronx. He and his initial wife, Sally, lived there in a 1950s before John Freeman’s relatives donated Glyndor House and a gardens to New York City in a 1960s. When Alexander Calder attended Freeman’s 27th birthday party, Calder gave Freeman turn china cufflinks that sole as a lot before to a Asawa for $30,000 (est. $4000/8000).

This all helped boost a sum for Keno Auctions’ 48-lot Oct 1 sale of contemporary art and pattern to about $1.2 million. It was about 80% sold.

A Cindy Sherman photograph, #39 from “Untitled Film Stills,” 1979, from a array of black-and-white images Sherman constructed between 1977 and 1980, sole for $191,000 (est. $80,000/120,000). Sherman had given a photograph, in that she plays a seductress, to Herkimer County College in upstate New York in 1979 by Creative Artists Public Service,a module that upheld rising artists when Sherman was commencement her career. It was sole to advantage a school’s grant fund. Because it had not been sealed during a time, Leigh Keno organised for Sherman to pointer and date a work and write an book array (1/10).

Mid-century complicated seat sole flattering well. A Gio Ponti loll chair with strange upholstery brought $43,750 (est. $15,000/30,000), and dual Ponti sideboards sole for $16,250 and $13,750 (each est. $3000/6000).

A dark, thickly embellished oil on board by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932), Vermalung (Braun), 1972, 10½” x 16″, sole for $48,750 (est. $10,000/20,000). At a Wright auction in Chicago in May 2008, it had sole for $45,600. A Sam Francis 30¾” x 25¼” monotype brought $27,000 (est. $12,000/18,000). An epitome casein on paper, 22″ x 30¾”, by James Brooks, 1951, sole for $28,750 (est. $7000/10,000). At Christie’s in Mar 2007, it had sole for $26,400.

A singular glassy ceramic dish, L’assiette powder ou le integrate et l’âne, sealed “Chagall / 1953” on a behind and hammered “Madoura Plein Feu,” sole for $97,500 (est. $25,000/50,000). A glassy Madoura board by Pablo Picasso, Visage de Femme Pomone, 74 of an book of 100, 12″ x 12″, sole for $20,000, double a high estimate.

Chairs by Marc Newson, Zaha Hadid, and Dante la Torre; tables by Vladimir Kagan, Carlo Mollino, and Angelo Mangiarotti; a Tiffany Studios Dogwood list lamp; and a few paintings were among a dozen lots that unsuccessful to find buyers. The Carlo Mollino glass-top maple coffee list sole after a sale for $110,000 (est. $50,000/100,000). A tiny station mobile by Alexander Calder and a list by Wharton Esherick, illustrated in a imitation catalog, were withdrawn.

Leigh Keno will reason another tiny auction of American masterpieces on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015.

Originally published in a Dec 2014 emanate of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest

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