Works by Kara Walker, Alice Neel and Sophie Ryder are in the Ahlers & Ogletree auction from June 9-11
ATLANTA, Ga. – Ahlers & Ogletree’s three-session Fine Estates & Collections auction, June 9-11, will be a feast for the eyes and a veritable trip around the world for bidders looking to add items of quality to their homes or collections. Start times for all three days are 10 a.m. EST, including on Ahlers & Ogletree’s new online auction platform, bid.AandOAuctions.com.
The three-day auction, with over 1,200 lots in total, will include categories such as popular and raw art, modernism, Asian, French, Italian, Continental, English, American, Silver, Jewelry and more. In addition to bid.AandOAuctions.com, online auctions will be available at LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and correspondence offers will also be taken.
Session 1, Thursday, June 9, will feature the collection of Ruth West, as well as other lots of modern art – including modernism, folk art and art brut – as well as important works by Kara Walker , Thornton Dial, Alice Neel, Howard Finster and other famous artists, with plenty of discovery opportunities for local and upcoming Georgian artists – 361 lots in total.
The serigraph on paper by Kara Walker (NY, born in 1969), entitled The approximation of emancipation, scene 18 (2000), depicts figurative silhouettes in white and black against a gray background, and is expected to find a new home for $10,000 to $15,000. The 44 inch by 34 inch (paper, minus the frame), is signed and dated by the artist, and is printed “AP 5” on the reverse.
A color lithograph on paper by Alice Neel (American, 1900-1984), titled Family, depicts a seated mother and her three children. It is edited “76/175” lower left and is signed and dated lower right. The 31½-inch by 26½-inch (view, minus frame) artwork is expected to fetch $3,000 to $6,000. Neel and Walker’s works are both from the Ruth West Collection.
Another top Session 1 lot promises to be a patinated bronze sculpture by British artist Sophie Ryder (b. 1963), titled Minotaur sniffing a daisy (1989). As its title suggests, the sculpture depicts a minotaur sniffing a daisy, standing on a base shaped like an industrial cog. It stands 22 ½ inches tall, signed at the base and marked “8/12” (est. $10,000-$15,000).
A bid will also be made for a block-shaped ceramic sculpture by Claude Conover (American, 1907-1994), titled Tulul, 15 inches high by 18 inches wide and signed and titled at the bottom (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a colorful painted wood and moss cabin, a study of Southern vernacular architecture by Beverly Buchanan (Ga./Mich., 1940-2015), titled Deck Cabin #2 (1987), 12 ¼ inches high, signed and titled twice (est. $3,000-$5,000).
Session 2, Friday June 10, will feature lots of English, American, silver and jewelry items. One of the best expected lots is the two-handled repoussé silver soup tureen Gorham in the “Tudor” pattern, created for (and exhibited at) the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. The tureen has a lid with an urn-shaped finial, and a body and lid decorated with ornate bands. It has a total weight of 80.325 ounces. and is expected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000.
Another notable Session 2 lot is the pair of Art Deco “Goddess of Speed” sculpted stone architectural panels, originally intended for Packard Motor Car Company dealerships (American, 1899-1958), and applied to their facades. The 25 ½ inch by 52 ½ inch panels are expected to fetch $6,000 to $8,000. The “Goddess of Speed” automobile hood ornament was inspired by the Greek goddess Nike and was designed in 1938 by John D. Wilson.
Also offered in Session 2 will be an oil on canvas portrait of George Esten Cooke (Md., 1793-1849), titled three children, depicted playing with a model sailboat against the backdrop of a forest at sunset. The work was included in an exhibition of works by Cooke at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia (est. $5,000-$10,000). Also to be sold is an early 20th century American carved wooden cigar store Indian, approximately 64 ½ inches high with polychrome decoration, on a rectangular base with wheels (est. $4,000-$6,000) .
Session 3 on Saturday will feature Asian, French, Italian and Continental items, a headliner being the hand-knotted ancient Sultanabad rug, executed circa 1900 in wool on cotton with natural dyes and having a pattern full of large floral motifs on a rust field. The 14ft 5in by 10ft 3in rug is estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000.
The monumental pair of Chinese cloisonne horses, each with brilliant enamels depicting dragons amid cloud shapes on a turquoise background, accented with elaborate harnessing, are also expected to be the monumental pair of horses. Chinese cloisonné, comprising saddles and saddle blankets and gilt metal harnesses with painted and inlaid stone jewels, having no apparent denaturation (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Other notable lots from Session 3 include a patinated bronze sculpture of six figures, after Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), titled The Burghers of Calais, 24 inches tall and center signed in the mold (est. $2,000-$4,000); and a large pair of hand-painted Chinese wallpaper panels, consisting of several strips, depicting figures in a flowery landscape with birds, in gilt wood frames, a framing label on the back of each (est. $2,000 to $4,000).
Live, in-person previews will take place June 6-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., all three days, at the Ahlers & Ogletree showroom, located at 700 Miami Circle in Atlanta.
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