SAVANNAH, Georgia / June 16, 2020
Everard Auction’s inaugural sale of Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary Art and Design is open for bidding through June 30 on www.iGavelAuctions.com.
Says Amanda Everard, “We’re delighted to present our first auction of mid-twentieth century furniture and decorative arts which features 150 outstanding lots furniture, ceramics and lighting and fine art from a Who’s Who of design luminaries and artists."
Headlining the sale are two works by South African artist William Kentridge titled Horse (Universal Archive), Linocut on Dictionary Pages, with an estimate of $20,000-30,000, and a bronze titled Sculpture for Return (Commendatore Naso), that rotates to form a nose at a specific angle, estimated at $40,000-60,000. Other works from the collection include a rare Wendell Castle stump-form fiberglass stool produced in 1969 estimated at $10,000-15,000 as well as a pair of bronze and wood candlesticks by the artist (Est. $2,000-3,000), and a ceramic sculpture by Castle’s wife Nancy Jurs (Est. $1,500-2,500), a Harush Shlomo bronze wall hanging bearing an estimate of $3,000-5,000 and a Sori Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool estimated at $700-1,000.
Furniture designers include Harry Bertoia for Knoll, Le Corbusier, Paul McCobb, Jens Risom, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Eero Saarinen, Robert Sonneman, Hans Wegner and Edward Wormley. Designs include such classics as Saarinen’s tulip table and chairs, the Wegner papa bear chair, Bertoia’s diamond chair and Arredoluce’s Triennale lamp.
The auction continues with a dynamic group of lithographs by Alex Katz, Fairfield Porter and Allan D’Arcangelo as well as a Dale Chihuly sea-form glass sculpture and a Salvador Dali Daum glass and gilt-bronze sculpture.
Also included are eight sculptures from the Estate of John Bucci, the creator of the iconic mid-century concept car, "La Shablla” exhibited at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. A Renaissance man, he never stopped creating. His drive led him to make both functional sculptural pieces such as tables and console bases as well as freestanding sculptures out of plexiglass, steel, found objects and wood.
Since 2003, Everard Auctions and Appraisals has operated from Savannah, Georgia and is a full service online auction house that holds quarterly high end fine and decorative arts auctions.
SAVANNAH, Georgia / June 15, 2020
Everard Auction’s late Spring sale of 525 lots including fine art, jewelry, silver, rugs and decorative arts is now open for biddiing through June 24 on www.iGavelAuctions.com.
The sale is comprised of several Georgia, South Carolina and Florida estates including the collection of Lady Grundy, now of Cocoa Beach, FL. Lady Grundy was born in 1922 in Moretonhampstead, England where she lived until the outbreak of World War II. In 1945, she embarked on the vessel “SS Mataroa” from Liverpool to Singapore, opening three beauty salons in Singapore and Malaya and secured the sole agency of Christian Dior for Asia. A great explorer and traveller she went to Moscow during the Cold War; lived with the Iban head-hunters in their long houses in the jungles of Sarawak (Borneo); travelled extensively in Malaysia, China and many other countries in Asia. She spent a few years in London where she met her husband Air Marshall Sir Edouard Grundy.
Highlights from Lady Grundy’s collection include a pastel drawing of a Balinese Chieftain by Dutch artist, Rudolf Bonnet c. 1953, estimated at $8,000-12,000, a pastel portrait of Australian soprano Miss Osca Marah depicted in profile by Canadian artist Richard Mathews (Est. $2,000-4,000), her many furs and 60 lots of jewelry include a three strand 9mm pearl necklace with emerald and mabe pearl clasp estimated at $3,000-5,000.
Highlights from other collections include Carl Robert Kummer’s dramatic sunset landscape in a wonderful period frame with an estimate of $20,000-30,000, a Frederick MacMonnies bronze of Bacchante and Infant Faun estimated at $5,000-7,000, outsider artist Sister Gertrude Morgan’s small work titled Mama Dada (Est. $1,200-1,800), and two etchings and two drawings by Savannah artist Christopher A. D. Murphy.
Also featured in the auction is an early European school stone figure fragment of the crucified Christ, 16th/17th century (Est.$2,000-3,000), a fine marquise cut 1.5ct diamond and platinum ring estimated at $7,000-10,000 and a late Classical marble top burlwood console table attributed to Anthony Quervelle or his equal, Philadelphia, c. 1825 estimated at $2,000-3,000.
Since 2003, Everard Auctions and Appraisals has operated from Savannah, Georgia and is a full service online auction house that holds quarterly high end fine and decorative arts auctions.
PUBLISHED: JUNE 2, 2020
Review by Greg Smith, Catalog Photos Courtesy Lark Mason Associates
NEW YORK CITY – Three major Magic Realist artist estates were funneled into one sale at Lark Mason Associates as the firm offered the estate of singer and actor Jon F. Anderson, the muse and lover of artist Paul Cadmus for 36 years, in the auction titled “Paul Cadmus and His Circle: Property from the Estate of Jon F. Anderson,” which closed May 19.
By descent, the sale included the estates of Cadmus, who left his estate to Anderson when he passed away in 1999, and artists Jared and Margaret Hoening French, who had left their estate to Cadmus when they earlier passed away. It also included works by artists within their circle, including George Platt Lynes, Lincoln Kirstein, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein and Pavel Tchelitchew.
The sale grossed $1,163,000 and went 98 percent sold.
“We did not lose a beat with the virus,” auctioneer Lark Mason told us. “The sale was a resounding success with the strongest headwinds imaginable. I don’t believe you could have done better than we did. The sale was successful with extraordinarily strong prices.”
The auction felt academic. It was a notable event to those who had an interest in the artists’ lives, and it provided an intimate window therein. We saw works from Cadmus, his father and his sister. Works depicted both Jon Anderson, Cadmus’ lover in late life, and Jared French, his studio-mate, dear friend and lover in earlier life. Cadmus and both Frenches produced images of each other and all were offered in the sale. Photographs, taken in collaboration by the three of them, explore their personal life together and bring into the fold other familiar artists who took part in their circle. Looking into the catalog was a foray into their past, an exhibition in itself.
The run up to sale was anything but normal for the firm.
“We were pulling this sale together right at the end of Asia Week, which sort of limped to a close as the virus hit,” Mason said. “We recognized that people wouldn’t have access to our facility, so we immediately started taking a lot of photographs.”
As New York City went into lockdown, Charlene Wang, fine art specialist at Lark Mason & Associates, began to take her work home.
“When the Governor announced the New York City stay-at-home order, I had two days to get the work back to my apartment,” Wang said. “I took an Uber…the driver was very unhappy waiting for me. It was a difficult trip by myself. My apartment got filled with these boxes, I had to go through them little by little and then bring them back little by little. Every time I finished with a box, I would bring it back so a coworker could photograph them.”
Because of the nature of the sale, Wang began developing a targeted list of institutions, galleries and collectors that had Cadmus, French or the other related artists within their collections.
That paid off, Wang said, as a number of the 121 total successful buyers were academics or related to institutions in some way.
Two crayon on paper works of sleeping nude males by Paul Cadmus finished at the top of the sale, both executed in the late 1960s. At $42,500 was a 1967 work, 17 by 23¼ inches, featuring a view of a nude male reclining in bed. It had been exhibited in “Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude 1950-1999″ at New York City’s DC Moore Gallery in 2002.
A 1965 work followed behind at $41,250, featuring a nude male turned towards the back of a sofa as he sleeps. This was Wang’s favorite work in the sale. It measures 14½ by 25 inches and had more extensive exhibition history, including the same show at DC Moore, another at the gallery in 1998, a 1993 exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum, a 1982 exhibition at The Hudson River Museum, and a 1981 exhibition at the Edwin A Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.
Cadmus’ work is sometimes described as homoerotic, and indeed there was no shortage of male nudes in this sale. The artist was unashamedly gay throughout his life, beginning in the 1920s amid a conservative time in American culture.
Interest in the material was varied according to Mason. He said, “There were people interested in the nudes for a variety of reasons, not just for the drawings, but the relationships found within them, too. He was in Italy for three years and was certainly exposed to the masterworks of Italian artists during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. We had buyers who were interested in that relationship to the Twentieth Century. His classical references are so strong, in my opinion. You get a lot of people who follow that model, it’s a specific kind of training, but he carried it to its full extent, with just enough infusion of the time he was living in to make it distinctive.”
Cadmus’ “The Cecropia Helmet,” a 1927 watercolor and crayon on paper, 17¾ by 23¾ inches sold for $32,500. The sale featured a number of pen, crayon or watercolor studies from the artist that drove home value for bidders, offered in lots with as many as 30 works in them, but also smaller, more affordable lots of 18, 16, 12 and under. Leading at $18,750 was a group of 30 early studies from the 1920s and 1930s that had an estimate of $1,800. A lot of 16 sold for $11,687, a lot of 18 for $11,250 and another lot of 18 for the same price.
Works from Jared French found a leader in “Male Figures in Garden,” a 1934-35 oil on panel that measured 15¼ by 17½ inches. It sold for $37,500 above a $6,000 estimate after 37 bids. The work had been acquired by Cadmus from French during their lifetimes.
“That one was very representative of the Magic Realism style,” Wang said. “You can see that there’s some kind of event going on, but we don’t have any reference. It almost looks historical and there’s a mythical statue on the right. It gives a mysterious feeling.”
Also by French was a tempera on canvas laid on panel, “Three Male Figures,” 48½ by 44 inches, that sold between estimate at $14,375. French’s other top lots were unsigned plaster sculptures executed between 1945-50, which were estimated very conservatively at $400 each. Finishing at $20,625 was a head of a man, 11 inches high; followed by an untitled full-body sculpture of Mel Fellini, 19 inches long, that sold for $19,375; and an 11½-inch-high Archaic-style head that brought $15,625 on 41 bids. There was one bronze by French found within the sale, “The Fat Man,” 21½ inches high, featuring a man in a robe with his belly hanging out, that brought $1,375.
Selling for $24,375 on a $6,000 estimate was Margaret Hoening French’s top work, a 15¼-by-18½-inch egg tempera on board titled “Workers At Harbor.” The work featured a group of fishermen as they pushed off from the wharf in the morning. The sale included preparatory works for this painting, including a nearly identical etching titled “Harbor in Brittany,” which brought $250. Forty-seven lots of works from Margaret Hoening French were represented in the sale, ranging from egg tempera, watercolors, drawings, prints and etchings. It was likely one of the largest releases of her work at auction.
Cadmus and both Frenches formed the collaborative artist group PaJaMa, an acronym of their first names, in the late 1930s. Their photography is in the collection of New York City’s MoMA, and a number of them that appeared in this sale were once handled by DC Moore and Ten Studio Hill. There is no way to tell which of the three was behind the camera at any one time, unless two appeared as subjects in the images. The photographs, 53 lots of them appearing in the sale, represent the relationships of the artists as they created alongside and along with each other. In Glenway Wescott Personally: A Biography by Jerry Rosco, Cadmus is quoted as saying, “After we’d been working most of the day, we’d go out late afternoons and take photographs when the light was best. They were just playthings. We would hand out these little photographs when we went to dinner parties, like playing cards.”
A lot featuring 230 transparencies in color sold for $31,250, leading the group. The majority of them were never published or seen by the public. Many of the scenes featured the circle of artists at the beach in Fire Island or Provincetown. Some of the subjects included Cadmus, George Tooker, Bill Caskey, Todd Bolender, Jared and Margaret French and others. The 52 other lots, ranging in size from one to eight prints in each, sold anywhere from $625 to $5,520, with many of them selling in the $2/3,000 range.
Photographs by George Platt Lynes found considerable interest. Among them was a group of nine photos of Charles “Tex” Smutney and Charles “Buddy” Stanley, circa 1941, that sold for $15,000. A single print from the photographer featuring Wilbur Wright sold for $10,000 on a $2,000 estimate. It was stamped Vogue studios, where Lynes worked as chief photographer in Hollywood in the late 1940s.
The sale also featured a variety of works from the Cadmus family, including those by Paul’s sister, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein and their father, Egbert Cadmus. The highest selling work from Fidelma was “Ballet Class,” a colored pencil-on-paper work measuring 6¾ by 8¾ inches that sold for $2,500. Fidelma married impresario Lincoln Kirstein, a co-founder of the New York City ballet and she abandoned art after a tumultuous relationship with him. Landscape scenes from father Egbert Cadmus were affordable, rising to $375 at the highest among the six lots offered.
The entirety of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York City; Doctors Without Borders, New York City; World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC; Nature Conservancy, Fairfax, Va.; and PBS Thirteen, New York City.
Lark Mason & Associates is gearing up for another sale that will run late June and into July. It will feature more works from Cadmus as well as his parents.
A rare Chinese Red Revenue Stamp Collection hammers $170,195 on iGavelauctions.com
NEW YORK, NY.- For International stamp lovers, rare postage stamps are always their target, and Chinese stamps are among some of the most famous, valuable and sought-after items in the world. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the recent sale of a Chinese Red Revenue Stamp Collection–the first presented by the Dallas Auction Gallery on iGavelauctions.com, was a resounding success.
With a 97% sell-through of 269 lots, the sale achieved $170,195 including buyer’s premium. The top lots achieved strong prices with an 1897 Red Revenue small figure surcharge selling for more than $12,000; 1967-68 People’s Republic of China, Poems of Mao Ze Dong sold $10,945, and a 1962 People’s Republic of China Mei Lan-fang hammered $10,000, more than 3 times its estimate.
Says Lark Mason III, vice-president of iGavel, “The results of this sale illustrate what can happen when discerning and eager bidders are brought to the table no matter how turbulent the selling environment appears to be.”
iGavel, founded in 2002 by Lark Mason, is an online platform dedicated solely to the sale of fine arts, antiques and collectibles offered by a network of independently owned auction houses, dealers, appraisers and other arts professionals. Sales are held in a traditional auction-catalog format entirely online.
Founded by the Shuford family in 2002, the Dallas Auction Gallery has developed a world-wide reputation for auctioning the best in antiques, fine art, and Asian antiquities.
Paul Cadmus and His Circle: Property from the Estate of Jon F. Anderson achieves $1,163,055
NEW YORK, NY.- With a 98% sell-through of 402 lots, Paul Cadmus and His Circle: Property from the Estate of Jon F. Anderson –presented by Lark Mason Associates– achieved $1,163,055 including buyer’s premium. Spirited bidding amongst international museum curators, art dealers, interior designers and private collectors necessitated extending the sale to May 21st, two days beyond its original closing date.
Says Charlene Wang, fine art specialist at Lark Mason Associates: "We were honored to work with the estate of Jon F. Anderson and are pleased that we fulfilled our goal– which was to represent his legacy. “Traditionally the sale would have been divided into three parts, but we made the bold decision to proceed with a single sale. With record prices, often skyrocketing above high estimates, it turned out to be the right choice.”
The collection consisted of three artists’ estates—Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Margaret French– and the work of their intimate friends and fellow artists. Referred to collectively by the acronym PaJaMa (acronym for Paul, Jared, and Margaret), they founded the movement known as Magical Realism. This trio formed a close, often polyamorous relationship, since Cadmus was once the lover of Jared French and others before his relationship with Anderson. Their inner circle also included: George Platt Lynes, Lincoln Kirstein, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, and Pavel Tchelitchew.
Among the works sold by Paul Cadmus were Male Nude #NM5, Crayons on Hand-toned Paper, 1965 ($41,250), Male Nude NM67, Crayon on Hand-toned Paper, c. 1968 ($42,500), and The Cecropia Helmet, Watercolor and Crayons on Hand-toned Paper, 1972 ($32,500). Works by Jared French included Male Figures in Garden ($37,500) and Untitled, Head of a Man, Plaster Sculpture, 1945 ($16,500). Workers at Harbor, by Margaret Hoening French, Egg Tempera on Board, hammered $19,500.
According to Nick Oddo, the executor of the Estate of Jon. F. Anderson, proceeds from the auction will be divided among five non-profit organizations including: Doctors Without Borders, New York; Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York; the Nature Conservancy in Fairfax, Virginia; PBS Thirteen, New York; and the World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC.
Says Oddo: "Paul Cadmus, a truly great American artist, and his muse Jon Anderson were my personal friends. This collection represented the last body of Paul’s works, many of which hadn’t been seen in public. I was very pleased to see the wonderful results of the Lark Mason Associates auction held 20 years after his death. It’s a marvelous tribute to his life and legacy.”