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Sotheby's New York

7 PM, May 9, 2016

Sale 9467

Signac

Lot 8, "Maisons du port, Saint-Tropez," by Paul Signac, oil on canvas, 18 3/8 by 21 3/4 inches, 1892

By Carter B. Horsley

The evening auction of Impressionist & Modern Art May 9, 2016 at Sotheby's New York is highlighted by four great pictures of women by Egon Schiele, wonderful seaside landscapes by Paul Signac and Claude Monet,  spectacular landscapes by Maurice de Vlaminck and Henri Charles Manguin, and a superb rear view of Jane Avril by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec.

Lot 8 is a very fine seascape oil on canvas of "Maisons du port, Saint-Tropez," by Paul Signac (1863-1935).  It measures 18 3/8 by 21 3/4 inches and was painted in 1892.  It is from the collection of Ambassador John Loeb and was formerly owned by Denys Cochin, the French Minister of State during World War I, Rene Conus, the French Ambassador to Moscow and Olga Spesivtseva, a ballerina with the Ballet Russes.   


Detail of Signac

Detail of Lot 8


It has an estimate of $8,000,000 to $12,000,000.  It sold for $9,300,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The auction total was $144,546,000 with 41 of 62 offered lots selling.  The pre-auction low estimate was $164,800,000.

The top lot in the auction was Lot 17, a marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin entiutled "L'Eternel Printemps" of two naked lovers kissing that was conceived in 1884 and cast in 1902. It sold for $20,410,000, an auction record for the artist. A May 10 article in The New York Times by Scott Reyburn and Robin Pogrebin quoted Richard Nagy, a London dealer, as saying that he did not understand "paying $20 million for a Rodin that he never touched," adding that Nagy "regarded the work as carved by assistants from a maquette."
   The article also noted that the $144-million sale total for the auction was "far below the $368.3 million raiseded last May in an equivalent sale of 64 works."

"'Imps and mods," the powerhouse market of the 1980s, have became far less fashionable than contemporary art.  Last spring, in more bullish times, and with wealthy Asian bidders active at New York stales, Christie's and Sotheby's supported the prices of selected p[re-1950's artists with some expansive guarantees.  A year later, many guarantees have disappeared - and so have many of the Asian bidders who last year pursued three out of the five lots that sold for more than $20 million...," the article noted.

Monet

Lot 13, "A Armenonville, en cabinet particulier," by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, peinture l'essence on board, 26 3/8 by 20 1/2 inches, 1899

Lot 13 is a superb peinture l'essence on board by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) entitled "A Armenonville, en cabinet particulier."  It measures 26 3/8 by 20 1/2 inches and was painted in 1899.  It has been widely published and is from the collection of Louis and Evelyn Franck.  With its elements of interruption and surprise and with the flurry of the women's long blonde hair and the interloper's impetuousness and its sprightly sketchiness, this is a connoisseur's masterpiece. 

Detail of Monet

Detail of Lot 13

The catalogue entry notes that "the first private owner of the present work was Charles T. Yerkes, an American financier who developed mass transit systems in Chicago and London," adding that the painting was one of three Monet executed at the cliffs of Petites-Dalles.  It has an extremely modest estimate of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000.  It sold for $2,410,000.  


Vlaminck


Lot 14, "Sous-Bois," by Maurice de Vlaminck, oil on canvas, 23 3/8 by 28 1/2 inches. 1905

Lot 14, "Sous-Boid," by Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), oil on canvas, 23 3/8 by 28 1/2 inches.  It was painted in 1905.  It was once in the collection of Sarah Campbell Blaffer of Houston, the daughter of William Thomas Campbell, the founder of the Texas Company that later became known as Texaco, and she started her love for art on her honeymoon with Robert E. Lee Blaffer (the founder of the Humble Oil & Refining Company, now Exxon Mobil).

It has an estimate of $12,000,000 to $18,000,000.  It sold for $16,378,000.


Derain

Lot 24, "Les Voiles Rouges," by Andre Derain, oil on canvas, 30 by 39 inches, 1906

Another major Fauve work that was once owned by Sarah Campbell Blaffer is Lot 24, "Les Voile Rouges," by Andre Derain.  The oil on canvas, which is the catalogue's back-cover illustration, measures 30 by 39 inches and was painted in 1906.  It was also once owned by the Toledo Museum of Art.  Mrs. Blaffer's daugher, Cecil Blaffer Hudson von Furstenberg founded the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery in 1973 at the University of Houston.  It has an estimate of $15,000,000 to $20,000,000.  It failed to sell.

Manguin

Lot 33, "Les Oliviers a Cavaliere," by Henry Charles Manguin, oil on canvas, 32 1/4 by 26 inches, 1906

Lot 33 is a gloriously radiant landscape by Henry Charles Manguin (1874-1949) entitled "Les Oliviers a Cavaliere."  An oil on canvas, it measures 32 1/4 by 26 inches and was painted in 1906.  It has a modest estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,115,000. 

Sisley

Lot 29, "Les Sablons," by Alfred Sisley, oil on canvas, 19 1/8 by 28 1/4 inches, 1885

Lot 29 is a pleasant landscape by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) entitled "Les Sablons."  An oil on canvas, it measures 19 1/8 by 28 1/4 inches  and was painted in 1885.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $706,000.

Lautrec

Lot 35, "Jane Avril," by Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec, oil on board laid down on cradled panel, 18 5/8 by 13 inches, 1893

Lot 35 is a lovely sketch of Jane Avril from behind by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).  It ian oil on board laiddown on cradled panel.  It measures 18 5/8 by 13 inches and was painted in 1893.  It has a modest estimate of $600,000 to $900,000.  It failed to sell.

Picasso lady

Lot 22, "Chanteuse," by Pablo Picasso, pastel on paper laid down on board, 25 by 16 1/8 inches, 1901

Lot 22 is a charming early pastel by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) of a "Chanteuse."  It measures 25 by 16 1/8 inches and was painted in 1901.  It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,314,000.


Vuillard lady

Lot 37, "Marie brossant un vetement a la fenetre," by Edouard Vuillard, oil on board, 10 1/2 by 8 5/8 inches,1893

Lot 37 is a very nice small oil on board by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) entitled "Marie brossant un vetement a la fenetre."  It measures 10 1/2 by 8 5/8 inches and was painted in 1893.  It was exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1965 and at the Los Angles County Museum of Art in 1991.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $850,000.


Monet lady

Lot 36, "Camille a l'ombrelle verte," by Claude Monet, oil on canvas, 32 by 23 3/8 inches, 1878

Lot 36 is a charming oil on canvas by Claude Monet entitled "Camille a l'ombelle verte."  It measures 32 by 23 3/8 inches and was painted in 1878.  It was once owned by Alfred Lindon Paris until it was seized by the Germansin 1940 and thenowned by Reichsmarschal Hermann Goering and then restituted to Mr. Lindon who sold it in the 1950s to Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Rockefeller.  Subsequently it was sold at Sotheby's in London in 2007.  It has an estimate of $9,000,000 to $12,000,000.  It sold for $9,434,000.

Schiele blue

Lot 43, "Portrait of a Women with Blue and Green Scarf," by Egon Schiele, gouache and pencilon paper, 17 7/8 by 11 5/8 inches, 1914

Lot 43 is a very lovely and strong gouache and pencil on paper by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and is entitled "Portrait of a Woman with Blue and Green Scarf."  It measures 17 7/8 by 11 5/8 inches and was painted in 1914. It is one of four very fine works by Schiele in the auction that were consigned by "the collection of a notable lady" with "a discerning eye."

It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,000,000.  It sold for $2,050,000.


Schiele green


Lot 44, "Standing Girl with Green Dress," by Egon Schiele, gouache and pencil on paper, 18 7/8 by 12 1/2 inches, 1913

Lot 44 is a very fine gouache and pencil on paper by Egon Schiele of a "Standing Girl with Green Dress."  It measures 18 7/8 by 12 1/2 inches and was painted in 1913.  It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,000,000.  It failled to sell.
Schiele red

Lot 42, "Frau in Unterwasche and Strumpfen (Valerie Neuzil)," by Egon Schiele, gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper, 18 1/4 by 12 inches, 1913


Lot 6, "Ohne Titel," by Wassily Kandinsky, watercolor, pen and ink on paper laid down on board, 13 by 18 3/4 inches.  It was executed in 1923.  It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It sold for $5,738,000.

Schiele draw

Lot 45, "Woman in Underclothes with Raised Right Arm," by Egon Schiele, pencil on paper, 18 5/8 by 12 1/4 inches, 1914

Lot 45 is a beautiful drawing of a "Woman in Underclothes with Raised Right Arm" by Egon Schiele.  A pencil on paper, it measures 18 5/8 by 12 1/4 inches and was drawn in 1914.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It failed to sell.


Munch

Lot 54, "Boys Bathing," by Edvard Munch, oil on canvas, 26 3/4 by 35 1/2 inches, 1933

Lot 33, "Boys Bathing" is a large and good oil on canvas by Edvard Munch (1863-1944).  It measures 26 3/4 by 35 1/2 inches and was painted in 1933.  It has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  It failed to sell.


Miro

Lot 58, "Femme et oiseau," by Joan Miro, painted bronze, 102 5/8 inches high, numbered 1/4, conceived and cast in 1967

Lot 58 is a striking and colorful painted bronze sculpture by Joan Miro (1893-1983) entitled "Femme et oiseau."  It is 102 5/8 inches high and is numbered 1/4/  It was conceived and cast in 1967.  It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It failed to sell.

Giacometti

Lot 55, "Femme debout," by Alberto Giacometti," bronze, 25 1/2 inches high, conceived in 1958 and cast in 1963, numbered 1/5

Lot 55 is a bronze of a standing woman by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) that is 25 1/2 inches high.  It was conceived in 1958 and cast in 1963 and is numbered 1/5.  Unlike many of his famous "stick" figures, this sculpture has sensuous curves. It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,000,000.  It sold for $2,410,000.


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