Auction in Rockville, Md.
ROCKVILLE, MD. – Was there cosplay in 18th century French art? You bet. Ladies of nobility and female members of royal families were depicted as goddesses in many paintings. “History portraiture” is the term that describes depictions of well-known individuals in different roles such as characters drawn from the Bible, mythology or literature. These portraits are particularly common in French and English art of the 18th century.
At the Weschler Capital Collections spring auction on May 13, Nicolas Colombel’s “Portrait of a Woman in Flora” (French 1644-1717) found favor with bidders, who pushed it above his estimate of $12/18,000 to take the sale to $34,440. The oil on canvas, which shows an unknown model taking on the appearance of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and the season of spring, measured 29 inches by 32 inches. He returns to France.
Overall, Westchler’s posted an 81% sell-through rate of the 152 lots on offer, with 225 registered bidders.
With the exception of the best lot, overall the sale seemed to reflect the trend in market taste that moved towards more abstract works.
Another notable work of art was an iconic work by Charles White (American, 1918-1979), a print that served as the frontispiece for the artist’s 2018-19 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. “Sound of Silence II”, 1978, an example of White’s commitment to creating powerful images of African Americans, sold on the phone for $15,860. White himself described these works as “pictures of dignity” and created them tirelessly over his four-decade career.
All four batches of paintings by Filipino artist Oscar Deveza Zalameda (1930-2010) sold above estimate, with competitive internet and telephone auctions, and two of the paintings are returning to the Philippines. Zalameda’s top batch was an untitled mixed media on cardboard from an estate in McLean, Virginia. It beat its estimate by $1.5/$2,500 and sold for $11,685.
An American internet bidder has won the untitled oil and encaustic on canvas by Shanti Dave (Indian, b.1931) for $9,840 after an international competitive bidding. It was signed Shanti Dave and dated 63 lower left and also inscribed XXV on the frame.
American artist Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) was represented in the sale by “Two”, 1994, a monotype with serigraphy, collage, acrylic, stitching and color embossing on handmade paper. Signed Sam Gilliam in black ink and inscribed P/P in silver ink on the lower right, the 33-by-25-inch work sold to a private buyer for $7,930 over the phone. Although it is a monotype, the artist has done extensive stitching and embossing which likely added to its appeal.
A large selection of plates received a lot of attention at preview and later did well at auction, with all but one lot selling above estimate. The lots were from a single collection – mostly purchased in the 1980s and re-entering the market at a time of renewed interest in craftsmanship with many well-made examples. The main plate was an allegorical example in Berlin porcelain depicting “The Three Fates”. From the late 19th/early 20th century and after a painting by Paul Thumann (German, 1834-1908), it sold over the phone for $10,980 after long online competition. The 21 x 15 1/8 inch plaque was part of the Jill D. Sachs collection assets.
Beyond fine art, notable lots included a Massachusetts gentleman’s desk with mirror that sold for $7,995, more than ten times the low estimate, on the internet to an American bidder. The federal figured maple and mahogany two-part office was from North Shore Massachusetts, probably the Salem area, circa 1805-10.
One of two Patek Philippe watches that sold above estimate for $11,070 to a dealer/collector, received a lot of attention before and during the exhibition; and a Lalique Peruches vase, model 876, circa 1919, sold within estimate for $12,300 to a foreign bidder.
The prices shown include the buyer’s commission as quoted by the auction house. Westchler’s next Capital Collections sale will take place on Friday, September 16. For more information, www.weschlers.com or 202-628-1281.
A Lalique Peruches vase, model 876, circa 1919, sold within estimate for $12,300 to a foreign bidder.
An American internet bidder after an international bidding has won the untitled oil and encaustic on canvas by Shanti Dave (Indian, b.1931) for $9,840.
“Two” by Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) 1994, a monoprint with silkscreen, collage, acrylic, seam and color embossing on handmade paper, sold to a private buyer for $7,930 over the phone.
There was a lot of interest in this Patek Philippe watch, which sold above estimate for $11,070 to a dealer/collector.
Back in France, Nicolas Colombel’s “Portrait of a Woman in Flora” (French, 1644-1717) led the sale, pushed by bidding from its $12/18,000 estimate to $34,440. The oil on canvas depicts an unknown model taking on the features of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and the spring season.
Charles White (American, 1918-1979), ‘Sound of Silence II’, 1978, illustrates White’s commitment to creating powerful images of African Americans. It sold on the phone for $15,860.
Among a wide selection of KPM plates that did well in the auction, the main example was an allegorical example in Berlin porcelain depicting “The Three Fates” from the late 19th/early 20th century and after a painting by Paul Thumann (German, 1834-1908). It sold on the phone for $10,980 after a long online competition.
One of four paintings by Filipino artist Oscar Deveza Zalameda (1930-2010) offered in this sale, two of which return to the Philippines, this untitled mixed media on cardboard from an estate in McLean, Va. the best, topping its 1.5/$2,500 rating to sell for $11,685.