Fine Art Highlights Weschlers May 10th Auction

The highlight of Weschlers May Capital Collections auction is a work by Abstract Expressionist Esteban Vicente (Spanish 1903-2001), entitled No. 21, 1951. The oil on canvas is from the artists early and most sought-after period of work, commanding an $80,000-$120,000 estimate. Other examples by Abstract Expressionists feature strongly in the sale with works by Robert Natkin (American 1930-2010) and Elaine de Kooning (American 1918-1989). Natkins expansive acrylic on canvas titled Iago March has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. Elaine de Koonings Collage Area, 1959, a monochromatic oil on paper with collage is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000.

Andy Warhols (American 1928-1987) archetypal silkscreen, Campbells Soup-Alphabet Soup is one of the standouts among the contemporary American Art and is estimated to bring $10,000-$15,000. Another salient work, Voodoo, by Lois Mailou Jones (American 1905-1998), an oil on canvas is expected to fetch $8,000-$12,000. Other notable American art is represented with works by Gene Davis (American 1920-1985), Minute Man, serigraph with an estimate of $1,500-$2,500; Robert Kushner (American b. 1949) with Mangoes II, Maple XIII and The Pineapple V, each a monoprint , each estimate at $1,000-$2,000; William Woodward (American b. 1935), Rocky Coastal Scene, oil on canvas, $5,000-$7,000; Peter Max (American b. 1937), Delta, a serigraph with mixed media, for $3,000-5,000; and Jackson Lee Nesbitts (American 1913-2008) Auction Barn lithograph, which is expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000.

Significant works by Contemporary artists include: Mother and Child, by Eduardo Kingman (Ecuadorian1913-1997), this moving oil on canvas has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000; Venetian Glass by Howard Hodgkin (British 1932-2017), is estimated at $1,500-$2,500; Luigi Kasimirs (Austrian 1881-1962) New York Fog and Mist, is expected to fetch $1,500-$2,500; and finally, two works by Jesus Rafael Soto (Venezuelan 1923-2005), Cuadrados Vibrantes and Hannover, each a screenprint on Plexiglas, are estimated at $6,000-$8,000 and $7,000-$9,000 respectively.

British artist Henry Moore (1898-1986) is featured with Two Reclining Figures (Cramer 52), Homage to Rodin (Cramer 59) and Sheep Before Shearing (Cramer 391), each a lithograph in color and each estimated to bring $1,000-$1,500.

The stunning Art Nouveau work La Nature se Dvoilant la Science (Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science) by Ernest Barrias (French 1841-1905), a gilt bronze and mottled marble sculpture is estimated to bring $30,000-$40,000.

Highlights among the decorative objects include: a Swiss partial ebonized and rosewood crossbanded figured walnut orchestral music box, Ami-Franois Rivenc, $2,000-$3,000; a watercolor portrait on ivory of Harriett Phillips Penlerrick by Walter Stephens Lethbridge (British 1771-1831), estimated to bring $800-$1,200; and a German Rococo style 800-silver flat table service, fitted in a Biedermeier style chest is expected to fetch $2,500-$3,500.

The jewelry section features a wide selection of designer jewelry by David Yurman, John Giovannetti, Judith Ripka, Oscar Heyman, Schlumberger, Marlene Stowe and others. The platinum, diamond and blue sapphire ring by Oscar Heyman for Tiffany & Co., circa 1968 is expected to fetch $8,000-$12,000, along with a platinum, pink sapphire and diamond ring, Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. has an estimate of $3,000-$4,000. Popular offerings by David Yurman consist of: a pair of 18-karat yellow-gold and diamond Albion French clip-back earrings, estimated to fetch $1,000-$1,500; the matching pendant for $700-$900; an 18-karat yellow-gold and diamond X necklace in for $1,500-$2,500; and a ladys 18-karat yellow-gold and diamond Double Cable quartz wristwatch with an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. The gentlemans 18-karat yellow-gold automatic wristwatch Oyster Perpetual by Rolex, is sure to be a favorite among bidders and is expected to reach $7,000-$9,000.

Jewelry is rounded out with an assortment of Art Deco lots, featuring a lovely platinum and diamond pendant, circa 1930, with an estimate of $1,000-$2,000 along with several lots of circa 1940s Retro gold jewelry, including a pair of 18-karat white-gold, diamond and ruby ear clips, expected to fetch, $5,000-$7,000, a French Retro 18-karat yellow-gold, platinum, ruby and diamond ring, for $600-$800, a pair of Retro 14-karat yellow-gold, platinum and ruby dress clips, in for $2,500-$3,500 and a Retro 14-karat rose-gold and aquamarine pendant, in for $700-$900.

The public is welcome to view all lots during exhibit hours prior to the sale: Saturday, May 4 from 10am to Noon; Sunday, May 5 from 11am to 2pm; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6-8 from 10am to 4pm; and Thursday, May 9 from 10am to 2pm.

The catalogue for the Capital Collections Auction is available for purchase at the gallery and may be viewed online at

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