Important Fine Art & Design at Showplace, May 22

New York, NY May 01, 2022 — ( — Auctions at Showplace will feature Important Fine Art & Design on May 22. The sale is an auction of 145 lots comprising a collection of works spanning centuries. The auction brings together works of art by Joseph Henri Baptiste Lebasque, Salvador Dali, Stuart Davis, Edgar Degas, Jim Dine, Emma Fordyce MacRae, Gaston Lachaise, George Morley, Martin Johnson Heade, Ken Price, Martin Rico Y Ortega and Yvonne Thomas. The catalog will also include furniture by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne as well as an impressive collection of fine jewelry.

The offerings come from stately New York City estates and collections, including private estates at 234 East 61st Street, 1040 Park Avenue, 160 East 65th Street, and rooms in the Pound Ridge residence of Jill and Ken Iscol.

Fine art masterpieces include a ‘Cubist Cup’, a brightly colored abstract ceramic sculpture by American sculptor and pioneer of the Finnish fetish movement Ken Price (1935-2012). It is followed by two works by the famous abstract expressionist Yvonne Thomas (1913-2009), “Cinema” and “Spring Vase”.

The sale continues with “Woman with a Necklace”, a portrait of the French Post-Impressionist Henri Joseph Lebasque. Called the “Painter of Joy and Light” by friends and critics, this example is a colorful portrait of a young woman wearing a blue hat, red dress, and pink necklace. Next is a vibrant springtime scene from 1910 by French Post-Impressionist painter Georges D’Espagnat, titled. “Spring”. It is followed by a pastel on blue paper by Edgar Degas. The impressionist drawing of a figure of a laundress ironing bears the “Degas” estate stamp in red ink on the lower right and is housed under glass in a carved and painted wooden frame from the Heydenryk House with scalloped edges. The highlights continue with “Nets”, a colorful modernist gouache on paper by Stuart Davis in the proto-pop art style for which the artist is famous.

The sale also includes a pair of oils on canvas depicting tropical Florida landscapes by American painter Martin Johnson Heade. Each housed in a Heydenryk wood frame with stickers from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts on the reverse on special loan for the Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. Rosenfeld exhibition.

Next is a rare color lithograph by Marc Chagall of Daphnis and Chloe, “Discovery of Chloe by Daphnis” (1960), “Daphnis Discovers Chloe”. Also featured is “Icaro”, an acrylic and watercolor on paper painting of abstract figures falling into a muted palette by Spanish/Colombian artist Alejandro Obregon.

Old Masters include a portrait believed to be Charlotte, Countess of Lichfield, inscribed and dated 1673 by Sir Peter Lely (Dutch, 1618-1680). Lely was King Charles II’s chief painter.

The sale also includes works by Sergio Bustamante, Salvador Dali, Gaston Lachaise, Edouard Vuillard, Marie Adelaide Kindt, Emma Fordyce MacRae and Ottone Rosai. Prints and multiples include works by Jim Dine, Gene Davis, Sean Scully and Richard Serra.

Also of note is a collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany favrile glass vases and a collection of obelisks, spheres and rock crystal tazza in the style of the Grand Tour.

As for jewelry, there are several Patek Philippe watches, including an 18k yellow gold automatic watch with perpetual calendar and moon phase with the original alligator strap and buckle, a stunning pair of earrings gold bracelet with 12mm South Sea pearls and diamonds and a diamond tennis bracelet available for purchase.

Beautiful furnishings on offer on May 22 include a cocktail or Mid-Century Modern Scroll coffee table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne “Marriage Whirl” in bronze and pewter, with a hand-painted polychrome enamel Modern Asian design, signed on top , with the original makers label at the bottom, circa 1960.

Silver seekers will find a large English sterling silver bread basket George III, hallmarked London 1781 by John Wakelin & William Taylor and a silver wedding casket covered with a continental baroque dome, possibly German from the 17th century, engraved with hunting scenes.

All auctions may be previewed at Showplace, 40 West 25th Street, Manhattan, 10 days prior to each sale and are all immediately available for preview and online bidding at Sales are online to bid approximately 30 days prior to auction date. Showplace can be reached by phone at 212-633-6063.

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