5 examples of Grandma Moses artwork on offer May 20

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers will present an international fine arts auction on Sunday, May 20, at 11 am, that features a first for the auction house — not one but five paintings by Grandma Moses, Anna Mary Robertson (1860-1961), all with provenance to Hammer Galleries, where they were exhibited in 1964-65.

Seldom-Seen Grandma Moses Artwork

Grandma Moses 'Baking Bread'

Grandma Moses oil on masonite, titled Baking Bread, 1955, 12 by 16 inches, with an estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.

“With very few of Grandma Moses’ works coming up for auction each year internationally, we are thrilled to be able to present this collection in a single sale. These five paintings each represent extensive exhibition and publication history. Together they comprise a rare survey of her oeuvre, one of the most significant in the field of American folk art.” said Isadore “Izzy” Chait, founder of I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers.

First up across the block will be Robertson’s oil on Masonite painting, Baker Boy ($20/30,000), 1955, 12 by 16 inches, which was exhibited in 1965 at Hammer Galleries. Immediately after this lot is Over the Lake, a 1953 painting measuring 12 by 18 inches ($15/25,000); Baking Bread, 1955, 12 by 16 inches ($25/25,000); Oxen; 1958; 12 ⅛ by 16 inches ($25/25,000); and Halloween, 1958; 11 ⅞ by 16 inches ($30/40,000).

Ming Dynasty Bow Leads Asian Art Offerings

The auction also includes top-draw Asian arts that the auction house is renowned for, including a Chinese Ming Dynasty Jiajing Wucai porcelain bowl in square form, having the Jiajing mark and of the period, all on a coral red ground, 4 ⅞ inches ($40/60,000), and a large oil on canvas still life painting by Le Pho (Vietnamese-French, 1907-2001) depicting bright flowers arranged in a blue and white porcelain vase, circa 2000; 57 by 37 ¾ inches $18/22,000).

Other standouts in the auction is an important Egyptian serpentine ushabti with an inscription for Paser, 19th Dynasty; of typical mummiform, having its features in a serene expression ($8/12,000) and a vintage Cartier 14K yellow gold box in rectangular form, 259 grams ($8/10,000).
I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers is at 9330 Civic Center Drive.

For more information, www.chait.com or 310-285-0182.