Swann Galleries’ large, two-part auction of 100 Fine Works on Paper and 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings on Thursday, March 5, offers many important works by American and European artists. Among the most important items in the sale are two recently discovered circa 1890 watercolor and pencil drawings by Paul Cézanne, Le Vase et la Colonne (estimate $300,000 to $500,000), and Étude de Pomme ($150,000 to $250,000).
Other notable drawings and paintings among the 100 Fine Works on Paper that open the sale include Honoré Daumier’s Entre Avocats, watercolor and crayon, circa 1845 ($10,000 to $15,000); Gustave Doré’s Persée déliverant Andromède, brush and brown ink and wash, black crayon and pencil, a study for the lithograph Andromède, offered with an impression of the lithograph, 1861-62 ($50,000 to $75,000); a group of four Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec pen and ink drawing studies for the print Brandès et Leloir, dans Cabotins, each circa 1894 ($40,000 to $60,000 for the set); a felt-tip pen and blue ink drawing of Don Quixote by Salvador Dalí, drawn on the front flyleaf of the book Dalí, by Mary Gérard, circa 1968 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Robert Rafaelovich Falk’s Russian Orthodox Church, Nice, France, oil on canvas ($30,000 to $50,000).
Nineteenth-century prints of note include a small run of works by Camille Pissarro, such as two versions of the etching Église et Ferme d’Éragny, one in black, the other in color, both 1895 ($7,000 to $10,000, and $10,000 to $15,000, respectively); Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Odalisque, lithograph, 1904 ($6,000 to $9,000); James Jacques Tissot’s lovely Promenade dans la Neige, etching and drypoint, 1880 ($10,000 to $15,000); and several color lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec, such as Divan Japonais, 1892-93 ($20,000 to $30,000).
There are many fine prints by Pablo Picasso, among them La Famille de Saltimbanques au Macaque, drypoint, 1905, a scarce, pencil-signed impression and one of only approximately 10 proofs before steel facing ($70,000 to $100,000); Rembrandt et jeune fille de profil, etching, drypoint and grattoir, signed and dedicated to his printer Jacques Frélaut, 1934 ($40,000 to $60,000); Tête de femme aux cheveux flous, aquatint, 1947 ($35,000 to $50,000); and color after prints including L’Arlequin et sa Compagne, color collotype, circa 1960 ($20,000 to $30,000).
Other print highlights include Georges Braque’s Pal (Bouteille de Bass et Verre sur une Table), etching, 1911 ($18,000 to $22,000); Maurits C. Escher’s mind-bending Other World, color woodcut and wood engraving, 1947 ($25,000 to $35,000); Marc Chagall’s color lithographs Bonjour sur Paris, 1952 ($20,000 to $30,000), and Chasse aux Oiseaux, 1961 ($30,000 to $50,000); Joan Miró’s Dormir sous la Lune, color etching, aquatint, drypoint and carborundum, 1969 ($18,000 to $22,000), and La Socière, color etching, aquatint and carborundum, 1969 ($15,000 to $20,000).
Part two of the sale continues with approximately 125 lots of 19th-century prints and drawings. Artists include Buhot, Cassatt, Delacroix, Helleu, Manet, Millet, Steinlen, and Whistler.
Following a lunch break, the auction will resume at 2:30 p.m. with a section devoted to American prints and drawings. Highlights include Arthur Wesley Dow’s Floor Tide, color woodcut with extensive hand coloring in watercolor, circa 1910 ($20,000 to $30,000); John Sloan’s Night Windows, etching, 1910 ($6,000 to $9,000); Gustave Baumann’s Coast Range, color woodcut, circa mid-1920s ($7,000 to $10,000); Blanche Lazzell’s Studio in Winter, color woodcut, 1933 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Milton Avery’s March Avery in a Beret, black crayon and pencil, 1951 ($7,000 to $10,000).
There are more than 275 lots of European prints and drawings by 20th-century artists. These include many more works by Chagall, Dalí, Miró, and Picasso; as well as Tamara de Lempicka’s Jeune Filles au Bain, pencil drawing, 1925 ($8,000 to $12,000); Aristide Maillot’s Nu debout, pencil drawing, circa 1925 ($5,000 to $8,000); Tsuguharu Foujita’s Femme nue endormie, couchée, color drypoint and aquatint, 1930 ($5,000 to $8,000); Max Beckmann’s Kleines tanzendes Paar, woodcut, 1923 ($4,000 to $6,000); Roberto Matta, portfolio titled The New School, complete set of 10 etchings, 1943-44, one of 10 hors commerce copies ($12,000 to $18,000); and Jean Dubuffet’s Danse au mur, lithograph, 1945 ($5,000 to $8,000).
The first section of the auction, 100 Fine Works on Paper, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. The second part, 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, will start at 11:30 a.m. and continue after a lunch break at 2:30 p.m.
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