June 27 auction offers fine art for every budget

CARMEL, Ind.— Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers will host its June Art Auction June 27, 2009, at its gallery at 12232 Hancock Street in Carmel, Ind., and live online with Artfact Live! (www.artfact.com). The auction will commence at 1 p.m.

Featured in this auction is the estate collection of Marina Svetlova, who was a world-renowned ballet dancer. More recently, from 1969 to 1992, she was a professor of ballet and chairwoman of the ballet department at Indiana University in Bloomington. Ms. Svetlova died in February at her home in Bloomington at the age of 86.

Her collection includes significant paintings from American and European artists. The auction will also include paintings from other central Indiana estates and private collections, including several paintings by Charles W. Mundy and dance costume illustrations from the mid-20th century.

Wickliff will offer 110 lots of fine European and American paintings with prices estimated everywhere from $60 to $100,000.

The expected top lot is the Theodore Clement Steele (American, 1847-1926) painting “Boys Fishing,” executed in 1905. This beautiful painting is an Indiana landscape depicting two boys fishing in a stream, with one seated in a canoe and one on the bank. It is reported to be in nice condition with recent light cleaning and no repairs. The minimum bid is set at $80,000; the painting is expected to sell between $80,000 and $100,000.

Another auction highlight is a 21-inch-tall bronze sculpture by Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray (Russian, 1848-1886) entitled “The Kirghiz Falconer,” depicting a Kirghiz horseman in winter dress, poised to release his falcon. A dead fox, proof of the falcon’s success and skill, is strapped to the saddle. The piece has a Cyrillic signature inscription. The striking piece is expected to bring $4,000 to $6,000.

A buyer’s premium of 12 percent will be charged on all lots sold. An auction preview will be held June 26 from 2-7 p.m.

Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers holds monthly, cataloged auctions in their gallery, which often include fine art, period antiques and decorative art, fine jewelry, estate jewelry, special collections, and other items meeting a criterion of quality.

For more information, visit www.wickliffauctioneers.com.

Images courtesy Artfact.com.