Napoleon litho could muster up $125,000

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A color lithograph depicting the French leader Napoleon on horseback with two other men, by renowned Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Fr., 1864-1901) is the expected top lot in an auction slated to begin at 1 p.m. (EST) July 13 at Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s gallery located at the Quantum Town Center, 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach (Ste. 106-108).

Color lithograph of Napoleon and his men by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec carries a presale estimate of $75,000 to $125,000. (Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts)

Color lithograph of Napoleon and his men by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec carries a presale estimate of $75,000 to $125,000. (Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts)

The color lithograph by Toulouse-Lautrec, titled simply “Napoleon,” is No. 20 in a limited-edition series of 100. In April 2012, litho No. 48 from the same series sold at Sotheby’s for $146,500, surpassing a presale estimate of $75,000 to $125,000. The example being sold is pencil signed at the lower left, measures 22 3/4 inches by 19 1/8 inches and has been matted and framed.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec became one of France’s most popular and famous painters by capturing the Paris night life in his flashy illustrations for the magazine Le Rire in the 1890s, earning him a reputation as “the soul of Montmartre.” The diminutive artist was known for his demi-monde paintings, prints and illustrations. All are highly sought after today.

In all, more than 300 lots will be sold during this auction dedicated mostly to fine decorative arts and Chinese works, most of them fresh to the market.

Featured are an array of estate jewelry, fine art, bronzes, silver and Chinese works, to include ivory, jade, red coral carvings, stone carvings, fine porcelain pieces and more.

For more information, contact 561-200-0893 or info@eliteauction.com, or visit www.eliteauction.com.

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