Original Calder painting swirls up to $114,000

PALM BEACH, Fla. – An original gouache (opaque watercolor) painting by artist Alexander Calder (Am./Fr., 1898-1976), titled “Red and Blue Egg,” signed in the artist’s hand and dated 1969, sold for $114,000 at a two-session auction held May 5 by A.B. Levy’s, in the firm’s main gallery located at 211 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Fla. Online bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com and www.ablevys.com; telephone and absentee

Gouache on paper by Alexander Calder (1898-1976), titled Red and Blue Egg, commanded $114,000. (Photo courtesy A.B. Levy)

Gouache on paper by Alexander Calder (1898-1976), titled Red and Blue Egg, commanded $114,000. (Photo courtesy A.B. Levy)

bidding were also available. The sale grossed about $1.14 million.

The Calder piece was the star of the fine art category; impressive at 29 inches by 42 inches, the work on paper attracted attention because it was an original, not a lithograph. Calder was famous as a sculptor, best known for his kinetic abstract mobiles. But he was also a skilled painter who worked in watercolors, oils and gouache.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a buyer’s premium of 20 percent.

In the furniture category, a late 19th or early 20th century mahogany marquetry and parquetry bureau a cylindre (a desk with a front of curved quarter-circle form), made in Paris after the model by Jean-Henri Riesner and numbered 100, garnered $36,000; and a late 19th century Paul Sormani Louis XV-style ormolu-mounted amaranth and bois satin bureau plat (French flat-topped writing table with drawers to the frieze) with signed lock plate, hit $14,400.

Noteworthy carved creations included a pair of Italian carved, painted and gilt female  figures made in the 18th century and each showing a semi-nude maiden holding floral and fruit bouquets on a torch base, 61 inches tall ($24,000); and a pair of Italian carved marble black figures (blackamoor) depicting a man and woman, each on a raised circular pedestal

Bureau a cylindre, late 19th or early 20th century, mahogany marquetry and paquetry, sold for $36,000. (Photo courtesy A.B. Levy)

Bureau a cylindre, late 19th or early 20th century, mahogany marquetry and paquetry, sold for $36,000. (Photo courtesy A.B. Levy)

($12,000).

A.B. Levy’s will hold a two-session event Sunday, Oct. 27, again at the Worth Avenue showroom in Palm Beach, starting at 1 p.m. (EST).

Featured will be estate jewelry, artwork, fine china, antique clocks and other antiques in many categories. For more information, contact 561-835-9139 or info@ablevypb.com, or visit www.ablevys.com.

 

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