Picasso ceramics command respect at $73,000

LITCHFIELD, Conn. – Litchfield County Auction’s April 25 sale achieved high prices across the board.

A great deal of interest was shown to a 19th century Chinese soapstone seal inscribed with the “Story of the Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup,” a Tang Dynasty poem by Du Fu; a London-based buyer emerged triumphant with a final bid of $210,000, trumping 70 competing bids.

Marino Marini Gouache

Marino Marini gouache, ‘Giocolieri e Cavallo’; sold for $82,200. Photo courtesy Litchfield County Auctions

Heavy interest was also seen in the 20th century modern art and design category. A Marino Marini gouache, fully authenticated, hit a winning bid of $82,500 against an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

Additionally, a colossal Marcos Grigorian mixed media sold for $28,800.

Other high sales results were achieved for a pair of Robsjohn Gibbings armchairs ($9,900), and a collection of seven Picasso Madoura ceramic items, including a Bull Pitcher, each selling separately for a combined total of more than $73,000.

Other sale highlights include a Jean Royere gilt metal ‘Persane’ floor lamp ($8,400); a mixed media work, “Alquimia XXIV,” by Olga De Amaral (Colombian, b. 1932; $4,680); a group of 17 pieces of brown Jordan-style patio furniture ($4,428); a set of six Norman Cherner-designed armchairs ($3,000); and a Rick Dillingham shard vessel (patch vase) sold for $2,580.

Litchfield County Auctions was also pleased to present their inaugural “Art from the Studio Sale” featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture from the estates of four 20th and 21st century artists: Peter Marks, Giuseppe Napoli, Richard Rothschild and Audrey Skaling. This large selection of artwork came directly from the studios of several talented, though lesser-known, artists.

Highlights from the Studio Sale include Audrey Skaling’s “The Flock” wood sculpture, which sold for $1,146. Additionally, approximately 30 of Skaling’s other paintings and sculpture sold in the range of $87 to $1,080 each.

Picasso Madoura ceramics

Group of Picasso Madoura ceramics, each sold separately for a combined total of $73,000. Photo courtesy Litchfield County Auctions

Audrey Skaling’s ‘Interior’ Oil on Canvas

Audrey Skaling’s ‘Interior’ Oil on Canvas, from Litchfield County Auctions’ inaugural “Studio Sale”; Sold for $1,080

Paintings and sculpture by Giuseppe Napoli sold in the range of $87 to $792; the highest of which was an “Untitled Abstract (Still Life of a Fish)” oil on panel that sold for $990.

Richard Rothschild’s large animal-form sculptures sold in the range of $58 to $792.

Peter Marks had many lots of sketches and original works on paper that sold in the range of $117 to $420.

For more information on Litchfield County Auctions, contact info@LCAinc.us or 860-567-4661.

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