ATLANTA, Ga. – Two signed lithographs by famed American Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein (1923-
1997), three works by the noted Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman (b. 1932), and a signed lithograph by renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero (b. 1932), are just a few of the many items that will be sold at a two-day, two-session auction planned for August 8th and 9th in Atlanta.
The sale will be conducted by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta. The Saturday, Aug. 8th session will focus on modern and contemporary works of art, design and furniture. The Sunday, Aug. 9th session will feature outstanding Atlanta estates, including those of Sam and Florence Inman, Charlotte Topping Smith and Henry J. Muecke, Jr.
More than 1,050 lots will come up for bid over the course of the two days. Start times for both Saturday and Sunday will be 11 a.m. Eastern time. For those unable to attend, internet bidding will be available via the Ahlers & Ogletree website (www.AandOauctions.com), as well as on LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. (phone and absentee bids also taken).
The signed lithographs by Roy Lichtenstein are both from 1969. One, titled Pyramids, is an artist proof color lithograph on paper, pencil signed and dated. The graphic image in yellow and black depicts three large pyramids in Giza, Egypt. The other, titled Repeated Design, is a color litho on paper, pencil signed, dated and numbered (33/100). It depicts three repeated geometric patterns.
A star lot of the Leonardo Nierman triology will be an acrylic on Masonite board titled Bird of Paradise. It’s an abstract rendering of an elegant feathered bird. The work by Fernando Botero is an offset lithograph in colors on woven paper, pencil signed and numbered (123/200), titled La Toilette (1983). It is a bedroom scene, showing a nude woman tending to her hair in the mirror.
Two Saturday lots are expected to do particularly well. The first is a fully restored, 1940s-era Brunswick-Balke-Collender Centennial billiard (pool) table, streamlined in form and made from Brazilian rosewood with an aluminum skirt and base. The second is a monumental (43 ¾ inches by 96 ½ inches, framed) Ilfochrome photograph print by Peter Lik (Australian, b. 1959), signed by Mr. Lik in gold pen and limited-edition numbered (497/950). The print is titled Angel’s Heart.
Asian objects, a red-hot category of collectible, will also come up for bid. Top lots will feature a tall Chinese squared baluster form porcelain vase from the 19th century (or earlier), with the Qing Dynasty Kangxi period mark (1661-1722); a Chinese late Ming Dynasty (17th century) carved cinnabar round charger showing phoenix birds, lotus flowers and leaves; and a Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Longquan celadon glazed pottery figural shrine, likely circa 15th century.
From clocks and timepieces comes a Tiffany & Company Louis XVI-style gilt bronze and paste-brilliant mounted white marble mantel clock garniture set with matching candleholders, made in America circa 1890; and an American early 19th century mahogany and mahogany veneer Gothic Revival tall case clock, 83 ¼ inches tall, with astragal-shaped hood decorated by three conical spires.
Furniture pieces will come literally from around the world. Offered will be an English Queen Anne walnut double-domed linen press, made in the 18th century with two-case construction and standing 85 ½ inches tall; and a set of six 18th century chip-carved Portuguese curved-back three-legged chairs, made of Brazilian quebracho wood with the tallest of the four being 42 ½ inches.
American furniture will feature a Bruce Burdick work station desk made during the 1970s for Herman Miller, with the ten-foot polished aluminum beam mounted to the top and bottom with a dozen attachments. The glass desk top measures 60 inches wide by 35 ¾ inches deep. In the silver category, just consigned is a gold-plated, sterling silver lidded compote on a stand of Kylix form with a Neoclassical motif, 46 troy oz., made circa 1805 by Jean-Baptiste Huguet (France).
Returning to artwork, British artists will be well represented in the sale, with works to include an oil on canvas figural landscape by Samuel L. Birch (Br., 1869-1955), titled Cottage Landscape, 30 inches by 40 inches (framed); and an oil on canvas floral still life by Cecil Kennedy (Br., 1905-1997), titled Still Life With Tulips (1929), signed and 30 inches by 23 ¾ inches (framed).
Also from the U.K.: a pencil-signed etching and aquatint in color on Fabriano Rosapina paper by
Victor Pasmore (Br., 1908-1998), titled Metamorphosis (1986), numbered (62/90) and measuring 39 ¼ inches by 89 ¼ inches (framed); and an oil on canvas by James Webb (Br., 1825-1895), titled View of Ehrenbreitstein on the Rhine, done in 1873, 30 ¾ inches by 48 ½ inches (framed).
Dutch works certain to garner attention include an oil on canvas by the artist Hubertus van Hove (1814-1865), titled Unloading the Catch (1841), signed and dated and depicting fishermen with their day’s catch; and an oil on canvas by Pieter Cornelis Dommersen (1834-1908), titled Skaters on a Dutch Canal, signed lower left and showing a winter scene of ice skaters on a frozen pond.
Additional artworks will include an oil on canvas by the Russian artist Yakov Ivanovich Brovar (1864-1941), titled Birch Trees Amid a Winter Landscape, measuring 25 ½ inches by 20 ½ inches (framed); and a patinated bronze sculpture by Dave McGary (Am., 1958-2013), titled Eye of the Storm (1993), depicting a Native American on horseback, 20 inches tall (on a wood base).
Also sold will be fine estate jewelry items, a few pieces of Fabergé, a 19th century English cabinet, a pair of Chinese chicken skin vases, a pottery creation by Matt Moulthrop, two chairs by Tomlinson (circa 1957), other artworks and creations by Vernor Panton, Philip Standish Read, Russell Woodard, Dusty Griffith, Alex de Andreis and John F. Kensett, and other items.
Previews will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 10-6; extended hours on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 10-6, with an evening wine and cheese preview party from 5-9 p.m.; and on Friday, Aug. 7, from 10-2. Doors will open Aug. 8, auction day, at 10 a.m., with the first gavel falling at 11 a.m. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted up to 24 hours prior to the start of auction on Aug. 8.
Bidders wishing to participate online should register with their platform up to 24 hours prior to auction. Inquiries regarding bidding may be made via e-mail (bid@AandOauctions.com) or by telephone, at (404) 869-2478. Absentee bids can be placed online now, at A&OAuctions.com.
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (404) 869-2478; or, you can e-mail them at consignments@AandOauctions.com.
To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the two-session sale planned for Aug. 8-9, log on to www.AandOAuctions.com. All items being sold can be viewed in a virtual catalog on the website.