5 examples of Grandma Moses artwork on offer May 20

Not one, but five examples of artwork created by renowned American painter Grandma Moses will headline the May 20 auction being presented by I.M. Chait Gallery.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers will present an international fine arts auction on Sunday, May 20, at 11 am, that features a first for the auction house — not one but five paintings by Grandma Moses, Anna Mary Robertson (1860-1961), all with provenance to Hammer Galleries, where they were exhibited in 1964-65.

Seldom-Seen Grandma Moses Artwork

Grandma Moses 'Baking Bread'

Grandma Moses oil on masonite, titled Baking Bread, 1955, 12 by 16 inches, with an estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.

“With very few of Grandma Moses’ works coming up for auction each year internationally, we are thrilled to be able to present this collection in a single sale. These five paintings each represent extensive exhibition and publication history. Together they comprise a rare survey of her oeuvre, one of the most significant in the field of American folk art.” said Isadore “Izzy” Chait, founder of I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers.

First up across the block will be Robertson’s oil on Masonite painting, Baker Boy ($20/30,000), 1955, 12 by 16 inches, which was exhibited in 1965 at Hammer Galleries. Immediately after this lot is Over the Lake, a 1953 painting measuring 12 by 18 inches ($15/25,000); Baking Bread, 1955, 12 by 16 inches ($25/25,000); Oxen; 1958; 12 ⅛ by 16 inches ($25/25,000); and Halloween, 1958; 11 ⅞ by 16 inches ($30/40,000).

Ming Dynasty Bow Leads Asian Art Offerings

The auction also includes top-draw Asian arts that the auction house is renowned for, including a Chinese Ming Dynasty Jiajing Wucai porcelain bowl in square form, having the Jiajing mark and of the period, all on a coral red ground, 4 ⅞ inches ($40/60,000), and a large oil on canvas still life painting by Le Pho (Vietnamese-French, 1907-2001) depicting bright flowers arranged in a blue and white porcelain vase, circa 2000; 57 by 37 ¾ inches $18/22,000).

Other standouts in the auction is an important Egyptian serpentine ushabti with an inscription for Paser, 19th Dynasty; of typical mummiform, having its features in a serene expression ($8/12,000) and a vintage Cartier 14K yellow gold box in rectangular form, 259 grams ($8/10,000).
I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers is at 9330 Civic Center Drive.

For more information, www.chait.com or 310-285-0182.

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