New York, NY, March 30, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Litchfield County Auction’s kicked off its Modern Art and Design Auction Wednesday on iGavel.com, the online fine art and antiques auction house. With works by important artists, from Marc Chagall to Paul Jenkins, and art owned by ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer and her husband, film director, Mike Nichols, the auction promises to be one of the year’s most exciting Modernism sales. LCA is hoping to exceed their 2007 April Auction that sold over a million dollars worth of Art, Furniture & Decorations.
The sale includes over 400 lots from East Coast estates and collections, among them the Mar A Lago home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of General Foods, Inc. founder C.W. Post. And in addition to the artists noted earlier, the auction features works by Asger Jorn, Joan Miro, and a signature piece by Enrico Donati, entitled ‘Etrusque’ 1945 which is estimated at $25,000-35,000. There are two very large and important works by Paul Jenkins from his Phenomena series, each estimated to bring $15,000-25,000 and two equally large and important paintings by Robert Natkins, one inscribed to “Dale” the Palm Beach Gardens collector. Four paintings by Pater Max, whose work Litchfield sold for record prices back in November 2007, are also live. A fun drawing by Marino Marini comes from the estate of John Douglas Hohnsbeen, friend and curator of Peggy Guggenheim's Venice Art Collection, and long time partner of Architect Philip Johnson, famous for his glass house in New Canaan, CT. And sculpture collectors will not be disappointed. A number of important works are up for bid, including a Hugo Robus bronze sculpture (estimated at $15,000-20,000), sold with its original catalog from The Forum Gallery.
LCA is also excited to bring numerous contemporary ‘virgin’ artists’ work to auction for the first time. Artists, whose works have been shown in major galleries—some as long as 30 years—but have never seen the auction block, are up on iGavel.com. Included on the list are William Thompson, Lynda Evans, Mark McKee, Margaret Rosenberg, Bill Keating, Dick Jemison, Patrick Stone, Stephen Coyle, Jens Diercks and Sylvain Tremblay. Their works have been shown in galleries from Soho, NY to Newbury Street in Boston, and from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Palm Beach, Florida. And their art is eye-catching, astonishing, extremely accomplished and unmistakably New.
Below are several highlights from LCA’s March 26th through April 9th live auction on iGavel.com. Starting bids on iGavel are the reserve amount and all lots are available for first-hand inspection at LCA’s gallery in Litchfield, CT.
Litchfield County Auctions is Connecticut's premiere estate Auction House, featuring paintings, prints, sculpture, antique furniture, silver, rugs, jewelry, pottery, porcelain, glass and more. LCA's 10,000 square foot gallery is located on the main road, just a mile south of "The Green" in historic Litchfield, nestled in the beautiful hills of Litchfield County. Major sales are held 6 times per year bringing fresh-to-the-market poperty from Estates and Collections in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusettes. You can find LCA on the web at www.litchfieldcountyauctions.com.
iGavel.com is a leader in online art auctions, offering collectors and dealers high quality fine art, antiques and collectables guaranteed for authenticity and condition. iGavel auctions are modeled on the traditional live auction format, where each lot includes detailed photographic images, a professional description, and an accurate condition report.
Lark E. Mason - President of iGavel - is a frequent guest appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow, was formerly a Senior Vice President with Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Department, and Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com.
CHAGALL, Marc (1887-1985) Story of Exodus, Portfolio of 24 Lithographs, published 1966
Signed by the artist, #148/250
Lot # 995222
Starting Price: $24,000
FRANCIS, Sam (1923-1994) Untitled
Acrylic on Paper, 1976
Lot # 995068
Starting Price: $12,000
DONATI, Enrico (B. 1909) Etrusque
Oil on canvas, 1945
Lot # 995076
Starting Price: $15,000
JENKINS, Paul (B. 1923) Untitled
Oil on canvas
Lot # 995065
Starting Price: $9,000
ADAMS, Charles (1912-1988) Computer Reaper
Ink & sash on Paper on Board
Lot # 995095
Starting Price: $1000
MAX, Peter (1885-1964) Statue of Liberty
Acrylic on canvas
Lot # 995092
Starting Price: $950