Ilonka Karasz: Country Auction

September 20, 2013

In three weeks, LAMA will host another auction, something we’ve done over fifty times in our twenty year history. Regardless of the time of year or what’s happening in the world outside our showroom, each Sunday auction is an exciting yet intimate event, packed with buyers, sellers, and curious spectators who all have one thing in common – they’re passionate about experiencing a vast and carefully curated assortment of international art and design, all in one place.

Country Auction (c. 1953), a painting by the Budapest-born artist Ilonka Karasz (1886-1981), depicts quite a different auction, but one with the same diversity of selection and relaxed atmosphere. This painting was featured on the cover of the March 28, 1953 issue of The New Yorker.

Country Auction (c. 1953), Ilonka Karasz

Karasz was the first woman admitted to study at the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in her native Budapest, before migrating to New York in 1913 to begin a career as an artist and designer. Karasz established the Design Group Inc., a guild of designers and craftsmen that made toys, lamps, wallpaper and various decorative items. An illustrator for several children’s books, her most noted drawings were for The New Yorker; spanning a tremendous period from 1924 to 1973 in which she executed 186 covers. Her designs and drawings can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Lot Information:

Lot 135
Ilonka Karasz
Country Auction
c. 1953
Gouache on illustration board
Signed “Karasz” lower right
LAMA would like to thank Ilonka Sigmund for her assistance in cataloguing this work
Image/Sheet (vis.): 16.125″ x 11″; Frame: 26.125″ x 20.5″
Illustrated: The New Yorker. March 28, 1953: cover.
Estimate: $10,000 – 15,000

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