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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

Sometimes, during the fast-paced excitement of our auctions, a handful of outstanding pieces get unjustly overlooked. Here I would like to highlight four such works created by some of this country’s leading artists and designers – before they get snapped up. These lots are now for sale at a set price, so no bidding is required.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 157, Sam Francis, Untitled (SF53-101), 1953-1954
Available Now: $187,500
March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

First off, a rare, early watercolor by one of the acknowledged masters of Abstract Expressionism, Sam Francis, Untitled (SF53-101). An unusually large piece for this time, this work on paper pulsates with organically-shaped forms, rendered in blue and linked by dynamic drips of paint. Dating from 1953-1954, it was produced during a fabled period in the artist’s career, when he was based in Paris. There he studied the work of renowned colorists such as Monet and Matisse, whose influence can be detected in the picture’s rich, saturated hues. Untitled (SF53-101) was acquired immediately on Francis’s return to California in 1954 and has remained in the same collection ever since. With such strong provenance, this piece is bound to be picked up quickly.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 263, Sam Maloof, Executive Desk, Executed 1968
Available Now: $50,000
March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

I would also like to draw attention to a handsome Executive desk from 1968 by the ever-popular woodworker Sam Maloof. The generous proportions of this sizable desk are belied by Maloof’s characteristic light touch, which transforms its heavy rosewood timbers into an elegant piece which would be at home in any office. Commissioned especially for the office of Frank Wyle (husband of Edith Wyle, the founder of the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles), this durable piece was in use until Mr. Wyle’s passing. Accompanied by an exquisitely crafted paper tray and letter opener and featuring plenty of storage space in its six drawers, this is both an eminently useful object and a highly collectible example of the California artisan’s thoughtful design.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 354, Paul Evans, Stool, Designed 1971
Available Now: $3,125
March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Another item from our design selection which deserves greater consideration is the Paul Evans stool, which was designed in 1971. One of American mid-century design’s foremost figures, Evans’ distinctive work possesses a cool aesthetic which is instantly recognizable. Created for the groundbreaking manufacturer Directional Furniture, this remarkable stool features a plush cushion, expressive textured sides and copper casters, making it both stylish and versatile. Simply put, Evans’ piece is a no brainer and I would advise our buyers not to deliberate, but just buy now! This iconic piece will be gone before you know it.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 17, Raymond Pettibon, Untitled (Creatures of Flesh…), 1990
Available Now: $10,000
March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Last, but by no means least, we have a sensational ink on paper drawing by Raymond Pettibon, who is currently being honored with the retrospective A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York. Untitled (Creatures of Flesh…) (1990) is a classic example of the artist’s work and features the neo-noir imagery that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Combining witty text with comic graphics, Pettibon is celebrated for his engaging and insightful perspective on American culture. This is a great opportunity to acquire an early work by the legendary California artist.

 

LOT INFORMATION:

Lot 17
Raymond Pettibon
Untitled (The Creatures of Flesh…)
1990
Ink on paper
Signed and dated verso
Composition: 11″ x 9″; Sheet: 13.5″ x 11″; Frame: 16.25″ x 13″
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
Available Now: $10,000 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Lot 157
Sam Francis
Untitled (SF53-101)
1953-1954
Watercolor on paper
Signed and dated in graphite “Sam Francis/1954/1953″ verso
Sheet: 18.625″ x 24.625″; Frame: 26″ x 31”
Together with exhibition catalogue
Provenance: Private Collection, Santa Monica, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Exhibited: “Sam Francis Works on Paper 1953-1986: The Ranchito Collection,” The Roy and Frances Brandstater Gallery, Loma Linda University, Riverside, February 19-March 19, 1987
Illustrated: Sam Francis Works on Paper 1953-1986: The Ranchito Collection. The Roy and Frances Brandstater Gallery exh. cat. 1987. #1.
Estimate: $150,000 – $200,000
Available Now: $187,500 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Lot 263
Sam Maloof
Executive desk
Studio, Executed 1968
Rosewood
Branded “designed-made/Maloof/California” and etched “38 Wyle 6-68″
28.5″ x 72.25″ x 36.25”
Together with paper tray and letter opener
Provenance: The Estate of Frank & Edith Wyle, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000
Available Now: $50,000 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Lot 354
Paul Evans
Stool
Directional, designed 1971
Model no. PE 35
Retains upholstery tag; marked in pencil “PE 35/Copper” to underside
18″ x 18″ x 18″
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500
Available Now: $3,125 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

 

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