Clarke Auction Gallery will present an auction that will appeal to traditional antiques and arts collectors as well as new buyers looking to find a strong design statement piece for their homes on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 10 AM.
“This auction is strong right down the line,” owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke said. “We have several fine paintings by listed artists and a good number of fine and rare clocks as well as beautiful Tiffany silver. Our offerings typically range from the 19th century to contemporary works but this time we are reaching all the way back to the Cretacious period with a dinosaur horn.”
Clarke’s fine art specialist William Schweller is especially impressed with this auction’s scope of artwork. “We have a collection of artworks from the 17th century to the present that really reflect a broad range of styles and known artists,” he said.
Early on in the auction, the fine art category is expected to heat up with an Orientalist scene of five women in a courtyard ($20,000/30,000) by Fabio Fabbi (Italian, 1861-1946). The signed oil on canvas measures 23-3/4 by 31-1/2 inches.
Also estimated to attain $20,000/30,000 each are two screenprints by Pop Art masters Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. The Lichtenstein woodcut and screenprint, “Imperfect Print for B.A.M.,” 1987, is signed and dated lower right, 67 of edition of 75, and measures 54-1/2 by 27-1/4 inches (sight). The low edition Warhol screenprint from 1983 depicts the Brooklyn Bridge and is pencil signed lower left, 40/200, 38-1/2 by 38-1/2 inches.
The artworks are quite diverse in this auction in terms of style but as well as geography, ranging from the late New York City-based artist Emily Mason (1932-2019), noted for her sensitivity to color and form, who is represented with a 1982 oil on paper, “As Sounding” ($4,000/6,000), 26 by 20 inches, to French artist Cesar Baldaccini (1921-1998), with a compressed-can sculpture ($20,000/30,000) in aluminum, “Pschitt, Coca, Orangina, Kronembourg” 1988. The latter work is signed twice and measures 7-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches. Complementing the paintings on offer will be an antique Roman marble torso on stand ($3,000/5,000), coming out of a fine Stamford, CT, estate, standing 32 inches (39 inches with stand).
A curated selection of fine clocks from several estates, exemplifying the diversity of craftsmanship in horology and use of fine materials, will cross the block. On offer are bracket clocks, desk clocks and more, many in bronze and some ebonized or set in marble. Expected to lead the grouping is a monumental dore bronze French clock garniture set ($6,000/9,000) having a clock movement set in marble and surmounted by five cherubs among vine and grapes. The candelabra has two cherubs and a tree with a dove raised on a marble base with bronze bun feet and the enamel face signed Lerolle Freres a Paris. The candelabra stands 33-1/2 inches tall and the clock measures 25 by 28-1/2 by 12 inches. Another fine clock garniture is a large and impressive marble and bronze example ($1,000/1,500) with bronze Egyptian revival mounted urns and clock with figural finial. The clock measures 24 by 14 by 7 inches and the urns are 18 by 8 inches.
Besides the traditional form, a few unusual clocks are represented here, including a Viennese aquarium clock ($2,000/3,000) in bronze, patented 1898, in a pleasing large size at 29 by 22 by 10 inches and retaining a fine patina; a William Perkins planetarium, zodiac, mechanical and astronomical “Orrery” clock ($1,000/1,500), 17 by 10 inches; a stacked-form industrial clock, standing 17 inches tall ($600-900), and a gilt bronze and turquoise beaded desk circular clock ($300-500).
The jewelry and silver category is equally compelling, led by a standout Tiffany & Co. sterling flask featuring a sailboat from the late 19th century, conservatively estimated at $600-900. “We already have quite a bit of interest in this piece, which appeals to both our Tiffany buyers as well as those interested in nautical items and specifically the America’s Cup,” said Clarke’s jewelry specialist Whitney Bria. “I’m excited to see where the bidding lands on this unusual example.”
After selling a Faberge Tyrannosaurus Rex jade figurine for over $65,000 last fall, Clarke’s is again tapping into the enduring interest in dinosaurs. Expected to draw keen interest now is a Triceratops orbital horn that was discovered on a farm in South Dakota and dates to approximately 65 million years ago. “The color variations in this item are a result of a portion being exposed to the elements, while the remainder was hidden beneath the dirt,” Bria said. “With a presale auction estimate of $1/1,500, this is sure to cause a bit of a buzz.”
The jewelry offerings range from antique to contemporary and specifically include a strong selection of figural items – frogs, bugs, birds, lions and much more. A grouping of three individually lotted Tiffany & Co. enamel and diamond ladybugs would make a fine addition to one’s summer wardrobe and with the resurgence of the brooch in popularity, they are also quite en vogue. For gentlemen buyers, there is a selection of watches headlined by two stainless Rolexes.
Clarke Auction Gallery is at 2372 Boston Post Road in Larchmont, NY. For more information, www.clarkeny.com or (914) 833-8336.