Abstract collage by Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) sells for $67,650 at Neue Auctions’ May Modern sale,…

Abstract painting in acrylic on canvas and enamel on aluminum by African-American artist Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), titled Pantheon #5, 85 inches by 55 inches ($67,650).New auctions BEACHWOOD, Ohio – An abstract acrylic-on-canvas and enamel-on-aluminum

Abstract painting in acrylic on canvas and enamel on aluminum by African-American artist Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), titled Pantheon #5, 85 inches by 55 inches ($67,650).
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BEACHWOOD, Ohio – An abstract acrylic-on-canvas and enamel-on-aluminum collage by African-American artist Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) sold for $67,650 at a May Modern auction in online only held on May 28 by Neue Auctions. The book, titled Pantheon #5was created in 1984. It was an exuberant, highly textured and intricate composition, executed with deft craftsmanship.

The piece, an impressive 85 inches by 55 inches, was signed on the reverse and titled on the stretcher and sold within its estimate of $50,000 to $80,000. It was easily the top performer of May Modern’s third annual sale for Neue Auctions, which featured a fine collection of modern print works, original paintings, pottery, sculpture and classic modern furniture by named designers. .

Here are more highlights from the 262-lot auction. Internet auctions were facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. Telephone and correspondence offers were also accepted. All prices quoted include a 23% buyer’s premium.

Modern design favorites included a “Chan” coffee table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne consisting of two hexagonal bases and depicting Chinese figures in pavilions engaged in various activities ($20,910); and a Claude Conover “Chach” stoneware vessel, large ovoid shape, with a cylindrical mouth and insert, 24 inches high by 16 inches wide, signed by the artist and titled at the base ($9,840).

A paper collage (not a print) by Victor Vasarely (French/Hungarian, 1906-1997), titled Kontosch-C (c. 1968-1972), signed in ink, 36 inches by 35 ½ inches in frame, realized $15,990; while an oil on canvas by Yolande Ardissone (French, born in 1927), titled Anse du Posigned lower left and nicely presented in a 28 inch by 31 ½ inch frame, finished at $5,535.

There were two tabletop bronze sculptures by Clement Meadmore (Australian/American, 1929-2005), whose elegant square forms demonstrated weighty precision. A title open end (1984), was signed, dated and numbered (AP II/III) and measured 5 ¾ inches ($10,455). The other, titled Upcast (1986), was 12½ inches tall and signed, dated and numbered (6/9) ($9,840).

Paper collage (not a print) by Victor Vasarely (French/Hungarian, 1906-1997), titled Kontosch-C (c. 1968-1972), signed in ink, 91 cm by 90 cm in frame ($15,990) .
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Works by artists with instant name recognition were plentiful and included the following lots:

  • A lithograph with etching and embossing by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), titled Lincoln at Dalivision (1977), signed in pencil lower right and numbered (200/350), passe-partout and in a 35 by 26 inch frame, with the original monocle for viewing ($5,535).
  • A color mixography printed on Arches paper by Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), titled Negro mansigned lower right and numbered 55/140, with a dry stamp, with a floating mount in a frame measuring 34 ¾ inches by 26 ½ inches ($4,612).
  • A lithograph on Arches paper by Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985), titled flower clown, signed in pencil lower right and numbered 32/90, matted and framed with an image size of 15 inches by 12 inches ($4,305).
  • A lithograph on paper by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled summer blessing (1951-52), Print Club of Cleveland publication no. 31 for 1953, edition 250 plus 10, signed in pencil lower right, passe-partout, 12 inches by 9 inches (at sight) ($2,706).
  • A cold-painted, hand-gilt bronze by the artist known as Erte (real name: Romain de Tirtoff, Russian/French, 1892-1990), titled The wedding (1986), with a foundry mark for Fine Art Acquisitions dated 1986, numbered 166/375, 16 inches tall ($2,460).
  • A lithograph on wove paper by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1979), titled Large Yellow Background Composition (1970), signed in pencil lower right and numbered 19/100, with a dry stamp lower left, framed with an image size of 28 ½ inches by 43 inches ($2,337).

Lithograph with etching and embossing by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), titled Lincoln in Dalivision (1977), signed in pencil lower right and numbered (200/350) ($5,535).
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A Florence Knoll walnut and laminate credenza (circa 1960s-1970s), walnut top and sides on four off-white laminate hinged doors with chrome handles, 75 ½ inches long, cost $2,583. Also, a handcrafted Thomas Moser (Auburn, Maine) Edo cherry dining table with a rectangular top on a square-legged trestle base, signed in ink below, dated 2006, reached 2,952 $.

A baluster-shaped Galle cameo glass vase with an everted lip, the walls of gray glass covered in several colors, with a view of a mountain lake landscape from a balcony, 8 ¼ inches high, cost $2,952. Also, a large baluster-shaped R. Lalique corked bottle with blue patina wash, titled Twelve Figures With Capthe frosted body cast with pairs of female nudes, 12 inches tall, incised signed “R. Lalique”, numbered 914, went to a determined bidder for $2,829.

A magnificent watercolor on illustration board by Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2006), titled edge of night, signed lower right and passe-partout and framed at a size of 39 inches by 48 ½ inches, reaches $3,321; while an equally fine watercolor op paper by William Sommer (American, 1867-1949), titled Landscape with road and tree, houses and clouds (1936), signed and dated, matted and framed 17 inches by 19 ½ inches, also scratched for $3,321.

Neue Auctions will follow this sale with an auction featuring Dr. Marvin Drucker’s Lifetime Collection of Asian Antiques and Decorative Objects on Saturday, June 25; and Carol and Leslie Gould’s Lifetime Collection of Rare and Exquisite Moser Glass Pieces on Saturday, July 30. Both events will be online only, as usual, and will begin promptly at 10 a.m. EST.

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