Dawson and Cortes share the honours at Ritchies December European art sale

Despite strong prices, buy-in percentage high

One of the best selling items in the Charles Rand Penney collection of sculpture was James Rosati's Study for Lippincott II. The 1962 painted zinc construction doubled its estimate with a bid of $16,800.
Allan Davidson's Nude Reclining against a Tree (detail shown here) did well when it sold for a double estimate $6720 at Ritchies in December.

Toronto (20BP) – A classic Montague Dawson seascape and an equally classic Edward Cortes Parisian street scene were the star lots at Ritchie’s session of International Art December 7, 2006. Each sold for $38,400. The Dawson (illustrated right), a 28” x 32” canvas titled Home Again, carried an estimate of $40/60,000, while the Cortes was a night scene Vue de la Madeleine, 15” x 22” that was estimated at $20/30,000.


Despite some strong prices the sale overall was seemingly not well received by the market with around 47% of the lots offered failing to find buyers. The sale opened well with a mid-estimate bid of $6900 for a James Webb canvas, 21” x 36.5”, of Unloading the Catch. Staying with the British school, Allan Davidson’s Nude Reclining against a Tree, 9.5” x 7.5” doubled its expectations with a bid of $6720, and Edward Seago’s Rue Gomes Freire-Cascais, a 12” x 16” oil on board picked up a $12000 bid against a $10/15,000 estimate. A similar estimate was placed on Reg Butler’s Girl Tying Back Her Hair, a 13.5” bronze sculpture, and it did well with a bid of $13,800.


Among the French works offered was Noel Bouvard’s Venice – Le Rialto, 20” x 26” which did well with a bid of $33,600 against a $20/25,000 estimate. A disappointment in this segment was the failure of two gouaches by George Rouault, each with $25/30,000 expectations.


An acrylic on paper, 26” x 20.5” by Pierre Alechinsky titled Marche a pied sold just under estimate with a bid of $24,000, while a colour lithograph of Les Renoncules by Marc Chagall comfortably exceeded expectations with a bid of $20,400. A colour silkscreen of a Reclining Nude by Tom Wesselman also did well selling for $7800 against a $3/5000 estimate.


An interesting inclusion in the sale was a selection of more than 40 sculptures, maquettes and preparatory sketches from the Charles Rand Penney collection of which two-thirds found buyers. Prices of note include a low estimate bid of $24,500 for an untitled cast aluminum sculpture of an ear by Tomio Miki, $7200 for Midnight Disc II, a 50” bronze from 1962 by James Wines, estimated at $2/3000, and $16,800 for James Rosati’s Study for Lippincott II, an 18.5” x 29” painted zinc construction from 1962 estimated at $8/10,000.


Perhaps the buy of the night was to be found at the beginning of the sale when George Sheridan Knowles’ Haying Time, a 31” x 22” canvas estimated at $12/16,000 managed a bid of only $5400. It pays to be prompt!


Important Canadian & International Works of Art

Date: March, 2013

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