Past Auction

Works From the Inventory of Knoedler & Company

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11am EST |
New York
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Offering 34 Works of Modern and Contemporary Art

  • Offering 34 Works of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Featuring Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Conrad Marca-Relli, Michael Goldberg, and Lee Bontecou
  • Other Artists Represented Include Anthony Caro, David Smith, Milton Avery, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, Mimmo Rotella, Jack Youngerman and Berto Lardera

On Tuesday, November 13, Doyle New York will auction works from the inventory of Knoedler & Company of New York. The public is invited to the exhibition on view from November 9 through 12. Doyle New York is located at 175 East 87th Street. In addition to the printed auction catalogue, there will be a fully illustrated Internet version of the catalogue at

From its founding in New York City in 1848 until its closing in 2011, Knoedler & Company played a leading role in the American art world. In the late 19th century, it facilitated the formation of many of the nation’s greatest Old Master collections, including those of Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Mellon. In the 20th century, Knoedler specialized in important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modernist works and, at the same time, sparked a revival in early American painting. In the 1960s, the gallery began representing a number of leading American artists of the post-War generation, and, in its final decades, focused on American Contemporary art.

This auction of inventory from Knoedler & Company comprises 34 lots and includes works by important artists represented by the gallery. Robert Rauschenberg’s Spindle (Urban Bourbon Series) employs enameled aluminum as a support for his seemingly random, screened acrylic images. Other highlights include an acrylic on paper with deep, saturated colors by Helen Frankenthaler; an early sculpture by Lee Bontecou; and works by Jules Olitski, Michael Goldberg, Larry Poons, Hans Hofmann, Conrad Marca-Relli and David Smith.

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  • Estate of a New York Lady
  • Estate of a Private Collector
  • Estate of a Private Collector
  • Estate of Arnold Kleinick
  • Estate of Francis L. Pagani, Jr.
  • Estate of Jane P. Shaffer
  • Estate of Marguerite Gilpatric
  • Estate of Mollie Schildkrout
  • Estate of Murray L. Nathan
  • Estate of Rhoda Graf
  • Estate of Robert C. Graham, Sr.
  • Estate of Susan Erpf Van De Bovenkamp
  • Estate of Waldo Hutchins III
  • Estates of Angus and Alice Thuermer
  • Estates of Richard and Norma Flender
  • From the Collection of The Cooper Union, Sold to Benefit Student Scholarships
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  • Property from the Estate of a Washington D.C. Philanthropist
  • Property of a California Collection
  • Property of a Private Collector
  • The Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation Collection
  • The Property of a New Jersey Collector
  • The Rumsey-Harriman Collection; Estate of Mrs. Charles C. Rumsey
  • The Spanierman Gallery, LLC

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