Auction of Prints & Multiples on April 29, 2020
Picasso Monumental Ceramic ‘Vase Azteque aux Quatre Visages’ Achieves $78,125
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Prints & Multiples on April 29, 2020 presented a wide range of works spanning the 17th century to the present day.
With competitive bidding, the sale totaled a successful $876,406 against an estimate of $664,700-979,500 with a strong 85% sold by lot and 93% by value.
Highlighting the sale was a Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) monumental ceramic Vase Azteque aux Quatre Visages that achieved $78,125 near the high end of its $60,000-80,000 estimate. Conceived in 1957, eleven years after he first fell in love with creating ceramic works at the Madoura pottery factory in Southern France. Depicting four different faces, the form derives from Moche Peruvian culture and is among the largest of the 663 different editions created by the artist.
In 1947, Picasso created a magnificent 26-piece Service Poisson, a year after his first visit to the Madoura pottery factory. Rare to find complete, the pieces are fine, early examples of Picasso’s ceramic work, which he created over a 25-year period, and depict one of his favorite subjects, the fish. The service realized $62,500 against an estimate of $60,000-80,000.
Topping the prints was a Marilyn screenprint from 1967 by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) from the Estate of Sylvia Miles that sold for $62,500, surpassing its estimate of $30,000-50,000. It bore the inscription, To Sylvia AW 73. Twice nominated for an Academy Award, Miles is best remembered for her strong performances in diverse works ranging from Midnight Cowboy to Sex and the City, as a bona fide "Warhol Superstar,” and as a fixture so prevalent on the Manhattan party scene that it was said she would “attend the opening of an envelope.” This was also said of Andy Warhol, Miles’ great friend, who thought to include this anecdote about Miles in his bible of the times, Andy Warhol’s Exposures, a who’s who of the late ‘70s New York scene.
Ellsworth Kelly’s (1923-2015) Colored Paper Image XIII from 1976 realized $37,500 against an estimate of $30,000-40,000. This is work, the American Color Field painter demonstrates his innate understanding of color, line and composition in this brightly-hued image created from colored and press paper pulp.
Keith Haring (1958-1990) created the color screenprint Growing #2 in 1988, the year he was diagnosed with AIDS. His Growing portfolio of five works all depict figures stemming from one individual, from one many, informed by his dedication to activism and social works. Property from a Sarasota Lady, the work fetched $28,125 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
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