Leo Gestel Landscape Sells for £108,250
04 July 2018
20th Century Art & Design
A modernist landscape by Dutch painter Leo Gestel (1881-1941) was the heavyweight for the 20th Century Art & Design auction at Roseberys London on 26 June.
Lot 334 ‘Gezicht op een baai, Mallorca’, 1914; oil on canvas, signed, inscribed and dated ’14.
Private Collection, London;
Mr S. Josefowitz, Amsterdam;
Mrs A. Gestel-Overtoom, the artist’s wife;
The collection of Dr J.F.S. Esser, Amsterdam.
Ivo Bouwman, on behalf of the Comité Leo Gestel, The Hague, Netherlands, kindly confirmed the authenticity of this piece. This piece was originally in the collection of Dr. J.F.S Esser, the renowned plastic surgeon and collector whom was responsible for supporting the Luminist art of young artist such as Gestel, Pier Mondrian and Piet van Der Hem, when their pieces were regularly rejected by museums and galleries and criticised by the press. In 1919 Esser sold off a large portion of his collection, and it is most likely the artist himself purchased the piece back and that is how it came into the position of his wife Mrs Gestel-Overtoom. In January 1914 Leo Gestel went, together with his wife and the artists Else Berg and Mommie Schwarz to Mallorca with the intention of painting en plein air.
After several minutes of fast paced bidding via phones, online platforms and in the room, the successful purchase went to a private collector in the room, for an impressive £108,250*
Elsewhere in the sale, Roseberys saw strong bidding for design pieces from Alexander Calder and Piero Fornasetti to mention a few.
Alexander Calder, American 1898 – 1976 “Blue and Red Nails” c.1975; handwoven wool tapestry, with woven signature and Pinton tapestry mark, inscribed, titled and numbered 6/6 on Tapisserie d’Aubusson label attached to the reverse, executed by Ateliers Pinton, France, 160 cm high x 230 cm wide. Provenance is with a Private Collection, London.
Calder is always a hit with lovers of Modern art, the playful colours and iconic imagery made this a very popular piece with collectors – The final hammer came down at £43,050*
Continuing the theme of playful modern art was the charming glasswork of Kiki Kogelnik from her Balloon Head series.
Kiki Kogelnik, Austrian 1935-1997- Fantasma, from Balloon Heads series, 1996 glass sculpture, signed with monogram and numbered 3 from the edition of 10, published by Berengo Fine Arts Srl., Murano, Venezia 50 cm high (ARR) Provenance: Berengo Fine Arts Srl, Murano, Venice
Kiki Kogelnik was an Austrian painter, sculptor and printmaker. Born in southern Austria, she studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and moved to New York City in 1961
The successful bid hit the hammer down at £12,300*
Robert Indiana, American 1928 – 2018 ”Chosen Love”; skein dyed, hand carved and hand tufted archival New Zealand wool rug on stretched canvas with natural latex backing, signed and numbered 81/175 in black ink on the label attached to the reverse, with a further sheared signature in the lower right corner, produced by Master Contemporary Original Rugs, 243 cm high x 243 wide cm
Indiana passed away earlier this year – His work is known across the world and his name will always be synonymous with the word LOVE.
He first presented the LOVE piece as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art, this was the basis for the 1970 sculpture and he since made thousands of variations of the piece; with it fetching a final price of £6,400*
Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), was another iconic designer represented in the sale with his four-fold screen c.1954, unsigned lithographic transfer printed and lacquered four fold screen on casters, Printed to one side with ‘Battaglia Navale’ pattern and to the other side with ‘Lesene’ pattern.
These screens were produced in two sizes; a 200x200cm size of which there were 15 made and a smaller version of which only 10 were made (of which this is one) 137cm high x 145 cm wide x 3 cm deep.
For a similar example see Fornasetti, the complete universe (Rizzoli, New York, 2010), page 429. Provenance is with a Private Collection, London We are extremely grateful to Barnaba Fornasetti for his help in cataloguing this screen.
His black and white motifs and obsession with Lina Cavaleri (he created over 11,000 object with her face) made him a household name; the screen presented was a superb example of his work. His son Barnaba Fornasetti continues to run the studio and produce works under the family name.
Continuing through the sale was an exceptional and rare collection of 60 Art Deco sculptures from the estate of a private UK collector, the collection includes artists such as Dimitri Chiparus, Ferdinand Preiss, Professor Otto Poertzel, Josef Lorenzl and Paul Philippe. Two lots of particular interest were:
A beautiful piece by Marcel-André Bouraine (1886-1948), an Art Deco cold-painted bronze group ‘Diana with fawns’, c.1930, signed ‘Bouraine’ on base Modelled and cast as the naked Diana with her bow and two fawns, stepped bronze base 31.5 cm high.
The piece was a hit amongst the art deco enthusiasts surpassing its original estimate of £1200-1800 by reaching a final figure of £8,900*
A second lot of interest from the collection was:
Paul Philippe (1870-1930), a cold-painted bronze and ivory figure ‘The Respectful Splits’, c.1920, signed P. Philippe on base Modelled, cast and carved as a young woman in a futuristic costume holding a front split position, onyx base 18 cm high x 32 cm long
Completing the highlights from this sale was a 1908s graffiti collection – particular highlights were lots 473 and 474.
Purchased from the first exhibition held by Graffiti Aboveground Gallery, New York in 1981 by the current owner, Lady Pink is an American artist b.1964 in this piece she uses her ‘street’ name La Dama Rosa – The artist has confirmed the authenticity of this work. La Dama Rosa is the Spanish translation of Lady Pink. The character is inspired by a cover of a book by Barbara Cartland, which the artist read during her childhood.
Lady Pink, born Sandra Fabara in Ecuador moved to New York at just seven years old. She was inspired by the rebellious streets and joined the Graffiti world aged just 15. Lady Pink was a lone female artist in a predominantly male environment, she stands for equality and pursues the course of self-expression. She doesn’t label herself as an activist although she has stood for and inspired many young women and men to follow their creative dreams, with a career spanning over three decades Lady Pink continues to share her knowledge and passion with the next generation of writers while exhibiting worldwide.
Mixed media, signed ‘Lady Pink’ and dated 1982, 21.5×28.5cm; sold for a final hammer of £3,690*
The final highlight in the June – 20th Century Art & Design round up is
Attributed to Iz the Wiz, American 1958-2009- Untitled; watercolour, felt pen and black ink, signed, inscribed and dated 1982, 31x41cm
Purchased from the Graffiti Aboveground Gallery, New York, by the current owner, June 1981(Lady Pink, an artist included exhibition and shown above in the Graffiti Aboveground Gallery 1981 exhibition believes this work to be by Iz the Wiz).
Iz the Wiz (Michael Martin) was one of the most prolific writers of the early graffiti scene in New York. Heralded as a hero of the streets his career was cut short by failing health – thought to be triggered by years of inhaling spray paint and dust.
He started writing aged just 14, his work adorned the streets and subways for years and he was held in the highest respect by fellow painters and being a key characters in the Hip Hop movement. This historical piece was agreed as an important addition to any street art lovers collection by the bidders o the day – reaching a final hammer price of £2,830*
*Prices include Buyers Premium of 23%.
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