January 29, 2012 Auction Highlights

Dates: 11/14/2011

Clarke’s January 29th auction proved to be a successful start to the new year by establishing numerous records for modern and contemporary fine art and achieving unexpected prices for antique and decorative arts. 

Sol LeWitt. Gouache on Paper. “Tangled Bands.”

Bringing $27,600, this gouache by American minimalist and conceptual artist, Sol LeWitt was the highest selling piece of the sale.


Omar El-Nagdi. Oil on Canvas “Le Chat Blanc.”

An oil by contemporary Egyptian artist Omar El-Nagdi sold for $18,000, falling within Clarke’s $15,000-$20,000 presale estimate.


Set of 12 Louis XVI Style Painted Side Chairs

Greatly exceeding expectations, this set of twelve Louis XVI style chairs brought $14,400 on January 29th.

Jiri Kolar. 1975 Mixed Media Collage. Charlie Chaplin.

One of six works by Czech artist Jiri Kolar, this collage of Charlie Chaplin sold for $9,600, while the other five pieces brought prices from $750 to $5,500.


Pearse & Son’s Sterling Silver Tea Service

Selling for $9,000, this magnificent sterling tea set more than doubled the low end of the presale estimate.


Heavily Carved Chinese Two Door Cabinet

One of two impressive Chinese cabinets sold for $8,400, while the other brought $5,040.


Pair of Art Nouveau 800 Silver Candlebra

A beautiful pair of Art Nouveau candlesticks, discovered by Clarke to be .800 silver realized $6,600 at auction.


Igor Tulpanov. Oils on Canvas “Autumn” and “Spring”

These intricate oils by Russian illusionist artist Igor Tulpanov brought $7,200 and $4,800 respectively.


Midcentury Desk and Chair

Mid Century modern pieces are continually hot items at Clarke; This desk with matching chair sold for $2,400.


Clockwise from top: Witkin 1975 Bronze, Daniel La Rue Johnson Oil, Paul Camacho Oil

On January 29th, Clarke set unprecedented sales prices for several artists. Among the works that broke records were a modernist abstract bronze by American sculptor Isaac Witkin, selling for $11,400, an oil by Puerto Rican artist, Paul Camacho that realized $4,080, and an abstract oil by African American artist Daniel La Rue Johnson that brought $3,000.