A Per­fect Com­ple­ment

Christie’s Novem­ber 20 sale of Amer­i­can art fea­tures im­pres­sive works by O’ke­effe and Leyen­decker

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Christie’s Novem­ber 20 sale of Amer­i­can art fea­tures im­pres­sive works by O’ke­effe and Leyen­decker

On Novem­ber 20, Christie’s will host its fall Amer­i­can art sale. Pre­ced­ing it, on Novem­ber 13 and 14, is the auc­tion of the col­lec­tion of Bar­ney Eb­sworth, one of the pre-em­i­nent col­lec­tions of 20th cen­tury Amer­i­can art, to which the works in the later sale pro­vide a per­fect com­ple­ment.

The sale’s cover lot, com­ing from a pri­vate col­lec­tion, is Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe’s The Red Maple at Lake Ge­orge, which has an es­ti­mate of $7 mil­lion to $10 mil­lion. It dates from 1926, dur­ing the time she spent at the Stieglitz fam­ily es­tate in Lake Ge­orge, New York. Paige Kesten­man, as­so­ciate vice pres­i­dent of Amer­i­can art at Christies, de­scribes,“she would wan­der and col­lect leaves. She be­came fas­ci­nated by one maple tree on the Stieglitz prop­erty. Even af­ter they moved to an­other es­tate, she would go back ev­ery fall and paint that tree. In this work she fo­cuses on color, and pushes the still life con­cept to the edge of ab­strac­tion to fan­tas­tic ef­fect.”

From the same col­lec­tion as the O’ke­effe, to be of­fered in the im­pres­sion­ist and mod­ern evening sale, is Mary Cassatt’s Chil­dren Play­ing with a Dog

(est. $4/6 mil­lion). It’s a com­plex work from the top of the artist’s ca­reer, fea­tur­ing a mother, two chil­dren, and a lov­ingly de­picted fam­ily dog. “The back­ground is also re­ally beau­ti­ful, in­cor­po­rat­ing ar­chi­tec­tural

el­e­ments and a view into the yard,” Kesten­man notes.

An Au­gust 1938 J.C. Leyen­decker Satur­day Evening Post cover—ti­tled Lit­tle Cow­boy Takes a Lick­ing—is es­ti­mated to sell for $150,000 to $250,000. Kesten­man says, “it com­bines illustration with Western themes, and the ex­pres­sion of the boy and the level of de­tail make it a great ex­am­ple from the artist.” Other no­table works in the sale in­clude a cityscape from Childe Has­sam, Sixth Av­enue El—noc­turne (The El, Newyork), es­ti­mated at $500,000 to $700,000; O’ke­effe’s Black Door with Snow

(est. $1/1.5 mil­lion); a Charles M. Rus­sell sculp­ture, Weapons of the

Weak (est. $40/60,000); and Mars­den Hart­ley’s Land­scape with a Sin­gle Cloud (est. $500/700,000). Christie’s Amer­i­can art on­line sale takes place lead­ing up to the live auc­tion, Novem­ber 14 through 20, and in­cludes work by iconic artists at more af­ford­able price points. Featured works in­clude An­drew Wyeth’s Fish­er­man Com­ing Ashore ($60/80,000); Mil­ton Avery’s Coun­try Hair­cut ($50/70,000); and Theodore Earl But­ler’s Fire­works, Ver­non Bridge (est. $50/70,000).

Childe Has­sam (1859-1935), Sixth Av­enue El—noc­turne (The El, New York), 1894. Oil on can­vas, 18¼ x 14¼ in., signed and dated with artist’s cres­cent de­vice lower right: ‘Childe Has­sam. 1894’. Es­ti­mate: $500/700,000

Es­ti­mate: $500/700,000

Mars­den Hart­ley (1877-1943), Land­scape with Sin­gle Cloud, 1923. Oil on can­vas, 28½ x 41 in.

Theodore Earl But­ler (1860-1936), Fire­works, Ver­non Bridge, 1908. Oil on can­vas, 21¼ x 25¾ in., signed lower left: ‘T.E. But­ler’. Es­ti­mate: $50/70,000 Im­ages courtesy Christie’s Im­ages Ltd. 2018

Charles M. Rus­sell (1864-1926), Weapons of the Weak, mod­eled in 1921, cast ca. 1922-28. Bronze with brown patina, 5¾ in., in­scribed with artist’s skull de­vice: ‘Cm/rus­sell’; along the base: ‘R•B.W.’ Es­ti­mate: $40/60,000

J. C. Leyen­decker (1874-1951), Lit­tle Cow­boy Takes a Lick­ing, 1938. Oil on can­vas, 31 x 24 in., signed with ini­tials in mono­gram lower left: ‘Jcleyen­decker’. Es­ti­mate: $150/250,000

An­drew Wyeth (1917-2009), Fish­er­men Com­ing Ashore. Wa­ter­color on pa­per, 18 x 21/ in., signed lower right: ‘An­drew Wyeth’. Es­ti­mate: $60/80,000

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