Calder Stabile Marquees Fine Art Auctions  

Calder Stabile Marquees Fine Art Auctions

Fresh To Market Calder Stabile Marquees Fine Art Series at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

The fall fine art auctions at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will cover vast territory with important highlights from both leading names and unique property that rarely meets the auction block. Post War and Contemporary Art will open the run of sales on September 24 followed the same day by Fine Prints and American and European Art on September 25.


In a private collection since 1970, a top lot of the Post War and Contemporary Art sale includes an Alexander Calder stabile from 1956, Long Brass Tail. It has a presale estimate of $600,000 – 800,000. Two vividly colorful Calder gouaches will also be offered. An additional highlight is Moutons de Pierre, (a pair of sheep) by Francoise-Xavier Lalanne. The pair of stylized epoxy, stone and painted bronze sheep is a quintessential example of the French sculptor’s zoomorphic surrealism and among the most desirable of all his animal constructions ($150,000-250,000).

crasner leslie hindman
Francoise Xavier Lalanne
alexander calder

Two large-scale mixed media collages on canvas by former Springs, Long Island neighbors, Lee Krasner and Conrad Marca-Relli, are leading highlights from national collections. Both Krasner’s Past Present Subjunctive, 1976 ($150,000-250,000) and Marca-Relli’s L-4-57 (The Survival), 1957 ($60,000-80,000) come from the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld of Palm Beach, Florida. Dynamic paintings by Roger Brown, Jim Dine, Jack Goldstein, Ed Paschke, and Victor Vasarely, as well as compelling sculptures by Harry Bertoia, Louise Nevelson and Anne Truitt, will also be offered.


The September 24 auction will feature a LeRoy Neiman painting, Nymphs, 1960, which was once owned by Hugh Hefner and hung in his Chicago Playboy Mansion bedroom. It is estimated at $60,000-80,000. Property from prominent Chicago collector Ruth Horwich, including works by Chicago Imagists Jim Nutt, Ray Yoshida and Karl Wirsum, are also points of significance.


The American and European Art sale on September 25 builds on the strong bidding for American Ashcan and Realist works witnessed in the department’s May sale, Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin, which featured several works by Thomas Hart Benton.


The sale is led by a Robert Henri portrait entitled Eileen. Executed in 1924 while the artist was living on Achill Island, this painting is a part of Henri’s most popular and widely recognized body of work. The model is Sarah Burke, daughter of the island’s butcher, whom Henri painted at least two additional times in the same year. This work truly highlights Henri’s ability to paint the vitality and unique character of his sitters and is a captivating example of the portraits for which he is known. With a presale estimate of $200,000-300,000, Eileen has remained in the collection of Elizabeth Mahaffey Mullins since it was purchased from the artist. This is the first time it will appear at auction.

richard emiele miller
Robert Henri Eileen
Emile Antoine Bourdelle

Other American highlights of the sale include The Necklace (La Femme au Collier) by American Impressionist Richard Miller, estimated at $150,000-250,000. Also available is a pastel drawing by James Abbott McNeill Whistler called Parasol; red note, which was first exhibited in London in 1884 and received criticism for its brazen nudity. The model, Carmen Rossi, sold the work in 1903 to a Paris gallery, which in turn sold it to a private collector. It changed hands in 1922, when NewYork City’s Knoedler & Company bought it, and then again in 1926. After many years, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is bringing it back to market with a presale estimate of $60,000-80,000.


Distinctly Western paintings will also be available such as Oscar Berninghaus’ Taos Indians and the Sangre de Cristos from 1915 ($80,000-120,000) and Victor Higgins’ Meadow with Cattle ($70,000-90,000). The sale will also offer several sculptures and paintings by European masters, including Emile Antoine Bourdelle’s acclaimed bronze Herakles, archer ($100,000-200,000).


One highlight of the September 24 Fine Prints auction is a 1916 George Wesley Bellows print, Preliminaries. The lithograph of a boxing match, a popular subject for the artist, has a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000. The sale will also feature works by Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Tom Wesselmann. Additional offerings from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albrecht Dürer, Cornelis Visscher and others will be available.

Richard Estes
george weasley bellows
david hockney

Auction Schedule

Post War and Contemporary Art (392)

Thursday, September 24 | 10 AM CT


Fine Prints (393)

Thursday, September 24 | 3 PM CT


American and European Art (391)

Friday, September 25 | 10 AM CT


Chicago Preview Schedule

Chicago Salesroom:

Thursday, September 17 – Friday, September 25



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