Highlights from the May 25 American and European Art auction include Ralston Crawford’s Smith Silo that will be offered with an estimate of $300-000 – 500,000. In search of intriguing industrial and agricultural material, the artist worked in Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania from 1934 to 1939. It was here that his Precisionist style painting was executed. George Inness’ Sunset will be offered with an estimate of $100,000 – 150,000 as well as a Birger Sandzen titled Pacific Coastline, 1950, with a presale estimate of $50,000 – 70,000.
Of particular American ties is a collection of 18 watercolor studies by Walter Ufer for the Fourth Liberty Loan Poster Program. After coming under suspicion as a German-born American at the start of America’s involvement in WWI, Walter Ufer was later approached by the Treasury Department to submit studies for a series of posters supporting war bonds. An essay in the catalogue describes Ufer’s inspiration and submission that challenged the program’s suggested approach. The collection will be offered with a presale estimate of $4,000 – 6,000.
On the European front, and among many additional lots of interest, is a Marc Chagall titled L’arche portee par David a Jerusalem, 1955-56 that will be offered in the American and European Art sale on May 25 with an estimate of $60,000 – 80,000. A highlight of the Fine Prints May 24 evening sale is Franz Gertsch’s Natascha VI, 1987, offered at $30,000 – 50,000. Josef Sima’s Untitled work from 1965 will be offered with a presale estimate of $30,000 – 50,000 in the Post War and Contemporary Art sale May 24. Also from the Kultermann Estate is a late 50s ink dot drawing by Zero group denizen Gunther Uecker demonstrating the artist’s interest in light and movement as seen in his future nail works.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ May 24 and 25 fine art sales will take place in the Chicago saleroom with online bidding via LHLive and Bidsquare.