Arts & Culture

Upcoming NYC Auctions Week of Dec. 16

BY Christine Lin TIMEDecember 16, 2013 PRINT

Monday, Dec. 16

20th Century Decorative Arts (Bonhams): Includes a rare and historic suite of art nouveau furniture from the private library of French industrialist Auguste Rateau. 384 lots.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of U.S. Gold Coins (Bonhams): The Robbins Collection is comprised of more than 300 fine examples painstakingly assembled by a private West Coast Collector. 394 lots.

Important Watches (Christie’s): Features over 370 lots and encompasses a broad view of horology. Highlights include a Chanel white gold limited edition automatic watch set with rubies and diamonds, estimated at $80,000–$120,000. 

Important Judaica (Sotheby’s): Sotheby’s annual sale features resplendent Judaica. From silver treasures produced in Augsburg, Amsterdam and Frankfurt during the Baroque era to masterworks created in the late 20th century by silversmiths in New York City. 157 lots.

Israeli & International Art (Sotheby’s): Representing a range of 100 years of Israeli art, the sale includes masterpieces from a 1920s Reuven Rubin to iconic works of contemporary art. 140 lots.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Fine Writing Instruments (Bonhams): 500 lots, including an often read about, but seldom seen example of a Parker Number 60 Awanyu “Aztec” Gold-Filled Fountain Pen, 1911, estimated at $40,000-$80,000.

Modern Design Visionaries: The Yurcik Collection (Sotheby’s): Joseph and Sheila Yurcik began collecting modern and contemporary design in the early 1990s. The core of the collection comprises masterworks by Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans and George Nakashima. 29 lots.

Important 20th Century Design (Sotheby’s): A curated selection of European and American decorative arts and design spanning 100 years. Leading the sale is a desk and chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building in Racine, Wis. Expected to reach $400,000–$600,000. 136 lots.

Important Tiffany (Sotheby’s): A selection of the firm’s celebrated leaded glass lighting, favrile glass and bronze fancy goods. Also includes a piano designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1888 for his Manhattan residence at 72nd Street and Madison Avenue. 48 lots.

Thursday, Dec. 19

Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design (Christie’s): 96 lots including pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar Brandt, and Jean Dunand. 

Magnificent Tiffany (Christie’s): 147 lots feature mostly lamps, light shades, and chandeliers. A c. 1910 poinsettia table lamp is expected to auction for $120,000–$180,000.

Compiled by Christine Lin, Epoch Times Staff

Christine Lin is an arts reporter for the Epoch Times. She can be found lurking in museum galleries and poking around in artists' studios when not at her desk writing.
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