The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, August 22, 2019

Palm Beach Modern Auctions offers blue-chip art, mid-century design
Franz Kline (American, 1910-1962), Abstract Expressionist oil-on-paper, 26.5 by 23.5in (framed), extensive documentation of provenance, including accession and deaccession by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Est. $50,000-$80,000. Image courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- By no coincidence, many of the names found on 20th-century art collectors’ “most wanted” lists also happen to appear on Palm Beach Modern’s auction roster for Saturday, May 25. Most of the artworks to be auctioned are from prestigious private, institutional or gallery collections and reflect a high level of connoisseurship. Additionally, the 532-lot offering of modern art and design features private collections of designer furniture, a world traveler’s collection of fine and decorative arts; and monumental Larry Mohr outdoor sculptures from a South Florida corporate collection.

The timeless chic of mid-century modern furniture sets the tone for the sale. Ten lots of desirable Knoll furniture come directly from a collector who purchased most of the pieces directly from the manufacturer’s Manhattan showroom. The furnishings were chosen expressly for the consignor’s homes in Palm Beach, Fla., and Easthampton, N.Y. Highlights include two designs by Florence Knoll: a loveseat/sofa, $500-$800; and a pair of Model 51 “Parallel Bar” lounge chairs in a cool vanilla hue, $1,000-$2,000.

Creating an authentic mid-century living room is not difficult when furniture choices include classic chairs and “Tulip” tables by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, or a stellar pair of Fabricius & Kastholm (German/Danish) “Grasshopper chaise lounges, estimated at $10,000-$20,000. A beautiful selection of coffee tables includes a “Barcelona” table by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, a rare and striking 1972 Paul Evans design for Directional, $5,000-$8,000; and a handsome Sol Lewitt “grid” table, as shown in the reference Sol Lewitt: A Retrospective, $8,000-$12,000. From a private Florida collection, A Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons walnut, brass and glass table is referenced in Laura Falconi’s book about the revered Italian designer and is expected to make $10,000-$15,000.

Leading the fine art category is an important Franz Kline (American, 1910-1962) Abstract Expressionist oil-on-paper, artist-signed and measuring 26.5 by 23.5 inches (framed). It is accompanied by an extensive archive of documents pertaining to its prior ownership, including papers relating to accession and deaccession of the work by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The pre-sale estimate is $50,000-$80,000.

Ten early and noteworthy Alex Katz (American, b. 1927-) prints from smaller editions have been consigned by renowned gallerist and print publisher Brooke Alexander. Large Head of Vincent, a signed color sugarlift aquatint on paper, ed. 49/50, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Also from the Brooke Alexander Gallery, two significant 1970 Peter Alexander (American, b. 1939-) abstract encaustic paintings, titled Yellow and Blue, respectively, carry individual estimates of $10,000-$15,000.

One of the most admired of all British contemporary artists, David Hockney (b. 1937), is represented in the sale with Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink, from his “Paper Pools” series. The 1980 signed work, number 66 from an edition of 1,000, is entered with an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.

Color, size and fantasy combine forces in Frank Stella’s (American, b. 1936-) The Candles (Stapling Down and Cutting Up VII). The 1992 collage, lithograph and screenprint on paper has an Irving Galleries, Palm Beach label on verso and is accompanied by the original receipt and appraisal. Measuring 59 by 49.75 inches (framed), it comes to auction with an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.

A sensitive oil-on-canvas portrayal of a mother and child in a verdant setting is the unmistakable work of Le Pho (Vietnamese/French, 1907-2001). Measuring 27.25 x 32in (framed), the painting was held in a private collection since 2005 and is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Larry Mohr (American, 1921-2013) was an accomplished sculptor known for his large-scale bronze and aluminum artworks composed of welded and bolted I-beams. Three of his finest outdoor sculptures were gifted by the artist to MorseLife Health System of West Palm Beach. Proceeds from the sale of these works, whose estimates range from $3,000 to $8,000, will benefit MorseLife, whose residential facilities and programs enhance the lives of seniors in the community.

Other special highlights in the auction include art dealer Donna Schneier’s enviable collection of contemporary glass, ceramics and studio furniture; and a Port St. Lucie, Florida, collector’s diverse holdings of Latin American art and sculptures, well-documented Pre-Columbian artifacts, and walking sticks acquired from a lifetime of world travel.

Also showcased in the May 25 auction are artworks deaccessioned by the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens of West Palm Beach to help fund their educational programs. The consignment includes collections of paintings by two European Impressionists: Dietz Edzard (German, 1893-1963) and Suzanne Eisendieck (Polish, 1908-1998). Although married, the artists built their own successful, independent careers. COAs for the auction artworks were provided by their daughter, Christine Edzard Goodwin.

The Saturday, May 25, 2019 auction will begin at 12 noon Eastern Time. PBMA is located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Preview: 10-5 Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24, as well as on auction day from 9 a.m. till noon. Complimentary valet parking as well as a catered lunch, snacks and drinks will be available to guests throughout the day. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 561-586-5500 or email

Today's News

May 22, 2019

Palm Beach Modern Auctions offers blue-chip art, mid-century design

Banksy's home city an urban canvas for elusive artist

Hauser & Wirth announces worldwide representation of the John Chamberlain Estate

Germany returns papers of Kafka's friend Max Brod to Israel

Exhibition at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert focuses on works from the 1930s by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art selects Herzog & de Meuron for new building

First UK solo exhibition of works by Luchita Hurtado opens at the Serpentine

Kestner Gesellschaft opens a solo exhibition by the Polish-British artist Goshka Macuga

Throckmorton Fine Art features an important collection of forty-one pre-Columbian masks

Christie's announces final details of Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence

Marlborough opens a solo exhibition of new paintings by the London-based artist Ansel Krut

Kurt Cobain's sweater sold for $75,000 & paper plate set list sold for staggering $22,400 at Julien's Auctions

Rare complete suite of La suite des Saltimbanques by Picasso leads Bonhams sale

McArthur Binion's first shows in Asia opens at Lehmann Maupin

WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre opens an exhibition of works by Mario García Torres

Michael Findlay appointed President of the Art Dealers Association of America Foundation Board

Asya Geisberg Gallery opens an exhibition of eight artists who work with weaving, tapestry, yarn and thread

Julien's Auctions Legends Auction features Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, Stan Lee + more

Rhodes Contemporary Art opens an exhibition of new works by Nick Smith

Brazil's gutted National Museum seeks funds in Europe

Omani writer wins Man Booker literature prize

Strong results achieved for Christie's Design sale: Total €4,863,375, buyers coming from 16 countries

Milwaukee Art Museum taps accomplished museum professional as Chief Development Officer

Nomura announces inaugural winners of US$100,000 Emerging Artist Awards

Best Payment Gateway Choices

Ontario Travelers - 5 fabulous art galleries you should visit

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful