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Top of the Pop: Roy Lichtenstein steps into limelight at Bonhams Prints Sale on November 19th
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), Landscape Mobile (Limoges). Porcelain with painted bronze, 1991, signed and dated on the base, numbered, 51/125, published by Bernardaud & Artes Magnus Ltd., Limoges and New York, overall 559 x 660 x 140mm (22 x 26 x 5 1/2in). Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Bonhams Prints sale on November 19th in London’s New Bond Street tells the story of an artistic revolution—the rise of Pop. As well as featuring American Pop artist-cum-icon Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein will be fighting for centre stage.

‘Landscape Mobile (Limoges)’ (1991) is one Lichtenstein that is sure to turn heads at Bonhams Pop-inspired sale. The standing mobile is made of porcelain and painted bronze, is signed and dated on the base, numbered 51/125, and was published by Bernardaud & Artes Magnus Ltd., Limoges and New York. It measures 559 x 660 x 140mm (22 x 26 x 5 1/2in), and it is estimated at a value of £10,000-15,000.

Like Lichtenstein, ‘Landscape Mobile’ yearns to be the star of the show—it was created, after all, as a table centrepiece. In typical playful Pop fashion, the standing mobile represents a tall tree with not only bushy green leaves hanging from its branches, but also two bubble-like clouds, slanting rain, and a bright yellow sun. The tree is set in a green basin that is intended to be filled with flowers, giving it a sense of gravity; the abstracted background of year-round weather conditions creates a sense of moveable, balancing parts. Viewable from all four sides, and with a thin and unobtrusive profile, this is a centrepiece for all seasons.

Another Lichtenstein on offer can be found in Leo Castelli's 90th Birthday Portfolio (1997), which is estimated to fetch between £35,000 and £45,000. ‘Interior with Chair’ (1997) is a colour screenprint printed on Somerset paper with full margins.

Castelli’s complete portfolio comprises 9 prints in various media. Along with the Lichtenstein, it includes works by Johns, Kelly, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Ruscha, Serra, Nauman, Kosuth, each signed, dated, and inscribed in pencil. This is one portfolio from the edition of 90 (there were 90 artist and 10 printer's proofs), published by Castelli Graphics, New York, with full margins, each 930 x 686mm (36 1/2 x 27in).

Fun and inventive, Pop art challenged established traditions and hierarchies with an aesthetic that was both fresh and familiar. At Bonhams Prints sale, Lichtenstein challenges Warhol for a place on Pop’s centre stage.

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