Angel Botello oil painting and bronze works to lead Clarke Auction Gallery, May 15th

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Angel Botello oil painting and bronze works to lead Clarke Auction Gallery, May 15th
A rare dresser in California walnut by Arthur Espenet Carpenter ($8/12,000), having red enameled dovetailing is signed on the back and numbered 8501, 32 by 53½ by 21 inches.



LARCHMONT, NY.- Clarke Auction Gallery typically has a diverse grouping of fine items in its monthly auctions but buyers can always count on seeing rare and important paintings and artists taking centerstage here. That won’t change at its next auction but the date will. Instead of its usual Sunday time slot, which would fall on Mother’s Day, the auction will move to Monday, May 15, at 12 noon.

The auction will comprise art, sculptures, bronzes, marble, Asian antiquities, estate jewelry, sterling, Japanese samurai armor, Persian rugs and more. Featuring several local estates, the auction will be headlined by a particularly strong one in Scarsdale. Among the fine goods sourced from this home comes a choice collection of six Angel Botello (Puerto Rico, 1913-1986) paintings and bronzes. Expected to lead the selection is a vibrant Modernist oil on board of children with cats, signed, and painted in his typical style ($20/30,000), 48 by 36 inches.

Called the “Caribbean Gauguin,” Botello painted many such scenes of island life during his three decades on Puerto Rico, moving there after civil war broke out in his native Spain. In works like this, one can see the influence of his fellow artists, Gauguin, Modigliani and Picasso.

Other Botello paintings competing for buyers’ interest will be a signed floral still life oil on board ($15/25,000) in shades of blue, 48 by 30 inches and a signed oil on board of a bull ($8/12,000), 36 by 48 inches.

Besides excelling with a paintbrush, Botello was equally renowned for his bronze sculptures. Crossing the block will be his bronze of a mother and child ($12/18,000), set on a stone base, signed and numbered 3/6, measuring 23 inches tall; and a 11 ½-inch bronze bust of a child ($6/9,000), signed and numbered 10.

Artists represented in this auction will span the globe and a variety of styles from a Walasse Ting (China/United States,1929-2010) oil on canvas portrait of a woman holding a large green cat ($10/15,000), 1986, titled “I Think Of You” on reverse, 23½ by 35½ inches; to Emile Oscar Guillaume’s (French, 1867-1942) life size bronze, “Le Delivrance,” estimated at $8/12,000 and measuring 86½ inches tall.

The furniture offerings are select but highly curated, led by an Empire bronze mounted mahogany sidelock lingerie chest ($1/111,500) in a pleasing large size (74 by 41 by 17 inches) having bronze mounts. Another standout is a rare dresser in California walnut by Arthur Espenet Carpenter ($8/12,000), having red enameled dovetailing, signed on the back and numbered 8501, 32 by 53½ by 21 inches. Also on offer is an Egyptian Revival ebonized console ($1/1,500), attributed to James Mont, having Sphinx decoration, 29½ by 72 by 25 ½ inches.

The jewelry category is equally curated, including a man’s Rolex Explorer II stainless steel watch ($6/8,000), ref. #16570; a large Italian 18K yellow gold cuff bracelet ($4,5/5,000) depicting flowering grape cluster vines flanking a central fruit filled urn; and a signed Henri Poincot 18K white gold modernist spray form brooch ($1,5/2,500). Another highlight is an Etruscan Revival diamond and enamel hinged bracelet ($1/1,500) in 14K yellow gold highly decorated with coral red guilloche and white enamel work, displaying a central cream colored enamel globe with an Old Mine cut diamond inlaid star.

Coming out of a Manhattan estate will be three near matching partial sets of Japanese samurai armor (Yoroi) including helmets (kabuto) with the front crest (maedate), the brim (mabizashi) and shikoro, pairs of armored sleeves (kote), masks (menpo), tassets (kusazuri) and more as well as several assorted samurai armor groupings. A highlight among Asian arts offerings is an antique Japanese carved wood articulated dragon ($1/1,500), possibly Meiji period, finely constructed of numerous jointed parts within the body. The dragon’s mouth opens revealing a red tongue, the body bends, and the head is applied with elaborate branch-form horns, spines and whiskers. The eyes are embellished with mother-of-pearl. Overall, the dragon measures about 33 inches.

Rounding out the auction are a Steinway & Sons Model B, serial #101082 piano from the Scarsdale estate ($6/9,000); a Chinese carved celadon jade plaque of trees ($1/1,500) and a signed Tiffany Studios floral lamp shade and base ($6/9,000) with a rare “Bird Skeleton” base impressed “Tiffany Studios New York 442.” The 22 ½-inch shade is impressed “Tiffany Studios New York” and “1509.”










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