Emil Nolde (1867-1956), Tänzerin (Schiefler/Mosel L56), 1913. Sheet 21 7/8 x 27in. Estimate: $200,000-300,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- A rare, four-color lithograph of Emil Nolde’s “Tänzerin,” 1913, depicting a woman dancing as others watch on (est. $200,000-300,000), will arrive on the auction block April 22 in Bonhams Fine Prints and Multiples Sale in San Francisco, simulcast in Los Angeles. The sale as a whole will have a very strong early 20th century and contemporary art component.
Prominent highlights will include a selection of Andy Warhol colored screenprints of "Flowers," 1970, estimated at $20,000-30,000 each; Beatriz Milhazes screenprints of "As Irmãs" (The Sisters), "Havaí" (Hawaii), and Serpentina (Serpentine), 2003, estimated at $20,000-30,000 each; a complete eight linocut set by Sol LeWitt of "Color Bands," 2000, estimated at $12,000-18,000; and a Jonathan Borofsky gatorfoam painted multiple of "Flying Man with Briefcase," 1983-86, estimated at $20,000-30,000. These works and more come to the sale from the Sonesta International Hotels Corporation.
The Sonesta collection was started by Joan Stoneman when she and Phyllis Rosen operated Obelisk Gallery, one of the most progressive galleries in Boston during the 1960s. After Joan married Roger Sonnabend, then CEO of Sonesta, she influenced the hotel chain to commission and purchase significant works of contemporary art to complement the design of each hotel, thus forming one of the most significant corporate American art collections of the 20th century.
Also, standing out in the auction will be a selection of ceramics by Pablo Picasso, highlighted by "Laughing-eyed face," 1969, a partially glazed earthenware pitcher, painted in blue, green, red and white, numbered 144/350, estimated at $20,000-30,000.
Of further note will be a Francis Bacon colored lithograph of “Oedipus and the Sphinx,” 1984, estimated at $10,000-15,000. There will also be multiple works by Romare Bearden, Marc Chagall, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Wayne Thiebaud.
The illustrated auction catalog for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com/auctions/21628/
Auction Preview: April 11-13 in Los Angeles and April 19-21 in San Francisco
Auction: April 22 in San Francisco (simulcast in Los Angeles)
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