Antiques & The Arts Weekly: Fine Art, Design, Jewelry: Abell’s Top Lots Spell Quality In All Categories | Abell Auction Company

Antiques & The Arts Weekly: Fine Art, Design, Jewelry: Abell’s Top Lots Spell Quality In All Categories

LOS ANGELES — A strong,
408-lot sale broke out at Abell
Auction on October 18, bringing
to the fore a mix of fine art,
design and jewelry that brought
in a total of just over $2 million in
gross sales.
Taking the top of the sale was a
small, 8-by-10-inch original “Fips,
Mouse” by Andy Warhol (1928-
1987), synthetic polymer paint
and silkscreen ink on canvas,
that sold for $87,000. Warhol created
a series called the “Toy
Paintings” and exhibited them at
the Zurich gallery of Bruno
Bischofberger in 1983 in an exhibition
titled “Paintings for Children.”
During that exhibition,
each work hung at the eye level
of a toddler, forcing any adult
viewer to crouch to see them.
Warhol said the works were
inspired by his collection of childhood
toys.
Joe Baratta, senior vice president
of business development
and evaluation at Abell was
pleased to bring the original to
the market.
“We sell a lot of Warhol multiples,
but in my history here we
have never sold a painting,”
Baratta said. “Even though it
was a modest size, it’s a good
price for a Warhol original.”
Six works by Scottish artist
Philip Jackson (b 1944) were sold
from the estate of Lee Phillip
Bell, co-creator of The Young and
the Restless and The Bold and the
Beautiful. Jackson has numerous
public commissions throughout
the United Kingdom and serves
as the Royal Sculptor to Queen
Elizabeth II. Highest among his
works in the sale was the largest,
a standing masked figure in
bronze, 97 inches high, that
brought $53,125. Only two of the
artist’s works have ever sold
higher at auction. Behind at
$46,875 was “The Sentinels,” a
group of three standing bronze
robed figures, each 26 inches
high.
“Those were outstanding prices,”
Baratta said, noting that the
majority of them sold to a single
international collector.
In furniture, a “Nuage” or
“Cloud” coffee table by Guy De
Rougemont (b 1935) in brass and
plexiglass brought a good price at
$81,250. Rougemont’s first cloud
table was created per a commission
by French decorator Henri
Samuel in the 1970s.
Perhaps the most notable furniture
in the sale was a suite of
seven Sam Maloof designs from
the estate of Lynn Altman that
were sold to benefit art acquisitions
at the Huntington Library,
Art Museum and Botanical Garden.
Leading the group at
$25,000 was a set of 12 walnut
dining chairs produced in 1966
with spindle backs. Behind at
$16,250 was the dining table,
also in walnut and made a year
later in 1967. Taking $13,750 was
the last piece of the dining suite,
a three-piece walnut buffet made
in 1962. The gross on Altman’s
Maloof works totaled $81,875.
“The market for contemporary
furniture and graphics continues
to be strong,” Baratta said. “I was
pleasantly surprised by the prices
for certain things.”
All prices reported include buyer’s
premium. For information,
www.abell.com or 323-724-8102.