In less than 24 hours, we will be beginning our 64th Auction here at Grays. A vast number of people have been flowing in and out of our doors over the past week for preview. Not to mention the numerous absentee and phone bids being placed daily. Interests are high with our featured bronzes by Degas, Rodin, Boucher, Laporte, and Gregorie. Other highlights sparking interests are a beautiful charcoal on gray-blue laid paper by Kollwitz, a whimsical watercolor by Joan Miro, a stellar aquatint and drypoint by Pablo Picasso, a fantastic tempera on paper by Hans Erni, and a charming ink on paper by Marc Chagall. Standout marbles by William Calder Marshall and Raphael Febrari, are also catching many eyes. It’s not too late to get in last minutes bids on these wonderful pieces. Visit our website www.graysauctioneers.com to view our catalog and place your bid today.
Gray’s January 30th Auction features a brilliant array of Fine Art, Furniture, Decorations and Rugs. Highlights include major works of modern art including a magnificent watercolor by Joan Miró (1893-1983), Man, Moon, and Tree and a large-scale original charcoal drawing by German Expressionist master Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) entitled Abschied (Farewell), which is a preliminary study for the etching Tod, Frau und Kind (Death Woman and Child), ca. 1910. Others notable fine works of art include pieces by Degas, Rodin, Dali, Chagall, Picasso, Boucher, Hans Erni and William Calder Marshall.
We are only nine days away from our 64th Auction here at Gray’s. Excitement is building as bids are already coming in for items! Standout Lots in this auction are Käthe Kollwitz’s Abschied (Farewell), Joan Miro’s Man, Moon, and Tree; and Mouvement de Danse C by Auguste Rodin. Along with pieces by Degas, Picasso, Hans Erni, and more. Anticipation of who will be the buyer of these fantastic treasures and where in the world they will wind up is half the buildup of auctions. If you would like to view what is in our catalogue please visit our website www.graysauctioneers.com.
Next week previewing begins for our upcoming auction. We will be open to the public for preview all next week. Next Monday the 23th thru the 29th, we will be open from eleven am til six pm. Saturday we are only open from noon til 4 pm, and closed on Sunday the 27th. The Preview Party in on Friday, the 25th from five pm until eight pm. Make note on your calendar to attend next week. If you can’t make it in person, you can visit http://www.graysauctioneers.com to view the catalog. We offer many varieties for bidding; online, telephone, live, or absentee. Hope to see you next week!
Most frequently asked questions on incoming phone calls or visits, is how does an auction work? An actual live auction takes week to prepare for. First there is cataloging and researching the items, that are brought in. Next is properly arranging and displaying the items to be properly viewed in the upcoming auction. Then the bids for the Lots (aka: items up for auction) come in via phone calls, emails, or in person. Now the Lots up for auction are set at what we call a reserve price, this is the opening bid to start the process. We have many ways to go about bidding on the Lots. We do live in-person, phone calls, internet, and absentee bidding for those who can’t be here. Finally auction day arrives and the bidding wars for items are on! At the end of the day some people go home elated and others don’t. We highly recommend everyone should experience an auction for themselves!
The Catalan Artist is at Gray’s Auctioneers. The highlighted piece up for Auction on the 30th is a whimsical watercolor on paper. Entitled Man, Moon, and Tree, the watercolor is signed in the lower left. This watercolor is a wonderful example of Miro’s oft quoted philosophy. “The spectacle of the sky overwhelms. I’m overwhelmed when I see in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains-everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me” (from Twentieth-Century Artist’s on Art, 1958). To view this Fine work of Art visit our website http://www.graysauctioneers.com
Another wonderful item in our upcoming 64th Auction is a bronze by Auguste Rodin. This diminutive yet athletic sculpture is entitled Mouvement de Danse C, from an edition of 12. Signed on the bottom of the sculpture’s left foot is “A. Rodin No. 9©”. Deba Gray believes this to be a version cast by Georges Rudier Foundry in 1956. Our consignor purchased this sculpture from a gallery in London, England in the winter of 1956. Gaze your eyes upon this marvelous piece, by going to our website to view Lot 54.