Levin American Folk Art Collection to sell at Sotheby's

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2015-10-30 16:17:35

The remarkable Stephen & Petra Levin collection of American folk art will be offered in a dedicated Sotheby's sale next year.

The sale will include almost 100 lots, with estimates ranging from $4,000 up to more than $1 million. 

The collection features a stunning array of rare artworks from the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on hand-carved three-dimensional objects.

“It is truly an honor to offer this fantastic collection," said Sotheby’s expert Nancy Druckman. "Stephen and Petra’s energy and love of Americana is evident throughout the group, which celebrates the vitality, creativity and artistry of the United States.

"The level of quality, the strong sensitivity and sensibility to what makes great art great, and the way in which the art captures the circumstances of its time are apparent throughout their collections.

"This collection of Americana attests to the visual acuity of the collectors themselves, which also extends to their extensive collection of Contemporary Art. Indeed, much of the sculpture in the collection can be viewed as a precursor to American Contemporary Art.”

Leading the sale is a The Buckeye Family, Tennessee circa 1925, four carved and hand-painted wood figures described as "an icon of American folk sculpture" estimated at $800,000-$1.2 million.

Further notable highlights include a monumental American Eagle wall plaque carved by John Haley Bellamy, estimated at $500,000-$700,000; a Race Track Tout Trade Figure of Providence Rhode Island, carved circa 1880 by Charles Parker Dowler, estimated at $200,000-$300,000; a Lady Golfer Weathervane, circa 1895, valued at $400,000-$600,000; and a late 19th century Standing Baseball Player Trade Figure estimated at $400,000-$600,000.

The Sotheby's sale of the American Folk Art Collection of Stephen & Petra Levin takes place in New York on January 23, 2016.


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