Inspired by Rodin, sold for $14,100: Zadkine nets victory for Russian art


2015-06-26 12:32:45


Inspired by Rodin, sold for $14,100: Zadkine nets victory for Russian art

Two short days just over 1,500 lots graced Garth's Auctions' sale, including this remarkable sculpture

In two short days just over 1,500 lots crossed the block of Garth's Auctions' August 5 Eclectic and August 6 Asian, European and American Decorative Arts sales, according to details just released by the firm.

Despite the frenzy in the rooms, one of the top lots, a small, 12" high bronze of a "Seated Woman" from an edition of eight by Russian/French artist Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967), sold quickly to an absentee bidder for $14,100.

According to the artist's Zadkine Foundation, he was influenced by the work of 19th century sculptor, Auguste Rodin, and was a friend of Pablo Picasso. Zadkine produced: "Over four hundred sculptures and several thousand drawings, watercolours, engravings, gouaches, and tapestry cartoons".

The sale is the latest on the art markets, following on from high-profile says of works by Chinese and Indian artists, which demonstrates the growing influence of pieces from emerging economies - Russia, India and China - on the wider collectibles markets.

"Seated Woman" from an edition of eight by artist Ossip Zadkine

Zadkine's sculpture just missed being the top price of the weekend as a lot comprised of a white jade archer's ring and small scenic jade carving caused a commotion with bidders on the floor and on the phone before selling to an internet bidder for $14,460.

The Asian items sold throughout the event were as hot as the weekend itself with a Chinese carved ivory vase, which was believed to be Qianlong period (1736-1795), achieving a strong price of $10,575 thanks to the delicately carved scenic mountain views adorning the vessel.

A pair of carved ivory wrist rests sold for $4,994 to someone in the audience after heavy competition from the phones, while an ivory covered urn with carved dragons and figural handles made $3,525 and an ivory figure of Bodhisattva with flaming halo seated on a lotus throne realized $4,700.

Meanwhile, a set of eight 18th-19th century Chinese scrolls - impressive at 6'4" high and 12' wide - found a new home for $9,988.

Estimated at $2000-4000, the gouache on paper scrolls depicted a continuous image of courtiers and soldiers travelling on a road bringing tribute to an Emperor's palace.

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