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Auction Report: Freeman’s Paintings and Prints Sale

by Christopher Kent (02/09/09).

With more than 300 lots in the Feb. 13 paintings and print sale, Freeman’s presents a collection that covers American, Asian, European and South American artists and works of art. The collection is safe with a few heavy hitters that have name appeal and great collectibility.

Lot 27 and 28, two companion works by Erté (Romain de Tirtoff, 1892-1990) featuring Hera and Zeus. The signed and numbered color screen prints with embossing, printed in 1981, are excellent examples of this master’s work. The estimates are low for this highly collectible artist at $700-$1,000.

Ertés Hera

Ertés Hera

Erté's Zeus

Erté's Zeus

Lot 29, the 1987, pencil-signed, gelatin-and-silver print photograph of Grace Jones by the Hollywood celebrity photographer, Greg Gorman. Gorman known internationally for his cover art that has appeared on Esquire, Life, Interview, Vogue and the Rolling Stone magazines is probably best known for his photo portrait of Jimi Hendrix that launched Gorman’s career. Estimate for the photo is $500-$800. A Buy Now investment.

Gorman's Grace Jones

Gorman's Grace Jones

Lot 72, a heavy hitter in the form of the soft-ground etching of Renoir’s “La Danse à la Campagne.” With an estimate of $12,000-$18,000, this rare etching with a stamped signature is in excellent condition and would be a starting point for a new collection or a superb addition to an existing one.

Renoir's "La Danse"

Renoir's "La Danse"

Lot 75, the crowning piece of the show, Rembrandt van Rijn’s etching of “Christ Disputing with the Doctors.” Irrefutably Rembrandt, the etching is signed and dated 1652 in the plate. This remarkable piece is going up with a conservative estimate of $6,000-$10,000.

Rembrandt's etching

Rembrandt's etching

Lot 180 features a landscape by one of Salvador Rosa’s followers that we have seen at auction in 2007, “Landscape with Figures.” The oil on canvas inscribed Salvator Rosa Galeria Conte Di Caserta is in good condition and has a similar estimate to its ’07 estimate of $800-$1,200.

Landscape by Rosa follower

Landscape by Rosa follower

Lot 104, “Portrait of a Gentleman” by A. Galeotti has a surprisingly low estimate, $300-$500, for a work of this quality and condition. There has been movement of Galeotti’s work with the most recent sale in ’07 at Heritage Auction House. Galeotti’s portrait of Charles I’s three eldest children sold then for $2,390. This portrait will attract attention and represents one of the finest portraits in the sale’s collection.

Galeotti portrait

Galeotti portrait

– By Christopher Kent, a member of the WorthPoint board of advisers and director of evaluations for WorthPoint. He is also an antiques and collectibles generalist, fine-arts broker and president of CTK Design.

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