7, "Robe orientale violette sur la robe blanche, Ó la
Henri Matisse, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 by 14 1/4 inches, 1942
auction has numerous works form the collection of Mr. and Mrs.
Wasserman. Mr. Wasserman was president of MCA, the talent
founded by Jules Stein
"Soleil d'hiver," by Maurcie de Vlaminck, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 by 25
1/2 inches, 1905
One of the best is Lot 7 is a lovely oil
on canvas by Henri Matisse entitled "Robe orientale violetee sur la
robe blanche, Ó la fenetre." It measures 21 1/2 by 14 1/4 inches and
was executed in 1942. It has a modest estimate of $4,000,000
$6,000,000. It was passed
at $3 million. It is one of a series of five
paintings and the
catalogue notes that "the sequence of young women in interiors projects
a marvelous sense of serenity and repose, in the context of a
well-to-do but not opulent bourgeois life-style that is kind to its
adherents and apprecitated for its comforts and quality of well-being."
In addition to its pleasant, warm and pastel-like palette,
work is impressive because of its quite bold juxtaposition of patterns.
30 is a very bold and wonderful 1905 landscape by Maurice de Vlaminck
in full Fauve mode. Entitled "Solei d'hiver," it is an oil on
canvas that measures 21 1/4 by 25 1/2 inches. It was once in
collection of C. Michael Paul. The composition is closely
to his less riotous "Coteaux de Bougival" of the same year in the
collection of the Dallas Museum of Art. It has a modest
estimate of $5,000,000 to $7,000,000. It was passed at $4 million.
9, "Femme s'Úpongeant le dos," by Edgar Degas, pastel on joined paper
laid down on board, 27 1/2 by 23 1/2 inches, circa 1895
catalogue entry notes that the work is "an exhilarating tour-de-force
of saturated color and impassioned handling, in pristine physical
condition with rich impasto throughout."
very fine work from the Wasserman collection is Lot 9, "Femme
s'Úpongeant le dos," a pastel on joined paper laid down on board that
measures 27 1/2 by 23 1/2 inches and was drawn circa 1895.
work has a fantastic amount of very aggressive detailing that is very
impressive. It has a modest estimate of $3,500,000 to
It sold for $3,218,500.
It was once in the collection of Dr. Albert Barnes of
18, "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans," by Edgar Degas, bronze with
muslin skirt and satin hair ribbon with wooden base, 40 1/2 inches
high, executed in wax circa 1879-1881 and cast in bronze later
18, which is the cover illustration of the catalogue, is a sculpture of
a small 14-year-old dancer by Edgar Degas that was executed
wax circa 1879-1881 and cast later in bronze. It is 40 1/2
high and has an estimate of $25,000,000 to $35,000,000. It passed at $18,500,000.
Lot 36, "The
Stolen Mirror," by Max Ernst, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 by 31 7/8 inches,
catalogue notes that the work "is widely regarded as one of the most
innovative and important sculptures of the modern era," adding that "it
is the largest, most technically ambitious, and most iconograpically
complex of Degas's sculptures, and the only one that he ever
exhibited during his lifetime."
36l is a major oil on canvas by Max Ernst entitled "The
Mirror" that has been consigned by the estate of Edith Dallas Ernst.
It measures 25 5/8 by 31 7/8 inches and was executed in 1941.
It has an estimate of $4,000,000 to $6,000,000. It sold for
$16,322,500, a world auction record for the artist.
It has been
widely exhibited and published and Ernst used the
technique uses layers of different painters to create controlled
marbled and porous effects.
39, "Homme," by Alberto Giacometti, oil on canvas, 40 by 32 inches, 1956
39, "'Home," is a large monochromatic oil on canvas by Alberto
Giacometi that was created in 1956 and measures 40 by 32 inches.
It has an estimate of $7,000,000 to $10,000,000. It was passed at $5,500,000.
12, "Autoportrait au mirror de bambous," by Edouard Vuillard, oil on
canvas, 17 1/2 by 21 inches, circa 1890
12 is another Wasserman work, "Autoportrait au miroir de bambous," by
Edouard Vuilllard. The oil on canvas measures 17 1/2 by 21
and was painted circa 1890. It was once in the collection of
Norman Woolworth. It is one of the last and most
a series of at least 15 youthful self-portraits that the artist painted
between 1887 and 1890. It has an estimate of $500,000 to
sold for $1,594,500.
Lot 4, "La
blonde aux boucles d'oreille," by Amedeo Modigliani, oil on canvas, 18
by 11 3/4 inches, 1918-9
Lot 55, "Les
Mains," by Paul Delvaux, oil on canvas, 43 1/4 by 51 1/4 inches, 1941
4 is a quite attractive portrait of a woman with short, curly hair with
gold earnings by Amedeo Modigliani. An oil on canvas, it
18 by 11 3/4 inches and was painted circa 1918-1919. It has a
modest estimate of $4,000,000 to $6,000,000. It sold
55, "Les Mains," is a painting by Paul Delvaux that has been consigned
by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An oil on canvas
measures 43 1/4 by 51 1/4 inches, it ws painted in 1941 and has been
widely exhibited and published. It has an ambitious estimate
$6,000,000 to $9,000,000. It
sold for $6,578,500.
"Paysage," by Alfred Sisley, oil on canvas, 21 2/3 by 29 inches, 1887
17 is a strong landscape by Alfred Sisley from 1887 that is an oil on
canvas that measures 21 2/3 by 29 inches It has an estimate
$2,500,000 to $3,500,000. It
sold for $3,330,500.
Lot 83, "Le
printemps Ó Moret sur Loring," by Alfred Sisley, oil on canvas, 15 by
21 3/4 inches, 1891
83 is a very lovely smaller riverscape by Alfred Sisley entitled "Le
printemps Ó Moret sur Loring."" An oil on canvas,
measures 15 by 21 3/4 inches and has a modest estimate of $1,250,000 to
sold for $1,314,500.
"Homard et chat sur la plage," by Pablo Picasso, oil on canvas, 35 by
51 1/4 inches, 1965
73 is a large oil on canvas by Picasso of a cat and a lobster on a
beach. Painted in 1965, it measures 35 by 51 1/4 inches.
has an estimate of $6,000,000 to $8,000,000. It was passed at $5,200,000.
"Femmie endormie," by Pablo Picasso, oil on canvas, 21 3/4 by 18 1/4
32 is a strong portrait of a woman sleeping by Pablo Picasso.
An oil on canvas, it measures 21 3/4 by 18 1/4 inches and was
painted in 1935. It has an estimate of $12,000,000 to
$18,000,000. It was
passed at $11,000,000. The sitter is the artist's
5, "Schicksalstunde urn dreiviertel zwolf," by Paul Klee, oil on
chalk-primed muslim mountaed onpanel in the artists's frame, 165 by 19
5 is a very fine work by Paul Klee from 1922. Entitled
"Shicksalstunde urn dreivertel zwolf," it is painted oil on
chalk-primed muslin mounted on panel in the artist's frame.
measures 16 by19 inches. it has an estimate of $2,000,000 to
$3,000000. It sold for
$2,210,500. It was once in the collection of
Duncan and Marjorie
Phillips of Washington, D.C.
"Tete," by Joan Miro, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 by 28 1/4 inches, 1976
40 is a very strong "head" by Joan Miro. An oil on canvas
measures 21 1/4 by 28 1/4 inches, it was painted in 1976 and has an
estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.
It was passed at $1,400,000.
"Sept. 1943," by Ben Nicholson, oil and pencil on canvas in artist's
frame, 43 by 47 1/2 inches, 1953
67 is a large and cool abstraction by Ben Nicholson that measures 43 by
47 1/2 inches and was executed in 1953. It has an estimate of
$700,000 to $1,000,000. It
sold for $1,650,500.
Lot 2, "La
femme qui pleure, 1," by Pablo Picasso, drypoint, aquatint, etching and
scraper, on laid Montval paper, a very fine impression of the seventh
(final) state, 27 1/4 by 19 1/2 inches, 1937, number 3 of an edition of
Lot 2 is a large
print by Pablo Picasso that is entitled "La femme qui pleure, 1"
The catalogue notes that it is a very fine impression of the
seventh (final) state and was printed in 1937 as number 3 of an edition
of 15. It measures 27 1/4 by 19 1/2 inches. It has
an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $5,122,500, a world
record for a single print.
Jordan noted that foreign buyers were much in evidence with the top two
lots selling to private European collectors and three of the top ten
selling to private South American collectors.
There were 82 lots in the auction, a very high number for an evening
auction at when Christopher Burge, the auctioner, was about to auction
Lot 14, he said Lot 40 and then corrected himself by saying "wishful