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Christie’s An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection Evening Sale in New York brought in a total of $317,801,250 on November 13. The sale’s top lot, Edward Hopper’s “Chop Suey” (1929), sold for $91,875,000, setting a new auction record for Hopper and bringing in the highest amount for the week of semiannual sales in New York.
The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an organization “dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the contributions of artists from the African American South, and the cultural traditions in which they are rooted,” has gifted artworks to the Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, The Morgan Library & Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Through this gift, the Brooklyn Museum will acquire 14 works, including pieces by Thornton Dial, Lucy T. Pettway, Ella Mae Irby, Gloria Hoppins, Lonnie Holley, and James “Son Ford” Thomas. The Dallas Museum of Art will acquire seven works, including Gee’s Bend quilts. The Morgan Library & Museum will acquire 11 works, including pieces by Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will acquire 12 quilts by Gee’s Bend artists, and the Spelman College Museum of Art will acquire seven Gee’s Bend quilts.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library has acquired the full archive of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The archive includes material from their eight-decade career in theater, film, and television; from their relationship and marriage; and from their social, civic, and political activities between 1932 and 2014. Some of the highlights listed in the press release include 50 years of correspondence between Davis and Dee; postcards and letters to and from Malcolm X; the original bound script of A Raisin in the Sun with text changes and notations; a note to Dee from Lorraine Hansberry on the opening night of A Raisin in the Sun; a Western Union telegram from Langston Hughes to Dee; a handwritten greeting card from Coretta Scott King; and much more. The archive is currently being processed and will be available for research to those with a New York Public Library card in the spring of 2019. [via email announcement]
The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has announced the acquisition of a pair of gilded candle stands made by Thomas Chippendale through a London auction in July. Chippendale is most known as an English, 18th century cabinetmaker. These candle stands are the first works by Chippendale to be in the CMA’s furniture collection and are now on view in the Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos Gallery of British art in front of Thomas Lawrence’s 1794 portrait of Catherine Grey. “We were very lucky to have had the opportunity and resources to acquire these masterpieces of the cabinetmaker’s art,” said Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design. “What was once reserved for kings and nobles will now be on view in Cleveland for everyone to enjoy.” [via email announcement]
Christie’s The Collector: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of Art sale in London brought in a total of £1,274,750 (~$1,657,000) on November 13. The sale’s top lot, a George II red, silver, and gilt-Japanned bureau-cabinet (c. 1730), sold for £106,250 (~$138,000).
Christie’s The Collector: Silver & 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art Sale in London brought in a total of £2,428,062 (~$3,160,000) on November 14. The sale’s top lot, a rare Victorian gilt-brass quarter-chiming giant skeleton clock of month duration, attributed to John Moore & Sons, London, numbered 11403, circa 1851, sold for £137,500 (~$179,000).
Christie’s The Collector: European Furniture, Works of Art & Ceramics sale in London brought in a total of £2,254,250 (~$2,931,000) on November 13. The sale’s top lot, a Louis XVI ormolu-mounted mahogany and acajou mouchete console desserte by Jean-Henri Riesener (C. 1785), sold for £112,500 (~$146,000).
Christie’s Alberto and Diego Giacometti: Masters of Design sale in New York brought in a total of $11,479,750 on November 12. The sale’s top lot, Diego Giacomett’s “An ‘En Souvenier de la Levrette Bucky’ Low Table,” conceived circa 1978, sold for $684,500.
Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper sale in New York brought in a total of $9,024,625 on November 12. The sale’s top lot, René Magritte’s “Le colloque sentimental” (1946), sold for $1,032,500.
Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale Including Property from the Collection of Herbert and Adele Klapper in New York brought in a total of $279,253,500 on November 11. The sale’s top lot, Alberto Giacometti’s “Le Chat” (1955), sold for $17,187,500.
Christie’s Hiroshi Sugimoto Photographs: The Fossilization of Time sale in Paris brought in a total of €1,208,000 (~$1,367,000) on November 8. The sale’s top lot, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Sea of Japan, Rebun Island, 1996,” sold for €307,500 (~$348,000).
Christie’s online sale, On the Shoulders of Giants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking, brought in a total of £1,824,375 (~$2,376,000) from October 31–November 8. The sale’s top lot, Stephen Hawking’s “This dissertation is my original work” (1965), sold for £584,750 (~$762,000).
Christie’s Sculpted by Nature: Fossils, Minerals and Meteorites online sale brought in a total of £473,750 (~$617,000) from November 1–8. The sale’s top lot, an intact elephant bird egg from Madagascar, pre-17th century, sold for £100,000 (~$130,000).
Christie’s The Soame Jenyns Collection of Japanese and Chinese Art online sale brought in a total of £417,875 (~$544,000) from November 1–8. The sale’s top lot, Kawanabe Kyosai’s “An Album of Paintings,” sold for £60,000 (~$78,000).
Sotheby’s Excellence sale in Paris brought in a total of €4,385,625 (~$4,960,000) on November 13. The sale’s top lot, an early Louis XV gilt-bronze mounted amaranth, satiné and rosewood pedestal, circa 1730-1740, attributed to Charles Cressent, sold for €849,000 (~$960,000).
Sotheby’s A Modernist Vision: Property from the Collection of Nelson & Happy Rockefeller sale in New York brought in a total of $7,143,250 on November 13. The sale’s top lot, Alberto Giacometti’s “Console” (1939), sold for $735,000.
Sotheby’s sale of 20th Century Art — A Different Perspective in London brought in a total of £1,379,375 (~$1,796,000) on November 13. The sale’s top lot, František Foltýn’s “Czec Composition” (1927), sold for £274,000 (~$357,000).
Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York brought in a total of $315,404,500 on November 12. The sale’s top lot, René Magritte’s “Le Principe du Plaisir” (1937), sold for $26,830,500.
Sotheby’s Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History sale in London brought in a total of £2,064,694 (~$2,689,000) on November 13. The sale’s top lot, Bernardus Albingaunensis’s “Dialogo Nuperrime Editro Genue in 1512. Contiene Sotto Compendio Monterosso al Mare (near Genoa)” (1512), sold for £466,000 (~$607,000).
Sotheby’s Modernism: Photographs from a Distinguished Private Collection sale in Paris brought in a total of €237,500 (~$269,000). The sale’s top lot, Man Ray’s “Alberto Giacometti” (1934), sold for €100,000 (~$113,000).
Sotheby’s St. George Street Sale: Asian Art in London brought in a total of £1,359,251 (~$1,538,000) on November 9. The sale’s top lot, a Cloisonné enamel elephant and stand, Qing Dynasty, 19th century, sold for £75,000 (~$98,000).