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Paris Auction Roundup: Picture of a Lively Market

The Artcurial | Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan auction house in Paris held several sales in March with solid results.

PARIS—The Artcurial | Briest – Poulain – F. Tajan auction house in Paris held several sales in March with solid results. The top sellers in its Impressionist and modern art auction, on March 22, included French artist André Lhote’s La Chaumière Indienne, an oil painting, which fetched €112,963 ($150,525) on an estimate of €60,000/80,000; and two works by the Swiss-American Surrealist Kurt Seligman—The Vanity of the Ancestor, 1940, estimated at €60,000/80,000, which sold for €80,744 ($107,600) and Noctambulation, 1942, estimated at €40,000/60,000, which brought €57,199 ($76,220).

Russian artist Philip Maliavin’s oil painting of three figures in a winter landscape sold for €91,897 ($122,455), against an estimate of €80,000/120,000. Estimated at €30,000/40,000, Eugène Boudin’s landscape oil painting of a farmer’s house, La maison du fermier environs de Dunkerque, 1889, sold for its high estimate at €41,090 ($54,750).

Gustave Loiseau’s oil painting of flowering trees, Arbres en fleurs a Eragny, 1914, sold for €67,113 ($89,400) on an estimate of €30,000/40,000. Two marine oil paintings by Maurice de Vlaminck sold well—one, of a ship in a storm, Marine par gros temps, sold for €63,395 ($89,430) on an estimate of €30,000/50,000, the other, estimated at €28,000/35,000, fetched €59,678 ($79,522).

A landscape by Hans Hofmann, a 1935 painting on panel, sold for €48,525 ($64,660), within its estimate of €40,000/ 60,000. Jacques Villon’s Reflexion, 1951, surpassed its estimate of €35,000/45,000, selling for €55,960 ($74,570). Several paintings by French artist Bernard Buffet also sold well.

Part of the sale featured works on paper by such artists as André Derain, André Masson, Jean Fautrier, Camille Pissarro, Aristide Maillol and Albert Marquet.

Two works by Pablo Picasso were sold: Tête de jeune femme- Minotaur, a recto-verso pencil drawing with a young woman’s head and a minotaur, ca. 1906, brought €32,176 ($42,875), against an estimate of €25,000/35,000; and a study of Dora Maar, 1941, an ink drawing estimated at €32,000/45,000, sold for €55,960 ($74,570). Georges Rouault’s Faubourg, a 1930 gouache, pastel and ink, sold for €30,889 ($41,200), against an estimate of €25,000/35,000, and Lhote’s Sous Bois, 1914, a watercolor and gouache, sold for €8,366 ($11,150), against an estimate of €6,000/8,000.

Cubist Landscape by Natalia Goncharova, a 1912 watercolor, estimated at €4,000/6,000, sold for €12,227 ($16,300).

An auction of School of Paris paintings at Artcurial on March 21 saw healthy results for Moïse Kisling, whose oil portrait of a woman, Myriam, 1950, fetched €191,269 ($252,930), against an estimate of €80,000/120,000. Another of Kisling’s works, La Romaine, 1921, sold for €70,830 ($93,664), within its estimate of €60,000/80,000.

Jules Pascin’s nude, Carmen, Paris, ca. 1909, an oil on board estimated at €35,000/45,000, fetched €44,807 ($59,250).

Artcurial’s abstract art sale, held on March 20, also boasted a few noteworthy sales: Turkish artist Nejad Devrim’s 1957, abstract composition in oil, fetched €62,156 ($82,200), against an estimate of €30,000/40,000; an untitled oil painting from 1958, by Turkish artist Mubin Orhon, sold for €108,006 ($142,825) on a €60,000/80,000 estimate; and Ed Paschke’s oil Bombalia, 1978, fetched €69,591 ($92, 025), against an estimate of €12,000/15,000.

A drawing in charcoal and pastel by Nicolas de Staël, Ronde de Nuit, 1944, sold for €18,019 ($24,000), against an estimate of €8,000/10,000, and Oscar Gauthier’s homage to Francis Picabia, an oil painting, sold for €38,611 ($51,050) on a €15,000/20,000 estimate.

On March 2 at Drouot Richelieu, Brissonneau auction house sold the former collection of French poet and writer Guillaume Apollinaire and his wife Jacqueline at the Hôtel Drouot, including a comprehensive set of books, autographed letters, illustrations and photographs.

The top lot was an oil painting on board by Léopold Survage, a painter of Russian origin who settled in Paris in 1910. His Architectures à la double silhouette de Guillaume Apollinaire, a colorful painting of building façades with the poet’s silhouette, was sold for €247,840 ($330,270), compared with an estimate of €30,000/40,000.

Other sales included Maison au bord de l’eau, 1913, by Alexandre Altmann, a Ukrainian painter from the School of Paris. The oil painting of a house by the water, estimated at €6,000/8,000, sold for €25,000 ($33,300). Portrait photographique à la tête bandée, a 1916 photographic portrait of the poet in the hospital with his head bandaged after being wounded in World War I, fetched €6,500 ($8,660), just above the high end of the €4,000/6,000 estimate, while an ink and pencil self-portrait with a cat by Marie Laurencin, Autoportrait au chat, also met its high estimate of €4,000/6,000 to sell for €6,200 ($8,260).

A more unusual lot was a set of three candlesticks depicting nude women in acrobatic positions titled Réunion de trois sculptures en argent: femmes nues bougeoirs dans diverses position. The set, by Apollinaire and Auguste Martin, cast by the Barbedienne foundry, sold for €1,500 ($2,000) against a €2,000/3,000 estimate.