Auctions: Something for everyone

Tiroche Auctions of Herzliya are holding another huge, two-part auction of Israeli and international art this month, again with a massive total of 747 lots.

January 5, 2006 07:51
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Tiroche Auctions of Herzliya are holding another huge, two-part auction of Israeli and international art this month, again with a massive total of 747 lots. Part One takes place on January 21 and the works can be seen from January 13. Top lot is a Chagall watercolor/ drawing on Japan paper, signed with a stamp but accompanied by an authentication. Nicely drawn, Chagall's whimsical cast of characters float around two potplants ($120,000-$150,000). Four color lithographs of Chagall's windows and other themes are listed as published by Charles Sorlier, who, with Chagall's permission, made his own lithographic copies of Chagall lithographs for sale. Check carefully: these may belong to the Sorlier copies, which might explain why they are estimated at little more than half the price usually asked for the original lithos (anyway additionally issued secondly, cannily numbered in Roman numerals). Many fine abstract oils by Lea Nikel have come on the market since she died last year and there are a number in this sale. One of the best is Lot 172, painted in 1967 ($10,000-$15,000). Madelaine Lebeau, a strong portrait of a young woman in a brightly colored scarf, painted by Moise Kisling in 1947, should reach its top estimate of $45,000. A fine if illustrative pastel by Abel Pann, Dina and Her Brothers, is characterized by the way the artist saw eastern Jews; the vengeful brothers, warrior types, have, unlike their sister, non-idealized faces ($30,000-$40,000). A more idealized pastel by Pann is his near kitschy Creation of Eve ($6,000-$8,000). There is also a Pann pastel portrait of a boy which has a slightly higher estimate. A few little landscapes that are surprisingly attractive in both conception and color are by Joseph Pressmane (France) and Jacob Steinhardt; both should top $5,000. There are a number of good Yosl Bergners, notably his kitchenware utensils of 30 years ago; and a lovely double-sided watercolor of flowers by Anna Ticho. Three gouaches by the late Shalom (Moscowitz) of Safed are all worthy of attention, but I was not enthused by any of the oils by Reuven Rubin and Nahum Gutman. Nearly all the local artists of yore appear in this sale. The handsome catalog is marred by a few misspellings. For viewing the catalog on-line try and for info, e-mail

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