Inspired by Rodin, sold for $14,100: Zadkine nets victory for Russian art


In two short days just over 1,500 lots crossed the block of Garth's Auctions' August 5 Eclectic and August 6 Asian, European and American Decorative Arts sales, according to details just released by the firm.

Despite the frenzy in the rooms, one of the top lots, a small, 12" high bronze of a "Seated Woman" from an edition of eight by Russian/French artist Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967), sold quickly to an absentee bidder for $14,100.

According to the artist's Zadkine Foundation, he was influenced by the work of 19th century sculptor, Auguste Rodin, and was a friend of Pablo Picasso. Zadkine produced: "Over four hundred sculptures and several thousand drawings, watercolours, engravings, gouaches, and tapestry cartoons".

The sale is the latest on the art markets, following on from high-profile says of works by Chinese and Indian artists, which demonstrates the growing influence of pieces from emerging economies - Russia, India and China - on the wider collectibles markets.

"Seated Woman" from an edition of eight by artist Ossip Zadkine

Zadkine's sculpture just missed being the top price of the weekend as a lot comprised of a white jade archer's ring and small scenic jade carving caused a commotion with bidders on the floor and on the phone before selling to an internet bidder for $14,460.

The Asian items sold throughout the event were as hot as the weekend itself with a Chinese carved ivory vase, which was believed to be Qianlong period (1736-1795), achieving a strong price of $10,575 thanks to the delicately carved scenic mountain views adorning the vessel.

A pair of carved ivory wrist rests sold for $4,994 to someone in the audience after heavy competition from the phones, while an ivory covered urn with carved dragons and figural handles made $3,525 and an ivory figure of Bodhisattva with flaming halo seated on a lotus throne realized $4,700.

Meanwhile, a set of eight 18th-19th century Chinese scrolls - impressive at 6'4" high and 12' wide - found a new home for $9,988.

Estimated at $2000-4000, the gouache on paper scrolls depicted a continuous image of courtiers and soldiers travelling on a road bringing tribute to an Emperor's palace.


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