|By Jim Rutledge
WASHINGTON, D.C. — An intricate wood engraving print in the drawing style used by Leonardo de Vinci by Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher was the top seller in Adam A. Weschler’s and Sons mid-year auction on June 12 – falling to the hammer for $12,000.
Escher’s Stars was created in 1948, depicting two chameleons in a polyhedral cage floating through space. The artist’s style follows his long history of geometric forms to model the heavens. The print is 13 inches by 10 inches and is framed.
Weschler’s auction boasted works by 83 artists in 118 lots including etchings, lithographs and a variety of prints and gelatin silver prints.
Total sales were $118,800 including the buyer’s premium of 20 percent. Online sales were presented by Artfact, Invaluable and AuctionZip with 46 registered Internet bidders and 11 successful winners.
The second-highest-selling work of art was a 1929 etching on wove paper, Christmas, by British artist Robin Tanner. At 13 inches by 10 7/8 inches, the etching sold for nearly four times the high estimate of $2,500 – going for $9,500.
A notable two-piece lot including works by Edward Weston of Carmel Highlands Calif., Gottardo Piazzoni in His Studio, and an Ansel Adams print sold for $3,400.
Andy Warhol’s Hans Christian Andersen I sold for $2,000. A Salvador Dali work, Death of Cleopatra, sold for $500. Eleven pieces by American artist Williams Christenberry all sold; his top seller was Clapboard House in Cabbages for $2,200.
Also featured in the auction were 10 works by Washington, D.C. artists Sam Gilliam and Gene Davis from the Washington Color School.
The works were from the extensive collection of art from the bankrupt law firm Howley LLP, a global law firm based in Washington, D.C., that closed two years ago. Two works by American artist Donald Sultan, Sunflowers and Yellow Roses, sold for $1,550.
Weschler’s next Capitol Auction will be in August.