Latin American art brings top dollar at Morton Kuehnert
Written by Auction House PR Tuesday, 21 December 2010
HOUSTON – One hundred twenty lots of Latin American art and antiques were on the block recently at Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers. Lot 6, Rafael Coronel’s De Paseo oil on canvas, was the frontrunner at the Dec. 12 auction, with a winning bid of $50,400.
The majority of the lots were the property of a private collection in South Texas. All prices listed here include the buyer’s premium.
“Morton Kuehnert is pleased with the results from our first serious Latin American art auction,” said Lindsay Davis, the auction house’s Fine Art Specialist. “The interest in the early religious art, as well as pieces from strong 20th-century artists, helps us chart a path for our Latin American art auctions scheduled for May and November 2011,” she added.
Morton Kuehnert and partner Morton Subastas in Mexico City are combining resources for the enrichment of Latin American art and artists, as Houston continues to garner national attention with the Museum of Fine Arts/Houston emphasis in that area.
Bidders’ choices included 18th- and 19th-century religious paintings in the style of the Mexican School, such as Lot 21, the Virgin of Guadalupe oil on canvas, selling for $7,200, and Lot 23, the Virgin of Guadalupe oil on burlap, selling for $3,300. Lot 28, Nino Muerto, an oil on canvas which sold for $9,000, was also of the Mexican School.
Elena Climent’s 2006 Shelf with St. Anthony and His Visions, Lot 1, sold for $6,600. Lot 38, an untitled 1948 Diego Rivera pastel and ink on paper of a young boy, sold for $36,000.
Lot 2, C. Anton Goering’s 1880 Venezuelan Scene watercolor on heavy paper sold for $7,800 and Lot 4, Guillermo Gomez’ Mayorga’s circa 1930s untitled oil on canvas of a view through a Mexico City gateway, sold for $10,800.
Lot 11, the oil on canvas of the Enthroned Madonna and Child, also from the Mexican School of religious paintings, sold for $4,800.
Lot 20, a circa 17th-18th-century religious oil on panel portrait from the Spanish Colonial School depicting Saint Nicolas de Tolentino, sold for $4,200. Lot 22, an 18th-century oil on canvas from the Peruvian School/Lima Academy titled Santa Rosa de Lima sold for $4,800.
Lot 80, a mid-century landscape of mixed media on paper entitled Patzcuro, Michoan Coast, by Alfredo Zalce, 1965, sold for $3,600. Lot 89, A. Orellana’s 1890 Pueblan Family oil painting on board sold for $3,600 as well.
Three oils on canvas by 20th-century Mexican artist Alberto Ruiz Vela were sold, including Lot 97, a cowboy herding scene, at $1,320; Lot 98, a town center scene, sold at $1,140; and Lot 99, a town scene, sold at $1,320. Lot 100, an oil on canvas by Pablo Almela, another 20th-century Mexican artist, entitled Guanajuaro, 1947, sold for $1,200.
Two oils on board by artist Sergio Bustamante sold, (Mexican, b. 1942) including Lot 65, an untitled painting Lions on a Rainbow, at $660, and Lot 66 of Lions in a Tree at $1,140.
Two Jaimes Murillo (Mexican, b. 1940) paintings sold, including Lot 69, an oil and sand on masonite entitled El Peluquero, 1983, selling at $360 and Lot 105 oil on canvas of an African Fertility Female, 1997, selling for $1,800.
Lot 53, a 19th-century hand-painted marriage cupboard, fetched $18,000 and Lot 16, a Bolivian silver censer, sold for $1,440.
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