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Paintings by Saito and Kluge, plus a Claude Conover vessel, top estimates at Neue Auctions, Oct. 30

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The auction consisted of 334 lots of fine art, antiques, jewelry, carpets, furniture and decorative arts. The Saito painting was the sale's top lot, changing hands for $14,760. Neue Auctions routinely achieves top-market prices for fine art.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio - eTradeWire -- .An oil painting by the Japanese-American artist Kikuo Saito (1939-2016), a colorful Parisian street scene by Constantin Kluge (French, 1912-2003), and a large stoneware vessel by Claude Conover (American, 1907-1994) all finished well above their high estimates in Neue Auctions' online-only Fine Art & Antiques auction on Saturday, October 30th.

The Saito painting, titled Summer Ghost (1997) was the sale's top lot, finishing at $14,760 against an estimate of $7,000-$10,000. The work, 50 inches by 57 ¾ inches (sight, less frame), was signed, titled and dated. Saito was an abstract painter with ties to the Color Field movement and Lyrical abstraction. His paintings infused saturated colorscapes with delicately drawn lines.

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There were two Kluge oils on offer. The Parisian cityscape, titled Place de la Madeleine, signed and 40 inches by 46 inches, as framed, went for $9,840 against an estimate of $5,000-$8,000; while the aptly titled Village on a River, artist signed lower right and with a canvas size of 28 ½ inches by 36 inches, changed hands for $3,444, which was within the estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

The very large Claude Conover "Milpa" stoneware vessel of ovoid shouldered form, having a circular mouth and signed to the base, 23 inches tall, soared past its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to bring $8,610. The large size of this structure makes one think about how Conover here stretches the limits of ceramic structure. Conover was educated locally, at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The auction overall contained 334 lots of fine art, antiques, jewelry, carpets, furniture and decorative arts. "Neue Auctions routinely achieves top-market prices for fine art across a broad range of collecting categories," said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. "The October 30th auction had a wide variety of art and antiques for everyone."

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Lots that way outperformed expectations included a pair of Chinese painted panels, each painted in ink and color on silk with immortals with various accoutrements, 60 inches by 32 inches, that hammered for $7,380 against a $500-$1,000 estimate; and a woodcut in colors on paper by Max Pechstein (German, 1881-1995), titled Jumpers (1912), signed lower right and inscribed lower left, 7 ½ inches by 12 inches (image). It brought $5,227, easily besting the $300-$500 estimate.

Internet bidding was facilitated by Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. All prices quoted include a 23 percent buyer's premium. For more information, visit www.neueauctions.com

Cynthia Maciejewski

Source: Neue Auctions
Filed Under: Architecture, Auction

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