Kikuo Saito and Constantin Kluge’s paintings to headline Neue Auctions’ October 30 online sale



Evocative oil painting by Japanese-American artist Kikuo Saito (1939-2016), titled Summer Ghost (1997) 50 inches by 57 ¾ inches (view), signed, titled, dated (estimate: $ 7,000 – 10 $ 000).
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BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A strangely evocative oil painting by Japanese-American artist Kikuo Saito (1939-2016) and two colorful and vibrant exterior renderings by Constantin Kluge (French, 1912-2003) are just a few of the Headliners expected in Neue Auctions’ Online-only art and antiques auction scheduled for Saturday, October 30, starting at 10 a.m. EST.

The Saito painting, titled Summer ghost (1997) is impressive at 50 inches by 57 ¾ inches (view, minus frame), and is signed, titled and dated on the reverse. Saito was an abstract painter linked to the Color Field movement and lyrical abstraction. His work infuses landscapes of richly saturated colors with delicately drawn lines. The painting auctioned is a good example (estimate: $ 7,000 – $ 10,000).

Kluge oils include a Parisian cityscape titled Place de la Madeleine, signed and 40 inches by 46 inches, as framed (estimate: $ 5,000 – $ 8,000); and the well titled Village on a river, signed lower right and with a canvas size of 28 ½ inches by 36 inches (estimate: $ 2,000 – $ 4,000). Kluge, originally from Russia, was known for his French landscapes and romantic scenes of the city of Paris.

The auction contains 334 lots of works of art, antiques, jewelry, rugs, furniture and decorative arts. “This auction offers a wide variety of works of art and antiques, all at attractive prices,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. “There has never been so much art available on the market today, so now is a good time to buy. “

The sale will feature a fine collection of American birdseye and curly maple furniture, including a lovely 19th century curly maple dining table with an intricately figured rectangular single-plank top and two single-plank leaves (estimate; $ 1,500 to $ 2,500); and a 19th century quilted maple chest of drawers with original cut glass and brass handles (estimate: $ 600 to $ 1,200).

Other American furniture for sale is from Herman Miller, Baker and Henkel Moore.

A very large “Milpa” stoneware vessel by Claude Conover (1907-1994), ovoid-shaped, shouldered, with a circular mouth and signed at the base, 23 inches high, is estimated at between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000. “The large size of this structure is reminiscent of how Conover pushes the limits of ceramic structure here,” said Maciejewski. Conover was educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Two colorful and vibrant exterior renderings by Constantin Kluge (French, 1912-2003) will include this Parisian cityscape titled Place de la Madeleine, signed (estimate: $ 5,000 – $ 8,000).
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The sterling silver category will be led by a large monteith Tiffany & Company, circa 1966, oval shaped with a raised scallop edge on baroque style scroll legs, weighing 109.375 oz. Troy (estimate: $ 2,000 – $ 4,000); and a sparkling cutlery set for 12 people in the Gorham model, with all parts monogrammed on the handles and properly punched (estimate: $ 3,000 – $ 5,000).

Neue Auctions has become renowned for bringing wild and wonderful items to its sales, and this one will be no exception. Here are some of the more eclectic offers on offer:

  • A unique and colorful bench in blown glass, cut and assembled and painted aluminum made circa 2004 by Therman Statom (Florida, born 1953), 65 inches long (estimate: $ 2,000 to $ 4,000).
  • An oil on canvas from the French school of the 18th century Portrait of an actress, the subject was probably a man disguised as a woman (because women were refused acting activities) (estimate: $ 1,000 to $ 2,000).
  • Hand-carved (1967) chef Lelooska’s eagle mask (Nez Pearce, d.1996), made from carved polychrome wood, copper, hair, feathers, raffia (estimate: $ 1,000 to 2 $ 000).
  • An adorable mid-century Japanese .950 silver tea set featuring teapot, coffee maker, creamer and sugar covered with imprinted markings, 67.48 oz. troy (estimate: $ 800- $ 1200).

The objects from Asia will be equally intriguing and will include a large and spectacular Chinese scholar’s rock made from steep C-shaped stone with holes in the beige colored stone, 16 inches high (estimate: 1,000 $ to $ 2,000); and a Tibetan devotional relief in silver, turquoise and coral with a Buddha seated on a lotus throne in the center, 11 inches by 17 ¾ inches (estimate: $ 500 – $ 1,000).

18th century French school oil on canvas Portrait of an actress, the subject probably being a man in a woman’s costume (because women were refused acting activities) (estimate: $ 1,000 – $ 2,000).
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Italian furniture will include a contemporary veneered wood sideboard with a serpentine top with a geometric wood design on four hinged doors (estimate: $ 1,000 to $ 2,000); a set of eight 1930s-style Constantini Pietro lacquered dining chairs with angled upholstered backs and raised seats on saber legs (estimate: $ 600 to $ 1,000); and a contemporary veneered wood and metal dining table with a rectangular top with metal detailing on a U-shaped base (estimate: $ 500 to $ 1,000).

The carpets auctioned are estate carpets sold without reservation. They include a modern Oushak-style rug made of soft wool over a cotton weft, 16 feet 1 inch by 10 feet (estimate: $ 3,000 to $ 5,000); a 19th century hand-woven Khotan wool rug from East Turkestan, with a vase and pomegranate pattern, 22 feet by 11 feet 1 inch (estimate: $ 3,000 to $ 5,000); and a Tabriz wool rug on cotton weft with a mesh pattern, 20 feet by 13 feet (estimate: $ 2,000 to $ 4,000).

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