Prints aplenty spring up at Bonhams auction in May

Prints & Multiples

Prints aplenty spring up at Bonhams auction in May

San Francisco—Bonhams looks forward to presenting its Fine Prints auction, April 30 in San Francisco, and simulcast in Los Angeles, featuring a widespread selection of prints. Leading the lineup is Le Jockey, 1899, one of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's major lithographic works (est. $50,000-70,000). Printed in black, brown and pale red, the image features two jockeys racing fiercely forward on their horses.

Other Toulouse-Lautrec lithographs in the sale include Ambassadeurs, Aristide Bruant, 1892, and La passagère du 54 - Promenade en yacht, 1896 (each est. $20,000-30,000); as well as Irish and American Bar, Rue Royale-The Chap Book, 1895 (est. $18,000-25,000) and La Loge au Mascaron Doré, from The Théâtre Programme, 1893 (est. $15,000-25,000).

Bonhams is delighted to offer property in the sale from the Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. The collection was started by Joan Stoneman when she and Phyllis Rosen operated Obelisk Gallery, one of the most progressive galleries in Boston during the 1960s. After Joan married Roger Sonnabend, then CEO of Sonesta, she influenced the hotel chain to commission and purchase significant works of contemporary art to complement the design of each hotel, thus forming one of the most significant corporate American art collections of the 20th century. The art being sold this spring was part of Sonesta's corporate collection, as well as the former Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne.

Some examples from the collection include Muhammad Ali, 1978, by Andy Warhol, screenprint in colours (each est. $10,000-15,000) and Periscope II, 1979, by Jasper Johns, a lithograph (est. $10,000-15,000). It will also include At the Beach, from Surrealist Series, 1978, by Roy Lichtenstein, a lithograph in colours (est. $8,000-12,000); Purple Series, 1972, by Frank Stella, featuring a complete set of nine lithographs in metallic purple (est. $8,000-12,000); and Sueño, 1992, by Kiki Smith, an etching and aquatint (est. $8,000-12,000), along with many other fine examples. Additional works from the collection will be offered in Photographs, Contemporary Art, and Period, Art & Design sales at Bonhams.

Separately, of special note in the auction will be Les Arts, 1898, by Alphonse Mucha, a complete set of four lithographs in colours from a private Southern California collection (est. $30,000-40,000); Red-Yellow-Blue, 1986, by Richard Diebenkorn, a soft-ground etching and drypoint in colours (est. $20,000-30,000); and Standard Station, 1966, by Edward Ruscha, a screenprint in colours, an unsigned early trial proof from the 66 undesignated proofs recorded by Engberg and Phillpot (est. $30,000-40,000). To date, only four other trial proofs from the 66 undesignated proofs have come to auction.

An important Pop Art work to be offered is Roy Lichtenstein's Sweet Dreams, Baby!, 1965, a screenprint in colours from the Estate of Catherine T. Brown, New York (est. $70,000-90,000) and Crying Girl, 1963, an offset lithograph in colours (est. $20,000-30,000).

Two outstanding West Coast woodcuts are Wayne Thiebaud's Candy Apples, 1987, and Dark Cake, 1983, both woodcut in colours (each est. $30,000-50,000).

Andy Warhol highlights, in addition to those from the Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, will also be on offer. From the Endangered Species series, 1983, will be separate lots of screenprints in colours, including African Elephant and San Francisco Silverspot (each est. $25,000-35,000). From the Campbells Soup I series, 1968, will be Tomato, a screenprint in colours (est. $15,000-25,000) and the separate offerings of Green Pea, Onion Soup, and Black Bean (each est. $10,000-12,000).

Additional notable highlights will include: Le Permissionnaire, 1974, by Joan Miró, an etching with aquatint and carborundum in colours (est. $25,000-35,000); The Magic Flute, 1967, an After Marc Chagall by Charles Sorlier lithograph in colours (est. $20,000-30,000); Faune Musicien No. 4, 1948 by Pablo Picasso, a lithograph (est. $20,000-30,000); Femme dans un Fauteuil et Guitariste, 1959, also by Picasso, a linocut in black, brown and beige (est. $20,000-30,000); Bond of Union, 1956, by Maurits Cornelis Escher, a lithograph (est. $18,000-25,000); John, 1998, by Chuck Close, a screenprint in colours (est. $12,000-18,000); and Studies of the Head of Saskia and others, 1636, by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (est. $10,000-15,000).

The sale's illustrated catalogue will be available online in the weeks preceding it, for review and purchase at

Auction Preview: April 27-29, San Francisco; and April 19-21, Los Angeles
Auction: April 30, San Francisco (simulcast in Los Angeles)


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