Wang Chi-Yuan – the perfect marriage of Western landscape and his Eastern art style

Wang Chi-Yuan This small piece of a large, horizontal scroll by Chinese artist Wang Chi-Yuan (1893-1975), will be auctioned on June 2nd. (photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

Among the more intriguing offerings on Day 1 of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ spring auction weekend, June 2-4, is a stellar group of 25 original artworks by the Chinese artist Wang Chi-Yuan (1893-1975), who was instrumental in bringing the traditional art form to the Western world. Chi-Yuan fled war-torn China in 1941 and settled in New York City, where he founded the School of Chinese Brushwork. Chi-Yuan’s work is the perfect marriage between the Western landscape and his own beautiful Eastern art style.

A small section of a scroll executed by Wang Chi-Yuan, using watercolor and Chinese ink on paper, is pictured here. It’s titled Study of Fruits and Vegetables and is artist-signed, with seals, and was done in a horizontal format: 10 ¾ inches by 196 inches. It carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Day 1 of the auction will be dedicated to Asian and Indo-Persian Arts. Day 2 (June 3rd) will feature fine art and antiques. Day 3 will focus on 20th century decorative arts. The auction will be held online and live in Thomaston, Maine.

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Fernando Botero, Colombian-born artist, is still going strong at age 85

Fernando Botero Still life oil on board by Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932), circa 1952-1955, titled Composicion con copa y pina (est. $200,000-$250,000) (photo courtesy Shapiro Auctions)

Many artists have to die before they get the respect (and riches) they so rightly deserve. Not so Fernando Botero, the Colombian-born figurative artist and sculptor. At 85, Botero is still living large. His signature style, known as “Boterismo”, depicts people and figures in a large and exaggerated way, which often represents political criticism or humor. He is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America, and Botero Plaza in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia is a hugely popular tourist attraction.

Lot #6 in Shapiro Auctions’ two-session auction on Wednesday, May 31st, is the Botero piece shown here, a still life oil on board executed circa 1952-1955 and titled Composicion con copa y pina. The 25 ¼ inch by 38 ½ inch artwork has a robust pre-sale estimate of $200,000-$250,000. Session 1 (Lots 1-299) in the sale will be dedicated to Modern & Contemporary Art. Session 2 (Lots 400-483) will have Fine Jewelry. The auction will be held online and in Shapiro Auctions’ gallery in Manhattan, at 10 am Eastern time.

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Richard Pettibone work containing four iconic images to be sold June 4th

Richard Pettibone This acrylic on canvas by Richard Pettibone - Seductive Girl, Tahkl I-Sulyaman, Elvis and Campbell’s Soup - will be auctioned June 4th. (photo courtesy Santa Monica Auctions)

Richard Pettibone (Calif., b. 1938) is known for creating “pocket-sized” paintings from Pop-Art images that are already famous, often by giants such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Marcel Duchamp. His artwork has been described as “cloning” and fits under the umbrella of Dada. He’s especially revered in the Appropriation movement, which he helped create. A compelling work by Pettibone, containing four iconic images, will be offered by Santa Monica Auctions on Sunday, June 4th, at 12 noon Pacific time.

The original acrylic on canvas, 12 inches by 25 inches, is titled Seductive Girl, Tahkl I-Sulyaman, Elvis and Campbell’s Soup (1969). It shows works originally done by (left to right) Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and (two by) Warhol. The piece is artist signed, housed in the original frame and comes with the original OK Harris Works of Art (NYC) gallery receipt. The estimate is $45,000-$65,000. The auction will be held online and in live in space Santa Monica Auctions occupies at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.

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Vermont and other regional artists up for bid in a May 28 absolute sale

Vermont and other regional artists Frederic Judd Waugh (1861-1940) wasn’t born in Vermont and didn’t live there, but he did paint Vermont Sunset over Lake Champlain. (photo courtesy Nathan Auction & R.E.)

Nathan Auction & Real Estate will conduct an old-fashioned, on-site, under-the-tents estate sale with no additions on Sunday, May 28th, when it offers the art, antiques and personal property of the late Barbara Trask Melhado – a well-known and respected appraiser who had a love of collecting. The auction will be held on the grounds of her estate, at 63 Cheney Road in Dorset, Vermont. All of the 300 or so lots will be offered without reserve. Just the artwork (about 60 pieces) will be available online, through

Much of the artwork – a blend of oils, watercolors and prints – will be by Vermont and other regional artists, a passion of Ms. Melhado’s. An example is the beautiful landscape work pictured here: an oil on board by Frederic Judd Waugh (1861-1940), who was best known for his marine renderings, but here he painted Vermont Sunset over Lake Champlain, a 12 inch by 16 inch oil on canvas board housed in a lovely gold gilt frame. It’s estimated at $1,200-$1,600 but, as stated, it will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.


Full-size vintage boats or model boats: take your pick at Strawser’s, May 24-27

Full size vintage boats This adorable Chris Craft 1950s model cabin cruiser dual-prop wooden boat, 41 inches long, is expected to hammer for $300-$400. (photo courtesy Strawser Auction Group)

Day 1 of Strawser Auction Group’s big four-day antique auction planned for May 24-27 will feature around 20 model boats and a few vintage full-size crafts as well. An example of the model boats is this adorable Chris Craft 1950s cabin cruiser dual-prop wooden vessel, 41 inches long and with some splits and losses, but still posting a healthy estimate of $300-$400. Rather own a full-size Chis Craft? OK, then bid on the 1937 17-foot deluxe runabout, fully restored, with a 6-cylinder engine and like-new trailer (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Other vintage full-size boats will feature a 1954 Lyman classic wooden boat with a 1957 Evinrude 35hp outboard motor, 15 ½ feet long, two bench seats and two aft seats with cushions, trailer, boat cover, original metal tanks, battery and extras, all in excellent condition (est. $5,000-$8,000). It is a previous ‘Best Lyman’ winner at an antique boat show. Also up for bid will be a 1970 Victoria 18-foot fiberglass sailboat with custom dilly trailer (est. $800-$1,200). The auction will be held online and at 106 East Dutch Street in Wolcottville, Ind.