Modern & Post-War Art: December 2020 Highlights

Lot 32: Giorgio Cavallon, Untitled, oil on canvas, 1984. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

At Auction December 3, 2020

This auction features high-quality examples by sought-after artists Sargent Johnson, Hughie Lee-Smith, Sam Middleton, John Little, Allan Kaprow, and Adolph Gottlieb. Works by Esteban Vicente, Giorgio Cavallon, Jimmy Ernst, David Hare, Irene Rice Pereira, and many more, are included in our inaugural offering for this new department at Swann.

Lot 1: James Ensor, Vierge aux Poissons, colored pencil, 1941. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Non-Objective Abstraction

Lot 17: Irene Rice Pereira, Untitled, oil and mixed media collage on board, 1938. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

American Abstract Artists group

Lot 25: Robert Barrell, Untitled (Cat and Bird), oil on masonite, 1942. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.

American Surrealism

Lot 31: Esteban Vicente, Primavera Series: Lerna, oil and paper collage on canvas, 1985. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

Abstract Expressionism

Lot 39: David Hare, Untitled, braised steel weldement. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 55: Sargent Johnson, The Knot and the Noose, terracotta mounted on a wooden base, circa 1948. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.

African American Artists

Lot 45: Sam Middleton, Composition, mixed paper collage, gouache and ink, 1992. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.

Mail Art

Lot 69: Horace Clifford Westermann, Untitled (Alternate Catalog Cover), ink and watercolor, 1977. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Op Art

Lot 75: Francis Celentano, Exana Study Number 5, acrylic, circa 1993. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

Previewing By Appointment Only Through Wednesday, December 2

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely by Swann auctioneers taking bids from multiple platforms. While there will not be bidding in the room, we will be accepting order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live online via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, and it can also be accessed on a desktop at

Please note: limited phone bidding will be available for this auction. Phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm.

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact a specialist the department.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Harold Porcher

Director, Modern & Post-War Art

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