Christie’s South Kensington Interiors sale breathes new life into works by Louis Icart, February 19, 2013

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Christie’s South Kensington held an Interiors sale on February 19, 2013, with good results for works by Louis Icart. The auction house sold a diverse group of 33 items, including original works on canvas and paper, as well as etchings.

Louis Icart oil painting of Fanny, Christie's lot #465

Louis Icart oil painting of Fanny, Christie’s lot #465

Top lot of the group was #465, an original 1919 oil painting on canvas of Icart’s wife, Fanny. Even though the canvas was unstretched and in fairly poor condition, it tripled its pre-sale estimate of £3,000 – £5,000, to sell for £15,000 ($23,205) — an impressive result.

This Icart drawing was one of two in Christie's lot #479

This Icart drawing was one of two in Christie’s lot #479

Original, one-of-a-kind, works by Icart, including quick charcoal sketches, did very well at the sale. Three separate lots, that each included 2-3 drawings, all sold for the identical price of £6,875 ($10,636), for a range of $3,500 – $4,000 each. In each case, the result was many times the pre-sale estimate of £700 – £900.

Icart Femme Voilée, Christie's lot #473

Icart Femme Voilée, Christie’s lot #473

One of the most interesting lots of the sale was a signed, 17″ x 12″, pastel, charcoal and pencil drawing on paper, entitled Femme Voilée (Veiled Woman). The model is Icart’s wife, Fanny. To the best of my knowledge, this image was never made into an etching or a painting. Selling as lot #473, it realized £2,375 ($3,674), against a pre-sale estimate of £500 – £700.

Icart oil painting of the Flatiron Building in New York, Christie's lot #464

Icart oil painting of the Flatiron Building in New York, Christie’s lot #464

Another fascinating lot was #464, a Red Period, oil on canvas from 1923, depicting the famous Flatiron Building in New York. This would have been a great lot for any New Yorker who collected Icart. The canvas was unstretched and in only fair condition, but it still did OK, selling within the estimate of £3,000 – £5,000, realizing a final price of £3,250 ($5,028). It’s likely the painting would have fared much better if it had a pretty woman in the foreground.

For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Christie’s Interiors results.

Incredible Tiffany Favrile Cypriote vase, for sale at the show

Incredible Tiffany Favrile Cypriote vase, for sale at the show

Click this link to view some of the new objects I recently purchased and listed. Tiffany glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

Fabulous, rare, Tiffany Favrile lamp with intaglio-carved insect

Fabulous, rare, Tiffany Favrile lamp with intaglio-carved insect

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.

Louis Icart etchings are on sale, just in time for Christmas

Rare Louis Icart etching Bubbles

I last held a sale on Louis Icart etchings about a year ago. It went well, so I decided to hold another one. The timing before Christmas is good for collectors, decorators or anyone looking for a great present. The sale starts today and will continue for exactly three weeks, finishing on December 8, 2010. The next day, prices will return to normal. This is a serious sale with prices slashed to wholesale levels not seen since the 1970s. Contact me soon as the selection will get smaller as the sale nears the end.

Rare Louis Icart etching Before the Raid

Total service is available, from custom French mats to silk mats with 24K gold leaf frames, all done to museum standards. If you’re in a hurry, there’s overnight shipping, but try to avoid that as the cost can be dear. Every etching comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Rare Louis Icart etching Guest

Every single etching is on sale, including some very rare and desirable ones that I’ve recently acquired. The list includes Bubbles, Guest, Before the Raid, Leda and the Swan and Masked, among others.

Rare and very desirable Icart etching Leda and the Swan

Conservation (cleaning and restoration) services for your Icart etchings are also available. Light darkening and foxing can be reversed in most cases. The cost is $250 per etching if the etching is glued between a mat and a board. $200 if there is no mat, but the etching is glued to a board. $150 if the sheet is loose. Shipping and insurance are additional.

For the complete listing of available etchings, click this link. Available Icart etchings.

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