Heritage’s Erté Art & Design Auction Spotlights 80 Years of Artwork

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Renowned Russian-born French designer made mark with graphic art, sculpture

The Alphabet Suite with original box 26 plates 1976
The Alphabet Suite with original box 26 plates 1976

DALLAS, Texas (October 1, 2020) – A suite of 26 serigraphs on paper depicting each letter in the English language by Russian-born French artist Erté is among the top draws in Heritage Auctions’ Erté Art & Design Online Auction Oct. 23.

The auction will be Heritage Auctions’ second online auction dedicated to the art and design of Erté, one of the most prolific and iconic makers of the 20th century. The first, which was held in February 2020, amassed $163,751 in sales. So popular was the first sale, which included nearly 100 lots, that consignments have soared for the sequel: the October event includes 146 lots ranging from original and editioned works on paper to bronze sculptures to decorative objects.

“Our second Erté Art & Design auction builds on the momentum of our first, offering an even wider array of lots that each embody his elegant style Poiret and collectively demonstrate the breadth and depth of his extensive oeuvre,” said Samantha Robinson, Junior Specialist of Decorative Arts. “This online auction dedicated to Erté, the only of its kind, will be a destination for established and aspiring collectors of his work.”

The Alphabet Suite in original portfolio box (26 plates), 1976 (estimate $5,000-7,000) features 26 serigraphs on paper plates depicting contortionist figures forming the 26 letters of the English alphabet, each editioned No. 32 of 350 and signed by the artist. Each of the 26 plates is unframed and offered in the original portfolio box.

As if to complement the Alphabet Suite, the event also includes a Numerals Suite with original portfolio box, 1980 (estimate: $2,000-3,000) that is editioned No. 30 of 350 and signed by the artist. While each plate is individually framed, the lot is accompanied by the original portfolio box.

The event also includes a large assortment of bronze sculptures, including but not limited to:

* The Wave, 1988 (estimate: $2,000-$3,000)

* Spider Web, 1989 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

* Spider Web, 1989 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

* Daydreams, 1989 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

* Amazon, 1985 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

* Hera, 1989 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

* Zeus, 1989 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

Other highlights of the event include: 

* Eleven Letters from the Alphabet Suite, 1976 (estimate: $2,000-4,000)

* An Aventurine (State II)14K Gold, Aventurine, and Mother of Pearl Necklace, circa 1980 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

* Trois Femmes Patinated and Partial Gilt Bronze Bowl, 1990 (estimate: $1,500-2,000)

* AnOriginal Set Design Drawing (estimate: $1,500-2,500)

For images and information on all lots in the auction, visit HA.com/15155.

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