New Record for a Print by Louis Lozowick at $81k in Old Master Through Modern Sale at Swann

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Sale Brings $2M

Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Louis Lozowick, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera & more
Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Louis Lozowick, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera & more

OLD MASTER THROUGH MODERN PRINTS

Sale 2550; November 12, 2020

Sale total: $2,025,420

We offered 476 lots; 359 sold (75% sell-through rate by lot)

All prices include Buyer’s Premium.

New York—Swann GalleriesThursday, November 12 sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints brought in “a strong turnout of new buyers and bidding was aggressive for modern American prints and many other exceptional prices for Old Masters and modern European graphics,” said Todd Weyman, the house’s specialist for the sale.

The sale was led by the record-setting New York, a scarce 1925 lithograph by Louis Lozowick. Only three impressions of the work had been seen at auction in the past 30 years, leading to an auction record for any print by the artist at $81,250. The previous record for Lozowick was set by Swann in 2014 when Traffic, 1930, sold for $42,500. 

Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Louis Lozowick, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera & more
Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Louis Lozowick, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera & more

Rembrandt van Rijn led the Old Master offering with the early etching A Beggar Seated on a Bank, 1630, likely a self-portrait, at $37,500. Also by the Dutch master was The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, etching, 1633, which saw $37,500, and Christ before Pilate: Large Plate, etching, 1635, at $20,000. Albrecht Dürer was present with Hercules, or the Effects of Jealousy, engraving, 1498, which sold for $25,000.

European stalwarts featured prints by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Maurits C. Escher. Picasso works featured a portrait of a young woman Buste au Corsage à Carreaux, lithograph, 1957, which brought $32,500, and Les Saltimbanques, a 1922 color aquatint of two young acrobats, at $15,000. Highlights from the Miró offerings included the abstract scenes: Série Noire et Rouge, color etching, 1938, earning $25,000; Danseuse Créole, color aquatint, 1978, earning $23,750; and Les Trois Sœurs, etching, 1938, at $17,500. Escher’s 1944 tessellation Encounter, seemingly demonstrating evolution, realized $17,500.

The house is currently accepting quality consignments for the spring 2021 season. For the house’s most up-to-date auction schedule please visit swanngalleries.com.

Key:  * = Record for Medium; C = Collector; D = Dealer

Additional highlights can be found here.

Captions:

Lot 247: Louis Lozowick, New York, lithograph, circa 1925. Sold for $81,250, a record for any print by the artist.

Lot 285: Paul Cadmus, Going South, etching, 1934. Sold for $21,250, a record for the etching.

Specialist: Todd Weyman • [email protected] • 212-254-4710 x 32

Chief Marketing Officer: Alexandra Nelson • [email protected] • 212-254-4710 x 19

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Swann Auction Galleries is a third-generation family business as well as the world’s largest auction house for works on paper. In the last 75 years, Swann has repeatedly revolutionized the trade with such innovations as the first U.S. auction dedicated to photographs and the world’s only department of African-American Fine Art. More than 30 auctions and previews are held annually in Swann Galleries’ two-floor exhibition space in Midtown Manhattan, and online worldwide. Visit swanngalleries.com for more information.