African American Art

Swann Galleries, Inc.
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Date of the auction: 22.04.2021

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GRAFTON TYLER BROWN (1841 - 1918) Untitled (Sailboat on a Mountain Lake). Oil on linen canvas, 1891. 305x457 mm; 12x18 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower left. Provenance: private collection, Maryland, acquired at Clars Auction Gallery, April 17, 2016. This charming scene is an example of the

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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HENRY OSSAWA TANNER (1859 -1937) Gate of Tangier. Etching, circa 1910. 121x89 mm; 4 3/4x3 1/2 inches, full margins. A posthumous printing. A very good, dark impression, richly inked with dark edges. Provenance: the estate of the artist; by descent, private collection, Paris; private collection

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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HENRY OSSAWA TANNER (1859 -1937) Mosque, Tangier. Etching, circa 1912-14. 175x238 mm; 6 7/8x9 3/8 inches, full margins. A posthumous printing. A very good, dark impression, richly inked with dark edges. Provenance: the estate of the artist; by descent, private collection, Paris; private collection

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Mrs. Turner, Lenox, Mass. Silver print, 1905. 178x140 mm; 7x5 1/2 inches. Signed and numbered I and 70/75 in pencil on the mount. Printed and published by Richard Berson and Graphics International Ltd., Washington, DC in 1974. From Eighteen Photographs

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) The VanDerZee Men, Lenox, Mass. Silver print, 1908. 160x127 mm; 6 3/8x5 inches. Signed and numbered III and 70/75 in pencil on the mount. Printed and published by Richard Berson and Graphics International Ltd., Washington, DC in 1974. From Eighteen Photographs

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Marcus Garvey and Garvey Militia, Harlem. Silver print 1924. 247x196 mm; 9 3/4x7 3/4 inches. Signed, numbered VII and 70/75 in pencil on the mount. From Eighteen Photographs

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Nude, Harlem. Silver print, 1923. 241x191 mm; 9 1/2x7 1/2 inches. Numbered 82/250 in pencil, on the verso. Posthumous printing, with the estate's blind stamp, lower right

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES A. PORTER (1905 - 1970) Untitled (Male Nude). Charcoal on cream laid paper, 1925. 635x483 mm; 25x19 inches. Signed and dated "Oct. '25" in charcoal, lower right recto. With an unfinished figure drawing on the verso. Provenance: the artist; Dorothy Porter Walker; Constance Porter Uzelac; thence

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JOHN HAROLD DEVON ROBINSON (1895 - 1970) Untitled (Brooklyn Bridge). Oil on linen canvas, 1925. 508x406 mm; 20x16 inches. Initialed and dated in oil, lower right. Provenance: private collection, Pennsylvania; the estate of Allan O. Hunter, Jr., acquired at Swann Galleries, October 4, 2018. This

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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AARON DOUGLAS (1899 - 1979) Head of Boy (Portrait of Langston Hughes). Woodcut on cream laid paper, circa 1926. 120x102 mm; 4 3/4x4 inches, 1/4 to 3/4- inch margins. Signed, titled and dated "1957" in pencil, lower margin. A later printing by the artist at Fisk University. This extremely scarce

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES LESESNE WELLS (1902 - 1992) Circus. Linoleum cut on cream thin Japan paper, circa 1928. 203x235 mm; 8x9 1/4 inches, full margins. A scarce example of early printmaking from the Harlem Renaissance era by James Lesesne Wells

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES LESESNE WELLS (1902 - 1992) Untitled (Worship with Masks). Brush and ink on thin cream wove paper, mounted to mat board, circa 1929. 191x127 mm; 7 1/2x5 inches. Provenance: private collection, New York. This illustration by Wells is from a series of drawings of African sculptural subjects. We

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES LESESNE WELLS (1902 - 1992) Untitled (African Fetish). Linoleum cut on tissue-thin Japan paper. circa 1929. 114x83 mm; 4 1/2x3 1/4 wide margins. This very scarce Harlem Renaissance print is a wonderful example of James Lesesne Wells' block prints and his interest in the influence of African

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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NORMAN LEWIS (1917 - 1979) Untitled (Bangwa Queen). Color pastel on fine sandpaper, 1935. 508x355 mm; 22x15 1/4 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. Provenance: private collection, Ohio. Norman Lewis drew this beautiful drawing after visiting the 1935 landmark exhibition African Negro

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Untitled (Interior of a Harlem Brownstone). Silver print, 1931. 203x254 mm; 8x10 inches. Signed and inscribed "NYC 1931" by VanDerZee in the negative. This early photograph of fine decor in a Harlem parlor shows how VanDerZee documented the homes, in addition to

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JAMES A. PORTER (1905 - 1970) Lynching. Brush, pen and ink on cream wove paper, circa 1933-34. 292x260 mm; 11 1/2x10 1/4 inches. Initialed in ink, lower right. Provenance: the artist; Dorothy Porter Walker; Constance Porter Uzelac; thence by descent to the current owner, private collection, with the

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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CHARLES WHITE (1918 - 1979) Head of Man - Version II (Diego Rivera). Crayon on thin, smooth wove paper, mounted to board, 1936. 305x254 mm; 12x10 inches. With the artist's estate signature ink stamp, lower right. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, with the gallery

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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CHARLES WHITE (1918-1979) Musician with Guitar. Graphite and pencil on cream wove paper, circa 1937. 254x203 mm; 10x8 inches. With the artist's estate signature ink stamp, lower center edge. Provenance: estate of the artist: Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, with the gallery label on the frame back

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979) Two Barns. Watercolor on cream wove paper, 1937. 450x570 mm; 17 3/4x22 1/4 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. Provenance: private collection, New Jersey; private collection, North Carolina, acquired at Swann Galleries, February 14, 2013. Illustrated: Ruth

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JOHN WESLEY HARDRICK (1891 - 1968) Untitled (Winter Landscape). Oil on masonite board, 1937. 559x711 mm; 22x28 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower left. Provenance: private collection, Louisiana. This winter river scene is an excellent example of the landscapes of John Wesley Hardrick. The

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901 - 1989) African Boy Dancing. Cast bronze with a dark brown patina, 1937. Approximately 413 mm; 16 1/4 inches high. Incised with the artist's signature in the base. Cast by the Cellini Bronze Works, New York, with their stamp at the base rear edge. Provenance: David W. Prall

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$150,000 - US$250,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901 - 1989) Stevedore. Cast bronze with a dark brown patina on a green marble base, 1937. 778x508x368 mm; 30 5/8x20x14 1/2 inches (not including marble base). Cast in 1986 under the supervision of the artist and the Richmond Barthé Trust. Incised with artist's signature, date

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$75,000 - US$100,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901 - 1989) Head of a Dancer (Harald Kreutzberg). Cast bronze, with a brown patina, mounted on a white marble base, 1937. Approximately 311 mm; 12 1/4 inches high (not including the base). A later casting, from an edition of 25. Signed, inscribed "xxx" and number stamped "25" along

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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NORMAN LEWIS (1917 - 1979) Untitled (Sheet of Studies). Pen and ink and pencil on cream wove paper, circa 1940s. 508x660 mm; 20x26 inches (sheet). Inscribed "The truth is always vulgar! a mosaic of living things" in pencil, lower left. Provenance: private collection, Louisiana. This unusually large

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979) Untitled (Figure Study). Pen and ink on thin buff wove paper, circa 1940s. 184x122 mm; 7 1/4x4 7/8 inches. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, with the gallery label on the frame back; private collection

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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NORMAN LEWIS (1917 - 1979) Untitled (Female Nude). Pen and ink on cream wove paper, circa 1940s. 317x254 mm; 12 1/2x10 inches (sheet). Provenance: the estate of the artist; Bill Hodges Gallery, New York; Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, with the gallery label on the frame back; private

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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NORMAN LEWIS (1917 - 1979) Untitled (Female Nude). Pen and ink on cream wove paper, circa 1940s. 317x254 mm; 12 1/2x10 inches (sheet). Signed "Norman Lewis" posthumously by his widow Ouida Lewis. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Bill Hodges Gallery, New York; Sande Webster Gallery

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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JOSEPH DELANEY (1904 - 1991) Artist's Studio Party. Oil on linen canvas, 1940. 971x1216 mm; 38 1/4x47 7/8 inches. Signed in oil, lower right. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Harvey D. Peyton, Charleston, WV; private collection, Illinois. Exhibited: Invisible Americans, Black Artists of the

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$100,000 - US$150,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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CLAUDE CLARK (1915 - 2001) Conversations. Lithograph on buff wove paper, circa 1940-41. 228x304 mm; 9x12 inches, wide (full ?) margins. Signed in pencil, lower margin. Provenance: the estate of the artist; thence by descent, private collection, Texas. A very good, dark impression of this scarce

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021

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CLAUDE CLARK (1915 - 2001) Drill Press. Carbograph (carborundum etching) on cream wove paper, 1941. 241 mm; 9 1/2 inches diameter (tondo), wide margins. Signed in ball point pen and ink, lower right. Published by the Pennsylvania Art Program, WPA, Philadelphia, 1941. Provenance: the estate of the

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 22 Apr 2021