African-American Fine Art

Swann Galleries, Inc.
104 East 25th Street
NY 10010 New York,
United States
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Date of the auction: 04.06.2020

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EDWARD M. BANNISTER (1828 - 1901) Morning on the River, Providence, R.I. Oil on linen canvas, circa 1890-91. 508x762 mm; 20x30 inches. Signed in oil, lower right. Provenance: private collection, Rhode Island (2017), acquired at James D. Julia, Inc., February 9-10, 2017. Exhibited: Boston Art Club

Lot #: 1

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Untitled (Woman in Pirate Outfit with Gun). Silver print, 1928. 254x203mm; 10x8 inches. Signed and dated in pencil with Vanderzee's "G.G.G. Photo Studio" ink stamp, verso

Lot #: 2

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Untitled (Wedding Portrait). Silver print, 1940. 254x203 mm; 10x8 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, verso

Lot #: 3

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Eighteen Photographs. Portfolio of 18 mounted silver and sepia-toned silver prints, 1905-1938. Each approximately 184x241 mm; 7 1/4x9 1/2 inches, loose as issued. Edition of 75 numbered copies. Each signed and numbered I-XVIII and 57/75 in pencil on the mount, recto

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Untitled (Garveyite Family, Harlem). Silver print, 1924. 196x235mm; 7 5/8x9 inches. Signed and numbered VIII and 70/75 in pencil on the mount. Published by Graphics International Ltd., Washington, DC in 1974. From Eighteen Photographs

Lot #: 5

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983) Nude, Harlem. Sepia-toned silver print, 1923. 241x191 mm; 9 1/2x7 1/2 inches. Signed and numbered VI and 62/75 in pencil on the mount. Published by Graphics International Ltd., Washington, DC in 1974. From Eighteen Photographs

Lot #: 6

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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SARGENT JOHNSON (1888 - 1967) Untitled (Sammy). Painted terra cotta, circa 1928. Approximately 210x159x133 mm; 8 1/4x6 1/4x5 1/4 inches. Incised signature, in the interior, above the base edge. Provenance: private collection, Pennsylvania. This charming portrait in terra cotta is a significant and

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$90,000

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901 - 1989) Untitled (Bust of a Young Man). Painted plaster, mounted on a wooden base and business card stand, circa 1930. Approximately 95x63x44 mm; 3 3/4x2 1/2x1 3/4inches. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, Louis Hecht, New York; thence by descent, Philip H. Rubin

Lot #: 8

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901 - 1989) Boy with a Broom. Painted plaster, 1929. Approximately 533x330x280 mm; 21x13x11 inches. Incised signature and date on the base. Provenance; acquired at the Southside Community Art Center, Chicago (1940); private collection, Atlanta; thence by descent to the current

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$90,000

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901 - 1989) Feral Benga. Cast bronze, with a dark brown patina, modeled in 1935, cast in 1986. Approximately 483 mm; 19 inches high (not including the marble base). From the edition of 10, cast under the supervision of the artist and the Richmond Barthé Trust. Signed, inscribed

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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HALE WOODRUFF (1900 - 1980) Giddap. Linoleum cut on cream wove paper, 1935. 305x230 mm; 12x9 1/8 inches, full margins. Signed, titled and numbered 2/10 in pencil, lower margin. A very good and dark early impression. Another impression of Giddap can be found in the permanent collection of the

Lot #: 11

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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HALE WOODRUFF (1900 - 1980) Relics. Linoleum cut on cream wove paper, circa 1935. 203x279 mm; 8x11 inches, 1/4 to 3/4 inch margins. Signed and titled in pencil, lower margin. A very good and dark early impression of this scarce print. Another impression of this print was included in Hale Woodruff

Lot #: 12

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CHARLES ALSTON (1907 - 1977) Cotton Club Dancer. Sepia ink and wash with pencil on buff wove paper, 1933. 267x216 mm; 10 1/2x8 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. Provenance: the estate of the artist; private collection, New York. Exhibited: Randall Galleries, Ltd., New York

Lot #: 13

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CHARLES WHITE (1918 - 1979) Untitled (Two Women at Window). Watercolor and pencil on paper, with gouache additions, 1937. 216x165 mm; 8 3/4x6 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in pencil twice, lower right. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Heritage Gallery, Los ngeles; private collection, Missouri

Lot #: 14

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CHARLES WHITE (1918 - 1979) Remembering (Study of a Man). Pencil on thin wove paper, circa 1937-38. 255x200 mm; 10 1/8x7 3/4 inches. With estate ink signature stamp, lower right. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles; Charles M. Young Fine Prints and Drawings, Portland

Lot #: 15

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CHARLES WHITE (1918 - 1979) Pensive Child. Silver print, 1938-40. 203x229 mm; 8x9 inches. With the estate ink signature stamp on the mat, lower right. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles; private collection, California. The gallery label indicates that this is a

Lot #: 16

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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SAMUEL J. BROWN (1907 - 1994) Abstract. Lithograph on wove paper, circa 1930's. 305x241 mm; 12x9 1/2inches, wide margins. Signed, titled and numbered 1 in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression of this very scarce, modernist print. Born in Wilmington, NC, Samuel Joseph Brown studied at the

Lot #: 17

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CHARLES ALSTON (1907 - 1977) Deserted House. Lithograph, circa 1938. 283x387 mm; 11 1/8x15 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed and titled in pencil, lower margin. Illustrated: an impression from the Reba and Dave Williams Collection in Alone in a Crowd, p. 14, pl. 9, and African-American Artists

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979) Untitled (Nude Sketch). Pen and brown ink on cream wove paper, circa early 1940s. 324x254 mm; 12 3/4x10 inches. Signed "Norman Lewis/OBL" by the artist's widow, Ouida Lewis, in ink, lower right. Provenance: the estate of the artist; Bill Hodges Gallery, New York; with the

Lot #: 19

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979) Shorty George. Lithograph on cream wove paper, 1943. 229x146 mm; 9x5 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated "11-20-43", numbered 2/14 and dedicated "To Howard, a Swell Guy! Norman, 4-18-44" in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression of this scarce print. From

Lot #: 20

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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JACOB LAWRENCE (1917 - 2000) Cutting Logs #51. Gouache, watercolor and ink on cream wove paper, 1942. 533x737 mm; 21x29 inches (image). 584x737 mm; 23x31 inches (sheet). Signed and dated in gouache, lower right. Titled in pencil, lower left, in the margin. Provenance: The Downtown Gallery, New York

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$250,000 - US$350,000

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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RONALD JOSEPH (1910 - 1992) Untitled (Family at the Table). Oil and enamel on a thick wood panel, circa 1940. 565x406 mm; 22 1/4x16 inches. Provenance: private collection, Massachussetts. This striking, modernist painting is one of the earliest works by Ronald Joseph that we have located. Ronald

Lot #: 22

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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LAURA WHEELER WARING (1887 - 1948) Arrangement of Fruit. Watercolor on thin wove paper, circa 1940. 184x 256 mm; 7 1/4x10 inches. Initialed in watercolor, lower left. Provenance: estate of the artist; Milton Morris James, Yeadon, PA; Langman Gallery, Jenkintown, PA; private collection, California

Lot #: 23

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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ELMER W. BROWN (1909 - 1971) Mural for Freedom (Study for Men's City Club, Cleveland, OH). Watercolor, gouache and graphite on illustration board, 1942. 203x368 mm; 8x14 1/2 inches (image); 381x508 mm; 15x20 (board). Signed, titled and dated in pencil, lower margin. Provenance: Paramour Fine Arts

Lot #: 24

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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DOX THRASH (1892 - 1965) Untitled (Surreal Nude). Oil on cotton canvas, circa 1944-50. 762x508 mm; 30x20 inches. Provenance: private collection, Pennsylvania; thence by descent to the current owner, private collection, Sweden. This striking painting is a scarce example of a Surrealist work on canvas

Lot #: 25

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CHARLES SEBREE (1914 - 1985) Untitled (Two Figures). Oil on gessoed masonite board, circa 1945-50. 305x254 mm; 12x10 inches. Signed in oil, lower right. Provenance: private collection,New York. Charles Sebree is known for these enigmatic paintings of romantic, harlequin-like figures inspired by the

Lot #: 26

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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JAMES A. PORTER (1905 - 1970) The Piggy Bank. Charcoal on wove paper, 1944. 610x460 mm; 24x18 inches. Signed and dated in charcoal, lower right. With a pencil drawing of a physics diagram from Howard University on the verso. Provenance: the artist; Dorothy Porter Walker; Constance Porter Uzelac

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CLAUDE CLARK (1915 - 2001) Ritual Dance. Oil on masonite, 1946. 430x330 mm; 17x13 inches. Signed in oil, lower right. Provenance: estate of the artist, Oakland, CA; private collection, New York, acquired at Swann Galleries, February 23, 2010. Claude Clark was an innovative painter and printmaker

Lot #: 28

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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CHARLES WHITE (1918 - 1979) Gideon. Lithograph on cream wove paper, 1951. 565x375 mm; 22 1/4x14 3/4 inches, full margins. Titled and inscribed "Ed. 50" in pencil, lower right. Edition of 50. Printed by the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York. Gedeon Ea10

Lot #: 29

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020

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ERNEST CRICHLOW (1914 - 2005) Cissy. Lithograph on cream wove paper, 1952. 390x285 mm; 15 1/2x11 1/2 inches, wide margins. Signed, titled and dated in pencil, lower margin. A very good, dark impression of this very scarce print. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ernest Crichlow became a painter during

Lot #: 30

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

Date: 4 Jun 2020