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Following the success of the Larasati Auctioneers pilot project, the online live-streaming exclusive Bali Sale in May, a second pilot project within the COVID-19 circuit breaker period titled Traditional, Modern and Contemporary Art – Jakarta will be held on June 20.
Larasati Auctioneers is the only Indonesian auction house to date that offers live-streamed auctions, and the upcoming event is supported by the new feature Virtual Exhibition on the company’s website. Offering the convenience of viewing the artwork in a virtual space, the dynamic platform enables the public and potential buyers to navigate their experience with a close-up observation of all the works for sale. Live-streamed from Jakarta, the auction will begin at 2:30 p.m. on June 20.
Featured are 25 lots, including lithographs, lithograph reproductions, etchings, a watercolor Chinese ink-and-gold on paper, an aquarelle on paper, oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, pastel on paper, a watercolor and mixed media on paper and a rare teak wood sculpture.
Categorized under those genres, the auction begins in order with Indo Euro & Bali, Balinese Paintings, Indonesian Modern and Contemporary Art and Lee Man Fong. There are some special pieces available, with lots selected for their quality and rarity.
To comply with health regulations, there will be no public viewings. However, it may be possible for bidders who have already registered to place by phone or online bids, as well as those who have placed written/absentee bids to view the artworks physically by appointment.
Larasati may only provide a limited number of slots for physical viewing and it will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis. By appointment, physical viewings will not be available a day before the auction and on auction day.
A hallmark of Larasati auctions is the diversity of all artworks available, and this sale is a good opportunity for beginner collectors to get started and for art connoisseurs to expand their collection.
Excellent buys are available for those starting to build a collection. The following works, if purchased within their estimates, offer good-value purchases: lot 809 Tari Panji Semirang and Lot 810 Tari Baris, both by Balinese artist Ketut Rudin are beautiful watercolor, Chinese ink-and-gold-on-paper measuring 37 centimeters by 27 cm. It has an estimated value of between Rp 5 million (US$257.18) and Rp 8 million.
For those with a mid-range budget, the following works are recommended. First, there’s lot 814 by Basoeki Abdullah (1915-1993) — the well-known realism painter who received his formal training in The Hague in the Netherlands — is a gorgeous 60 cm by 50 cm pastel-on-paper study of a young woman, Portrait of a Lady, which has an estimated price of between Rp 17 million and Rp 22 million. Lot 819 Fosil-Fosil (1999) is a collection of 10 oil on canvas panels, 10 cm by 14 cm, by renowned Balinese painter Gusti Agung Mangu Putra and comes with an estimated value of between Rp 28 million and Rp 38 million. There’s also lot 820, Figur Wayang, created in the 1970s by Javanese painter and choreographer Bagong Kussudiardjo; it’s a vibrant oil-on-canvas picture with an estimated price of Rp 22 million to Rp 32 million.
S. Sudjojono was an iconic painter within the historical development of Indonesian modern art. Some of his achievements included being Indonesia’s first art critic and pioneering the influential artists' collective PERSAGI, which helped determine the direction of a new modern nationalistic art movement.
Lot 815, Mutiara Dara Pertiwi (Portrait of May) made in 1975 is a 48 cm by 70 cm oil-on-canvas picture by Sudjojono. It is signed with the artist’s monogram and the date is inscribed on the left side, while “koleksi keluarga” (family collection) is inscribed on the reverse side. It comes with an estimated value of between Rp 300 million and Rp 400 million. This work, along with the following five works, will be of special interest to art connoisseurs.
Lot 821 is Barong (2003), a dynamic 140 cm by 180 cm mixed-media composition of the Balinese cultural icon and internationally renowned painter, sculptor and designer Sunaryo. It has an estimated value of between Rp 350 million and Rp 450 million.
A rare sculpture by master technician and creator of his own signature, mysterious painting style, Lot 823 is The Integral Parts of Individuality’ (2004-2005) by Ivan Sagita. It’s a teak wood sculpture comprising of three parts that has an estimated value of between Rp 250 million and Rp 350 million. The unusual work was exhibited at art spaces and galleries in Mayfair, London, in November 2011.
Lee Man Fong (born in 1913 in Guangzhou, China and died in 1988 in Jakarta) stands alone within the history of modern Indonesian painting. Equally adept with figuration and landscape compositions, his extraordinarily sensitive series Bali Life inspired pictures resonated with the peace and harmony inherent in the Balinese culture and have touched the hearts and souls of both national, regional and international audiences.
Rarely, a single-owner collection of early works by one of the seminal artists of Southeast Asia comes onto the market. Two excellent works by Lee Man Fong are some of the highlights of this sale.
Lot 824, Self-Portrait (1935) is a rare oil-on-canvas laid on a board. It is 40 cm by 40 cm signed and dated on the upper right side and has an estimated price of between Rp 170 million and Rp 220 million. With excellent provenance, the work was acquired directly from the family of the artist and is now part of the estate of a prominent Singaporean collector. It is the only self-portrait by the artist to have come onto the open market. Another, much later, Self-Portrait (1958), is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Singapore.
Lot 825, Venezia (1949) is a 35.5 cm by 25.5 cm watercolor and mixed media on paper picture also by Lee and comes with an estimated price of between Rp 45 million and 55 Rp million. Both lots are currently being virtually exhibited by Composition, Singapore, and viewing is available in Singapore by appointment only.
Lot 822, My Family (2000) by noted Balinese contemporary artist Pande Ketut Taman, is a 185 cm by 235 cm oil-on-canvas composition that has an estimated price of between Rp 55 million and Rp 75 million. Taman’s works are exhibited at the Neka Art Museum and ARMA, in Ubud, Bali.
Works by other popular names in the Indonesian market in this sale include Dutchmen Arie Smit and Willem G. Hofker and multitalented Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias, as well as Indonesian painters Anton Huang and Widayat, and daughter of modern maestro Affandi, Kartika Affandi.
Potential buyers bidding over the phone, absentee bidders or real-time internet bidders are advised to contact Larasati and enquire about the color reproduction accuracy of the images within the online catalog to ensure that what they wish to purchase can be realistically appraised. The absence of references to the condition of a lot in the catalog’s description does not imply that the lot is free from faults or imperfections. Therefore, condition reports of the works outlining the paintings current state and whether it has repairs or over painting are available upon request.
Provenance and historical data of the works' previous owner/s is also important and is provided. A guide detailing conditions of the business, bidding process, payment, storage, insurance and shipping of the works is also available.
A buyer's premium is payable by the buyer of each lot at the rate of 22 percent of the hammer price. The online catalog, complete with a guide for prospective buyers, is available to the public and should be studied carefully by all wishing to participate in this auction.
Live bidding will be available by phone or online on invaluable.com. (wng)
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