Small Gems

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SMALL G E M S

MODERN/POST-WAR


B U R G OY N E D I L L E R AMERICAN, 1906-1965

U N T I T L E D ( FA C A D E W I T H S TA I R S ) , C . 1 9 3 2 COVER

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SMALL GEMS: They say good things come in small packages….so we are dedicating our video and accompanying catalogue to “Small Gems.” These small works create a symphony by merging colors, space and light all in scale. Scale is not dependent on size and shows that the smaller end of the spectrum can most certainly contain expansive strength. Smaller works pull our eyes at first into their space, asserting themselves within……a kind of intimate glance into a private world. Perle Fine stated that “a skilled artist can achieve “impact” even at the size of a “postage stamp.” In 1936 the American Abstract Artist Group was founded based on the foundation of purely American abstraction. Artists such as Charles Green Shaw, George L. K. Morris, Balcomb Greene and Eugene Gallatin created small works on the aesthetic level of Paul Klee who was simply the last genius of small abstraction. These artists revolutionized American abstraction with a powerful intimate presence. It is difficult for an artist to work small as a great work of art is essential in all its parts and contains nothing that can be subtracted from it and working in a small scale actually may improve it. In abstract paintings from the 1950’s “BIG” held center stage, however, small in a scaled manner also can be just as powerful and more intimate and not necessarily precious. It is a difficult task indeed to execute action and gesture in a small scale without it turning to into a messy composition. Robert Motherwell stated that “It is possible to paint a monumental picture that’s only ten inches wide, if one has a sense of scale, which is very different from a sense of size.” Our collection of twenty-four “Small Gems” are all highly aesthetic intimate passages into the private worlds of each artist. However small, each has an intuitive flow of sophistication. Once again, we are presenting you a glimpse of what we are striving to accomplish by revealing our outlook and passion through a road more and more less traveled in today’s art scene. Thank you for watching so please stay tuned as we will continue to have interesting ideas and subjects coming soon.

Vincent Vallarino, June, 2021

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B U R G OY N E D I L L E R AMERICAN, 1906-1965

U N T I T L E D ( FA C A D E W I T H S TA I R S ) , C . 1 9 3 2 O I L O N C A N VA S 22 1/4 X 18 INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: M E R E D I T H LO N G & C O M PA N Y, H O U S T O N EXHIBITED: BUR GOYNE DILLER: THE 1930S, CUBISM TO A B S T R A C T I O N , 8 N O V E M B E R 2 0 0 1 - 1 2 J A N UA R Y 2 0 0 2 , M I C H A E L R O S E N F E L D G A L L E R Y, N E W YO R K L I T E R AT U R E : B U R G O Y N E D I L L E R : T H E 1 9 3 0 S , C U B I S M TO ABSTR AC TION, MICHAEL ROSENFELD GALLERY E X H I B I T I O N C ATA LO G , P G . 1 5

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CHARLES GREEN S H AW AMERICAN, 1892-1974

TEN, C. 1930S OIL ON BOARD 14 X 12 INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , C H I C A G O

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ALBERT EUGENE G A L L AT I N AMERICAN, 1881-1952

COMPOSITION, 1939 O I L O N C A N VA S B O A R D 10 X 11 ½ INCHES S I G N E D A N D D AT E D V E R S O PROVENANCE: W I L L A R D G A L L E R Y, N E W YO R K , 1 9 4 1 . P R I VAT E COLLEC TION. R O B E R T H E N R Y A D A M S F I N E A R T, C H I C A G O, I L L I N O I S . P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N . VA L E R I E C A R B E R R Y G A L L E R Y, C H I C A G O, I L L I N O I S . M A R G O P O L L I N S S C H A B , I N C . , N E W YO R K . A C Q U I R E D B Y T H E L AT E O W N E R F R O M T H E A B O V E , 2 0 0 9 . .

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GEORGE L. K. MORRIS AMERICAN, 1905-1975

S E E N T H R O U G H A W I N D O W, 1 9 4 3 O I L O N C A N VA S 17 1/4 X 15 1/4 INCHES S I G N E D A N D D AT E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , H O U S T O N , T X . G I F T E D F R O M M AV I S K E L S E Y. A C Q U I R E D F R O M M E R E D I T H LO N G & C O M PA N Y O F HOUSTON, T X. G A L L E R Y I N V E N T O R Y L A B E L , E N V E R S O. M A X G R A N I C K I N C , F R A M E S O F N E W YO R K , N Y, L A B E L E N V E R S O O N F R A M E .

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I LYA B O LOTO W S K Y RUSSIAN/AMERICAN, 1907-1981

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B LU E H O R I Z O N TA L , 1 9 6 8 OIL ON WOOD 5 X 12½ INCHES SIGNED WITH THE ARTIST ’S INITIALS B O T T O M C E N T E R ; S I G N E D, T I T L E D A N D D AT E D 1 9 6 8 V E R S O PROVENANCE: G R A C E B O R G E N I C H T G A L L E R Y, N E W YO R K S O T H E B Y ’ S N E W YO R K , 1 5 - 1 6 F E B R UA R Y 1 9 8 9 , LO T 7 7 A C Q U I R E D AT T H E A B O V E S A L E B Y T H E PRESENT OWNER T H E E S TAT E O F H A R R I E T G R I F F I N W H I T E L AW


ESPHYR S LO B O D K I N A RUSSIAN/AMERICAN, 1908-2002

UNTITLED (GROUP OF FIVE), 1991 OIL ON BOARD 12 X 16 INCHES S I G N E D A N D D AT E D LO W E R L E F T PROVENANCE: A B R O O K LY N , N E W YO R K E S TAT E

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I B R A M L A S S AW AMERICAN, 1913-2003

CHELLEAN, 1986 B R O N Z E W I T H B R O W N A N D G O L D E N B R O W N PAT I N A 13 X 17 X 15 INCHES S I G N E D, T I T L E D, A N D D AT E D PROVENANCE: T H E E S TAT E O F D O R O T H Y L E V I T T B E S K I N D, N E W YO R K , N E W YO R K

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E S P H Y R S LO B O D K I N A RUSSIAN/AMERICAN, 1908-2002

SEAGULL, 1939 O I L O N C A N VA S 16 ⅛ X 18 INCHES SIGNED VERSO PROVENANCE: E D WA R D R E Y N O L D S D O W N E , J R . ACQUIRED BY THE PRESENT OWNER, 1989

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GEORGE L. K. MORRIS AMERICAN, 1905-1975

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B A G O T E L L E N O. 1 , C . 1 9 4 5 O I L O N C A N VA S 11 ¼ X 15 ¼ INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T, S I G N E D & T I T L E D VERSO PROVENANCE: F E L I X L A N D A U G A L L E R Y, LO S A N G E L E S , C A L I F O R N I A ; P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , LO S A N G E L E S , C A L I F O R N I A ( A C Q U I R E D D I R E C T LY F R O M T H E A B O V E ) ; T H E N C E B Y DESCENT T H E A L A N G A L L E R Y, N E W YO R K


I L P E N S E R O S O, 1 9 5 1 OIL ON MASONITE 8 X 6 INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: T H E D O W N T O W N G A L L E R Y, N E W YO R K H I R S C H L & A D L E R G A L L E R I E S , N E W YO R K

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HANANIAH HARARI AMERICAN, 1912-2000

U N T I T L E D, C . 1 9 3 9 G O UA C H E , I N K & PA P E R C O L L A G E O N B O A R D 17 ¼ X 15 ¼ INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T

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YO U L A C H A P O VA L UKRAINIAN/FRENCH, 1919-1951

U N T I T L E D, 1 9 4 9 O I L O N C A N VA S 8 5/8 X 6 1/4 INCHES S I G N E D, T I T L E D A N D D AT E D V E R S O PROVENANCE: P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , N E W YO R K

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ADOLPH G OT T L I E B AMERICAN, 1903-1974

UNTITLED #74, 1967 A C R Y L I C O N PA P E R 15 X 20 INCHES S I G N E D A N D D AT E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: M A R L B O R O U G H - G E R S O N G A L L E R Y, N E W YO R K D U N K E L M A N G A L L E R Y, T O R O N T O A L P Y R C H , A L B E R TA

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O. LO U I S GUGLIELMI EGYPTIAN/AMERICAN, 1906-1956

U N T I T L E D, 1 9 4 9 TEMPERA ON WOOD 9 1/2 X 7 1/2 INCHES S I G N E D A N D D AT E D ‘ 4 9 AT LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , N Y; GIFT FROM ARTIST

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CHARMION VON WIEGAND AMERICAN, 1899-1983

R E D, Y E L LO W, B LU E , 1 9 5 9 G O UA C H E O V E R P E N C I L O N PA P E R B O A R D 13 X 13 INCHES S I G N E D W I T H I N I T I A L S A N D D AT E D LO W E R L E F T ‘ C . V. W. 1 9 5 9 ’ PROVENANCE: R O S E F R I E D G A L L E R Y, N Y A N D R E Z A R R E G A L L E R Y, N Y ACQUIRED FROM THE ABOVE BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER, NOVEMBER 1981 (OWNED 1981-2007) E X H I B I T E D : W E AT H E R S P O O N A R T G A L L E R Y, U N I V E R S I T Y O F N O R T H C A R O L I N A , G R E E N S B O R O, A R T O N PA P E R , N O V - D E C 1 9 7 9 , N O. 1 2 9 .

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I B R A M L A S S AW AMERICAN, 1913-2003

LO O M 2 0 , 1 9 7 1 B R O N Z E A L LO Y O V E R W I R E 11 ¾ X 5 ¼ X 5 ½ INCHES S I G N E D A N D D AT E D L A S S AW 1 9 7 1 PROVENANCE: H E L E N A N D D AV I D PA L L , N E W YO R K S A L E : C H R I S T I E ’ S , N E W YO R K , T H E H O U S E S A L E , J U L . 1 2 , 2 0 0 5 , LO T 7 8

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MICHAEL GOLDBERG AMERICAN, 1924-2007

U N T I T L E D, C . 1 9 5 2 - 5 3 OIL ON BOARD 7 1/4 X 8 ¾ INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , S T O C K H O L M

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R O B E R T N AT K I N AMERICAN, 1930-2010

U N T I T L E D, 1 9 5 7 MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE 8 X 10 1/2 INCHES S I G N E D & D AT E D ‘ 5 7 LO W E R C E N T E R PROVENANCE: E S TAT E O F PA U L C A M PA N A , C H I C A G O

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JOHN LIT TLE AMERICAN, 1907-1984

WHITE TENSIONS, 1960 O I L O N C A N VA S 18 X 16 INCHES S I G N E D & D AT E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: F R O M T H E A R T I S T T O R O B E R T T. O L S O N E S TAT E O F R O B E R T T. O L S O N T O B E N E F I T T H E T H O M A S M O R A N T R U S T, E A S T H A M P T O N , N Y

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LEONARD NELSON AMERICAN, 1912-1993

U N T I T L E D, 1 9 5 6 O I L O N C A N VA S 14 X 17 INCHES S I G N E D A N D D AT E D B O T T O M L E F T PROVENANCE: G R AT Z G A L L E R Y, D O Y L E S T O W N , P E N N S Y LVA N I A P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , P E N N S Y LVA N I A

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A C H I S U L LO AMERICAN, 1922-2013

U N T I T L E D, C . 1 9 5 0 S O I L O N C A N VA S 15 X 20 INCHES A R T I S T E S TAT E S TA M P O N V E R S O PROVENANCE: T H E E S TAT E O F T H E A R T I S T

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A N N E R YA N AMERICAN, 1889-1954

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U N T I T L E D, 1 9 5 1 M I X E D M E D I A C O L L A G E O N PA P E R 8 1/2 X 11 INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: P R I VAT E C O L L E C T I O N , PA L M B E A C H , F L


ROBERT M OT H E R W E L L AMERICAN, 1915-1991

CABARE T #4, 1974 COLLAGE WITH GERMAN SHEE T MUSIC, T O R N PA P E R , P E N C I L A N D A C R Y L I C 22 X 10 ½ INCHES I N I T I A L E D R M A N D D AT E D LO W E R R I G H T PROVENANCE: T H E ( H A N N E LO R E ) S C H U L H O F C O L L E C T I O N K N O E D L E R C O N T E M P O R A R Y A R T, N E W YO R K

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WERNER DREWES AMERICAN, 1899-1985

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F I G H T, 1 9 4 5 O I L O N C A N VA S 18 X 12 INCHES S I G N E D LO W E R R I G H T, D AT E D V E R S O, N U M B E R # 3 4 0 PROVENANCE: T H E A R T I S T, A C A G A L L E R I E S . T H E E S TAT E O F L A R R Y C A S P E R , PA S T PRESIDENT OF THE APPRAISERS A S S O C I AT I O N O F A M E R I C A


INDEX

Bolotowsky, Ilya

12

Chapoval, Youla

22- 23

Diller, Burgoyne

4- 5

Drewes, Werner

44

Gallatin, Albert E.

8 -9

Goldberg, Michael

32- 33

Gottlieb, Adolph

24- 25

Guglielmi, O. Louis

27

Harari, Hananiah

20- 21

Lassaw, Ibram

14-15

Lassaw, Ibram

30- 31

Little, John

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Morris, George L.K.

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Morris, George L.K.

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Morris, George L.K.

10- 11

Motherwell, Robert

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Natkin, Robert

35

Nelson, Leonard

38- 39

Ryan, Anne

42

Shaw, Charles Green

6- 7

Slobodkina, Esphyr

16- 17

Slobodkina, Esphyr

13

Sullo, Achi

40- 41

Wiegand, Charmion Von 28

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