20/21 Photographs / Christie's Paris - Friday 14 November 2014

20/21 Photographs

Christie's Paris, 9 avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris

Friday 14 November 2014 19.00


Nov 8 10am - 6pm
Nov 10 10am - 6pm
Nov 11 10am - 6pm
Nov 12 10am - 6pm
Nov 13 10am - 6pm
Nov 14 10am - 6pm 

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As part of the Paris Photo international fair, the Photography department of Christie’s France is pleased to be presenting three auction sessions. The first, to be held on 13 November, will cover part of the collection of the former Swiss art dealer, Kaspar M. Fleischmann to be sold in two sessions with the proceeds going to the University of Zurich photography centre. The first sale includes 154 prints by photographers as diverse as Eugène Atget, Heirich Kuhn, Ilse Bing and Richard Avedon with a very fine portrait of Charlie Chaplin (illustration above) as well as Brassaï, Ernst Haas, Walker Evans and Germaine Krull. Another sale will present the second part of the Kaspar M. Fleischmann collection, comprising 67 vintage prints by the American photographer Berenice Abbott representing views of New York. A further sale will end the season and will be made up of two parts; one devoted to classical photography and the other comprising a selection of contemporary photographs.

The third of this trio of auctions, the 20/21 Photographs sale will also be held on 14 November comprising in particular two very fine prints by Gustave Le Gray including Ciel chargé, mer méditerranée, 1857 estimated €80,000 – €120,000. Alvarez Bravo will be in pride of place with a magnificent period print of his most famous image, with the title El Enueno (The Daydream) made in 1931 (estimate: €100,000 – €150,000); another period print by Edward Weston showing a reclining Tina Modotti will also be one of the highlights of the auction. Estimated at €80,000 to €120,000, this print was made in 1924. Two prints from the Delighted Eyes collection will also be part of the selection: one work by Czech photographer Jaromir Funke, estimated €80,000 –€120,000 and another by Edward Steichen made in 1922, Bricks (West 86th street) estimate € 120,000 – €180,000.

A very rare set of some fifteen prints by Constantin Brancusi that belonged to Marthe Lebherz will also be offered on 14 November. A real passion developed between the artist and Marthe Lebherz in the 1920s. These photographs were found by the current owner in Madame Lebherz’s archives after her death in 2008. Although the two sisters had been friends with the current owner, she had no idea about Madame Lebherz’s past. It was only after she died and the owner was able to choose from Madame Lebherz’s legacy a small cardboard box containing a few newspaper cuttings and some drawings that she made some more thorough investigations.

Juliette Lebherz was born on 31 July 1904 and her sister Marthe on 31 December 1906. Marthe trained under Jacques Dalcroze. When still very young she went to live in Paris. Her sister Juliette, who was governess to an American family, followed Marthe toParis at their parents’ request, so as not to leave Marthe alone in the big city. Juliette became a costume designer for the most high profile dance troupes of the day.Marthe danced with several companies: Alicia Vronska’s troupe, at the Opéra de Paris and the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, in the company run by Bronia Nijinska, sister of the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinski. They both returned to Switzerland in 1939 when war was declared. Marthe and Juliette both made successful artistic careers there. Marthe danced at the Grand-théâtre but also threw herself into personal projects. Juliette designed costumes, drew, painted, became fascinated by fabric collages and exhibited her work; while for many years Marthe taught dance at the Geneva conservatoire and at her studio in Rue de Saint- Léger. Juliette died in 2006 and Marthe in 2008.

Lastly, part of the sale will be devoted to contemporary photography and will bring this sale period to an end. This session, comprising about sixty lots, will include BETTY by Gerhard Richter, an offset colour work portraying his daughter. A few years later Richter made a picture from the print he took of his daughter, that he then used in 1991 to make a series of lithographs (estimate: €50,000-€70,000); a selection of 9 seascapes by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, each estimated at between €15,000 and €20,000. Some fine prints 
by Vik Munik will also be offered including a fine tribute to the work of Boetti – Mappa, estimated at €40,000-€60,000. 

In addition, some very contemporary artists like Cindy Sherman will also be on show, in particular a print dated 1982 depicting the artist as Marilyn Monroe and estimated at €20,000-€30,000. We also hold a large format image (141 x 107 cm) with the title 
“Watermelon” made by Nobuyoshi Araki in 1991 and estimated between €20,000 and €30,000.

Selected lots are highlighted at right, full details can be found in the Christie’s online catalogue. 


Sales in Paris: 
Collection Kaspar M. Fleischmann : Thursday 13 November at 6pm
New York by Berenice Abbot, Collection Kaspar Fleischmann : Friday 14 November at 6pm
Photographies : Friday 14 November at 7pm


Contact details:

Elodie Morel, Head of Sales

Tel:+33 (0)1 40 76 84 16
Fax:+33 (0) 1 40 76 85 96