Detail of Michael Loew’s painting, White Series #6 (1971)

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Fine art auctions at Capsule & Litchfield present great works from all around the globe, created by artists who devoted their lives and practice to the pursuit of their artistic vision. American, European, Asian, South American, African, and Australian artists are all featured in our diverse range of auctions.

Our sales include paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, prints, and books as well as artist-made objects in ceramics, glass and furniture. We have sold Renaissance marble carvings and Old Master paintings. Fine 18th- and 19th-Century American and European paintings are highly sought after. Collectors are excited to see our offerings of impressionist and modern art, postwar and contemporary art and the newest digital and street art.

Fine art auctions are held several times per month, so there is always an appropriate opportunity to sell masterpieces from your collection. Please give us a call — we love to see great art.

Detail of Michael Loew’s painting,
White Series #6 (1971)

Fine art auctions at Capsule & Litchfield present great works from all around the globe, created by artists who devoted their lives and practice to the pursuit of their artistic vision. American, European, Asian, South American, African, and Australian artists are all featured in our diverse range of auctions.

Our sales include paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, prints, and books as well as artist-made objects in ceramics, glass and furniture. We have sold Renaissance marble carvings and Old Master paintings. Fine 18th- and 19th-Century American and European paintings are highly sought after. Collectors are excited to see our offerings of impressionist and modern art, postwar and contemporary art and the newest digital and street art.

Fine art auctions are held several times per month, so there is always an appropriate opportunity to sell masterpieces from your collection. Please give us a call — we love to see great art.

Zao Wou-Ki

Important Chinese painting recognized upon arrival

Zao Wou-ki’s 1951 oil on canvas, Oiseaux dans les nids, sold for $487,500 on May 20, 2017.

Recognizing it immediately from across the room, Nick Thorn saw Oiseaux dans les Nids leaning up on the cataloger’s desk and walked right over to it. Squinting at the Pinyin signature, he said “That’s a Zao Wou-ki — that’s a fantastic painting.” The consignor had acquired it from a New York City estate but did not know who the artist was. Having sold a Zao Wou-ki several years before, Nick was familiar with the Chinese-French artist’s 1950s style and signature.

In somewhat of a precarious condition and in real need of a cleaning, the work was sent out for restoration, while the Fondation Zao Wou-Ki in Switzerland assisted in its authentication. The painting was exhibited in both New York and Litchfield, Connecticut. Once at auction, bidding was fast, enthusiastic, and exciting, with ten phone bidders competing for this early example of Zao Wou-ki’s work — ultimately driving the price way above its $250,000 high estimate.

Zao Wou-Ki

Important Chinese painting recognized upon arrival

Recognizing it immediately from across the room, Nick Thorn saw Oiseaux dans les Nids leaning up on the cataloger’s desk and walked right over to it. Squinting at the Pinyin signature, he said “That’s a Zao Wou-ki — that’s a fantastic painting.” The consignor had acquired it from a New York City estate but did not know who the artist was. Having sold a Zao Wou-ki several years before, Nick was familiar with the Chinese-French artist’s 1950s style and signature.

In somewhat of a precarious condition and in real need of a cleaning, the work was sent out for restoration, while the Fondation Zao Wou-Ki in Switzerland assisted in its authentication. The painting was exhibited in both New York and Litchfield, Connecticut. Once at auction, bidding was fast, enthusiastic, and exciting, with ten phone bidders competing for this early example of Zao Wou-ki’s work — ultimately driving the price way above its $250,000 high estimate.

Zao Wou-ki’s 1951 oil on canvas, Oiseaux dans les nids, sold for $487,500 on May 20, 2017.

In relations with people, as in art, if you always stick to style, manners, and what will work, and you're never caught off guard, then some beautiful experiences never happen.

— Helen Frankenthaler

Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.

— Robert Motherwell

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