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Sotheby's to Sell Important Folk Art from Esmerian Collection

Sotheby's will offer Visual Grace: Important American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian in a dedicated auction in New York on January 25, 2014. The sale comprises more than 200 visually exciting examples of American folk art across a remarkable range of disciplines, including superb watercolors, portraits, pottery, painted furniture, weathervanes, gift drawings, carvings, needlework, sculpture and scrimshaw. Together, the offering marks the most important assemblage of American folk art ever to appear at auction, according to Sotheby's.

The Esmerian Collection carries a pre-sale estimate of $6.4 million to $9.5 million. Among the highlights is a Jacob Maental double portrait, c. 1815-25, estimated at $200,000 to $300,000. A fireboard depicting Boston Harbor, circa 1825-35, is expected to fetch $250,000 to $350,000.

Nancy Druckman, Head of Sotheby’s Folk Art Department, said: “Ralph Esmerian is known for his profound connoisseurship, discernment and passion for the best in American folk art. Each of the examples in the collection is distinguished by the highest quality in design, pattern, color, texture and form.

The works will be on view in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries during Americana Week in New York beginning 18 January 2014.