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Press Release - March 13, 2019

Warming up for the Spring Season: Western Paintings, Decorative Arts from Dallas Designer Boost Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts Auction Beyond $1.4 Million

Determined bidders drove top lot to more than 10 times its pre-auction estimate

Leland Curtis Moose, Wyoming at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, Texas (March 13, 2019) — Leland Curtis Moose, Wyoming sold for $31,250 to claim top-lot honors to lead the final total for Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Arts auction to $1,436,003. The return for Curtis' oil on canvas was more than 10 times its pre-auction estimate.

Curtis was an active mountaineer, environmentalist and Antarctic explorer who often shared his love of nature in his paintings. The 24-by-30 oil on canvas is signed "Leland Curtis" in the lower right, and titled Moose, Wy on the artist label affixed to stretcher.

"Many of the collectors in this eclectic auction realized there were some exceptional pieces, which they pursued eagerly," Heritage Auctions Vice President of Fine Art Ed Beardsley said. "Having the collection of Joseph Minton only added to the appeal for North Texas collectors."

Giuseppe Dangelico Pino Two Women more than doubled its low pre-auction estimate when multiple bidders drove it to $26,250. The oil on canvas, which measures 46-1/2 by 38-1/2 inches and is signed "Pino" lower left, comes from an artist whose style of feminine, romantic women made him one of the highest-paid book illustrators of his time, thanks to a portfolio that included more than 3,000 book covers, magazine illustrations and movie posters.

Mian Situ Visions of Change also nearly doubled its low pre-auction estimate when it realized $18,750. Apsychologically steeped portrait of a grandmother, mother and son looking out toward the viewer with the hopes of prosperity and change for each subsequent generation, this work exemplifies Situ's dedication to showcasing the contributions of the Chinese in the expansion of the West.

An important Sèvres Exhibition Pâte-sur-Pâte Celadon Glazed Porcelain Vase, 1867 was in high demand, more than quadrupling its low estimate when it closed at $17,500. It relates to a number of celadon ground pieces which were presented at the 1867 Exposition Universelle de Paris, and then later through the Mobilier de la Couronne at the palaces of the Tulleries, Compiègne and the Elysée.

Two dozen collectors made bids for LeRoy Neiman Ali-Foreman, 2005, which brought $17,500, more than tripling its pre-auction high estimate. In pastel and charcoal on paper, this image is signed, dated and inscribed "Ali-Foreman / Kinshasa Zaire '74 Leroy Neiman / 05" along lower edge, and is a stark contrast from the bold, colorful paintings for which many know the artist.

The auction also featured an array of lots from the collection of Joseph Minton, a noted Dallas collector and designer. Among the lots from his collection were:

· Monumental Flemish Tapestry, 17th-18th century: $6,000

· A Pair of Régence-Style Carved Giltwood Mirrors, 20th century: $4,500

· A Pair of Three-Light Carved Giltwood Pendant Lanterns, 19th century: $4,250

· George Jones & Sons Majolica Bee Hive-Form Cheese Stand and Cover: $4,000

· Paul Sormani Louis XVI-Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Commode with Breche d' Alep Marble Top, Paris, circa 1870: $4,000

Some of the top Art of the West highlights included:

· George Hallmark Otro Dia, 2005: $16,250

· Mian Situ Yi Family Going to the Local Market $16,250

· John Coleman Bringing the Buds to Life, 2010: $13,750

· Tim Shinabarger's Headed for High Country, 2007: $9,375

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

· Hunt Slonem Bananas & Morphos, 1997 $15,000

· Hunt Slonem Java $13,750

· Jose Mateu San Hilario Royo Fulguren la Patio $13,750

· Walter Matia Heron Pair, 2001: $12,500

· A Meissen Polychromed and Gilt Porcelain Basket on Stand with Central Cartouches After François Boucher, Modeled by Ernst August Leuteritz, Meissen, Germany, modeled 1865, manufactured late 19th century: $12,500

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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