Coin du Lestin ’66
Black and Gray Clay with Fabric
49.5 x 44.5
(My apologies for the reflections on the custom plexi box frame.)
The auction description attached to the back of this work (with apparently an auction estimate of $18,000 – $25,000) contains a lot of useful information. However, even though it does mention a Simonne Stern label on the back, and there is one on this piece, the address is different. And, the Coin du Lestin pieces I have seen are flat clay panels geometrically incised. On the other hand, this description does say “black and gray clay,” which is accurate to this piece. So it’s a bit of a puzzlement.
What is SURE is that this piece IS by George Dunbar, the provenance is Simonne Stern, and when I contacted George’s assistant about it, she told me the ballpark price for this piece would be around $12,000. It consists of rolled clay tubes with a backing of dark fabric, and touches of color. George is of course one of the city’s greatest (and most expensive) modern/contemporary artists.
Here is a link to Dunbar’s website.