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Just In: Tony Rosenthal The Three Kings

When we first walked into work after Thanksgiving break, we were greeted by this monumental sculpture, The Three Kings by Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal, one of the latest consignments for the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design auction. Peter immediately gravitated towards his collection of Arts & Architecture magazines; he knew exactly where to find it.

The Three Kings was featured in the Arts & Architecture November 1953 issue, showcased on the cover with a photograph of Rosenthal’s studio. From page 13 through 15, a special feature on Tony Rosenthal exemplifies his most recent group of sculptures, which includes The Three Kings.  As noted in the 1953 article, Rosenthal was a pioneering force in art by bringing together architecture and sculpture, thus expanding the role of the sculptor and his/her importance in an architectural environment.

This sculpture is being consigned by the original owner who was a Broadway actress in New York City in the early 1950s. The owner bought The Three Kings from the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York City sometime during her stay in the early 1950s. In 1956, she moved to Los Angeles where this piece has remained in her possession ever since.

Lot Information

Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal
The Three Kings
Signed and dated 1953
Approximately 4 feet high
Estimate $8,000 – 12,000
March 6, 2011 Auction

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Items from the Julius Shulman Estate

We are extremely honored to represent several items from the Julius Shulman Estate. Including several rare ceramic works by Beatrice Wood and Gertrud & Otto Natzler. Shulman was close friends with both and was neighbors of the Natzler’s for many decades.

For today’s pick, I am featuring a welded metal sculpture by Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal.  Known for his landmark public art sculptures in New York, Rosenthal’s early career began in Los Angeles. Charles and Ray Eames, whom he met at Crankbrook, encouraged Rosenthal to move to Los Angeles in the 1940’s, where he developed a strong clientele of architects and designers, many of which featured his works in their interiors and exteriors. Shulman first encountered Rosenthal’s work while photographing the interiors of these new buildings sprouting up around Los Angeles in the 40’s and 50’s. This particular example employs Rosenthal’s abstract expressionist style, which he honed while in Los Angeles. This sculpture was in Julius Shulman’s living room in his house in Los Angeles.

Lot 99, Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal, Sculpture, executed circa 1948, $6,000 - 9,000

Detail, Lot 99, Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal, Sculpture

Lot 99, Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal, Signature