$11,500-$17,000 Value Indicator
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¥1,120,000-¥1,680,000 Value Indicator
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Planographic print, 1976
Signed Print Edition of 18
H 53cm x W 96cm
Roy Lichtenstein's Entablature X, a signed Planographic Print from 1976, is valued at an estimated £6,000 to £9,000. This striking piece has been sold 8 times at auction since its initial sale on 24th January 2012, predominantly in the United States and the United Kingdom. Over the past five years, the hammer price has varied from £5,266 in April 2023 to £6,927 in March 2023, demonstrating an impressive average annual growth rate of 7%. In the last 12 months, the average selling price was £6,096, with a total sales volume of 2. This artwork has a limited edition size of just 18, adding to its exclusivity and appeal.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|April 2023||Sotheby's New York - United States||Entablature X - Signed Print|
|March 2023||Sotheby's New York - United States||Entablature X - Signed Print|
|June 2020||Bonhams New York - United States||Entablature X - Signed Print|
|April 2017||Sotheby's New York - United States||Entablature X - Signed Print|
|January 2017||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Entablature X - Signed Print|
|October 2014||Phillips New York - United States||Entablature X - Signed Print|
|April 2013||Bonhams San Francisco - United States||Entablature X - Signed Print|
Roy Lichtenstein’s highly innovative Entablature series of the 1970s combines complex screen printed and lithographed areas, embossed with glossy and matte metal foils. This limited and signed edition of 18 prints presents a richly textured illusionistic play on 20th century American architecture.
Armed with a camera, Roy Lichtenstein captured cast iron and concrete ornaments all over Lower Manhattan in the 1970s. His chosen facades were distinctly American and industrialised imitations of classical architecture. He considered them to be imbued with the same forces of replication and standardisation, as he himself had been exploring through his own artworks.
Between 1970 and 1976, the artist snapped photographs of a variety of classical facade decorations. He primarily focused on the cornice, frieze and architrave components found on architectural columns. These three elements make up a so-called entablature. The artist based two series of paintings on the topic, culminating in the production of eleven technologically advanced prints in 1976.
Entablature X exhibits a combination of highly polished greyish blue, cream and silver coloured details. Letters located in the very centre of the composition spell out the word “Justitia”, alluding to the ancient Roman personification of justice.
Taking pre-existing signs as his subject matter, Lichtenstein in this series demonstrates that architecture, much like art, borrows from the past with the intention of enforcing the order of the present. He exposes the false iconicity of these grand motifs situated all around society, reflecting on the imperialist sentiment 20th century American architecture stands for.