Pat Steir - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | Phillips

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  • First exhibited in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pat Steir’s Egg #081 results from the artist’s collaboration with the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt in 2014. The artist created the three-foot-tall ovum for the Easter-spirited event in which egg sculptures by various artist were exhibited throughout New York City. The present example was one of three honored with placement in the Great Hall. Steir applies her signature wave brushstrokes to the curved surface, inspired by techniques used in Japanese and Chinese paintings like those found within the Met’s galleries. In the culminating work, a glossy, ocean-hued surface grounds the elegant white drips and gestures that wrap around the three-dimensional form. 

    • Provenance

      Courtesy of the Artist
      The Big Egg Hunt and Auction presented by Fabergé, April 2014
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Property from a Private American Collection


Egg #081

painted fiberglass
35 x 21 x 21 in. (88.9 x 53.3 x 53.3 cm)
Executed in 2014.

Full Cataloguing

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $27,940

Contact Specialist

Patrizia Koenig 
Specialist, Head of Sale, Afternoon Session
+1 212 940 1279 

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2023