Tremaine Collection artworks in Tremaine auction catalogues (1988, 1991)

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The following are the artworks (with photos) included in the catalogues for the 1988 and 1991 Tremaine Collection auctions. (While famous auctions, only a small portion of the collection was auctioned.) Selected media coverage on the auctions follows the two lists.


A. 1988 Tremaine Collection auction


1988 - auction catalogue

Christie’s New York. (1988). Contemporary art from The Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (Introduction by Tracy Atkinson, Curator of the Tremaine Collection.) 74 pp. (K00635; K00666-68).

"... It is no exaggeration to observe that Burton and Emily Tremaine taught several generations what it meant to be great collectors... Among living artists almost every work was acquired within the year of its creation... Although proceeds from earlier disposals were turned back into the collection, during recent years some sales benefited instead the foundation which will one day be formed from Emily Tremaine’s estate. The foundation, which will further several of her interests during her lifetime, will benefit from the results of the present sale..." (Excerpt from above, introduction by Tracy Atkinson, Curator of the Tremaine Collection, pp. 8-9.)


ADC: It is important to note here the vagueness of "benefit" here. Referring to Emily Hall Tremaine’s public probate file and will held in Madison, CT, in principle, she owned half of the art collection, which was specified to go to her named foundation. The other half was owned by Burton Tremaine. As specified in her will, most of her substantial personal assets also went to her foundation. Also note that the foundation remit at that time, as stated by Atkinson, should be confirmed. (16 October 2021.)



1988 - auction catalogue pages, no webpages online

Lot #1 - Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg. Studies for store objects— pie, 7-Up, flag, oranges, fifteen cents, (1961). Watercolor, paper collage and graphite on paper. 14 7/8 x 20 in. (37.6 x 50.8 cm), (pp. 10-1, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-70).

Lot #2 - Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol. 70 S & H Green Stamps, (1962). Rubber stamp and acrylic on canvas, with metal staples. 16 1/8 x 20 1/4 in. (40.8 x 51.4 cm), (pp. 12-3, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00671-72).

Lot #3 - Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg. Cup, (1958). Solvent transfer, graphite and watercolor on paper. 22 7/8 x 28 3/4 in. (58 x 73 cm), (pp. 14-5, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00673-74).

Lot #4 - Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein. Crying girl, (1964). Graphite and colored pencils on paper. 5 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. (13.7 x 14.6 cm), (pp. 16-7, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00675-76).

Lot #5 - Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns. Grey numbers, (1963). Oil on canvas. 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (14.6 x 11.2 cm), (pp. 18-9, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00677-78).

Lot #6 - Josef Albers

Josef Albers. Homage to the square: Arrival, (1963). Oil on masonite. 48 x 48 in. (122 x 122 cm), (pp. 20-1, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00679-80).

Lot #7 - Franz Kline

Franz Kline. Untitled, (1950). Oil on masonite. 18 x 25 in. (45.7 x 63.5 cm), (pp. 22-3, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00681-82).

Lot #8 - Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko. Number 8, (1952). Oil on canvas. 80 3/4 x 68 1/8 in. (205 x 173 cm), (pp. 24-5, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00683-84).

Lot #9 - Jim Dine

Jim Dine. Little black screwdriver, (1962). Oil and screwdriver on canvas. 16 1/8 x 12 in. (40.8 x 30.5 cm), (pp. 26-7, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00685-86).

Lot #10 - Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein. Ceramic sculpture #7, (1965). Glazed ceramic. 9 7/8 in. high (25.2 cm), (pp. 28-9, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00687-88).

Lot #11 - Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol. Round Marilyn, (1962). Gold paint and synthetic polymer silkscreened on canvas. 17 3/4 in. diameter (45.2 cm), (pp. 30-1, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00689-90).

Lot #12 - John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain. Arch Brown, (1962). Painted automobile parts. 37 x 35 1/2 x 36 3/4 in. (94 x 90 x 93.2 cm), (pp. 32-3, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00691-92).

Lot #13 - Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman. The moment II, (1969). Acrylic on canvas. 84 1/8 x 72 1/4 in. (213.5 x 183.3 cm), (pp. 34-5, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00693-94).

Lot #14 - Piero Manzoni

Piero Manzoni. Petit subject, (1958). Four panels, oil and plaster on canvas. Three: 9 1/2 x 7 in. (24.1 x 17.8 cm); one: 7 x 9 1/2 in. (17.8 x 24.1 cm), (pp. 36-7, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00695-96).

Lot #15 - Raoul Hague

Raoul Hague. Swamp pepperwood, (1956). Carved pepperwood on wood base. 28 3/8 x 62 7/8 x 19 1/4 in. (72 x 150.5 x 48.9 cm), (pp. 38-9, illustrated; the Wadsworth Atheneum 1984 Tremaine Collection catalogue dates the work as "1956", whereas this auction catalogue has "1966"). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00697-98).

Lot #16 - Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle. Mist, (1965). Oil on panel. 22 1/2 x 52 1/8 in. (56.5 x 132.3 cm), (pp. 40-1, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00699-700).

Lot #17 - Lucas Samaras

Lucas Samaras. Box #51, (1966). Painted wooden construction with colored yarns, plastic jewels, colored acetate, electric light bulb, glass bottle, and magne-matic stirrer— kinetic closed. 14 x 14 3/4 x 14 in. (35.6 x 37.4 x 35.6 cm), (pp. 42-3, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00701-02).

Lot #18 - Franz Kline

Franz Kline. Lehigh, (1956). Oil on canvas. 81 1/8 x 113 1/2 in. (206 x 288.2 cm), (pp. 44-5, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00703-05).

Lot #19 - Richard Artschwager

Richard Artschwager. Relief I, (1965). Wall relief, colored formica on wood. 28 5/8 x 21 5/8 x 7 3/8 in. (72.7 x 54.9 x 18.8 cm), (pp. 46-7, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00706-07).

Lot #20 - Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg. Untitled, (1958). Wood, fabric, solvent transfer, gouache, plaster, and metal tack. 13 1/4 x 15 x 9 3/4 in. (33.4 x 38 x 24.7 cm), (pp. 48-9, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00708-09).

Lot #21 - Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning. Yellow woman, (1952). Tempera, oil, graphite and charcoal on paper. 8 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (2.2 x 15.7 cm), (pp. 50-1, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00710-11).

Lot #22 - Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock. Frieze, (1953-55). Oil, enamel and aluminum paint on canvas. 26 1/8 x 85 7/8 in. (66.3 x 218.2 cm), (pp. 52-3, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00712-15).

Lot #23 - Christo

Christo. Double store-front, (1964). Wall relief— oil, wood, glass, cardboard, fabric, paper, and electric light. 26 1/4 x 34 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (66.6 x 88.3 x 7 cm), (pp. 54-5, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00716-17).

Lot #24 - Walter de Maria

Walter de Maria. Elle, (1966). Two pieces: carbon steel and stainless steel ball. 2 1/2 x 16 x 16 in. (6.4 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm), (p. 56, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00718).

Lot #25 - Walter de Maria

Walter de Maria. Bronze shaft / steel shaft, (1966). Bronze and steel. 15 x 18 x 3 1/4 in. (38 x 45.8 x 8.3 cm), (p. 57, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00719).

Lot #26 - Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann. The great American nude VIII, (1961). Collage with fabric, paper, canvas, steel nails, enamel, graphite, charcoal, and blue point pen on panel. 47 3/8 in. diameter (121 cm), (pp. 58-9, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00720-21).

Lot #27 - Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein. I can see the whole room... and there’s nobody in it!, (1961). Oil and graphite on canvas. 48 3/8 x 48 in. (122.7 x 121.8 cm), (pp. 60-1, illustrated; and catalogue cover). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00722-23).

Lot #28 - Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin. Untitled, (1970). Wall relief— acrylic on cast acrylic disc, with four spotlights. 54 1/4 in. diameter (138 cm), (pp. 62-3, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00724-25).

Lot #29 - Neil Jenney

Neil Jenney. Husband and wife, (1969). Oil on canvas in painted wooden frame. 56 x 76 1/4 in. (142.2 x 193.7 cm), (pp. 64-5, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00726-27).

Lot #30 - Jim Dine

Jim Dine. The hammer acts, (1962). Oil, hammer, wooden plank and steel nails on canvas. 84 7/8 x 75 in. (215.5 x 190.9 cm), (pp. 66-7, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00728-29).

Lot #31 - James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist. Mask (Come play with me / Let’s go for a ride), (1961). Oil on canvas. 34 1/8 x 35 7/8 in. (86.5 x 91.2 cm), (pp. 68-9, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00730-31).

Lot #32 - Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns. White flag, (1955-58). Encaustic and newsprint on three attached canvases. 52 x 78 3/4 in. (132.1 x 199.8 cm), (pp. 70-1, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00732-34).



In addition, the following two lots from the Tremaine Collection were in the sale of Impressionist and Modern Paintings and Sculpture (Part I), (15 November 1988).

Joan Miró

Joan Miró. Femmes dans la nuit, (1944). Oil and tempera on canvas laid down on board. 6 1/2 x 8 in. (16.5 x 20.3 cm), (p. 72, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00735).

Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti. Homme qui marche sous la pluie / Man walking quickly under the rain, (cast c. 1947). Number in edition: 1/6. Bronze with brown patina. 18 1/4 x 30 1/2 x 6 in. (46.3 x 77.5 x 15.2 cm), (p. 73, illustrated). (Updated 16 January 2020; K00635; K00666-68; K00736).



The artworks above were shown in pre-auction exhibitions at: Chicago (venue unknown, c. 4 October 1988); Maisonette Room, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA (c. 6-8 October 1988); Tokyo (venue unknown, 17-18 October 1988); and Christie’s Park Avenue (New York) (4-9 November 1988). (Viewed 20 January 2020. K00635; K00666-68; K00740-41; K00749; K00776-78; K00783-84).

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B. 1991 Tremaine Collection auction


1991 - auction catalogue

Christie’s New York. (1991). Important Modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection, (5 November 1991). (Introduction by Tracy Atkinson, Curator of the Tremaine Collection; Director Emeritus, Wadsworth Atheneum.) 79 pp.

1991 - spotlighted feature article - second Tremaine auction

Rizzo, Frank. (3 November 1991). Tremaine Collection going to auction [about second auction of selected works from the collection of Burton and Emily Hall Tremaine]. Hartford Courant. (Viewed 26 September 2021. Q00476).

"Works of art from the Connecticut estate of Emily and Burton Tremaine, considered by museum directors, dealers and art writers to be one of the greatest private collections of 20th century art in the world, will go on the auction block beginning Tuesday at Christie’s in New York...

Proceeds from the auction will be split between the family and the foundation set up by Emily Hall Tremaine, who had no heirs. The foundation will likely benefit the arts as well as other organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, a favorite charity of Emily Tremaine...." (Excerpt from above.)


ADC: It is important to note here that in Emily’s 1987 will, she states she owns half of the art collection. As understood, this means half of every artwork, which created understandable challenges when dividing the estates of Emily and Burton. Referring to Emily Hall Tremaine’s public probate file and will held in Madison, CT, by the time of this second auction, with approval by a judge, works were organized into groups. Also, the bulk of Emily’s personal assets went to her named foundation. Also note that the foundation remit at that time, as stated by Atkinson, "likely", should be confirmed. It is not clear where he got this. (16 October 2021.)



1991 - auction catalogue pages, and webpages


Lot #1 - Sophie Täuber-Arp

Sophie Täuber-Arp. No. 10, (1916). Gouache and pencil on paper. Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (21 x 13 cm), (pp. 12-3, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00522).

Lot #2 - Paul Klee

Paul Klee. Kopf, (1919). Tempera on gauze on board. 8 1/8 x 4 1/4 in. (20.5 x 11 cm), (pp. 14-5, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00508).

Lot #3 - Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters. Merzbild, (1922). Collage on paper. Mount size: 6 7/8 x 5 3/4 in. (17.2 x 14.5 cm), (pp. 16-7, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00520).

Lot #4 - Juan Gris

Juan Gris. Pears and grapes on a table, (1913). Oil on canvas. 21 1/2 x 28 1/4 in. (54.5 x 73 cm), (pp. 18-21, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00506).

Lot #5 - Paul Klee

Paul Klee. Katze Lauert / Lurking cat, (1939). Pencil on paper. 11 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (30 x 45.3 cm), (pp. 22-3, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00512).

Lot #6 - Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters. Merzbild, (c. 1922). Collage on paper. 7 x 5 5/8 in. (17.8 x 14.3 cm), (pp. 24-5, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00519).

Lot #7 - Georges Braque

Georges Braque. The black rose, (1927). Oil on canvas. 19 3/4 x 36 1/2 in. (50.2 x 92.1 cm), (pp. 26-9, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00501).

Lot #8 - Paul Klee

Paul Klee. Structural II, (1924). Gouache on paper. 10 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (27.8 x 22.5 cm), (pp. 30-1, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00509).

Lot #9 - Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson. Still life, (1949). Oil on canvas board. 16 1/2 x 20 1/8 in. (41.5 x 51 cm), (pp. 32-3, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00517).

Lot #10 - Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger. Le petit déjeuner, (1921). Oil on canvas. 38 x 51 in. (96.5 x 129.5 cm), (pp. 34-41, illustrated, and cropped image on wraparound cover of catalogue). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00514).

Lot #11 - Paul Klee

Paul Klee. Scheinbar bescheiden / Seemingly modest, (1937). Oil and pencil on unstretched canvas mounted on board. Mount size: 22 1/4 x 16 1/8 in. (56.5 x 41 cm), (pp. 42-3, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00511).

Lot #12 - Joan Miró

Joan Miró. Le chat blanc (or The cat’s whiskers), (1927). Oil on canvas. 58 x 45 1/8 in. (147.3 x 114.6 cm), (pp. 44-7, illustrated). (Viewed 2 April 2019).

Lot #13 - Paul Klee

Paul Klee. Sommerschloss bei Beride, (1927). Pen and black ink on paper. 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (24 x 31 cm), (pp. 48-9, , illustrated, and design utilized on inside front cover, and inside back cover). (Updated 16 January 2020. H00510).

Lot #14 - Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier. Still life, (1925). Oil on canvas. 39 x 31 7/8 in. (99 x 81 cm), (pp. 50-1, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00503).

Lot #15 - Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian. Composition, (1935-42). Oil on canvas. 39 3/4 x 20 1/8 in. (101 x 51 cm), (pp. 52-9, illustrated). (Viewed 2 April 2019).

Lot #16 - Theo van Doesburg

Theo van Doesburg. Space-time construction #3, (1924). Gouache, pen and ink and pencil on tracing paper. 17 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (44.5 x 37.5 cm), (pp. 60-1, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00505).

Lot #17 - Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson. Still life, (1947). Tempera and pencil on board. 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (19 x 18 cm), (pp. 62-3, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00516).

Lot #18 - Robert Delaunay

Robert Delaunay. Premier disque, (1912). Oil on canvas. 53 in. diameter (134.6 cm), (pp. 64-73, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00504).



In addition, seven lots from the Tremaine Collection in the sale of Contemporary Art (12 November 1991):

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns. Device circle, (1959). Encaustic, oil, newspaper, collage, wooden arm and metal screw on canvas. 40 x 40 in. (101.7 x 101.7 cm), (p. 75, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00507).

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder. Bougainvillea, (c. 1947). Standing mobile: painted sheet metal and rod, wire and stone. H: 78 1/4 in. (198.5 cm); Span: 86 in. (218.4 cm), (p. 76, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00502).

Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning. Villa Borghese, (1960). Oil on canvas. 80 x 70 in. (203.3 x 177.7 cm), (p. 77, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00513).

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock. Silver and black I, (1950). Oil, enamel and silver paint on canvas. 8 7/8 x 12 1/2 in. (22.3 x 31.7 cm), (p. 78, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00518).

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell. Spanish elegy #17, (1953). Oil on masonite. 9 x 12 in. (22.8 x 30.5 cm), (p. 78, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019. H00515).

Frank Stella

Frank Stella. Untitled, (1959). Oil on masonite. 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm), (p. 79, illustrated). (Viewed 2 April 2019. H00521).

Ad Reinhardt

Ad Reinhardt. Blue composition, (1959-60). Oil on canvas. 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.4 cm), (p. 79, illustrated). (Viewed 2 April 2019. H00523).



A lot from the Tremaine Collection in the sale of American, Modern and Contemporary Prints and Illustrated Books (4-5 November 1991):

El Lissitsky

El Lissitsky. Presumably Victory over the sun, (1920-21). Set of ten signed lithographs in colors, from the edition of 75. All 21 x 17 7/8 in. (534 x 454 mm), (p. 80, illustrated). (Viewed 1 April 2019).


A lot from the Tremaine Collection in the sale of Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture of the 19th and 20th Centuries (6 December 1991):

Ralston Crawford

Ralston Crawford. Lights in an aircraft plant, (1945). Oil on canvas. 30 3/8 x 40 1/4 in. (77.2 x 102.2 cm), (p. 81, illustrated). (Viewed 2 April 2019).



> For an extensive listing of media coverage addressing the two auctions, see Section "G. Publications mentioning Emily Hall Tremaine (1944-present)" on the Tremaine / Miller Co. art & design section overview page.