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Francisco Toledo (Mexican, b.1940)
LOT ID: 88585
Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I; 2 works), ie. circa 2007

Watercolor, on Handmade Paper
30 х 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm.)
Signed, recto
Foundry/Publisher Arte Papel Vista Hermosa
Lot description
This set of two iconic watercolors with hand-stenciling by renowned Mexican artist Francisco Toledo were originally crafted as kites; the wooden kite assemblies have been removed in order to display and preserve the artist's designs. Both kites date from 2007 and were created as a charity project to raise funds for a local library; both are signed by Toledo since, unlike many of the kites created in his studio at that time, these examples were painted by Toledo himself. Animal motifs are central to Toledo's work and vision, which derives inspiration both from nature and from the iconography of his native Oaxacan culture. He embellishes these motifs with both intricacy and expressiveness, placing them at the center of his smoky, earth-toned compositions. "Horse Star Kite I" measures 30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm), and is mounted and box-framed under Plexiglas to dimensions of 38 x 34.5 inches (96.5 x 87.6 cm). "Insect Star Kite I" measures 30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm), and is floated on silk and box-framed under Plexiglas to dimensions of approximately 40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm). There are minor punctures to the works, consistent with the original kite strings.
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Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
  • Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
  • Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
  • Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
  • Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
  • Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
  • Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
  • Horse Star Kite I (+ Insect Star Kite I 2 works) by Francisco Toledo
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Note on valuation: The comparable auction results listed below are for single works, whereas the present lot comprises two works.

Sales Results for Comparable Works

  • Francisco Toledo

    Pareja
    watercolor and ink on paper
    (H 9.8, W 13.8) in.
    (25 x 35) cm.
    Sold for: US$13,071
    Thursday, May 16, 2013
    Morton Casa De Subastas
    Lot 00112
  • Francisco Toledo

    Almohadas de Durero LXI
    potassium ferricyanide, politoner, on graphite watercolor paper
    (H 15.7, W 36.8) in.
    (40 x 93.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$12,822
    Thursday, November 15, 2012
    Morton Casa De Subastas
    Lot 00006
  • Francisco Toledo

    Almohadas de Durero I
    potassium ferrocyanide, politoner, watercolor and graphite
    (H 10.9, W 13.8) in.
    (27.6 x 35) cm.
    Sold for: US$7,251
    Thursday, May 17, 2012
    Morton Casa De Subastas
    Lot 00167
  • Francisco Toledo

    Insectos
    gouache and ink on paper
    (H 15.0, W 22.2) in.
    (38 x 56.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$80,500
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00307
  • Francisco Toledo

    Salida del sol
    mixed media: pastel, mica mineral on paper
    (H 29.9, W 22.0) in.
    (76 x 56) cm.
    Sold for: US$9,392
    Thursday, June 3, 2010
    Morton Casa De Subastas
    Lot 00041
  • Francisco Toledo

    Juárez buscando al zanate de oro, se encuentra con conejo
    collage and mixed media on paper
    (H 19.9, W 22.2) in.
    (50.5 x 56.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$36,001
    Thursday, June 3, 2010
    Morton Casa De Subastas
    Lot 00065
  • Francisco Toledo

    Grillos (Biombo, abanico)
    mixed media: ink water and mineral mica on paper
    (H 13.0, W 22.0) in.
    (33 x 56) cm.
    Sold for: US$9,392
    Thursday, June 3, 2010
    Morton Casa De Subastas
    Lot 00066
  • Francisco Toledo

    La hamaca donde duerme la culebra
    mixed media on paper
    (H 11.0, W 15.0) in.
    (28 x 38) cm.
    Sold for: US$17,218
    Thursday, June 3, 2010
    Morton Casa De Subastas
    Lot 00121
  • Francisco Toledo

    Pescado
    ink and watercolor on paper
    (H 6.5, W 9.5) in.
    (16.5 x 24.1) cm.
    Sold for: US$10,000
    Thursday, May 27, 2010
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00179
  • Francisco Toledo

    Dos muertes con cachucha
    gouache and ink on paper
    (H 11.1, W 14.9) in.
    (28.2 x 37.8) cm.
    Sold for: US$22,500
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00194
  • Francisco Toledo

    Insectos
    gouache and ink
    (H 15.0, W 22.2) in.
    (38 x 56.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$115,000
    Monday, November 19, 2007
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00044
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