Phillips To Offer Rare Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe

“Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii” To Be Featured In Nov. 17 Auction

October 22, 2021

Phillips is pleased to announce the first highlight of the New York Evening Sale of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii,” a seminal work from her Hawaii series with exceptional provenance. The sale on Wednesday, Nov. 17, marks the first time the painting is coming to auction, having first been owned by the Dole Pineapple Company for 40 years before being acquired by Thurston Twigg-Smith in 1987, a fifth-generation Hawaiian known for his philanthropy and contributions to the arts. “Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii” is the most significant of O’Keeffe’s Hawaii pictures to appear at auction in three decades.
“Georgia O’Keeffe’s experience in Hawaii inspired some of the most fascinating and visually striking works in her oeuvre. Of the approximately 20 paintings O’Keeffe created during her time in Hawaii, 14 are in museum collections. We are thrilled to offer ‘Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii,’ presenting collectors with the rare opportunity to acquire an important work by this iconic artist. With a storied provenance and a remarkable place in the art historical canon, we look forward to seeing strong international interest in this extraordinary painting,” said Elizabeth Goldberg, senior international specialist, American art and deputy chairwoman, Americas.
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