Phillips to donate rare Georgia O’Keeffe painting

Georgia O’Keeffe / Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii, 1939 / Estimate: $ 4-6 million
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Phillips will offer a rare painting by Georgia O’Keeffe

Hawaii Ginger Crab Claw be presented in the

November evening sale of 20th century and contemporary art

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 7, 2021 – Phillips is pleased to announce the first highlight of the New York Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art – Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaii Ginger Crab Claw, a flagship work of his Hawaii series with exceptional provenance. The November 17 sale marks the first time the painting has been auctioned, having first belonged to The Dole Pineapple Company for 40 years, before being acquired by Thurston Twigg-Smith in 1987, a prominent fifth-generation Hawaiian. known for his philanthropy and contributions to the arts. Hawaii Ginger Crab Claw is the largest of O’Keeffe’s Hawaiian paintings to appear at auction in three decades and the first to be offered in a Phillips evening sale of 20th century and contemporary art.

Elizabeth Goldberg, Senior International Specialist, American Art and Vice President, Americas, said, “Georgia O’Keeffe’s experience in Hawaii has inspired some of the most compelling and visually striking works of her work. Of the twenty or so paintings that O’Keeffe created during his stay in Hawaii, fourteen are in museum collections. We are delighted to offer Hawaii Ginger Crab Claw in our evening sale in New York, offering collectors the rare opportunity to acquire an important work of this iconic artist. With historical provenance and a remarkable place in the canon of art history, we look forward to seeing strong international interest in this extraordinary painting. “

Sharon and Thurston Twigg Smith

One of the most sought-after artists today, Georgia O’Keeffe is a singular figure in the history of 20th century art. O’Keeffe’s Hawaii Ginger Crab Claw represents a pivotal moment in the artist’s practice, when she embarked on a nine-week stay in Hawaii in 1939 on a commission to create images for advertisements printed by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, now known as name of Dole. One of the two works finally selected for the advertising campaign, Hawaii Ginger Crab Claw is one of the most iconic paintings among the 20 or so oils that she painted during her time there. Display the artist’s distinct visual language and the striking use of color, Hawaii Ginger Crab Claw perfectly captures the independent and adventurous spirit of O’Keeffe and beautifully shows his continued inspiration in the natural world.

The important history of the work is perfectly associated with its exceptional provenance, having remained in Dole’s corporate collection for four decades before joining the collection of its most recent owners, Sharon Twigg-Smith and her late husband, Thurston Twigg-Smith. A descendant of Hawaii’s first missionary settlers, Mr. Twigg-Smith was a larger-than-life figure whose legendary impact on the state of Hawaii was perhaps only matched by his sincere love for art and the community. After a decorated military career, including the capture of Normandy in World War II, he returned to his home state and propelled the Honolulu Advertiser into Hawaii’s mainstream newspaper. A renowned philanthropist, Twigg merged his efforts in the arts with his business acumen, including transforming the Contemporary Honolulu Museum from a corporate gallery to a public museum, now known as the Honolulu Museum of Art. Spalding House. Among the many other institutions they have supported include the Hawaii Theater Center, the Historic Hawaii Foundation, and the Yale University Art Gallery.



Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the fields of 20th century and contemporary art, design, photography, publishing, watches and jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of the collection. Auctions and exhibitions are held in auction rooms in New York, London, Geneva and Hong Kong, while clients are also served through representative offices based in Europe, the United States and the United States. Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world. In addition to providing buying and selling opportunities through auctions, Phillips negotiates private sales and provides assistance with appraisals, appraisals and other financial services.

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* Estimates do not include buyer’s premium; the prices obtained include the hammer price plus the purchase premium.


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