Our October auction of American Art brought in over $3.6 million with several lots selling above their high estimate.
Andrew Wyeth's double-sided watercolor Lobsterman (Walt Anderson) and Two Figures in A Dory, shown here, led the sale and sold for more than quadruple its high estimate of $45,000. David Gilmour Blythe's rare 19th century painting, Portrait of Joe Cowell, sold 10 times above its estimate for $100,000.
Also preforming exceptionally was William Trost Richards's Rocky Surf Off Rhode Island, our cover lot, selling above the high estimate.
Our first autumn sale of American art features a rich and varied selection of works from the mid-19th century through the early 21st century. Of particular interest is a group of nine vibrant watercolors from the mid-1930s by Andrew Wyeth, all of which had been stored in a portfolio since 1948 when they were given to the present owner by the artist, a personal friend.
One of many 19th-century highlights from the sale is an oil painting by John Frederick Peto, entitled Still Life with Oranges and a Box of Confections. The artist gave the painting as a gift to one of his patrons, James Bryant Moore, and it has been in the family’s collection ever since. Other noteworthy selections of similar vintage include a Venetian sunset by Thomas Moran, a panoramic river landscape by Jasper Francis Cropsey,a western landscape by Albert Bierstadt, The Lookout and our spectacular cover lot, Rocky Surf off Rhode Island by William Trost Richards.
Several impressive sculptures complement our 20th-century offerings, including Eli Nadelman’s white marble Classical Head, property from the Putnam Foundation to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Timken Musum of Art, San Diego, California; along with William Zorach’s bronze Genesis and three works by Wheeler Williams. A large atmospheric Charles Burchfield watercolor from 1948, Winter, features prominently in the sale, alongside works by Milton Avery, Rockwell Kent and Rolph Scarlett, to name a few.
We look forward to welcoming you to our galleries for the viewing of the sale, which begins 24 September.