MILFORD, Conn. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auction, scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. ‘others. A public preview begins Monday, April 18 at Shannon’s Galley in Milford. The full catalog, preview times, and sales information are available now at shannons.com.
Headlining the auction are three exceptional works by Charles Burchfield (American, (1893-1967). Nightjars and the Moon, (1965) 1966, 35 inches by 26 inches, was exhibited at the ACA Galleries in New York in 1970. The watercolor is a nighttime scene of nightjars circling the moon. In the foreground, trees and flowers vibrate in the moonlight, lending an air of mystery to the composition. This painting is easily among the artist’s finest (est. $200,000 to $300,000).
Another stellar Burchfield, Spring fires in the great woods, measures 40 inches by 30 inches. The poetic title comes from the artist’s diary entry, “There had been in my mind the idea of showing winter deep in a wood, but with openings at the top of a hill showing the fires of the spring.” Indeed, the trees look as if they are on fire, the sunlight heralding the emergence of spring (estimated between $150,000 and $250,000).
The last Burchfield of the group belongs to the artist’s self-proclaimed “golden year”, 1917, when he was at his most prolific. This artwork depicts a scene in Burchfield’s native Ohio just after a thunderstorm. Loosely associated with regionalist artists, Burchfield found inspiration in his immediate environment. He painted primarily in his native Ohio before establishing his studio outside of Buffalo, New York (estimated at $50,000-$75,000). A large painting by Dale Nichols, another artist associated with the Regionalists, will also be offered between $40,000 and $60,000.
In the category of 19th Century American Art, marine artist Francis A. Silva (American, (1835-1886) leads the group. By the Sea, Jersey Shore was painted in 1883 and depicts the beach at Keyport, New Jersey, where the artist first met his wife. It’s a classic example of Silva’s masterful ability to capture sunset light. The sky and water in this painting are equally remarkable (est. $200,000 to $300,000).
Other 19th century highlights include a large oil painting by Walter Launt Palmer, Winter landscape with stream, estimated between $70,000 and $90,000; a luminary view titled Sunset Expedition by Edward Moran, estimated between $20,000 and $30,000; and paintings by Hermann Herzog, Robert Spear Dunning, William Louis Sonntag and others.
New Yorkers will recognize the architecture of four Impressionist cityscapes. Birge Harrison Madison Square looking towards the Flatiron Building is the earliest of this group, depicting the city at dusk with horse-drawn carriages and glowing gas lamps (est. $50,000-$75,000).
There are three paintings by Guy C. Wiggins (American, 1883-1962), an artist famous for his ability to paint New York in the snow. A first example, Snowstorm on Fifth Avenueis dated around 1925 (estimated between $60,000 and $80,000). Broad Street and the Under-Treasury is an important example of the peak period of the artist’s career, featuring waving flags, colorful pedestrians, and taxis going about their day undeterred by falling snow (est. $100,000-$150,000 ). The third table, washington square, is the view from the artist’s studio, a scene he depicted in numerous canvases throughout his long career (est. $30,000-$50,000).
There are many examples of quality American Impressionist paintings in the auction. A Still Life by Edmund Tarbell (American, 1862-1938), Peonies (est. $30,000 to $50,000) and a Julian Alden Weir, Rhododendrons (estimated between $20,000 and $30,000), are two exceptional floral paintings by two artists who are members of the famous impressionist group “The Ten”. There are also fine examples of Pennsylvania Impressionism by John Folinsbee, Peddler’s cart (est. $50,000 to $75,000) and Walter Schofield, The farm and the pond (est. $15,000 to $25,000).
The most featured paintings in the American Art category include a bustling park scene, Picnic, by Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924), which depicts women and children in vivid watercolors and pastels sharing a picnic and strolling in the park (est. $50,000-$75,000); an Arthur Wesley Dow view of a haystack near marshes, probably near Newburyport, Massachusetts (est. $50,000-$75,000); a watercolor by Andrew Wyeth, door chain, once exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (estimated between $25,000 and $35,000); a John Marin watercolor Marin Island, Little Point, Maine dated 1928 (estimated between $25,000 and $35,000); and a 42-inch by 48-inch view of Evening in the Berkshires by George Gardener Symons (estimated between $30,000 and $50,000).
There are a handful of exciting European bids in the auction. A rare oil painting by Jean Dufy will surely arouse the interest of American and European collectors. Title The city, the scene is lively and full of color (est. $40,000 to $60,000). Another notable French painting from the sale is a work by Camille Bombois depicting musical clowns, Showmen (est. $20,000 to $30,000).
British women artists feature prominently in the sale, led by two paintings by Dame Laura Knight. Knight challenged the Royal Academy and through her skill and perseverance improved the recognition of female artists in Britain. Winter, Figure Skating is offered between $60,000 and $80,000 and Gypsies at Ascot at $30,000 – $50,000.
There are three paintings by artist Lennart Anderson, who was recently the subject of a retrospective at the New York Studio School. Still Life with Popcorn Maker I deserves description of a masterpiece by the artist and was illustrated in the 1983 volume The Art of the Real: Nine American Figurative Painters (est. $20,000 to $30,000). Another contemporary offering from a New Haven artist, Winfred Rembert’s Rhythm Red Note Chain Gang, made from dye on tooled leather, depicts a chain gang picking cotton with musical notes superimposed on the stage (est. $20,000-$30,000).
The spring auction at Shannon’s is not to be missed. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Shannon’s team has once again proven its ability to attract great shipments and achieve an outstanding sale. Of the offers, Managing Partner Sandra Germain commented, “My team and I are very excited to start the spring art season with such impressive offers. Our recent sales results have been strong, attracting higher quality shipments. We look forward to success for both our buyers and sellers on the 28th.”
To view the full catalog, condition reports and to bid live online, visit shannons.com. Previews will be by appointment April 18-27, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Sundays. Virtual previews and additional photos are available upon request.
Bidding is available over the phone, remotely or live at shannons.com. A live stream of the auction will be shown on shannons.com. Telephone auctions can be booked in advance and mail-in auctions will be accepted prior to the auction until April 28 at noon or on shannons.com. Shipments to Shannon are accepted year round. To consign a single item or an entire collection, contact email@example.com. To learn more, visit www.shannons.com.
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