The sale favors quality over quantity. The results proved the excellence of the offers. More than 82% of the lots were sold, for a gross amount of $3.5 million.
MILFORD, CT, USA, May 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Shannon achieved stunning results at her Spring Fine Art Auction held on April 28th. The sale focused on quality rather than quantity and the results proved the excellence of the offerings. Over 82% of the 129 lots on offer were sold, for a total of $3.5 million. The prices listed below include a 25% buyer’s premium.
Shannon’s has once again achieved outstanding results for a collection of works by Charles Burchfield. Nighthawks and the Moon led the collection and sale, bringing $587,500 to a private family collection. Fires of Spring in Big Woods sold for $275,000, while Raindrops, May 1917, went for $156,250 to a private collector and first-time buyer at auction.
Many six-figure prices were realized during the exciting and lively auction. There was no shortage of viewership as the bank of 20 telephone bidders, active internet participation and auctioneer, Peter Coccoluto, kept the energy level high.
In addition to the Burchfields, other works on paper have done extraordinarily well. Picnic by Maurice Prendergast, mixed media on paper, sold for $187,500. A watercolor by John Marin, titled Marin Island, Small Point, Maine Series No. 14, from 1928, sold for $131,250. And, an Andrew Wyeth watercolor, Gate Chain, with a long history of provenance and exhibition, sold for $112,500.
New world records have been reached for contemporary artists. A large composition, made of tooled and dyed leather, by Outsider artist Winfred Rembert, titled Red Note Chain Gang (2007), more than doubled the high auction price, selling for $118,750. A still life by Lennart Anderson, titled Still Life with Popcorn Maker I, set a new record price at $87,500, surpassing the $20,000 record set at Shannon the previous fall.
American Impressionist artists were well represented in the auction and quality examples were recognized and sought after by bidders. Pennsylvania Impressionism topped the category with a 32-by-40-inch John F. Folinsbee, titled Huckster’s Cart (1922-24), which sold for $162,500. The painting was well documented and illustrated as the centerpiece of Kirsten Jensen’s monograph on artist Folinsbee Considered (Hudson Hills, 2013).
Two Impressionist New York cityscapes by Guy Carleton Wiggins were sold: Broad Street and the Undertreasure, which fetched $112,500, and an early Wiggins, Fifth Avenue Snowstorm, which sold for $75,000. A rare, early tonalist view by Birge Harrison of Madison Square Looking Toward the Flatiron, circa 1910, sold for $87,500.
There were two floral paintings by Edmund Tarbell and JA Weir, fellow artists from ‘The Ten’, a famous group of American impressionists. Tarbell’s still life of peonies from his New Hampshire garden sold for $81,250, while Weir’s rhododendrons from his Connecticut farm sold for $37,500.
Other highlights from the American Impressionism category include an Arthur Wesley Dow title Haystack, a View of the Swamps of Newburyport, Massachusetts, which sold for $68,740, and a painting by Walter E. Schofield titled The Farmhouse and Pond, which sold for $50,000.
Twentieth-century American paintings have consistently sold well at auction. Dale Nichols’ Evening Chores sold for $68,750; Foggy Day by John C. Atherton sold for $37,500; George G. Symons’ evening in the Berkshires sold for $36,250; and Robert Vickrey’s Moonlight Mural sold for $25,000. A sleeper in the sale, The Banyan by Emile A. Gruppe, sold for $25,000 after a round of telephone bidding.
European paintings were led by a spectacular oil painting by Jean Dufy of Paris which sold for $93,750. Works by British female artists were featured in the auction. A painting of Gypsies at Ascot by Dame Laura Knight sold for $37,500 and a sculpture by Sophie Ryder sold for $25,000.
Full results of the sale can be viewed at shannons.com. The next auction will be an online fine art auction on June 23, followed by a fall auction and catalog in October. Visit shannons.com for auction updates and to join the mailing list. Shipments to Shannon are accepted year round. To consign a single artwork or an entire collection, contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-877-1711.
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