Blashfield painting brings $94,000 at Stamford Auction An oil-on-canvas rendering of the Parthenon in Greece by American artist Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936) sold for $94,000 in a May 6 multi-estate sale held by Stamford Auction in Stamford, Conn.
News-Antique.com - May 17,2007 - OIL-ON-CANVAS PAINTING BY EDWIN HOWLAND BLASHFIELD (1848-1936)
BRINGS $94,000 AT STAMFORD AUCTION'S FIRST SALE AT NEW LOCATION
(Stamford, Conn.) - An oil-on-canvas rendering of the Parthenon in Greece by American artist Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936) sold for $94,000 in a May 6 sale held at Stamford Auction's new showroom location at 24 Harbor View Avenue, in the heart of Stamford's burgeoning Antiques District. The Neoclassical allegory work was signed, lower left, and measured 50” x 31.5”.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Blashfield was a mural and genre easel painter who rose to national prominence during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair Exposition for his mural, “The Art of Metal Working.” As an easel painter, his subjects included genre, portraits, ancient ruins and Indian figures. He developed a style that placed real and allegorical figures in settings of historical and moral themes.
The painting was the top seller in an auction that saw over 1,000 lots change hands, with a total gross of $1.15 million. “It was the first sale in a new location, with a new format, so we didn't quite know what to expect, but everything went very smoothly,” said Grant Panarese of Stamford Auction. “Paintings, especially, did very well.” Prices quoted include a 17.5% buyer's premium.
The sale attracted more than 350 registered bidders, who quickly acclimated themselves to Stamford Auction's spacious and modern new 13,000-square-foot facility, a substantial upgrade from its previous digs in the old Yale & Towne Manufacturing building at 737 Canal Street. The firm had been housed there since 2001, but rapid growth -- combined with a fire in 2006 -- necessitated a move.
In other highlights:
An oil-on-canvas painting by Howard Chandler Christy (American, 1873-1952), titled “Sketch Main Garden” (at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.), hammered for $58,750. The signed work measured 30” x 44”. Mr. Christy was born in Ohio and later moved to New York. He became one of the nation's most distinguished illustrators, and has been favorably compared to Norman Rockwell.
An oil-on-board painting of a shoreline along a rocky coast by Frederick J. Waugh (American, 1861-1940), titled “Breakers,” rose to $32,900. The signed, 37” x 47” work was housed in a Newcomb and Macklin frame. Mr. Waugh was a noted seascape painter, specializing in the churning surf against white froth on the seaside rocks. He maintained a studio in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
A cast bronze figure of a girl holding a bird, by the Spanish-born Puerto Rican artist Angel Botello (1913-1986), changed hands for $28,200. The sculpture, 28.5” tall and with a 9.5” x 7.5” base, was signed on the right side of the base. Mr. Botello was born in a small town in Spain. He moved to Bordeaux, France, and studied at the School of Fine Arts before relocating to Puerto Rico in 1935.
An oil-on-board work by the German-born American artist Hermann Herzog (1832-1932) soared to $23,500. The signed, undated work measured 30” x 39”. Mr. Herzog lived and worked in Philadelphia until his death at age 100.