American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, May 22, 2008 Sotheby’s spring sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture includes
works by prominent American artists from the 19th and early 20th centuries, many of which come from distinguished Estates.
News-Antique.com - May 09,2008 - SOTHEBY’S SALE OF AMERICAN
PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE
TO BE HELD ON MAY 22, 2008
HIGHLIGHTED BY EDWARD HICKS’ PEACEABLE
KINGDOM WITH THE LEOPARD OF SERENITY
INCLUDING COLLECTIONS FROM DISTINGUISHED ESTATES
A BROAD SELECTION OF WESTERN ART FEATURES A
COLLECTION OF REMINGTON BRONZES
New York, New York – Sotheby’s spring sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture includes
works by prominent American artists from the 19th and early 20th centuries, many of which come
from distinguished Estates. The 215 works are estimated to sell for $52,615,000/77,205,000* and
will be exhibited on the 10th floor galleries at Sotheby’s New York from May 17 to 21. The sale will
take place at 10am and 2pm on May 22.
Highlighting the sale is a masterpiece of American 19th century painting, The Peaceable Kingdom
with the Leopard of Serenity, by the most celebrated American folk art artist, Edward Hicks.
Arguably one of the most important and beautifully preserved examples of the more than sixty-two
versions of this profound subject painted by the artist, this iconic work, circa 1846-1848 (lot 60,
pictured on page 1), is estimated to sell for $6/8 million.
Property from the Collection of Gilbert A. and Anne B. Harrison
Sotheby’s is proud to offer
Property from the Collection of
Gilbert A. and Anne B.
Harrison. This Washington,
D.C. couple shared a
passion for American Art
and began purchasing
works for their collection
in the 1950’s. Highlights
from the thirteen paintings to be offered include Paris, Winter Day by Childe Hassam (lot 51, est.
$2.5/3.5 million, pictured above). This work from 1887 signifies a turning point in Hassam’s career,
as he begins to challenge the academic conventions by painting impressionistic scenes of
contemporary urban life.
Also from the Harrison Estate comes I Think I Am Ready Now (The Mirror, The Pink Dress)
by William Merritt Chase, circa 1883 (lot 48, est. $1.5/2.5 million). This work captures a pretty young
woman casually adjusting her hair while gazing into a mirror. It is a celebration of technique and the
tonal possibilities of a single color, as seen in the lush folds of fabric in her pink dress and its long,
flowing train. Another highlight from the Estate is The Model by Thomas Eakins (lot 53, est.
$700/900,000), depicting a female model in the studio. At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine
Arts, Eakins insisted on the progressive method of teaching from human figures rather than casts of
antique statues in order to understand the anatomical movement and form of the body.
Property of an American Collector Being Sold to Benefit a Charitable Foundation
A group of ten bronze sculptures, including eight
by Frederic Remington, are being offered by an
American Collector Being Sold to Benefit a Charitable
Foundation. Featured in this collection is The
Wounded Bunkie (lot 171, est. $3/5 million,
pictured at right), which is cast Letter G. Only
fourteen casts were completed, and of these, seven
are in museum collections today. Another highlight,
The Outlaw (lot 167, est. $2/3 million), is number