1850 Severin Roesen masterwork, Still Life with Fruit and Flowers in a Landscape at Heritage May 17 American & European Art auction in Dallas includes work by John Koch, John Constable, American landscape paintings from The Flanner & Buchanan Corporate Collection and British Portraits...
an artist at work with his models. The present work is a self-portrait of himself with his young son, and captures a tender and intimate moment in his personal world.
“The symbolic and compositional relationship between objects and figures in this painting is characteristic of Koch’s work,” said Consignment Director Ariana Hartsock, “and beautifully exemplifies his masterful sense of light and composition.”
Fine European portraiture is plentiful in the May 17 Heritage auction, led by Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Half-Length Portrait of Lady Fortescue, Anne Campbell, circa 1759-60, estimated at $18,000+, the top highlight from The Estate of Kenneth Kendall.
“We’re honored to present a selection of nine paintings from the Estate of Kenneth Kendall,” said Ed Beardsley, Managing Director of Heritage’s Fine Arts Department, “a man of discerning taste whose interest in art and culture led him to assemble a unique collection in his Hollywood home.”
Further highlights from The Kendall Collection include Portrait of Francisco de Paula Navia y Velasquez as a Child Holding a Pet Bird, 1789, from the Spanish/Cuban School (18th Century), circle of Vicente Escobar (1757-1834), expected to bring $7,000+, and William Hamilton’s Portrait of Sarah Siddons as Zara, circa 1784, expected to bring $9,000+.
The May 17 auction is particularly strong in 19th and early 20th Century landscapes, including John Constable’s oil sketch, Suffolk Landscape with Cattle, Trees and a Windswept Sky, circa 1811-1812, estimated at $50,000+, a prime example of the level of work that has made Constable so highly sought-after in today’s market.
Suffolk Landscape was acquired by a Canadian attorney on a trip to England early in the 20th century, and has descended in his family. Constable’s agility in capturing light, color and movement in Nature, on the spot outside, are apparent in the wonderful shifting clouds and wind-tousled trees. In sketches such as this one, produced long before the Impressionists, Constable sought to capture the fleeting moods of Nature as rapidly as possible before the moment had passed.
Further Landscape highlights include Rafael Senet Y Perez’s Along the Grand Canal (estimated at $15,000+) and Johan Frederik Eckersberg’s majestic Valley of Romsdalen, 1857 (estimated at $15,000+).
Heritage will be offering 24 paintings from the Flanner & Buchanan Corporate Collection, the majority of them landscapes originally purchased by the late Judge John Buchanan, whose collection was featured by Heritage in June of 2009, led by Victor De Grailly’s Niagara Falls, circa 1850, estimated at $6,000+, and William Trost Richards’ Rocky Cliff with Stormy Sea, 1902 (estimated: $15,000+). Marine subjects are particularly well represented in this group of works from the Flanner & Buchanan collection. Works by American and European sea and riverscape painters, whom Judge Buchanan favored during his early years as a collector, include Warren Shepherd, Mauritz de Haas, Albertus van Beest, Elbridge Webber, Harry Chase, James Pattison, Charles P. Gruppe, William Henry Hilliard, and D. Jerome Elwell, represented by a rare view of the Charles River.
Modernism is always a popular draw at Heritage art auctions, and the May 17 Dallas