Skinner Auction of Paintings, Prints & Photographs to Feature Works by Robinson, Utrillo, Calder, W Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs and paintings on Friday, September 9th in two sessions at their Boston gallery. The prints portion of the sale will kick-off at 12 p.m.; paintings at 4 p
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Two prints both signed and numbered from Andy Warhol’s ten image series Cowboys and Indians will be available at the sale. As a portraitive work, Geronimo, lot 172, is consider more quintessential of Warhol’s style. It has an estimated auction value of $15,000 to $25,000. Plains Indians Shield, lot 171, has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. Another Warhol print Speed Skater, lot 170, will also be offered. This print is from the deluxe edition of 50 plus proofs, published by Visconti Art Spectrum, and numbered and signed. Speed Skater is expected to fetch $5,000 to $7,000 at auction.
A 17th century impression by Rembrandt van Rijn titled Old Man with Beard, Fur Cap, and Velvet Cloak will also go on the block. This print, lot 129 and estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, was part of the collection of Mary Jane Sexton Morgan, the cousin of J. Pierpont Morgan by marriage. The sale of her extensive collection of prints, paintings, silver, and decorative arts was highly publicized, and according to a New York Times article published March 16th, 1886, the entire sale brought $1,205,090.42, an extraordinary sum for the sale of an art collection in the 19th century.
Uniquely collectible items from the Peter Norton Christmas Project are expected to draw interest. Each year since 1988, rather than sending out a holiday card, Mr. Norton has commissioned an artist to create an edition - usually sculptural objects or books known as "multiples." Most are made by a celebrated artist who is already represented in Mr. Norton's own collection. Included in the offerings are: from 1997, a pop-up silhouette book by Kara Elizabeth Walker entitled Freedom: A Fable, lot 169; Anna Gaskell’s 2001 contribution, Peep Book, lot 44; the 2002 doll house made by British artist Yinka Shonibare, lot 139; Teacup made by Robert Lazzarini in 2003, lot 95A; among others. Each piece is valued between $200 and $1,200.
One of the jewels of the sale is Theodore Robinson’s Hansom Cabs, lot 523, which is estimated to sell between $120,000 and $180,000. Robinson is considered one of America's premier Impressionists and is also credited with increasing the appreciation of French Impressionism in the United States. According to Robin Starr, Director of Fine Paintings at Skinner, “The piece is not designed to make a big splash across the room, but to draw you in for close study.” Robinson died young at the age of 44. His illness inhibited him from carrying large canvases outdoors, and, as such, many of his works are more intimate in scale.
Other American highlights include a charming 1977 Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. painting entitled Paper Hanging, lot 580, depicting mermaids engaged in wallpaper application and estimated to be worth $20,000 to $25,000; Frederick John Mulhaupt’s Gloucester Gill Netters, lot 481, previously exhibited at the Cape Ann Arts Festival and the National Arts Club Oil Exhibition, is estimated at $50,000 to $70,000; and Hanson Duvall Puthuff’s Mantle of Autumn, lot 438, estimated at $30,000