Original works by Rembrandt, Cropsey, more at Shannon's fine art auction Oct. 27 Original works of art by such renowned painters as Jasper Cropsey, Birge Harrison, Martha Walter and others – plus two original etchings by Rembrandt -- will be sold Oct. 27 by Shannon's in Conn.
News-Antique.com - Aug 29,2011 - (MILFORD, Conn.) – Original works of art by such renowned painters as Jasper Cropsey, Birge Harrison, Martha Walter, John White Alexander and others – plus a pair of original etchings by Rembrandt and a rare etching by the Italian master Campagnola – will be sold Thursday, Oct. 27, by Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers, at their semi-annual fine art auction.
The auction will be held in Shannon’s spacious gallery facility, located at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford, located just off I-95 just south of New Haven. Online bidding will be facilitated by Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held from Oct. 17 up until auction day, Oct. 27, from 9-5:30 (except Sunday, Oct. 23, when the firm is closed).
Shannon’s only conducts two fine art auctions per year – in April and October – and when they happen, collectors do take notice. In the sale held this past April, bidders from 18 countries and 42 states participated, and the full bank of 20 phones was ringing all evening. As with last the sale, a live crowd of about 100 people is expected when bidding begins at 6 p.m.
“Thanks to some wonderful pieces already consigned, plus a museum collection that we expect to come in, this auction should be very strong,” said Gene Shannon of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers. “And, typically, we experience a spurt of other great consignments in the three weeks leading up to sale. Overall there will be more than 250 fresh-to-the-market lots to bid on.”
Two of the lots carry pre-sale estimates of $100,000-$150,000 and are expected to attract intense bidder interest. The first is a luminist view of the Hudson River by Jasper Cropsey (N.Y., 1823-1900). Mr. Cropsey was known for his autumnal landscapes. He is a leading member of the Hudson River School and his work coveted by collectors.
The other is a tea party painting by Martha Walter (1875-1976), who painted in France, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania over the course of her rich and fruitful career. She was best known for portrait work, beach-child-park paintings and landscapes. A second painting by her – a beach scene – will also come under the gavel. It is expected to command $60,000-$80,000.
The Birge Harrison painting is a scene of Bryant Part in New York City (est. $80,000-$120,000). Mr. Harrison (N.Y./Mass./Calif., 1854-1929) was born in Philadelphia and has been described as one of America’s leading tonalist painters. He specialized in landscapes, and he bucked convention by eschewing en plein air work, preferring instead to paint from memory.
Another painting expected to get paddles wagging is John White Alexander’s Lady in Green (est. $60,000-$80,000). Mr. Alexander (N.Y./N.J./France, 1856-1915), was born in Pennsylvania, but became one of the most prominent artists in New York City in the late 19th and early 20th century. He painted portraits and murals but was best known for his female renderings.
Any time the name Rembrandt comes up at auction, it generates buzz, and this auction has two works