DE KOONING AND WIGGINS TO HIGHLIGHT DECEMBER PAINTINGS Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers is pleased to announce their December Auction will be held on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 12:00 noon.
News-Antique.com - Nov 29,2011 - Dedham, MA - The 400 lot auction will be comprised of a Fine Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Chinese Decorative Works of Art and Textiles; American and European Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture; and Oriental Rugs and Carpets.
Highlights of the Fine Art session will include a charcoal drawing by venerated Dutch-American abstract expressionist Willem De Kooning titled Easter Cross. The drawing, estimated at $20,000-30,000, was created on Easter in 1968, and presented to Xavier Fourcade and Eugene Taylor while the De Kooning’w were guests at their friends Belport, Long Island home. Other highlights include Winter on Wall Street, a 16 x 12 inch oil on board by American artist, Guy Wiggins, estimated at $30,000-50,000 and Frederick Bosley’s Arrangement, a 36” x 34” oil on canvas of a woman in white leaning on Nike, estimated at $7,000-10,000.
A diminutive John Singer Sargent pencil sketch of Amory Austin, Sargents cousin from Newport, Rhode Island, has a conservative estimate of $500-1,000, while an enchanting Portrait of a Young Lady by Charles Naegele is expected to fetch $8,000-12,000. Naegele’s unique technique of leaving the original mahogany panel as a backdrop for his portraits was first displayed in a Salmagundi Club exhibition in New York in 1896. The New York Times review described the technique favorably, stating that “the figure stands out with deceptive strength”. An English School Portrait of New York Sea Captain Benjamin Davies, that was exhibited by his grandson in 1818 with an attribution to Sir Joshua Reynolds, has remained in the family until this time and is being offered with an unattributed English school portrait of Elisabeth Davies, the sitter’s wife. The two portraits are estimated at $1,000-1,500.
The Chinese section of the sale will include a varied collection of Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings, including an unusual Chinese Ancestral Scroll Painting, measuring 9 x 6 feet with a presale estimate of $500-1,000, several Japanese 19th century woodblock prints and a 16 foot long Chinese scroll painting attributed to Zhang Daqin (1899-1983) which is estimated to fetch $6,000-8,000.
The auction exhibition is open to the public and will commence on Thursday, December 8th. Hours: Thursday, 10 a.m – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. The auction will take place at Grogan and Company’s gallery located at 22 Harris Street, Dedham, Massachusetts. A fully illustrated catalogue can be viewed at www.groganco.com. For more information, contact the gallery at 781.461.9500.