SKINNER REPORTS EXCELLENT RESULTS FROM FINE PAINTING & PRINTS AUCTION: SALE GROSSES $2.7M Skinner announced exceptional auction results for the recent Fine Paintings and Fine Prints auction in Boston, which set a world record for an Aldro Thompson Hibbard painting.
News-Antique.com - Feb 09,2012 - BOSTON, Mass. – February 9, 2012 – Skinner, Inc. today announced exceptional results for its recent American & European Works of Art auctions featuring Fine Paintings & Prints held last Friday, February 3rd. With the auction room filled to capacity, and a tremendous amount of activity on the phones and online, the auction attracted the largest number of bidders for a single sale in Skinner history. The record-setting sale grossed $2,708,694.46 including buyer’s premium.
Aldro Thompson Hibbard’s painting Winter in New England set the world record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a work by the artist. The painting sold for $88,875, exceeding its estimated high of $35,000. “The painting was completed in 1924,” said department director Robin Starr, “and was executed when Hibbard was just rising to the height of his powers. At this point in his career he was still striving to be included in the likes of the Pennsylvania Academy and National Academy exhibitions. It’s by far the strongest work I’ve ever seen by Hibbard.” The previous record for Hibbard was held by Christie’s for his Carmel Coast, California, which sold in 2005 for $60,000 against an estimate set between $20,000 and $30,000.
In addition to the record-breaking painting, many other lots sold well over the high estimates including the auction’s top seller, Canal Venice by Jane Peterson. The work has been described by Peterson expert, Jonathan Joseph, as a fine example of her early work, and the subject matter was one of the artist’s favorites – Venice. Estimated between $60,000 and $80,000, the painting sold for $130,350 and received an ovation from the audience on the final hammer.
Henri-Joseph Harpignies also found inspiration in Italy, specifically, Rome, of which he said “. . . it is to Rome that I owe not only my most noble emotions but my finest inspirations.” His painting, An Extensive View of Rome, exceeded the high estimate of $30,000 to sell for $59,250. Paul Henry’s The Bog Pool sold for $94,800, coming in nearly $30,000 above its presale estimate high. Lawrence Charles Weiner’s Wheelright sold for $50,362.50, exceeding the presale estimate of $15,000 to $30,000.
Fine Prints, Multiples, and Photography
Skinner has recently expanded emphasis on prints, multiples, and photography, and these works also saw some noteworthy successes. Several works by Jacques Villon sold well, including one of his most well known prints, L’Espagnole, which sold for $11,850, well over the high estimate of $8,000. This work, which copies the eponymous portrait by Henri Matisse, shows Villon’s skill at capturing the styles of his contemporaries in intaglio print. Villon’s interpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s La Mariée sold for $14,220 exceeding its presale estimate set between $1,500 and $2,000.
Prints and multiples by famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso also performed well, most notably the color linocut Petit buste de femme that brought $24,885, more than doubling its high estimate. Laughing-eyed Face, a glazed ceramic pitcher that was a gift from George Ramie to the artist Jack Amoroso exceeded