Around 150 works of fine art will be sold at Shannon's on Thursday, April 26 Over 150 examples of high-quality fine American and European paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints will cross the block on Thursday, April 26, at Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn.
Other significant 20th century works will be in the auction, by Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922); Gifford Beal (1879-1956); Mary Bradish Titcomb (1858-1927); Fern Coppedge (1883-1951); John Follinsbee (1892-1972); Dwight Tryon (1849-1925); Emil (Soren) Carlsen (1848-1932).
The Modern works will be a led by a masterpiece by Rolph Scarlett (1889-1984), one of 12 works by the painter of geometric abstraction during the American avant-garde movement of the 1930s and '40s (est. $50,000-$75,000); and a newly discovered work by Franz Kline (1910-1962), purchased from the artist in 1947 (est. $25,000-$35,000).
Also sold will be a museum-size masterpiece by Robert Smithson (1938-1973), titled The Serpent of the Blood, which has been rolled up in a tube since shortly after it was painted, in 1962 (est. $30,000-$50,000); and a painted aluminum sculpture by Robert Clark (better known as Robert Indiana, his home state, b. 1928), a member of the Pop Art movement.
Other Modern works in the sale will be by artists Hilla Von Rebay (1890-1967); Cleve Gray (1918-2004); Stefan A. Hirsch (1899-1964); Michael Goldberg (1924-2007); Alvin Demar Jr. Loving (1935-2005); Milton Clark Avery (1885-1965); and Robert Richenberg.
Orientalist paintings will be led by a large and colorful depiction of an Arab rug seller by Addison Millar (1860-1913), known for his landscapes, portraits, genre work and still lifes (est. $20,000-$30,000); an Eastern beauty by Paul de la Boulaye (1902-1961); a fine rendering of an Arab market by Gerard Pieter Adolfs (1897-1968); and other works.
Sculptures will also be offered. They include a depiction of a young beauty by Mario Korbel (1882-1954, est. $20,000-$30,000); a work titled The Dancer by Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955); and works by Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973); Richmond Barthe (1901-1989); A. G. Newman (1875-1940); Louis St. Gaudens (1854-1913); and T. Toyofuku (b. 1925).
Certainly worth mentioning is a collection of six nautical works by Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921), one of America's best-known and post prolific painters of marine subjects and a graduate of the Royal Academy in Copenhagen; and a pair of works by William H. Yorke (1847-1921), an artist also renowned for his ship portraits and coastal views.
Previews for the auction will be held from April 16-21 (Mon.-Sat., from 11-6); April 23-24 (Mon.-Tues., from 11-6); April 25 (Wed., from noon to 8 p.m.); and April 26 (Thurs., from noon to 5:30 p.m.). Shannon's is closed for business on Sunday, April 22. Shannon’s Fine Arts Auctioneers' gallery is located off Interstate 95 in Milford, Conn., just south of New Haven.
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers is one of only two auction houses in the country that sells only fine art. Its auctions include paintings, watercolors, drawings and rare prints. Historically, Shannon’s has specialized in American and European art executed between 1840 and 1940. But in recent years the firm has expanded more into post-war Modern and Pop art.
Shannon’s produces a 132-page, full-color catalog and an eight-page, oversize color brochure that is mailed to 18,000 clients. Paintings consigned to Shannon’s are viewed by collectors, museum directors,