Mary Blood Mellen oil on canvas may bring $300,000 at Shannon's auction, Oct. 24 Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will kick off the fall auction season in grand fashion with an Oct. 24 sale showcasing 200 works of art in an array of genres, to include the Hudson River School.
News-Antique.com - Oct 11,2012 - (MILFORD, Conn.) – Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will kick off the fall auction season in grand fashion with an Oct. 24 sale showcasing 200 works of art in an array of genres, to include the Hudson River School, the Cape Ann School, the New Hope School, American Impressionists, American and European Modern and Abstract artists, 19th century European artists and Orientalist artists.
The event will take place live, in Shannon’s gallery located at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford, and online, via Artfact.com. There will also be 20 phones available for phone bidding. An online catalog, showing all the lots, may be viewed on the Shannon’s website, at www.shannons.com. The auction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. (EST). Previews will be held daily, Oct. 15-24, from 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. (closed on Sunday).
“We only conduct two sales a year, one in the spring and one in the fall. For every consignment we accept we probably turn away twenty artworks, so this auction represents a wide range of top-quality pieces, at price points that will appeal to the novice collector as well as the seasoned veteran,” said Sandra Germain of Shannon’s. “There really is something for everyone.”
Two works are expected to vie for top lot of the sale. One is a newly discovered marine rendering by Mary Blood Mellen (Am., 1817-1882), titled Ship at Sea (est. $200,000-$300,000). The oil on canvas is signed lower left and measures 24 by 36 inches. Mellen was a 19th century Hudson River School artist who lived in Massachusetts and studied under Fritz H. Lane.
The other is an original oil on canvas by the Austrian painter Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902), titled Canal in Venice. A masterpiece measuring 31 ¼ by 47 inches, the painting is expected to gavel for $150,000-$250,000. Unterberger is best known for his colorful, romantic Italian views. He was born in Innsbruck but worked and studied throughout Europe.
Two examples from the New Hope School are expected go generate interest. The first is an oil on canvas winter scene by Edward Willis Redfield (Am., 1869-1965), titled Sleigh Days (est. $100,000-$150,000). The 20 by 24 inch work is signed lower left and was executed circa 1917. Redfield was an Impressionist landscape painter, best known for his snowy scenes.
The second is a colorful rendering of women and children outdoors by Rae Sloan Bredin (Am., 1881-1933), titled In June (est. 50,000-$75,000). The oil on canvas is signed lower left and measures 12 by 14inches. Bredin was known for his landscapes and portraits. He co-founded the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the New York School of Fine Arts.
Fans of Modernism will have much to choose from, first with a gouache work by Gerome Kamrowski (Am., 1914-2004), titled Burning Spider Web (est. $40,000-$60,000). The 19 ¾ inch by 24 inch painting is signed upper left and dated (1946). Kamrowski was an avid participant in the Surrealist Movement. His work balanced fluid automatism with powerful abstract imagery.