Large oil painting by Childe Hassam hammers for $288,000 at Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers, April 25 A large oil painting by renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935), titled The East Hamptom Elms in May, sold for $288,000 at an auction held Apr. 25 by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers.
Trost Richards (Am., 1833-1905), titled White Face Mountain From Lake Placid, signed and measuring 9 ¼ inches by 15 ½ inches, changed hands for $25,200. Richards, also from the Hudson River School, was known for marine seascapes, landscapes and botanical paintings.
Pop Art prints were led by two giants in the industry. A color offset lithograph signed by Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987), titled Liz (1964) and depicting the late screen siren Elizabeth Taylor, hammered for $43,200; and a signed color offset lithograph by Roy Lichtenstein (Am., 1923-1977), titled Crying Girl (1963), realized $50,400.
A haunting untitled egg tempera of a woman with eyes closed, head in hand and seeming despondent but juxtaposed against a glass vase with bright pink flowers, went for $66,000. The signed work, by George Tooker (Am., 1920-2004), was 18 inches by 24 inches. Tooker’s images often depicted clerical workers and government offices. They evoked a sense of spiritualism and poetry.
Two exceptional paintings each brought identical selling prices of $45,600. The first was an oil on canvas board by Guy C. Wiggins (Am., 1883-1962), titled Winter Storm at the Library, New York, 16 inches by 12 inches.
The second was an oil on canvas by Dale Nichols (Am., 1904-1995, an artist often named as the fourth Regionalist painter, along with Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Stuart Curry). The painting, titled The Sentinel and showing a house, barn and figures in a snow-covered landscape, was signed lower left by the artist and measured 30 inches by 40 inches.
Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers’ next big auction is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, also in Milford (and online, at Artfact.com). Shannon’s holds two sales per year, in spring and autumn. These typically feature around 200 artworks, meticulously culled from the thousands that are submitted for consignment.
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece of artwork, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (203) 877-1711; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the Oct. 24 auction, please log on to www.shannons.com.