Skinner Fine Art Auction Features The Robert Bunting Dance Collection Boston, Mass. – September 6, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, September 20th at its Boston gallery for its highly anticipated fall American &
This is most visibly demonstrated in the set and costume designs commissioned by Serge Diaghilev, Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine, and other luminaries from the advent of modern ballet.
Highlights include a costume design by Léon Bakst for the marchioness in The Sleeping Beauty (lot 307, $10,000 to $15,000), a costume design for Liturgie: The Annunciation (The Virgin and Gabriel) attributed to Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (lot 367, $10,000 to $15,000), the poster maquette for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo by Georges De Pogédaïeff (lot 410, $10,000 to $15,000), and a depiction of the set for the bedroom in La Belle Hélène by Marcel Vertès (lot 449, $3,000 to $5,000).
Fine Paintings and Sculpture
The fine paintings and sculpture session features 334 lots from the 17th through 21st centuries, created in a variety of original media. An important example from the selection of 19th century works is Camden Mts. from the Graves by Fitz Henry Lane (lot 569, $1,200,000 to $1,800,000). This particular work was gifted to Lane’s close friend, Joseph Lowe Stevens, Jr. (1823-1908) by the artist as a souvenir of the duo’s excursion to Penobscot Bay, Maine. Lane first visited Maine in 1848 when he was invited by Stevens, Jr. to visit his family's home. It was near Penobscot Bay, and Stevens, Jr. would row or sail Lane to various locations to make preparatory sketches for his oils. Skinner’s world record auction result for a painting by Fitz Henry Lane still stands -- the artist's Manchester Harbor earned $5.5 million in November 2004. At the time, this painting was also the most valuable artwork ever sold at auction in New England.
Conrad Wise Chapman’s Cavalry Camp of the So. Ca. Holcomb Legion, New Kent, Co. Va. Mar., 1863 (lot 623, $400,000 to $600,000) depicts a day of respite in the Confederate army encampment of the Holcombe Legion. The Legion, which saw battle in the defense of Charleston and elsewhere in South Carolina, was formed on November 13, 1861, and named for Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens, the spirited wife of South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens. While Chapman paintings depicting other subjects regularly come on the market, works relating to the Confederate army are a rare find. This piece is especially important as it was thought to be lost – scholars knew of its existence thanks to an engraving by J.G. Chapman, but until now it had never been seen on the market.
An autumn still life by Cornelis De Heem depicts pomegranates, chestnuts, oranges, white and red grapes, plums, wheat, and insects (lot 505, $80,000 to $120,000). The work celebrates the splendor of autumn in the rich variety of the harvest depicted, but true to the nature of a vanitas, such details as half-eaten fruit, woody vines, and powdery mildew also foreshadow the subtle passing of the season.
Frederic Remington’s Stable Call at an Artillery Barrack (lot 616, $35,000 to $55,000) was made by Remington on a trip to Mexico in February-March 1889, during which time he produced a