Still life by William Harnett (Am., 1848-1892) could fetch $200,000-$300,000 at Shannon's, Oct. 24th What was originally planned as a fall sale of perhaps 250 works of art spanning several genres at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers has turned into a 300-lot colossus, slated for Thursday, October 24th.
News-Antique.com - Oct 04,2013 - (MILFORD, Conn.) – What was originally planned as a fall sale of perhaps 250 works of art spanning several genres at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers has turned into a 300-lot colossus, as quality last-minute consignments continued to pour in. The auction will be held in Shannon’s spacious gallery, located at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford, starting promptly at 6 p.m. (EST).
Several blockbuster lots have been added to a roster that already boasted noted, listed artists such as Charles Courtenay Curran, Franz Kline, Jane Peterson, Dwight Tryon and others. One of the latest is a gorgeous rendering by William Harnett (1848-1892), one of America’s most important still life painters of the 19th century. It’s titled A Dutch Jar With a Bust of Dante.
The painting is expected to realize $200,000-$300,000 and could easily end up being the top lot of the sale. Rivaling it will be an untitled oil on paper collage by the American abstract expressionist Franz Kline (est. $100,000-$150,000); an oil on canvas titled Far Away Thoughts by Charles Courtenay Curran (est. $120,000-$180,000); and an oil on canvas depiction of a lady seated on her vanity by noted Spanish realist Raimundo de Madrazo (est. $100,000-$150,000).
Those three consignments were secured some time ago. Other last-minute surprises, in addition to the Harnett, will include an amazing pair of mural-sized works of Asian performers backstage by the young Israeli artist Roy Nachum (b. 1979, est. $60,000-$80,000 and $40,000-$60,000). Nachum has become very popular in the Hollywood scene during his meteoric rise. His work is in the collections of such notables as Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Leonardo DiCaprio. His art is also very prominent at 1 OAK, a nightclub at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
A pair of large and rare views of Niagara Falls by Ferdinand Richardt (Am., 1819-1895) will be sold. They carry pre-sale estimates of $30,000-$50,000 and $20,000-$30,000. The paintings hung across from each other at one time in the exclusive Niagara Club (now an Indian restaurant). Patrons could simultaneously enjoy Richardt’s paintings and view the actual Falls.
Four recent additions to the auction all carry pre-sale estimates of $50,000-$75,000. The first is a painting by Julius LeBlanc Stewart (Am., 1855-1919), titled Portrait of Marie Renard. Stewart was a figure and genre painter from Philadelphia who spent nearly his entire life in Paris, where he was as popular an American expatriate artist as the portrait painter John Singer Sargent.
The second is a work by Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955), a Russian émigré who became an important member of the Taos School in New Mexico. The painting to be sold, Still Life With Plant and Sculpture, was executed in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1927. Fechin, born on the banks of the Volga River, became one of America’s foremost ethnic portrait painters in the early 20th century.
The third is an important Impressionist landscape by the Virginia-born artist Elliott Daingerfield (1859-1932). Daingerfield was a talented watercolorist who painted his colorful, mystical landscapes mainly from memory. He built a strong