Oil on canvas by American artist Charles Courtney Curran makes $192,000 at Shannon's Oct. 24 auction An oil on canvas of a young woman in a field by the American genre and landscape painter Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), sold for $192,000 at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers' fall fine art auction
News-Antique.com - Nov 06,2013 - (MILFORD, Conn.) – An oil on canvas of a young woman striking a wistful pose in a field by the American genre and landscape painter Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), titled Far Away Thoughts, sold for $192,000 at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers’ fall fine art auction held Oct. 24 in the firm’s Milford gallery, located at 354 Woodmont Road.
The painting, measuring 22 inches by 18 inches, was signed lower left by the artist and has been slated for inclusion in the upcoming catalogue raisonne of Curran’s works by Kaycee Benton. Curran was a prolific painter, known for his light-filled renderings, often of young women. This painting was a prime example of his work. It was also the top lot of the auction.
In all, 300 paintings came up for bid in a sale that grossed just over $2.4 million. About 80 people attended the auction in person, while another 600 registered to bid online via Artfact.com. A full bank of 20 phones saw heavy use throughout the evening. “Overall we were quite pleased,” said Gene Shannon of Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers.
He added, “The results were very rewarding, and it demonstrated to us that the middle market for fine art – that is, works selling for under $50,000 – is definitely back after having taken a hit since October 2008. The high end never missed a beat. It has and probably always will do well. But this sale was strong. We had bidders from 45 countries and as many states.”
There certainly was something for just about everybody in the auction – examples from the Hudson River School, works by Cape Ann artists, American Impressionists, European and American Modern and Abstract artists and more. There was also an excellent private collection of around 40 works of American Tonalism that attracted great interest and was 85 percent sold.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
A diminutive, rediscovered abstract collage by the Abstract Expressionist master Franz Josef Kline (Am., 1910-1962), realized $120,000. The oil on paper, signed lower left, was 8 ½ inches by 10 ¾ inches. Also, a 1951 oil painting of a young woman bathing in an outdoor stream with a female attendant, by Philippine artist Fernando Amorsolo (1892-1972) went for $60,000.
A pair of large and rare oil on canvas views of Niagara Falls by Fedinand Richardt (Am., 1819-1895) came up for bid, with both expected to fetch $20,000 or more. They did, and the one titled View of Niagara Falls (36 inches by 29 inches, signed lower left) hit $66,000. The works hung across one another at one time at the exclusive Niagara Club, overlooking the famous Falls.
Guy Carleton Wiggins (Am., 1883-1962) was famous for his snowy Manhattan street scenes. One such work, a 24 inch by 20 inch oil on canvas titled St. Patrick’s in Winter, signed lower left and on the reverse, brought $60,000. Also, an untitled oil on paper by the American artist Michael