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
Goldberg, measuring 10 ¾ inches by 13 ¾ inches, artist signed, made $50,400.
An oil on canvas by John Koch (Am., 1909-1978), titled Christmas Tree, signed lower left, 36 inches by 30 inches, breezed to $42,000. Also, two marine paintings by Antonio Jacobsen (Am., 1850-1921), titled Defender and Tidal Wave and the Dreadnought, both oil on boards and 14 inches by 22 inches, commanded $40,800 and $24,000, respectively.
An oil on panel marine painting by James Edward Buttersworth (Am., 1817-1894), titled Off Sandy Hook, one of about 600 works by the artist depicting subjects he observed in the waters off New York, rose to $36,000; and an oil on canvas coastline scene by Emil Carlsen (Am., 1848-1932), titled Full Tide Coast of Maine, 30 inches by 35 inches, brought $36,000.
Multiple offerings from the iconic Pop Artists Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987) and Roy Lichtenstein (Am., 1923-1977) were in the sale. Five Warhols came up for bid, including three from his Martha Graham Series. One of those, titled Letter to the World (The Kick) gaveled for $38,400. Three Lichtensteins were offered, the top achiever being one titled Crak! ($26,400).
A pair of 1916 depictions of lower New York City by the American artist Jane Peterson (1876-1965), titled Mott Street and The Ghetto, New York, both signed and dated gouache works, sold at $26,400 and $24,000, respectively. Two other paintings by the artist were also sold, at $12,000 and $26,400.
Works by Cape Ann artists proved to be a big hit with bidders. Tops among them was Frederick J. Mulhaupt (Am., 1871-1938), whose 16 inch by 20 inch signed oil on board titled Low Tide St. Ives Harbor, Cornwall, England changed hands for $38,400. The painting, housed in a fine Stanford White-style frame, was titled and inscribed on the reverse.
Two other Cape Ann artists also deserve mention. An oil on canvas by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (Am., 1886-1972), titled Bridge at Barnet, New Hampshire, signed lower right, titled on the reverse, earned $26,400; and a 20 inch by 24 inch oil on canvas by Max Kuehne (Am., 1880-1968), titled View of East Gloucester and Rocky Neck From Point Hill, hammered for $20,400.
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers’ next big sale is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th, also in the Milford gallery. Already consigned is a collection of Pop Art. Quality consignments for this and all future auctions are actively being sought. To consign one piece, 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.
Historically, Shannon’s has specialized in American and European art executed between 1840 and 1940. In recent years the firm has expanded more into post-war Modern and Pop Art. Shannon’s produces an extensive 180-page color catalog for its sales, which is available for sale on their website (shannons.com). A large, eight-page color brochure also gets mailed to 18,000 clients.
To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the upcoming spring fine art auction scheduled for April 24th, 2014,