RARE AMERICAN SAMPLER FEATURED AT GROGAN AND COMPANY On Sunday, June 8th, Grogan and Company will conduct their annual spring auction featuring over 600 lots from various estates and collections. Collectors will be treated to a wide array of offerings
News-Antique.com - Jun 02,2014 - Dedham, MA: One of the gems of the auction is a Rare American Needlework Sampler from the Mary Balch School of Providence, Rhode Island (est. $30/50,000). Depicting the First Congregational Church of Providence, the sampler has descended within the Massachusetts and Rhode Island family of Mary Pitcher, the creator of the remarkable needlework. Similar designs can be found in the Susan Smith Sampler at Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware and the Sarah F. Sweet Balch School Sampler in the Rhode Island Historical Society collection. One of New England’s most famous needlework schools, the Mary Balch School produced one of the largest group of fine schoolgirl samplers and embroidered pictures from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries. Many of the Balch samplers are characterized by the use of an imposing floral border, usually a flowering vine growing from a vase, and the use of Providence's public buildings, many of them found at Rhode Island State College (now Brown University). The First Congregational Church of Providence was built in 1794 at the corner of Benefit and Benevolent Streets and was tragically destroyed by fire in 1815.
The sale will begin with American and European Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Sculptures. Highlights include two oils by French painter Eugene Boudin. Considered one of the founders of the Impressionist movement, Boudin is credited with introducing Claude Monet to the practice of painting en plein air. The two landscapes, Dans Le Port, an 18 x 25 inch oil on canvas created in 1882 (est. $50/100,000) and La Rivieres Morte a Deauville, an 18 x 25 inch oil on canvas created in 1888 (est. $50/100,000) descended from the Collection of Mrs. Reginald Bulkley Rives of the Bellevue Avenue mansion ‘Sea Cliff’ in Newport, Rhode Island. Mrs. Rives collection also features View of Seine, Paris, a 15 x 23 inch oil on canvas by another French artist of the period, Stanislas Lepine (est. $20/30,000), as well as an oil on panel by Italian artist Rubens Santoro titled Environs de Venice (est. $20/30,000). Another European work of art highlight includes a Venetian School Old Master depicting the Madonna and Child with St. John, St. Dominic, St. Clara, and a Donor (est. $20/40,000). The oil on panel has a traceable Provenance through the Foundaziona Zeri dating back to the 19th century to the Collection of Count Guilio Sterbini of Rome whose collection was sold in 1911.
American Fine Art highlights include a rare and early still life by 19th century portraitist Chester Harding. The 15 x 18 inch oil on panel titled Still Life: Mountain Dew (est. $5/10,000) was painted and then exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum in 1827, soon after Harding returned from London and settled in Boston. The work is illustrated on page 132 of Leah Lipton's book, A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and His Portraits (National Portrait Gallery of The Smithsonian Institute: Washington, D.C., 1985).
The Jewelry offerings feature a collection of over forty pieces from the Estate of Mrs. Henri Bendel (Lillian Hirschler Bendel),