Myers Fine Art to Auction Fresh-to-Market Paintings from Artists’ Estate, March 13 1944 Maynard Dixon, rare Winslow Homer lifetime etching lead list of exceptional works to be auctioned along with prints, sculpture, rare books & portfolios
News-Antique.com - Mar 04,2016 - ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Only once in a blue moon does an auction come along that checks off all the boxes on an art collector’s wish list – a sale that contains fresh works by desirable artists not often seen in the marketplace, all with unimpeachable provenance and with very few having auction reserves. Such is the case with Myers Fine Art’s connoisseur’s selection to be auctioned on Sunday, March 13. Almost all of the recently discovered art will be making its first-ever public appearance in the 457-lot sale.
Many of the original paintings and other artworks in the auction came directly from the estates of New York artists and writers, including the Sagaponack, N.Y., estate of novelist and 2008 National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen. Among the premier paintings previously displayed in Matthiessen’s Long Island residence is a signed Willard Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925) oil-on-canvas titled Summer Night. The 24 by 23-inch painting is dated 1908 and depicts an old two-story house amid foliage and trees beneath a starlit sky. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
A stunning Maynard Dixon (Californian, 1875-1946) oil-on-canvas titled Mountain Juniper Sierra Nevada Mountain (Lot 123) depicts an encampment of covered wagons below a craggy, sun-drenched mountain with the wagon master on horseback in the foreground. A quintessential Old West scene executed in 1944 by a noted artist of the genre, the painting is expected to make $40,000-$60,000 at auction.
Lot 33 is a signed Frank W. Benson (American, 1862-1951) watercolor painting titled The Ponter. Artist-signed on a Milch Galleries New York label, the 19 by 25-inch impressionist artwork depicts a water scene with a man and dog navigating the rushes as a flock of ducks flies off toward the horizon. A $20,000-$30,000 bid is expected.
Sourced from the same estate as the Benson, Lot 198 is a coveted Winslow Homer (American 1836-1910) burnished etching titled Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake. It is artist- signed at lower left with the date 1889 and pencil-signed and numbered 66 at lower right. Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake is the only composition that Homer created expressly for a print. It is also most likely his final etching. Lifetime impressions of Fly Fishing rarely come up for sale and are seldom seen, even by collectors. Myers Fine Art takes great pride in offering their example with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.
Approximately 30 vibrant works of art by Leon Polk Smith (American, 1906- 1996) came to Myers through Smith’s longtime life partner Bob Jamieson. The consignor has provided a signed letter of provenance and photograph of Smith in his New York studio as a bonus accompaniment to each Smith artwork in the sale.
“Because there was such a positive reception to previous consignments of Leon Polk Smith art, the estate decided to release more of his paintings, and they are some of his finest,” said Mary Dowd, co-owner of Myers Fine Art.
A leading American non-objective color-field precisionist, Smith was heavily influenced by Brancusi and Mondrian. His works have been described as simple,