MILFORD, Conn. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auction, scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, will include leading lots by Charles Burchfield, Francis A. Silva, Guy C. Wiggins and others. A public preview begins Monday April 18 at Shannon’s Galley in Milford. The full catalog, preview times and sales information are available now at shannons.com.
Topping the auction are three exceptional works by Charles Burchfield (American, (1893-1967). Night owls and the moon, (1965) 1966, 35 x 26 inches, exhibited at the ACA Galleries in New York in 1970. The watercolor painting shows a nocturnal scene of revelers circling the moon. In the foreground, trees and flowers vibrate in the moonlight, giving the composition an air of mystery. This painting is by far one of the artist’s finest (estimated at $200,000-$300,000).
Another outstanding Burchfield, spring fires in great forests, measures 40 inches by 30 inches. The poetic title comes from the artist’s diary entry: “The idea arose in my mind to show the depths of winter in a forest, but with openings at the top of a hill showing the fires of spring.” Indeed, the trees look, like they’re on fire and the sunlight heralds spring (estimate $150,000-$250,000).
The final Burchfield in the group dates from the artist’s self-proclaimed “golden year,” 1917, when he was at his most productive. This work depicts a scene from Burchfield’s native Ohio just after a rainstorm. Loosely associated with the Regionalist artists, Burchfield found inspiration in his immediate surroundings. He painted primarily in his native Ohio before opening his studio outside of Buffalo, New York (estimated $50,000-$75,000). A large painting by Dale Nichols, another artist associated with the Regionalists, is also being offered for $40,000 to $60,000.
In the category of 19th-century American art, marine artist Francis A. Silva (American, (1835-1886)) leads the group. On the coast, New Jersey Shore was painted in 1883 and depicts the beach at Keyport, New Jersey, where the artist first met his wife. It is a classic example of Silva’s mastery of capturing the light at sunset. The sky and water in this painting are equally remarkable (estimated $200,000-$300,000).
Other 19th-century highlights include a large oil painting by Walter Launt Palmer, Winter landscape with a creek, estimated at $70,000–$90,000; a luminist view titled Shipping at sunset by Edward Moran, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000; and paintings by Hermann Herzog, Robert Spear Dunning, William Louis Sonntag, and others.
New York City residents will recognize the architecture in four impressionistic cityscapes. Birge Harrisons Madison Square with a view of the Flatiron Building is the earliest of this group, showing the city at dusk with horse-drawn carriages and lit gas lanterns (estimate $50,000-$75,000).
There are three paintings by Guy C. Wiggins (American, 1883–1962), an artist celebrated for his ability to paint New York City in the snow. an early example, Blizzard on Fifth Avenueis dated circa 1925 (estimate $60,000-80,000). Broad Street and the Sub Treasury is a key example from the height of the artist’s career, complete with waving flags, colorful pedestrians, and cab boys going about their day, undeterred by the falling snow (estimated at $100,000-$150,000). The third painting Washington Square, is the view from the artist’s studio, a scene he has depicted on many canvases throughout his long career (estimate $30,000-$50,000).
There are numerous examples of high quality American Impressionist paintings at auction. A Still Life by Edmund Tarbell (American, 1862 – 1938), from peonies (estimated $30,000 to $50,000) and a Julian Alden Weir, Rhododendrons (estimated $20,000-$30,000) are both exceptional floral paintings by two artists who are members of the famous Impressionist group The Ten. There are also fine examples of Pennsylvania Impressionism by John Folinsbee, Huckster’s wagon (estimated $50,000-75,000) and Walter Schofield, The farmhouse and pond (estimated $15,000-25,000).
Other featured paintings in the American Art category include a vibrant park scene, picnic, by Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924), showing women and children in vivid watercolor and pastels sharing a picnic and strolling in the park (estimated $50,000-$75,000); an Arthur Wesley Dow view of a haystack beside swamps, probably near Newburyport, Massachusetts (estimated $50,000-$75,000); a watercolor by Andrew Wyeth, gate chain, once on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (estimate $25,000-$35,000); a watercolor by John Marin Marin Island, Little Point, Maine dated 1928 (estimate $25,000-35,000); and a 42 inch by 48 inch view of Evening in the Berkshires by George Gardener Symons (estimate $30,000-$50,000).
There are a handful of exciting European offerings in the auction. A rare oil painting by Jean Dufy is sure to pique the interest of American and European collectors. Titled la ville, The scene is vibrant and full of color (estimate $40,000-$60,000). Another notable French painting for sale is a work by Camille Bombois depicting musician clowns, Les Forains (estimated $20,000-30,000).
British women artists feature prominently at the auction, led by two paintings by Dame Laura Knight. Knight challenged the Royal Academy and through her skill and perseverance improved the recognition of female artists in Britain. Winter, figure skating will be offered for $60,000 to $80,000 and Gypsies at Ascot at $30,000 to $50,000.
There are three paintings by artist Lennart Anderson, who was the subject of a recent retrospective at the New York Studio School. Still life with popcorn machine I deserves to be called a masterpiece by the artist and is reproduced in the 1983 volume Art of the Real: Nine American Figurative Painters (estimated $20,000-30,000). Another contemporary offering from a New Haven artist, Winfred Rembert’s Rhythmic Red Note Chain Gang, Made from dye on embossed leather, depicts a chain gang picking cotton with musical notes superimposed on the scene (estimated $20,000-$30,000).
Don’t miss the spring auction at Shannon’s. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Shannon’s team have once again demonstrated their ability to attract outstanding shipments and put together exceptional sales. Commenting on the offerings, Managing Partner Sandra Germain said: “My team and I are very excited to start the spring art season with such an impressive offering. Our recent sales results have been strong, attracting higher quality shipments. We look forward to being successful for our buyers and sellers on the 28th.”
To view the full catalog and condition reports, and to bid live online, please visit shannons.com. Previews are by appointment April 18-27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET weekdays and Saturday, April 23 10 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sundays. Virtual previews and additional photos are available upon request.
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