MILFORD, Conn. – Two exemplary Manhattan snow scenes by Guy Carleton Wiggins (Am., 1883-1962), a newly rediscovered work by New York painter Thomas Cole (1801-1848), and a previously unrecorded work by Luis Remy Mignot (N.Y./S.C., 1831-1870) are just a few of the 275 lots that will come up for bid on Thursday, April 28th, at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers.
The auction will be held in the firm’s gallery at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time, plus online at Invaluable.com. Offered will be two “catalogs within a catalog” – one a collection of 44 scenes of New York from the early 20th century to the present, the other a group of paintings by the dynamic Provincetown artist Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872-1930).
The sale will also feature artworks by Hudson River School painters, wonderful still-lifes, works by Western artists, European and Orientalist works and more. As with all Shannon’s auctions, the pieces in this auction are unique, quality works of art from a range of periods and styles, with attractive estimates.
The snow scenes by Wiggins are expected to be some of the leading lots. One, titled Wall Street and the Sub Treasury, measuring 25 inches by 30 inches, is estimated to bring $150,000-$250,000. The other work, titled Fifth Avenue, 24 inches by 20 inches, should fetch $60,000-$80,000. Wiggins was renowned for his impressionistic snow scenes of New York City.
Both Wiggins paintings are part of the “catalog within a catalog” of New York scenes (1900 to present). Most are from a private New York collection. Other artists from the group include Paul Cornoyer (1864-1923), Lee Lash (1864-1935), Edmund Greacen (1876-1949), Ken Keeley (b. 1934), Johann Berthelsen (1883-1972), and Reginald Marsh (1898-1954). All are artists who lived in New York.
The rediscovered work by Thomas Cole, titled View of the Thames, was painted circa 1865 as a memorial to a close friend. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston owns the companion piece. The painting being sold is estimated to hit $120,000-$180,000. Cole was born in England, came to the U.S. in 1817 and became a highly regarded landscape, historical and allegorical painter.
The previously unrecorded painting by Hudson River School artist Luis Remy Mignot is fresh from a European collection. It is a stunning Luminist painting of Ecuador, executed in 1864, and is expected to reach $100,000-$150,000. In 1857, Mignot traveled to South America with the Master Luminist Frederic Edwin Church. There, they painted scenes of the Andes and environs.
Other Hudson River School artists will include David Johnson (1827-1908), Hermann Fueschel (1833-1915), Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908), George Inness (1825-1894), William Trost Richards (1833-1905), Thomas Doughty (1793-1856), and others.
The collection of paintings by Charles Webster Hawthorne was found in the artist’s home in Provincetown, Mass., when the house was purchased from his son in 1957. They have descended in the same family ever since, to the present day. Hawthorne was a creative artistic talent and an inspiring teacher. His Cape Cod School of Art inspired plein-air impressionists for over 30 years.
Headlining the still life category is a painting by Maria Oakey Dewing (N.Y., 1845-1927), titled Still Life with Daffodils, estimated at $100,000-$150,000. Other artists will include John F. Peto (N.J./Pa., 1854-1907), Ivan Olinsky (N.Y., 1878-1962), Julie H. Beers (N.J./Mass., 1835-1913), Luigi Lucioni (Am./It, 1900-1988), and Paul Lacroix (Am./Fr., 1827-1869).
The Western category will be led by a bronze sculpture by Cyrus Dallin (Am./Fr., 1861-1944), titled Appeal to the Great Spirit, which has a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000); and a large oil depiction of a scene near the Big Horn by Edgar Samuel Paxson (Mont., 1852-1919).
European artworks will be represented by a rare linocut in color by the Cubist master Pablo Picasso (Sp./Fr., 1881-1973), two paintings by the Dutch artist Frederick Kammere, and a work by Martin Rico Y Ortega (Sp./It./Fr., 1833-1908). Orientalist artworks are by Emile Eisman-Semenowsky (1857-1911), Hassan El Glaoui (b. 1924) and Nathaniel Sichel (1843-1907).
Other artists with significant works will include David Burliuk (N.Y./Russ./China, 1882-1967), Edward Redfield (Pa./Del., 1869-1965), Le Pho (Fr./Am./Vietn., 1907-2001), Julio Larraz (Am./Fr., b. 1944), Mabel Woodward (R.I., 1877-1945), Edward Volkert (Am., 1871-1935) Reynolds Beal (Am., 1866-1951) and Jack Gray (Am./Canada, Nova Scotia, 1927-1981).
Additional artists will include Anthony Thieme (Mass./Calif., 1888-1954), Gerome Kamrowski (Am., 1914-2004), John Francis Murphy (N.Y./Ill., 1853-1921), Mathias Alten (Mich./Calif., 1871-1938), and Joseph Rusling Meeker (Mo./La., 1827-1887), among many other notables.
Previews will be held daily starting on Monday, April 18th and will run through auction day, Thursday, April 28th. Preview hours will be weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; (closed on Sunday, April 24th); and April 28th, auction day, from noon to 5:30 p.m. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. A 20 percent buyer's premium will be applied to all purchases, 25 percent for online purchases.
Historically, Shannon’s has specialized in American and European art executed between 1840 and 1940. Recently the firm has expanded more into post-war modern and pop art. Shannon’s produces an extensive 180-page, color catalog, which is available for sale via shannons.com.
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece of artwork, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (203) 877-1711; or, you can e-mail them at email@example.com. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the upcoming April 28th spring art auction, please visit www.shannons.com.
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About Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneer’s opened in 1997 as Connecticut’s premier fine art auction house. Founded by partners Gene and Mary Anne Shannon, the firm quickly established a reputation for integrity, knowledge of fine art and personalized service. With over 40 years of experience as a fine art dealer and auctioneer, Gene Shannon provides his clients specialist knowledge of American and European 19th and early 20th century paintings and the fine art market.