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On the Hunt

Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

A fourth-generation sportsman with a refined collector's eye, Stephen B. O'Brien Jr. launched Copley Fine Art Auctions in 2005 after almost fifteen years in the antiques trade. A trusted advisor to leading collectors, O'Brien opened Stephen O'Brien Jr. Fine Arts, LLC, in 1996.

Located on Newbury Street in Boston, Copley Fine Art Auctions specializes in antique decoys and 19th- and 20th-century American, sporting, and wildlife paintings. Please visit the website at www.copleyart.com for more information.

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Steve's catch of the day

Copley's Summer 2012 Sporting Sale

Posted: June 29, 2012 11:02

In New England, every summer we unfurl the sails, dust off the golf shoes, break out the fishing rods, and with a little luck, dine on freshly caught seafood. The seasonal changes as the coastal waters warm are palpable. The days get longer, the nights a little warmer, and we embrace all that summer has to offer. This July, I encourage you to come to Plymouth and partake in the summer sporting lifestyle that surrounds Copley’s annual fine and folk art celebration – The Sporting Sale 2012. Sample fresh local Island Creek Oysters, taste the area’s microbrews, and enjoy the some of the best...

Age 3, with a 16 lb.  gander

The Winter Sale 2012

Posted: December 23, 2011 09:53

  I recently came across this rather amusing photograph of me while cleaning out a drawer of old photographs. I find it comical that at the age of three I possessed the strength to lift what appears to be a sixteen pound gander.  Upon seeing this photo, the first question that came to my mind was "Could I have ever ended up in a non-waterfowl related field?" With an avid hunter as a father and the past Chairman of National Audubon Society as my uncle and Godfather, the sporting field was a profession I couldn't refuse. Little has changed in the last forty years, I still love...

Aiden Lassell Ripley, "Springers and Pheasants," 1948, Oil on canvas, 35.5 by 48 inches, Estimate: $100,000-$200,000

July Sporting Sale on the Horizon

Posted: March 02, 2011 12:32

The last year at Copley has brought some tremendous auction results. Coming off of last summer's Sporting Sale, "Paintings were the high scorers," as noted by Boston Globe correspondent Virginia Bohlin, with exceptional results and world records set for wildlife and sporting works. Copley's inaugural Winter Sale in New York this January was what Decoy Magazine's Joe Engers "enthusiastically call[ed] a 'win-win' sale" for decoys, providing a "needed jolt of optimism" in the decoy market. Our results showed there is a very active market for the best quality items, with many new buyers...

Stephen B.  O'Brien, Jr.

Decoy Episode Airs SUNDAY APRIL 18th on TLC's Accidental Fortune

Posted: April 16, 2010 14:22

I am happy to announce my cable TV debut this weekend! In February, I travelled to Texas to recreate my gallery for the filming of a TV show called ‘Accidental Fortune.’ We shipped out five boxes of decoys and artwork from Boston and I spent three days on location in San Antonio. The episode of Accidental Fortune will air at 8 PM and 11 PM on Sunday, April 18th on TLC. Tune in to watch the thrilling tale of discovery that surrounds several A.E. Crowell decoys!

Chet Reneson - Winter Marsh

A Painter's Passions: Watercolors by Chet Reneson

Posted: October 19, 2009 12:39

I am pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by renowned sporting artist Chet Reneson that will run from October 15 – December 15, 2009. The exhibition features a variety of subjects near and dear to Reneson, including five sporting scenes and four Bahamian paintings. I am particularly thrilled to present a snowy-blowy duck hunting scene that perfectly captures the bluster of a winter hunt, as well as a grouse shooting work and an intense image of two Bahamian fishermen hauling a great white shark into their boat.   ...

Galen Mercer - Tide Water Ducks

Galen Mercer Exhibition

Posted: September 24, 2009 08:20

Through October 15, my gallery Stephen O’Brien Jr. Fine Arts will feature a solo exhibition of six major works by the artist, writer, and sportsman Galen Mercer.  The grandson of two painters and the son of another, Mercer excelled in formal technique at Thornton Hall Academy, a school specializing in the fine arts.  This exhibition demonstrates his impressive ability to apply that classic tradition to a bold, expressive palette.                 Any nature lover like myself will appreciate Mercer’s...

 

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