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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.

July Sporting Sale on the Horizon

Aiden Lassell Ripley, "Springers and Pheasants," 1948, Oil on canvas, 35.5 by 48 inches, Estimate: $100,000-$200,000
Aiden Lassell Ripley, "Springers and Pheasants," 1948, Oil on canvas, 35.5 by 48 inches, Estimate: $100,000-$200,000
(Copley Fine Art Auctions)
  • Hanging Bobwhite Quail, A.  Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, MA, c.  1915, Estimate: $30,000-$50,000

    Hanging Bobwhite Quail, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, MA, c. 1915, Estimate: $30,000-$50,000

    Copley Fine Art Auctions

  • William Goadby Lawrence, "The Beginning of the Feast," Oil on canvas, 28 by 42 inches, Estimate: $6,000-$8,000

    William Goadby Lawrence, "The Beginning of the Feast," Oil on canvas, 28 by 42 inches, Estimate: $6,000-$8,000

    Copley Fine Art Auctions

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 participating.

Copley's July 21st and 22nd Sporting Sale in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is shaping up to be another historic offering. Important decoys from the famous John Hillman, NJ Collection will be offered for the first time in fifteen years, alongside premier works by A.E. Crowell and the William V. Tripp III collection of miniature carvings. Built over fifteen years, Tripp assembled a museum-quality collection consisting of the finest minis known to exist.

The painting sale will once again be filled with an all-star lineup, featuring important works by Harry Adamson, Robert Bateman, Frank Benson, Roland Clark, William Goadby Lawrence, Ogden Pleissner, A.L. Ripley, and N.C. Wyeth, among many others.

Over twenty of the country's top decoy and sporting art dealers will be featured during the three day event. The popular Wednesday evening preview party will feature Duxbury Bay's finest Island Creek oysters and hand-crafted local brews. This fun event brings collectors in from all over the country to celebrate all things wild. On behalf of everyone at Copley, we look forward to welcoming you to Plymouth this summer!

 

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