Three Charles Burchfield paintings combine for over $1 million in Shannon's Spring Fine Art Auction

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  • May 09, 2022

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Watercolor on paper by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled Nighthawks and The Moon (1965) 1966, initialed and dated, 34 ¾ inches by 26 ¼ inches ($587,500).
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MILFORD, Conn. - Shannon’s achieved jaw-dropping results in their Spring Fine Art Auction held April 28th. The sale focused on quality over quantity and the results proved the excellence of the offerings. Over 82 percent of the 129 lots offered were sold, for a total of $3.5 million. Prices reported below include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

Shannon’s once again achieved remarkable results for a collection of works by Charles Burchfield. Nighthawks and the Moon led the collection, and the sale, bringing $587,500 to a private family collection. Fires of Spring in Big Woods sold for $275,000, while Raindrops, May 1917, went for $156,250 to a private collector and first-time auction buyer.

There were numerous six-figure prices realized during the exciting and lively auction. The audience was not missed, as the bank of 20 telephone bidders, active internet participation and auctioneer, Peter Coccoluto, kept the energy level high.

In addition to the Burchfields, other works on paper did extraordinarily well. Maurice Prendergast’s Picnic, a mixed media on paper, sold for $187,500. A John Marin watercolor, titled Marin Island, Small Point, Maine Series No. 14, from 1928, sold for $131,250. And, an Andrew Wyeth watercolor, Gate Chain, with extensive provenance and exhibition history, sold for $112,500.

New world records were achieved for contemporary artists. A large composition, made from tooled and dyed leather, by Outsider artist, Winfred Rembert, titled Red Note Chain Gang (2007), more than doubled the auction high price, selling for $118,750. A still-life by Lennart Anderson, titled Still Life with Popcorn Maker I, set a new record high price at $87,500, surpassing a $20,000 record high set at Shannon’s the previous fall.

American Impressionist artists were well represented in the auction, and the quality examples were recognized and sought after by bidders. Pennsylvania Impressionism led the category with a 32 inch by 40 inch John F. Folinsbee, titled Huckster’s Cart (1922-1924), that sold for $162,500. The painting was well documented and illustrated as the centerfold of Kirsten Jensen’s monograph on the artist Folinsbee Considered (Hudson Hills, 2013).

Watercolor and pastel on paper by Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924), titled Picnic, artist signed, 15 ½ inches by 22 ¼ inches ($187,500).
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Two Impressionist New York Cityscapes by Guy Carleton Wiggins were sold: Broad Street and the Sub Treasury, which achieved $112,500, and an early Wiggins, Fifth Avenue Snowstorm, which sold for $75,000. A rare, early Tonalist view by Birge Harrison of Madison Square Looking Toward the Flatiron, from circa 1910, sold for $87,500.  

There were two floral paintings by Edmund Tarbell and J.A. Weir, fellow artists from ‘The Ten’, a famed group of American Impressionists. Tarbell’s still life of Peonies from his New Hampshire garden sold for $81,250, while Weir’s Rhododendrons from his Connecticut farm sold for $37,500.

Oil on canvas signed by John Fulton Folinsbee (American, 1892-1972), titled Huckster's Cart (1922-1924), 32 inches by 40 inches ($162,500).
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Other highlights from the American Impressionism category include an Arthur Wesley Dow work title, Haystack, a view of the marshes in Newburyport, Massachusetts that sold for $68,740, and a Walter E. Schofield painting titled The Farmhouse and Pond, which sold for $50,000.

20th century American paintings sold consistently well during the auction. Dale Nichols’s Evening Chores sold for $68,750; John C. Atherton’s Foggy Day sold for $37,500; George G. Symons’s Evening in the Berkshires sold for $36,250; and Robert Vickrey’s Moonlight Mural sold for $25,000. A sleeper in the sale, Emile A. Gruppe’s The Banyan, sold for $25,000 after a competitive round of phone bidding.

European paintings were led by a spectacular Jean Dufy oil of Paris that sold for $93,750. Works by Female British artists were featured in the auction. A painting of Gypsies at Ascot by Dame Laura Knight sold for $37,500 and a sculpture by Sophie Ryder sold for $25,000.

The full results of the sale can be viewed at The next auction will be an online fine art auction on June 23rd, followed by a fall auction and a catalog in October. Visit for auction updates and to join the mailing list. Consignments at Shannon’s are accepted year-round. To consign a single artwork or an entire collection, contact the gallery at or call 203-877-1711.

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Sandra Germain
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Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers ~ Established 1997. Shannon’s prides itself on providing each client with personalized service, educating consignors and buyers on fine art, the auction process, and market trends. Spring and Fall Fine Art Auctions: Each year, Shannon’s hosts two cataloged fine art auctions in the Spring and Fall. These sales feature 200+ lots of paintings, drawings, fine prints, and sculpture from the 19th century through Contemporary. Winter and Summer Online Fine Art Sales: Shannon’s also hosts online auctions of Fine Art in January and June each year. These sales are hosted exclusively online with in-person previews available. Periodically, Shannon’s hosts online auctions of collections from single private owners or corporate collections. Our specialist areas include American Art, European Art, Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Fine Prints, Sculpture, Impressionism, and more. New England’s Premier Fine Art Auction House: Shannon’s is aggressively positioned to compete with New York City auction houses in the middle market. Shannon’s offers a bank of 20+ phone lines, online bidding, and has an app available to buyers. Targeted emails, full color catalogs, an extensive mailings list and a user-friendly website attract buyers from across the United States and internationally. Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers opened in 1997 as New England’s premier fine art auction house. Founded by partners Gene and Mary Anne Shannon, the firm quickly established an international reputation for integrity, knowledge of fine art, and personalized service. In 1998, their daughter, Sandra Germain joined the firm bringing her extensive background in business, marketing, and fine art. In 2014, Sandra assumed the position of Managing Partner. Shannon’s team of employees continues to provide personalized, responsive service to their clients that is unsurpassed in the auction market.

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