Women Artists Featured at Shannon’s April 29th!

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  • April 22, 2021

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HELEN MARIA TURNER American (1858-1958) "Portrait of Anne Spencer," c. 1925 oil on canvas, signed and inscribed lower left "Helen M. Turner N.Y." 40 x 30 inches
ABASTENIA ST. LEGER EBERLE American (1878-1942) "Girl Skipping Rope" bronze, signed and dated "A St. L Eberle 09," stamped with foundry mark "S. Klaber & Co. / Founders New York" height: 14 1/2 inches
FIDELIA BRIDGES American (1834-1923) Goldfinches and Thistle oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right "F. Bridges 1873" 14 x 11 inches

Shannon’s April 29th Spring Auction will feature several works by leading female artists. Leading the sale are two portraits of young women by Helen Maria Turner. Turner, a New Orleans native, trained at the Art Students League of New York and later became a resident of Cragsmoor. “Portrait of Anne Spencer,” from 1925 was undoubtedly painted on Turner’s sun-filled, garden porch in the artist’ s colony. Another work by Turner, “The Italian Girl,” was likely painted in New York City.

Abastenia St. Leger Eberle’s “Girl Skipping Rope,” headlines the sculpture category. Widely exhibited at the Pan-Pacific Exhibition and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, among other venues, this bronze is believed to be the only known cast of this work. Young girls were a favorite subject for Eberle and in 1909 this young, barefoot girl captured the freedoms from the prior restrictions of the Victorian era. A cast of Janet Scudder’s “Young Diana,” is also featured. Both works capture the spirit of progressive women in the early 20th century from different perspectives.

A Connecticut artist, Fidelia Bridges, is well-represented in the auction with four oil paintings. The leading works by her are Red Breasted Grosbeak in a Thicket , estimated $12,000-18,000 and Goldfinches and Thistle, estimated $10,000-15,000. Both works are from the same Connecticut collection. Bridges frequented the banks of the Housatonic River in Stratford, Connecticut where she painted the birds and wildlife along the river banks.

There are two views of Provincetown by American Impressionist Pauline Palmer including “Backstreet, Provincetown,” ca. 1924, estimated at $12,000-18,000 and “Afternoon Sun,” Provincetown estimated at $8,000-12,000.

Other works by women artists include a view of Greece by Jane Wilson, an interior by Marguerite S. Pearson, a nonobjective work by Hilla Rebay, and a cubist sculpture by Marg Moll.

To view the full catalog, condition reports and to bid live online visit www.shannons.com. Previews will be held by-appointment April 19-28th, weekdays from 11AM to 6PM and Saturday, April 24th from 10AM-3PM. Virtual previews and additional photos are available by request. Bidding is available by telephone, absentee and live on shannons.com. A live-stream of the auction will be broadcast on shannons.com. Telephone bids can be reserved in advance and absentee bids will be accepted before the auction. Consignments at Shannon’s are accepted year-round. To consign a single item or an entire collection, contact info@shannons.com.

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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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