Bid Now: Grogan's September Auction

  • BOSTON, Massachusetts
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  • September 24, 2015

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MONTAGUE DAWSON (British, 1895-1973), "THE CHALLENGER" (THE ENDEAVOR), oil, 18 x 36 in., $20,000-40,000
Grogan & Company

BOSTON, MA: Grogan & Company is poised to present a diverse and exciting selection of Fine Art, Jewelry, Decorative Arts, and Oriental Carpets in their September 27th auction. Highlighted by 19th and 20th century American fine art, the auction will feature approximately 225 lots of high quality offerings.

A charming Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857-1927) 11 ¼ x 15 ½ inch oil on board titled Wading is estimated at $30,000-50,000. The work, which will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Potthast, depicts four young girls at the beach, playing at the waters’ edge. Other American fine art highlights include an 11 ¼ x 12 ½ inch John La Farge (American, 1835-1910) watercolor titled Girl with the Ring, estimated at $20,000-40,000. The watercolor of a seated female nude is framed under glass and appears nearly square, but unmatting the watercolor reveals extensive margins that illustrate La Farge’s working process as they are filled with experimental brushstrokes of vivid colors. A 1927 Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) watercolor entitled Winter Hills (19 ¼ x 24 ¼ inches) from the same private collection is also expected to garner much interest. The predominantly blue and white toned work on paper has an estimate of $8,000-12,000.

TIFFANY & COMPANY Art Deco Platinum, Sapphire, and Diamond Ring, $3,000-5,000
Grogan & Company

The September Auction also features a strong collection of marine works, including an oil on canvas racing scene and a watercolor portrait of a clipper at sea by the British artist Montague Dawson (1895-1973). These works are estimated at $20,000-40,000 and $8,000-12,000, respectively. This work is complemented by a 26 x 36 inch watercolor portrait of the Schooner Sarah V.W. Simmons at Sea by the American artist Charles B. Lawrence (1790-1864), estimated at $3,000-5,000.

Other American fine art highlights include work by artists Edmund Charles Tarbell, George Catlin, John Koch, Frederick Bosley, George Hallowell, Henry Stull, Emile Gruppe, and John Whorf.

European fine art highlights are equally strong, headlined by an August Rodin (French, 1840-1917) bronze titled Torse feminine assis dit “Torse Morhardt”. This impressive 14 ½ in. bronze with green patina was cast by the Musee Rodin in 1956 and bears a $40,000-60,000 estimate. Romaldo Frederico Locatelli’s (Italian, 1905-1943) Boy with a Goat was purportedly exhibition in a 1930 Milan exhibition at the gallery B. Bolzani. It bears a label from the gallery and is estimated at $30,000-40,000.

Three works from a Boston, Massachusetts estate were exhibited at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art in a 1988 exhibiton titled 1900 to Now: Modern Art from RI Collections. These works include an Otto Dix (German, 1891-1969) charcoal on paper titled Woman’s Head. Dated 1919, the 15 ½ x 12 ¼ in. drawing is estimated at $20,000-40,000. The two other pieces from the exhibition are a gouache still life by Georges Valmier (French, 1885-1937) and a Louis Marcoussis (Polish/French, 1878-1941) etching in colors.

EDWARD HENRY POTTHAST (American, 1857-1927), WADING, oil, 11 1/4 x 15 1/2 in., $30,000-50,000
Grogan & Company

The jewelry portion of the sale features a high quality selection of approximately 100 lots. Highlights include an Art Deco Platinum, Diamond, and Sapphire Bracelet set with approximately 7 carats of diamonds and bearing a $6,000-8,000 estimate. A Natural Pearl Necklace is also expected to garner interest. The rare graduated pearl necklace with a platinum and diamond is estimated at $4,000-6,000. A Tiffany and Company Platinum, Sapphire, and Diamond Ring rounds out the jewelry offerings. The ca. 1910 ring is estimated conservatively at $3,000-5,000.

Other jewelry offerings include pieces by Cartier, Marcus & Co., Hammerman Bros., Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Vacheron Constantine.

The decorative arts offerings include a very fine Italian Micromosaic Casket by esteemed maker Cesare Roccheggiani. The 3 ½ in. tall casket depicts architectural views of Rome and is estimated at $3,000-5,000. An impressive pair of English Table Globes by the London maker J & W Cary bear a $3,000-5,000 estimate. A large Symphonion 24 ½ in. Coin-Operated Disc Music Box stands at 80 in. tall. This rare example of a working music box bears a $5,000-10,000 estimate.

The five silver lots in the sale are highlighted by a remarkably complete American Flatware Service by Tiffany & Company. Boasting the popular Chrysanthemum pattern, the 175 piece service for 12 is in the original fitted oak box marked Tiffany & Co and bears an $8,000-12,000 estimate.

The September Auction concludes with Oriental Rugs and Carpets. Noteworthy rugs include a Fine Isphahan Carpet from Persia ca. 1970. The impressive room sized center medallion carpet is estimated at $10,000-15,000. A large late 19th century Serapi Carpet from Persia measures 15 ft. 1 in. by 11 ft. 4 in. and bears a $5,000-10,000 estimate.

For more information and to view the illustrated online catalogue, please visit The auction will be held at Grogan & Company’s Beacon Hill gallery at 12 noon on Sunday, September 27th. The sale exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, September 24th at 12 noon.

Lucy P. Grogan
Grogan & Company

Grogan & Company
20 Charles Street
Boston, Massachusetts
About Grogan & Company

Established in 1987, Grogan & Company assists the Boston and greater New England community with the sale of their fine art and antiques. Specializing in quality jewelry, fine art, silver, decorative arts, and Oriental carpets, Grogan & Company holds four to six auctions annually featuring items across all collecting genres.

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