Americana, Asian Art Auctions Cap Off Eldred's Stellar Fall Season

  • EAST DENNIS, Massachusetts
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  • November 10, 2016

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Frank Stella relief etching, part of Eldred's Fall Americana and Paintings Auction

East Dennis, Mass. – On the heels of the Marine Art Auction that saw three lots of scrimshaw from the Thomas Mittler Collection sell for over $100,000, and the Fine and Decorative Art auction, where a Patek Philippe watch sold for $276,000, Eldred’s will conclude its outstanding fall season with a three-day Americana and Paintings Auction on November 17, 18 and 19, and an Asian Art Auction on December 1.


The 1,200-lot Americana Auction features three single-owner collections: The Howland Scrimshaw Collection, a private Rhode Island Collection of Folk Art and Americana, and the Jack Lichtenstein Collection of paintings and prints. The Howland Collection includes nearly 75 lots of scrimshaw, primarily utilitarian items like swifts, rolling pins and sewing implements. Estimates range from $100/200 for a set of bone dominoes to $4,000/6,000 for a whalebone busk with finely detailed scrimshaw similar to the work of Finney. The Rhode Island Collection of Folk Art and Americana is highlighted by a circa 1900 windmill- or lighthouse-form cupola, believed to have come from an Ohio building, and a collection of wood and stone carvings by the colorful Midwestern artist Silvio Zoratti (1896-1992).


Proceeds from the sale of items from the Jack Lichtenstein Collection will benefit the Lichtenstein Family Endowment for Hepatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The expansive collection includes prints by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Jacoulet and Frank Stella, and paintings by Provincetown artist Henry Hensche.


Contemporary Provincetown artist Anne Packard is also well represented in the sale with four works going across the block. The largest, a 36” x 24” oil on canvas titled “Headed Home”, carries a $20,000/25,000 pre-sale estimate. All four works are examples of Packard’s characteristic tranquil coastal scenes.


The top lot in the auction is a James Edward Buttersworth maritime view of “The James L. Pendergast of Quebec Entering Rio”, estimated at $100,000/150,000. The painting descended in the family of the original owner and comes from a private Pennsylvania collection. Other notable paintings include “South Seas” by Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr., with a whimsical depiction of sailors cavorting with native woman surrounded by a map-style border, estimated at $50,000/70,000, a pen and ink portrait of an American Native by Charles Bird King, estimated at $5,000/7,000, a C.H. Gifford scene of men and a dory, estimated at $9,000/$12,000, and “Unloading the Nets” by Emile Gruppe, estimated at $8,000/$12,000.


In addition to the Howland Scrimshaw Collection, the sale’s sizable maritime art section includes a view of the Hongs at Canton, from the collection of E.N. Herreshoff, estimated at $8,000/12,000, two depictions of warships by Anton Otto Fischer, and almost 60 lots of Chinese Export porcelain.


Other sale highlights include a pair of 19th Century .950 silver covered tureens from famed French house Maison Odiot, estimated at $6,000/$8,000, a tall-case clock attributed to David Wood of Newburyport, Massachusetts, estimated at $5,000/10,000, and a copper running horse weather vane by Fiske, estimated at $3,000/5,000. The sale also includes more than 75 lots of weapons and militaria, 100 lots of decoys and sporting art, almost 150 pieces of fine furniture, 75 Oriental rugs, and much more.


The Asian Art Auction, being conducted December 1, is highlighted by a late Ming dynasty painting on silk depicting sages amongst pine trees, estimated at $4,000/6,000, and a blue and white porcelain pilgrim flask in a hawthorne flower design, estimated at $4,000/5,000. A red velvet panel with silk needlework depicting nine calligraphic characters surrounded by a floral border, which comes from the collections of Charles Graham and Georgia Cash and purportedly was removed from the Summer Palace of the Forbidden City, carries an $8,000/12,000 estimate. Nearly 700 lots will be offered during the auction.


All lots from both the Americana and Paintings and the Asian Art Auctions can be viewed online at All lots will be exhibited at public previews the day before and the morning of all sale dates. Both the previews and the auctions will take place at the company’s headquarters, located at 1483 Route 6A, in East Dennis, Mass. To register to bid via phone, absentee bid or online, visit the company’s website or call 508-385-3116. Those wishing to bid live in the audience may register at the offices the day of the auction. Online bidding hosted by will also be available.


About Eldred’s

The Robert C. Eldred Co. is New England's oldest established antiques and fine arts auction house, now in its third generation of ownership under the Eldred and Schofield families at the same location on Cape Cod’s historic Old King’s Highway in East Dennis, Massachusetts. The firm also has an office at 5 Roosevelt Avenue in Mystic, Ct. Eldred’s conducts approximately 25 auctions per year encompassing Americana, paintings, Asian art, European decorative art, maritime antiques, sporting art and collectibles. It was recently named one of the top worldwide auction houses by Art + Auction.


For more information please call (508) 385-3116 or email


Robert C. Eldred Co., Inc.
1483 Route 6A
P.O. Box 796
East Dennis, Massachusetts

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