A fine selection of Western and American paintings and sculptures will highlight the September 15-16 Sale at Brunk Auctions. Important works by Frederic Remington, Jane Peterson, Nikolai Fechin, and Thomas Moran are among the top lots in the auction.
The lot with the highest estimate in the auction is The Bronco Buster by Frederic Sackrider Remington, estimated at $150,000 to $250,000. The Henry-Bonnard bronze, an 1899 casting, is number 51 of an approximate edition of 64. The Bronco Buster is Remington’s debut cast as a sculptor and is one of his most iconic works of art. An 1899 casting numbered "55" is held by the Art Institute of Chicago. Various castings of The Bronco Buster can be seen at the Smithsonian Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, among others.
A large and vibrant Jane Peterson painting painted in near-Fauvist colors, entitled Fishing Boats in Gloucester, Massachusetts, will also be offered at $120,000 to $180,000. J. Jonathon Joseph, designer, author and former owner of the painting, was co-curator for Jane Peterson: An Impression, Hickory Museum Art, North Carolina, 1987. Brunk Auctions recently sold a smaller work by Peterson in November 2016 for $45,600.
Two works by Nikolai Ivanovich Fechin will be offered in the September auction. One, entitled Baby Eya, of the artist’s daughter, accompanied by a letter by her from 1992 discussing the painting. The other is a painting of Hollyhocks with original gallery receipt.
Georgica Pond, East Hampton, N.Y., by Thomas Moran is another highlight of the early fall sale at Brunk Auctions. According to Phyllis Braff, this is the painting "A Glimpse of Georgica Pond, L.I." that was exhibited in November 1885 at the National Academy of Design. Moran painted this favorite scene a number of times as it was just a few minutes away from his studio in East Hampton. This oil will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's works being compiled by Stephen L. Good and Phyllis Braff. In March 2012, a record was set by Brunk Auctions for a Thomas Moran watercolor at auction. That work is titled Cliffs of Green River-Wyoming Territory and sold for $1.7 million.
Other works of art to be offered in the two-session auction include works by LaVerne Black, Eugène Boudin, Aldro Thompson Hibbard, Mary Cassatt, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Alfred Heber Hutty, Edouard Léon Cortès, Frédéric Soulacroix, and more.
Brunk Auctions will also sell a number of other desirable objects including a rare Native Alaskan Medicine Mask, a William Vanderbilt Tiffany sterling flatware set, and a collection of rare gemstones. Over one thousand lots will be offered in the sale taking place over the third weekend in September. The auction is estimated to hammer between $1.7 and $2.7 million.
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Founded by Robert Brunk in 1983, the auctions became well known for their integrity and professionalism. Bob brought to bear his experience as an anthropologist, writer and professional woodworker, an unmistakable combination of skills that continue to illuminate catalog entries and elucidate auction-goers. Bob is now a valued consultant and continues as auctioneer. Andrew Brunk joined his father in 2005. His curatorial experience has brought additional focus on research and connoisseurship. His experience as the head of the American furniture department at one of the world’s largest auction houses has allowed us to continually align ourselves with the best in the business – in terms of expertise and exceptional client service.