Artworks by Vonnoh, Garber, Prendergast, Redfield, others are in Shannon's October 27 auction

  • MILFORD, Connecticut
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  • October 17, 2022

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Bronze creation by Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, 1872-1955), titled Life and Love Springs from the Sea, (1935), cast by Roman Bronze Works, 113 inches tall by 68 inches wide (est. $180,000-$220,000).
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MILFORD, Conn. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will host their next fine art auction on Thursday, October 27th at 6 pm Eastern time. The extraordinary sale features numerous examples of quality, fresh-to-the-market American art, primarily from private collections and institutions. Bidding will be available live on, by telephone or by absentee. The catalog is available online at and a full-color printed auction catalog is available by contacting the gallery.


American Impressionist paintings by New Hope artists Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber and John F. Folinsbee will be offered for the first time in over a decade from an important private collection. The Redfield, titled Drifted Road from 1917, measures 38 inches by 50 inches and depicts an early winter landscape with dappled sunlight (est. $200,000-$300,000). The Garber, titled Elm Bough, is included in the artist’s catalogue raisonné, where the provenance traces it all the way back to the original sale (est. $200,000-$300,000).


Folinsbee’s, Goat Hill, from 1923, traveled to the 1924 Texas State Fair as part of a loan exhibition of American paintings (est. $40,000-60,000). From another collection, an exceedingly rare, large New Hope school painting by New England artist William Lester Stevens of Point Pleasant on the Delaware River, from circa 1927-1929, measures 42 inches by 48 inches (est. $20,000-$30,000).


There are three works by members of the important American Ashcan group known as “The Eight.” The leading lot is a Maurice Prendergast, oil on panel, depicting a Beach Scene in Boston (est. $175,000-$275,000). From the same collection are a Robert Henri of Faith, an oil portrait of an Irish child (est. $100,000-$150,000), and a rare John Sloan oil, titled Croquet from circa 1908 (est. $25,000-$35,000). By Walt Kuhn, an American Modernist who painted with Sloan and Henri, Girl in Green, a portrait of a circus performer, is fresh-to-the-market measures 30 inches by 25 inches and is from a private mid-western collection (est. $80,000-$120,000).


A rare, monumental sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, titled Life and Love Springs from the Sea, will be offered at $180,000-$220,000. Measuring over 9 feet tall, the bronze fountain was cast by Roman Bronze Works in New York as part of a private commission from the artist for an indoor pool house in Port Chester, N.Y.

Oil on canvas by Daniel Garber (American, 1880-1958), titled Elm Bough, 28 inches by 30 inches (est. $200,000-$300,000).
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Historical American paintings are led by a view of Venice by Thomas Moran from an important private collection. Venice became a favored subject for the artist after his first visit in 1886. Of the city, Moran said, “Venice is an inexhaustible mine of pictorial treasures for the artist and of dreamy remembrance to those who have been fortunate enough to visit it.” These sentiments still ring true for many American visitors. The 20 inch by 30 inch painting is estimated to bring $150,000-$250,000.


The modern and contemporary category will be led by modernist Lynne Mapp Drexler’s Untitled oil on canvas, from 1963 (est. $50,000-$75,000). Drexler’s prices have recently skyrocketed and it will be exciting to see the results of the Shannon’s sale. Similarly, Scott Kahn, a friend and contemporary of Matthew Wong, has achieved notable recent market success. Shannon’s will offer The Woods (2017) at an estimate of $80,000-$120,000. A whimsical Alice drawing by John Wesley will be offered (est. $10,000-$15,000) and a Bob Thompson colorful gouache, estimated at $30,000-$50,000. All the aforementioned works are coming to auction for the first time.


A recently rediscovered masterpiece by Alice Mattern will be featured in the sale. Abandon measures 40 inches by 40 inches and was included in the 1945 “Alice Mattern Memorial” at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York City (est. $25,000-$35,000).

Oil on canvas by Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869-1965), titled Drifted Road (1917), 38 inches by 50 inches (est. $200,000-$300,000).
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Another exciting fresh-to-the-market find is a Thomas Hart Benton, Study for Over the Mountains. The boldly colored, oil study closely resembles the composition of the finished mural panel at the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City (est. $40,000-$60,000).


In-person previews will be held by appointment October 17th-26th (weekdays from 11 am to 6 pm Eastern time) and Saturday, October 22nd, from 10 am to 3 pm, in Shannon’s gallery, located at 49 Research Drive in Milford. To schedule an appointment, call 203-877-1711, or, send an email to


Visit for sale updates, to view the online catalog and to bid live online. To request a catalog, contact the gallery at or by phone, at 203-877-1711. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the fine art auction on Thursday, October 27th, please visit


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Sandra Germain
Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers

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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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