• EAST DENNIS, Massachusetts
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  • June 05, 2020

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"Divided Head", a bronze by Henry Spencer Moore

East Dennis, Mass.Eldred’s Spring Sale will include a “solid, electric group of fine and decorative arts,” according to the firm’s president, Joshua Eldred. The auction will be conducted June 11-12, 2020, at the company’s headquarters in East Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. 

Anticipated top lots include “Divided Head”, a bronze by noted British sculptor Henry Spencer Moore, estimated at $50,000/100,000, from the estate of a Rhode Island gentleman, and “Sunset Over Lake Thrasemine” by Jasper Francis Cropsey, estimated at $30,000/50,000, part of the artist’s catalog raisonné and with a provenance dating to 1885. 

 “Constitution Captures the Java, 1812” by noted contemporary marine painter Roy Cross (United Kingdom, b. 1924), estimated at $25,000/35,000, and a pastoral landscape, probably France, by Ernest Lawson (New York/Connecticut, 1873-1939), estimated at $20,000/30,000 are some of the other expected top sellers. 

The sale will include a considerable selection of sporting art, highlighted by “Stone Wall Surprise – Brittany + Grouse” by Robert Kennedy Abbett (Connecticut/New York, 1926-2015), estimated at $18,000/22,000. Other works by Abbett, as well as wildlife scenes by David A. Maass (Minnesota, b. 1929) and Aiden Lassell Ripley (Massachusetts/New York, 1896-1969), and fishing scenes by George Inness, Jr. (New York/Florida/France, 1854-1926) and watercolorist John Whorf (Massachusetts, 1903-1959) will also be included. Four fishing-related works by Charles Drew Cahoon (Massachusetts, 1861-1951), ranging in estimate from $1,000/1,500 to $5,000/7,000, and an assortment of antique and contemporary decoys and collectible firearms round out the section. 

Marine paintings will also feature heavily in the sale. In addition to the Roy Cross battle scene, works by Edward Moran (Pennsylvania/New York, 1829-1901) and Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (New York/New Jersey/Denmark, 1850-1921), notably a portrait of the steamship City of Rome estimated at $7,000/10,000, and will be included. Some of lots hail from the Kelton Collection of Maritime Art and Artifacts. 

"Sunset Over Lake Thrasemine" by Jasper Francis Cropsey

The auction will also include 19th Century American and European paintings as well as works by contemporary American artists, and Provincetown, Cape Cod and North Shore School examples. Noteworthy lots include Margaret Keane’s (California, b. 1927) Big Eyes on the Beach, circa 1960, estimated at $8,000/10,000, Max Kuehne’s (New York/Germany, 1880-1968) “Church, Gloucester”, estimated at $7,000/10,000, an Edward Mitchell Bannister (Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Canada, 1828-1901) scene of cattle and a herd dog, estimated at $20,000/30,000, and a Charles Henry Gifford (Massachusetts, 1839-1904) circa 1868 scene of New Bedford Harbor with Palmer Lighthouse and Fort Phoenix. 

Outside of paintings, expected top sellers include an 1826 Philadelphia needlework sampler, estimated at $20,000/30,000, an authenticated George Washington autograph, estimated at $7,000/10,000, and a circa 1800 New England Tall-case clock, estimated at $4,000/6,000. The sale will also include antique furniture, Oriental rugs, Americana and ethnographic art. 

All lots in the Spring Sale can be viewed on Eldred’s website, www.eldreds.com. This is a live auction, with online, phone and absentee bidding available. Due to COVID-19, in-person bidding is restricted.

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 within the Eldred family. In addition to its headquarters on Cape Cod’s historic Old King’s Highway in East Dennis, Mass., 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. Eldred’s, the nation’s leading marine art auction house, conducts approximately 25 auctions per year encompassing Americana, paintings, Asian art, European decorative art, sporting art and collectibles in addition to marine art. It was recently named one of the top worldwide auction houses by Art + Auction and holds auction records across a wide range of collecting areas.   

Cheryl Stewart
508-385-3116 x128

1483 Route 6a
East Dennis, Massachusetts
About Eldred's

Eldred's is New England's oldest established antiques and fine arts auction house. Approximately 25 auctions are held year-round encompassing Americana, Asian Art, Americana and European paintings, European decorative art, Maritime antiques, and collectibles.

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