Sotheby's to Sell Important Folk Art from Esmerian Collection

  • November 03, 2013 21:14

  • Email
Jacob Maentel, John Bickel and Caterina. Circa 1815-25. Est. $200/300,000.
Sotheby's

Sotheby's will offer Visual Grace: Important American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian in a dedicated auction in New York on January 25, 2014. The sale comprises more than 200 visually exciting examples of American folk art across a remarkable range of disciplines, including superb watercolors, portraits, pottery, painted furniture, weathervanes, gift drawings, carvings, needlework, sculpture and scrimshaw. Together, the offering marks the most important assemblage of American folk art ever to appear at auction, according to Sotheby's.

Advertisement

The Esmerian Collection carries a pre-sale estimate of $6.4 million to $9.5 million. Among the highlights is a Jacob Maental double portrait, c. 1815-25, estimated at $200,000 to $300,000. A fireboard depicting Boston Harbor, circa 1825-35, is expected to fetch $250,000 to $350,000.
Nancy Druckman, Head of Sotheby’s Folk Art Department, said: “Ralph Esmerian is known for his profound connoisseurship, discernment and passion for the best in American folk art. Each of the examples in the collection is distinguished by the highest quality in design, pattern, color, texture and form. A pervasive respect and understanding of the inspiration and expertise of the various makers is present in each of the pieces, as they represent both the traditions and inventiveness of American art. Having been drawn at an early age to the earthy material of the American folk art field, Esmerian applied his refined sensibility to form a superbly curated collection, in which each piece is an artistic gem in its own right. Our January sale represents a one-time opportunity for collectors to acquire the absolute best examples across an incredible diversity of American artistic expression.” 
The works will be on view in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries during Americana Week in New York beginning 18 January 2014.
Tags: folk art

  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Polly Jane Reed, A Type of Mother Hanna’s Pocket Handkerchief, 1851.  Ink and watercolor on paper, 23 5/8 x 26 inches.  Collection of Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA.

Anything but Simple: Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them

  • ArtfixDaily / November 30th, 2020

As a part of its 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA initiative, The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) in Connecticut is ...

Read More...
I.  Ronni Kappos Mobile Earrings.  The Museum of Craft and Design Shop, San Francisco.

10 Holiday Gift Finds From U.S. Museum Stores

  • ArtfixDaily / November 25th, 2020

While November 29 was Museum Store Sunday, organized by the Museum Store Association, the online shopping ...

Read More...
An extremely rare and important set of three folk art painted plaster walls in original condition, removed from an 18th century house in Old Lyme, CT.

Schwenke December 6th Auction Features Furniture and Decorations From Shagbark Farm, Washington CT Country Estate

  • ArtfixDaily / November 29th, 2020

Woodbury, CT – On Sunday, December 6th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold a Holiday Fine Estates Auction comprising over ...

Read More...
Edward Willis Redfield, Road and River, 1926.  Gift of Ruth Woods Dayton.  Huntington Museum of Art.

'American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection' Will Travel to Several Museums

  • ArtfixDaily / November 29th, 2020

Drawn from the collection of West Virginia's Huntington Museum of Art, the traveling exhibition American ...

Read More...

Related Press Releases

Schwenke Auctioneers - Shagbark Farm Collection - Dec 6

ARTFIXdaily Artwire