"Orchids and hummingbirds," by Martin J. Heade, oil on canvas, 15 by 20
inches, circa 1875-1890
8 is a very beautiful painting of "Orchids and Hummingbirds" by Martin
J. Heade (1819-1904). It was formerly with Kennedy Galleries
the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Irving Burton of Huntington
Michigan and it is property of the estate of Helen Marx. It
modest estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $1,986,500.
73, "One Horn, Head Chief of the Miniconjou Tribe,Teton Dakota (Western
Sioux)," by George Catlin, oil on canvas, 27 by 22 1/2 inches, circa
Lot 73, "One Horn, Head Chief of the
Miniconjou Tribe, Teton Dakota (Western Sioux),"
is one of four oils on canvas by George Catlin (1796-1872) that have
been consigned by the Field Museum of Chicago that had Sotheby's
sell 31 other paintings by Catlin to a private collector in
December, 2004. The decision of the Field Museum to dispose
its fabulous collection of Catlin paintings is outrageous.
painting measures 27 by 22 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1830-1832.
It has a modest estimate of $1,000,000 to
$1,500,000. It sold for
four Catlin paintings in this auction come from the Benjamin O'Fallon
Collection. O'Fallon was a nephew of William Clark and the
States Indian Agent for the Missouri River Tribes. Catlin
more than 500 of his Indian paintings to the Smithsonian Institution in
Washington, but the catalogue notes that many of them were painted in
Europe. The O'Fallon paintings, on the other hand, were
in America. Catlin tried to visit every tribe of Indians on
continent to paint their distinguished leaders in their native
costumes. "According to family tradition, the Catlin
which once numbered at least forty-two subjects - was lent for public
exhibition at least once but was consigned to perpetual storage in
1861," according to the catalogue entry.
76, "Buffalo Chase, a Surround by the Hidatsa," by George Catlin, oil
on canvas, 22 1/2 by 27 inches, 1830-2
76, "Buffalo Chase, a Surround by the Hidatsa," by George Catlin, is an
oil on canvas that measures 22 1/2 by 27 inches and was painted 1830-2.
It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000. It sold for $1,112,500.
The auction has
some excellent genre paintings.
Lot 19, "The
Biddle Children Fishing on the Schuylkill," by George Cochran Lambdin,
oil on canvas backed by panel, 20 1/4 by 16 inches, 1869
The best is a
masterwork by George Cochran Lambdin (1830-1896) entitled "The Biddle
Children Fishing on the Schuylkill," an oil on canvas backed by panel
that is 20 1/4 by 16 inches and is dated 1869. The lot has a
very modest estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It sold for $20,000.
18, "What a Catch!," by James Goodwyn Clonnney, oil on canvas, 24 by 34
Lot 18 is a
splendid work by James Goodwyn Clonney (1812-1867) entitled "What a
Catch!" An oil on canvas, it measures 24 by 34 and is an oval
image that is dated 1855. It was once in the M
& M Karolik Collection in Boston and the Museum of Fine Ats in
Boston, which sold it at Sotheby's April 23, 1981. The lot
has an modest estimate of $40,000 to $$60,000. It sold for $47,500.
"Reverie," by Winslow Homer, oil on canvas, 22 by 13 1/2 inches, 1872
The back cover
illustration of the catalogue is Lot 26, "Reverie," by Winslow Homer
(1836-1910), a very lovely oil on canvas that measures 22 by 13 1/2
inches and is dated 1872. It shows one of his beautiful
blonde models sitting pensively an open window. It is a very
fine asymmetrical composition. The painting has been
consigned by the Collection of Joan Whitney Payson. It has an
estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000. It failed to sell!
Lot 7, "Orange Trees and Gate,"
by Winslow Homer, watercolor on paper, 14 by 20 1/4 inches, 1885
Lot 7 is a very
vibrant and impressive watercolor by Home entitled "Orange Trees and
Gate." Executed in 1885, it measures 14 by 20 1/4 inches.
It is property from the estate of Helen Marx and was once in
the collections of Russell Sturgis and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence
Fleischman of Detroit. It has a modest estimate of $500,000
to $700,000. It
sold for $1,314,500.
The auction has
numerous works by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902).
Lot 90, "Light in the
Forest," by Albert Bierstadt, oil on canvas, 52
by 42 inches
Lot 90 is a
large and grandiloquent oil on canvas
by Bierstadt entitled "Light in the Forest."
It measures 52 by
42 inches and shows some elk deer by a forest pond at sunset
ina a rare, for Bierstadt, vertical format. It was the cover
illustration of the catalogue for the May 11, 2011 auction of American
Paintings at Sotheby's New York when it had an estimate of
$2,000,000 to $3,000,000 and failed to sell. It has the same
estimate at this auction and, again,
failed to sell.
21, "Twilight with Deer," by Albert Bierstadt, oil on paper laid down
on canvas 6 by 9 inches
Lot 21 is a very
lovely small oil on paper laid down on canvas by Albert Bierstadt.
Entitled "Twilight with Deer," it measures 6 by 9 inches.
It has a modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $92,500.
Lot 84, "Old
Faithful," by Albert Bierstadt, oil on paper laid to canvas, 19 1/2
by13 3/4 inches
Lot 84 is a good
painting of "Old Faithful" with a rainbow by Albert Bierstadt.
An oil on paper laid to canvas, it measures 19 12 by13 3/4
inches. It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $446,500.
"Landscape with cows," by Albert Bierstadt, oil on paper mounted on
canvas, 12 1/2 by 19 1/4 inches
Lot 86 is a
superb oil on paper mounted on canvas by Albert Bierstadt tha tis
entitled"Landscape with Cows." It measures 12 1/2 by 19 1/4
inches. It is a marvelous composition with very prominent
trees dwarfing two cows in the background and a row of wild flowers
highlighting the foreground. It has a modest estimate of
$25,000 to $35,000. It
sold for $25,000.
69, "Wheat Field," by George Inness, oil on canvas, 32 by 48 1/4
inches, circa 1884
of Chase on Lot 69
Lot 69 is a
large oil on canvas by George Inness entitled "Wheat Field."
It measures 32 by 48 1/4 inches and was painted circa 1884.
It was published in 2009 by Ronald Pisano in the third
volume on his book on landscapes in oil by Chase. It has an
estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It failed to sell.
"Going to Market," by George Inness, oil on canvas, 16 1/4 by 25 1/4
inches, circa 1868
Lot 62 is a very
nice landscape by George Inness (1825-1894) entitled "Going to Market."
An oil on canvas, it measures 16 1/4 by 25 1/4 inches and was
painted circa 1868. It is property of Ted Church and is being
sold to benefit the Shelburne Museum. It has a modest
estimate of $60,000 to $80,000. It
sold for $50,000.
Lot 44, "The
Princess," by Jack Levine, oil on canvas, 78 by 48 inches, 1960
Lot 44 is a
large and very painterly work by Jack Levine (1915-2010) entitled "The
Princess." An oil on canvas that measures 78 by 48 inches, it
was painted in 1960. The catlogue entry notes that Levine
wrote that the work was an "effort at a formal portrait,," adding that
he "originally had it in mind to do Grace Kelly, when she became a
princess, but she's too beautiful for parody." The lot has
modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 28, "Untitled (Still Life)," by Marsden Hartley, oil on board, 32 by 25 3/4 inches, 1919
28 is a strong, untitled still life by Marsden Hartley (1977-1943). An
oil on board, it measures 32 by 25 3/4 inches and was painted in 1919.
It has an estimate of $700,000 to $900,000. It sold for $3,218,500.
Lot 60, "The
Breaker Boys," by George Luks, oil on canvas, 50 by 60 inches, circa
Lot 60 is a
large oil on canvas by George Luks (1867-1933) entitled "The Breaker
Boys." It measures 50 by 60 inches and was painted circa
1925. The Breaker Boys shows four youths sitting on wooden
crates and removing by hand impurities from coal down in a
mine in Pennsylvania. It has an estimate of $150,000 to
sold for $170,500.