“It doesn’t surprise me the Cornoyer painting took top honors. It was a fine rendering, done by an important 20th century artist,” said Sandra Germain, a partner at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers. Cornoyer was born in St. Louis, Mo. His first works were in the Barbizon mode, but he later evolved after training at the Academie Julien in Paris and then moving to New York.
In all, 158 artworks were offered, of which 82 percent (127) sold “We are encouraged by that figure,” Ms. Germain said. “It tells us that the market for quality artwork is both healthy and strong. Activity levels were high during the sale, in terms of bidder activity and inquiries. By the time all the receipts were tallied, we grossed right at $2 million. It was a good auction.”
Just over 500 total bids were submitted, a number that combines online bidding (through Artfact.com and the Shannon’s website, www.shannons.com)
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include the 20 percent buyer’s premium.
A scene of New York Harbor by the renowned American artist Edward Moran (1829-1901), the oil on canvas done circa 1875 and measuring 21 ½ inches by 36 inches, went for $75,000; while a small harbor scene on Long Island by the pioneer “Ashcan” painter William Glackens (Am., 1870-1938), titled Brewster’s Creek, made $60,000.
An oil on canvas painting by Francis Luis Mora (Am., 1874-1940), titled American Gladiators and exhibited at the National Academy in 1908, 70 inches by 52 ½ inches, realized $52,800; and an oil on canvas still life by Arthur Wesley Dow (Am., 1857-1922), titled Yellow Flowers, Ipswich, done circa 1905, hit $50,400.
An untitled Modernist acrylic on canvas by Nicholas Krushenick (Am., 1929-1999), signed and dated August 1965, 52 inches by 45 inches, breezed to $43,200; and a colorful depiction of an Arab rug seller by Addison Millar (Am., 1860-1913), titled The Oriental Shop, signed lower left with a thumbprint, 22 inches by 28 inches, brought $40,800, the second highest price paid for a work by the artist at auction.
A newly discovered oil on canvas by Franz Josef Kline (Am., 1910-1962), titled Two Horses, purchased from the artist in 1947, signed lower left with the artist’s device and dated 1945 on the reverse, topped out at $38,400; and a museum-size masterpiece by Robert Smithson (Am., 1938-1973), titled The Serpent of Blood, 88 inches by 83 inches, signed, rose to $36,000.
An oil on canvas by James McDougal Hart (Am., 1828-1901), an important artist of the Hudson River School, titled Sunset in the Adirondacks, signed lower left and dated 1864, 20 inches by 42 inches, demanded $32,400; and one of six nautical works from the renowned marine painter Antonio Jacobsen (Am., 1850-1921), titled The E.S. Atwood, breezed to $28,800.
A painting John Fulton Folinsbee (Am., 1892-1972), titled Shad Fisherman on the Delaware (Haul Before the Storm), garnered $28,800; and an oil on panel work by Dwight William Tryon (Am., 1849-1925), titled Sunset, signed lower left, 20 inches by 30 inches, commanded $28,800.
A work by Worthington Whittredge (Am., 1820-1910), titled Landscape With Brook, signed lower right and dated 1894, hammered for $28,800; an oil on canvas by Eduoard Leon Cortes (Fr., 1882-1969), titled Marche aux Fleurs, Madeline, went for $26,400; and an oil on canvas by Fern Coppedge (Am., 1883-1951), titled Boats in a Harbor, made $25,200.
Three works by the geometric abstract painter Rolph Scarlett (Am., 1889-1985) all brought identical prices of $24,000 (13 works by the artist were offered, 12 of which were sold); and a painted extruded aluminum sculpture by Robert Indiana (Am., b. 1928), titled 2000, signed, dated 1999, hit $24,000.
Historically, Shannon’s has specialized in American and European art executed between 1840 and 1940, but in recent years the firm has expanded more into post-war Modern and Pop art. Shannon’s produces an extensive, 132-page, full color catalog for each sale and an eight-page, oversize color brochure that is mailed to 18,000 clients. These are viewed by potential bidders worldwide.