Shannon's April 29th fine art auction posts $2.4 million in sales, as world records are shattered
Works by women artists, 19th century American art and Modernism led the sale, which was upbeat with busy chatter from a bank of 20 phone bidders and robust online participation. The top lot was a masterpiece by Charles Morgan McIlhenney ($100,000).
By: Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers
The top lot of the auction was a masterpiece by Charles Morgan McIlhenney, titled Summer Afternoon by the Shore. The painting quadrupled the high estimate, selling for an even $100,000. When it was first offered in 1992, the painting set a world record price for the artist when it brought $33,000. Buyers remembered this work and aggressive phone bidding shattered the previous record by threefold.
From the same Connecticut collection, four oil paintings by Fidelia Bridges did exceptionally well. Red Breasted Grosbeak in a Thicket sold for $80,000 and Gold Finches and Thistle sold for $55,000. Both set new world record high prices for the artist. Also, Morning Glories sold for $37,500, including premium, meeting the previous record high, while Myrtle and Lilies sold for $30,000 with the premium.
The cover lot, a Floral Still Life with Shells by Paul Lacroix, sold for $71,500, establishing a new world record for the artist. Another Paul Lacroix in the auction, Still Life with Chrysanthemums, sold for $16,250.
As further evidence of a thriving still-life market, nearly every still-life in the sale exceeded the high estimate. Reported prices include a large Severin Roesen for $60,000, a Charles Ethan Porter of colorful flowers for $25,000, a Marcel Dyf floral still-life for $18,750, a large Peto with a copper kettle for $22,500 and a small Peto with a pipe, book and candlestick for $32,500. Even contemporary still-lifes soared, with three works by Robert Kulicke tripling their high estimates—Single Pear sold for $11,250, Flowers in a Glass sold for $10,000 and Fruit on a Table Top sold for $9,375.
It was a strong night for quality 19th century American paintings. A.T. Bricher's Low Tide, Grand Manan Island sold for $60,000, J.F. Weir's Niagara Falls sold for $35,000 and Edward Moran's The Journey's End sold for $23,750.
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