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Oil painting by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) hits $450,000 in Shannon's Fall Fine Art Auction
The 153-lot sale was nearly 90 percent sold and grossed $3 million. Fresh-to-the-market consignments attracted interest from across the country and internationally. Online bidding was via Invaluable.com and Shannon's website (www.shannons.com).
By: Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers
The top lot in the sale was a 64-inch by 51-inch painting by American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke. Consigned by the Art Institute of Chicago, this life-size painting depicted a Lady Trying on a Hat. Painted in soft pastel tones, the painting was one of the artist's masterpieces from the early 20th century.
Frieseke spent every summer after 1905 in Giverny, France, where he became known for his Impressionist palette and his portraits of women. Although influenced by Renoir and Monet, Frieseke developed his own unique style that echoed Post-Impressionist masters as well. This impressive canvas exceeded its high estimate, selling for $450,000 to a private Florida collection.
The auction included a rare painting by Thomas Cole, a founder of the Hudson River School. The 10-inch by 15-inch painting of Mount Chocorua in the White Mountains sold at the high estimate of $150,000 to a private collector. The small, jewel-like painting had soft pink light glowing from behind the mountain and rich details in the foreground.
From the late 19th century, Alfred Thompson Bricher's Morning at Narragansett from 1872 sold for $68,750. This masterpiece of American Luminism had been in a private collection for twenty years. Bricher is best known for his Luminist New England seascapes. He started his career as a Hudson River School artist and seasoned collectors often seek these rare early landscapes. Also included in the auction, an early Bricher of Lake George, sold above estimate for $27,500.
Illustration art was led by a Norman Rockwell oil painting of a couple headed out for a night on the town. The 32-inch by 25-inch canvas sold for $125,000. Another Rockwell oil, Study of Will Rogers, 16 inches by 12 inches, sold for $20,000. Jessie Wilcox Smith's Madonna and Child, painted as the cover of the 1927 issue of Good Housekeeping, sold for $22,500.
The full results of the sale can be viewed on shannons.com. All of the reported prices include the buyer's premium. Shannon's accepts consignments year-round. They will host an online auction in January followed by a Spring auction with a full-color catalog. To inquire about a possible consignment or to sign up for their mailing list, visit www.shannons.com.