Doyle’s American Fine and Decorative Arts Sale Surpasses $ 1 Million


Edward Hopper’s “Cherry Tree”, done in charcoal on paper and measuring 10 by 14 inches, was chosen by a private New York collector for the highest price of the sale, $ 52,550 ($ 60 / 80,000 $).

Review by Madelia Hickman Ring, catalog photos courtesy of Doyle’s

NEW YORK CITY – Doyle offered nearly 300 lots of American paintings, furniture and decorative arts on May 5 in a sale that came close to his high estimate and reached $ 1,080,450 against a low / high estimate range of $ 725,900 / $ 1,138,800. With competitive auctions in several categories, the sale was 94 percent sold by lot.

The fine arts section won many of the top awards, an unsurprising result given that the category featured examples from many top American artists, but it was an exquisite charcoal drawing on paper. , titled “Cherry Tree” by Edward Hopper (1882-1967). ) which achieved the maximum sale price of $ 53,550. The design was originally owned by the Reverend and Mrs. Arthayer R. Sanborn, who lived in Nyack, NY, where Hopper was born. Bill Fiddler, American Art Director for Doyle, noted that the work had been restored but was in good condition. It was sold to a private collector in New York.

Percival Leonard Rosseau’s (American, 1859-1937) ‘Bird Dogs’ of 1917 generated a lot of interest before the sale, so Fiddler was not surprised that it performed well. The two-seamer painting sold for $ 47,250 from a buyer in the United States, exceeding its estimate of $ 25 / 45,000. Rosseau was born in Louisiana and studied in Paris at the Académie Julian. A painting of his wife with two Irish Greyhounds, exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1904, was so well received by critics that he began to specialize in painting dogs. He returned to the United States in 1915, joined the art colony of Old Lyme, Connecticut, and continued his specialty by painting scenes of sporting dogs.

The second highest prize of the day - $ 47,250 - was won for

The second highest prize of the day – $ 47,250 – was won for “Bird Dogs” by Percival Leonard Rosseau. Bill Fiddler said it was a very popular lot and that he was not surprised that it exceeded expectations ($ 25/45,000).

Another sports photo, one of a hunter with spaniels by Edmund Henry Osthaus (German / American, 1858-1928), sold just below his high estimate, at $ 34,650. The artwork had some condition issues that Fiddler said might have kept the price from going up, but it was “a beautiful painting nonetheless,” he said. The addition of the figure of the hunter makes it stand out and separates it from its usual work.

A result which surprised Fiddler was obtained by Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (Danish / American, 1850-1921) 1899 painting of the American liner Comanche, which sailed for $ 44,100 on an estimate of $ 10 / 15,000. According to Fiddler, Jacobsen was a columnist of the New York City maritime industry for decades and it was not uncommon for him to paint several views of the same ship over time. This painting of Comanche, which was manufactured by the Clyde SS Company, was painted in West Hoboken, NJ, and is included in Jacobsen’s Definitive Catalog of Works, Harold Sniffen’s Antonio Jacobsen – The Checklist, published in 1984 by the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The painter is popular with collectors in New York as well as up and down the East Coast; Fiddler said the work, which came from the Quester Gallery in Stonington, Connecticut, as well as a private collection in Tennessee and the Brunswick Ga. Public Library, was sold to a buyer in the town of New York.

One of the most notable results was the sale of “Black and Gold” by Leopold Seyffert (American, 1887-1956), which reached $ 23,940 and set a new auction record for the artist. The painting represents the profile of a seated woman and represents the peak of the artist’s career. It had been shipped by private collectors who Fiddler said were “delighted with the result.” Despite considerable interest from collectors in New York and Connecticut, it was sold to a buyer in the Midwest. Doyle has seen high prices for the artist recently, including in 2018, when he sold “Green Pajamas” for $ 15,000. “It’s good for the artist, especially for his future awards,” commented Fiddler.

“We do well with Jacobsen, but even that was a surprise, but he was tall – bigger than his usual size, which I think helped him push the limits, Bill Fiddler said of the comment. of the $ 44,100 made by “American Liner” by Antonio Nicolo Gaspar Jacobsen. Comanche, Clyde SS Company. It was purchased by a collector in New York City ($ 10 / $ 15,000).

The most dynamic part of the sale came with the silver section, which was highlighted by an assembled group of rare early-stage coins from Providence, RI, the Gorham silver company which in the words of Vice – Senior Chairman and Doyle Money Specialist, Todd Sell, “wasn’t just the usual pieces. Anything unusual always carries weight and I have heard many comments that people “only saw this in books” or “in museums”. I was delighted to see a lot of interest – especially from new customers – in service parts and I am very happy with the results.

Multiple Gorham sterling silver serving pieces in the Narragansett motif, a nautical-inspired motif decorated in the round with seashells, barnacles, seaweed, starfish and other sea creatures named after Rhode Bay Island, generated the most interest. One of Gorham’s most astonishing models, the Gorham Price Book of the day lists Narragansett model cutlery as costing up to 100 percent more than the company’s current cutlery and, therefore, little. of parts were designed and manufactured, with the original line comprising only 13 parts.

Narragansett’s coins included a partially gilded sterling silver soup ladle measuring 14 inches long and fetching $ 13,860. Two partially golden serving spoons were offered separately, each at $ 4/6,000; the same buyer paid $ 8,820 for each of the spoons. Two sterling silver Narragansett napkin rings were also offered individually, with the first of the bundles reaching $ 4,095, the second rounding up to $ 4,410.

Eanger Irving Couse’s “Eagle Star” (American, 1866-1936) represented one of his well-known and frequent models, Juan Concha, who was the chief of his village. Doyle showed the painting to Virginia Leavitt, the artist’s granddaughter who is preparing an upcoming catalog raisonné on him. It was sold to a buyer in the western United States for $ 34,650 ($ 20/30,000).

Another Gorham model – the Cairo model – was so rare that the catalog essay described it as “an anomaly among Gorham’s silver production”, to which Sell added: “It is so rare that it’s not in the main Gorham book. ” The technique using the combination of gold, copper, brass and bronze which decorated the handle was only employed by Gorham but sufficiently difficult and expensive to make that few sets were made. The sale featured five pieces of the model – a berry spoon and pie knife which fetched $ 11,340, and a three-piece set consisting of a sugar spoon, pickle fork and knife. butter master, which closed at $ 4,410.

The sale offered 21 samplers divided into 12 lots, two of which were at the top of the American decorative arts offer. Hanna Moore’s 1802 sampler depicted a landscape with a brick house, trees, deer and other animals and was sold for $ 5,355. He beat a pair of matched samplers, both made in 1829, one by Sarah Hodgman Carlisle, the other by Lucy Hodgman Carlisle and each depicting alphabets and numbers above a house with floral borders sold for $ 5,040. Both lots, along with most of the samplers on offer, were from the estate of Jacqueline Kemp, owner of Windsor Antiques in Darien, Conn.

Most of the bargains may have been in the American furniture section, which had conservative estimates to attract bidders. A few surprises were found among the painted furniture offerings, where a federal hunting board made from either Maryland or Virginia pine was $ 4,095 and a side chair possibly from Samuel Gragg of Boston, which featured a peacock feather decoration, more than doubled its high estimate to end up at $ 2,016. An inlaid mahogany serpentine federal dresser with a delicate inlay in the corners of the drawers was the top set of formal furniture; it came out at $ 3,465, well above his estimate of $ 500/800. Doubling its high estimate was a Chippendale maple chest over chest, which bidders chased down to $ 2,394.

The date for Doyle’s next sale of American paintings, furniture and decorative arts has not yet been set, but it will take place in the fall.

Prices shown include buyer’s premium as reported by the auction house.

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