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SCOTTS­DALE, AZ SCOTTS­DALE ART AUC­TION JAN­UARY 19-20 Leanin’ Tree Mu­seum Col­lec­tion

This Jan­uary 19 and 20, Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion will bring to mar­ket an un­prece­dented group­ing of art­work in its Scotts­dale, Ari­zona, show­room for the Lean­ing Tree’ Mu­seum Col­lec­tion sale.the auc­tion, fea­tur­ing more than 500 lots, is the chance for col­lec­tors to ac­quire mu­seum-qual­ity work from the re­cently closed Leanin’

Tree Mu­seum of Western Art of Boul­der, Col­orado. The mu­seum’s col­lec­tion, put to­gether by founder Ed Trum­ble, was last seen by the pub­lic on La­bor Day, the last pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion day for the now-shut­tered mu­seum that opened in 1974 as part of the Leanin’ tree greet­ing card com­pany, which will con­tinue oper­at­ing. In March, the then-92-year-old Trum­ble sent a let­ter to his friends and pa­trons in­di­cat­ing the mu­seum would be closed and the col­lec­tion sold.

Ma­jor high­lights in the sale in­clude Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano’s Dineah, es­ti­mated at $150,000 to $250,000.

The im­age, richly col­ored with De­lano’s smooth and con­sis­tent brush­strokes, shows two Navajo rid­ers amid a des­o­late desert scene. “this is a very spe­cial paint­ing.

Even the artist thought it was one of his very best,”

Brad Richard­son, part­ner of Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion, says of the work.

A ma­jor group­ing of works will be avail­able from Ken­neth Ri­ley, whose Leanin’ Tree pieces rep­re­sent some of his ma­jor mas­ter­pieces, in­clud­ing works such as Dance Pro­gres­sions (est. $75/125,000), Cer­e­mo­nial Re­galia (est. $75/125,000) and Homage to Catlin (est. $75/125,000), which shows painter Ge­orge Catlin paint­ing a Na­tive Amer­i­can chief in­side a teepee with sev­eral on­look­ing Na­tive fig­ures.

The James Reynolds works should also at­tract at­ten­tion, with a Na­tive Amer­i­can group of rid­ers fea­tured in The Board of Di­rec­tors (est. $45/65,000) and a soli­tary cow­boy with sev­eral horses in The Loner

(est. $30/50,000).

BOS­TON, MA SKIN­NER, INC. JAN­UARY 26 Amer­i­can & Euro­pean Works of Art

Skin­ner, Inc. will host its Amer­i­can & Euro­pean Works of Art sale on Jan­uary 26 fea­tur­ing two dis­tinct ses­sions of art­work: one ded­i­cated to prints and a sec­ond for paint­ings and sculp­ture.

The prints seg­ment is high­lighted by a col­lec­tion of eight lithographs by Aschan School artist Ge­orge Bel­lows, who be­gan mak­ing prints in 1916. One of his most com­mon and pop­u­lar sub­ject mat­ters is box­ing scenes, with three in­cluded in this group­ing. Of the high­est es­ti­mated lot, the auc­tion house writes, “pre­lim­i­nar­ies of 1916 is one of his ear­li­est box­ing sub­ject lithographs and is the only one to in­clude women. It is also one of the few that takes the fo­cus off of the box­ers and turns it onto the au­di­ence.the cen­tral fig­ure is el­e­gantly at­tired in a long gown and stares out di­rectly at us. Her com­pan­ions, both male and fe­male, are well heeled, and the set­ting is Madi­son Square Gar­den in Newyork.” the work is es­ti­mated at $15,000 to $25,000.

Lead­ing the paint­ings cat­e­gory is an il­lus­tra­tion by N.c. wyeth ti­tled Wal­lace draws the King’s sword, which was done for the Scrib­ner’s clas­sic The Scot­tish Chiefs by Jane Porter.the works were cre­ated around 1921 for the first edi­tion of her novel. this par­tic­u­lar piece, es­ti­mated to achieve $150,000 to $250,000, was once in the col­lec­tion of Charles Scrib­ner’s sons and de­scended within the fam­ily of the pub­lisher to its cur­rent owner.

In the catalog es­say, the auc­tion house shares, “The scene de­picts a piv­otal mo­ment in the life of Sir William Wal­lace, a Scot­tish knight and leader dur­ing the Wars of Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence, who de­feated an English army at the Bat­tle of Stir­ling Bridge Septem­ber 1927.The dra­matic scene shows Wal­lace, faced with the splin­ter­ing al­liance and be­trayal of fel­low Scot­tish chief­tans who mean to take him prisoner, draw­ing the sword he had cap­tured from Ed­ward I at Stir­ling, and shout­ing,‘ he that first make a stroke at me shall find his death on this Southron steel! This sword I made the arm of the usurper yield to me; and this sword shall de­fend the re­gent of Scot­land.’”

CHARLESTON, SC CO­P­LEY FINE ART AUC­TION­EERS FE­BRU­ARY 16 Win­ter Sale

On Fe­bru­ary 16, de­coy and sport­ing art auc­tion house Co­p­ley Fine Art Auc­tions will hold their an­nual Win­ter Sale at the Amer­i­can The­ater in Charleston, South Car­olina. The sale, which hap­pens con­cur­rently with the South­east­ern Wildlife Ex­hi­bi­tion, will of­fer paint­ings and fine bird carv­ings. In­cluded are im­por­tant paint­ings and works on pa­per, such as a pair of hunt­ing dog oils by Gus­tav Muss-arnolt; etch­ings by Frank W. Ben­son from the Ernest Kramer Col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can Prints; and ex­em­plary works by sport­ing art masters Ge­orge Browne, Robert K. Ab­bett and or­nitho­log­i­cal painter Fran­cis Lee Jaques, among oth­ers.

The auc­tion will take place at 11 a.m.

Ben­son’s of­fer­ing, Can­dle­light, is one of the most in­ti­mate and rare of his etch­ings and dry­points. Though many of his prints are of wa­ter­fowl and hunt­ing set­tings, this work cap­tures his close ob­ser­va­tion of a gen­tle fam­ily in­te­rior scene. Ben­son’s dy­namic in­ves­ti­ga­tion of in­taglio print tech­nique is ap­par­ent, and Adam E. M. Paff, au­thor of the Ben­son print cat­a­logue raisonné, notes, “The sub­ject is Ben­son’s wife Ellen comb­ing her hair in their bed­room at Wooster Farm on North Haven Is­land, Maine.” The piece, which was done in 1915, has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $10,000 to $20,000.

Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano (1890-1972), Dineah. Oil on can­vas, 30 x 36 in. Cour­tesy Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion. Es­ti­mate: $150/250,000

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Wal­lace draws the King’s sword. Oil on can­vas, 40 x 32 in., signed up­per right: ‘Ncwyeth’; iden­ti­fied in a pre­sen­ta­tion plaque and on a la­bel from Scrib­ner’s Mag­a­zine, New York, af­fixed verso. Cour­tesy Skin­ner Inc. Es­ti­mate: $150/250,000

Frank W. Ben­son (1862-1951), Can­dle­light, 1915. Etch­ing, 97/8 x 77/8 in. Cour­tesy Co­p­ley Fine Art Auc­tion­eers. Es­ti­mate: $10/20,000

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