Amer­i­can Clas­sics

Iconic Amer­i­can im­agery brings in more than $19 mil­lion at Sotheby’s fall sale in Newyork City

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Iconic Amer­i­can im­agery brings in more than $19 mil­lion at Sotheby’s fall sale in New York City

On Novem­ber 13, Sotheby’s Amer­i­can art auc­tion racked up $19.4 mil­lion in sales, with many of the works show­ing his­toric and iconic sub­jects from around the coun­try—na­tive Amer­i­cans on horse­back, New Mex­i­can pueb­los, mag­nif­i­cent land­scapes, Sat­ur­day Evening Post paint­ings from the

Golden Age of Il­lus­tra­tion and im­pres­sion­ist im­ages of girls amid lush gar­den scenery. The top lot was Al­bert Bier­stadt’s In­di­ans Cross­ing the Columbia River, es­ti­mated at $1.5 mil­lion to $2.5 mil­lion, which sold for nearly $2.2 mil­lion.the lu­min­ist land­scape, with its or­ange and yel­low sun­set cas­cad­ing around the sil­hou­et­ted fig­ures row­ing over glass-like wa­ter, was joined by sev­eral other im­por­tant land­scapes from the West: Mars­den Hart­ley’s New Mex­ico Recollections

(est. $700/1,000,000) that sold for $615,000, Ernest L. Blu­men­schein’s Ea­gle Nest

Lake (est. $300/500,000) that sold for $471,000, May­nard Dixon’s Canyon Ranch (est. $150/250,000) that sold for $325,000, and

Thomas Mo­ran’s A Sand Storm,acoma, New Mex­ico (est. $150/250,000) that went well over its es­ti­mates when it sold for $399,000.

Other strong Western works in­cluded a Max­field Par­rish land­scape, Hot Springs:yava­pai Co.ari­zona (est. $250/350,000) that sold for $375,000, Al­fred Ja­cob Miller’s Hunt­ing Elk by Moon­light (est. $150/250,000) that sold for $200,000, and Os­car E. Bern­ing­haus’ Crowd at Horse Race—taos, N. Mex (est. $600/800,000) that closed at $495,000.

Along with Western art, im­pres­sion­ism also had a strong show­ing with Fred­er­ick Carl Freiseke’s Gray Day on the River (est. $1.5/2.5 mil­lion) sell­ing for nearly $1.7 mil­lion, and Mary Cas­satt’s por­trait of her nephew Mas­ter Robert Kelso Cas­satt (est. $500/700,000) sell­ing for more than $1.4 mil­lion. Nor­man Rock­well had two works in the top 10: Two Old Men and Dog: Hunt­ing (est. $300/500,000) that closed for $855,000, and No Credit Given (Shop­keeper and Two Chil­dren) (est. $300/500,000) that ended at $771,000.A bronze by Paul Man­ship,

Diana (est. $400/600,000), out­per­formed its es­ti­mates when it sold for $975,000, and a Max We­ber cu­bist work Imag­i­nary Por­trait of awoman (est. $400/500,000) sold for $795,000.

Other stand­outs were a Grandma Moses work, Sug­ar­ing Time, that more than tripled its high es­ti­mate when it sold for $519,000; and Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe’s Shell, which soared past its $1 mil­lion high es­ti­mate when it fin­ished at more than $1.5 mil­lion.the fol­low­ing night, on Novem­ber 14, an­other O’ke­effe, Yel­low Sweet Peas, sold for $4.4 mil­lion at Sotheby’s Im­pres­sion­ist & Mod­ern Art evening sale. Kayla Carlsen, Sotheby’s vice pres­i­dent of Amer­i­can art, says that the Amer­i­can art sale proved that “big, key, im­por­tant names still sell very well.”

She adds, “The mar­ket is gen­er­ally feel­ing very buoy­ant.we had a lot of peo­ple in the room, and ev­ery­thing came in right on tar­get,” Carlsen says.“we saw a lot of strength in the big names like Bier­stadt, Cas­satt and O’ke­effe, but also saw strength in Amer­i­can sculp­ture and il­lus­tra­tion.”

Ernest L. Blu­men­schein (1874-1960), Ea­gle Nest Lake,

1933. Oil on can­vas, 28½ x 37¼ in., signed lower right: ‘E.L. Blu­men­schein Taos’, also in­scribed on frame: ‘E.L. Blu­men­schein - Taos N.M.’ Es­ti­mate: $300/500,000 SOLD: $471,000

Al­bert Bier­stadt (1830-1902), In­di­ans Cross­ing the Columbia River (In­di­ans on the Columbia River, with Mount Hood in the Dis­tance). Oil on can­vas, 23¾ x 35¾ in., signed and dated lower left: ‘Abier­stadt ’67’.

Es­ti­mate: $1.5/2.5 mil­lion SOLD: $2,175,000

Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe (1887-1986), Shell (Shell IV, The Shell, Shell I), 1937. Oil on can­vas, 9½ x 13 in. © 2017 Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum / Artists Rights So­ci­ety (ARS), New York. Es­ti­mate: $700/1,000,000 SOLD: $1,515,000

Fred­er­ick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939), Gray Day on the River, 1908. Oil on can­vas, 26 x 32 in., signed lower right: ‘F.C. Frieseke’.

Es­ti­mate: $1.5/2.5 mil­lion SOLD: $1,695,000

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