BOSTON, MA GROGAN & COMPANY
Spirited internet and telephone bidders, along with a sizable and active in-house crowd, helped bolster Grogan & Company’s February 11 Winter Auction to more than $1 million in sales.the auction—with 251 lots of fine art, jewelry and decorative art—included work by John Singer Sargent, Alexander Calder,arthur Dove and
Frank Swift Chase.topping the sale was Sargent’s oil study Two Heads of a Bearded Man (Study for Freize of the Prophets, Boston Public Library) from around 1891 to 1892.The piece, which sold for $97,600, nearly hit its high estimate of $100,000.
A Nantucket beach scene by Chase came in more than 10 times its low presale estimate of $1,500 when it achieved $20,740.The work became a new auction record price for the artist. A whimsical, circa 1948 gold brooch by Calder—a gift from the artist’s wife in 1964 to a Cambridge, Massachusetts, woman— sold for $79,300 against a presale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Centerport Series #23, by Dove, was another highlight when it sold for $16,510 to an internet bidder.
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Two Heads of a Bearded Man (Study for Freize of the Prophets, Boston Public Library), ca. 189192. Oil on canvas, 23¼ x 34¼ in., estate stamp verso: ‘JSS’. Courtesy Grogan & Company. Estimate: $60/100,000 SOLD: $97,600