Several works by Arthur Carles will cross the block at Freeman’s American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists sale
Several works by Arthur Carles will cross the block at Freeman’s American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists sale
June 3, 2 p.m.
1808 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 t: (215) 563-9275 www.freemansauction.com
Works from the Ottenberg Collection will be sold at Freeman’s upcoming American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists sale.the collection includes a wide variety of contemporary works, design and, most notably, around 20 paintings by Philadelphia modernist Arthur Beecher Carles.
“Carles is an underappreciated artist, in my opinion,” says Alasdair Nichol, Freeman’s head of fine art. He notes Carles as one of his favorite painters, and continues,“he can be a difficult artist for people to get a handle on because he moves from realist works to abstract expressionism. He can be maddeningly uneven, but that’s what makes him a true artist.”
One of Carles’ pieces crossing the block is a portrait of his wife, Caroline Robinson Carles, executed shortly
after they met in 1924, which holds an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.“She was a student of his, and they fell in love. Her family wasn’t happy about it,” Nichol says.“the colors are just terrific—the reds and purples are very characteristic of his palette.”
On the abstract end of the spectrum for Carles, his Sails is expected to achieve $10,000 to $15,000.While most of the artist’s works in the sale are broadly figurative, Sails has a futurist feel to its construction and color. “Carles was a significant figure, and I’m not sure he’s really appreciated in terms of auction results or in the influence he had, particularly in Philadelphia,” Nichol says.“he’s a very interesting artist, and I’d like to see his work do really well.they deserve to.” Other paintings in sale include Fern Isabel Coppedge’s The Road to Lumberville, estimated at $50,000 to $80,000.“It’s a very recognizable scene, and it’s completely fresh to the market,” Nichol notes.“it’s one of the nicest Coppedges I’ve seen in several years, and with her, we always seem to have new buyers. She really strikes a chord with collectors.” Lumberville is also the setting for Susette Inloes Schultz Keast’s Lumberville Neighbors (est. $6/10,000). An Afternoon Nap by Bucks County landscape painter John Fulton Folinsbee carries an estimate of $12,000 to $15,000. Childe Hassam’s Massachusetts scene Rain and Mist, Gloucester Harbor is estimated to sell between $30,000 and $50,000.
The American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auction will take place at Freeman’s Philadelphia auction house on June 3 at 2 p.m.
Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Rain and Mist, Gloucester Harbor, ca. 1890. Watercolor on paper, 14 x 20 in., signed lower left: ‘Childe Hassam’. Estimate: $30/50,000
Arthur Beecher Carles (1882-1952), Sails, ca. 1930. Oil on canvas. Estimate: $10/15,000