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Sev­eral works by Arthur Car­les will cross the block at Free­man’s Amer­i­can Art & Penn­syl­va­nia Im­pres­sion­ists sale

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Sev­eral works by Arthur Car­les will cross the block at Free­man’s Amer­i­can Art and Penn­syl­va­nia Im­pres­sion­ists sale

June 3, 2 p.m.


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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

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