Fam­ily Ties

Two col­lec­tions de­scended through the fam­i­lies of the artists head­line Gro­gan & Company’s Novem­ber 11 sale

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Two col­lec­tions de­scended through the fam­i­lies of the artists head­line Gro­gan & Company’s Novem­ber 11 sale

Dur­ing Gro­gan & Company’s an­nual Fall Auc­tion on Novem­ber 11, buy­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence a unique fam­ily af­fair as two im­por­tant fine art col­lec­tions ar­rive at mar­ket.the first is an in­ti­mate group­ing of four works from the

Wyeth fam­ily, and the other is the sec­ond of­fer­ing of fresh to mar­ket wa­ter­col­ors, draw­ings and prints by Ly­onel Feininger from the estate of his youngest son,t. Lux Feininger. Com­ing from a grand­child of N.C. Wyeth are four pieces by mem­bers of the es­teemed Amer­i­can art fam­ily. Each painting has a fa­mil­ial con­nec­tion, al­low­ing for a per­sonal touch and his­tory to be felt. N.C.’S oil painting View of the Fam­ily

Home, Chadds Ford (est. $40/60,000) is a de­pic­tion, in thick, painterly brush­strokes, of the beloved fam­ily res­i­dence.two pieces by Andrew Wyeth also ar­rive to mar­ket: a wa­ter­color of the Con­cord River in Mas­sachusetts (est. $20/40,000) and a dry­brush por­trait of his stu­dio part­ner and brother-in-law John Mccoy (est. $15/30,000). Hen­ri­ette Wyeth’s oil por­trait of her niece at age 21 will cross the block with a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $5,000 to $8,000.

“Andrew gave the painting of the Con­cord River to his sis­ter Ann Wyeth when she mar­ried artist John Mccoy,” says Ge­orgina Winthrop, fine art direc­tor at Gro­gan & Company, adding that the painting is of a river the sib­lings lived on as chil­dren.

“They loved their time there and al­ways looked back on those years. It was an adieu to their child­hood… [Ann] com­posed a piece of mu­sic that will ac­com­pany it that was also ti­tled Con­cord River.”

The por­trait of John Mccoy, ac­cord­ing to Winthrop, is a lu­mi­nous painting that “cap­tures Mccoy’s char­ac­ter so well.” She adds,“you can tell [Andrew Wyeth] knew the per­son he was painting, and it wasn’t a com­mis­sioned por­trait or fig­ure study. As much as it looks like Mccoy, the spirit comes through.”

In Gro­gan & Company’s Spring Auc­tion, the first se­lec­tion of works by Feininger from his son’s estate brought in more than $700,000 to­tal.“i was re­ally blown away by the re­sponse to the first of­fer­ing of the Feininger works,” says Winthrop, adding, “The col­lec­tion re­ally spanned his whole ca­reer, and these are things his son chose to keep. Some said Merry Christ­mas, some were gifts, there was a very per­sonal con­nec­tion in a lot of the works.we didn’t know how the mar­ket would re­spond to so many at once, but every­one was ex­cited and we’re thrilled to of­fer some more.”

Among the Feininger works in the fall sale is Three Ghosties from his “ghostie” series, which was cre­ated in the later years of his life.the piece, an ink and wa­ter­color mea­sur­ing just over 6 by 3 inches, has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $7,000 to $10,000.There also will be sev­eral of the artist’s ear­lier “natur-no­ti­zen” land­scapes hit­ting the block.

Other high­lights in the sale in­clude

a large-scale por­trait by Frank Weston Ben­ston of Bos­ton woman Hope Gas­ton Fel­ton.the painting, es­ti­mated to achieve be­tween $20,000 and $40,000, de­scended through three gen­er­a­tions of her fam­ily af­ter her hus­band com­mis­sioned the por­trait. An Og­den M. Pleiss­ner painting ti­tled Lin­ger­ing Au­tumn (est. $7/10,000) is a bit of an atyp­i­cal ex­am­ple for the artist,winthrop says, not­ing that the work is a New Eng­land fall scene with a hunter in the back­ground go­ing into his home. Melvin Ed­wards, who is mainly known for his bronzes, will be rep­re­sented by a work on pa­per that has an es­ti­mate of $2,000 to $4,000. The piece was a gift to cu­ra­tor Tom Leav­itt at the John­son Mu­seum of Art at Cor­nell.

Og­den M. Pleiss­ner (1905-1983), Lin­ger­ing Au­tumn. Oil on can­vas, 24 x 30 in., signed lower left: ‘Pleiss­ner’.Es­ti­mate: $7/10,000

Ly­onel Feininger (1871-1956), Three Ghosties. Ink and wa­ter­color, 61/8 x 3½ in., signed: ‘Feininger’. Es­ti­mate: $7/10,000

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), View of the Fam­ily Home, Chadds Ford. Oil on can­vas, 16¼ x 20 in. Es­ti­mate: $40/60,000

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), John Mccoy, 1961. Dry­brush, 11 x 15 in. Es­ti­mate: $15/30,000

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