BOSTON, MA GROGAN & COMPANY
The Spring Auction
More than 300 lots of fine art, jewelry, silver and decorative arts will cross the block during Grogan & Company’s June 3 Spring Auction in Boston. Many of the artists and works represented in the sale have connections to the New England city. Some of the highlights include Alfred
Thompson Bricher, Lyonel Feininger, Aiden Lassell Ripley,wolf Kahn, Max Kuehne and John Whorf. Summer Afternoon (Grand Manan), by Bricher, is an example of the artist’s works of the Canadian Island and comes to market with a strong provenance.the auction house explains,
“It was acquired from a private collection in Boston byvose Galleries, also of Boston, in October of 1969, and in February of 1970 was purchased by a Boston gentleman for his own private collection, where it has remained for almost 50 years.after decades in private collections in Boston, we are thrilled to bring the work to auction at home.”
The Bricher is estimated to sell between $30,000 and $50,000.Along with its history, the work is noted for its scale at 18 by 39 inches and the artist’s color, light and shadow. Ripley’s Woodcock with Moonrise (est. $15/25,000) and Kuehne’s Motif No. 1, Rockport (est. $10/15,000) are also available in the sale, as are four works by Kuhn from two private collectors. The group includes the 1976 painting Deserted Farm House, Marlboro,vt (est. $20/30,000); Maine Fog, 1966, estimated at $15,000 to $25,000; Early Spring in Northern New Jersey (est. $30/50,000), from around 1969; and Three Trees (est. $10/15,000).
A collection of more than 70 watercolors, sketches and woodblock prints by Feininger from the Bostonbased family of the artist are a standout segment of the auction. Spanning the artist’s decadeslong career, the works include everything from early nature studies to his iconic “ghosties” from his later years. Notable items include The Watchtower from 1947, which has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000, and Three Ghosties (est. $7/10,000).
Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), The Watchtower. Watercolor and ink, 6¼ x 97/8 in., signed: ‘Feininger’; titled and dated verso: ‘1947’. Courtesy Grogan & Company. Estimate: $15/25,000
Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969), Woodcock with Moonrise. Watercolor, 18½ x 29 in., signed lower left: ‘A. Lassell Ripley’. Courtesy Grogan & Company. Estimate: $15/25,000
Wolf Kahn (b. 1927), Deserted Farmhouse, Marlboro, VT, 1976. Oil on canvas, 28 x 38 in., signed lower right. Courtesy Grogan & Company. Estimate: $20/30,000