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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 50­ter 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

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