Di­verse Ex­am­ples

El­dred’s Au­gust sale fea­tures works from the col­lec­tion of Carl and So­nia Sch­mitt and notable Mas­sachusetts paint­ings

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El­dred’s Sum­mer Amer­i­cana Auc­tion, tak­ing place this Au­gust on Cape Cod, will fea­ture folk art and other Amer­i­cana from the col­lec­tion of Carl and So­nia Sch­mitt of Walla Walla, Wash­ing­ton, along with more than 200 paint­ings span­ning from the 18th cen­tury to con­tem­po­rary works.

High­lights from the Sch­mitt Col­lec­tion in­cludes Ammi Phillips’ Por­trait of Jane Kin­ney, es­ti­mated to fetch be­tween $3,000 and $4,000, as well as por­traits by Ja­cob Maen­tel and William Matthew Prior. Other notable works in­clude a carved and painted cigar store fig­ure of Punch as a jester (est. $100/150,000) and a Cush­ing & White “God­dess of Lib­erty” molded cop­per weather vane (est. $20/30,000).

Out­side the col­lec­tion, the sale in­cludes mul­ti­ple pieces by im­por­tant Mas­sachusetts artists. Clif­ford Ashley’s Cen­ter Street, New Bed­ford, look­ing across to Fairhaven Mas­sachusetts is housed in its orig­i­nal hand-carved frame, likely cre­ated by the artist, and is ex­pected to fetch be­tween $15,000 and $25,000, and Ger­rit Al­ber­tus Beneker’s From My Stu­dio Win­dow, Province­town is es­ti­mated at $7,000 to $9,000. Other Mas­sachusetts paint­ings in­clude Harry Sunter’s Mend­ing the Nets (est. $20/30,000), a wa­ter­color of Bos­ton by Ai­den Las­sell Ri­p­ley that is es­ti­mated at $4,000 to $6,000, and a William Ed­ward Nor­ton coastal scene, es­ti­mated at $10,000 to $15,000.

More notable paint­ings from the sale in­clude Lord­ship Light, a light­house scene fea­tur­ing a fish­er­man and black Labrador re­triever by Ste­van Do­hanos, es­ti­mated at $30,000 to $50,000, while an oil of a man and his son pro­tect­ing a chicken coop by Lynn Bogue Hunt car­ries an es­ti­mate of $10,000 to $15,000.

El­dred’s pres­i­dent and di­rec­tor of its fine art depart­ment Joshua El­dred says,“this Au­gust sale is one of the most di­verse sales in re­cent mem­ory, with won­der­ful ex­am­ples in all collecting cat­e­gories. So far this year we have seen a re­newed in­ter­est in many ar­eas in­clud­ing Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture, so I am ex­cited to see how the mar­ket re­acts to the sale.” He also notes that the sum­mer sale re­flects the auc­tion house’s decade­long ef­fort to ex­pand its paint­ing depart­ment in both vol­ume and qual­ity.

The Sum­mer Amer­i­cana Auc­tion will take place at El­dred’s head­quar­ters in East Den­nis, Mas­sachusetts, over three ses­sions on Au­gust 1, 2 and 3, all be­gin­ning at 10 a.m.

Ste­van Do­hanos (1907-1994), Lord­ship Light. Oil on panel, 21 x 27 in., signed lower right: ‘Ste­van Do­hanos’; ti­tled on gallery la­bel verso. Es­ti­mate: $30/50,000

Es­ti­mate: $15/25,000 Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960), Man and his son pro­tect­ing a chicken coop from a hawk. Oil on board, 35½ x 27 in., signed lower left: ‘Lynn Bogue Hunt’. Es­ti­mate: $10/15,000

Ger­rit Al­ber­tus Beneker (1882-1934), From My Stu­dio Win­dow, Province­town. Oil on board, 8 x 10 in., signed lower right: ‘Ger­rit A. Beneker’; ti­tled verso: ‘From My Stu­dio Win­dow, Province­town by Ger­rit A. Beneker Province­town Mass.’. Es­ti­mate: $7/9,000

Clif­ford Ashley (1881-1947), Cen­ter Street, New Bed­ford, look­ing across to Fairhaven, Mas­sachusetts. Oil on can­vas, 26¼ x 30 in., signed and dated lower right: ‘C.W. Ashley 16’.

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