In De­mand

Her­itage Auc­tions’ May 4 sale yields more than $4.5 mil­lion, with work by Nor­man Rock­well lead­ing the pack

American Fine Art Magazine - - Auction Report: Dallas, Tx -

Each year, Dal­las-based Her­itage Auc­tions hosts two Amer­i­can art sales, with their most re­cent edi­tion held May 4. One of the hall­marks of the auc­tions is the va­ri­ety of il­lus­tra­tions that come to mar­ket. this lat­est sale was no ex­cep­tion. Lead­ing the day were 10 works by Nor­man Rock­well—nine of which found new buy­ers, with five land­ing in the top 10 lots. Three his­tory-themed pieces by Rock­well were of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est, in­clud­ing the day’s high­est seller: Ben Franklin’s Sesqui­cen­ten­nial

(est. $800/1,200,000) at $762,500.The paint­ing of the Found­ing Fa­ther, which once resided in the col­lec­tion of Deb­bie Reynolds, was com­mis­sioned by The Satur­day Evening Post in cel­e­bra­tion of the 150th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

The other two pieces in­cluded the Post cover study The Cen­sus Taker, which came in above its $350,000 high es­ti­mate at $372,500, while Rock­well’s por­trait of Dwight D. Eisen­hower ti­tled The Day I Painted Ike (All through that grind of turn­ing on dif­fer­ent moods, he never lost pa­tience. At the end by golly, it was time to go fish­ing.) achieved $150,000 against a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $120,000 to $180,000.Th­ese three pieces, as Her­itage’s di­rec­tor of Amer­i­can art, Aviva Lehmann, says, grabbed at­ten­tion from out­side collecting cat­e­gories help­ing push their prices.

“I think [the Ben Franklin work] did very well and is a tes­ta­ment to Her­itage of what we do best in cross­mar­ket­ing,” she says. “We did get in­ter­est from ar­eas of his­tor­i­cal de­part­ments, coin de­part­ments…”

A Satur­day Evening

Post cover by Joseph Chris­tian Leyen­decker ti­tled Living Man­nequin

(est. $120/180,000) also made waves when it sold for $312,500, be­com­ing the third high­est seller. “it was a won­der­ful, won­der­ful work and ex­ceeded its es­ti­mate in a big way,” says Lehmann. “It had great prove­nance, great sub­ject mat­ter and was in beau­ti­ful con­di­tion. Leyen­deck­ers are com­ing out of the wood­work lately be­cause his mar­ket is do­ing so well.”

Selling for $250,000 dur­ing the sale was Graz­ing Sheep at Head­wa­ters of a Stream by John S. Jame­son, which had been es­ti­mated to achieve only $40,000 to $60,000.“What was ex­tra spe­cial about this work was it was com­pletely fresh to the mar­ket. It traced back to the artist, and it was be­ing of­fered for the first time since he painted it,” Lehmann shares, adding, “It was re­ally ex­cit­ing and it had mul­ti­ple bid­ders on it.” Other note­wor­thy items in­cluded Paris – Café Deux Magots by Leroy Neiman, which sold above es­ti­mate at $81,250; Mar­guerite Thomp­son Zo­rach’s Mother and Child (est. $60/80,000) at $75,000; Mil­ton

Avery’s Churn­ing Bay (est. $30/50,000) at $65,625; and Blanche Lazzell’s dou­blesided paint­ing Black Fish and Un­ti­tled, which achieved $50,000.

John S. Jame­son (1842-1864),Graz­ing Sheep at Head­wa­ters of aStream, 1862. Oil on can­vas,18 x 33 in., signed and dated lower cen­ter: ‘J.S. Jame­son / 1862’. Es­ti­mate: $40/60,000 SOLD: $250,000

Nor­man Rock­well (1894-1978), Ben Franklin’s Sesqui­cen­ten­nial, The Satur­day Evening Post cover, May 29, 1926. Oil on can­vas, 36 x 27 in., signed lower right: ‘Nor­man / Rock­well’. Es­ti­mate: $800/1,200,000 SOLD: $762,500

Right: Nor­man Rock­well (18941978), The Cen­sus Taker, The Satur­day Evening Post cover study, 1940. Oil on board, 16½ x 13 in., signed lower right: ‘Nor­man / Rock­well’. Es­ti­mate: $250/350,000 SOLD: $372,500Far right: Joseph Chris­tian Leyen­decker (1874-1951), Living Man­nequin, The Satur­day Evening Post cover, March 5, 1932. Oil on can­vas, 32 x 24½ in., signed lower right: ‘Jcleyen­decker’. Es­ti­mate: $120/180,000 SOLD: $312,500

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