Cel­e­brated Col­lec­tion

In­ter­na­tional in­ter­est in the Col­lec­tion of Dor­rance “Dodo” H. Hamilton pushes Free­man’s sin­gle-owner sale to $4.9 mil­lion

American Fine Art Magazine - - Auction Report: Philadelphia, Pa -

It was an evening of cel­e­bra­tion on April 29, as Free­man’s in Phil­a­del­phia brought the col­lec­tion of Dor­rance “Dodo” H. Hamilton to mar­ket in a sin­gle-owner sale. Not only was the room buzzing with rem­i­nis­cences of the well­known phi­lan­thropist who had ties to the city, but also there was talk and awe of her col­lec­tion that in­cluded Amer­i­can and Euro­pean paint­ings.the sale, which fea­tured 139 lots, yielded a ro­bust $4.9 mil­lion and saw all but one art­work find a new home.

Alas­dair Ni­chol, chair­man of Free­man’s, ex­plains there was a lot of pri­vate in­ter­est in the sale that was only mag­ni­fied through the cat­a­log they cre­ated and the pre­sale ex­hi­bi­tions the auc­tion house held around the world. “be­cause the works were from Dodo Hamilton, they wanted to have a part of that his­tory and that prove­nance,” he says, not­ing there were a num­ber of bid­ding wars on works, al­low­ing prices to soar above or within their pre­sale es­ti­mates.

Top­ping the auc­tion was Paul Cézanne’s La Vie des Champs (est. $1.2/1.8 mil­lion) that sold within es­ti­mates at $1,450,000.The next two high­est earn­ers were works by famed Amer­i­can Im­pres­sion­ist Childe Has­sam: The

Walk Around the Is­land

(est. $200/300,000) at $430,000 and White

Church, Province­town (est. $250/400,000) at $370,000. Ni­chol shares that while col­lec­tors who went to the previews came to view the Province­town paint­ing, they “be­came en­chanted by The Walk Around the Is­land” lead­ing to it more than dou­bling its low es­ti­mate. Mau­rice Brazil Pren­der­gast’s The

Point, Glouces­ter (est. $100/150,000) nearly tripled its low es­ti­mate when it sold for $292,000 and be­came the fourth high­est selling lot. “We had a lot of in­ter­est in the Pren­der­gast; [the paint­ing] was in­ter­est­ing,” Ni­chol says. “It pre­sented re­ally well and when peo­ple saw it in the room they fell in love with it.”

Other Amer­i­can art paint­ings round­ing out the top 10 lots were Martin John­son Heade’s Sun­set – A Sketch (est. $100/150,000) at $156,250 and Daniel Gar­ber’s Wa­ter Birch – Spring­time that brought in $137,500 against a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $120,000 to $180,000.Ad­di­tional stand­outs of the sale in­cluded Martha Wal­ter’s Chil­dren in the Gar­den, which sold 10 times its low pre­sale es­ti­mate of $2,000 when it achieved $21,250, and a Rhode Is­land seascape by William Trost Richards that sold for $81,250, well above its high es­ti­mate of $30,000. “Ev­ery­one en­joyed the sale, and it felt great be­cause peo­ple were want­ing to bid,” Ni­chol says. “it was an ex­cit­ing sale to take.”

Childe Has­sam (1859-1935), The Walk Around the Is­land. Oil on can­vas, 107/8 x 14 in., signed and dated bot­tom left: ‘Childe Has­sam 1890’. Es­ti­mate: $200/300,000 SOLD: $430,000

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