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Sotheby’s up­com­ing Oc­to­ber 2 Amer­i­can art sale fea­tures works from pri­vate col­lec­tions and in­sti­tu­tions

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Sotheby’s up­com­ing Oc­to­ber 2 Amer­i­can art sale fea­tures works from pri­vate col­lec­tions and in­sti­tu­tions

Oc­to­ber 2, 10 a.m. Sotheby’s 1334 York Av­enue New York, NY 10021 t: (212) 606-7000 www.sothe­bys.com

Lead­ing Sotheby’s Oc­to­ber 2 sale of Amer­i­can art are 28 works from the col­lec­tion of Pa­trick and Car­lyn Duffy. a series of works from that col­lec­tion per­formed well in a May auc­tion of Amer­i­can art, and the up­com­ing seg­ment in­cludes ex­am­ples of sculp­ture and re­gion­al­ism. Andrew Wyeth’s The Bach­e­lor is one of the stand­outs from the Duffy Col­lec­tion. with an es­ti­mate of $200,000 to $300,000, it will grace the cover of the auc­tion cat­a­log. Char­lotte Mitchell, as­so­ciate spe­cial­ist in Amer­i­can art at Sotheby’s, notes, “the de­tail is won­der­ful, the color is great, and 1964 is a great year for his work.” Two pieces by Dale Ni­chols also come from the Duffy Col­lec­tion.

“One is from 1969 and the other is from 1981, so they come from very dif­fer­ent points in his ca­reer,” says Mitchell. “they are both bright and vi­brant.” Spring, from 1969, and is a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of the re­gion­al­ist painter’s work, with sev­eral coun­try­side build­ings and a man driv­ing horses in the fore­ground. Morn­ing is dis­tin­guished by the in­scrip­tion on the back—an ex­cerpt of a Walt Whit­man poem. Both Ni­chols’ paint­ings are es­ti­mated at $25,000 to $35,000.

The sale will also have a strong il­lus­tra­tion seg­ment.an un­ti­tled work by N.c.wyeth, which graced the cover of The Coun­try Gentleman in 1918, is es­ti­mated at $80,000 to $120,000.“It’s been in the same col­lec­tion for quite some time,” Mitchell notes.“the im­agery is great. It shows a man on horse­back hold­ing a lamb and cross­ing a moun­tain. It’s charm­ing, and a great ex­am­ple of his work in orig­i­nal con­di­tion.”an­other

strong il­lus­tra­tion ex­am­ple in the sale is a 1916 cover of Col­lier’s from J.C. Leyen­decker ti­tled The Oars­man (est. $60/80,000).

A Wil­liam R. Leigh painting, Hell Bent, is ex­pected to fetch be­tween $250,000 and $350,000.The work has been in a pri­vate col­lec­tion since 1975 and has never been up for auc­tion. Other notable works in the sale in­clude Ed­ward Pot­thast’s At the Sea­side (est. $120/180,000);Walter Launt Palmer’s Wood­land Pool (est. $40/60,000); and James M. Guy’s Cap­i­tal Mi­nus La­bor (est. $30/50,000).

Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932), Wood­land Pool, 1929. Oil on can­vas, 25 x 30 in., signed lower right: ‘W.L. Palmer’; ti­tled on stretcher: ‘Wood­land Pool’; signed and dated on stretcher: ‘1929’. Es­ti­mate: $40/60,000

J.C. Leyen­decker (1874-1951), The Oars­man, 1916. Oil on can­vas. Es­ti­mate: $60/80,000

Ed­ward Pot­thast (1857-1927),At the Sea­side. Oil on panel,12½ x 16 in., signed lower right: ‘E Pot­thast’; signed and ti­tled on verso: ‘At the Sea­side’.Es­ti­mate: $120/180,000

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), The Bach­e­lor, 1964. Wa­ter­color on pa­per mounted on pa­per,30 x 217/8 in., signed up­per left and lower right: ‘Andrew Wyeth’. Es­ti­mate: $200/300,000

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