Col­lec­tive Suc­cess

Free­man’s June 3 Amer­i­can Art & Penn­syl­va­nia Im­pres­sion­ists sale yields solid re­sults for Ot­ten­berg col­lec­tion

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Free­man’s June 3 Amer­i­can Art & Penn­syl­va­nia Im­pres­sion­ists sale yields solid re­sults for Ot­ten­berg col­lec­tion

More than 140 works of art by renowned Amer­i­can artists crossed the block dur­ing Free­man’s June 3 Amer­i­can Art & Penn­syl­va­nia Im­pres­sion­ists sale. In the auc­tion were more than a dozen works by Arthur Beecher Car­les from the Philadel­phia col­lec­tion of

June and Perry Ot­ten­berg. The pieces achieved a 100 per­cent sell-through rate, with Au­tumn Bou­quet be­com­ing the sale’s top lot at $137,500 against a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $20,000 to $30,000.

The Ot­ten­bergs col­lected works by a num­ber Philadel­phia’s im­por­tant artists, in­clud­ing Car­les, who was a na­tive of the city and stud­ied at Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts. Along with Au­tumn Bou­quet, other stand­outs from the group­ing in­cluded Por­trait of Caroline Robin­son Car­les (est. $20/30,000), a work of the artist’s sec­ond wife, at $68,750, and The Blue Lady, which be­came a record for a work on pa­per by the artist when it sold for six times it high es­ti­mate at $18,750. Through­out the auc­tion, there was ac­tive bid­ding in house, in­clud­ing for Au­tumn Bou­quet. Alas­dair Ni­chol, chair­man and head of the Amer­i­can art depart­ment at Free­man’s, says,“some­body who has been a fol­lower of Car­les for some time and spent a lot of time look­ing at [Au­tumn Bou­quet pur­chased the work].” In re­gards to the sale as a whole, he adds, “It was nice to have a busy, live auc­tion with peo­ple bid­ding against each other. There was a lot of ac­tiv­ity in the room, which makes it a lit­tle more ex­cit­ing.” The ma­jor­ity of the top lots in the sale, Ni­chol ex­plains, sold to pri­vate buy­ers in­clud­ing Ed­ward Wil­lis Red­field’s New Cen­ter Bridge that sold squarely within its pre­sale es­ti­mate at $125,000.All five works by Fern Is­abel Coppedge in the sale found buy­ers, with four land­ing in the top 10 lots.the high­est earn­ing among them were Snow and Sun­shine (est. $60/100,000), which brought $93,750, and The Road to Lum­berville (est. $50/80,000), which sold for $75,000.

A large-scale painting by Charles Harold Davis ti­tled Sum­mer Clouds (est. $20/30,000) more than

dou­bled its low es­ti­mate when it brought in $56,250.“The work had a lot of in­ter­est be­fore­hand and we were pleased that it did well,” Ni­chol shares. New­burg, New York, by Childe Has­sam, which had an es­ti­mate of $15,000 to $25,000, rounded out the top 10 lots of the sale when it achieved $43,750. At the end of the day, the sale amassed $1,675,000 and saw an 87 per­cent sell-through rate. Ten per­cent of the buy­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the sale were new, while the re­sults of the Penn­syl­va­nia Im­pres­sion­ist works and the Ot­ten­berg col­lec­tion con­tinue to speak to the auc­tion house’s re­gional strength. Ni­chol elab­o­rates,“it does show the strength of pri­vate col­lect­ing within the Philadel­phia and Penn­syl­va­nia area—that peo­ple like to buy the works here.”

Arthur Beecher Car­les (1882-1952), Au­tumn Bou­quet. Oil on can­vas, 32½ x 36¼ in., signed bot­tom left: ‘CAR­LES’. Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000 SOLD: $137,500


Fern Is­abel Coppedge (1888-1951), Snow and Sun­shine. Oil on can­vas, 25¼ x 30¼ in., signed bot­tom right: ‘Fern I Coppedge’; in­scribed with ti­tle on up­per stretcher verso. Es­ti­mate: $60/100,000 SOLD: $93,750

Ed­ward Wil­lis Red­field (1869-1965), New Cen­ter Bridge. Oil on can­vas,32 x 401/8 in., signed bot­tom right: ‘E.W. Red­field’; in­scribed with ti­tle and artist on up­per stretcher verso. Es­ti­mate: $100/150,000 SOLD: $125,000

Arthur Beecher Car­les (1882-1952), Por­trait of Caroline Robin­son Car­les, ca. 1924. Oil on can­vas, 28¾ x 27¾ in. Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000 SOLD: $68,750

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