Sotheby’s Amer­i­can Art Auc­tion

New York, NY

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Sotheby’s May sale of Amer­i­can art will fea­ture re­mark­able Western works from the Jack and Bonita Granville Wrather Col­lec­tion along with other works emerg­ing from pri­vate col­lec­tions.

The Wrather fam­ily ac­quired Charles M. Russell’s When Guns Were the Locks of the Trea­sure Box at Kennedy Gal­leries in New York sev­eral decades ago. The stage­coach scene is ex­pected to fetch be­tween $150,000 and $250,000 at the May 23 auc­tion.

“The work it­self has beau­ti­ful move­ment, the way that the rider is headed to­ward the fore­ground, and there’s some­thing very el­e­gant about the way it’s ren­dered,” says Kayla Carlsen, head of Sotheby’s Amer­i­can art de­part­ment. “The scale of it is lovely, and the blues re­ally stand out.”

Also ac­quired by the fam­ily at Kennedy Gal­leries is Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton’s Western Stage Man­agers (est. $60/80,000). The other Western work from the Wrather Col­lec­tion is Olaf C. Seltzer’s Wagon Train Across the Prairie, which holds an es­ti­mate of $8,000 to $12,000. The col­lec­tion will be rounded out by a Nor­man Rock­well work ti­tled Boy Play­ing Flute Sur­rounded by An­i­mals (Spring­time) (est. $1.5/2.5 mil­lion).

Com­ing out of a dif­fer­ent pri­vate col­lec­tion is the Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano oil In Bon­net and Paint, Early-day Sioux Scouts. The work had pre­vi­ously sold at the Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion in 2010 for the third-high­est auc­tion price for the artist. The De­lano has an es­ti­mate of $300,000 to $500,000 and Carlsen notes, “The work is in beau­ti­ful, orig­i­nal con­di­tion, and it’s a graph­i­cally very in­ter­est­ing im­age with a tremen­dous amount of color.”

An­other prom­i­nent work cross­ing the block is Thomas Mo­ran’s A Show­ery Day, Grand Canyon, es­ti­mated to sell be­tween $800,000 and $1.2 mil­lion. The work was last sold at Sotheby’s in 1999, and has been tucked away in a pri­vate col­lec­tion for nearly two decades.

The sale will take place May 23, at 10 a.m., dur­ing New York’s spring Amer­i­can Art Week.

Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton (1861-1909), Western Stage Man­agers, ca. 1898, wash, pen and ink and gouache on pa­per, 17½ x 13½” Es­ti­mate: $60/80,000

Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano (18901972), In Bon­net and Paint, Ear­ly­day Sioux Scouts, oil on can­vas, 30 x 40” Es­ti­mate: $300/500,000

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