Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion: Ses­sion 1

Scotts­dale, AZ

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Auc­tions are filled with sub­tle nu­ance: when to bid, how to bid, the vol­ume of the bid, where to sit in the room, the fre­quency of the bids, the num­ber of on­line or tele­phone bid­ders, the lot’s place­ment within the sale. To some bid­ders ev­ery de­tail mat­ters, which is why tak­ing the auc­tion re­serve out of the equa­tion can be such a hit to buy­ers and sell­ers—it’s one less thing to worry about.

Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion kicks off its 2019

sale on April 6, start­ing with the first ses­sion at 9:30 a.m. All 119 lots in Ses­sion 1 will be avail­able at no re­serve, mean­ing they can sell for what­ever the bid­ders in the room dic­tate. “We’ve had tremen­dous suc­cess in these no-re­serve sales, and we look for­ward to that once again this year in our first ses­sion,” says Brad Richard­son, part­ner with the Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion. “We cer­tainly see some ex­cit­ing bid­ding, which is al­ways fun for us.” While Ses­sion 1 lots do tend to be more af­ford­able than Ses­sion 2 art­works—many es­ti­mates start at $1,000 or $2,000—the lots are still mag­nif­i­cent works from many of the Western greats, in­clud­ing artists such as Bob Kuhn, James Boren, Joni Falk, Jim Nor­ton, Ore­land Joe, Olaf Wieghorst, C. Michael Du­dash, Bill An­ton and many oth­ers.

Note­wor­thy lots in­clude two works show­ing dra­matic ac­tion from horse-rid­ing fig­ures: Char­lie Dye’s cow­boy scene in Cut­ting Out a Stray, es­ti­mated at $20,000 to $30,000, and Andy Thomas’ Deadly Chase, also es­ti­mated at $20,000 to $30,000. An­other cow­boy work is Boren’s camp scene Five Card Stud, show­ing five cow­boys play­ing cards after a long day on the range. The wa­ter­color work is es­ti­mated at $7,000 to $10,000.

G. Har­vey, the late Texas painter who im­mor­tal­ized the cow­boy within his nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, will be rep­re­sented heav­ily in Ses­sion 2 with ma­jor works, but in Ses­sion 1 bid­ders will have a chance to own three im­por­tant oils—across Gen­tle Snow (est. $30/50,000), Hack­berry Cross­ing (est. $35/50,000) and Bunkhouse Bud­dies (est. $45/65,000)—as well as two buck­ing bronco bronzes, both es­ti­mated to sell be­low $5,000.

Wildlife art will be heav­ily rep­re­sented with stun­ning ex­am­ples from Nancy Glazier, Daniel Smith, Gary Swan­son and large bronzes by Dan Oster­miller, in­clud­ing Indigo’s Dream (est. $30,/60,000). Also avail­able are a set of Kuhn lion sketches, and sev­eral sketches and an etch­ing by Wil­helm Kuh­n­ert, with es­ti­mates that range from $1,000 to $4,000.

Land­scape works avail­able in­clude in­cred­i­ble pieces by Len Ch­miel, Glenn Dean, Matt Smith, G. Rus­sell Case, Bruce Cheever and David Wright, who of­fers a more his­tor­i­cal view of the land­scape in his painting Mov­ing Through the Beartooths (est. $6/9,000).

Wieghorst, who has al­ways had a strong pres­ence at Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion sales, will have three works on pa­per, all pen and ink with wa­ter­color, each be­ing sold separately be­tween $3,000 and $6,000.

For auc­tion part­ner Michael Frost, it’s this va­ri­ety of art­work that makes the sale so much fun. “…We really of­fer a wide range of art­work, for ev­ery price point,” he says. “There are pieces with start­ing bids of $300 and then we’ll have pieces that could sell for more than $3 mil­lion.”

Char­lie Dye (1906-1972), Cut­ting Out a Stray, oil on board, 24 x 20” Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000

G. Har­vey (1933-2017), Across Gen­tle Snow, oil on can­vas, 24 x 20” Es­ti­mate: $30/50,000

Len Ch­miel, A Pre­cip­i­tous At­ti­tude, oil on board, 22 x 29” Es­ti­mate: $6/8,000

Andy Thomas, Deadly Chase, oil on can­vas, 26 x 38” Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000

James Boren (1921-1990), Five Card Stub, wa­ter­color, 31 x 44” Es­ti­mate: $7/10,000

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