Past Auction

American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Including the Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois

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  • Sale of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts on April 5, 2017
  • Including the Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois, Comprising Lots 109 - 205
  • Nautical Painting in New York Harbor by James Buttersworth Achieves $250,000

Doyle held an auction of American Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts on April 5, 2017. The sale showcased a broad range of American paintings, including 19th century portraits, Hudson River School views, Western-themed landscapes and sculpture, fine examples of naïve painting, and still life. Also offered were American furniture and decorative arts from the Colonial period through the Federal and Classical styles, as well as silver, ceramics, mirrors, Chinese export porcelain and rugs.

James Edward Buttersworth

Highlighting the sale was James Edward Buttersworth’s (1817-1894) depiction of The Phillip R. Paulding in New York Harbor with Castle Clinton in the Distance. Estimated at $80,000-120,000, the work was the subject of competitive bidding that sent the price soaring to $250,000. Cutting at an acute angle across the lower tip of Manhattan, with Castle Clinton just ahead of it on the left, the sloop Phillip R. Paulding is the type of vessel that plied the Hudson River for daily commerce during the 18th and 19th centuries. This work by Buttersworth, which had been made into a print, served as one source for the design of the sloop Clearwater, launched in 1969 and still used today for environmental education, a cause long championed by the late folksinger, Pete Seeger.

With bidding in the salesroom, on the telephones and on the Internet, the sale totaled a strong $976,802, against an estimate of $724,075-1,097,225, with an impressive 85% sold by lot and 90% sold by value.

All prices include the buyer’s premium.


The Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois

A special section of the sale comprising lots 109 through 205 presented property from the collection of award-winning costume designer Willa Kim and her husband, writer and illustrator William Pène du Bois, son of the prominent American artist Guy Pène du Bois. Among the highlights were furniture, decorations, mechanical toys, costume jewelry and paintings, including a group of works by Guy Pène du Bois.  Read More


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Consignments are currently being accepted for the Fall 2017 auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection.

For information, please contact:
Anne DePietro, American Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext. 249, or paintings@Doyle.com
David A. Gallager, American Furniture & Decorative Arts, 212-427-4141, ext. 271, or american@Doyle.com

Consignments are currently being accepted

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David A. Gallager
212-427-4141, ext 271
American@Doyle.com

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Paintings@Doyle.com

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  • A New England Collection
  • A Prominent New York Family
  • Estate of Anne Murray
  • Estate of Barbara Anspach
  • Estate of Donald Brenwasser
  • Estate of Donald Brenwasser
  • Estate of Dorothy J. Henry
  • Estate of Dorothy Wassyng
  • Estate of Eunice Johnson Winslow
  • Estate of Helen R. Yellin
  • Estate of Mary Kettaneh
  • From the Estate of Jan Adriaan Laan of Bloemendal, the Netherlands
  • Property from a Gentleman, New Jersey
  • Property from a New Jersey Collector
  • Property from a New York and Connecticut Estate
  • Property from a New York Estate
  • Property from a Private New York State Collector
  • Property from the Collection of Bennett and Judie Weinstock
  • Property of a Boston, Massachusetts Collector
  • Property of a Collector, Wisconsin
  • Property of a Mid-Atlantic Museum to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund
  • Property of a Private Collector, Ardsley, NY
  • Property of a Private Collector, Long Island
  • Property of a Private Collector, New Jersey
  • Property of an East Coast Museum
  • Property of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois
  • The property of Barnabas McHenry

A Selection of Auction Highlights

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