American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative ArtsWed, Oct 04, 2017 at 10am EDT |
Auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts on October 4, 2017 at 10am in New York
Featuring Paintings by John Frederick Kensett, William Michael Harnett, Edmund Darch Lewis, George Inness, Edward Moran and Eric Sloane, Among Many Others
Including a Rare American Silver Cup from 1687 by Boston Silversmith John Coney and a Gorham Martelé Silver Loving Cup dated 1907
NEW YORK, NY -- On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10am, Doyle will hold an auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. The sale showcases 18th and 19th century American furniture and decorative arts, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts and samplers, in addition to Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. Special sections of the sale are devoted to fine 19th century paintings and Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints.
One of America’s most important landscape painters, John F. Kensett (1816-1872) was viewed as an heir to Thomas Cole in his leadership of the Hudson River tradition. His landscape subjects ranged from quiet, woodland interiors of New York and New England to long, uninhabited shorelines of the Atlantic seaboard, making him the first member of the second generation Hudson River School painters to depict coastal scenes. Inspired by the words of William Cullen Bryant, Kensett conveyed a sense of the divine in luminous landscapes and haunting evocations of the sea such as this example, where the sea and sky meld imperceptibly into one. The sale offers a gemlike 1861 view of figures gazing out to sea near a promontory. With its poetic juxtaposition of rugged headland and shimmering water, this is a signature example of his mature style (est. $80,000-130,000).
A lovely view of the Delaware River, in which resting cattle and details of the landscape are picked out by the rays of a rising sun, was painted by George Inness (1825-1894) around 1860-63, after his return from trips to France and Italy. In the course of his European travels, Inness was deeply affected by the work of the Barbizon School, which in time led him to turn away from topographical accuracy favored by the Hudson River School painters in favor of moody, poetic subjects rendered with rich color and increasingly fluid brushwork. Interestingly, this small landscape was acquired by John F. Kensett, one of the leading lights of the Hudson River School, and it remained in his family until 1913 (est. $8,000-12,000).
Other artists represented in the sale include William Michael Harnett, Edmund Darch Lewis, De Scott Evans, Henry Roderick Newman, Henry Augustus Ferguson, Edward Moran, Walter Launt Palmer, George Henry Durrie, Guy Carleton Wiggins, William Mason Brown, and Alfred Thomas Britcher, among many others.
Furniture & Decorative Arts
Furniture highlights include an elegant early 19th century Federal chest from a New York City Private Collector. The chest is a masterful example of the use of contrasting flame birch panels and figured mahogany banding. The use of book matched veneers within a composition of rectangles on a serpentine form creates movement and containment in perfect balance. The drop panel may indicate a Portsmouth, New Hampshire origin (est. $5,000-8,000).
Clocks in the sale offer an examples with a refined clock case featuring elliptical inlays and a circular panel in the base typical of fine New Jersey clocks of the early 19th century. The most prominent makers include Aaron Brokaw, Joachim Hill and John Scudder, to whom this example is attributed (est. $4,000-6,000).
The silver section of the auction offers a broad range of examples from the colonial era through the Belle Epoque.
Many pieces of 17th century American silver originated in church collections, such as a two-handled cup by prominent Boston silversmith John Coney (1655-1722), who is regarded as the greatest American silversmith of his generation. The Puritan spirit in American churches meant that religious wares tended to mirror domestic pieces rather than the grandly ornate pieces used by the established religions in Europe. Property from the Estate of a New York Lady, the cup was one of a pair commissioned by the First Church in Salem, Massachusetts in 1687 (est. $10,000-15,000).
Gorham’s Martelé silver adhered to the Arts and Crafts movement’s principle of hand craftsmanship. The name Martelé is translated from the French word for hammered. Exhibited in 1897, Martelé silver was introduced commercially in 1900 and production ceased in 1912. One of only 180 Martelé loving cups made, this example was presented in 1907 to John D. Slayback on behalf of the Washington Square Methodist Episcopal Sunday School (est. $5,000-7,000).
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for future auctions of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction appraisal. 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
Todd Sell, Silver, 212-427-4141, ext. 269, or silver@Doyle.com
Cynthia Klein, Prints & Multiples, 212-427-4141, ext. 246, or prints@Doyle.com