View of Belfield Attributed to Rubens Peale Achieves $40,625
Chippendale Tall Case Clock by Benjamin Morris of Bucks County Fetches $28,125
Sale Totals $1,358,469 Amid Competitive Bidding
Doyle New York's November 19, 2012 auction of American Furniture, Decorative Arts and 19th Century Paintings showcased important American furniture and decorative arts from the Colonial period through the Federal and Classical styles. Silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts, samplers, Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. A special section of the sale offered over 160 lots of 19th century American paintings and prints, including works from the estate of noted collector Lee B. Anderson and the Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art.
With competitive bidding from buyers in the salesroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the sale totaled $1,358,469 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,166,975-1,783,525, with 80% sold by lot and 88% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was an 1869 landscape attributed to Rubens Peale depicting a view of Belfield, the Peale family home near Germantown, PA. Consigned by the Estate of Lee B. Anderson, the painting sailed past its estimate of $15,000-25,000 to achieve a strong $40,625. This works is believed to be a copy of an earlier depiction of Belfield by Rubens Peale’s father, the artist Charles Wilson Peale.
Representing William Trost Richards (1833-1905) was a masterful seascape, Sunlit Wave, in which Richards has captured the exact moment where the sunlight breaks through the clouds and illuminates an incoming wave. Consigned by The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art, the painting fetched $37,500, well over its estimate of $15,000-25,000.
Dating to 1831 was William Sidney Mount’s (1807-1868) Country Lad on a Fence [Sketch from Nature; Boy Getting Over a Fence, Throg's Point, New York]. Exhibited by Asher B. Durand at the National Academy of Design in New York, the work was then acquired by the celebrated art collector Robert Gilmor. It disappeared from sight for a century, but was known from an 1834 engraving. This charming painting achieved $34,375, many times its estimate of $8,000-12,000.
Capturing the majesty of Niagara Falls was Rembrandt Peale’s (1778-1830) circa 1831 depiction of Falls of Niagara from Goat Island from the Estate of Lee B. Anderson. The painting performed strongly at the sale, selling for $28,125 against an estimate of $15,000-25,000.
Interest in works consigned by Spanierman Gallery, LLC was robust. A particular highlight was a rare still life from 1857 by David Johnson (one of only four executed by the painter) which soared well past its estimate of $8,000-12,000 to fetch $27,500.
Strong prices were also achieved for works by Charles Codman, Robert Havell, Jr., Alexander Helwig Wyant, George Henry Story, Samuel Colman, William Stanley Haseltine, George Iness and many more.
Furniture & Decorative Arts
American furniture featured a Chippendale cherry tall case clock by Benjamin Morris of Bucks Country, PA. Dating to the final quarter of the 18th century, the clock featured a scroll pediment and moon dial. Competitive bidding sent the clock well over its estimate of $5,000-8,000, ultimately selling for $28,125.
An impressive Classical marble top mahogany sideboard with marble columnar supports, New York, second quarter of the 19th century, surpassed its estimate of $2,000-4,000, fetching $6,875. A pair of Federal inlaid mahogany and figured birch fold-over card tables, probably Boston, late 18th/early 19th century from the Estate of Waldo Hutchins, III, achieved $6,875, within their estimate of $6,000-9,000.
A handsome Classical mahogany bookcase, second quarter of the 19th century, estimated at $3,000-5,000 fetched $5,938; and a Classical mahogany serving table, first half of the 19th century sold for $5,313, far surpassing its estimate of $800-1,200.
Decorative arts featured a bronze bust of Young Abraham Lincoln by Max Bachmann (1862-1921) dated 1905, height 30 inches, that sold for $8,750, double its estimate of $3,500-4,500.
American silver in the sale was highlighted by a six-piece assembled coin silver tea and coffee service, some by Jackson & Many, New York, mid 19th century, estimated at $1,500-2,000 that sold for $5,000.
NEXT AMERICANA AUCTION: April 22, 2013
Doyle New York's next auction of American Furniture, Decorative Arts & 19th Century Paintings is scheduled for April 22, 2013. Consignments are currently being accepted. 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:
David E. Gallager, American Furniture & Decorative Arts, 212-427-4141, ext. 271, or american@DoyleNewYork.com
Anne DePietro, American Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext. 249, or paintings@DoyleNewYork.com