Featuring Works by Prominenat American Artists of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
On Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10am, Doyle New York will auction the The Lee B. Anderson Collection will be a highlighted section Doyle New York’s November 19 auction of American Furniture, Dexcorative Arts & 19th Century Paintings.
Lee B. Anderson’s painting collection was as personal and idiosyncratic as it was all-encompassing. He was a pioneer collector of American art, and a pivotal figure in forming an informal coterie of aspiring art collectors in the 1950s that grew to include James Ricau, William H. Gerdts, Graham Williford and Paul Magriel, among others. His initial forays into collecting focused on American landscape, and he acquired a single work by each artist.
Beginning with landscapes that literally spanned the length and breadth of America, Anderson formed a collection that also spanned the history of American art, including likenesses of our forefathers, several paintings by members of the dynastic Peale family of painters, and ultimately extending into the twentieth century. Today, some of the finest paintings from the Anderson collection are included in important museum collections, and Doyle New York is featuring more than two hundred works of art in our Fall auctions.
A single-owner section devoted to work from the Estate of Lee B. Anderson is a special highlight of our November 19 Americana auction. Featuring major works from the Anderson collection, this tantalizing group of paintings includes fine examples of regional landscape including a handsome early vista of the Catskills by James Henry Rafferty and a rural scene attributed to John Vanderlyn. The sale also includes a wonderful copy thought to be the work of Rubens Peale, after his father, Charles Willson Peale’s view of Belfield, the family’s Germantown, Pennsylvania home. Among other highlights of this fascinating group are a contingent of paintings by other members of the Peale family, a delightfully quirky portrait of George Washington attributed to Bass Otis, a haunting nocturne of a Massachusetts hayrick by Dwight Tryon, and a charming 1905 view of Montparnasse by Everett Shinn.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 AUCTION
The September 19 sale includes objects as diverse as an important marble portrait medallion by Edmonia Lewis, as well as an exquisite small watercolor and gouache painting of a beetle attributed to Albert Bierstadt, and a delightful 1855 landscape by Alvan Fisher. Among other artists whose works are featured in the sale are Max Kuehne, Harry Leith-Ross, Edward Gay, Emil Carlsen, Howard Russell Butler, William Langson Lathrop and Arthur B. Davies, DeWitt Parshall, and Pavel Tchelitchew. (more)
These two auctions offer rare opportunities to acquire works from one of the great, if highly personal, collections begun in the 1950s. Along with the exceptional examples of American Gothic furniture and Tiffany glass in theSeptember sale, these works of art, to be sold for the benefit of the Lee B. Anderson Memorial Foundation, evoke the passion with which Lee Anderson assembled and displayed his collection in his remarkable, historic East Village brownstone.