Sketchbook of Studies by Maurice Prendergast Achieves $86,500
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The November 13, 2012 sale of American Art at Doyle New York offered important paintings and sculpture by American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The sale showcased examples representing a variety of schools, including Hudson River and Western art, American Impressionism, the regionalist schools of California and New Hope, as well as works by expatriate American artists and early modernists. Special sections of the sale offered property from the Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art and property from the Estate of Waldo Hutchins, III.
The surprise highlight of the sale was a 1910 drawing of a young woman titled In Pink No 11 by Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938). The work is typical of the Paris-educated Dewing’s Tonalist portrayals of the female figure. Executed in pastel, charcoal and pencil on brown paper, the sketch sold for $110,500, many times its estimate of $15,000-20,000.
Also noteworthy was the only fully bound sketchbook of studies by Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924) not included in a museum collection. Comprising 130 pages, the extraordinary sketchbook included brilliantly colored watercolors and deft studies of daily life depicted with the verve and spontaneity that make Prendergast‘s work so enchanting. On the whole, the sketches appear to have been executed in the general vicinity of Cape Ann, Gloucester and Marblehead, MA. One work was inscribed "Public Garden," presumably referring to the Boston Public Garden. Consigned by the Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art, the sketchbook surpassed its estmate of $50,000-70,000, fetching $86,500.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
Next American Art Auction: May 8, 2013
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