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Drawing by Thomas Wilmer Dewing Highlights Doyle New York's November 13, 2012 Sale of American Art

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11am EST |
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Sketchbook of Studies by Maurice Prendergast Achieves $86,500

  • Sketchbook of Studies by Maurice Prendergast Achieves $86,500
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the May 2013 Sale of American Art
  • We Invite You to Contact Us for a Complimentary Auction Evaluation of Your Paintings and Sculpture

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.

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  • Collection of Judith Leiber
  • Estate of William Begell
  • Estate of a New York Lady
  • Estate of a Private Collector
  • Estate of a Private Collector
  • Estate of Arnold Kleinick
  • Estate of Francis L. Pagani, Jr.
  • Estate of Jane P. Shaffer
  • Estate of Marguerite Gilpatric
  • Estate of Mollie Schildkrout
  • Estate of Murray L. Nathan
  • Estate of Rhoda Graf
  • Estate of Robert C. Graham, Sr.
  • Estate of Susan Erpf Van De Bovenkamp
  • Estate of Waldo Hutchins III
  • Estates of Angus and Alice Thuermer
  • Estates of Richard and Norma Flender
  • From the Collection of The Cooper Union, Sold to Benefit Student Scholarships
  • Knoedler & Company
  • Property from the Estate of a Washington D.C. Philanthropist
  • Property of a California Collection
  • Property of a Private Collector
  • The Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation Collection
  • The Property of a New Jersey Collector
  • The Rumsey-Harriman Collection; Estate of Mrs. Charles C. Rumsey
  • The Spanierman Gallery, LLC

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