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Doyle New York's October 1, 2014 Auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts Tops $800,000

Wed, Oct 01, 2014 at 10am EDT |
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Strong Prices for Paintings by William Trost Richards, Joseph Whiting Stock, Edmuch Henry Osthaus, Lemuel Everett Wilmarth and Others

  • Strong Prices for Paintings by William Trost Richards, Joseph Whiting Stock, Edmuch Henry Osthaus, Lemuel Everett Wilmarth and Others
  • Carved and Painted Cigar Store Indian Maiden Attributed to Samuel Anderson Robb Achieves $40,625
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the Spring 2015 Americana Auction

Doyle New York's October 1, 2014 auction of American Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts showcased almost 100 lots of 19th and early 20th century American paintings. Also featured were American furniture and decorative arts from the Colonial period through the Federal and Classical styles, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts, samplers, Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. The prints section of the sale offered Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints.

With competitive bidding from buyers in the salesroom, on the telephones and on the Internet, the sale totaled $830,531, at the high end of its pre-sale estimate of $579,150-873,150, with a strong 88% sold by lot and 95% sold by value.


American paintings in the auction sold at the extraordinary rate of 96% by lot and value. Among the highlights was an enchanting pair of 1845 portraits by Joseph Whiting Stock (1815-1855) of young Mary Wilcox and Francis Wilcox holding a doll and a bank, respectively. The pair sold for $46,875, surpassing their high estimate of $25,000-45,000. The portraits were painted concurrently with a larger, full-length portrait, also by Stock, of the two children, wearing the identical costumes seen here and also including the doll and bank. This larger portrait is now included in the prestigious Garbisch Collection in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Two dramatic seascapes by William Trost Richards (1833-1905) also fared well at the auction. An 1894 view of Long Island’s Rockaway Beach fetched $62,500, within its estimate of $50,000-70,000, and a 1898 view of the Southern Coast of England from a Washington, DC Collector achieved $40,625, more than doubling its estimate of $15,000-20,000.

Edmund Henry Osthaus’s (1858-1928) charming depiction of a dog and her puppies titled English Setter Drinking Along the Shore estimated at $12,000-18,000 sold for a strong $34,375. From  El Morocco: The John Perona Collection was a masterful 1888 still life by Lemuel Everett Wilmarth (1835-1918), Peaches and Grapes on a Cloth Covered Table, estimated at $8,000-12,000 that fetched $28,125, more then doubling its high estimate.

The sale also saw strong prices for works by Thomas Worthington Whittredge, Alfred Thompson Bricher, Julian Onderdonk, Elihu Vedder, Arthur Bowen Davies, William Merritt Chase, Charles Partridge Adams and Charles Warren Eaton, among others.

Decorative Arts

American decorative arts featured a rare late 19th century carved and painted cigar store Indian maiden attributed to Samuel Anderson Robb (1851-1928). Competitive bidding on the piece sent the price to $40,625, more doubling its high estimate of $15,000-20,000. Measuring 56 inches in height, the Indian maiden was property deaccessioned from a New England Museum. Samuel Anderson Robb studied at the National Academy of Designand the Cooper Union. He opened a wood shop in New York in the 1860s, which grew to become the most prominent wood carving firm in the city. This carving was arare example ofa female cigar store Indian.

All prices include the buyer's premium.


Doyle New York's next auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts is scheduled for Spring 2015. 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 [email protected]

Anne DePietro, American Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext. 249, or [email protected]

Consignments are currently being accepted

To have your property evaluated for possible consignment in the next auction, please contact:

David Gallager

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