Auction of Paintings from the Collection of William and Abigail Gerdts on March 27, 2019 at 10am
19th Century Still Life Paintings Collected by Bill and Abbie Gerdts
Distinguished Scholars of American Painting and Sculpture
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle was honored to auction paintings from the Collection of William and Abigail Gerdts on March 27, 2019 as a featured section of the auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts.
Bill Gerdts – with Abbie – collected mid-to-late nineteenth-century still-life paintings by American artists for more than fifty years. Part of the recent streamlining of their lifestyle has been the dispersal of much of the collection to clear their large Upper East Side apartment in preparation for a move to the country. The selection from the Gerdts’s collection that Doyle offered reflects the couple’s lifelong careers as scholars of American painting and sculpture.
While it included works by a few “star” artists, the grouping also illuminated a primary focus of the collection: American artists whose ability made them leading figures in communities beyond the spotlight of New York. Thus, examples by the foremost still-life specialists active in Fall River, Massachusetts; Bangor, Maine; Bordentown, New Jersey; Dayton, Ohio; and in Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco are seen in company with some unexpected subjects by familiar artists such as Lilly Martin Spencer, Shephard Alonzo Mount, and Ralph Blakelock.
Property from the Collection of William and Abigail Gerdts comprised lots 72-98 in the March 27 auction.