Past Auction

Impressionist & Modern Art

Wed, Nov 06, 2019 at 11am EST |
New York
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  • Auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on November 6, 2019
  • Featuring Works by Jean Beraud, Bernard Buffet, George Tooker and Alexander Archipenko
  • Including Property from The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on November 6, 2019 showcased fine European and American paintings, drawings and sculpture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The offerings spanned Academic and Barbizon art through Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to German Expressionism and early Modernism.

Highlighting the sale was a work by French artist Jean Béraud (1849-1935) that achieved $405,000 against an estimate of $400,000-600,000. Beraud specialized in delightful Paris street scenes featuring stylish gentlemen and ladies of the Belle Epoque strolling the city’s grand boulevards and public squares. This masterful painting from 1887 shows the Carrefour Drouot, a square formed by the crossing of five streets on the Right Bank, with all the sparkle and vitality of the artist’s best work.   

Property of a Florida Collector, a 1966 portrait of a clown by French artist Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) sold for $250,000, at the top end of its $150,000-250,000 estimate. Clown Chauve Fond Vert embodied one of Buffet’s perennially popular subjects -- the distinctive, graphic clowns that he painted through the 1950s and 60s.

Born in Brooklyn, George Tooker (1920-2011) studied at Harvard University and at the Art Students League, where he was taught for a short time by Reginald Marsh and became friends with Paul Cadmus. Property from a Prominent Philadelphia Collector, Laundress from 1952 fetched a strong $225,000, exceeding its estimate of $100,000-150,000. An intimate scene of a woman and her three children on a rooftop in the city, it was a rare example of the artist’s work in oil.

The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection

Doyle is honored to present The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection as a highlight of the Fall season. A civic leader and philanthropist, Marian championed outdoor community spaces across New York and led a nonprofit organization responsible for restoring the 42nd Street theatres. She was instrumental in the 1972 campaign to create the Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,000-acre park with scattered beaches and wildlife refuges around the entrance to the New York-New Jersey harbor. For 34 years, she worked as a Director of The New York Times, where her grandfather, father, husband, brother, nephew and grand-nephew served as successive publishers. Her work at the newspaper focused on educational projects. In 1965, Marian married Andrew Heiskell, the Chairman of Time Inc., whose philanthropies included the New York Public Library.

Highlights from the couple’s remarkable art collection include a group of works by Helen Frankenthaler, as well as examples by Pierre Eugène Montézin and Auguste Rodin, and elegant furniture, silver and decorative arts.  Read More

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  • Estate of a Palm Beach Heiress
  • Estate of a Vero Beach Lady
  • Estate of Joan Harmon Van Metre, The Plains, VA
  • Property from a Family Collection
  • Property from a New York Estate
  • Property from a Prominent Philadelphia Collector
  • Property from the Estate of Leonard and Elaine Silverstein, Bethesda, MD
  • Property of a Florida Collector
  • Property of the Gertrude D. Davis Trust
  • Property of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection
  • The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection

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