Auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on May 12, 2021
Sale Totaled a Successful $1,317,330, with an Auction Record for Carroll Cloar!
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on May 12, 2021 that 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.
With competitive international bidding, the sale totaled a $1,317,330, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $664,000-1,022,000, with a strong $86% sold by lot and 95% by value.
Lesser Ury -- $214,200!
Highlighting the sale was a view of Alexanderplatz, Berlin by the German-Jewish Impressionist artist Lesser Ury (1861-1931) that soared past its estimate of $20,000-30,000 to achieve a stunning $214,200. Ury is well-known for his moody images of the city at night, and this depiction of a rain-soaked Alexanderplatz was featured in the 1951 Lesser Ury retrospective at the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel.
Carroll Cloar -- A World Auction Record for the Artist!
Two paintings by Carroll Cloar (1913-1993) attracted strong interest at the sale, sending both works far beyond their estimates of $20,000-40,000 each. Pickers realized $81,900 and Federal Compress achieved $88,200 – A World Auction Record for the Artist. Bringing Surrealism to the American South, Cloar left his farming family in Arkansas to study at New York’s Art Student’s League, later joining the prestigious Downtown Gallery roster. Both Pickers and Federal Compress feature Cloar’s unique balance of American realism and whimsical folklore.
Theora Hamblett – the Second Highest Auction Price for the Artist!
From 1958, A Wish, A Vision and Their Fulfillment by Mississippi artist Theora Hamblett (1895-1977) tripled its $15,000-20,000 estimate, realizing $56,700 – the Second Highest Auction Price for the Artist. One of the first Folk artists to receive national recognition, Hamblett began painting after retiring from her work as a seamstress in her 50s. A Wish, A Vision and Their Fulfillment is a bright, lyrical work; synonymous with her series of paintings depicting the chicken farm and rural scenes of her childhood.
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A World Auction Record for the Artist