stars of this auction are Ash Can school works from the Arthur
Altschul Collection highighted by a great Everett Shinn (1876-1953),
Lot 9, "Footlight Flirtation," a 29 1/4-by-36 1/4-inch
oil on canvas, dated 1912. It has an estimate of $2,500,000 to
$3,500,000. It sold for $3,639,500 including the buyer's
as do all results mentioned in this article. Lot 11, "Gray
and Brass," is a great John Sloan (1871-1951), oil on canvas,
21 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches, painted in 1907. It also has an estimate
of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000. It sold for $2,319,500.
are true masterworks by these artists and top museum quality.
was a very successful auction with about 85 percent of the lots
selling for a total of $31,632,545.
works also included several fine Ash Can school drawings, notably
Lot 7, "O'Rourke Tried to Climb Through The Ropes, But Was
Pulled Back and Thrown on the Floor," by William J. Glackens
(1870-1938), a superb charcoal and Chinese white on board, 14
by 11 inches, circa 1905, shown below, which has an estimate of
$75,000 to $100,000. It sold for $229,500.
fine Glackens drawing is "The Balcony," Lot 8, an ink
and Chinese white on board, 11 by 13 3/4 inches, circa 1899, with
an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $185,500.
several excellent drawings from the Altschul Collection by Everett
Shinn including Lot 16, "Washington Square," a watercolor
and gouache on paper, 8 1/2 by 12 inches, 1942, with an estimate
of $40,000 to $60,000, and Lot 17, "Old Vanderbilt House,"
shown above, a 7 1/4-by-10-inch watercolor and gouache on board
that was executed in 1945. The scene shows the former mansion
that occupies the site of Bergdorf Goodman and which is also the
subject of one of Shinn's large paintings in the Oak Bar of the
adjacent Plaza Hotel. Lot 16 sold for $77,675 and Lot 17,
had an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000, sold for $71,700.
non-Altschul properties are Lot 33, "Outer Harbor (Summer),"
a very fine oil on panel, 18 1/2 by 32 1/4 inches, by Maurice
B. Prendergast (1859-1924), another Ash Can School painter known
for his lively mosaic-style paintings and watercolors. This has
an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It failed to sell
and was "passed" at $850,000. This was as good a Prendergast
as one could hope for but surprisingly his works have not done
very well in recent years at auction.
illustration of the catalogue is a very fine and formal Mary Cassatt
(1844-1926) family work, Lot 22, "Mother and Sara Admiring
the Baby," a 46 1/4-by-29-inch pastel, circa 1901. While
it is pretty and true to Cassatt's popular formula, it is not
as interesting or dramatic as some of her sketchier works. It
has an ambitious estimate of $3,500,000 to $5,000,000. It
to sell and was "passed" at $2,600,000.
very pretty Impressionist pastel is lot 29, "Afternoon in
the Park," by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), that measures
18 3/4 by 14 3/4 inches. It was executed in 1889 and while technically
very well done, it has a rather ambitious estimate of $2,000,000
to $3,000,000 and is, like the Cassatt, a little too formal. It
sold for $2,099,500.
and much more beautiful than either the Cassatt or the Chase is
Thomas Wilmer Dewing's "The Song," Lot 37," a 26
1/2-by-34-inch oil on canvas. Executed in 1891, this is a classic
Whistlerian work of great beauty and poetry and has an estimate
of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $3,419,500.
"Wooden Horses," is a fine carrousel tempera on board
by Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) that measures 24 by 40 inches and
was painted in 1936. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000
and delightfully captures the fun of amusement parks and is a
particularly vibrant work by Marsh. It sold for $834,500.
"The Jazz Singer," is a very fine watercolor on paper,
13 by 8 inches, by Charles Demuth (1883-1935). It has an estimate
of $60,000 to $80,000 and is executed in 1916 and is of considerable
historical interest as well as being a superb watercolor by an
important artist. It sold for $185,500.
New York scene is Lot 110, "Broadway Looking South from Liberty
Street," by John William Hill (1812-1879), watercolor on
paper, 17 1/4 by 24 3/4 inches, 1831. It has a modest estimate
of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $130,500.
"Two Hunters in a Landscape," is a fine Massachusetts
scene by Martin J. Heade (1819-1904), an oil on canvas that measures
12 1/4 by 24 inches and comes from the Thyssen-Bornemesza collection.
It has a conservative estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It
sold for $240,000.
"Sunset," by George Inness (1825-1894), is a handsome
work by this very poetic Tonalist. An oil on canvas that measures
32 1/4 by 42 inches, it was executed in 1893 and has a conservative
estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It is top museum quality and
lovely. It sold for $295,500.
"Looking over Niagara Falls,"by Thomas Moran (1837-1926)
is a 14-by-30-inch oil on canvas that has a very conservative
estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $339,500.
"Kit Fliers," by John G. Brown (1831-1913), is a very,
very charming oil on canvas, 12 by 9 inches, of two city boys
playing with kites. Executed in 1867, it has a modest estimate
of $20,000 to $30,000. Brown is famous for his paintings of shoeshine
boys but at his best, as here, he was a very fine genre painter.
It sold for $32,862.
Lot 143, "Buffalo Hunt," by Alfred Jacob Miller
is a great oil on canvas, 21 1/2 by 34 inches, 1858 by the earliest
and best painters of the West. It has an estimate of $800,000
to $1,200,000. It sold for $1,659,500.
Sotheby's also has two portraits of George Washington, one by
Gilbert Stuart and the other by Rembrandt Peale. There are a lot