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10 AM, November 29, 2007

Sale 1911

In Platte River Country" by Bierstadt

Lot 182, "In Platte River Country," by Albert Bierstadt, oil on board, 12 by 18 inches, 1864

By Carter B. Horsley

The Fall 2007 American Paintings auction at Christie's came packaged in five catalogues and contains many works of high caliber.

To a certain extent, the sale was a disappointment as a court ordered that some works consigned by Randolph-Macon College be withdrawn including a large and very fine New York harbor scene by George Bellows that carried the highest low estimate in the sale, $25,000,000.

About 24 percent of the 218 offered lots did not sell, furthermore, a high percentage for a major sale.

The good news, however, is that the sale total of $71,299,925 was the highest American Painting auction total in Christie's history with 20 lots selling for more than $1,000,000 and records being set for 21 works.

Lot 182 is a small but fabulous and classic western landscape by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) entitled "In Platte River Country." An oil on board that measures 12 by 18 inches, it was painted in 1864. It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $2,505,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

"Herring Fishing" by Homer

Lot 161, "Herring Fishing," by Winslow Homer, watercolor on paper, 13 3/4 by 20 1/2 inches, 1894

The auction has several very good works by Winslow Homer (1836-1910).

Lot 161, "Herring Fishing," is a large watercolor on paper by Homer that is dated 1894. It measures 13 3/4 by 20 1/2 inches. It has an estimate of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000. It sold for $3,065,000.

"Boating Boys in Gloucester"

Lot 71, "Boating Boys in Gloucester," by Winslow Homer, watercolor and pencil on paper, 10 by 14 inches, 1880

Lot 71 is a simple but beautiful watercolor and pencil on paper by Homer entitled "Boating Boys in Gloucester." It measures 10 by 14 inches and is dated 1880. The work is very dramatic. It has a modest estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It sold for $1,161,000.

"Elizabeth Loring Grant" by Homer

Lot 96, "Portrait of Elizabeth Loring Grant," by Winslow Homer, charcoal, chalk and pencil on paper, 10 inches square, 1866

Lot 96 is beautiful charcoal, chalk pencil drawing on paper of Elizabeth Loring Grant by Homer. It is 10 inches square and is dated 1866. The beautiful woman, who lived in Belmont, Massachusetts, portrayed in the drawing was given it as a gift by the artist. It has a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $313,000.

"View of Mount Etna" by Cole

Lot 170, "View of Mount Etna," by Thomas Cole, oil on panel, 11 1/2 by 17 inches, circa 1843-44

Lot 170 is a superb small oil on panel by Thomas Cole (1801-1848) that is entitled "View of Mount Etna." It measures 11 1/2 by 17 inches and was painted circa 1843-44. It has a modest estimate of $120,000 to $180,000, a reflection of the relatively, and absurdly, low prices works by Cole,the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting, have brought recently. It sold for $541,000.

"Mount Chocorua, New Hampshire" by Gifford

Lot 100, "Mount Chocorua, New Hampshire," by Sanford Robinson Gifford, oil on canvas,18 1/4 by 30 1/4 inches, 1863

Lot 100 is an excellent and masterly and luminous view of Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire, by Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880). An oil on canvas, it measures 18 1/4 by 30 1/4 inches and is dated 1863. It has a modest estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold for $657,000.

"Moat Mountain, New Hampshire" by Gifford

Lot 164, "Moat Mountain, New Hampshire," by Sanford Robinson Gifford, oil on canvas,1 0 3/4 by 20 inches, circa 1868

A small and less dramatic mountain scene in New Hampshire by Gifford is Lot 164, an oil on canvas that measures 10 3/4 by 20 inches. Entitled "Moat Mountain, New Hampshire," it is dated 1868. The foreground of the painting contains tree stumps and two people by a cabin. It has a modest estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. Surprisingly, it sold for $881,000, considerably more than the Mount Chocorua painting.

"Bash-Bish Falls" by Kensett

Lot 74, "Bash-Bish Falls," by John F. Kensett, oil on canvas,18 by 22 1/4 inches

Lot 74 is a nice landscape by John F. Kensett (1816-1872) of Bash-Bish Falls. An unsigned oil on canvas, it measures 18 by 22 1/4 inches. Kensett did many versions of this scene, most vertical compositions. It has an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It sold for $289,000.

"Storm Ahead" by Wyant

Lot 73, "Storm Ahead," by Alexander Helwig Wyant, oil on canvas tacked on panel, 22 3/4 by 31 1/2 inches, circa 1870s

Lot 73 is a fine landscape by Alexander Helwig Wyant (1836-1892) entitled "Storm Ahead." An oil on canvas tacked on panel, it measueres 22 3/4 by 31 1/2 inches. It has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It failed to sell.

"Connecticut River Shore" by Tryon

Lot 157, "Connecticut River Shore," by Dwight William Tryon, oil on canvas, 11 1/4 by 18 1/4 inches, 1872

Lot 157 is a jewel of a luminist marine painting by Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925). Tryon is not known for luminist works and this is a beauty. Entitled "Connecticut River Shore," it is an oil on canvas that measures 11 1/4 by 18 1/4 inches. It is dated 1872. It is one of numerous works in the auction that is property from the Samuel B. and Marion W. Lawrence Collection. It has a very modest estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $67,000.

"Evening (Twilight on the New Jersey Shore)" by Silva

Lot 158, "Evening (Twilight on the New Jersey Shore)," by Francis Augustus Silva, oil on canvas, 20 by 36 inches, 1881

Another work from the Lawrence collection is Lot 158, a classic shore scene by Francis Augustus Silva (1835-1886) entitled "Evening (Twilighton the New Jersey Shore)." An oil on canvas, it measures 20 by 36 inches and is dated 1881. It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It failed to sell.

"The Finish of the Kermesse" by Gaspard

Lot 16, "The Finish of the Kermesse," by Leon Shulman Gaspard, oil on canvasboard, 37 by 47 inches, 1918

Lot 16 is a large and sumptuous work by Leon Shuman Gaspard (188201964). Entitled "The Finish of the Kermesse," it is an oil on canvasboard that measures 37 by 47 inches and is dated 1918. It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000. It sold for $2,001,000.

"Locked in Ice" by Bradford

Lot 177, "Locked in Ice," by William Bradford, oil on canvas tacked over panel, 20 1/4 by 30 inches, 1882

Lot 177 is a good Arctic scene by William Bradford (1823-1892). Entitled "Locked in Ice," it is an oil on canvas tacked over panel that measures 20 1/4 by 30 inches. It is dated 1882. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It sold for $881,000.

"Near Perugia" by Vedder

Lot 171, "Near Perugia," by Elihu Vedder, oil on board, 8 1/2 by 13 1/4 inches, 1870

Lot 171 is a nice Italian landscape by Elihu Vedder (1836-1923). Entitled "Near Perugia," it is an oil on board that measures 8 1/2 by 13 1/4 inches and is dated 1870. It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $46,600.

"Landscape Near Perugia" by Inness

Lot 169, "Landscape Near Perugia," by George Inness, oil on panel, 12 1/4 by 18 1/4 inches, circa 1873-6

Another landscape scene near Perugia is Lot 169 by George Inness (1825-1894). An oil on panel that measures 12 1/4 by 18 1/4 inches, it was painted circa 1873-6. It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000. It sold for $163,000.

"Woman in a Gondola" by Blum

Lot 52, "Woman in a Gondola with San Giorgio Maggiore in the Background," by Robert Frederick Blum, oil on canvas, 14 by 21 1/2 inches, circa 1887.

Lot52 is a very dramatic Venetian scene by Robert Frederick Blum (1857-1903). Entitled "Woman in a Gondola," it is an oil on canvas that measures 14 b 21 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1887. The work has been widely exhibited and published. It has a conservative estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $85,000.

"Venetian Lace Makers" by Blum

Lot 54, "Venetian Lace Makers," by Robert Frederick Blum, oil on panel, 8 1/2 by 6 1/4 inches

Lot 54 is a very fine sketch by Robert Frederick Blum for one of his most famous compositions, "Venetian Lace Makers." It is an oil on panel that measures 8 1/2 by 6 1/4 inches. It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $193,000.

"The Farmyard" by Ryder

Lot 78, "The Farmyard," by Albert Pinkham Ryder, oil on canvas, 12 3/4 by 10 3/4 inches,

Lot 78 is a rare work by Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), the great mystic and romantic painter. Entitled "The Farmyard," it is an oil on canvas that measures 12 2/4 by 10 3/4 inches. It was property formerly in the collection of Sam and Margaret Lewisohn and was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of art in its 1951 show on The Lewisohn Collection. The work is not signed and has an estimtae of $80,000 to $120,000. It failed to sell.

"The Pet Canary" by Chase

Lot 58, "The Pet Canary," by William Merritt Chase, oil on canvas, 19 1/2 by 12 inches, circa 1886

Lot 58 is a lovely oil on canvas entitled "The Pet Canary" by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). It measures 19 1/2 by 12 inches and was painted circa 1886. It has appeared in three recent publications. It has a modest estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It failed to sell.

"Sunset at Sea" by Hassam

Lot 68, "Sunset at Sea," by Childe Hassam, oil on canvas, 34 3/4 by 34 1/3 inches, 1911

Lot 68 is a sensational seascape by Childe Hassam. Entitled "Sunset at Sea," it is an oil on canvas that measures 34 3/4 by 34 1/2 inches and was painted in 1911. It is property of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and is being sold to benefit its acquisition fund. The highly abstract work that a harbinger of the oeuvre of Rotho, it has a conservative estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $3,737,000.

Untitled by Dawson

Lot 34, "Untitled," by Manierre Dawson, oil on panel, 14 by 10 inches, 1913

Lot 34 is a lovely muted abstraction by Manierre Dawson (1864-1939). An oil on panel, it measures 14 by 10 inches and is dated 1913. It has a modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $51,400.

"Stacks in Celebration" by Sheeler

Lot 125, "Stacks in Celebration," by Charles Sheeler, tempera on plexiglass, 7 1/2 by 9 inches, 1954

Lot 125 is a superb tempera on plexigass by Charles Sheeler (1883-1965). Entitled "Stacks in Celebration," it measures 7 1/2 by 9 inches and was executed in 1954. It has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It sold for $325,000.

"Rooftops, Provincetown," by Demuth

Lot 113, "Rooftops, Provincetown," by Charles Demuth, watercolor and pencil on paper, 10 by 14 inches, circa 1918

Lot 113 is a very beautiful watercolor and pencil on paper by Charles Demuth (1883-1935). Entitled "Rooftops, Provincetown," it measures 10 by 14 inches and was executed circa 1918. It has a modest estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $481,000.

"Pink Spotted Lilies" by O'Keeffe

Lot 139, "Pink Spotted Lilies," by Georgia O'Keeffe, oil on canvas, 20 by 16 1/4 inches, 1936

Lot 139 is a beautiful floral painting by Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986). Entitled "Pink Spotted Lilies," it is an oil on canvas that measures 20 by 16 1/4 inchesand was painted in 1936. It has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000. It failed to sell.

Another O'Keeffe, Lot 112," is the cover illustration of the catalogue. Entitled "Trees at Glorieta, New Mexico," it is an oil on canvas that measures 30 by 40 inches and was painted in 1929. It has an estimate of $3,000,000 to $5,000,000. It failed to sell.

Lot 119, "The Intruder," is a large tempera on panel by Andrew Wyeth (b. 1917). It measures 30 1/2 by 50 1/4 inches and was painted in 1971. It has an estimate of $3,000,000 to $5,000,000. It sold for $5,753,000.

Lot 101, "The Last of the Mohicans," is a large and impressive work by Emanuel Leutze (1816-1868). An oil on canvas, it measures 41 3/4 by 30 inches. It has an estimate of $700,000 to $1,000,000. It sold for $2,169,000.

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