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Christie's New York

10 A.M., May 16, 2012


Sale 2561

Bluemner

Lot 11, "Perth Amboy West (Tottenville)," by Oscar Bluemner, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 by 30 inches, 1911 and 1916-7

By Carter B. Horsley

The May 16, 2012 auction of American Paintings at Christie's New York is highlighted by a great painting by Oscar Bluemner, a great pastel by Georgia O'Keeffe, a stunning Venetian boating scene by Robert Frederick Blum, a very fine hummingbird picture by Martin J. Heade, a great genre painting by Jerome Thompson, two very good Impressionist paintings by Childe Hassam, and a good landscape by George Inness.

Lot 11,"Perth Amboy West (Tottenville), is a marvelous and very striking oil on canvas by Oscar Bluemner (1967-1938).  It measures 21 1/4 by 30 inches and was painted in 1911 and 1916-7.  It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It failed to sell.

The auction sold 77 of 100 offered lots for $27,198,600.


Athur Dove

Lot 10, "Lake George in Woods," by Georgia O'Keeffe, pastel on paper laid down on paperboard, 17 by 14 1/4 inches, 1922

Lot 10 is an excellent and very lovely pastel on paper laid down on paperboard by Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986).  Entitled "Lake George in Woods," it measures 17 by 14 1/4 inches and was executed in 1922.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $902,500.  


O'Keeffe


Lot 13, "Deer Horns," by Georgia O'Keeffe, oil on canvas, 36 by 16 inches, 1938

Another O'Keeffe is Lot 13, "Deer Horns," an oil on canvas that measures 36 by 16 inches.  It is the back-cover illustration of the catalogue.  It was painted in 1938 and has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  It sold for $1,930,500, to Baird W. Ryan, a private dealer.


Blum

Lot 38, "Venetian Gondoliers," by Robert Frederick Blum, oil on canvas, 18 1/4 by 28 1/2 inches, circa 1880-1889

Lot 38 is a very beautiful and dramatic oil on canvas of "Venetian Gondoliers" by Robert Frederick Blum (1857-1903).  It measures 18 1/4 by 28 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1880-1889.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $1,142,500.


Hassam cover

Lot 39, "La Fruitiere," by Childe Hassam, oil on board, 14 by 10 inches, circa 1887-9

The cover illustration of the auction's catalogue is Lot 39, "La Fruitiere," a very beautiful, small oil on board by Childe Hassam (1859-1935).  It measures 14 by 10 inches and was painted circa 1887-9.  It was exhibited in the retrospective on the artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $842,500.


Hassam 2

Lot 33, "The Smelt Fishers, Cos Cob, Connecticut," by Childe Hassam, oil on canvas, 22 by 18 inches, 1896

Another excellent work by Hassam is Lot 33, "The Smelt Fishers, Cos Cob, Connecticut."  An oil on canvas that measures 22 by 18 inches, it was painted in 1896.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $194,500.

Wiggins

Lot 35, "On Potter's Wharf," by Guy Carleton Wiggins, oil on canvas, 25 by 30 inches, 1912

Lot 35 is a lovely oil on canvas by Guy Carleton Wiggins (1883-1962).  Entitled "On Potter's Wharf," it measures 25 by 30 inches and was painted in 1912.  The wharf is in Noank, Connecticut, near Old Lyme.  The lot has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $92,500.

Guy Rose

Lot 37, "Tamarisk Trees, Southern France," by Guy Rose, oil on canvas, 23 1/2 by 28 1/4 inches

Lot 37 is a very striking composition by Guy Rose (1867-1925) that is titled "Tamarisk Trees, Southern France."  An oil on canvas, it measures 23 1/2 by 28 1/4 inches.  The catalogue noted that Guy Rose "is revered as one of the most important American Impressionists of the turn of the 19th Century and is arguably the most significant California painter who worked in the plein-air tradition."  The lot has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $458,500.


Cassatt


Lot 42, "Sara Holding A Cat," by Mary Cassatt, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 by 13 inches, circa 1907-8

Lot 42 is a small and sweet painting of "Sara Holding a Cat" by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). An oil on canvas, it measures 16 1/2 by 13 inches and was painted circa 1907-8.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $2,546,500.


Prendergast

Lot 43 "By the Sea," by Maurice Prendergast," oil on canvas, 18 1/4 by 13 1/4 inches, circa 1918-1923

Lot 43 is a lovely oil on canvas by Maurice Prendergast (1859-1924) that is entitled "By the Sea."  It measures18 1/4 by 13 1/4 inches and was painted circa 1918-1923.  It is property from the Robert Brady Museum Foundation.  Mr. Brady, who died in 1986, moved to Mexico in 1959 and bought a 16th Century Franciscan monastery in Cuernavac-Casa de la Torre that he converted into a smuseum with 1,300 objects he had collected including important works by Kahlo, Rivera, Tamayo, Prendergast and Hartley.  The catalaogue motes that this lot is the left portion of a once large paintingthat was divided in half, possibly by the artist adding that the separation was completed during his lifetime, or by another hand shortly thereafter.  The right half, "Edge of the Wooods," is in the collection of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The lot has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It sold for $146,500.



Frieseke

Lot 44, "Foxgloves," by Frederick Carl Frieseke, oil on canvas, 26 by 32 inches, circa 1912-3

Lot 44 is a lovely oil on canvas by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1979) entitled "Foxgloves."  It measures 26 by 32 inches and was painted circa 1912-3. It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $2,210,400.


Orchids by Heade

Lot 25, "Hummingbird and Two Types of Orchids," by Martin J. Heade, oil on canvas, 22 by 14 inches

Lot 25 is a classic hummingbird and orchid picture by Martin J. Heade (1819-1904).  It is an oil on canvas and measures 22 by 14 inches.  It has a modest estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $818,500.


Jerome Thompson

Lot 89, "Home in the West," by Jerome Thompson, oil on canvas tacked over panel, 23 by 36 inches, 1864

Lot 89 is a masterpiece by Jerome Thompson (1814-1886) entitled "Home in the West."  An oil on canvas tacked over panel, it measures 23 by 36 inches and is dated 1864.  It was exhibited in 1865 at the National Academy of Design in New York.  It has a very modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It failed to sell.


Inness

Lot 28, "Tenafly, Autumn," by George Inness, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 by 45 1/8 inches, 1891

Lot 28 is an excellent and large work by George Inness (1825-1894).  Entitled "Tenafly, Autumn," it measures 30 1/4 by 45 1/8 inches and was painted in 1891. It has a very modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $158,500.  When it was offered at Christie's New York December4, 2008, it had a modest estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It has been consigned then by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and had been given to it by Senator William A. Clark of New York. It failed to sell then.


Fitz Hugh Lane

Lot 26, "Gloucester, Stage Fort Beach,"by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), oil on canvas, 24 by 36 1/4 inches, 1849

Lot 26 is a lovely scene of "Gloucester, Stage Fort Beach" by Fitz Hugh Lane (1804-1865).  An oil on canvas, it measures 24 by 36 1/4 inches and was painted in 1849.  It has been widely published and the catalogue notes that it "is one of Fitz Henry Lane's earliest forays in the luminous idiom, characterized by an emphasis on openness, clarity and sense of preternatural calm."  The artist was widely known for many years as Fitz Hugh Lane.  It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It failed to sell.


Mignot

Lot 24, "River Scene, Ecuador," by Louis Remy Mignot, oil on board, 11 1/4 by 18 inches, 1857

Lot 24 is an excellent "River Scene, Ecuador" by Louis Remy Mignot (1831-1870).  An oil on board, it measures 11 1/4 by 18 inches and is dated 1857  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $422,500.


Silva


Lot 23, "Old Wreck Near Newport, Rhode Island," by Francis Augustus Silva, oilon board, 6 by 12 1/2 inches, circa 1872

Lot 23 is a fine small oil on board by Francis Augustus Silva (1835-1886) entitled "Old Wreck Near Newport, Rhode Island."  It measures 6 by 12 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1872.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000.  It failed to sell.


Bradford

Lot 92, "Coast of Labrador," by William Bradford, oil on canvas tacked on panel, 24 1/4 by 40 1/4 inches

Lot 92, "Coast of Labrador," is an oil on canvas tacked on panel by William Bradford (1823-1892).  It measures 24 1/4 by 40 1/4 inches and has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It failed to sell.


Church

Lot 27, "View of Kaaterskill Clove, New York," by Frederic Edwin Church, oil on paper, 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches, 1867

Lot 27 is a small oil on paper sketch of "View of Kaaterskill Clove, New York," by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900).  It measures 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches and is dated 1867,  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It failed to sell.





Moran


Lot 91, "Conway Castle," by Thomas Moran, oil on canvas 25 by 36 inches, 1917

Lot 91, "Conway Castle," is an oil on canvas by Thomas Moran (1837-1926) that measures 25 by 36 inches and is dated 1917.  It has a modest estimate of $60,000 to $80,000. It failed to sell.


Herzog1

Lot 85, "Twilight," by Herman Herzog, oil on canvas, 22 by 36 inches, 1876

Lot 85 is a lovely oil on canvas by Herman Herzog (1831-1932) entitled "Twilight."  It measures 22 by 36 inches and is dated 1876.  Herzog came to America in 1869 and was a very prolific and competent landscape artist who won a bronze medal at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876.  The lot has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It failed to sell.



Herzog2

Lot 95, "Norwegian Landscape," by Herman Herzog, oil on canvas,33 by 49 1/4 inches, 1857

Lot 95, "Norwegian Landscape," by Herzog is an oil on canvas that measures 33 by 49 1/4 inches and was painted in 1857.  It is property from the collection of Henry Luce III, thence by descent to the consignors.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000.  It sold for $56,250.


Alfred Jacob Miller

Lot 84, "Hunters Escaping from a Wounded Buffalo, While He Tears Their Clothes to Pieces," by Alfred Jacob Miller, pen and ink and wash on paper, 6 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches, 1837

Lot 84 is an excellent pen andink and wash on paper by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874) entitled "Hunters Escaping from a Wounded Buffalo, While He Tears Their Clothes to Pieces."  It measures 6 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches and was executed in 1837.  It has a modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $110,500.


Hirschfeld

Lot 67, "Cats in the Snow," by Morris Hirschfield,  oil on canvas, 26 by 34 inches, 1945

Lot 67 is a superb painting by Morris Hirschfield, one of America's best primitive artists.  Entitled "Cats in the Snow," it is an oil on canvas that measures 26 by 34 inches and was painted in 1945.  It was exhibited at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1946.  It has  a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $290,500.


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