Freeman’s American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists sale hits $5.15M

Morgan Colt, ‘Butcher Wagon,’ $100,800

Morgan Colt, ‘Butcher Wagon,’ $100,800

PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its December 5 American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction, which set multiple world records across categories and included the white-glove sale of the distinguished collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz. The 119-lot auction realized $5.15 million, with an overall sell-through rate of 89%, with 48% of winning bidders using online bidding platforms.

The sale of the collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz achieved $1.4 million and a 100% sell-through rate, a resounding single-owner success. The collection was led by Morgan Colt’s Butcher Wagon, which achieved $100,800 and set a new world auction record for a work by Colt.

Daniel Garber, ‘Up the River, Winter,’ $252,000

Daniel Garber, ‘Up the River, Winter,’ $252,000

All works had never before appeared at auction, and generated considerable buyer interest, leading to excellent results like Daniel Garber’s Up the River, Winter, which sold for $252,000.

Kenneth Nunamaker, ‘River Road at Centre Bridge,’ $201,600

Kenneth Nunamaker, ‘River Road at Centre Bridge,’ $201,600

Kenneth Nunamaker’s large, impressive canvas River Road at Centre Bridge achieved $201,600, likewise setting a world auction record for a work by the artist, and Fern Coppedge’s December Afternoon (Carversville) achieved $226,800.

Fern Coppedge ‘December Afternoon (Carversville),’ $226,800

Fern Coppedge ‘December Afternoon (Carversville),’ $226,800

In addition to the success of the Peltz Collection, Sunday’s auction featured marquee sales of Pennsylvania Impressionists, led by the auction highlight of Daniel Garber’s Sycamores, an impressive work that is one of the last large-scale canvases completed by the artist, which sold for $390,600.

Daniel Garber, ‘Sycamores,’ $390,600

Daniel Garber, ‘Sycamores,’ $390,600

Several works by Edward Redfield confirmed market strength for works by the artist, including Abandoned Road, which nearly doubled its pre-sale high estimate to achieve $352,800, and Sleighing by the River near Centre Bridge, which sold for $138,600.

Edward Redfield, ‘Abandoned Road,’ $352,800

Edward Redfield, ‘Abandoned Road,’ $352,800

The American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction was a triumph for women artists: the six paintings offered by Fern Coppedge achieved $718,200 overall, and several works by Mary Elizabeth Price commanded impressive results, including Mallow and Lily, which sold for $107,100, and Cheerful Barge 269, which achieved $56,700.

Mary Elizabeth Price, ‘Mallow and Lily,’ $107,100

Mary Elizabeth Price, ‘Mallow and Lily,’ $107,100

Sunday’s sale presented works by masters of Illustration Art, which elicited competitive bidding wars and drove prices well above their pre-sale estimates. Joseph F. Kernan’s Tying on a Fly (Saturday Evening Post Cover) achieved $126,000, the second-highest price for a work by Kernan at auction. This success was followed by Stevan Dohanos’s Tying Flies (Saturday Evening Post Cover), which sold for an impressive $252,000 — an auction record for work by Dohanos.

Donald de Lue, ‘The Rocket Thrower,’ $81,900

Donald de Lue, ‘The Rocket Thrower,’ $81,900

The auction featured several works by the iconic, celebrated Wyeth family, including Jamie Wyeth’s Saltwater Ice, which achieved $226,800, and Apple Basket, which sold for $88,200. Donald de Lue’s bronze The Rocket Thrower set a new record for the artist, selling for $81,900.

Arthur Beecher Carles, ‘Angele,’ $25,200

Arthur Beecher Carles, ‘Angele,’ $25,200

Finally, Arthur Beecher Carles’s portrait Angele sold for $25,200 and was purchased by Philadelphia’s Woodmere Art Museum. “Woodmere is thrilled to acquire Angele” says William R. Valerio, the Patricia Van Burch Allison Director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum. “It is an especially meaningful acquisition because Fredrica Wagman, who owned the painting for an extended period, was a friend and donor to Woodmere, and her parents were early, enthusiastic collectors of Carles; we’re happy to more fully celebrate the Wagman family’s impressive, multi-generational legacy as collectors and supporters of Philadelphia’s artists.”

 

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