Audubon birds migrate to Arader Galleries sale June 13  

John James Audubon (1785 – 1851), ‘Snowy Owl,’ Plate 121, aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. 38 5/8in x 25½in sheet. Estimate: $200,000-$250,000. Arader Galleries image

NEW YORK — Arader Galleries has announced its annual Summer Sale, featuring competitive prices on the gallery’s renowned collection of Audubon prints, original Retouté watercolors and rare views of New York. Online bidding will close on Saturday, June 13. Bidding will be available absentee and live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The Summer Sale offers 167 lots, with estimates ranging $300-$200,000. In addition to the impressive Audubon prints (Lots 1-42) and watercolors by Retouté (Lots 43-53), the opening portion of the sale includes natural history watercolors by acclaimed artists Barbara Regina Dietzsch (Lots 54-57), Louis Agassiz Fuertes (Lot 60) and Mararet Mee (Lots 62-64).

John James Audubon (1785 – 1851), ‘White Pelican,’ Plate 311, aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. 39½in x 26¼in sheet, 50in x 37in framed. Estimate: $150,000- $200,000. Arader Galleries image

The three works by Margaret Mee feature the artist’s meticulous studies on the Brazilian flowers in original gouche and watercolor over graphite: Orchid Sobralia (Lot 62), the White Bombax Flower (Lot 63) and the Catasetum Saccatum (Lot 64).

Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), ‘Hoop Petticoat Narcissus (Nacissus Bulbocodium),’ study for plate 24. Original unique watercolor on vellum drawn for Empress Josephine. Signed lower left P.J. Redouté. C. 1802-1816 for Les Liliacees. 18¾in x 14 ¼in sheet. Estimate: $50,000-$75,000. Arader Galleries image

The second half of the auction contains a superb selection of New York material, including two watercolor views of New York City and surrounding areas (Lots 70 & 71) by William Birch (1755-1834). The New York segment of the sale continues with nostalgic prints by Currier & Ives, city views by William J. Bennett (1784-1844) and works from “The Hudson River Portfolio” (Lots 86-89) by William G. Wall. To close this portion of the sale, Arader offers rare books and maps by David H. Burr (Lots 69 & 70) and many others.

William Birch (1755-1834), ‘Detail Watercolor View of New York City for the 1802 copperplate engraving entitled The City of New York in the State of New York North America.’ Watercolor with pen and ink and graphite on paper, circa 1801, 9 1/8in x 13 7/8in sheet, 18in x 22½in framed. Reserve: $150,000- $200,000. Arader Galleries image

For the third section of the sale, Arader presents over 50 lots of rare maps and books, including an iconic collection of maps by Braun and Hogenberg (lots 136-145). Also offered is an exquisite woodcut engraving by Claudius Ptolemaeus (c. 83 – 168 A.D.), which is not only the first modern map of the Holy Land, but also part of the first atlas printed illustrated by woodcut maps (Lot 132).

Claudius Ptolemaeus, (after A.D. 83-c. 168), woodcut engraving with original hand color. Ulm: Lienhart Holle, 1482 or later, 16½in x 22¼in sheet, 21½in x 27in framed. Estimate: $18,000- $25,000. Arader Galleries image

Arader Galleries’ Saturday, June 13, live auction will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

For additional information, condition reports and hi-res images, please contact the gallery by email at or by phone, 212-628-7625.

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