NEW YORK – Capsule Auctions presents Full Brilliance: American and European Fine Art, a 155-lot selection of paintings, editions, ceramics, photography, and sculpture taking place Thursday, December 9 starting at 2 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights in the upcoming auction consigned from the estate of Eleanor Sheldon include several original paintings by Fairfield Porter and Jane Freilicher. A favorite of Sheldon’s was Spruce Head, Maine by Fairfield Porter. This painting, created between 1968 and 1971, is a soft and luminous depiction of the Maine coast where Porter spent his childhood summers; he brings forth the composition with fresh and warm tones. It is estimated at $150,000-$250,000.
Eagle Island Roses is a seemingly more traditional still life by Fairfield Porter, yet under close inspection, it is a gestural painting with fluid action, showcasing his gentle and intimate perspective. This 1973 oil on board carries an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.
Eleanor Sheldon met Jane Freilicher through Jane Wilson when they all summered in Water Mill, Long Island in the 1960s and 1970s. Sheldon, a fan and supporter of her friend’s art, bought some of Freilicher’s paintings directly from her. While summering in Water Mill, the friends all shared the lush view of Mecox bay, which Freilcher captured in a beguiling 1969 oil on canvas of the same name. Her adept hand exploring the east end view from Freilicher’s home, translating it into a landscape that is alive and breathing with bright colors. Mecox Bay is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Jefferson Market, also by Jane Freilicher, depicts Jefferson Market Library from a roof top view, nestled in the quaint tableau of Greenwich Village where Freilicher lived and kept her studio. The oil-on-panel is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
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