FRANKLIN, Mass. – Artworks attributed to Paul Gauguin, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Hart Benton are several of the expected highlights in Woodshed Art Auctions’ 184-lot fine art drawings, cartoons and studies auction on Thursday, Oct. 18. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Live bidding will begin at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.
The auction will feature a selection of works on paper, including drawings and studies by Impressionist, Pop and Modern master artists, along with casual sketches and souvenir drawings, illustrations and cartoons by major names in pop culture and comics – for a total of 184 lots.
“It has become obvious that some of our consignors have a deep interest in drawings,” said Bruce Wood, the owner of Woodshed Art Auctions. “We have works by Picasso, Bierstadt and Tim Burton coming from one collection, and souvenir drawings from Miro, Peter Max and Dr. Seuss coming from another one. Add to that master drawings by Wifredo Lam and studies by Benton, Gauguin and Claude Monet, and people will see that a very lively show has emerged.”
The works attributed to Gauguin and Benton both carry estimates of $75,000-$100,000. The ink and pencil drawing on paper done in the manner of Gauguin, titled Taaroa (below), circa 1891, 4¼ inches by 6½ inches unframed, appears to be part of a set that was partially sold at Sotheby’s on May 8, 2013. Near infra-red (NIR) spectrometry confirms that the paper used is from the 1890s.
The oil on paperboard attributed to Benton, titled Portrait of a Boy, is signed bottom right and unframed. There’s an unidentified marking verso. Benton was one of America’s preeminent prewar regionalist painters. The oil on paper attributed to Bierstadt is titled Butterfly. It’s 8 inches by 9½ inches unframed. Bierstadt, one of the best 19th-century American landscape painters, was also known for making butterfly paintings as souvenirs for the female guests at his soirees.
Works by noted French artists are always in demand. A gouache on paper attributed to Fernand Leger (1881-1955), titled Female Faces (below), previously in collections in England and Chile, has an estimate of $20,000-$30,000; while a pastel on paper attributed to Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) titled Tree Scene, signed and in a 13¾-inch by 12¾-inch frame, should bring $12,000-$16,000.
If Disney’s your thing, the auction features a watercolor and ink on paper drawing of Mickey and Minnie Mouse attributed to Floyd Gottfredson (American, 1905-1986), who drew the Mickey Mouse comic strip for Walt Disney Productions, 1930-1975 (est. $25,000-$35,000); and a watercolor on paper depiction of Donald Duck attributed to Charles Alfred Taliaferro (American, 1905-1969), a comic artist who produced Disney comic strips for King Features Syndicate (est. $4,000-$8,000).
Returning to art of a more serious vein, an ink pen and watercolor on paper attributed to Lyonel Feininger (German-American, 1871-1956), titled Sail Boat, signed and dated and 9 inches by 10½ inches unframed, is expected to reach $15,000-$20,000; while a pencil on paper Portrait of a Woman attributed to Edward Coley Burne-Jones (British, 1833-1898), should hit $10,000-$15,000.
To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, call Bruce Wood at 508-533-6277 or email him at email@example.com.