NEW YORK – Capsule Auctions presents Vistas: American and European Art, a sale of paintings, drawings and other art from New York and New England estates and collections. Themes of the sale include classical, mythology, portraiture, and landscape art. It will take place Thursday, April 28 at 2 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A highlight of the sale is a treasured work from legendary collector Seymour Stein. Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dream, painted in 1894 by English artist Reginald Arthur, is a stunning display of Biblical theater – a marriage of history and exoticism that appealed to Orientalist artists of the Victorian era. The work is housed in a custom gilt and wood frame, ornately carved in the Egyptian Revival style. The text incised vertically on the sides of the frame reads: “behold there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the / land of Egypt and there shall arise after them seven years of famine.” The Biblically-themed Arthur painting is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
Also from the Stein collection is a portrait of a gondolier by British artist and Royal Academician Glyn Philpot. Titled Portrait of Pietro Busetti, it is estimated at $20,000-$40,000. Philpot, an accomplished portraitist, also exhibited in Pittsburgh alongside Mary Cassatt and Camille Pissarro at the Carnegie International, held at Carnegie Institute. This unsigned work was purchased by Stein at Sotheby’s in 1995. The portrait’s inscription, “Mr. Hartley…”, may have been a reference to Alfred Hartley, an engraver who also exhibited at the Sixteenth (1912) and Seventeenth (1913) Carnegie Internationals.
Another notable work in the Stein collection is a monumental circa-1920 oil on canvas by Ernest Proctor, titled A Buddhist Family and estimated at $15,000-$25,000. The painting was likely inspired by his time in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma, where he and his wife, artist Dod Proctor, were commissioned to paint murals for the wildly successful Burmese-Chinese tycoon Lim Chin Tsong’s mansion, also known as Kokine Palace. The Proctors were both members of the Newlyn school, a British artist colony similar to the Barbizon school in France.
Rounding out the sale is Skaters on a Dutch Waterway, an 1855 work by Frederik Marinus Kruseman, which carries an estimate of $12,000-$18,000. A student of Nicolaas Johannes Roosenboom, this beautiful winter landscape is featured in the artist’s catalog raisonne, Painter of Pleasing Landscapes, by Jan De Meere and Marjan Van Hetern.
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