PHILADELPHIA — This December, Freeman’s presents American Art Week, a unique collector’s opportunity featuring three back-to-back sales of American painting, prints, sculpture, and works on paper. American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists Featuring the Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz begins at 2 pm Eastern time on Sunday, December 5, followed by Simply American: Fine Art from a Private Texas Collection and Collect: American Art begin at 11 am and 1 pm Eastern time, respectively, on Tuesday, December 7. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
In American Art Week, Freeman’s brings fine selections from the 19th century with paintings by Albert Bierstadt and George Inness; illustration art with Stevan Dohanos, James Philip Falter, and Jessie Willcox Smith; works by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth; an oil by the celebrated folk artist Grandma Moses; and leading artists from the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania region, including Robert Kulicke, Hobson Pittman and Arthur Beecher Carles, and also Pennsylvania Impressionists Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield and Fern Coppedge.
The Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz, featured in Freeman’s December 5 auction, is an esteemed collection of paintings by leading Pennsylvania Impressionists bought by the collectors well in advance of the market’s rise. Sixteen of these works — never before sold at auction — will be on offer at Freeman’s, among them Garber’s expansive Delaware River landscape Up the River, Winter, which is estimated at $150,000-$250,000, and River Road at Centre Bridge, a monumental canvas by Kenneth Nunamaker, estimated at $60,000-$100,000. A rare example of Morgan Colt’s work, The Butcher Wagon, will also be offered with an estimate of $40,000-$60,000. Also included is Mother and Daughter, a touching portrait of the artist’s wife and their first daughter by John Folinsbee, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Also on offer in the December 5 sale will be works by leading American artists, including Jamie Wyeth’s Saltwater Ice, which carries an estimate of $200,000-$300,000, and The Johnson Place by his father Andrew, which had been on long-term loan at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. It is estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Freeman’s will offer important sculptural works such as William Zorach’s elegant bronze Spirit of the Dance, estimated at $100,000-$150,000, and two sculptures by Donald De Lue, as well as landscapes like Albert Bierstadt’s Estes Park Morning, Colorado, estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
Highlights from the December 7 Simply American: Fine Art from a Private Texas Collection include A Winter Day (The Old Bridge – Richmond, Vermont) by the venerated folk artist Grandma Moses. The charming scene is estimated at $25,000-$40,000. Also showcased are Bruce Crane’s The Autumn Hills, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, and Winter in the Country, A Cold Morning by George Henry Durrie, estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
Also on offer will be fine examples of Western art, including three paintings by Charlie Dye, including The Scouts, estimated at $6,000-$10,000, as well as Edgar Samuel Paxson’s portrait of a Native American Chief, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. A strong example of illustration art in the sale is Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s Young Girl Feeding Her Dog, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Collect: American Art, also scheduled for December 7, is led by a single-owner section featuring illustration art from a private California collection, including four oils by Bruce Kurland, whose work is rarely offered at auction.
Also included in the collection are two quintessential fishing scenes: Trout Fisherman by Frank B. Hoffman, estimated at $6,000-$10,000, and Untitled (Fishing) by Oliver Kemp, estimated at $5,000-$8,000.
The December 7 sale also features four watercolor Christmas cards by Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, as well as an elegant watercolor by Harry Leith-Ross, and several works by important Philadelphia- and Pennsylvania-based artists, from Robert Kulicke’s Carnations, estimated at $5,000-$8,000; Hobson Pittman’s Still Life with Poppies, estimated at $3,000-$5,000; and Christopher Willett’s New York Stock Exchange, estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
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