SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present the John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II, on Sunday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Featuring artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, this sale offers over 200 lots of diverse subject matter – works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, crayon, pencil, egg tempera and mixed media; as well as etchings, lithographs and sculpture. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Artists from the 19th century include Raymond Nott, Jacques Maroger, Walter Engelhardt, Robert Hallowell, Michael von Meyer, Frank Herrmann and Carroll Thayer Berry. Works from the 20th century were created by Will Wilson, Randall Lake, Robert Maione, Douglas Fenn Wilson, Jason Gaillard, Robert LaVigne, Michael Bergt, John Koenig, Daniel Phill, Steve Armstrong and Gary Viviano, among others. Women artists represented in the auction include Mary Foote, Iola Lorie Benton, Marguerite Takvorian-Holmes, Maria Alquilar and Judith Clancy. Two Audubon prints, Havell Edition, complete the sale.
John Pence was founder and owner of one of the largest art galleries in San Francisco, which was also one of the premier academic realist galleries in the U.S. He retired last year from his eponymous firm after 44 years in business. This online auction, Part II of his sale, features artworks from Pence’s personal collection, supplemented with works from his gallery. The focus of Pence’s own assemblage and his gallery is on academic realists, abstract works and significant works from the 19th and early 20th centuries that inspired them.
Highlights of the upcoming sale include:
– Lot 1: Will Wilson, (b. 1957). oil on canvas titled The Actor (above), 16 x 20 inches, frame: 22 x 26 inches. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.
– Lot 141: Douglas Fenn Wilson (b. 1953), Waterfall (below), oil and mixed media, 17 x 10½ inches, frame: 21¾ x 15 inches. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.
– Lot 2: Randall Lake (b. 1945), The Writing Table, oil painting, 21½ x 29 inches, frame: 28½ x 35¾ inches. Estimate: $1,000-2,000.
– Lot 16: Mary Foote (1872-1968), Naked Paris, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, frame: 32 x 25¼ inches. Medium: Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.
– Lot 106: Michael von Meyer (1894-1984), Nude, bronze sculpture, signature on base, approximately 28 x 17 x 14½ inches. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.
– Lot 100: Jason Gaillard (20th century), untitled, landscape oil painting, 12 x 15¾ inches, unframed, created 1997. Estimate: $500-$700.
– Lot 77: Michael Bergt (b. 1956), West Coast, egg tempera, 24 x 24 inches, frame: 28¾ x 28¾ inches. Estimate: $500-700.
For more information about the auction, contact: Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions + Appraisals, at email@example.com or 415-964-5250.