Francis Speight artworks continued to outperform at Freeman’s

Francis Speight, 'Manayunk Bridge,' which sold for $50,000 ($65,500 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman's.

PHILADELPHIA — Contemporary realist Francis Speight (1896-1989) loved to paint what lay before him, whether it was a rolling valley in his adopted home of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or urban and suburban architecture. He would set up his canvas on site and begin his work, leading to a huge output across his 97 years of life. Freeman’s featured four of his paintings during two separate sales, December 3’s American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists and December 5’s Collect: American Art, once again demonstrating rising demand for Speight’s work. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Speight was 77 when he created Winter Landscape in 1973, a moody illustration that captures the icy beauty of the season. It hammered for $60,000 ($78,600 with buyer’s premium), setting the top price for his works in the sale. Also performing nicely was the undated Manayunk Bridge, the former Pennsylvania Railroad viaduct connecting Bala Cynwyd and Manayunk in Philadelphia over the Schyulkill River. His astonishing level of detail and the gentle S-curve of the bridge make the image mesmerizing. It sold for $50,000 ($65,500 with buyer’s premium) against a presale estimate of $12,000-$18,000.

Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972) is best remembered for his plein air landscapes of winter scenes, for which he won numerous prestigious awards in the 1920s. Winter, Back Beach, Rockport is an undated oil on canvas housed in an Arts and Crafts period frame, making it a likely 1920s work. Estimated at just $4,000-$6,000, bidders sent the painting skyward to $26,000 ($34,060 with buyer’s premium), demonstrating continued market demand for Hibbard’s snowy scenes.

Considered one of America’s best sporting dog artists, Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928) was born in Germany and began sketching farm animals as a child. He followed his parents to the United States in the 1880s where he furthered his other passion, hunting. Pointer with Quail is from 1890 and features a majestic German short hair pointer fetching a felled quail, probably a scene taken from Osthaus’ own life. The work sold for $100,000 ($131,000 with buyer’s premium), matching Freeman’s top estimate for the piece.

Mamluk 14th-century brass candlestick lit up Leland Little, selling for $125K

14th-century candlestick made during the classical period of Mamluk production, which sold for $100,000 ($125,000 with buyer’s premium) at Leland Little.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Estimated at $5,000-$10,000, a 14th-century candlestick made during the classical period of Mamluk artistic production hammered for $100,000 and sold for $125,000 with buyer’s premium at Leland Little on December 1. The 9in high silver-inlaid brass candlestick was likely used in court ceremonies or celebrations to honor the reigning potentate — either Sultan al-Malik al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun (1293–1341), or his son, Sultan al-Nasir Hasan (1334-1361).

The decoration is distinctive. By the period in which the candlestick was made, circa 1320-1360, the figural scenes that had appeared on much earlier Mamluk metalware made in both Egypt and Syria had been replaced by large calligraphic panels. This example, with its typical profile of a drum base, a drip tray, a cylindrical neck, and a flared socket, is inscribed in Thuluth script with an acclamation. It reads: Glory to our Master the Sultan, al-Malik al-Nasir, wise, diligent and just, who exerts himself [in time of war], who stands ready [to protect the realm]. Other inlaid motifs of flying birds, palmettes and six-petaled rosettes are also recognizable emblems of the Qalawunid dynasty, considered the apogee of Mamluk metalwork.

A very different lot, but one that generated similar levels of competition, was a rai stone ‘coin’ from the Pacific Island of Yap. Estimated at $1,000-$2,000, it hammered for $15,500 ($19,375 with buyer’s premium).

Though universal currencies have since become the norm on Yap, rai stones are still used for status and for important transfers of wealth. The largest of these stones, fashioned from carved and drilled crystalline calcite, can exceed 10 feet in diameter and are recognized as one of mankind’s most unusual means of exchange.

Exports of stone currency from Yap were restricted in 1965, with very few examples coming to market since. This 2ft wide example was consigned from a North Carolina collection with paperwork demonstrating its legitimate importation to the USA more than 60 years ago.

The auction house pointed to another example of similar size and condition (the one offered at Leland Little had been broken and was offered as two pieces) held by the Smithsonian. It is thought to date from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The lineup of paintings included three oils by local favorite Francis Speight (1896-1989) and all beat their estimates. The top seller was W.P.A. Workers Grading Playground from 1939-40, an affectionate scene of one of the blue-collar industrial towns surrounding Philadelphia, which hammered for $77,000 ($96,250 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. It came for sale from a collection in eastern North Carolina with an earlier provenance to the Sid Deutsch Gallery of New York.

The scene may depict Manayunk, the industrial area on the Schuylkill River where Speight lived until moving to Doylestown with his new family in 1943. In 1961 he moved back to his home state, with the North Carolina Museum of Art mounting a retrospective to mark his return.

Woman with Gloves, a 14 by 11in panel by Boston artist William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941), hammered for $22,000 ($27,500 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $5,000-$10,000. Paxton, who trained at the Cowles School in Boston and then in Paris at both the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian, is well known for quiet paintings of fashionable well-to-do women at ease in windowless parlors touched by soft light. He credited his distinctive technique to Vermeer. This particular composition, which showed no evidence of restoration or overpaint, was signed and dated 1907, when the artist was at the peak of his powers and teaching at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Nine Albert York works romped at Hindman’s Sieg art collection sale

Albert York, Zinnias in a Glass Vase, sold for $120,000 ($156,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.

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NEW YORK — Phil and Judy Sieg were small-town Pennsylvania childhood sweethearts, living a quiet life as alums of their beloved Penn State Nittany Lions, raising a family, and remarkably, amassing an astounding private art collection that came to market after Phil’s 2021 passing. Hindman brought the collection to its New York saleroom October 26, and while having some of the most anticipated lots pass, many surprising results emerged from the depths of the catalog. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

With the Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) Calm Summer Day from 1863 and all three of the Lucie Rie (1902-1995) bowls passing, four of Hindman’s most anticipated lots failed to sell. But this simply opened the floor, and bidders’ wallets, to other opportunities that produced notable results.

Still life painter Albert York (1928-2009) turned out to be a big winner, with nine of his works selling above or within their estimates. Exclusively represented by Davis & Langdale since the early 1960s, the Siegs acquired the York works from the gallery during a long period. Zinnias in a Glass Vase from 1981 triumphed, hammering for $120,000 and selling for $156,000 with buyer’s premium.

York’s Porch Bench with Seated Figure from around 1967 also exceeded estimates, hammering for $140,000 and selling for $182,000 with buyer’s premium against a high estimate of $80,000.

Contemporary realist Francis Speight (1896-1989) painted rural landscapes as he saw them, traveling the countryside in search of views worth rendering. White House with Variations from 1930 was purchased by the Siegs directly from the artist in 1975, suggesting the importance of the work to Speight — he kept it for 45 years. The hammer fell at $100,000 and it sold for $130,000 with buyer’s premium, far above the $40,000 high estimate.

German American still life painter extraordinaire Severin Roesen (1848-1872) continues to captivate art buyers more than 150 years after his passing. Still Life of Fruit with Bird’s Nest is believed by Hindman to have been finished between 1860-70. It, too, topped expectations, hammering for $37,500 and selling for $48,750 with buyer’s premium against a high estimate of $25,000.

The painstaking realism of Dumpster by Carlos Marcote (b. 1950-) also performed markedly well. Purchased from his dealer Staempfli Gallery in New York in 1983, the 1976 oil on canvas hammered for $2,250 and sold for $2,925 with buyer’s premium, half again as much as the high estimate.
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Albert York, ‘Zinnias in a Glass Vase,’ which sold for $120,000 ($156,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Albert York, ‘Porch Bench with Seated Figure,’ which sold for $140,000 ($182,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Francis Speight, ‘White House with Variations,’ which sold for $100,000 ($130,000 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Severin Roesen, ‘Still Life of Fruit with Bird’s Nest,’ which sold for $37,500 ($48,750 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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Carlos Marcote, ‘Dumpster,’ which sold for $2,250 ($2,925 with buyer’s premium) at Hindman.
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