Louis Comfort Tiffany and Sir Thomas Lawrence triumphed at Cottone

Lady Fitzwilliam, daughter of the Earl of Pembroke by Sir Thomas Lawrence, which sold for $74,000 ($92,500 with buyer's premium) at Cottone Auctions.

GENESO, N.Y. – An oil by Louis Comfort Tiffany that probably hung in his Long Island home hammered for $50,000 ($62,500 with buyer’s premium) at the March 20 Fine Art and Antiques sale at Cottone Auctions.

Gossipy Market Women at Nuremberg, an oil on canvas housed in its original carved and giltwood frame attributed to Stanford White, was estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Likely painted during a summer trip in 1889, when Tiffany traveled to the Exposition Universelle in Paris and then on to Germany and northern Italy, this picture of three market traders in conversation was exhibited in 1891 in both New York and Chicago. By repute, it was among the furnishings at Tiffany’s Oyster Bay, Long Island home Laurelton Hall, where a study of the subject was kept until the house and contents were sold in the 1940s. It was given by Tiffany’s daughter, Louise Comfort Tiffany Gilder, to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Orlando, Florida.

Two portraits of Regency beauties by the virtuoso English painter Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) came by descent from the industrialist Colonel Charles Clifton (1853-1928) of Buffalo, New York. Clifton was an important figure in the early years of the automotive industry, overseeing the evolution of a bicycle wheel manufacturer into the Pierce-Arrow Motor Company. A recipient of the legion d’honneur for his work with the Allied war relief effort in France, he served on the board of the Albright Knox Art Museum (now the Buffalo AKG Art Museum) from 1914 until his death in 1928.

He collected English portraiture at that extraordinary moment in the first quarter of the 20th century when prices were at their peak. The 1818 portrait of Lady Elizabeth Mary, Countess of Belgrave, who later became Marchioness of Westminster, comes with full documentation, including a copy of a 1923 receipt from Fearon Galleries in New York. Then, it had cost a mighty $20,000 (equivalent in purchasing power to around $400,000 today). Precisely 101 years later, the picture was consigned with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000, but hammered at $16,000 ($20,000 with buyer’s premium).

A second (unfinished) Lawrence oil depicting the face of Lady Fitzwilliam, daughter of the Earl of Pembroke, performed much better. This picture was part of the Bretby Heirlooms auction that was held for the 7th Earl and the Dowager Countess of Chesterfield by Christie’s in London in June 1918. It was acquired by Clifton from Knoedler & Co. of New York in 1923 at a cost of $9,000 (about $163,300 in modern dollars). This time out it was estimated at $15,000-$25,000 and made $74,000 ($92,500 with buyer’s premium).

Two portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence come for sale at Cottone March 20

GENESO, N.Y. – Two portraits by the virtuoso English painter Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) will be presented at Cottone Auctions. The Wednesday, March 20 Fine Art and Antiques sale features two portraits of Regency beauties that come by descent from the industrialist Colonel Charles Clifton (1853-1928) of Buffalo, New York.

Clifton was an important figure in the early years of the automotive industry, overseeing the evolution of a bicycle wheel manufacturer into the Pierce-Arrow Motor Company. A recipient of the legion d’honneur for his work with the Allied war relief in France, he served on the board of the Albright Knox Art Museum from 1914 until his death in 1928.

He collected English portraiture at that extraordinary moment in the first quarter of the 20th century when prices were at their peak. The 1818 portrait of Lady Elizabeth Mary, Countess of Belgrave, who later became Marchioness of Westminster, comes with full documentation, including a copy of a 1923 receipt from Fearon Galleries in New York. It had cost a mighty $20,000, which is equivalent in purchasing power to around $400,000 today. Precisely 101 years later, the picture appears at Cottone with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

A second unfinished Lawrence oil depicts Lady Fitzwilliam, daughter of the Earl of Pembroke. This picture was part of the Bretby Heirlooms sale that was held for the 7th Earl and the Dowager Countess of Chesterfield by Christie’s in London in June 1918. It was acquired by Clifton from Knoedler & Co., New York, in 1923 at a cost of $9,000. This time out it is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

A rediscovered picture from the end of the 19th century is Gossipy Market Women at Nuremberg, an oil on canvas by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Housed in its original carved and giltwood frame attributed to Stanford White, it is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Painted circa 1889, while Tiffany was busy with his celebrated Havemeyer Mansion commission, this picture of three market traders in conversation was exhibited in 1891 in both New York and Chicago, and by repute was among the furnishings at Tiffany’s Oyster Bay, Long Island home Laurelton Hall. A study of the subject was kept by Tiffany at Laurelton Hall. When the house and contents were sold in the 1940s, it was given by Tiffany’s daughter, Comfort Tiffany Gilder, to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida. The 20 by 16 ¾ inch canvas on offer descended in the family of Henry M. V. Summers (1871-1959), who was a friend of Theodore Roosevelt and an auctioneer in Oyster Bay.

Long-held Sir Thomas Lawrence portrait to star at Vallot June 30 auction

Sir Thomas Lawrence, ‘Mary Anne Lady Beaumont,’ estimated at $18,000-$24,000

Sir Thomas Lawrence, ‘Mary Anne Lady Beaumont,’ estimated at $18,000-$24,000

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Vallot Auctioneers’ Artwork, Important Design and Rare Objects sale, scheduled for June 30 and starting at 2 pm Eastern time, showcases a Sir Thomas Lawrence portrait last offered at auction and acquired by the present family in 1961. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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