December 5, 2021 14:00 EST

American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists Featuring the Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz

 
  Lot 58
 

58

Fern Isabel Coppedge (American, 1883–1951)
December Afternoon (Carversville)

Signed 'Fern I. Coppedge' bottom right; also signed, inscribed with Artist's address (4011 Baltimore Ave/Philadelphia, PA) and titled on upper stretcher verso, oil on canvas
30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2cm)
Executed circa 1924-1925.
In a Phillip N. Yates frame.

Provenance

Hirschl & Adler, New York, New York.
Acquired directly from the above in January 1998.
Collection of Stuart and Virginia Peltz, Massachusetts.

Sold for $226,800
Estimated at $80,000 - $120,000


 

Signed 'Fern I. Coppedge' bottom right; also signed, inscribed with Artist's address (4011 Baltimore Ave/Philadelphia, PA) and titled on upper stretcher verso, oil on canvas
30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2cm)
Executed circa 1924-1925.
In a Phillip N. Yates frame.

Provenance

Hirschl & Adler, New York, New York.
Acquired directly from the above in January 1998.
Collection of Stuart and Virginia Peltz, Massachusetts.

Exhibited

National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, New York, New York, n.d.

Literature

Revue du Vrai et du Beau, Paris, January 25, 1927.

Page Talbott and Patricia Tanis Sydney, The Philadelphia Ten: A Woman's Artist Group 1917-1945, Galleries at Moore and American Art Review Press, 1998, p. 74, pl. 37 (illustrated).

Brian H. Peterson, Pennsylvania Impressionism, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown and University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2002, p. 113, no. 22 (illustrated).

Note

The present work depicts the small village of Carversville, named after its first postmaster, and situated about forty-five miles north of Philadelphia, in Bucks County. A quaint hamlet, Carversville is currently protected by a Historic District Ordinance which prevents its population from growing much larger or being developed with new homes or businesses. Recognizable by the confluence of two streams, the Cuttalossa Creek and the Paunacussing Creek, the Carversville island was one of the artist's favorite painting locations, not far from Lumberville (where she lived). Several other oils by the artist depict the same locale, with only the vantage point differing. See for example, Freeman's sale of December 5, 2019, lot 119 (Snow Bridge Creek).

Here, the artist once again demonstrates her mastery at capturing the so-distinct winter light, giving the impression of a cold, grey December day. To do so, Coppedge uses a very restricted color palette, which reminds us of the muted harmonies Redfield himself displays in his winter scenes. She depicts the gentle muddied-turquoise flow of the Paunacussing Creek, which borders bright houses on the riverbanks, all subtly covered with blotches of green-yellows, brown-oranges and opalescent blues. In the background, one can spot the Bridge in Solebury Township, a historic double-arched stone bridge erected in 1854, which Coppedge here treats as a mosaic, outlining each squared stone with various shades of yellow, mauve and blue.

The present work is to be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of the artist's work compiled by Les and Sue Fox (2021). It will be given the reference number CWF-20.

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Fern Isabel Coppedge