Private collectors outnumbered industry buyers in greater numbers than ever before at Freeman’s June 5 American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auction. In fact, the entirety of the Pennsylvania Impressionists section of the sale went to private buyers. Bidders from across the country—from Anchorage to New Orleans—competed in person, on the phone, and online for fresh to market works of to fill personal collections.
“A packed house for an American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists sale at Freeman's is nothing unusual. Well before the first lot is called, the gallery is often a standing room only affair,” said Vice Chairman Alasdair Nichol, “I believe Sunday’s auction represents an encouraging sea-change in the market, with more and more private collectors becoming drawn to auctions as a venue to expand their personal collections.”
Ashcan School artist Robert Henri’s “Manolita Marequis" was the hero (or rather heroine in the case of this señorita) of the sale, nearly tripling its pre-auction estimate. Many bidders vied for the opportunity to take the exotic beauty home with them, but as the numbers neared the final total it became a heated battle between two phone bidders. The victor paid $310,000 for the 1908 piece which embodies Henri's fascination with Spanish subjects, including dancers.
Another highlight of the sale include N.C. Wyeth's “After the Day’s Work" (Arriving Home), an idyllic illustration of a man retiring home to his family, which sold for $162,500. The painting was initially published in an English literature textbook in 1926, but it is possible that it may date to as early as 1921 (presently dated to ca. 1924-1926). This fresh to market painting had been in private hands since it was acquired in 1993.
As noted, all of the works featured in the Pennsylvania Impressionists portion of the sale went to private buyers and collectors, foremost of which was Edward Willis Redfield’s “House in Point Pleasant," which brought $112,500. Other notable works in this section were Fern Isabel Coppedge's vivid "Harbor Scene," ($81,250) and George William Sotter's "The Neighbor's House" ($50,000).
Top Lots: Freeman's June 5 Auction American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists
Lot 27 Robert Henri "Manolita Marequis," Sold for $310,000
Lot 80 Newell Convers Wyeth "After the Day's Work (Arriving Home)," Sold for $162,500
Lot 115 Edward Willis Redfield "House in Point Pleasant," Sold for $112,500
Lot 86 Martha Walter "Under the Boardwalk" with "Beach Scene" verso, Sold for $81,250
Lot 96 Fern Isabel Coppedge "Harbor Scene," Sold for $81,250
The next American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionist auction will be held in December 2016. For more information regarding selling works in this sale, please contact:
Alasdair Nichol | 267.414.1211 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Images: Robert Henri "Manolita Marequis," Sold for $310,000; Newell Convers Wyeth "After the Day's Work (Arriving Home)," Sold for $162,500; Edward Willis Redfield "House in Point Pleasant," Sold for $112,500