Updated: 3 days ago

March 24, 2020


We are following the guidelines set forth by Connecticut Governor Lamont in Executive Order 7H and the recommendations of the CDC. As such, we ask that you be aware of the following ways we have made adjustments to our business in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Our office is closed to the public for previews, walk-in evaluations, etc.

  • Our valued staff are working remotely. We can be contacted at our normal telephone number (203) 877-1711 and by email at info@shannons.com. If we do not answer please leave us a voicemail and the appropriate staff member will return your call as soon as we are able. Our business hours continue as before, M-F - 10AM-5PM. 

  • We are able to receive mail and shipments at our normal business address. Deliveries can be scheduled by appointment.

  • We are able to schedule pick-ups with UPS and other pre-authorized shippers. We ask that you please be patient as the situation develops. We are prioritizing the health of our staff and allied professionals and will work to ship your purchases as soon as we are safely able to do so.

Auction updates are posted regularly to our website. We are still reviewing consignments and invite you to visit the Upcoming Auctions preview on our homepage.

Our hearts go out to the people of the world that are suffering more than we are. We ask that each of you value the extra time you may have with your families over the next few weeks and to help others less fortunate when you can.

Stay well,

Sandra Germain

Managing Partner

In light of the evolving events surrounding COVID-19, we would like to take this opportunity to touch base with our global community of clients and friends and share that Shannon’s is currently open for business and our upcoming auction on April 30th is still scheduled to proceed as planned.

The safety of our clients and staff is a top priority. We are monitoring the situation closely, and following guidelines from the CDC Information Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the WHO.

We are taking a number of precautions, including regular cleanings of our offices and gallery space. At this time, we ask that you please call to schedule an appointment before visiting the gallery. Before the sale, we will be offering video previews and appointments for private previews to help alleviate crowds. We encourage our clients to take advantage of our absentee, phone and online bidding options.

Please rest assured that we are consulting with other experts and monitoring the situation closely. We have a contingency plan in place and the technology to continue serving our clients. Should anything change we will update you via email and post updates to our website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 203-877-1711 or by email at info@shannons.com

Thank you and please take care!

Sandra Germain

Managing Partner

MILFORD, CONN. - Shannon’s recently announced their next major cataloged auction of Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture to be held at their Milford, Connecticut gallery on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6PM EDT.

Leading the 200+ lot auction are 22 lots of Abstract Expressionist works from the Collection of Jeanne and Carroll Berry. Among these lots are works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Hans Hoffman, Willem DeKooning and Adolph Gottlieb.

In 1950, Gottlieb led an organized boycott against the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “American Painting Today.” In a letter, drafted by Gottlieb, the undersigned artists rejected submission to the Metropolitan’s jurors on the grounds that the selection committee “does not warrant any hope that a just proportion of advanced art will be included.”

Eighteen painters and eleven sculptors signed the letter first published by the New York Times. The group caused a stir in the art world and beyond. The New York Herald Tribune responded in an editorial under the headline “The Irascible Eighteen”. Critic, Clement Greenberg wrote extensively about the group calling them “the Irascibles.” Life magazine contacted the artists to have their group portrait taken-- a portrait that has become the defining image of the Abstract Expressionists.

The Jeanne and Carroll Berry Collection, assembled with great care over the past 30 years, includes works by sixteen of the original “Irascible Eighteen.” The Berrys knew “advanced art” when they saw it and collected works by these leading Abstract Expressionists artists ahead of the trend.

In 2017 the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia featured the works in an exhibition titled “Advanced and Irascible: Abstract Expressionism from the Collection of Jeanne and Carroll Berry.” Shannon’s will offer 22 works from the collection of Abstract Expressionist artists. The catalog will feature a dedicated section documenting the Jeanne and Carroll Berry Collection.

Check back often for more information about the April 30th. To order a catalog, visit our catalog store.

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