From 19th century works to Abstract Expressionism we saw strong results across the board in our 2020 auctions.


We are now accepting consignments for our 2021 auctions. Contact us today for a free auction estimate on a single item or a whole collection.

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20TH CENTURY AMERICAN ART

GEORGE BELLOWS

American (1882-1925)

"Farmer and Chickens," Woodstock, October 1922

oil on panel, signed

20 x 24 inches


SOLD FOR $106,250

(including buyer's premium)




CHARLES COURTNEY CURRAN

American (1861-1942)

"Wind on the Cliff"

oil on canvas board, signed and dated

30 x 40 inches


SOLD FOR $100,250

(including buyer's premium)



CHARLES BURCHFIELD

American (1893-1967)

Steel Mill Homes (Blast Furnace)

watercolor on paper, signed and dated

18 1/4 x 31 3/8 inches (sight)


SOLD FOR $75,000

(including buyer's premium)


MODERNISM AND ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

ADOLPH GOTTLIEB

American (1903-1974)

Untitled, #30, 1970

acrylic on paper, signed and dated

23 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches


SOLD FOR $162,500

(including buyer's premium)










MILTON RESNICK

(American, 1917-2004)

"Ulysses"

oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left "Resnick 56," titled on the reverse

57 x 44 inches


SOLD FOR $137,500

(including buyer's premium)











JACKSON POLLOCK

American (1912-1956)

Untitled, 1952-1956

ink and gouache on light blue paper, unsigned

3 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches


SOLD FOR $112,500

(including buyer's premium)


19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN PAINTINGS

MONTAGUE DAWSON

British (1890-1973)

The Needles (Passing the Lighthouse)

oil on canvas, signed "Montague Dawson" lower left

24 x 36 inches


SOLD FOR $93,000

(including buyer's premium)



HUGUES MERLE

French (1822-1881)

Young Woman in Blue

oil on canvas, signed and dated left center "Hugues Merle 79"

24 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches


SOLD FOR $50,000

(including buyer's premium)








19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PAINTINGS

CHARLES ETHAN PORTER

American (1847-1923)

Peonies

oil on canvas, signed

20 x 24 inches


SOLD FOR $55,000

(including buyer's premium)





JOHN GEORGE BROWN American (1831-1913) Seesaw oil on canvas, signed and dated 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches


SOLD FOR $45,000

(including buyer's premium)













ALFRED THOMPSON BRICHER

American (1837-1908)

Sailboat Along the Rocky Shore

oil on canvas, signed

18 x 39 1/2 inches


SOLD FOR $42,500

(including buyer's premium)

MILFORD, CONN. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will host their last auction of the year next Thursday, November 19th at 2PM. The sale of 242 lots includes American and European Art from the 19th and early 20th centuries, Modern and Contemporary art, Fine Prints, sculpture, and drawings. Bidding is available by absentee and online through Invaluable.com.

The top lot in the sale is a rare drawing by Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet. The drawing of two women carrying water jugs on their heads, “Waterdraagsters,” was painted while the artist was living and working in Bali. Bonnet devoted his life to artistic and philanthropic efforts to promote Balinese art. His genre scenes of Balinese people capture the spirit of life in Bali and are widely collected by enthusiasts of Indonesian art.


Another rare gem leading the November 19th sale is an Eliseo Meifren painting of his garden in Majorca. The painting was originally shipped to the United States for the Pan-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915, where the artist was awarded a Medal of Honor. It was sold at The Anderson Galleries in New York City before the Spanish Commissioner returned home in 1919 and has since descended into a private collection. This fresh-to-the-market painting beautifully depicts the artist’s colorful garden in a Spanish Impressionist style.

American paintings in the sale are led by a large Antonio Jacobsen of the U.S.M. Pennsylvania—measuring 32 x 60 inches, it is an impressive composition. Other highlights in American Art include paintings by New Englander Eric Sloane; Hudson River School paintings by Arthur Parton and Samuel L. Gerry; 19th century genre paintings by Hamilton Hamilton and Francis Coates Jones; Western art by Frank McCarthy and Carl Pugliese; and American Impressionism by Richard Hayley Lever, Emile Gruppe, Clarence Kerr Chatterton, Charles Warren Eaton and more.

An original work on paper by Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled from 1983 leads the Contemporary offerings at a $10,000-15,000 estimate. This solvent transfer with acrylic and graphite presents a unique opportunity for new and seasoned collectors to own an original Rauschenberg at an approachable price. A modern abstract by George L.K. Morris on paper is another such opportunity for a collector to buy an original, quality work by a highly sought-after artist, estimated at only $7,000-9,000.


Managing partner, Sandra Germain, commented “ 2020 brought about many changes for all of us. At Shannon’s, our online sales have become even more important. We are happy to be able to offer fresh-to-the-market, high-quality fine artworks at all price points. Clients in our online sales range from younger people furnishing new living spaces to long-time clients expanding or changing their collections. Our international client base is expanding every day. This will be our fifth and final sale of the year and we are excited about the range of offerings. We are thankful to our clients and staff during this challenging year, and we are looking forward to a successful and healthy 2021.”


The auction will start promptly at 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, November 19th. The digital catalog and a link to bid live on Invaluable is available on the Shannon’s website, shannons.com. Absentee bids may be arranged by request directly through shannons.com or by contacting the gallery at 203.877.1711 or by email at info@shannons.com.


Previews are going on now by appointment weekdays from 11AM-5PM through November 18th. Please visit shannons.com to schedule an in-person preview appointment or contact the gallery for a digital preview.


Consignments for auctions at Shannon’s are accepted year-round. To consign a single piece of artwork, an estate, or a collection, please call (203) 877-1711; or, send an e-mail to info@shannons.com.

Shannon’s fall auction totals over $3.3 Million and over 82% sold


MILFORD, CT. – Shannon’s seamlessly transitioned to their “new normal” hosting an exciting auction with lively bidder participation despite the absence of live attendees. In the saleroom 20 phone bidders sat at socially distanced 6 foot tables and managed to generate the excitement, buzz and results of an in-person auction. Active online participation and aggressive absentee bidding helped drive the strong results. Overall, the sale achieved over $3.3 million dollars in total sales with 82% of the lots sold.

ADOLPH GOTTLIEB, SOLD FOR $162,500

Leading the auction was the highly-anticipated sale of Abstract Expressionist art from the Jeanne and Carroll Berry Collection. The results did not disappoint and listeners could feel the competition as auctioneer, Peter Coccoluto, fielded bids from the phones. Leading the group was Adolph Gottlieb’s, Untitled #30, from 1970 that sold for $162,500, exceeding its presale estimate. Two lots later, Jackson Pollock’s Untitled from 1952-1956 sold for $112,500. Overall, 11 of the 22 lots hammered down above their presale high estimates, a testament to the quality of the works offered.


Other notable sales from the Berry Collection include Mark Rothko’s, Untitled from 1968 that sold for $78,000. A pair of Hedda Sterne drawings that set a new record at $13,750. Sterne is the only female painter in the Irascibles and competition for her work was aggressive. Harry Weldon Kees, whose work has never before been offered at auction, sold for $8,750. And, the cover lot, a work on paper by Richard Pousette-Dart sold for $37,500.


JACKSON POLLOCK, SOLD FOR $112,500

An Abstract Expressionist painting by Michael (Corinne) West from a separate collection sold for $52,500. West, a female artist, chose a masculine name to remove the bias of gender in the interpretation and sales of work.

MICHAEL (CORINNE) WEST, SOLD FOR $52,500

There was success in all categories at Shannon’s and there were no dull moments during the nearly four-hour auction. Sandra Germain, managing partner, commented “We are thrilled with the results of the sale--the long anticipated offering of the Berry Collection finally came to fruition as well as many other works we have been holding since April. We had strong results across the board and have many happy consignors.”


A George Bellows painting from his time in Woodstock sold for $106,250 after enthusiastic bidding from 5 phone bidders. Charles Burchfield’s Steel Mill Homes sold for $75,000 to the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan. Charles Ethan Porter’s Peonies led the 19th century American Art category selling to a California institution for $55,000.


MONTAGUE DAWSON, The Needes, SOLD FOR $93,750

Notable sales in European art include Montague Dawson’s yachting scene, The Needles, that sold for $93,750 and a Hugues Merle, Young Woman in Blue, that sold for $50,000. Modern European art did well with a Kurt Schwitter’s collage from his Merz series selling for $50,000, a Jean Dufy of Les Champs-Elysees that sold for $57,500 and a Marie Laurencin, Jeune Femme, that tripled the low estimate selling for $45,000 with international bidder participation. A painting by contemporary British artist, Patrick Hughes, found a new home on the West Coast for $45,000.

American Impressionism was led by Charles Courtney Curran’s Wind on the Cliff, a sweeping view from a cliff with two young women, probably the artist’s daughter and a family friend, that sold for $100,000. Other highlights in this category include Woman in a Silk Robe by Frederick Carl Frieseke sold for $57,500 and Guy Carlton Wiggins “Winter at the Library” that also sold for $57,500.


CHARLES COURTNEY CURRAN, "Wind on the Cliff," SOLD FOR $100,000

A regionalist work by Thomas Hart Benton of the Louisiana rice fields, “Threshing Rice” sold for $87,500. Winter Stream by Southwestern artist Victor Higgins quadrupled the low estimate selling for $40,000 to a buyer in New Mexico. There were three paintings by New England artist Eric Sloane, led by Last Hay of the Season, a large 24 x 36 inch painting that sold for $47,500.

Prints were led by Picasso’s Le Repas Frugal, one of the artist’s first print compositions, that sold for $100,000. A Robert Rauschenberg silkscreen with iconic figures from the 1960s, Signs, sold for $27,500 and a group of prints commissioned for the Jimmy Carter inauguration fund sold for $30,000 to a museum collection.

VICTOR HIGGINS, "Winter Stream," SOLD FOR $40,000

For the full results of the September 17th auction, visit www.shannons.com. Shannon’s produces an extensive color catalog, if you would like to join Shannon's mailing list, you can sign up on the website or email the gallery at info@shannons.com.


Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. The next auction will be an Online Fine Art Auction on November 19, 2020. To consign a single piece of artwork, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (203) 877-1711; or, email at info@shannons.com. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the Thursday, September 17th auction, please visit www.shannons.com.

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