Updated: Jul 20

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, September 17, 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.

For more information about the September 17th auction, or to order a catalog, contact us at info@shannons.com or 203-877-1711.


Shannon’s expanded schedule of Online Fine Art Auctions has been a treasure trove for new and seasoned collectors. With diverse lots ranging from 19th century American and European Art to Contemporary Fine Prints the offerings in Shannon’s online auctions attract a broad audience at every price-point. This sale, of 185 lots, is no exception.

Headlining the auction are several fresh-to-the-market, quality paintings by leading American Impressionists. Offerings include A View of Greenwich Harbor by John Henry Twachtman (est. $20,000-30,0000); Winter Stream by George Gardner Symons (est. $15,000-25,000); A View of the Bronx River by Ernest Lawson – a highly comparable work to another painting by Lawson in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (est. $15,000-25,000); and a Sunlit Doorway by Abbott Fuller Graves (est. $12,000-18,000). Paintings by Francis Coates Jones, Colin Campbell Cooper, Childe Hassam, John Fabian Carlson and Edward Henry Potthast will also be featured.

In the 19th century paintings category, a beautiful Jules Breton painting of a young woman Mending the Nets in front a river view is sure to attract an international audience (est. $30,000-50,000). Paintings by other notable American and European 19th century artists including Louis Charles Moller, Ferdinand Richardt, Thomas Chambers, Worthington Whittredge and Victor de Grailly will be offered.

An exceptional painting The Red Barn by Eric Sloane stands out among the handful of New England area paintings. A large 40 x 50-inch Emile Gruppe of Winter, Vermont exhibited at the North Shore Arts Exhibition in Gloucester in 1941 is another quality example in this category.

New York City paintings in the sale include a view of the Queensboro Bridge by Johann Berthelsen, two Tugboat watercolors by Reginald Marsh and a view in Central Park by Albert Pels.

Shannon’s online auctions have become a virtual shopping destination. Sandra Germain, managing partner, commented “Our online sales this year have seen 80% sell-through rates and increased participation from around the world. We are happy to report strong results and I am sure with the quality of artworks in this Summer online sale we will continue this positive trend. We are, of course, looking forward to welcoming clients back into our gallery and are now slowly reopening with previews by appointment and video chat --a popular, fun and effective option for many of our clients.”

The Summer Online Auction at Shannon’s is chock-full of quality paintings, sculpture, drawings, and fine prints. In addition to the works listed above Shannon’s will also offer a collection of paintings by Woodstock Colony artists, Contemporary Prints, Western art and more!

The auction will start promptly at 2:00PM ET on Thursday, June 25th. A link to the sale will be available on the Shannon’s homepage. Bidding will take place live online through Invaluable.com. Absentee bids may be arranged by request directly through shannons.com or by contacting the gallery.

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. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the Thursday, June 25th auction, please visit www.shannons.com or follow them on social media. Updates are posted frequently.

MILFORD, CONN. – Shannon’s Online-Only Fine Art auction on April 30th exceeded expectations, selling 80% of the 185-lots. The Spring Auction at Shannon’s is usually a destination for collectors, with a busy preview, a full saleroom and a bank of 20+ phone lines. Adapting to the COVID global pandemic, Sandra Germain, managing partner, made the decision to hold an online sale with fewer lots in place of the full catalog auction, which has been postponed.

Instead of in-person interactions, the staff at Shannon’s fielded phone calls and emails from their home offices, sent video previews to clients and scheduled previews by appointment. The day of the sale, the absentee bid book was full and online demand soared. Bidders from all over the world participated online driving the strong results.

Leading the auction were two paintings by New York School Abstract Expressionist, Milton Resnick. Ulysses from 1956 sold for $137,500 and Apparatus from 1958 sold for $30,000. During the sale, auctioneer, Peter Coccoluto, opened the bidding on Ulysses at $45,000 and fielded aggressive bidding from online bidders and competing absentee bids. Listening to the auction felt like being present in the saleroom. In a matter of minutes the bidding jumped past the $100,000 mark before slowing down and ultimately selling to an absentee bidder.

Late 19th and early-20th century American Art, a leading genre in every Shannon’s sale, also did well led by a Daniel Ridgway Knight painting Summer Afternoon, Seine Valley that sold for $52,000 and a J.G. Brown, Shoeshine Boy, that sold for $20,800.

Other highlights in American Art, include an Eric Sloane, Berkshire Barn, that sold for $27,500 against a $12,000-18,000 estimate; a Peter Sculthorpe, watercolor that brought $10,635; an Arthur Wesley Dow, Marshes and Dunes at Ipswich, sold for $8,750 and a Reginald Marsh, Three Girls on the Boardwalk, sold for $7,500.

Germain reported increased international participation in the sale, commenting “We achieved excellent results with our international lots and were pleased to see active participation from Europe, Asia and Latin America. People around the world are paying attention to online auctions now more than ever.” Argentinian artist Romulo Maccio’s, Palabras, sold for $28,600 to a Latin American buyer.

The star-studded sale featured lots by notable artists including Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Helen Frankenthaler, Antonio Jacobsen, Henry Gasser, Edward Bannister, Martha Walter and others. Shannon’s is already gathering consignments for their next online auction scheduled for June 25th and planning their full cataloged sale for later this summer.

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. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the Thursday, April 30th auction, please visit www.shannons.com or follow them on social media. Updates are posted frequently.

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