Women Artists Featured at Shannon's April 29th!

Fine Art Auction - Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture
Thursday, April 29, 2021
6:00PM EDT

Shannon’s April 29th Spring Auction will feature several works by leading female artists. Leading the sale are two portraits of young women by Helen Maria Turner. Turner, a New Orleans native, trained at the Art Students League of New York and later became a resident of Cragsmoor. “Portrait of Anne Spencer,” from 1925 was undoubtedly painted on Turner’s sun-filled, garden porch in the artist’ s colony. Another work by Turner, “The Italian Girl,” was likely painted in New York City.

Helen Maria Turner

"Portrait of Anne Spencer," c. 1925


American (1858-1958)
"Portrait of Anne Spencer," c. 1925
oil on canvas, signed and inscribed lower left "Helen M. Turner N.Y."
40 x 30 inches

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Abastenia St. Leger Eberle’s “Girl Skipping Rope,” headlines the sculpture category. Widely exhibited at the Pan-Pacific Exhibition and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, among other venues, this bronze is believed to be the only known cast of this work. Young girls were a favorite subject for Eberle and in 1909 this young, barefoot girl captured the freedoms from the prior restrictions of the Victorian era. A cast of Janet Scudder’s “Young Diana,” is also featured. Both works capture the spirit of progressive women in the early 20th century from different perspectives.

Abastenia St. Leger Eberle’s

"Girl Skipping Rope"


American (1878-1942)
"Girl Skipping Rope"
bronze, signed and dated "A St. L Eberle 09," stamped with foundry mark "S. Klaber & Co. / Founders New York"
height: 14 1/2 inches

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A Connecticut artist, Fidelia Bridges, is well-represented in the auction with four oil paintings. The leading works by her are Red Breasted Grosbeak in a Thicket , estimated $12,000-18,000 and Goldfinches and Thistle, estimated $10,000-15,000. Both works are from the same Connecticut collection. Bridges frequented the banks of the Housatonic River in Stratford, Connecticut where she painted the birds and wildlife along the river banks.

Fidelia Bridges

Red Breasted Grosbeak in a Thicket


American (1834-1923)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak in a Thicket
oil on canvas, signed lower right "F. Bridges"
18 x 14 inches

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There are two views of Provincetown by American Impressionist Pauline Palmer including "Backstreet, Provincetown," ca. 1924, estimated at $12,000-18,000 and "Afternoon Sun," Provincetown estimated at $8,000-12,000.

Other works by women artists include a view of Greece by Jane Wilson, an interior by Marguerite S. Pearson, a nonobjective work by Hilla Rebay, and a cubist sculpture by Marg Moll.

To view the full catalog, condition reports and to bid live online visit www.shannons.com. Previews will be held by-appointment April 19-28th, weekdays from 11AM to 6PM and Saturday, April 24th from 10AM-3PM. Virtual previews and additional photos are available by request. Bidding is available by telephone, absentee and live on shannons.com. A live-stream of the auction will be broadcast on shannons.com. Telephone bids can be reserved in advance and absentee bids will be accepted before the auction. Consignments at Shannon’s are accepted year-round. To consign a single item or an entire collection, contact [email protected].