Bierstadt’s Landscape Headlines Doyle’s Fine American Decorative Art Sale

The highest price of the sale was “Sunset Over the Trees” by Albert Bierstadt, which sold for $ 106,250 ($ 30,000 / 50,000).

NEW YORK CITY – Doyle’s online auction of American paintings, furniture and decorative arts on April 21 saw high prices for 19th and 20th century American paintings, including fine examples of the Hudson River, landscapes western and regional and marine paintings. The American Silver section of the auction also performed exceptionally well, with the lead in 19th-century Baltimore silverware and iconic designs from Tiffany & Co.

With competitive bids throughout the sale, the auction totaled $ 857,781 successfully against an estimate of $ 637,100 / 977,750 with a strong sale of 85% per lot and 99% in value.

Several of the auction’s top-selling paintings were originally produced by an anonymous private collection. The best lot of the day was an oil sketch by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) which exceeded his estimate of $ 30 / 50,000 to reach a remarkable $ 106,250. Oil sketches like “Sunset Over the Trees,” made for larger canvases, emphasize the artist’s attention to color and confident brushstroke. “View on the Hudson”, circa 1875-1878, by George Inness (1825-1894) reached its estimate of $ 6 / $ 8,000 several times, making $ 34,375. Thomas Hill (1829-1908) studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was associated with artists George Inness and Albert Bierstadt. Hill moved to San Francisco and became known for his views of the Yosemite Valley, such as “Nevada Falls, Yosemite,” which sold for $ 23,750, exceeding his estimate of $ 12 / 18,000.

A Dreamlike View of New York Harbor was painted in 1874 by Edward Moran and sold for $ 16,250, exceeding his estimate of $ 10 / 15,000. The older brother of fellow artist Thomas Moran, Edward was widely regarded as one of the most important maritime painters of the 19th century, and this crisp scene shows his mastery of the subject.

“View on the Hudson” by George Inness (1825-1894) made $ 34,375 ($ 6 / 8,000). It will be the subject of a future supplement to the catalog raisonné.

Bids in the US silver section of the auction were equally competitive. Highlights included a richly decorated Baltimore die set circa 1900 by Hennegan Bates Co. which made $ 11,250, above her estimate of $ 7 / 10,000. Among the many cutlery sets were examples of Tiffany & Co., all of which brought good results. Among these was a service in the Chrysanthemum model that topped its estimate of $ 5/7,000, selling for $ 11,875; and a service in the Bamboo model which grossed $ 9,375, more than double its estimate of $ 3 / 4,000. “We were thrilled with the silver results,” commented Doyle silver specialist Todd Sell after the sale. “We saw no hesitation from the bidders and got good prices across the board. “

The decorative arts section of the sale was highlighted by a group of seven ceramic equestrian figures, circa 1945, by Kathleen Wheeler Crump (1884-1977) which sold for $ 9,375, doubling their estimate of $ 3 / 5,000. The artist of British origin lived in Canada very early on, on a ranch, where she drew horses and developed an in-depth knowledge of equestrian anatomy. She eventually settled in the Washington, DC area and rose to fame for her portraits of champion racehorses.

The sale included 19 lots of property from the estate of Arthur Gross. In the 1960s, Gross was the owner of Kaye & Gross, an antique store in Manhattan in the 1970s, when he met a young Bill Doyle, who had opened his own antique store in the 1980s, who became Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers. Gross and Doyle formed a friendship through their shared passion for the Americana. Artie had a deep and scholarly knowledge of American furniture, which he generously shared with collectors, curators and others in the trade.

All prices include the buyer’s premium as reported by the auction house. For more information, or 212-427-2730.


Laura J. Boyer