. February 28, 2013

As many as 250 works of fine art in many genres will be offered. The sale will start at 6 p.m.

(MILFORD, Conn.) – Quality consignments are currently being accepted for a fine art auction slated for Thursday, April 25, at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, in the firm’s gallery located at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford, starting at 6 p.m. (EST). Up to 250 works of art, spanning many genres, will come up for bid. Internet bidding will be provided by Artfact.com.

Watercolor painting by the renowned American artist Andrew Wyeth (Pa./Me., 1917-2009), titled Picking Apples (est. $80,000-$100,000).

Offered will be works from the Hudson River School, the Rockport (or Cape Ann) School, American Impressionists, European and American Moderns and Abstract artists and more. Already consigned are works by artists such as Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Arthur Dove, Nicholas Krushenick and others. The list grows daily with the arrival of new paintings.”

“We already have some wonderful pieces secured, but we are still seeking high-quality, fresh-to-the-market examples by noted artists,” said Sandra Germain of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers. “We have a track record of attracting works that have not been previously sold, and we would like to continue in that tradition. We’ll be accepting consignments through March 13.”

At Shannon’s October 2012 sale, a painting by Nicholas Krushenick (N.Y., 1929-1999), sold for a record-setting $102,000. His work being sold Apr. 25, titled Honeysuckle, is a painting on a much grander scale, so it’s very possible a new auction record will be set. Krushenick, one of the forerunners of the pop art movement, started showing his work in New York City in 1957.

Modernist works by artists such as William Glackens (Pa./N.Y., 1870-1938), George Tooker (N.Y./Vt., 1920-2011) and Arthur Dove (N.Y., 1880-1946) will be sold. Dove is credited as being the first innovative abstract painter in America. His watercolor and ink painting, titled Barns (est. $20,000-$30,000), was purchased from The Downtown Gallery in New York City.

Andrew Wyeth (Pa./Me., 1917-2009) was a painter of landscapes and figural subjects who became one of the best-known American painters of the 20th century. His style was both realistic and abstract, and he worked primarily in watercolor and tempera. His watercolor work titled Picking Apples, completed in 1945, carries a pre-auction estimate of $80,000-$100,000.

Henri Baptiste Lebasque (Fr., 1865-1937) became known as a painter who spread “joy and light” and for works that were intimate in subject matter and pleasing in color and form. His original oil painting titled Fillettes Saurant a la Corde is included in the catalogue raisonnne of the painter’s artworks by Denise Bazetoux. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $50,000-$75,000.

Shannon’s isn’t known for offering Chinese artworks, but it is entering the Chinese contemporary art market in this auction with five paintings by Cao Dali (Tsao Tali, b. 1934). Several works by Cao Dali have previously sold at auction, including a 1990 oil on canvas rendering that brought $90,351 at Shanghai Hiehe Auction Co., Ltd., in 2011 in Shanghai, China.

A previously unrecorded piece by Birger Sandzen (Colo./Kan., 1871-1954), titled Riverbank With Cedars, Rockport, Mo. (est. $70,000-$90,000) had been in the private hands of a single family since it was purchased directly from the artist in 1928. It is inscribed “Lindsborg, KS” on the reverse. Sandzen was a Swedish-born landscape artist, engraver and lithographer.

The Hudson River School will be represented by the artists J.F. Cropsey (Autumn Landscape) and David Johnson. Cropsey (N.Y., 1823-1900) had an epiphany as a young man when he climbed a hill, gazed out on the landscape and had an artistic vision. Johnson (N.Y., 1827-1908) was renowned for his ability to delineate accurately rock formations and foliage.

Previews will be held daily starting Monday, Apr. 15, and running through auction day, Apr. 25 (except Sundays, when Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers is closed). Preview hours are 11-6 (EST), except Apr. 25, when the preview will end at 5 p.m., an hour before the auction start time. Online bidding will be facilitated by Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Historically, Shannon’s has specialized in American and European art executed between 1840 and 1940. In recent years the firm has expanded more into post-war modern and pop art. Shannon’s produces an extensive 132-page, color catalog, which is available for sale on their website (shannons.com). A large, 8-page color brochure will also be mailed to 18,000 clients.

Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece of artwork, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (203) 877-1711; or, you can e-mail them at info@shannons.com. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the Apr. 25 auction, please log on to www.shannons.com

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