Pook & Pook Fine Art Auction

On November 21, Pook & Pook, Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers will present an outstanding array of fine art from the 17th through the 20th centuries – including paintings, drawings, etchings, prints and sculpture, from private institutions, collectors, and estates. Exceptional works by American, European, and Asian artists will be sold. The exhibition will run Monday through Friday the week of the sale and the auction will start promptly at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Tremendous interest is anticipated for Daniel Garber’s oil-on-canvas landscape titled Holicong Road. This piece, which retains its original Harer frame, is estimated to bring $150,000 to $250,000. This is one of the best examples of this Pennsylvania Impressionist’s work to come across the auction block in the past decade.

Incredible attention is also expected for the Fern Coppedge oil on canvas landscape titled Autumn From Music Crew Hill Lambertsville. Coppedge, a close friend of Daniel Garber, may be best known for her winter landscapes but the bright contrasting hues of this fall piece are sure to attract many bidders who have an eye for exceptional impressionistic art and a fantastic love of color.

Also slated for the upcoming fine art auction is an oil on canvas still life with fruit, painted by Severin Roesen. Known for painting still lifes in the mid 1800’s, Roesen painted this piece in such detail that one feels as though the fruits and wine depicted can be plucked off the canvas and consumed!

Other outstanding pieces in this sale include an oil-on-canvas landscape with canvasback ducks off of Turkey Pointe, by George Cope, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Several wonderful coastal scenes will go off, including one by Emile Albert Gruppe (estimated at $7,000 to $10,000), one by Haley Lever (estimated at $7,000 to $10,000) and one by George Howell Gay ($10,000 to $15,000). Several pieces by Barclay Lawrence Jacob Rubincam will be sold, including a wonderful winter landscape titled Exercising the Hounds on the Green Valley Road (estimated at $15,000 to $25,000).

Two wonderful Ben Austrian pieces will be featured, both containing a hen with thirteen chicks. A wonderful still life by Mary Jane Peale features a basket of fruit with peaches and grapes cascading over the side, atop a marble pier table (estimated at $12,000 to $18,000). A Maynard Dixon oil-on-board of an Inuit riding a dogsled will be offered, and is estimated to bring $20,000 to $30,000.

Of historical interest is a painting by Paul Dominique Philippoteaux, the French-American artist. This piece depicts a dramatic oil-on-canvas Civil War scene of eight Union soldiers riding an ammunition wagon (estimated at $5,000 to $10,000). Immediately following this piece in the sale is an oil-on-canvas winter landscape by Edward Willis Redfield. The vivid painting shows a shepherd and his flock traveling down a snow-covered road through a thick forest of dark trees. It is titled Road to Fontbleau, and is estimated to bring $20,000 to $30,000.

Several European and Asian works will be offered including several Italian, French, Chinese, and Russian pieces. One piece of note is an oil-on-canvas portrait by the Russian-American artist Ivan Gregorewitch Olinsky titled My Neighbor’s Daughter. Another wonderful piece from overseas is an abstract portrait by Bernard Cathelin, a French artist of distinction. This particular piece is titled Portrait d’Yvette Octobre 1960 and was once shown at Findlay Galleries in New York. A spattering of more modern pieces can be found throughout the sale, including three unusual ink works by Samuel Joseph Brown, a Disney celluloid from Bambi, and a tromp l’oeil by Gayle Blair Tate, as well as several others.

Additional artists represented at this auction include Martin Lewis, whose turbulent etching titled The Passing Storm, is sure to evoke the emotions of the crowd. Frank H. Desch’s piece titled Narcissus shows a beautiful young woman dressed in a kimono gazing downward and clutching a Narcissus flower. A lovely Hugh Bolton Jones oil on board landscape of a river with a farm in the background is estimated to bring $15,000 to $20,000.

A late addition to the sale is Eric Sloan’s oil on masonite winter landscape titled Vermont Ski Weather which depicts a single skier making their way down a snowy slope with farms and a town in the background. Two other late additions to the auction include a wonderful oil on canvas landscape by Alexander Helwig Wyant and an oil on board New York winter scene title Broad Street – Winter Morgan Bank – Stock Exchange by Johann Berthelsen. An Andrew Newel Wyeth pencil portrait of Walt Anderson is one of the last items in the sale. This wonderful piece is estimated to bring $20,000 to $25,000.

For further information about the items in this auction, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (610) 269-4040. To view all of the items in this auction, visit Pook & Pook’s Web site at www.pookandpook.com and click on Upcoming Auctions.

Pook & Pook, Inc. is located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and holds auctions monthly from September through June. Their sales feature period furniture, Oriental rugs, fine art, and antique accessories. They are currently accepting consignments for the upcoming 2009 auction schedule.

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