Paintings by Burchfield, Benton, Cropsey, Watkins exceed estimates in Shannon’s Fall Fine Art…

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Watercolor on two joined sheets by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled January Sun (1948/57), numbered “62” lower left, 39 inches by 33 ½ inches (by sight) ($375,000).
Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers

MILFORD, Conn. — Lively phone and online bidding generated the results of Shannon’s online-only Fall Artwork Auction, held Oct. 28. Nearly 80% of the 177 lots on offer were sold, achieving $3.6 million in total sales. All prices quoted include buyer’s premium.

The highlight of the auction was the cover lot, a large watercolor on two sheets of paper by Charles Burchfield, titled January sun. The painting beat the estimate before bidding slowed, selling for $375,000 per phone. A second work by Burchfield, Lincoln Avenue at Main Street, Salem, Ohio, sold for $100,000. From the same collection, a Thomas Hart Benton oil study for Sugar cane sold for $275,000 to a Midwestern institution.

The modernist works in the sale were led by a certain Roberto Matta Untitled painting from 1965. This surreal large-format composition measured 80 inches by 150 inches and sold for $200,000 to a museum collection. A drawing by Henry Moore titled Rocking chairs climbed to $162,500; a watercolor by Marc Chagall, The umbrella, grossed $37,500; Clyde Singer’s Hotel backdoor went for $35,000; and a colorful watercolor by Paul Jenkins fetched $21,250. Shannon set a world record price for Lennart Anderson at $20,000 for an oil painting, Still Life with Jelly Donuts and Knife.

Three new world records were set for female artists, led by a Fidelia Bridges wallet that sold for $181,250 to a museum collection. A painting by Susan Watkins, a Chase student, titled woman playing guitar (1901), sold for $106,250, also to a museum, and Felicie Waldo Howell’s view of Main Street, Gloucester from 1918 gaved for $57,500.

Leading the results of early 20th-century American art, Walter Launt Palmer’s morning stream sold for $137,500. A snowy View of Broad Street, New York rose to $125,000 and a new world record was set for Harry Aiken Vincent, whose take on Rockport Harbor sold for $52,500.

Buyers sought quality in 19th century American art and offerings from the Hudson River School.

Jasper Francis Cropsey’s Luminist Viewpoint On the Susquehanna River sold for $112,500; a great Worthington Whittredge, A primitive forest stream, grossed $81,250; a view of Niagara Falls by Hermann Herzog won $50,000; and a work by George Inness titled light triumphant sold for $50,000. European paintings were led by the romantic portrait of Eugene Von Blass haversack which ended at $125,000.

Shannon’s managing partner, Sandra Germain, said: “This is the best sale we’ve had in ten years. The quality of our bids was exceptional for the auction. We’ve found that our buyers, existing and new, are thrilled to work with us before the sale, whether in person or through our many virtual previews. I am very pleased with the results and look forward to our continued success in the US art market.

Shipments to Shannon are accepted year round. The next auction will be an online-only fine art auction on January 20, 2022, followed by a spring auction and catalog in April. Visit www.shannons.com for auction updates and to join the mailing list. To consign a single work or collection, contact the gallery by email at [email protected]; or call 203-877-1711.

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