$50,000 Cape Ann School painting among pieces set for exhibit Jan. 12

MASSACHUSETTS – One of the largest and finest private collections of 20th century Cape Ann School paintings is the focus of a special exhibit slated for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Rockport Art Association. In addition, Colleene Fesko, Antiques Roadshow appraiser and fine art expert, will speak to the history of the Cape Ann School movement.

The exhibit showcases the John F. Gale collection of Cape Ann School paintings, and

Gloucester Gill Netters, painted by Frederick John Mulpaupt, carries an estimate of $50,000 to $80,000. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia Auctioneers)

features works by some of the most noted artists of the movement, including Aldro Hibbard, Frederick Mulhaupt and William Lester Stevens. The pieces featured in this exhibit will be sold at James D. Julia Auctioneers’ Annual Winter Antique, Asian & Fine Art Auction, which will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2013.

“The Gale Collection is without question the finest and largest offering of Cape Ann School paintings to come to auction in many years,” according to Jim Julia, company president and national auction authority. “Gale was a very discerning buyer; he was very careful about what he bought and put a lot of effort and thought into the pieces he added to his collection. Any collection that included a Frederick Mulhaupt is fortunate and Mr. Gale’s collection includes five.”

Leading up to the exhibit and upcoming auction three pieces in particular are garnering much interest. These include Gloucester Gill Netters, a peaceful, dockside view of traditional New England fishing boats, painted by Frederick John Mulhaupt and estimated at $50,000-80,000. The second, by Aldro Thompson Hibbard, called West River Valley CT, presents an idyllic panorama of a sleepy riverside town in winter, and carries an estimate of $30,000-40,000. Rounding out the highlights is a painting of a proud mill building on the snowy banks of a rocky, winding river, entitled Mill Dam (pictured at right) by William Lester Stevens. It is estimated at $15,000-20,000. 

The Gale Collection exhibit event will be Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 2pm to 6pm in the Rockport Art Association’s Hibbard Gallery in Rockport, Mass. There is no admission charge, but space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Julia’s at 207-453-7125 or antiques@jamesdjulia.com by Friday, January 11, 2013 to reserve your space.

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