Americana Week kicks off today with important dog painting & bidding on Artfact Live!

Copley and Keno present live online auctions today and tomorrow

BOSTON – Lovers of American antiques no longer have to make the pilgrimage to New York City to experience the thrill and excitement of the city’s annual Americana Week 2011. Artfact brings the best of Americana Week’s auctions through the Artfact Live! online bidding platform. Of particular note are two important back-to-back auctions presented by Copley Fine Art Auctions and Keno Auctions, each featuring an impressive selection of Americana.

Arthur_Fitzwilliam_tait_Guarding_the_catch_Artfact.jpgCopley Fine Art Auctions begins the week’s activities with a spectacular two-part auction today. Featured at Copley’s inaugural Winter Sale is a first-rate lineup of American antiques and fine art and a vast collection of sporting decoys. Highlighting session one is a painting by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905) titled “Guarding the Catch.”  The painting, estimated $125,000-$175,000, is signed by the artist and depicts a black dog watching over an absent fisherman’s catch of the day. Copley Chairman and Fine Art specialist Stephen O’Brien, Jr. notes, “It is one of the most important American dog paintings that we have ever had the privilege to bring to market.”

Session two of Copley’s Winter Sale will feature 230 decoy lots by renowned craftsmen such as A. Elmer Crowell, Lee Dudley, Albert Laing, Joseph Lincoln, and John Tax, in addition to thirty lots of assorted sporting books from the collection of H. Wendell Endicott

Partnering with Copley to celebrate the start of Americana Week, Keno Auctions of New York is also offering a wide variety of American fine art and antiques at its sale starting Tuesday.

Winslow_Homer_Five_boys_at_the_shore_.JPGHeadlining the sale is an 1880 painting by world-renowned artist Winslow Homer titled “Five Boys at the Shore”.  The painting, originally purchased in 1880 by Colonel Henry and Elizabeth Perkins Lee, was passed down through four generations of the family prior to current consignment.  Estimated $350,000-$450,000, the watercolor shows Homer at his best in portraying children and is being offered to the public for the first time in over a century.

A wonderful selection of videos featuring Antiques Roadshow regular Leigh Keno can be found at KenoAuctions.com. Note: In order to view these videos, you will need the latest version of Adobe’s Flash Player installed on your computer.

For additional information, to search a catalog or to place a bid, visit Artfact.

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