Rago’s to auction fine art of the 19th and 20th centuries on Sept. 13, 2008

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George William Sotter night scene is expected to bring $100,000-$150,000.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at noon, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will host a sale of works by American and European artists, including a first-rate selection of American sculpture.

“This is a sale of fine works acquired is almost entirely from private sellers. The Sotter night scene has never been to market,” said Meredith Hilferty, Director of Fine Arts at Rago’s.

The first session of the auction features works by both American and European artists. Notable among these is an untitled oil by Orrin Augustine White (estimate $6,000-$9,000); a scene of Broadway near Union Square in oil on Masonite by Laurence A. Campbell (estimate $10,000-$15,000); a woodcut in colors by William Henry Johnson (estimate $2,000-$3,000); an oil by George Loftus Noyes (estimate $6,000-$8,000); and a large oil on wood panel by Everett Lloyd Bryant (estimate $3,000-$4,000).

Also featured in this session, paintings by artists John Fery, Howard Russell Butler, William Chadwick, Marguerite Stuber Pearson, James Carroll Beckwith, Johann Berthelsen, Walt Kuhn, Franklin Benjamin DeHaven, Birge Harrison, Lowell Blair Nesbitt, Moses Soyer, Charles Arthur Fries, Ralston Crawford, Arthur Vidal Diehl and John R. Grabach; a gouache by Kenneth L. Callahan; a mixed media work by David Davidovich Burliuk and a watercolor by Henry Martin Gasser.

American sculpture has been an essential component of Rago’s fine art sales since its landmark auction of the Reingold Collection. An increasingly strong selection of bronzes has found its way to the auction house. September’s sale features Bessie Onahotema Potter Vonnoh’s Dancing Girl, cast in 1899 by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company (estimate $30,000-$50,000); Alexander Phimister Proctor’s Buckaroo (estimate $30,000-$50,000); Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington’s bronze bookends Charging Mountain Goats (estimate $7,000-$9,000); an untitled cast terra cotta by Maurice Glickman (estimate $1,000-$2,000); an untitled marble sculpture (with base) by William Couper (estimate $4,000-$6,000), as well as sculpture by Paul Howard Manship, Boris Lovet-Lorski, Victor David Brenner, Elizabeth Norton, William Zorach, Jose De Creeft, Eugene Gauss, Emil Fuchs, Enrico Glicenstein and Robert Henry Rockwell.

The sale’s second session is devoted to Pennsylvania area artists. The highlight: an exceptional night scene (shown above) by George William Sotter. Commissioned by a neighbor of Sotter, held privately since its creation, the oil on Masonite measures 22 inches by 26 inches and is signed and dated 1946 (estimate $100,000-$150,000). Other important works include two oils by Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge, Harbor Afternoon (estimate $25,000-$35,000) and an untitled oil (estimate $5,000-$7,000); Charles Rosen’s Brick Yard (estimate $3,000-$5,000); William Langson Lathrop’s North Shore, Long Island (estimate $7,000-$9,000); an untitled oil by John Fulton Folinsbee (estimate $4,000-$6,000); Walter Emerson Baum’s Autumn Forest Scene (estimate $4,000-$6,000) and three etchings by Daniel Garber.

For more information call 609-397-9374, or email info@ragoarts.com. Rago Arts and Auction Center is located at 333 North Main Street, Lambertville, N.J.

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