BEVERLY, Mass. – Paintings by two women artists – one with an international reputation, one from the American Midwest – tied for the top spots at Kaminski Auctions’ sale of fine art held on Oct. 20.
Braiding a Rug by Agnes M. Richmond (1870-1964) and The Artist’s Garden in Giverny by Mariquita Gill (1861-1915) each sold for $13,800. Richmond is known for her independent, dignified portraits of women, while Gill’s impressionistic depictions of landscapes and garden scenes highlight her body of work. All prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Born in Alton, Ill., Richmond attended the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and continued her studies at the Arts Students League in New York. With her husband, artist Winthrop Turney, she spent summers painting in Gloucester, Mass., and Mountainville, N.Y.
Gill was born in Uruguay and studied in New York and Paris. She was influenced by Pissarro and Monet, and moved to Giverny, France, in the 1890s. Returning to the U.S., she settled in Massachusetts.
A painting by Victorian artist Alfred de Breanski Sr. (1852-1928), titled Snowdon & Pass of Llanberis, realized a final price of $9,200. Breanski, regarded as one of England’s most accomplished landscape artists, derived inspiration from the picturesque but desolate Scottish countryside.
A life-sized marble statue of Venus brought $9,775. A large bronze by Robert Toberentz, The Snake Charmer, sold to an online bidder for $5,175.
Kaminski’s Annual Thanksgiving Auction takes place Nov. 25 and will feature fine art, antiques and collectibles.
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