Cropsey Hudson River School landscape may earn $150,000 at semi-annual sale

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Luminist view of the Hudson River by renowned artist Jasper Cropsey (estimate $100,000-$150,000).

MILFORD, Conn. – Original works of art by such renowned painters as Jasper Cropsey, Birge Harrison, Martha Walter, John White Alexander and others – plus a pair of original etchings by Rembrandt and a rare etching by the Italian master Campagnola – will be sold Oct. 27, 2011 by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, at their semi-annual fine art auction.

Diminutive original self-portrait etching by the Dutch master Rembrandt (est. $30,000-$50,000).
Diminutive original self-portrait etching by the Dutch master Rembrandt (est. $30,000-$50,000).

Two lots carry presale estimates of $100,000 to $150,000 and are expected to attract intense bidder interest. The first is a luminist view of the Hudson River by Jasper Cropsey (N.Y., 1823-1900). Cropsey was known for his autumnal landscapes. He is a leading member of the Hudson River School and his work coveted by collectors.

The other is a tea party painting by Martha Walter (1875-1976), who painted in France, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania over the course of her career. She was best known for portrait work, beach-child-park paintings and landscapes. A second painting by her – a beach scene – will also come under the gavel. It is expected to command $60,000 to $80,000.

The Birge Harrison painting is a scene of Bryant Part in New York City (estimate $80,000-$120,000). Harrison (N.Y./Mass./Calif., 1854-1929) was born in Philadelphia and has been described as one of America’s leading tonalist painters. He specialized in landscapes, and he bucked convention by eschewing en plein air work, preferring instead to paint from memory.

Another painting expected to get paddles wagging is John White Alexander’s “Lady in Green” (estimate $60,000-$80,000). Alexander (N.Y./N.J./France, 1856-1915) was born in Pennsylvania, but became one of the most prominent artists in New York City in the late 19th/early 20th century. He painted portraits and murals but was best known for his female renderings.

The auction also holds two works by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Both are original etchings and one, a diminutive self-portrait, has a presale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. Another etching, by the Italian master Domenico Campagnola (1484-1550) has been estimated conservatively at $20,000 to $30,000.

A museum-size harbor view by Jonas Lie (N.Y./Norway, 1880-1940) should realize $50,000 to $75,000; a still life of cherries tumbling from a basket by the still life master John F. Francis (Pa., 1808-1886) is expected to garner $40,000 to $60,000; and “White Birches,” a Vermont masterpiece by Luigi Lucioni (N.Y./N.J./Vt./Italy, 1900-1988) should also hit $30,000 to $50,000.

The auction will be held in Shannon’s facility at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford, located just off I-95 just south of New Haven. Online bidding will be facilitated by Artfact.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held from Oct. 17 up until auction day, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except Sunday, Oct. 23, when the firm is closed).

“Thanks to some wonderful pieces already consigned, plus a museum collection that we expect to come in, this auction should be very strong,” said Gene Shannon of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers.

For more visit Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers.

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Portrait of a seated young woman by Irving Ramsey Wiles (estimate $30,000-$50,000).
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Figural painting of ladies having tea by Martha Walter (est. $100,000-$150,000).
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Figural beach scene by Martha Walter (est. 60,000-$80,000).
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Vibrant colored print by Roy Lichtenstein, titled Crying Girl (est. $20,000-$30,000).

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