100 Years of Collecting in America: The Story of Sotheby by Thomas Elliot Norton

By Thomas Elliot Norton

The historical past of good artwork auctions in the United States is an indelible list of public opinion within the realm of aesthetics and style. In each public sale, the murals that has the best allure instructions the top fee, and a examining of the roster of gadgets and artists most often chosen supplies a transparent and interesting photograph of the evolution of style and style in America.

The historical past of Sotheby Parke Bernet and its predecessor companies in the US supplies us a short synopsis ot the place we have been and the way we've got replaced and what sort of we loved ourselves within the method. taking a look at the various illustrations of artworks offered over the process a century, we're mesmerized by way of the variety of gadgets that experience undergone their public sale rooms.

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Webster, who had bought it at also designed frames for of Fine Arts in White auction in 1905. The Garden is one of Dewing's the Stanford shows the influence of first paintings in the Aesthetic manner; it Lawrence Alma-Tadema in the placement of the figures. Thomas B. Clarke had always been a staunch promoter of George Inness. There were no fewer than thirty-nine Innesses in the auction, and the artist's Grey, Lowering Day brought the highest price of the sale, $10,150. But it was Winslow Homer (1836-19K who was to benefit most from his patron's auction.

A lots March. Thirteen hundred eighty-five included books on art, contemporary group of drawings by William Blake, and, of course, photographs, mostly collected in albums and sold as adjuncts to prints, a large prints. Auctions composed entirely ot photogra- at Parke-Bemet become a staple Galleries but they have since of the auction market. " 51 In 1902 First is year the American Art Association held auctions of everything from Japanese prints and rare textiles to Oriental carvings, but of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses" this prairie two important sales of paintings nevertheless stood out.

Portrait of on oval wood panel, Petronella Buys. 1635. Oil 31 x 23". Private collection, the Netherlands. Lot 50 in the auction of paintings troni the estate of Joseph Jefferson, sold on April 27, American Art Galleries for $20,601 1980, it was sold as part of the Andre Meyer collection, at Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1906, at the In 1. October New York, for $990,000* "The Valuable Paintings Collected by the Late Joseph Jefferson" was the major auction of 1906. Anton Mauve 's Return of the Flock brought $42,500 the high price of the sale and respectable sums were paid for the other "modern" works that had belonged to a man who — enjoyed — a reputation as a painter as well as an actor.

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