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Stolen for 40 Years, Norman Rockwell Masterwork May Bring $1 Million at Heritage Auctions

American Art Auction offers fresh-to-market paintings, works on paper and sculptures Nov. 3 in Dallas

 

DALLAS, Texas (Oct. 13, 2017) – Recently returned to a family after it was stolen more than 40 years ago, Norman Rockwell’s endearing Lazybones (Boy Asleep With Hoe), also known as Taking a Break, is expected to sell for more than $1 million in Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 3 American Art Auction in Dallas. The 1919 Saturday Evening Post cover makes its auction debut, highlighting an exceptional array of Golden Age illustration.

Purchased for less than $100 in 1954 and stolen in June of 1976, Rockwell’s painting stands as one of the artist’s first Saturday Evening Post covers, produced in 1919 when he was only 25. Lazybones illustrates not simply the classic Rockwell subject of childhood, but the quintessential American prankster-adventurer, Huck Finn. With his straw hat and bandana, work shirt, and tattered pants with suspenders, Rockwell’s character comes straight out of the pages of Mark Twain’s celebrated novel. Not least, the painting has its own wild back-story, ripped from the headlines, as it was taken from Robert and Teresa Grant’s house in New Jersey during a well-planned burglary. With the help of special FBI agents, the painting was recovered and returned to the family in March.

“The provenance of this masterwork is as remarkable as the painting itself,” said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage Auctions. “We are thrilled to bring this classic Rockwell to auction, and find its new home.”

Heritage is also pleased to present The Golden Age: Property from a Distinguished New York Collection.  Comprised of 43 works spanning the Golden Age of Illustration, the single-owner collection embodies an era of unprecedented excellence in magazine and book illustration. The artists of this period captured the nostalgia of simple, innocent times and everyday life through accessible narrative. As such, their content was ideally suited for the imaginative tales published in periodicals of the time, including the Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, and Life, among others.  A large portion of the collection is comprised of original illustrations that were reproduced as covers of these magazines.  Impeccably curated, it features works by the best storytellers of the Golden Age, including works by the iconic Joseph Christian Leyendecker (Est. $100,000-150,000) and Maxfield Parrish (Est $8.000-12.000).

Additional iconic works from masters of American Illustration Art includes Bump Mobile, The Saturday Evening Post cover, June 22, 1940, by Albert W. Hampson (est. $30,000-$50,000) and Amateur Nite—Cowboy Bill’s Ramblers, The Saturday Evening Post cover, January 11, 1936, by Monte Crews (est. $20,000-30,000).

The Nov. 3 auction will also feature a spectacular oil by George Henry Durrie titled Winter in the Country, A Cold Morning (est. $300,000-$500,000). Painted circa 1863, this masterwork romanticizes the seasonal pleasures of bucolic life with great composition and attention to detail, prompting one notable Durrie scholar to proclaim the work “one of his best contributions to native winter landscape painting in the nineteenth century.”

Offered for the first time in nearly 30 years, William Merritt Chase’s Untitled (Nude Resting in a Chair), circa 1888. Chase executed the pastel as a classroom demonstration while teaching at the Art Students League in New York. The swivel chair upon which the model sits can be seen in a photograph of Chase, standing in his famous Tenth Street Studio in New York that was reproduced in a 1947 article about the famed studio building in The Villager.

Interior (est. $80,000-$120,000) by Louis Ritman is emblematic of the artist’s unique brand of American Impressionism, painted while the artist lived and worked in Giverny, France.  Interior has descended in the same family for more than 100 years and was last seen publically in 1912 at the Cincinnati Museum’s “19th Annual Exhibition of American Art.

Other highlights of the auction include:

 

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Newly Discovered Norman Rockwell Masterpiece Brings $1.6 million at Heritage Auctions

Austin, Texas, family learns ‘framed print’ is actually original painted study

Dallas, Texas (Aug. 20, 2017) — “Tough Call,” a classic original masterpiece by Norman Rockwell  — discovered hanging in Austin, Texas, and considered nothing more than a cheap print  —  has sold for a staggering $1.6 million at a public auction of high-end sports memorabilia held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The 16-inch by 15-inch painting was expected to sell for $300,000 but instead realized more than five times pre-auction estimates, once again breaking the record for any Rockwell study.

The buyer remains anonymous at this time.

 

“It is remarkable to still discover such an important Norman Rockwell original artwork after so many years,” said Chris Ivy, director of Sports Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “The art community and sports fans all over the world owe thanks to Beans Reardon’s family for preserving this piece of Americana for future generations despite not quite understanding what they had.”

 

The original painting for “Tough Call” was published as a 1949 Saturday Evening Post cover and became an instant classic of American illustration art. Rockwell’s study for the piece (a preliminary work that guided the master’s hand) was gifted to umpire Beans Reardon.

 

Auction house experts realized the work, signed by Rockwell, was much more than a simple print of the famous work. Close inspection showed it was an original oil on paper study for one of Rockwell’s most famous paintings.

 

“The Rockwell discovery is a wonderful story and the auction price exceeded all expectations,” added Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions at Heritage.

 

This is the second Rockwell study sold in Dallas recently, as Heritage Rockwell’s study for “Triple Self Portrait”  commanded over $1.3 million just months ago by Heritage Auctions, itself more than tripling any previous record for a Rockwell study.

 

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Fine European Art Auction Exceeds 1.3 Million at Heritage Auctions

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May 24 sale sees Henrietta Rae’s Psyche surpass $300,000

DALLAS (May 26, 2017) – Regarded by many as the most significant and ambitious work of the Victorian artist’s career, Henrietta Rae’s Psyche before the throne of Venus sold for $324,500, the second-highest price ever for the artist at auction, to lead Heritage Auction’s $1.3+ million Fine European Art auction.

Psyche features a total of 14 full-length figures, and is a testament to Rae’s celebrity as the finest woman painter of the female nude in pre-modern Britain. The work subsequently was owned by “celebrity collectors” William Randolph Hearst and Amon G. Carter.

“There is no doubt that Henrietta Rae set out to create a major artistic statement when she painted Psyche before the throne of Venus,” notes Dr. Marianne Berardi, Senior European Painting Expert at Heritage. “This mythological composition not only took her over two years to complete, but required that she build a new painting studio in order to accommodate its ambitious dimensions. It’s wonderful that Rae, who had to contend with so much chauvinism in the male-dominated art world of her time, chose to paint this myth that was populated entirely by women.”

French artists filled out the remaining top spots in the auction, with French Post-Impressionist Henri Baptiste Lebasque’s Sur les bords de la Marne, 1901 large tour de force selling for $125,000 and Fauvist Maurice de Vlaminck’s Rue de village, circa 1920-22 and Ferme gaveling for $65,625 and $57,500, respectively.

French academic painter Guillaume-Charles Brun’s work The young rag seller, 1870 sold for $52,500, while noted French cityscape painter Maurice Utrillo’s Rue Lepic à Montmartre sold for $48,750.

Belgian artist Anto Carte’s The Annunciation, 1923 sold for $47,500. A large painting of the The Virgin Mary adoring the Christ Child, circa 1645 by rare Baroque painter Matteo Loves brought $32,500.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Neige, circa 1890 by Jean-Baptiste-Armand Guillaumin: Realized $45,000

Paysage d’automne aux environs de Saint-Tropez, 1922 by Henri Charles Manguin: Realized $42,500

Divinitié, 1967 by Vu Cao Dam: Realized $37,500

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Art of the West Debuts in June 10-12 Fine and Decorative Arts Auction

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Highlights from premier western artists include Maynard Dixon, Gene Kloss, Harry Jackson and Phillip Goodwin

 

DALLAS, Texas (May 24, 2017) – Heritage Auctions is pleased to debut Art of the West, which will be included in theJune 10 Fine and Decorative Arts including Estate auction and showcases over 100 paintings by historical and contemporary Western Artists. June’s Art of the West division will feature entry level price points as well as strong quality works from artists such as Maynard Dixon, Gene Kloss, Harry Jackson and Phillip Goodwin.

 

“As the western market continues to thrive and market values continue to increase, I wanted to make sure that Western Art remains accessible to collectors at various levels,” explained Director of Western Art Alissa Ford. “This mid-season sale also allows consignors to participate in an earlier auction if waiting for the fall is not an option.”

 

Dixon moved in 1940 to Tucson, Arizona, where he began to explore the Hispanic and Native American life of the region.Portrait of a Native American, 1940 (est. $3,000-5,000) is most likely the product of the artist spotting a compelling subject on one of his explorations and creating a highly finished work accentuating the striking features of the young woman.

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Goodwin’s The Hunter (est. $2,000-3,000) is an appealing study that depicts his love for hunting, fishing, cowboy scenes and scenes featuring firearms.

 

Any collection of western memorabilia isn’t complete without a work by the renowned novelist and cowboy artist Will James. His dynamic sketch To the Boy Scouts, Hoping you Never Lose a Stirrup, study, 1926 (est. $3,000-5,000) illustrates James’ talent for capturing the energetic movement and iconic imagery of the life of the cowboy.

 

Several outstanding works represent the female artists of the West, including Ila McAfee’s Fawn (est. $2,000-3,000), which captures her lifelong love for modeling animals, and Gene Kloss’ etchingsStaurolite Ledge Above Taos, 1973 (est. $1,000-1,500) and Age-old Rhythm, 1973 (est. $800-1,200) which demonstrates Kloss’ nationally acclaimed and meticulous etching methods depicting the life and landscape of the Southwest. Louisa McElwain’s Silver Rain (est. $4,000-6,000) also displays her love for the Southern landscape through the use of a bold palette and strong surface aesthetics created by use of the palette knife.

 

Among the highlights of the sale, which include a strong representation of western and wildlife sculpture, is Harry Jackson’s Pony Express III (est. $2,000-3,000).

 

Noted contemporary western artists in the June auction include Ray Swanson, Joe Velazquez and Tim Solliday. Swanson’s Navajo Brothers, 1975 (est. $6,000-8,000), Velazquez’s Approach of a New Season (est. $3,000-5,000) and Solliday’s Desert Landscape (est. $4,000-6,000) are all highly refined works that capture the beauty of the great American West.

 

Heritage Auctions continues to grow the market for Art of the West, and is looking continually for original pieces through consignment. Contact Alissa Ford at 214-409-1926 or alissaf@ha.com if you are interested in consigning your Art of the West.

 

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An Empire on Parade: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition March 14

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Art Deco Experts Jim Parsons, David Bush Headline Heritage Auctions’ Art & Design Speaker Series

An Empire on Parade: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition to be Discussed March 14

Dallas-basedHeritage Auctions recently launched a new Art & Design Speaker Series and the second installment will be heldMarch 14, at the Dallas Design District Showroom, 1518 Slocum Street. Entitled An Empire on Parade: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition the event will feature award-winning Art Deco authors Jim Parsons and David Bush speaking about art and architecture of Fair Park – the public spaces, buildings, sculptures and murals that were designed for the 1936 exposition.  The authors will bring the Centennial Exposition to life in their illustrated lecture, discussing Fair Park’s distinctive buildings and artwork and the stories behind their design.

“Creating the Art Deco art and architecture of Fair Park for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition was a monumental task in the depths of the Great Depression — in fact, the exposition’s promoters coined a word, ‘Texanic,’ to describe its scope,” said Jim Parsons. “Today, Fair Park houses one of the world’s largest collections of Art Deco buildings, and it is the only surviving fairgrounds from the golden age of world’s fairs.”

A native of Baytown, Texas, Jim Parsons, puts a passion for the state’s history and architecture to work as director of special projects and walking tours chairman for Preservation Houston who has also written about and photographed cities across the United States. David Bush was born and raised in New Orleans, where he developed his lifelong interest in historic architecture. Jim and David are co-authors of three award-winning books about Art Deco architecture in Texas: Houston Deco, Hill Country Deco and Fair Park Deco. Their fourth book, Dallas-Fort Worth Deco, is due for a late summer release by TCU Press of Fort Worth.

“Our goal with the speaker series is to engage the North Texas design community with thoughtful and informative presentations relating to design trends and key influencers. The March event featuring award-winning authors and Art Deco experts Jim Parsons and David Bush will further elevate the Speaker Series as a must-attend event for North Texas designers and collectors,” said Ed Beardsley, Vice President of Heritage Auctions.

The Art & Design Speaker Series is designed to entertain and inform North Texas designers and art collectors about new design trends, discuss developments in the art community and introduce clients to interesting art and designer personalities. The March 14event which will begin at 6 p.m. will also highlight the upcoming March 17-19 Through the Modernist Lens: A Distinctive Hollywood Collection of Art Deco and 20th Century Art auction. A book signing will follow the presentation and Q&A session.

The inaugural event of 2017 featured nationally known interior designer John Phifer Marrs speaking about Clients with a Dream: Creating Beautiful Interiors for Collectors in February and was a resounding success.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Heritage’s February Fine & Decorative Art Auction Reaches Almost $2 Million

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Chinese carved coral, Tiffany lamp, Lapini marble, works by Dali, Mapplethorpe top expansive list of decorative pieces

DALLAS, Texas (March 2, 2017) – The Fine & Decorative Art Signature Auction held this past weekend by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions boasted a wide variety of pieces and generated nearly $2 million in sales concludingTuesday with a total price realized of $1,872,215. Fresh-to-market pieces from renowned collectors, as well as work from artists around the world, were available without reserve.

“We were pleased to see robust interest from more than 1,700+ bidders, culminating in strong results for both Fine Arts and the Decorative Arts,” said Karen Rigdon, Director of Silver and Decorative Arts at Heritage Auctions.

Two spectacular large Chinese carved coral groups finished in the top three for lots sold. The top lot was a Large Chinese Carved Coral Group with Avian Motifs on Carved Wood Stand (pictured), which sold for $35,000, and an equally impressive Chinese Carved Coral Figurai Group of Eight Immortals, which reached $25,000. The massive pieces dramatically outdistanced their respective pre-auction estimates.

An exquisite Cesare Lapini marble statuette entitled L’Amore degli Angeli from a Dallas, TX collection sold for $30,000. The piece which stands 31-1/2 inches tall, was inscribed Galleria Lapini/Firenzi on the base and tripled its pre-sale auction estimate.

A beautiful Tiffany Studios table lamp, descended from the family of Major General John Porter Lucas, who led U.S. forces in WWI and WWII, and was made available at auction for the first time, garnering $17,500.

Other top lots included but were not limited to:

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Belle Époque paintings soar in Heritage’s Fine European Art auction

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Masterworks by Bouguereau, de Schryver, Béraud and Degas achieve top prices in $2+ million sale

DALLAS — The saleroom witnessed lively bidding for William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Bohémienne au tambor de Basque, which realized $334,000, and pushed the total auction value over $2 million in HeritageAuctions’ Dec. 7 Fine European Art auction in Dallas.

Jean Béraud’s Sur les Champs Élysées, circa 1892, fetched $322,000, while Louis Marie de Schryver’s Paris – La rue du Havre, circa 1893, sold for $225,000.

“The energy of turn-of-the-century Paris is evident in several of the paintings in this auction,” Heritage Auctions Consignment Director for European Art Ariana Hartsock said. “We are proud to have offered a collection that drew such strong interest from so many knowledgeable collectors of French art.”

Bidders drove the price for one of Edgar Degas’ last-known portraits, Esquisse pour un portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, circa 1904, to $150,000, while Paul César Helleu’s Madame Helleu aboard the yacht ‘Bird’ fetched $125,000. The six-figure returns did not stop there, as Gustave Courbet’s 1872 Le Lavoir brought in $112,500, and another Bouguereau offering, his 1879 La frileuse, realized $100,000.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

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Competitive bidding, record-setting results drive American Art past $2.5 million at Heritage Auctions

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Competitive bidding, record-setting results drive American Art past $2.5 million at Heritage Auctions.

 

Remington’s The Broncho Buster #17 fetches $346,000; Leyendecker’s Saturday Evening Post cover realizes $200,000 at November auction in Dallas

 

DALLAS – Frederic Remington’s iconic The Broncho Buster #17 realized $346,000 in Heritage Auctions’ $2,529,669 million American Art Auction Nov. 12 in Dallas. With a sell-through rate reaching 90 percent, the sale established new auction records for Mort Künstler and for Bruce Braithwaite, solidifying Heritage’s position as a leader in the field of American Art.

“This was a well-edited and lively sale, full of diverse, fresh-to-market offerings we knew our audience would embrace,” said Aviva Lehmann, Heritage Auctions’ Director of American Art, New York. “The auction records set are by living artists, and I am glad that they can enjoy the success as well.”

Illustration Art surpassed expectations as Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s To the Vanquished, a Saturday Evening Post cover from March 1934, sold for a solid $200,000. A new auction record was set with Mort Künstler’s Launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia, April 12, 1981, after bidders pushed the auction price to $125,000. Steven Dohanos’ The Vacationers, a SaturdayEvening Post cover from August 1951, realized $87,500

A Ride in Autumn by Walter Ufer sold for $175,000, highlighting a robust group of Western Art. Maynard Dixon’s Bronco Buster, 1920, realized $55,000, and Frank Tenney Johnson’s The Forest Ranger, Alhambra, California, 1929, ended at $50,000.

Early American Modernism was led by Milton Avery’s  Green Meadow, 1957, fetching $137,500, and George Inness’ breathtaking Evening Glow fetched $100,000, affirming continued interest in masterworks from the Hudson River School.

Additional highlights included, but were not limited to:

 

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