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John Frederick Peto

Richard Hayley Lever

Everett Shin

Ralph Cahoon

Eric Sloane

Eugène Delacroix

Max (Mopp) Oppenheimer



- Portrait by Delacroix to Highlight the European Works -

AUCTION: Wednesday May 21, 2002 at 1pm

Alan Fausel
Doyle New York, one of the world's leading auctioneers and appraisers, will hold an auction of important European and American Paintings on Tuesday, May 21 at 1pm. The sale will offer almost two hundred works by a wide range of prominent artists working in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. A highlight of the sale will be a portrait by Eugène Victor Ferdinand Delacroix (French, 1798-1863) that was exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1835. The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, May 18 through Monday, May 20. Doyle New York is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

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John Frederick Peto's Hommage au Chardin (Wine and Brass Stewing Kettle: Preparation for a French Potage) at 22 x 30 inches is an almost monumental canvas for an artist who usually works in small scale. In the work, he uses simple forms, subtly colored and pared down to their essentials. Unlike his chief rival in American still life painting, William Harnett, who impresses with bravura displays of trompe l'oeil virtuosity, Peto chooses to engage the viewer more spiritually through the exploration of everyday shapes and forms.

The beauty of the Northeast is documented by no fewer than five canvases by the British/American artist Richard Hayley Lever. Scenes included are views of the Green Mountains of Vermont, and Gloucester and the Massachusetts coast. Also included are four works by Van Dearing Perrine.

The quintessential New York artist, Everett Shin, is represented with a charming view of Washington Square Park in winter (est. $60,000-80,000). In the watercolor and pastel drawing, the central figure a woman with an umbrella hopscotches across puddles left by the melting snow. In the background, looms the renowned arch while hansom cabs ply their trade through its once-opened portal. Beyond, the red brick facades of Waverly Place peer through the trees.

Three lots by popular 20th century folk artist Ralph Cahoon are also featured. These include the humorous Shocking Incident at the Wharf Rats Club (est. $30,000-40,000), the amorous Jack at Home/Jack Away (est. $10,000-15,000) and the adventurous Hero (est. $15,000-20,000).

Other American highlights include a fabulous depiction of a covered bridge by Eric Sloane (est. $20,000-30,000), and a brightly-lit landscape entitled Norfolk Meadows by Ernest Lawson (est. $30,000-50,000).

Of regional interest is a canvas by Midwesterner George Ames Aldrich of a cabin beside a stream in winter (est. $8,000-12,000). Also of note are two lots of pastels by French-born California artist Raoul de Longpre a large floral still life and a slightly smaller pair (est. $8,000-12,000 each).



A rare portrait by Eugène Delacroix sets the pace in the European section of the sale. The half-length image of Felix Guillemardet is expected to fetch $120,000-150,000. Exhibited in the famous Paris Salon of 1835, the portrait remained in the family until late in the 20th century. The auction also includes a small sketch of designs for the Hôtel de Ville, Paris by the artist (est. $3,000-4,000).

The sale has a number of fine Orientalist works, including a Blacksmith's Courtyard by the Italian Alberto Pasini (est. $15,000-25,000). There are also two oils apiece by Eugene Fromentin and Gustave Guillaumet, and no fewer than four watercolors by Edward Lear chronicling various sites in Italy and the Holy Land.

Austrian paintings feature prominently in the sale. Hugo Darnaut's Flower Market in Bozen (est. $7,000-9,000) depicting a bustling open-air bazaar is a rare figural work for the artist. In 20th century works, Die Kartenspieler by Max (Mopp) Oppenheimer leads the way (est. $20,000-30,000). As with the December 2001 Paintings auction at Doyle, no fewer than three canvases by Joseph Floch are featured. Also included are works by August Pollack, Sergius Pauser and Joseph Dobrowski.