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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.