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The World Surrounding

FREDERIC CHURCH

EDWARD HOPPER

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Civil War

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MODERNISM

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C. L. PRICKETT Fine Authenticated American Antiques

Outstanding Chippendale Cherry Tall Case Clock labeled “MATTHEW MATTHEW EGERTON, Junior, New Brunswick.� Representing the epitome me of Chippendale case design in New Jersey having a broken arch top op with voluted terminals, original turned finials, pierced blind fret-work work scroll-board, enameled dial with moon phase and date counter, eight day brass movement, shaped waist door flanked by fluted quarter columns, olumns, molded base panel flanked by chamfered corners all resting on itss original ogee bracket feet which are separated by gadrooning. Height 91"" (7' 7"). ~ Of rare small size and in a remarkable state of preservation ion ~ New Brunswick, New Jersey, circa 1800.

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Peter H. Tillou - Works of Art 17th- and 18th-century American and European Furniture, Antique Carpets, American Folk Art, Arms and Armor, Early African Sculpture, Chinese Han and Tang Dynasty Pottery, Pre-Columbian Art, European Old Master Paintings, American Paintings and Sculpture, Classic Cars 1928 –1934, Rare Coins and Medals, Early American Blown Glass, and Native American Art.

Pair of English Silver Mounted Flint Lock Pistols Blued barrels, circa 1782. Colonial currency from our extensive collection.

109 Prospect Street, Litchfield, CT 06759 ♦ 860.567.5706 Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 www.antiquesandfineart.com/ptillou ♦ Established 1953 ♦ By chance or appointment suggested

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Peter H. Tillou - Works of Art 17th- and 18th-century American and European Furniture, Antique Carpets, American Folk Art, Arms and Armor, Early African Sculpture, Chinese Han and Tang Dynasty Pottery, Pre-Columbian Art, European Old Master Paintings, American Paintings and Sculpture, Classic Cars 1928 –1934, Rare Coins and Medals, Early American Blown Glass, and Native American Art.

Fine Native American Indian Ceremonial Pottery Bowl Zuni, 4th quarter 19th century, New Mexico. Decorated clay. Height 6" Diameter 11" Fine original condition with one small edge crack repaired. Larkin Collection, CT.

Sully Weathervane Cushing + White, circa 1880. Retains old gilt surface. Height 20" Length 33½" Depth 6¼”

109 Prospect Street, Litchfield, CT 06759 ♦ 860.567.5706 Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 www.antiquesandfineart.com/ptillou ♦ Established 1953 ♦ By chance or appointment suggested

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on[the[cover (Detail) George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879), The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1846. Oil on canvas, 38⅛ x 48½ inches. Private Collection; on loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Image courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO. Full image illustrated in Bingham@200: A Bicentennial Celebration, pages 193–199.

departments

Table of Contents Spring 2011Volume XI, Issue 1

188 210

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Advertiser Index

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Editor’s Letter

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Contributors

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Noteworthy Sale

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Discoveries

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Highlights

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Events!

224 Back Room

features

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ADA Award of Merit Recipient Morrison H. Heckscher

By Luke Beckerdite, Johanna Brown, and Robert Hunter

By Amelia Peck philadelphia[antiques[show[loan[exhibit

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Antiques that Mark the Moment

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A Modern Interior Showcases an Abundance of 19th & 20th Century Treasures at Fernside Cottage By Lita Solis-Cohen Photography by Ellen McDermott

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By Margaret Conrads

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Neoclassical Art in the Eighteenth Century By Edgar Peters Bowron

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Milton Avery & the End of Modernism By Karl Emil Willers

By Kevin J. Avery

Storm King Arts Center

A New Discovery Widenss Research Possibilities

By Brittany Good

By Joan R. Brownstein

The World Surrounding Him: Edward Hopper in Nyack

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winterthur[primer

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Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1725–1850 By Wendy A. Cooper & Lisa Minardi

Shaker Jesse Patchen’s Account Book By E. Richard McKinstry

By Avis Berman

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Bingham@200 A Bicentennial Celebration on

Rally ‘Round the Flag Frederic Edwin Church and the Civil War

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Piedmont North Carolina a Furniture, 1780–1860 By June Lucas

By Constance Hershey lifestyle

Meaning & Metaphor in North Carolina Slipware

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Equal in Goodness Ohio Decorative Arts, 1788-1860 By Andrew Richmond and Hollie Davis

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS

Flather & Perkins, Inc. .......................... 97

Liverant & Son Antiques, Nathan......... 17

Stefek’s Ltd. ......................................... 120

Adelson Galleries, Inc.............................. 7

Force Fine Art, Inc., Debra ................... 10

Lloyd, Inc., Robert ................................ 90

Stobart, John ......................................... 91

American Garage................................... 99

Georgian Manor Antiques..................... 66

Madron LLC ......................................... 93

Subkoff Antiques, Inc., George ............. 39

Andersen & Stauffer Furniture Makers, LLC .................. 113

Godel & Co. Fine Art, Inc. ................... 15

Magruder, Malcolm .............................. 86

Tillou Antiques, Jeffrey ......................... 53

Graham & Sons, James ......................... 12

Maine Antique Digest ......................... 104

Tillou Works of Art, Peter ...................4–5

Grand Circle Gallery ............................. 38

McClard Americana & Folk Art, Peggy................................................. 98

Trent Antiques, N.P............................... 37

Mennello Museum of American Art .....44

Wheeler’s Art and Antique Silver Gallery .................................. 106

Anderson Ltd., Stephen T.................... 116 Appraisers Association of America ...... 110 Arader Galleries ..................................... 62 Artfact, LLC ........................................ 122 Avery Galleries......................................... 9

Gratz Gallery ......................................... 83 Graves Antiques, Clark.......................... 94 Hall Antiques, Michael ......................... 98

Miller Studios, P. H............................. 101 Minor Antiques, Aileen ......................... 97

Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd., William ........... 77

Wilson Antiques and Folk Art, Charles .............................................. 96

Berlin, Inc., Carswell Rush ................... 55

Hall Antiques, Victor .......................... 107

Bertoia Auctions .................................. 118

Heller Washam Antiques....................... 49

Nichols American Antiques, Thurston ........................................... 47

Bittel, Diana H. ..................................... 56

The Herrs .............................................. 60

Northeast Auctions ............................. 109

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate ........................... 112

Blum, Mr. & Mrs. Jerome ..................... 48

Hill Gallery ........................................... 27

The Old Print Shop, Inc. .................22–23

Woodbury Auction LLC ......................111

Bradley Co. Antiques, Philip H. ........... 58

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. ............... 2

Olde Hope Antiques, Inc. ...............24–25

THE BACK ROOM

Brock & Co. ....................................30–31

Historic New Orleans Collection ........ 108

Oriental Rugs, Ltd. ............................... 75

27 Objects Priced-to-Sell.............223–225

Questroyal Fine Art

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Brownstein American Folk Paintings, Joan .......................... 69 Bunch Auctions, William.............114–115 Butler Fine Art .................................... 101 Chalfant Antiques, H.L. ....................... 61 Childs Gallery .................................88–89 Cincinnati Art Galleries ........................ 81 Clark, Charles & Rebekah .................... 63 Classic Gallery and Cortez Art ............ 105 Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. ........................ 120 Dalton’s American Decorative Arts .......64 Dawson Gallery, Douglas ...................... 35 De Ru’s Fine Arts .................................. 79 Dowling Walsh Gallery .................46, 100 Drayton Hall ....................................... 102 DuMouchelle, Joseph .......................... 120 Eaton Antiques, Inc., Peter H. .............. 69 Fine Art Dealers Association ................. 78 Finer, Peter ............................................ 10 Finkel & Daughter, M. ................... 65, 67 6

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N. P. Trent Antiques

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Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

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Carswell Rush Berlin

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Hobbs LLC, Carlton ............................. 34

Overseas Adventure Travel .......... 134–135

UPCOMING SHOWS

Holland American Art, Raymond E. .... 92

Pantry & Hearth at the 1775 Barn ...... 102

Huber, Stephen & Carol........................ 59

Pashby Antiques, Michael ..................... 37

The 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show ................................ 125

Hyland Granby Antiques ...................... 51

Port 'N Starboard Gallery ..................... 86

Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers ...................... 119

Preservation Society of Newport County .......................... 76

Jackson Hole Art Auction.................... 117

Prickett, C.L............................................ 3

Antiques in Alexandria ........................ 128

Jere’s Antiques ..................................... 106

Priddy III, Inc., Sumpter ....................... 71

Art Antiques London........................... 127

Jim’s of Lambertville .......................41–43

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC ..................... 29

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show...... 227

Just Off Madison ................................... 45

Raccoon Creek Antiques LLC at Oley Forge..................................... 68

Kaplan Ltd., Leo ................................... 32 The Kendall Collection ......................... 85

Rehs Galleries, Inc................................. 33

AD 20/21: Art & Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries........ 124

Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show ................................ 132

Kilvington, James M. ............................ 52

Russack & Loto Books .......................... 66

California Country Antique & Americana Show and Sale ........... 132

Kinney Fine Art, Joseph ...................... 102

Sellers, Don ......................................... 110

Los Angeles Antiques Show ................. 126

Kinzle Antiques, Kelly........................... 57

Shreve, Crump & Low ........................228

Kramer & Co., Greg K.......................... 70

Shushan, Elle ......................................... 19

The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair ............. 133

Latham Asian Art, Polly ........................ 18

Simon Fine Art, Inc., Robert ................. 36

Lawrence Fine Art ................................. 94

Slotin Folk Art Auctions ..................... 116

Levy, Inc., Bernard & S. Dean .............. 13

Snyder Antiques, Elliott & Grace.......... 54

Little Auction & Estate Sales, Leland ............................................. 123

Somerville Manning Gallery ................. 95

Spring Show NYC ................................. 28

Spanierman Ltd., Gavin ........................ 21

Wayside Inn Antiques Show ................ 129

Rubin, Stella .......................................... 87

Naples Art & Antiques Show ..............226 Philadelphia Antiques Show .................. 50

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Cradle and Crucible

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P E N N S Y LVA N I A AC A D E M Y O F T H E F I N E A RT S

Exhibition to be held at Avery Galleries from April 15 to May 25, 2011.

100 Chetwynd Drive, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010 Telephone: (610) 896-0680 Website: www.averygalleries.com Email: info@averygalleries.com clockwise: Robert Henri, Edward Redfield (detail), William Harnett (detail), Arthur B. Carles, William Glackens (detail), Jamie Adams, Bruce Samuelson

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JANE PETERSON (1876–1965) AT THE FOOT OF THE RIALTO BRIDGE, VENICE GOUACHE ON PAPER 17 5⁄8 x 17 1⁄2 IN.

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from the editor

A

rtist Milton Avery (1893–1965) was masterful at conveying visual stories by paring down his subjects to their essential elements and using swaths of color to create impressions rather than getting lost in the details. In his article Milton Avery and the End of Modernism (pages 152–159), Dr. Karl Emil Willers writes “The light, close-valued quality of Avery’s color emphasizes the interrelationships between the physical objects represented in the paintings and the light or space which surrounds them.” The purposeful use of color, lighting, and impact to create an impression are key elements behind the interior schemes within the home featured in this issue’s Lifestyle (pages 138–151). Throughout the house the owners have created installations of specific and related materials, brought together in bursts of focused color and mass, and heightened by carefully placed illumination. The results offer an opportunity for side-by-side comparison while appreciating the scope of the collections. When people furnish their homes, they bring, what artist Edward Hopper stated about his aim in art—“the reproduction of the world that surrounds me by means of the world that is within me.” (pages 162–169). In Paint, Pattern & People (pages 170–177), Wendy Cooper and Lisa Minardi explore the cultural diversity of Southeastern Pennsylvania and how it impacted the furniture of the region. The emphasis of scholarship to date has been on the furniture of Philadelphia, and though not the first examination of material outside of the urban center, this long-overdue study looks beyond a focus on specific forms and ethnic groups to a broader picture of a region, thus expanding our understanding of Pennsylvania’s rich contribution to American decorative arts. This year the City of Brotherly Love welcomes the Philadelphia Antiques Show for a fiftieth year. In recognition of the natural enthusiasm to acknowledge important people and events, the loan exhibit, Antiques that Mark the Moment (pages 134–137), features fine and decorative art forms created for such purposes. Along that vein, since 2002, the Philadelphia Antiques Show has welcomed the Antiques Dealers Association of America and their annual Award of Merit dinner. This year’s recipient is Morrison H. Heckscher, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (pages 70–72). Morrie has accomplished much during his forty-five-year tenure at the museum; most recently guiding the three-phased renovation of the American Wing, set for completion in 2012. We join the ADA and all of Morrie’s friends and colleagues in congratulating him on this well deserved recognition. This March marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of artist George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) (pages 193–199). In keeping with our celebratory theme, let’s follow the example of the boatman in his painting on this issue’s cover and throw up our hands in appreciation of Bingham and all those whose work gives us cause to celebrate. Cheers!

Johanna McBrien Johanna@AntiquesAndFineArt.com 2011

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Peter Finer SPECIALISTS IN ANTIQUE ARMS, ARMOUR AND RELATED OBJECTS A GERMAN SILVER-MOUNTED SAXON ESTOC, DRESDEN, circa 1580–90

Provenance: Armoury of the Electors of Saxony, Dresden Historisches Museum, Dresden American Art Association, New York, 24 November 1928, lot 278 Stephen V. Grancsay, New York Private Collection, USA Exhibited:

Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1931, cat. no. 172 Arms and Armor, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pa., 1964, cat. no. 107 Exhibition of Arms & Armour and Associated Works of Art, Howard Ricketts Ltd., London, 1973, cat. no. 10

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A SIGNER’S CHAIR THE JAMES WILSON CARVED CHIPPENDALE SIDE CHAIR Philadelphia, circa 1770 Primary wood: Mahogany Secondary wood: Oak Height: 39 inches Width: 25½ inches Depth: 22½ inches Provenance: James Wilson, Carlisle and Philadelphia; Hager and McKnight families, Carlisle and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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noteworthy sales

Madonna by Martín Ramírez Martín Ramírez (American, 1895–1973) Untitled (Madonna), circa 1952–53 Graphite, tempera and crayon on paper, 90 x 36 inches Photo courtesy of Ricco/Maresca Gallery, copyright the Estate of Martín Ramírez Sold to a private collector by Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY

During the 2011 Armory Show in New York City, Ricco/Maresca Gallery sold a drawing by iconic outsider artist Martín Ramírez. The Madonna, which had never before been on the market, came directly from Ramírez to Tarmo Pasto, a visiting psychologist at the Dewitt State Hospital in California where Ramírez was institutionalized. The historic work had been in an important Chicago private collection for forty years before making its way into the Ricco/Marsca Gallery just days before the Armory Show. Exhibiting many of the marked characteristics of a Ramírez drawing—Mexican folk influence, concentric lines, painstaking decorative patterns — the piece was bought by a private New York collector for approximately $500,000 within the first thirty minutes of the show’s preview. The drawing had also been a part of the historic Martín Ramírez: Pintor Mexicano (1859–1960) exhibit at the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City. Two other early works by Ramírez also sold quickly at The Armory Show.

Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839–1924) A Pensive Moment, 1890s Oil on canvas on board, 46¾ x 35¾ inches Signed and inscribed Paris Courtesy Rehs Gallery, New York, NY

Over the past thirty days the gallery has been fortunate enough to sell five fabulous paintings by Daniel Ridgway Knight. Among them was A Pensive Moment, one of the larger works, which captures one of the artist’s models in a flower-filled garden where Knight lived in Rolleboise, some forty miles west of Paris. A native of Pennsylvania and student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Knight traveled to Paris in 1861 to study at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He returned to Philadelphia by 1863 to serve in the Union Army, removing to and settling in France by 1872. By the mid 1890s, Knight established a home in Rolleboise. Here he began to paint the scenes that were to make his work so sought after by contemporary collectors—views of his garden. Collectors from across the globe vied for these works which featured pretty local girls amongst the flowers.

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Severin Roesen

(c. 1815 – c. 1872)

Flowers and Fruit Oil on canvas, 22 x 35 inches Signed lower center: S. Roesen We have an extensive inventory of nineteenth-century American still-life paintings.

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discoveries

Vincent van Gogh Still-Life Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) Nature Morte avec un Paquet de Tabac, circa 1884–1885 Canvas on panel 12 x 16 inches Signed Vincent (lower left) Courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, LA

While at an associate’s home, a painting caught the eye of M.S. Rau Antiques owner Bill Rau—a still-life by Vincent van Gogh. The painting is emotional and thought-provoking; all characteristics inextricably tied to the artist. At the time he completed the piece, van Gogh was studying under his cousin, Anton Mauve, a highly accomplished artist of the Hague School. Bill asked if the owner was willing to sell, but there was no interest. The owner, however, promised to keep the offer in mind. Years passed and one day Bill learned that the owner of the painting had passed away. He tried to reach out to the heirs, but to no avail. Soon after, a friend of Bill’s began speaking of a remarkable Van Gogh still-life he had seen at a party. Bill realized it was the same painting. He acquired the current owner’s information and, after a little more work, the breathtaking van Gogh was finally his.

Portrait of Charles Seward’s Farm Attributed to Granville Bishop (1831–1902), circa 1875 Oil on fine linen 43 x 54 inches Courtesy Thurston Nichols American Antiques, Breiningsville, PA

This painting is the quintessence of a folk farm scene, boasting many prized livestock, beautiful land, and a strong architectural presence. An independent appraiser saw the painting at Thurston Nichols’ shop and divulged that she knew of an identical painting by the same artist and of the same farm. Her client, the owner of the other painting and a direct descendent of the farm’s original proprietor, however, remained tight-lipped about its whereabouts and provenance. With just a few tidbits of information, Nichols went to work, contacting the Indiana Historical Society to try to find some leads. With their help, he discovered tax records and learned that the farm, originally owned by Charles Seward, was one of the preeminent grain farms in Howard County, Indiana, and that the painting was done by Granville Bishop, an itinerant artist working in central Indiana. One of Bishop’s works is represented in the Indiana State Museum’s collection. Nichols’ farm portrait is the third known Granville Bishop painting in existence, and an historic representation of nineteenth century agrarian life. 14

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Hamburg Rooster Weathervane attributed to L.W. Cushing & Sons Waltham, Massachusetts, circa 1875 - 1900. Molded cooper with cast zinc, undisturbed verdigris surface. Height 28 1/2 inches

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Monhegan Island Collection (1858–1960) 53 Paintings by Various Artists Exhibition and Sale runs through the end of April 2011 Courtesy, Gavin Spanierman, Ltd., New York, NY

R A R E CHIN E SE E X PORT A M E R IC A N M A R K ET DIN N E R SE RV ICE Made for THOMAS WILLING of Philadelphia (1731–1821). A lawyer who was educated in Bath, England, Willing read law in the Temple, London before becoming a partner in Willing and Morris, one of the preeminent mercantile houses in early America. He was a patriot, a delegate to the Continental Congress and a founder and first president of the first bank in America. Export dinner services made for the American market of this quality and size rarely, if ever, come upon the market. Circa 1800. Subject to prior sale.

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Monhegan Island is located approximately twelve miles off the coast of Maine and measures about one mile square. Home to striking coves and rocky cliffs that rise forth from the sea, Monhegan Island has been a destination for artists since the midnineteenth century. Aaron Draper Shattuck, a second generation Hudson River School painter, visited the Island in 1858 and was one of the first to speak of it as a sublime and inspiring object. However, it wasn’t until the 1880s that artists began to venture to the Island for extended periods of time, painting the innumerable views of land and sea. Such luminaries as Winslow Homer, N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper have all endured the taxing trip to Monhegan Island to capture its raw and wild beauty. Private art dealer, Gavin Spanierman, recently came across a collection of fifty-three Monhegan Island paintings that have been painstakingly amassed over the last twenty-five years by a private collector. Spring

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Exhibiting: Masterpiece London June 29 – July 5

John Carlin (1813 – 1891) signed, circa 1850

Fine Portrait Miniatures by appointment 1600 Arch Street • Suite 1603 • Philadelphia, PA 19103 • 215-587-0000 www.PortraitMiniatures.com

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highlights Irregular Polygons by American Master Frank Stella Through July 24, 2011 Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio For information call 419.255.8000 or visit www.toledomuseum.org

A consistent innovator at the forefront of abstract art, Stella produces his works in series, immersing himself in visual thinking and creating according to the principle of, in his words, “line, plane, volume, and point, within space.” This exhibition presents one of each of the artist’s eleven monumental compositions for the Irregular Polygons series (1965–66), along with preparatory drawings and the 1974 print series Eccentric Polygons based on the Irregular Polygons. Stella uses the same shapes but varies colors in the lithograph series. “Together the objects provide visitors a chance Frank Stella, Chocorua IV, 1966, fluorescent alkyd and epoxy paints on canvas, to engage with the ‘complex simplicity’ that is the paradox of Stella’s work,” says Toledo 120 x 128 x 4 in. (304.8 x 325.12 x 10.16 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Purchased through the Miriam and Sidney Stoneman Acquisitions Art Museum Director Brian Kennedy. “It’s the first time all of these monumental works Fund, a gift from Judson and Carol Bemis ’76, and gifts from the Lathrop Fellows in honor of Brian P. Kennedy, director of the Hood Museum of Art, will have been displayed in one room. In fact, until this exhibition was organized, all of 2005–2010; 2010.50. © 2010 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Steven Sloman. them had never had been shown together,” he notes. What’s perhaps even more startling is that Frank Stella is the first artist in history to create a deliberate set of paintings shaped as irregular polygons. Before Stella, most often paintings were rectangular or more rarely, oval, circular or square, as Kennedy points out in the 134-page scholarly catalog he wrote to accompany the exhibition.

Artist not known, Bowl with Floral Medallions, Iran; Safavid period, 1600s. Stoneware, underglaze blue. Denver Art Museum; Gift of BJ Averitt.

Marvelous Mud: Clay Through the Ages June 11–September 18, 2011 The Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue between, Denver, Colorado For information call 720.865.5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) takes a closer look at the medium of clay throughout seven exhibitions that are all part of Marvelous Mud: Clay Through the Ages. Celebrating the prolific and diverse material, Marvelous Mud reveals how clay has shaped culture, creativity, science and industry over time and around the globe. The museum-wide exhibition explores one major medium and illustrates its diversity and history through fascinating stories that span time and geographic location. “For centuries, clay has been an important medium for artists. It has been used to make unglazed earthenware vessels, exquisite porcelains, and flamboyant contemporary sculpture,” said Margaret Young-Sánchez, chief curator and the Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Pre-Colombian Art at the DAM. “We asked our curators to dive into their collections and create inventive exhibitions around this rich material while also taking advantage of loans from around the world.” 18

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Edward Weston: Master of American Photography June 18–October 2, 2011 Monterey Museum of Art, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA For information call 831.372.5477 or visit www.montereyart.org

Edward Weston is among the twentieth century’s most influential art photographers and widely respected for his many contributions to the field of photography. Along with Ansel Adams, Weston pioneered a modernist style characterized by the use of a large-format camera to create sharply focused and richly detailed black-andwhite photographs. The combination of Weston’s stark objectivity and his passionate love of nature and form gave his still lifes, portraits, landscapes, and nudes qualities Weston, Nude, 1927, gelatin silver that seemed particularly Edward print, ©1981 Center for Creative suited for expressing the Photography, Arizona Board of Regents. new American lifestyle and aesthetic that emerged from California and the West between the two world wars. This major exhibition of photographs, many vintage, will also include Weston’s original diaries or Daybooks and ephemera relating to his life and travels. Spring

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Jay Connaway (1893-1970) Meeting the Doctor (detail). Oil on board, 15¼ × 19½ inches. Signed lower right: Connaway

We are very pleased to announce the Exhibition and Sale of the more than fifty Monhegan Paintings from a private collection. a partial listing of artists: Frank Bicknell Abraham Bogdanove Isabel Cart wright Jay Connway

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Bernard Gutmann Rockwell Kent Hayley Lever William Trost Richards

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Aaron Draper Shattuck Mary Taylor James Gayle Tyler Andrew Winter

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Buying, Selling and Building American Art and Map collections

Evening Wind. Etching by Edward Hopper, 1921.

Inside Out. [Study for Christmas at Tumble Timbers.] Dry brush drawing by Wanda Gag, c.1928.

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Established in 1898 American Art from 1750 to Contemporary

Two Men Digging. Color woodcut by B. J. O. Nordfeldt, 1906.

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highlights

BOOKS

2011 Spring Symposium: Colonial Baroque Interiors and Furniture May 20–21, 2011 Historic Christ Church, ca. 1738, Lancaster County, Virginia

Christ Church, Lancaster County, Virginia.

For information call 804.438.6855 or visit www.christchurch1735.org

Venture to Virginia’s Northern Neck to visit Christ Church and its newly installed museum. Enjoy private tours of Sabine Hall (1730), Wilton (1763), and the site of Robert “King” Carter’s Corotoman [plantation] mansion (1725). Savor fine regional cuisine and attend lectures with groundbreaking scholarship in decorative arts by Sumpter Priddy, III, of Alexandria, Virginia, Suzanne Hood of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, and others. For information call 804.438.6855 or visit www.christchurch1735.org.

The Great Empires of Asia Edited by Jim Masselos; University of California Press/Thames & Hudson 240 pages; 19 b/w photos plus line ills. and maps $34.95; ISBN 978-0-520-26859-3

Experts of art and history analyze the Asian imperial enterprise with an emphasis on the cultural and creative forces. Essays show the polycentric nature of world power during the past five hundred years, from the Khmer empire in Southeast Asia in the early ninth century to the end of Japan’s Meiji Period in 1945, with insights into the characters, events, and influences that shaped them.

Calder’s Portraits: A New Language Through August 14, 2011 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Museum Donald W. Reynolds center for American Art, Eight and F Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. For information call 202.633.1000 or visit www.npg.ci.edu

Best known for his abstract mobiles and stabiles, Alexander Calder (1898–1976) was also a prolific portraitist who created hundreds of likenesses over the course of his lifetime. Calder’s Portraits: A New Language sheds light on an often-overlooked aspect of Alexander Calder’s career and on broader narratives of twentieth-century American culture. In addition to paintings and drawings, Calder’s Portraits will feature a number of the artist’s famed wire sculptures. Working with the unorthodox medium of wire, Calder shaped three-dimensional portraits, achieving nuanced likenesses and vivid characters. His inventive technique was referred to as “drawing in space” and reconceived both portraiture and sculpture. “Calder’s mobiles and sculptures represent some of the highest achievements in twentieth-century American art,” said Martin Sullivan, director of the museum. “This exhibition explores his lesser-known yet imaginative, portraits offering insights into both Calder’s perspective and his sitter’s personalities.” Calder’s heads cast evocative shadows, change when viewed from different angles, and move if suspended from the ceiling. In this way, Calder captured the distinctive personalities of his sitters with humor and sophistication. The exhibition juxtaposes Calder’s works with portraits of his subjects from the National Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of contemporary photographs, drawings and caricatures by such artist-illustrators as Paolo Garretto and Miguel Covarrubias. A catalogue, written by guest curator Barbara Zabel, accompanies the exhibition. 24

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What Makes a Masterpiece Artists and Art Historians Encounter Great Art Edited by Christopher Dell; Thames & Hudson 304 pages, 285 ills, 265 in color $45; ISBN 978-0-500-23879-0

Beginning with the animal forms inscribed on cave walls and extending through to the nineteenth century, experts share their personal encounters with great art. Cultures from around the world are represented and their art discussed. The entries provide an informative survey for the novice with personal insight on the aspects of the selected work that the contributors consider result in a masterpiece. Spring

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The Exciting New Fine Art and Antiques Show

Debuting at the heart of New York’s Art and Antiques Week T H U R S DAY, S AT U R DAY, S U N DAY 1 1 : 0 0 - 7: 3 0 ; F R I DAY 1 1 : 0 0 - 9 : 0 0 ; M O N DAY 1 1 : 0 0 - 5 : 0 0

English, Continental and American Furniture, Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass and Decorative Arts • Asian Works of Art • Folk Art • 20th Century Decorative Arts • Aesthetic Movement and Arts & Crafts Furniture • Prints, Photographs, Maps, Posters and Wallpaper • Antiquities and Ancient Objects • Silver and Metalwork • Nautical Art and Objects • Jewelry • Garden Ornament • Books, Manuscripts and Autographs • Chinese Export Porcelain and Decorative Arts • Native American and Tribal Art • Carpets and Rugs • Tapestries • Textiles and Needlework • Clocks S P R I N G S H O W N YC . C O M

Opening Night Preview, Wednesday, April 27 A benefit for the ASPCA™ generously sponsored by 1stdibs

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Francis Augustus Silva (1835–1886) View on the Hudson River, 1876 Please contact us for more information and a complimentary catalogue

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Bernard E. Peters (1893 ‒ 1949)

Gloucester Harbor, 1929 Oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches Signed and dated at lower right: B.E. Peters 1929

www.brockandco.com Please contact us for a complimentary copy of our latest catalogue.

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William S. Horton (1865 ‒ 1936)

Children on an English Beach, ca. 1918 Oil on board 15 x 18 inches

BROCK & CO. Specializing in 19th and 20th centur y Works of Ar t 84A Commonwealth Avenue, Concord, Massachusetts 01742 Tel: 978.369.1358

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Important Pair of English Pearlware Lions Decorated in Underglaze Pratt Colors, Circa 1790

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