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Wide Selection of Paintings from various American Schools to Cross the Block

by WorthPoint Staff (10/16/12).

This oil on canvas by Franz Richard Unterberger (Austrian, 1838-1902), titled “Canal in Venice,” is expected to be the top lot in an auction to be hosted by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers on Oct. 24. “Canal in Venice” is expected to bring in an estimated $150,000-$250,000.

MILFORD, Conn. – A selection of paintings from the Hudson River School, the Cape Ann School, American Impressionists, European and American Modern and Abstract artists, 19th-century European artists, Orientalist artists and more—including works by Franz R. Unterberger, Arthur Wesley Dow, Dale Nichols and David Johnson—will be featured in a sale to be hosted by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers on Oct. 24 at its facilities here.

“The fine art market is still very strong for works of high quality, and this sale will offer an array of high quality works by both European and American artists,” said Gene Shannon of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers. “If the quality is there, people aren’t going to hesitate to buy. We expect it to be a great auction with a strong turnout.”

Shannon said the firm’s last auction, in April, had a sell-through rate of 82 percent. “That’s very high,” he commented, “especially in this economy. The sale attracted bidders from 18 countries and 42 states. “We’re hitting all the marks we’ve aimed for,” he remarked.

The expected top lot of the October sale is an original oil on canvas by Austrian painter Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902), titled “Canal in Venice.” A masterpiece measuring 31 ¼ inches by 47 inches, the painting has a pre-sale estimate of between $150,000 and $250,000. Unterberger is best known for his scenic paintings of Italy, both intimate views and large vistas.

This oil on canvas by Arthur Wesley Dow (Am., 1857-1922), titled “The Glory, Shiva Temple, Grand Canyon,” carries a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$75,000.

This sculptural bronze by R. C. Gorman (Am., 1932-2005) of his father, Carl N. Gorman, titled “Navajo Code Talker,” is one of just 10 made (est. $8,000-$12,000).

A painting by Arthur Wesley Dow (Am., 1857-1922), titled “The Glory of Shiva, Shiva Temple, Grand Canyon,” carries a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$75,000. The oil on canvas, which is 24 inches by 18 inches, is signed, titled and dated (1912). This extremely rare painting is one of only a few known works by Dow of the Grand Canyon.

A very rare view of Lake Champlain, which is bordered by Vermont and New York, by the classical Hudson River School artist David Johnson (Am., 1827-1908), titled “Split Rock, Lake Champlain,” is estimated at $25,000-$35,000. The 12-inch by 20-inch oil on canvas is monogrammed lower left, signed and dated (1871).

A panting by Dale Nichols (Am., 1904-1995), titled “Farm in Winter” and measuring 20 inches by 25 inches, carries a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$30,000. The work is signed, dated (March 9, 1948) and inscribed “For Sarah Day.” Renowned for his Midwestern scenes and depictions of American life, Nichols is often viewed as the “Fourth Regionalist” after Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry.

An oil on canvas by Luigi Lucioni (Am., 1900-1988), titled “The Leaning Silo,” signed and dated 1939, is estimated at $15,000-$25,000, The 17-inch by 24-inch painting is a masterful work of compelling light, symmetry and composition. Lucioni became one of America’s premier landscape painters in the 1930s and ’40s, known for his heightened realism and attention to detail.

“The Leaning Silo,” an oil on canvas by Luigi Lucioni (Am., 1900-1988), is expected to gavel for between $15,000 and $25,000.

American artist Alex Katz (b. 1927) is represented by “Tiger Lilies,” estimated at $10,000-$15,000. The 16-inch by 15½-inch painting is signed lower left and dated 1965. This painting is a study for a painting of the same name and date, which sold for $106,000 in 2008.

Four works by American artist Thomas Michael (T.M.) Nicholas (b. 1963) will cross the block. One is an original oil on canvas titled “Three Masted Schooner, Sunset” (est. $12,000-$18,000). The 30-inch by 40-inch view, possibly of Rockport Harbor, is signed lower left. Nicholas, an artist from the Cape Ann School, captures New England by using magnificent colors and rich textures.

Sculpture will include a bronze titled “Navajo Code Talker,” by R.C. Gorman (Am., 1932-2005). The 16-inch tall rendering, one of only 10 made, is of the artist’s father, Carl N. Gorman, a Navajo Code Talker and one of a group of revered Native Americans who served in the Second World War. A monumental casting of this sculpture is located in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Previews are currently being held daily and will run through auction day, Oct. 24 (except Sundays). Preview hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Oct. 24, when the preview will end at 5 p.m., an hour before the first gavel comes down. Online bidding will be facilitated by Phone and absentee bidding is also available.

For more information about this auction, call 203.877.1711, e-mail to or visit the Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers website.


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