The following description for has been prepared entirely by the current owner, Roberts S. Fastov, Esq., and, at the collector’s request, has not been edited by Sloans & Kenyon

 

Note 1) The following Gamble biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

Biography from The Redfern Gallery:

John Gamble was from a family where the father worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and when John was a teenager he moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand. At age 20 he moved to San Francisco and began art training at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen. After further training in Paris at Academie Julian under Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin-Constant, he returned to San Francisco and opened a studio.

When his studio and most of the city went up in flames in 1906, he relocated to Santa Barbara and remained there for the rest of his life. Gamble did no commercial art work and earned his living throughout his career from the sale of his paintings. For 25 years he served as color consultant for the Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review. 

Nationally known for his landscapes, his paintings often include poppies, lupine, and other wild flowers against the greens and purples of the California hills.

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

San Francisco Art Association

Santa Barbara Art Association

American Federation of Arts

Foundation of Western Artists

 

EXHIBITIONS 

California Midwinter International Expo, 1894

Mark Hopkins Institute, 1898, 1906

Alaska-Yukon Expo, Seattle, 1909 (gold medal)

San Francisco Art Association, 1916

Stendahl Galleries, LA, 1938

Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

California Historical Society

Oakland Museum

Crocker Museum, Sacramento

Shasta State Park

Museum of Art, Auckland, New Zealand

Fox Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara (murals)

 

(Source: Hughes, Edan Milton, “Artists in California: 1786-1940,” San Francisco: Hughes Publishing Company, 1989.)”

Note 2) This Gamble painting was executed extremely early in his career, and these extremely early works rarely surface for sale. It is a very handsome, complex composition and relatively dramatic landscape with its somewhat wind-blasted trees, which, as is made clear by the stream at low ebb with semi-arid banks under roiling clouds in the sky, has to have been painted in summer, almost certainly in California. It is executed in a relatively realistic manner, but foreshadows the compositions, subject matter and more Impressionistic landscapes, painted with a more pastel coloring and softer images, of Gamble's later works. A meandering trail or dry or low water stream bed in the center of his paintings, and as the central focus of his compositions, was a hallmark of many of his compositions throughout his career. See the Gamble auction records immediately below. The next phase in Gamble's career, retained the realistic green, almost Barbizon pallet, in his depiction of trees, but was painted in a softer technique and the coloring of flowers began to reflect his interest in more Impressionist pastel coloring, which was Gamble's mature style. See the following Gamble auction records.

Clars Auction Gallery - 

Title/Subject: Wild Flowers, Santa Barbara Signed. Oil on canvas. 19.75 in. x 29.63 in. did not sell on 09/12/2009-09/13/2009 at Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, CA, but had presale estimates of $60,000-$80,000, which almost certainly caused the consignor, in consultation with the auctioneer, to establish a relatively high reserve, which caused the painting to be bought in.

 

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Wildflowers Along a Santa Barbara Path 

Title/Subject: Wildflowers Along a Santa Barbara Path Signed. Oil on canvas. 18 in. x 24 in. sold for $54,050 on 06/08/2004 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

 

Christie's Los Angeles - Wild Buckwheat near Ortega 

Title/Subject: Wild Buckwheat near Ortega Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 30.10 in. sold for $145,500 on 10/28/1999 at Christie’s, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

Note 3) The foregoing considerations and the following auction records regarding Gamble sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $30,000-$\60,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Bush lupine and poppies, sand dunes, Monterey 

Title/Subject: Bush lupine and poppies, sand dunes, Monterey Signed. Oil on canvas. 18 in. x 24 in. sold for $36,250 on 11/21/2011 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - 'Wild Heliotrope and Poppies'

Title/Subject: Wild Heliotrope and Poppies Signed. Oil on canvas. 12 in. x 16 in. sold for $39,650 on 11/23/2009 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - 'Wild Buckwheat, Evening' 

Title/Subject: Wild Buckwheat, Evening Signed. Oil on canvas. 16 in. x 26 in. sold for $30,500 on 11/23/2009 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - A PATH THROUGH THE PRICKLY PHLOX

Title/Subject: A Path Through The Prickly Phlox Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 16 in. sold for $33,000 on 11/24/2008 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Christie's Los Angeles - Autumn Wild Flowers

Title/Subject: Autumn Wild Flowers Signed. Oil on canvas. 30.25 in. x 40 in. sold for $86,500 on 10/29/2008 at Christie’s, Los Angeles, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Santa Barbara landscape with blooming flowers

Title/Subject: Santa Barbara Landscape With Blooming Flowers Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 30 in. sold for $48,875 on 02/19/2008 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Prickly Phlox

Title/Subject: Prickly Phlox Signed. Oil on canvas. 18 in. x 24.25 in. sold for $84,000 on 12/10/2007 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Christie's Los Angeles - Wildflowers

Title/Subject: Wildflowers Signed. Oil on canvas. 16.20 in. x 20.20 in. sold for $66,000 on 04/25/2007 at Christie’s, Los Angeles, CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Spring Afternoon, The Desert Near Indio

Title/Subject: Spring Afternoon, The Desert Near Indio Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 26 in. sold for $82,750 on 08/07/2006 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

John Moran Auctioneers - March Morning - Santa Barbara, Cal

 

 

Title/Subject: March Morning-Santa Barbara, Cal Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 30 in. sold for $180,800 on 02/28/2006 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Sotheby's New York - Hills of Orange Flowers

Title/Subject: Hills of Orange Flowers Signed. Oil on canvas. 18 in. x 24 in. sold for $42,000 on 11/30/2005 at Sotheby’s, NY

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - A Landscape with Poppies and Lupine

Title/Subject: A Landscape with Poppies and Lupine Signed. Oil on canvas. 16 in. x 24.20 in. sold for $156,880 on 06/09/2002 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

 

18. Fred Grayson Sayre (California 1879-1939) “Overriding Characters, The Sierra Madre Valley (California).” Signed lower left. On verso, titled. Gouache on artist's board. 16 in. x 20 in. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

 

 

Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

“Born in Medoc, MO on Jan. 9, 1879. Sayre worked in the lead and zinc mines and manufactured leather goods before settling on an art career. He remained a self-taught artist except for two months with J. Laurie Wallace in Omaha. His first creative job as an artist was as an employee of an engraving company in Houston, TX. Sick with diptheria, he moved to California in 1917. Traveling by train, he was enchanted with the Southwest desert and vowed to return, which he did in 1919. For three years he worked in Arizona as a bookkeeper for a mining company while painting in his leisure. Upon returning to California in 1922, he soon built a home and studio in Glendale where he remained until his death on Jan. 1, 1939 (the same day that Frank Tenney Johnson died in Pasadena). Sayre is one of California's best-known painters of the desert. Exh: LA CMA, 1919; Chamber of Commerce (Glendale), 1922; Bohemian Club, 1922; Calif. WC Society, 1922-24; Barker Brothers (LA), 1923; Southby Salon (LA), 1924, 1927; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1924-32; Wilshire Gallery (LA), 1926; Artland Club (LA), 1927; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1927; Club California (Long Beach), 1928; Bullocks (LA), 1929, 1931; Tuesday Afternoon Club (LA), 1931; Bartlett Gallery (LA), 1931; Ainslie Gallery (LA), 1931; Academy of Western Art (LA), 1935; Glendale Library, 1962 (retrospective). In: LA CMA; Gardena High School.

Source:

 

Edan Hughes, ”Artists in California, 1786-1940

 

Note 2) The foregoing considerations, including the above biographical information, and the following auction records regarding Sayre sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $1,500-$2,500 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

Reata Pass Auctions -  

Title/Subject: Castle Dome, Arizona Signed. Mixed Media 14 in. x 10 in. sold for $1,120 on 10/31/2010-11/01/2010 at Reata Pass Auctions, Humboldt, AZJohn Moran Auctioneers - Mountain Bloom

 

Title/Subject: Mountain Bloom Signed. Gouache on paper. 6 in. x 8 in. sold for $920 on 02/16/2010 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Cows in a foothill landscape

Title/Subject: Cows In A Foothill Landscape Signed. Gouache on paper. 12.50 in. x 17 in. sold for $1,725 on 02/17/2009 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Mountains in a valley view

Title/Subject: Mountains In A Valley View Signed. Gouache on paper. 9.75 in. x 14.75 in. sold for $1,610 on 02/17/2009 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Oak tree in a landscape

Title/Subject: Oak Tree In A Landscape Signed. Gouache on paper. 9.50 in. x 14.75 in. sold for $1,380 on 02/17/2009 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Mountain Landscape

Title/Subject: Mountain Landscape Signed. Gouache on paper. 14 in. x 18.50 in. sold for $2,300 on 10/17/2006 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Sunset Glow across a Desert Landscape

Title/Subject: Sunset Glow Across A Desert Landscape Signed. Gouache on paper. 20 in. x 28 in. sold for $3,585 on 08/07/2006 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Afternoon Glow, La Crescenta, CA

Title/Subject: Afternoon Glow, La Crescenta, CA Signed. Gouache on paper. 10 in. x 15 in. sold for $1,793 on 05/03/2006-05/04/2006 at Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX

John Moran Auctioneers - Rainstorm in foothill landscape 

Title/Subject: Rainstorm In Foothill Landscape Signed. Gouache on board. 8 in. x 10 in. sold for $2,300 on 06/21/2005 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

 

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Title/Subject: Oaks. California Landscape Signed. Gouache on board. 7 in. x 10 in. sold for $2,000 on 12/08/2004 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Saguaro Hill

Title/Subject: Saguaro Hill Signed. Watercolor on paper. 8.70 in. x 13.70 in. sold for $3,163 on 06/25/1998 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

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Title/Subject: Arizona Signed. Gouache on paper. 9.50 in. 14.20 x in. sold for $1,870 on 10/24/1995 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

 

19. J. W.(?) (California 20th Century) “California Winter” Signed illegibly. On stretcher on verso, titled. Oil on canvas. 30 ¼ in. x 25 ¼ in. Estimate: $300-$600

Sloans & Kenyon take good close-up and blow-up photographs of the signature on front and title on verso and send to me, so that I can make an attempt to read the writing on the front and verso

 

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Note 1) Mr. Fastov thinks this “California Winter” landscape may have been executed by an artist, who was familiar with and greatly appreciated and influenced by the artistic style and technique of John Marshall Gamble. He recognizes the differences between the brushwork of this artist and high key coloring, and that of Gamble, but sees a very strong influence of Gamble in the subject matter and composition of “California Winter.” He further believes, that it is a very attractive Impressionist landscape with very vivid coloring and buttery, fluid Impressionist brush strokes, and that the artist, who painted this painting, was highly skilled American Impressionist of 1910-1920's, and, perhaps later. Mr. Fastov also suggests that the artist probably chose the title of “California Winter” as a tribute to the relatively mild California winters. These views are reflected in the presale estimate of $300-$600, which is very reasonable and offers a knowledgeable collector of or dealer in California Impressionist art an opportunity to bid on and purchase a very fine Impressionist painting in good condition for a bargain basement price.

 

20. Virgilio Tojetti (Italy/California/New York 1851-1901) A scene from Greek mythology, perhaps, a male God in a red robe sitting amidst the clouds, possibly a Greek God, Hermes or Apollo, because of the lyre lying at his feet, attended by 3 women and 3 putti, one of whom is carrying a studded shield, in the clouds. Signed and dated “1876” lower right. Oil on canvas. 10 ¾ in. x 10 ¾ in. The painting is framed in its exquisite, original, beautifully-decorated, period gold frame, with a 10 ¾ in. x 10 ¾ in. octagonal aperture in the inner flat square liner of the frame, through which the mythological scene is visible. This is a small painting, which almost certainly served as a Tojetti study for a mural or fresco in a major private or public San Francisco edifice, as faint scoring lines for transfer in connection with a mural painting or fresco are visible. On the verso of the canvas, is the stencil of Morris Schwab & Co. an Emporium purveying paintings, etchings, gold frames in “All Styles” and artist's materials, located at 21 Post Street, San Francisco. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

 

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Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:

Painter, muralist. Born in Rome, Italy on March 15, 1849, the son of Domenico Tojetti. Virgilio was a pupil of his father and later studied in Paris with Gérome and Bouguereau. He was a resident of San Francisco from 1871 until about 1883 when he moved to NYC where he painted murals in the Savoy Hotel, Hoffman House and others. He became popular in the East as a painter of genre scenes and frescoes. Tojetti died of Bright's disease in NYC on March 26, 1901. Exh: NAD, 1883; Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1888. In: Society of Calif. Pioneers. Ben; CAR; AAA 1903 and NY Times, 3-28-1901 (obits)”

 

Note 2) The foregoing considerations, including the above biographical information, and the following auction records regarding Tojetti sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $1,000-$2,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

Doyle New York - Cupid's Whisper

Title/Subject: Cupid's Whisper Signed. Oil on canvas. 40.25 in. x 25.25 in. sold for $630,043.32,875 on 11/10/2010 at Doyle, NYC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doyle New York - FLYING PUTTI

Title/Subject: Flying Putti Signed. Oil on canvas. 13 in. x 15 in. sold for $1,125 on 02/11/2009 at Doyle, NYC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonhams New York - The muse of music with dancing putti

 

 

Title/Subject: The Muse Of Music With Dancing Putti Signed. Oil on canvas. 21.25 in. x 14.25 in. sold for $3,000 on 10/21/2008 at Bonhams, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales - Floating Female nudes and putti against moonlit sky

Title/Subject: Floating Female Nudes And Putti Against Moonlit Sky Signed. Oil on canvas. Measurements not available, sold for $2,100 on 09/11/2004 at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Hillsborough, NC

 

 

 

Rose Hill Auction Gallery, LTD - Untitled

Title/Subject: Untitled Signed. Oil on canvas. 10 in. x 20 in. sold for $2,100 on 12/15/2003 at Rose Hill Auction Gallery, LTD, Englewood, NJ

 

 

 

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Muses

Title/Subject: Muses Signed. Oil on canvas. 12 in. x 55 in. sold for $10,462 on 11/09/1989 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

 

 

 

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ABSOLUTELY FINAL PART 3 OF CALIFORNIA ARTISTS AND SUBJECTS (DECEMBER 2012)

 

21. William Posey Silva (California/Tennessee/Washington, D.C. 1859-1948) Notre Dame and the Seine, c. 1907-1909. A highly Impressionistic, tonalistic, and very subtle view of Notre Dame and the Seine in Paris on a very foggy day. Signed lower left. Oil on canvas. 22 in. x 18 in. Estimate: $19,000-$31,000

 

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Note 1) The following Silva biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

“A landscape painter, William Silva was an important art world figure in Tennessee and also in California, where he moved in 1913 and for thirty-five years devoted himself to painting cypresses, eucalypti, dunes, and coasts. 

He was born in Savannah, Georgia, and studied at Catham Academy and engineering at the University of Virginia. He inherited the family chinaware business, which he ran successfully for thirty years until he began painting at age 50.

In 1887, he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and there became known as “the finest artist at the turn of the century” (Gerdts “Art Across America” v. III). He painted in an Impressionist style and did many panoramic views of Chatatanooga as well as paintings of the pine forests near Savannah. Initially he pursued his chinaware business there but in 1894, began to take art instruction. 

Encouraged by his wife, he retired from his business in 1907 and enrolled at the Academy Julian in Paris as a student of Jean Paul Laurens. He also painted with American artist Chauncey Ryder. Recognition came quickly, and he had his first solo exhibition in 1909 in Paris at the Georges Petit Gallery.

That same year he returned to Chattanooga and a moment of great fame was the winning of the silver medal in 1910 at the Appalachian Exposition in Knoxville where he displayed seventy canvases. He then moved to Washington D.C. where he was active in the Society of Washington Artists until he moved to California in 1913

He built a studio off Carmelita Street in the sand dunes but continued to exhibit with the Southern States Art League and also maintained close ties with his birthplace, Savannah, where in 1917 a solo exhibition was held at the Telfair Academy. He was a member of numerous organizations including the California Art Club and the Salmagundi Club.

He died on February 10, 1948.

Source:
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940 (Emphasis added).”

 

Note 2) This Silva painting is very sophisticated and esthetically appealing Impressionist work of art. It is an extremely delicate subtle and diaphanous view of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine in Paris on a very foggy day. This view was painted by Silva at sometime between 1907 and 1909, when he was enrolled at the Academy Julian in Paris as a student of Jean Paul Laurens in 1907. Silva achieved what Mr. Fastov believes is one of his best and most beautiful Impressionist views, when Silva was 48 and beginning his formal art career, having just retired from business, and had been engaged in painting, in effect, as a hobby. Even though Silva depicted foggy landscapes throughout his career (See “View of New Orleans from the West Bank” and “A Quiet Corner In The Garden Of Dreams,” immediately below), there is no Silva work in which he portrays as successfully the totally enveloping effect of an extremely thick fog with a very thin and delicate layering and glazing. Silva's total focus and subject was the fog, not the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine River. It is a tour de force of artistic style, technique and skill in which Silva totally enshrouded these hallmarks of Paris in a deep, dense fog. 11:13 AMhe following two Silva paintings, one of which is much smaller than this auction offering and one which is slightly larger, both manifest a foggy misty impressionist quality that is very similar, but not as pervasive and as well painted as this auction offering, which suggests that a presale estimate of $19,000-$31,000 would be very appropriate, given the very fine, sophisticated, Impressionistic, Tonalistic seminal work by Silva, the overriding characteristic of which is his magnificent handling and depiction of fog, as it affects a classic Parisian art subject, Notre Dame and the Seine River.

 

New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc - View of New Orleans from the West Bank

Title/Subject: View Of New Orleans From The West Bank Signed. Oil on artist's board. 9 in. x 12 in. sold for $19,200 on 05/20/2006-05/21/2006 at New Orleans Auction Galleries, New Orleans, LA

Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc - A QUIET CORNER IN THE GARDEN OF DREAMS

Title/Subject: A Quiet Corner In The Garden Of Dreams Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 24 in. sold for $32,000 on 03/29/2008-03/30/2008 at Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc., West Columbia, SC

 

 

 

Note 3) The foregoing considerations, including the above biographical information and auction records, and the following auction records buttress the assertion that a presale estimate of $19,000-$31,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc - GEORGIA COASTLINE

Title/Subject: Georgia Coastline Signed. Oil on canvas. 30 in. x 25 in. sold for $21,000 on 06/14/2008-06/15/2008 at Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc., West Columbia, SC

Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc - Reflections in a Charleston Garden

Title/Subject: Reflections in a Charleston Garden Signed. Oil on canvas. 16 in. x 20 in. sold for $19,000 on 09/09/2006-09/10/2006 at Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc., West Columbia, SC

 

22. Frank J. Zimmerer (California 1882-1965) Impressionist view of a stream flanked by trees and plants, with hills in the distance under an overcast sky. Signed and dated “1939” lower right. Oil on canvas. 25 in. x 28 in. Estimate: $300-$500

 

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Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

“Born in Nebraska City, NE on Jan. 23, 1882. Artistically inclined at an early age, Zimmerer studied at the AIC followed by further study in Scotland at the Glasgow School of Art and in Paris. Early in his career he was active in Missouri, Chicago, Indianapolis, and NYC. An administrator, he was head of the art department of Northwest Missouri Normal. By 1924 he had moved to Los Angeles into a studio on Olvera Street. He died there on Oct. 17, 1965. Exh: Hollywood Library, 1924; Calif. Art Club, 1926-27; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934.

Source:

Edan Hughes, ”Artists in California, 1786-1940”

City Directory; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy);American Art Annual 1923-27; Nebraska Arts and Artists.

Note 2) Askart.com records regarding Zimmerer show that he has had no sales at auction. Thus, the foregoing biographical considerations and the good quality of this Impressionist landscape, its large size and good condition are the basis for the reasonable presale estimate of $300-$500.

 

23. George Thompson Pritchard (New Zealand/California 1878-1962) “London Fog” An Impressionist view of a light London fog on the Thames River under billowing clouds, with the London Bridge in the background and large sailing ships in the foreground and the eddies in the Thames River water. Signed lower right. Titled on an artist's label on verso. Oil on canvas. 25 in. x 30 in. Estimate $2,000-$4,000

 

 

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Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

Born in Havelock, New Zealand on April 11, 1878, George Pritchard studied in Aukland at the Academy of Art, the Elam School of Art, and the Melbourne Academy of Fine Arts (1901).

Upon arriving in San Francisco in 1906 in the aftermath of the earthquake, he produced many paintings during his three-year stay. A few years were then spent in Milwaukee before journeying on to Paris for further art study at Académie Julian, and at the Vanderheldt Academy in Amsterdam (1911-14).

During WWI he lived in Canada, New York City, and Richmond, Virginia. Pritchard lectured and exhibited at colleges and universities throughout the South. In 1935 he settled in southern California and had studios in Glendale and Santa Monica. He taught art at his studio, exhibited regularly with the Glendale and Santa Monica Art Associations, and painted many landscapes and seascapes.

He died in Reseda, California on Feb. 26, 1962.

 

Exhibitions:

 

Tuesday Afternoon Club (Glendale), 1934; Webb Gallery (LA), 1946.

Collections:

California Historical Society, Gardena High School.

Source:

Edan Hughes, ”Artists in California, 1786-1940,” National Cyclopedia of American Biography.”

Askart.com also indicates that Pritchard’s works are in the collections of the New Zealand House of Representatives, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT and the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, WI.

 

Note 2) The foregoing considerations, including the above biographical information, the superb manner in which Pritchard depicted an Impressionist view of a light London fog on the Thames River under billowing clouds, with the London Bridge in the background and large sailing ships in the foreground and the eddies in the Thames River water with excellent brushwork; the painting's large size, good condition and attractive framing; and the following auction records regarding Pritchard sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $2,000-$4,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

DuMouchelles Auction House - A canal scene

Title/Subject: A Canal Scene Signed. Oil on canvas. 25 in. x 30 in. sold for $3,250 on 12/10/2010-12/12/2010 at DuMouchelles Auction House, Detroit, MI

Bonhams New York - Sailing at Sunset

Title/Subject: Sailing at Sunset Signed. Oil on canvas. 25 in. x 30 in. sold for $8,365 on 11/28/2006 at Bonhams, New York

John Moran Auctioneers - Untitled 

Title/Subject: Untitled Signed. Oil on canvas. 24 in. x 30 in. sold for $4,125 on 02/17/200 4 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - boats in fortress harbor

Title/Subject: Boats In Fortress Harbor Signed. Oil on canvas. 24.50 in. x 28.50 in. sold for $2,200 on 06/17/2003 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Treadway/Toomey - Harbor Scene

Title/Subject: Harbor Scene Signed. Oil on canvas. 24 in. x 28 in. sold for $2,400 on 12/06/1998 at Treadway/Toomey, Oak Park, IL

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Boats at Dock

Title/Subject: Signed. Oil on canvas. 25 in. x 30 in. sold for $2,475 on 06/24/1992 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

 

 

 

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Fishermen on the Dock

Title/Subject: Fishermen On The Dock Signed. Oil on canvas. 25 in. x 30 in. sold for $3,850 on 02/15/1989 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

 

 

 

24. Hugo Anton Fisher (California 1854-1916) Dramatic vista of cows watering in a mountain lake with a subtly painted atmospheric fog shrouding the mountain tops. Signed lower left Watercolor. 20 in. x 29 in. Estimate: $1,000-$2,500

 

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Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

“Hugo Fisher was known for his skill in watercolor painting of landscapes. Born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia in 1854, he remained in his native land to study art with his father and Anton Mauve in Prague. Fisher came to the United States in 1874. He lived in New York City for a period, and there he married Addie Pond. The couple moved to Alameda, California in 1886, and Fisher set up a studio in nearby San Francisco. While commuting to his studio by ferryboat, he sketched scenes of the marshes and the countryside. The couple had two children. His son, Hugo Melville Fisher, followed in his father's footsteps, and became a skilled painter, recognized in California for his Impressionist style.

In 1896, the Pacific Commercial Advertiser newspaper reported that Fisher had opened a studio in J. J. Williams' Photo Studio in Honolulu. The same year the magazine “Paradise of the Pacific” reproduced a watercolor by Fisher depicting Manoa Valley in Honolulu. Fisher specialized in watercolor, but one of his rare oils is a glowing sunrise scene of Hilo Bay, on the island of Hawaii.

ate in 1896, Fisher returned to the U.S. mainland, selling all his paintings with the exception of one. 

Fisher gained critical praise for his work and became popular on both the East and West coasts. He exhibited in New York and California and was a member of the San Francisco Art Association. Fisher lost many of his early paintings when his studio was destroyed in the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906.

Hugo Fisher died in Alameda, California in 1916.

 

Sources:

Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940; “Don Severson, “Finding Paradise”

 

Note 2) Fisher's dramatic vista of cows watering in a mountain lake with a subtly painted atmospheric fog shrouding the mountain tops is a beautifully painted, large watercolor, in good condition and nicely framed. A reader's review of all of the 165 Fisher works of art in Askart.com that are illustrated, will prove to the reader that this Fisher auction watercolor is among the most dramatic and beautiful vistas painted by Fisher and is, at worst, one of the top 5 of those works of art. All of the foregoing considerations and the following auction records regarding sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $1,000-$2,500 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

US Auction House - Hunting Scene 

Title/Subject: Hunting Scene Signed. Watercolor on paper. 14 in. x 21.75 in. sold for $1,380 on 02/07/2008 at US Auction House

Monterey Museum of Art: Baird Benefit Auction - Alameda Ca

Title/Subject: Alameda CA Signed. Watercolor on paper. 24 in. x 34 in. sold for $5,000 on 04/22/2007 at Monterey Museum of Art: Baird Benefit Auction, Monterey, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Pastoral Wooded Landscape

Title/Subject: Pastoral Wooded Landscape Signed. Watercolor on paper. 14.50 in. x 29.50 in. sold for $1,495 on 04/17/2007 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Simpson Galleries - Marin Pastoral

Title/Subject: Marin Pastoral Signed. Watercolor on paper. 27 in. x 21 in. sold for $2,400 on 04/02/2006 at Simpson Galleries, Houston, TX

Point Pleasant Galleries - Cattle with Stream

Title/Subject: Cattle with Stream Signed. Watercolor on paper. 26 in. x 38 in. sold for $2,185 on 01/15/2006 at Point Pleasant Galleries, Point Pleasant, NJ

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - A Shepherd, His Dog, and His Flock

Title/Subject: A Shepherd, His Dog, and His Flock Signed. Mixed Media 18 in. x 30 in. sold for $1,528 on 12/12/2005 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

John Moran Auctioneers - cows in landscape

Title/Subject: Cows In Landscape Signed. Watercolor on paper. 10 in. x 15.50 in. sold for $1,210 on 06/17/2003 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - A View of Fort Point, San Francisco, 1894

Title/Subject: A View of Fort Point, San Francisco, 1894 Signed. Watercolor on paper. 7.70 in. x 18 in. sold for $6,463 on 06/11/2003 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

 

 

 

 

 

25. George Wharton Edwards (California/Connecticut 1859-1950) “The Alcantara Bridge, in the Alcazar, Toledo, Spain” Signed lower right. On verso is Edwards’ business card, which, in the artist’s own hand, titles the painting and indicates, in print and the artist's own hand, his being given, the following honors by different countries: Chevalier de la Legion d’Honeur; Palmes d’Or de l’Institut de France; Officier de l’Instruction Publique France; Medaille Reconnaisance Nationale de Roi Belges; member Institute of Arts et Letters, 1926; Knight Chevalier, Order of the Crown, Belgium, 1927. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 24 in. Estimate: $4,000-$8,000

 

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Note 1) The following Edwards' biographic materials are provided by Askart.com:

Biography from Pierce Galleries, Inc.:

George Wharton Edwards was born in Fair Haven, Connecticut, in 1859, and died in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1950. He was a painter and author of books regarding American history and European customs. He lived in Paris prior to 1892, New York City (1892-1902); Plainfield, New Jersey; and Greenwich, Connecticut; and was known for his unique handling of Impressionism and for his marine paintings of fishermen, lobstermen and boats along the Monhegan shoreline.

 

Edwards was educated at Antwerp and Paris (1881-1884). In Paris, he studied under Eugene Fayen and in Cancale. By 1890, he was painting on Monhegan.


He was an Associate of the National Academy and a member of the American Water Color Society; National Institute of Arts and Letters; Allied American Artists and Painters and the Sculptors’ Gallery Association. From 1898-1903 Edwards was Art Director for Collier’s and later was manager of the Art Department for the American Bank Note Company (1904-1912). He won medals in Boston (1884 and 1890) for drawings and repeated his success with paintings at the 1901 Buffalo Exposition; the 1902 South Carolina Exposition; the Barcelona Exposition; and he won the King Albert gold medal in 1920; the Golden Palms of the French Academy in 1921 and more.

Edwards’ mural Henrik Hudson is at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He illustrated Oliver Wendell Holmes’ Last Leaf; Austin Dobson’s Sun Dial and Old English Ballads and travel books on London (1921); Paris (1924); Rome (1928) and more. He was the author of Vanished Halls and Cathedrals of France; Vanished Towers & Chimes of Flanders; Marken and Its People; Some Old Flemish Towns; Holland of Today and many other books.


Edwards was made Knight Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor (1925); knighted with the Order de la Couronne Belge, 1927; and the Royal Order of Knight Chevalier Spanish Order of Isabella from Alfonso XIII, Spain, 1928; and Knight Chevalier, Royal Order of the Crown of Italy, 1929, for achievements in painting and historical writings. He was awarded a medal of the Order of the King of Belgium, the honor being conferred to him by the king.


Edwards’ work is represented in the permanent collections at the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT); Houston Museum of Fine Arts (TX); Hispanic Society (NY); Springfield Art Museum (MO); High Museum of Art (GA); Luxembourg Museum, Paris (mural); U.S. Military Academy (West Point, mural); Museum of Arts and Sciences, Norfolk (VA); the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and more.

References:
Who Was Who in American Art, vol. 1, p. 1018; Who’s Who in American Art (through 1947); Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth Century Paris Salons, 340; Exhibition of the National Academy, 1861-1900; The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago, pp. 300-301.

.Submitted by P.J. Pierce”

Note 2) The foregoing Edwards biographical information, the very impressive tour de force exercise of Edward's Impressionist technique and style and the sheer subtle beauty of “The Alcantara Bridge, in the Alcazar, Toledo, Spain;” the painting's excellent condition, good size and very attractive and compatible framing; and the following auction records of Edwards warrant a conclusion that the above presale estimate of $4,000-$8,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

Sotheby's New York - Gate of the Conqueror, Constantinople

Title/Subject: Gate of the Conqueror, Constantinople Signed. Oil on canvas. 40 in. x 40 in. sold for $6,250 on 10/10/2007 at Sotheby’s, NY

Samuel T. Freeman & Co - Pont Neuf, Paris

Title/Subject: Pont Neuf, Paris Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 24 in. sold for $5,288 on 12/08/2002 at Samuel T. Freeman & Co, Philadelphia, PA

Photographic Image Not Available.(See next listing for a photo of this painting)

Title/Subject: Villa D'Este, Tivoli Signed. Oil on canvas. 24 in. x 20 in. sold for $7,188 on 12/06/1998 at Grogan & Company, Dedham, MA

Grogan & Company - The Villa D'Este, Tivoli

Title/Subject: Villa D'Este, Tivoli Signed. Oil on canvas. 24 in. x 20 in. sold for $5,462 on 11/22/1997 at Grogan & Company, Dedham, MA

Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center - The Alcazar Palace Gardens

Title/Subject: The Alcazar Palace Gardens Signed. Oil on canvas. 24 in. x 19.70 in. sold for $5,750 on 05/26/1993 at Christie’s, NY

Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center - Ile de la Cite, Paris

Title/Subject: Ile de la Cite, Paris Signed. Mixed Media on canvas. 25.10 in. x 19 in. sold for $12,100 on 05/28/1992 at Christie’s, NY

Doyle New York - Market Day in an Old Breton Town

Title/Subject: Market Day In An Old Breton Town Signed. Oil on artist's board. 27.50 in. x 21 in. sold for $13,750 on 12/05/1990 at Doyle, NYC

 

26. Ernest Clifford Peixotto (California/New York 1869-1940) Realistic, perceptive portrait study of a dignified Indian brave, “Joe Arrow, 1901” Titled and dated “1901” lower right. On verso signed “E. C. Peixotto” and dated “1901.” Oil on canvas. 27 in. x 17 in. Estimate: $2,000-$5,000

 

 

Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

“Ernest Peixotto was born on October 15, 1869, in San Francisco. He received his public school education in San Francisco at the San Francisco School of Design under the aegis of Emil Carlsen. Beginning in 1888, he entered the Atelier Julien in Paris, and studied for seven years with Constant, Lefebvre, and Doucet. Several years were spent touring and sketching the French countryside. He exhibited in many Paris salons and in leading American exhibitions, illustrated books and periodicals, and painted murals for many important buildings.

In 1894, he returned to San Francisco and soon thereafter founded “The Lark”, an art magazine. In 1897, he moved to New York City and worked for Scribner's and Harper's. Living in New York until 1899, he returned to France and established a studio and villa near Fontainebleau. While living in France, he traveled extensively in Europe and to North and South America writing and illustrating books and articles on his adventures. He also made many trips to California to exhibit and execute mural commissions. He painted murals, portraits, and landscapes in oil and watercolor as well as superb pen-&-ink sketches.

So excellent were his delineations of buildings that he was elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. When the war began in 1914, Peixotto initially joined the local defense group, but in October of that year he returned to the United States. Age prevented Peixotto from entering active military service, however in March of 1918, General John Pershing appointed him as official artist attached to the A.E.F. (American Expeditionary Force). With the rank of captain, his experience of living and working in France, and his fluency in French, he followed the entire American campaign as an Army artist.

At the close of the war, he was assigned as director of the A.E.F. Art Training Center at Bellevue, France, before returning to the United States in 1919. He produced a body of work that captured the widespread destruction caused by the weapons of modern warfare. He also used the small towns of the French countryside as background in many of his paintings. Considered as one of the highest paid artists in his business, he was versatile as well as prolific. He produced 50 illustrations for President Theodore Roosevelt's “Life of Cromwell”, and a large number for Henry Cabot Lodge's Story of the Revolution as well as sketches for Robert Louis Stevenson's Letters.

Peixotto wrote and illustrated many other books including “Romantic California”, 1911; “Our Hispanic Southwest”, 1916; “The American Front”, 1919; and “A Bacchic Pilgrimage” in 1932.

Ernest Peixotto was a member of the Salmagundi Club, The National Society of Mural Painters, the Society of Illustrators, the New York Architectural League, the Associate of the National Academy of Design, the Century Club, the Societe des Artistes Francais, the Bohemian Club, and the French Legion of Honor. His works can be seen at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Hispanic Museum in New York.

He died on December 6, 1940 in New York City.

 

Information on the biography above is based on writings from the book, “Artists in California, 1786-1940, II”, by Edan Milton Hughes; and, Online Archive of California, Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

In addition, per Askart.com, additional Peixottto works are in the collections of the Bohemian Club (San Francisco, CA; Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley, CA); Oyster Bay (NY) Post Office (mural); Embassy Club (NYC, NY). Askart.com lists Peixotto's exhibitions, as follows: Paris Salon, 1890, 1891, 1895; SFAA, 1890-1906; Vickery's Gallery (SF), 1892; Calif. State Fair, 1892, 1898; Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1893-96; Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; Guild of Arts & Crafts (SF), 1896; Bohemian Club, 1897-1904; PPIE, 1915.

 Source: Edan Hughes, ”Artists in California, 1786-1940, WWA 1918; AAA 1919-33; WWAA 1936-41; CAR; Fld; Ben; Sam; Ber; NY Times, 12-7-1940 and SF Chronicle, 12-10-1940 (obits).”

 

Note 2) The foregoing considerations, including the above impressive biographical information; the excellence of Peixotto's realistic, perceptive portrait study of a dignified Indian brave, “Joe Arrow, 1901;” and the following auction records regarding the very few Peixotto sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $2,000-$6,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

Pook & Pook Inc. - landscape with swans and a fountain

Title/Subject: Landscape With Swans And A Fountain Signed. Oil on canvas. 18 in. x 22 in. sold for $2,133 on 10/05/2012 - 10/06/2012 at Pook & Pook, Downington, PA

Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - View of the Garden

Title/Subject: View of the Garden Signed. Oil on canvas. 32 in. x 25 in. sold for $2,629 on 06/10/2009-06/13/2009 at Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX

 

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - A Landscape in Giverny, France

Title/Subject: A Landscape in Giverny, France Signed. Oil on canvas. 15 in. x 18 in. sold for $29,125 on 06/09/2002 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Skinner Inc, Marlborough - At the Louvre

Title/Subject: At the Louvre Signed. Oil on panel. 3.70 in. x 6 in. sold for $1,528 on 03/22/2002 at Skinner, Inc., Marlborough, MA

Photographic Image Not Available

Title/Subject: Summer River Landscape Signed. Oil on canvas. 14 in. x 18 in. sold for $8,000 on 06/13/1998 at Young Fine Arts Gallery Inc., North Berwick, ME

 

 

 

27. Ralph Arthur Lytle (California 1882-1959) A pair of Impressionistic Southern California desert views. Both signed lower right. Oil on artist's board. Each: 8 ¼ in. 11 ¾ in. Estimate:$300-$500

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Note 1): Per http://en.allexperts.com/q/Fine-Art-3122/2011/11/ralph-arthur-lytle-paintings.htm, Bonhams, Los Angeles responded to a woman, who had sent them photos of 2 Lytle oil paintings, in which she was, in effect seeking advice regarding Lytle and the value of his paintings. Bonham's replied in part:

They are lovely paintings. According to Artists in California 1786-1940, by Edan Milton Hughes:

Ralph Arthur Lytle (1882-1959. Painter. Born in Boulder, CO on Feb. 11, 1882. Lytle settled in Los Angeles in 1914. He worked there as a freelance commercial artist while painting fine art in his leisure. He died in Los Angeles on March 12, 1959. His painting subjects included desert landscapes and scenes of southern California.

He painted in the Mojave Desert. I found a painting of his near 29 Palms. A few of his desert paintings that sold at auctions in the past couple of years were in the range between $150-950. These are considered wholesale pricing and if you were to find one in a retail gallery it should be much higher. (Emphasis added).”

 

Note 2) The foregoing considerations; the esthetic appeal of this lovely pair of Lytle's two small Southern California desert views executed flawlessly in his Impressionist pastel palette and brushwork, which are in good condition and attractively framed; and the following auction records regarding Lytle's sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $300-$400 for this lot and $200-$300 for the immediately succeeding Lytle painting lot are reasonable and justifiable.

 

 

Mroczek Brothers Auctioneers & Associates - Untitled California Landscape

Title/Subject: Untitled California Landscape Signed. Gouache on paper. 10 in. x 14 in. sold for $285 on 08/24/2011-08/25/2011 at Mroczek Brothers Auctioneers & Associates, Seattle, WA

 

28. Ralph Arthur Lytle (California 1882-1959) An Impressionistic Southern California view of a river in the foreground, flanked by trees with a large meadowland and mountains in the distance, painted in Lytle's excellent Impressionist brushwork and pastel palette. Signed lower right. Oil on artist's board. 9 5/8 in. x 13 ¾ in. Estimate: $200-300

 

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Note 1) See Note 1) and Note 2) of the immediately preceding Lytle paintings lot.

 

29. David Anthony Tauszky (California/New York 1878-1972) “Moonglow, 1915” An Impressionist moonlit forest scene. Signed and dated “1915” lower right. Oil on canvas. 24 in. x 16 in. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

 

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Note 1) The following Tauszky biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

“Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:

Portrait painter. Born in Cincinnati, OH on Sept. 4, 1878. Tauszky studied in NYC at the ASL and continued at Académie Julian in Paris under Laurens and Constant. He was well known in the East in 1922 when he moved to Los Angeles. He made many trips back to NYC to paint and exhibit. Tauszky died in Pasadena, CA on Feb. 26, 1972. Exh: Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1922-27; Stendahi Galleries (LA), 1927; Laguna Beach AA, 1920's; Pasadena Society of Artists, 1920's; Grand Central Galleries (NYC), 1928; Pasadena Art Inst., 1928 (prize); Santa Ana, 1928 (1st prize); Salmagundi Club, 1929 (prize); Allied AA, 1929; Civic Art Show (Pasadena), 1937. In; Wingate School (NYC); Denver Museum. AAA 1905-33; Ben; WWAA 1936-41; SCA; AAW.”

 

Note 2) This is a beautiful night time view of a full moon in an inventively and attractive blue sky, with the moon's light suffusing the sky with a bright light and penetrating and filtering strongly between the trees in a forest, in 1915. It is attractively framed and in good condition. The foregoing considerations, including the above biographical information, and the following auction records regarding Tauszky sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $1,000-$2,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

Doyle New York - Procession

Title/Subject: Procession Signed. Oil on artist's board. 10 in. x 8 in. sold for $406 on 06/08/2011 at Doyle, NYC

Doyle New York - An Old Adobe

Title/Subject: An Old Adobe Signed. Oil on canvas. 25 in. x 30 in. sold for $2,700 on 09/13/2006 at Doyle, NYC

Doyle New York - Seated Woman

Title/Subject: Seated Woman Signed. Oil on canvas. 24.10 in. x 20 in. sold for $2,700 on 03/01/2006 at Doyle, NYC

John Moran Auctioneers - The Little Artist

Title/Subject: The Little Artist Signed. Oil on canvas. 24 in. x 16 in. sold for $1,980 on 02/17/2004 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Photographic Image Not Available

Title/Subject: Cantonese Signed. Oil on canvas. 40 in. x 30 in. sold for $3,300 on 10/22/1996 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

 

30. Harry Craig Smith (California 1882-1957) Impressionist panoramic view of small ranch house and corral in foreground with rolling meadow lands leading to the base of snow-capped mountains, perhaps, the Sierra Nevada, executed c. 1925. Signed lower right. Oil on canvas. 16 in. x 20 in. Estimate: $600-$1,000

 

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Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website:

 

“ The following is from Brian Austin:

I called Harry C. Smith-Grandpa Harry. He was my mother's father. Many of his oil landscapes hang on the walls of my home framed in his hand-carved gilded frames. I remember many good times spent with my grandpa in Glenville. He could take a canvas and with little paint, a few brush strokes he would turn that canvas into a beautiful desert landscape---Eucalyptus lined road, wildflowers in the Ansa Borego or a grove of oak trees in Glenville, CA or Verdugo Park in Glendale, CA. 

He painted with John Cotton, F. Grayson Sayre, Paul Lauritz, Elmer and Marion Kavanagh Wachtel and many more. He was most noted for his frames. The above named artists would have Grandpa Harry handcraft and gild frames for their artwork. He is not as famous as the aforementioned artists simply because he didn't pay the fee, $2.00 at the time, to have his name entered into the “Who's Who in America Artists. “ But he is just as important an artist in my book.”

 “Born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Harry C Smith became a self-taught artist, known for his desert and mountain landscapes. He was a successful businessman, who was living in southern California by 1920, and by the 1940's, he had moved to Bakersfield where he founded the Bakersfield Art Association.”

Source:
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”' 

 

Note 2) The foregoing considerations; the esthetic appeal of Smith's Impressionist panoramic view of small ranch house and corral in foreground with rolling meadow lands leading to the base of snow-capped mountains, perhaps, the Sierra Nevada, and the following auction records regarding Smith sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $600-$1,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Palm Springs Desert Landscape 

Title/Subject: Palm Springs Desert Landscape Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 26 in. sold for $750 on 03/20/2012 at Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX

Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center - A California desert and mountain landscape 

Title/Subject: A California Desert And Mountain Landscape Signed. Oil on canvas. 24.25 in. x 30.25 in. sold for $1,375 on 02/08/2011-02/09/2011 at Christie’s, NY

Simpson Galleries - Fall Landscape

Title/Subject: Fall Landscape Signed. Oil on canvas. 14 in. x 18 in. sold for $750 on 10/07/2007 at Simpson Galleries, Houston, TX

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - The Oaks 

Title/Subject: The Oaks Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 24 in. sold for $896 on 12/10/2006 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Clars Auction Gallery - Mountain Landscape

Title/Subject: Mountain Landscape Signed. Oil on canvas. 15.50 in. x 19.50 in. sold for $1,000 on 12/02/2006-12/03/2006 at Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, CA

Northeast Auctions - Mountain View with Desert Scrub Brush 

Title/Subject: Mountain View With Desert Scrub Brush Signed. Oil on canvas. 20 in. x 24 in. sold for $1,250 on 10/31/2003 at Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, NH

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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32. Millard Owen Sheets, N.A. (California 1907-1989) “Oaxaca Ruins” or “Ruins of Oaxaca” in Mexico, executed c. 1930. Signed lower right. Titled on verso. Labels on verso state that this watercolor won first prize for watercolor at a Los Angeles County Museum (California) exhibition, which occurred in 1930, and was exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute, Illinois, the Society of 4 Arts, Palm Beach, Florida and the Lowe Gallery, Miami, Florida. Watercolor. 22 in. x 30 in. In its original frame. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000 Provenance: Dalzell-Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, California, see label, verso.

 

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Note 1) The following biographical materials are taken from the Askart.com website. Sheets exhibited at many commercial and public venues, including the following public venues:

“Los Angeles County Fair, 1918, 1928 (1st prizes); California Watercolor Society, 1926-55; Arizona State Fair, 1928 (1st prize); Paris Salon, 1929; Hatfield Gallery (LA), 1929 (1st solo); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1930 (1st prize, watercolor); Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; Century of Progress Exposition (Chicago), 1933; Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1937 (Washington, D.C.); Whitney Museum (New York City), 1939; New York World's Fair, 1939; Golden Gate International Exhibition (San Francisco), 1939; Pasadena Art Institute, 1950 (solo); Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966.”

 

Sheets is in the collection of many very significant museums and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, all of New York City, New York; the White House, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art; and National Gallery of Art, all of Washington, DC; San Diego Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; De Young Museum (San Francisco), Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex (Pomona), Orange County Museum; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, all of California; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Seattle Museum, Washington; Cleveland Museum, Ohio; High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Worth Museum, Texas.

 

See Askart.com for 7 Sheets’ biographies. and a significant number of additional museums which hold Sheets’ work.

 

Note 2) The foregoing biographical information and the information contained in the 7 Askart.com biographical sketches of Sheets makes clear that, during his lifetime, Sheets was one of the best, most revered and leading California artists and the leading California watercolorist of his generation. The extensive holdings of Sheets' work by many very important Museums support this view. This watercolor, “Oaxaca Ruins,” is very beautiful; historically significant and a rare early Sheets watercolor, as it was executed when he was only 23 years old and won first prize for watercolor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This watercolor is a good example justifying the observation in one of the Askart.com Sheets’ biographic sketches that “It is said that of all the Depression-era artists, he was the most representative of the California School, part of the American Scene movement.” All of the foregoing considerations and the following auction records regarding Sheets sales warrant the conclusion that the presale estimate of $20,000-$40,000 is reasonable and justifiable.

 

John Moran Auctioneers - Church in Maurea

Title/Subject: Church in Maurea Signed. Watercolor on paper. 22 in. x 30 in. sold for $31,625 on 06/15/2010 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Kona, gateway to the sea, 1983

Title/Subject: Kona, Gateway To The Sea, 1983 Signed. Watercolor on paper. 22 in. x 30 in. sold for $19,520 on 04/20/2010 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Matthew's Galleries - TAHITIAN BEACH AT EVENING

Title/Subject: Tahitian Beach At Evening Signed. Watercolor on paper. 21.38 in. x 29.20 in. sold for $23,940 on 03/18/2008 at Matthew's Galleries, Lake Oswego, OR

John Moran Auctioneers - Beached Outriggers, Hawaii

Title/Subject: Beached Outriggers, Hawaii Signed. Watercolor on paper. 22 in. x 29.50 in. sold for $25,875 on 02/19/2008 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Upper Island

Title/Subject: Upper Island Signed. Watercolor on paper. 22 in. x 30 in. sold for $14,950 on 10/23/2007 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Street with Nets, Janitzio

Title/Subject: Street with Nets, Janitzio Signed. Watercolor on paper.22 in. x 30 in. sold for $17,250 on 06/19/2007 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Balboa Island 

Title/Subject: Balboa Island Signed and inscribed. Watercolor on paper. 16 in. x 20 in. sold for $25,875 on 02/20/2007 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Eldred's - Rooftop Romance

Title/Subject: Rooftop Romance Signature information unavailable. Watercolor on paper. 22.20 in. x 15 in. sold for $25,300 on 08/03/2006-08/04/2006 at Eldred's Auction, East Dennis, MA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Old Maori Church, New Zealand, 1974

Title/Subject: Old Maori Church, New Zealand, 1974 Signed. Watercolor on paper. 22 in. x 30 in. sold for $17,625 on 12/12/2005 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Enchanted Island

Title/Subject: Enchanted Island Signed. Watercolor on paper. 28 in. x 36 in. sold for $23,500 on 12/12/2005 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

Christie's Los Angeles - Life in California

Title/Subject: Life in California Signed. Watercolor on paper. 13.50 in. x 26 in. sold for $21,600 on at Christie’s, Los Angeles, CA

John Moran Auctioneers - Lava Beach - Hawaii

Title/Subject: Lava Beach-Hawaii Signed. Watercolor on paper. 22 in. x 30 in. sold for $33,000 on 06/15/2004 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Sotheby's New York, Arcade - Windswept

Title/Subject: Windswept Signed. Watercolor on paper. 22.30 in. x 30.10 in. sold for $24,000 on 12/19/2003 at Sotheby’s, NY

John Moran Auctioneers - Church in Maurea

Title/Subject: Church in Maurea Signed. Watercolor on paper. 21.25 in. x 29.25 in. sold for $41,250 on 06/11/2002 at John Moran Auctioneers, Altadena, CA

Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center - Birth of Spring

Title/Subject: Birth of Spring Signed. Watercolor on paper. 30 in. x 36 in. sold for $33,000 on 09/27/1990 at Christie’s, NY

Bonhams & Butterfields San Francisco - Horses by the River 

Title/Subject: Horses by the River Signed. Watercolor on paper. 21.50 in. x 29.50 in. sold for $27,500 on 03/22/1989 at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco CA

33. Charles Ezekiel Polowetski (New York/California 1884-1955) “Sausalito, Marin Co. Calif.” Very sunny Impressionist view of docks and boats on the Sausalito waterfront on San Francisco Bay, with hills in the distance across the Bay, painted primarily in soft, muted pastel blues and yellows, executed on a very sunny day, c. 1935. Signed lower left. On label on verso, titled and stating “Charles Polowetski, 771 9th Ave., S. S. F.” Oil on masonite. 16 in. x 20 in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500

 

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Note 1): Charles Ezekiel Polowetski was born in Russia in 1884, but left Russia, while he was young. During the early 20th century Polowetski exhibited primarily in New York, but his work was in a show at London's Albert Hall in July of 1910, for which he received critical acclaim. The National Portrait Gallery, London owns Polowetski’s portrait of Israel Zangwill (1864-1926), the famous English humorist and writer, executed in 1909. As a very young man, Polowetski had gone to Paris to study art with Leon Bonnat and became a member of the American Art Association of Paris. While there, c. 1902, he shared a studio in the Latin Quarter of Paris with Jacob Epstein, who became the famous English sculptor; James Bolivar Manson, who became a famous English painter and was long-time Director of the Tate Gallery; and Bernard Gussow, who, upon his arrival in New York became active in the New York modernist artist scene, exhibiting at the landmark Armory Show of 1913 and with the Society of Independent Artists. Polowetski studied with Robert Blum in the United States and was active primarily in the State of New York, executing landscapes, although the painting being offered definitely has a flavor of California Impressionism. Polowetski definitely had ties to the West. In 1947, Polowetski painted the portrait of James Fulton Zimmerman, President of the University of New Mexico. The Heritage Society, Houston, Texas owns a Polowetski work of art. In 1936, he painted “Spring in Central Park” and in 1937, “December in Venice,” both large and very beautiful Impressionist works, for FDR’s New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), which are now in the WPA Collection of the Livingston Arts Center, Mount, Morris, New York. During his career, Polowetski was associated with, among other art organizations, the Allied Artists of America, the Salmagundi Club, the American Art Association of Paris and the Salons of America. Among other venues, Polowetski exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Salons of America and the Society of Independent Artists. Polowetski worked primarily in the Hudson River Valley of New York, but did live and paint in California. While in New York, he was commissioned to paint the portrait of Floyd Bennett, the famous American aviation pioneer, after whom Floyd Bennett Field, the early New York City airport, was named, and the portrait hung in the hallways of the airport. See Askart.com and other websites

 

Note 2) Polowetski's biographical information is relatively impressive. Askart.com records regarding Polowetski sales, only indicate the sale of one landscape for $575 on 9/8/2001, which is a very dark New York landscape; and, thus, is largely irrelevant to establishing the current value of “Sausalito, Marin Co. Calif.” This Polowetski painting is a very bright and lovely Impressionist view of the Sausalito waterfront on a very sunny day, as it existed c. 1920-1930. For collectors of Impressionist art, California and Sausalito art, this should be a very esthetically appealing historic view of Sausalito, one of the great tourist attractions in California, that the tourist and natives of California still frequent to sail, take strolls to enjoy the beauty of the town of Sausalito or the San Francisco Bay views from one of the many excellent Sausalito restaurants. The painting is in excellent condition; nicely framed; and of a good display size, 16” x 20”. All of the foregoing information concerning Polowetski, the artist, and immediately foregoing considerations warrant a presale estimate of $1,000-$1,500, which is reasonable.

 

 

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