FINE ART

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OLD MASTERS NAMED ARTISTS UNSIGNED
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OLD MASTERS

EX SOTHEBY'S 1999

11695. CIRCLE OF CHARLES-ANTOINE COYPEL, 1694-1752. Les Amours Forgerons, painted c. 1715-1720. Oil on canvas in gilt oval frame. Depicting a group of semi-naked Cherubs forging arrows for Cupid's bow under the watchful eye of Vulcan or perhaps a satyr. This painting repeats the composition of a lost work by Coypel which was painted for the Duc de Chartres, Louis d'Orleans (1703-1752). An engraving after the painting was executed by Louis Desplaces (see T. Lefrancois, Charles Coypel, p. 150, ills. P.12A). 16 inches diameter in 21 inch square frame. Sotheby's listing. Verso.

About the painter: Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752) was a French painter, and like his father, he became the "Premier Peintre du Roi" (First Painter of the King) and director of the Academie Royale in 1747. Coypel also wrote comedies, tragedies, and some poetry. He was also a tapestry designer. Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum. Engraving: The Harvard Art Museum shows an engraving by Louis Desplaces (1682-1739) titled "Cupids Forging Arrows". The curious aspect is that its frame is very similar to the one of this "circle" of Coypel. Could this print be based on this painting? Coypel Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide: - Notable Site: Art Institute of Chicago - Notable Site: Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia - Design of Upholstery for the Couch "Cupid Sleeping", 1725 - Notable Site: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 6 works online by Coypel - Notable Site: Louvre Museum Database, Paris - Notable Site: Louvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French) - Notable Site: Charles-Antoine Coypel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City - Notable Site: Charles-Antoine Coypel at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Diana and Endymion, 1720s Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain Portrait of a Young Woman Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond The Cowardice of Sancho at the Hunt (from the Don Quixote series).

Provenance: A Texas Old Master collection. Acquired at Sotheby's sale 7345, lot 92 in 1999 (Original Sotheby's catalogue included with the painting).

$25,000.



AFTER RAPHAEL 1518

7863. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN THE WILDERNESS. Italian, 16th-18th century. Oil on canvas. St. John the Baptist depicted as a beautiful youth seated in the wilderness, nude save for a cloth across his lap, his finger raised to a haloed cross foretelling the ministry and crucifixion of Jesus. This painting is an old master copy of Raphael's St. John the Baptist of c. 1518 now in the Galleria dell Accademia - Venice, Italy. Dimensions 16 x 18 inches. Old master museum quality, in this commentator's opinion equal or nearly equal to the original. In need of proper conservation and reframing. Small tear on left shoulder, minor flaking at bottom edge and small area of upper right, otherwise in excellent condition with no repair or repainting.

In Christian iconography, the young John the Baptist in the wilderness is an important theme painted by many of the greatest masters such as Caravaggio and Raphael. In the Gospels John is described as a messenger being sent ahead of Jesus and a voice crying out in the wilderness. He is described as wearing clothes of camel's hair, living in the wilderness on locusts and wild honey. Mark describes John's proclamation of baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, and says that another will come after him who baptizes, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit. St. John nude or semi-nude in the wilderness, often as a beautiful young boy, is an important theme in Western art.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at a NJ estate sale March 2003.

$12,000.



NORTHERN EUROPEAN SCHOOL

10045. EARLY NORTH EUROPEAN MOONLIT WINTER SCENE. Northern European School, ca. 19th century. Oil on canvas. 14 x 26". Unsigned.

Provenance: Acquired by the current owner from a New York City art dealer in September 1999.

$1400.



NAMED ARTISTS

FROM THE COLLECTION OF HIS GRACE, THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM

12865. PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GENTLEMAN IN BLUE COAT AND WHITE STOCK, c. 1750 by Allan Ramsay, R.A., (of the Royal Academy).

Allan Ramsay, R.A. (Edinburgh 1713-1784 Dover) was a prominent Scottish portrait painter. As a young man he studied in Rome, Florence, Naples and Tivoli, researching, painting and drawing old masters, antiquities and archaeological sites. He is known for his many paintings of English and French nobility including a portrait of King George III, for whom he held the title of 'Principle Painter in Ordinary'. The Scottish National Gallery holds a large collection of his work. Ramsay also has paintings in the collection of several British institutions including the National Gallery in London, Sheffield, Derby Art Gallery (attributed), Glasgow Museum and Newstead Abbey. His works have been featured in Sotheby's and Christie's Old Masters auctions. Verso 1. Verso 2. Verso 3.

Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Previously from the collection of His Grace, the Late Duke of Buckingham and Chandos at Stowe House.

$75,000.



LAJOS BARDOCZ, HUNGARIAN

12864. STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS 1937. Oil on canvas, ~3 x 4 feet including frame. Verso 1. Verso 2.

Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman, Ex the collection of the Hungarian National Gallery (white label on back was applied at the museum with its stamp. The stamp is half on and half off the label for security. Stamped twice. The painting was relined post-1960, probably by the museum. At the time of the relining, the painting was seated in a fine Louis XIV-style gilded frame of earlier date, probably the late 19th century, in which it remains currently. The painting is oversized for the frame, so a portion of the lower interior section was removed to accommodate the painting. About 4 inches of the painting is hidden there by the frame. The tag on back reads Magyar Nemzeti Galeria Budavari Palota, which translates to Hungarian National Gallery, which is the National Museum of Hungary.

$35,000.



IMPORTANT PORTRAIT OF J.P. MORGAN'S PARTNER

7575. JOHN H. HARJES, by FEDOR ENCKE. Portrait in oil, signed and dated Paris 1902. Harjes is portrayed seated at ease in a red velvet chair, his wavy white hair and heavy sideburns framing his intelligent alert face above his black banker's suit and tie. Dimensions; 48 x 60 inches in the original ornate gilt frame. Both the painting and frame are in excellent condition original condition with no repair or restoration.

This is the companion portrait to Fedor Encke's famous portrait of J.P. Morgan painted at the same time. The two banking giants both had Encke paint their portraits at that time. Morgan's portrait was the one Encke was painting when the young Edward Steichen, at Encke's request to minimize sitting time, interrupted to take his iconic and controversial photograph of Morgan. An important historical painting in excellent condition which perfectly captures the spirit of fin de siecle opulence and financial power and which would be at home in a major museum or financial institution.

John H. Harjes, 1830-1914, was a prominent banker and the partner of J.P. Morgan and founder of the Morgan-Harjes Bank of Paris. He was the father of Henry H. Harjes, later banker and senior partner of the same bank who played a significant role behind the scenes in World War I by negotiating sizable loans for the Allies and by his major role in organizing relief work. Additional biographical material on Harjes can be found here.

Fedor Encke, German, 1851-1926, was a famous turn of the century artist specializing in portraits of the rich and famous. His works reside in a number of major museums in Europe and the United States and are featured in sales by top auction houses.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, May, 1998.

$35,000.



SUNLIGHT ON SNOW

8865. HOBART NICHOLS, 1869-1962. 'Sunlight on Snow'. c. 1940's-1950's. Oil on canvas, signed lower right. 30.5 x 36.5 inches in fine old period frame. Finely done with an especially wonderful rendering of light falling on snow and water, a work that evokes a great Zen-like sense of presence. In excellent condition with a couple of minor flakes to the frame.

Born in Washington DC, Henry Hobart Nichols (1869-1962) studied art at the Proebel Institute in Germany, and with Caludio Castelucho at the Julian Academy in Paris. He served as assistant to the director, U. S. Art Commission, Paris World's Fair, 1900. Lived in New York, 1908-62. Exhibited frequently in Washington. Served as president of the National Academy of Design, 1939-49, and as director of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1939-59. He died August 13, 1962, in Bronxville, N.Y. Nichols is known for his beautiful realistic landscapes, especially his treatment of light. His works hang in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and other major museums. A listed artist, his works have sold for upwards of $13,000 at major auction houses.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, June, 1999.

$6000.



N. BINGHAM

8867. N. BINGHAM. Mid 20th century. 'Ladies On A Balcony'. A very finely done work in Renaissance style. Oil on board, signed lower right. 15.5 x 19.5 inches in fine gold leaf frame. Choice quality and condition.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, June, 1999.

$1850.



IGNAZIO RICCA

7580. IGNAZIO RICCA. Late 19th - early 20th century. The Shoeshine Boy. Oil on canvas. Signed lower left. A listed artist. 14" x 20".

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, August, 1998.

$1400.



MARIA ALCINA - LISTED IN BRAZILIAN NATIONAL REGISTRY

10024. MARIA ALCINA, TWO SPANISH MAIDENS, 1983. Oil on canvas. 15 x 18 inches. Stretched ready for framing. Two Classical young girls rest at the edge of a surreal dream. With soft, muted colors, MAIDENS is by Brazilian National Registry artist, Maria Alcina - Rio de Janeiro, 1983. Excellent original condition.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, December, 2000.

$1400.



L. DRAKE

10029. L. DRAKE, 19th century. The Inquisitive Page, 1860. Pastel. Unsigned, old tag on back. Fine rendering of medieval scene. Tiny nicks & smudge lower dress area. In 19th century frame. 14 x 18 inches. Very nice work.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, October, 1998.

$2850.



S. NATTIODT

7581. S. NATTIODT. Active early 20th century. Portrait Of A Young German Girl. Pastel. Signed lower left. 12" x 16". Very finely done.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, August, 1998.

$1450.



R. MARIO

9317. R. MARIO, LADY WITH PARROTS, 20th century. Oil on board. 8 x 10 inches, Signed lower right. Fine Neoclassical painting of a Grecian lady with her pet parrots, a happy smile on her face. Excellent condition. Unframed. Signature.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, c. 1999.

$250.



SIGNED DAUMIER

10006. ODALISQUE AND SERVANT GIRL, 20th century. Oil on canvas, signed Daumier lower right. The beautiful odalisque sits within the harem holding a mirror while her servant girl arranges her hair. 31.5 x 44 inches in ornate gold frame. Excellent condition with vibrant color.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, July, 2000.

$800.



E. POLITIO

9999. A ROMAN LADY, 20th century. Oil on canvas, signed E. Politio lower r. The beautiful lady sits on her marble bench with Greek vase and landscape in background. 25 x 36 inches. Stretched but not framed. Beautifully done with excellent color considerable better than image.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, July, 2000.

$450.



C. KRAMER

10022. VENETIAN NUDE ON PLATFORM SHOES, 20th century. Oil on board, signed C. Kramer lower left. 8 x 10 inches, 13 x 15 in wooden frame. Masterful painting of an extremely voluptuous nude girl shyly turning her head away as she opens her gown to expose her beauty.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, c. 1999.

$850.



SIGNED

9316. PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG VICTORIAN GIRL. American School, early-mid 20th century. Oil on board, signed lower right. 8 x 10 inches, 14 x 16 inches in gold leaf frame. Finely done, very romantic painting of a beautiful young lady with an enchanting smile. Excellent condition with vibrant colors.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, November, 1999.

$425.



UNSIGNED WORKS

8394. BACCHUS, 20th century. Oil on panel, unsigned. Expressionist portrait of the ancient God of the vine and merriment holding grapes and wine cup and wreathed with grapes. Nicely done with the God depicted as a post-Classical figure. 26 x 29.5" in frame. Excellent condition.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, April, 1999.

$850.



9309. NUDE WITH ROSE, 20th century. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Unsigned. Beautiful figure study of a voluptuous nude reclining in bed with a large red rose, her left hand on her breast. Very nice composition and color. Stretched and ready for framing.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, November, 1999.

$650.



10021. VOLUPTUOUS NEOCLASSICAL NUDE WITH DOVES, 20th century. Oil on canvas. 24 x 36 inches, shipped rolled.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, December, 2000.

$400.



FINE ILLUSTRATION ART

AL ROSSI

8395. ORIGINAL AL ROSSI ILLUSTRATION. 'Bourbon Street'. Original gouache illustration for True Action Magazine, April 1960? pps. 20-21. 17 x 19". A masterful illustration.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, April, 1999.

$3500.



ORIGINAL ART AFTER FAMOUS ARTISTS

AFTER JULES-JOSEPTH LEFEBVRE

13018. LA CIGALE, AFTER JULES-JOSEPTH LEFEBVRE (French, 1836-1912). Trent M, 20th century. Oil on canvas. 31.5 x 44 inches in museum quality 3 inch gold leaf frame. Detail. Signature. Back.

Jules Joseph Lefebvre (Tournan, Gers, March 14, 1836 - Paris, February 24, 1912) was a French figure painter. Lefebvre entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1852 and was a pupil of Léon Cogniet. He won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1861. Between 1855 and 1898, he exhibited 72 portraits in the Paris Salon. In 1891, he became a member of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. He was an instructor at the Académie Julian in Paris. He is chiefly important as an excellent and sympathetic teacher who numbered many Americans among his 1500 or more pupils. One of his famous students was the Scottish born landscape painter William Hart. Georges Rochegrosse, Félix Vallotton, the Americans Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman, John Noble Barlow, Augustus Kenderdine, and Charles A. Platt were also his pupils. He was long a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts. His paintings are usually single figures of beautiful women.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, c. 2000.

$600.



AFTER JEAN-HIPPOLYTE FLANDRIN

9315. CLASSICAL NUDE YOUTH, AFTER JEAN-HIPPOLYTE FLANDRIN (French, 1809-1864). R. Gabriel, 20th century. Oil on canvas. 30 x 42 inches in gold leaf frame. The youth seated on a rock by the sea. Excellent composition and color scheme after the 1850 painting 'Young Man Beside The Sea' by Flandrin. The original is the Louvre, Paris. Framed in a fine wide gold frame. Enlargement. Detail. Detail. Signature.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, November, 1999.

$600.



AFTER BOUGUEREAU

9314. FIRST KISS, AFTER BOUGUEREAU, 20th century. Large oil on canvas depicting the love of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche. Excellent accomplished style. 33 x 45 inches in a beautiful ornate gold frame. Unsigned. Stretched and ready for framing. Frame shown is not included. Enlargement. Detail. Back.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, November, 1999.

$800.



AFTER CHARLES DUBREUIL

9310. A PERSIAN BEAUTY, 20th century. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches. Signed lower left. Excellent work with luminous color after the famous 19th century Orientalist painter Charles Dubreuil of a beautiful young Persian dancing girl posing in a palace courtyard. Ready for framing.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, November, 1999.

Not currently for sale.



AFTER PIERRE AUGUSTE COT

9998. THE STORM, AFTER PIERRE AUGUSTE COT, 20th century. Oil on canvas, unsigned. Beautifully rendered original oil painting after the famous original now in the Metropolitan Museum, NY. 32 by 44 inches in a beautiful 4 inch gold frame. Enlargement. Detail. Back.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired at Berman's Auction House, NJ, July, 2000.

$1800.



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