Published: October 5, 2021
HATFIELD, MASS. — On October 3, Kimballs Auction and Estate Services presented a huge assortment of antiques from a Sag Harbor, Long Island, estate with select additions from homes from all over New England. Leading the nearly 560-lot sale was a portrait by Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), a “Portrait of William Northrop Bentley.” From the Bentley estate, the painting brought $45,000 with premium from a Connecticut dealer. William Northrup Bentley was born on July 9, 1777, in North Kingstown, R.I., and died of cholera on May 26, 1849, in Chicago at the age of 71. He was a proprietor of a hotel, Columbia Hall, in Lebanon Springs, N.Y., and when he retired in 1845, he moved to Chicago with his daughter and her family aboard the steamship Constitution. Phillips also painted a portrait of Bentley’s wife and daughter, which was offered at Sotheby’s in 2018 and is now in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.
One wonders if someday the family portraits will be reunited. A review of this sale will appear later.
Ed note: An earlier version of this article stated the buyer was a collector. We have corrected it to state the buyer is a dealer.
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