One of only three known James Bard paintings of sloops took top honors at Northeast Auctions’ August 20′1 sale of marine, China Trade and sporting art, selling for $212,400 against an estimate of $80/120,000. Bard painted two versions of the American Eagle, built by James I. Woolsey and shown here in Haverstraw Bay flying an American Indian peace flag.
The signed and dated 1856 view of the era’s fastest sloop is inscribed with Bard’s Manhattan address, 162 Perry Street.
Northeast’s tented sale at Treadwell Mansion boasted a bumper crop of Chinese Export porcelain and treaty port paintings, but it was export silver that caught the eye of several mainland Chinese bidders. Total sales reached $2.4 million. A complete review will appear in a future issue.‼i>Laura Beach