Published: May 4, 2004
A family portrait of Pauline De Camp, the daughter of artist Joseph De Camp, sold for a premium price at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries this past Saturday, May 1.
The sale, according to auctioneer and principal Kaja Veilleux, attracted a huge amount of interest with at least one substantial record price paid at auction established.
The De Camp portrait, one of two in the auction depicting Pauline, had been never been out of the family and both were consigned by the granddaughter of the sitter.
The painting, executed in 1907, was in the original frame and had a label from a 1916 “BMFA” exhibit on the verso. Bidding on the lot was active with it selling to a phone bidder, underbid by a client in the gallery, at $187,000, including premium. A smaller portrait of Pauline, executed in 1911, sold to a buyer in the room at $49,500.
A set of nine original etchings by Pablo Picasso from the 1933 Vollard Suite did well at $35,200. Also sold, and establishing a record price paid at auction “several times over,” according to Veilleux, was a ornately carved and decorated oak Congressional arm chair by New York makers Bembe and Kimmel that went out at $29,700.
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