Published: June 20, 2016
BEDFORD, N.Y. — A still life with carnations, a bird’s nest and other flowers and insects by Jan Van Huysum (Dutch, 1682-1749) elicited enthusiastic applause from bidders gathered inside Historic Hall on June 19 as Butterscotch Auctioneers & Appraisers’ Paul D. Marinucci hammered the oil on copper painting to a final price of $66,000 to a floor bidder.Measuring 9 by 11½ inches and with a faint inscription in upper left corner, the work appears to be a preparatory study for the larger still life by the artist that sold at Sotheby’s London in December 2014 for $478,000, according to catalog notes. The composition is nearly identical to the lower half portion of the larger work with the same bee on the ledge at lower left, nest at lower right, cluster of four carnations to the left and upturned leaf at upper right.
Also performing well in this diverse estate sale of more than 700 lots was Olaf Wieghorst’s (American, 1899-1988) midday-light-infused oil on canvas “Siesta Time,” an oil on canvas, 24 by 30 inches, that also sold to a bidder in the room. It brought $27,600, near its high estimate.
A sleeper in the sale was a selection of eight Japanese woodblock prints, featuring a print of two females and five prints of miscellaneous landscapes, seven framed, one unframed, that also went to an in-house bidder. Estimated just $200/400, they added a rousing note toward the end of the sale by finishing at $24,000.
Watch for a complete report on this auction in an upcoming edition.
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