Published: November 18, 2003
The watercolor, which retained a Scribner’s label dated 1902 on the verso, measured 23 by 151/4 inches and was one of two offered in the sale. Several phone bidders were lined up and ready to go as the watercolor crossed the block with it eventually hammering down to one of them at $73,700. The other watercolor, entitled “Rhymes” and depicting a seated boy, sold at $33,000.
Another interesting lot from the selection of artwork was a lot of 60 sketch pads and working notebooks by John LaFarge. A host of phones were also ready as this lot was offered, although it sold in the room for $62,700. A Chippendale blockfront four-drawer chest, probably of Boston origin, did well also, selling to a buyer in the gallery at $46,200 despite heavy competition from the telephones.
A complete review will appear in a future issue.
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