Published: January 16, 2007
Founded in 1899, the Haley & Steele gallery was a respected purveyor of paintings and prints to the Boston market. After the gallery collapsed from debt in March 2005, and its most recent owner, Julian S. Tavener, departed US shores suddenly, leaving clients and consignors high, dry and artless, the remaining art assets of the gallery came to auction at Kaminski’s November 18–19 sale.
The sale coincided with the Boston Print Fair at the nearby Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, and it drew visitors from that event.
An oil on canvas view of a woman and child in a woodland setting by Howard Logan Hildebrandt was the highlight of the two-day event when it sold for $26,450. The picture was mounted in a fine Arts and Crafts frame.
The oil on board “Fishing in the Stream” by Thomas Hill bore a label from the Maxwell Galleries in San Francisco and despite some in-painting drew $9,200 against the $4/6,000 estimate.
Emile Gruppe’s “Winter, Vermont” fetched $10,875 and the oil on canvas “Mount Mansfield, Vermont,” that was inscribed on the stretcher, “fall of 1950,” went for $4,025; “The Frozen Stream” passed.
An oil on canvas landscape by William Jurian Kaula that was thought to depict an area around New Ipswich, N.H., sold for $10,350. A watercolor view of Montmartre by John Whorf brought $9,200.
“Figures before an Altar Decorated with Flowers,” an oil on canvas by Abbott Fuller Graves was unsigned but was accompanied by a 1985 letter of authentication. It may have been cut down along the bottom, and it sold for $8,050.
The 1912 “Sailboats in Gloucester Harbor,” an oil on paper laid down on canvas by Harry Aiken Vincent, had some restoration but stirred interest and sold for $5,463.
The oil on copper, “Madonna with Figures” that was attributed to Mexican artist Miguel Cabrera was unframed, had “significant” in-painting and sold for $5,175.
The English oil on canvas “On the Solent, Vessels Becalmed,” by John Callow elicited $4,888.
“Village in the Hills” by William Lester Stevens sold for $4,025 as did the oil on textured paper mounted on board “Hanging Grapes” by Carducius Plantagenet Ream.
Prints from Haley & Steele stock represented some excellent values. The 1818 hand colored print “A Group of Carnations” by Peter Henderson that was published by Dr Thornton bore a gallery price tag of $13,400 and sold for $3,220 to a phone bidder.
“The Great Bartholdi Statue ‘Liberty Enlightening the World,”‘ a circa 1883 hand colored lithograph published by Currier and Ives was described in the catalog as being in “poor” condition, but it was certainly deemed redeemable. Estimated at $150/250, it sold for $2,300.
A signed Rockwell Kent lithograph from 1941, “Wake up, America!,” sold for $3,105, while a hand colored lithograph by Charles Mottram of the circa 1862 painting “The Challenge” and the circa 1871 “The Sanctuary” by Sir Edwin Landseer was published by Henry Graves and Company. It sold for a reasonable $2,070.
Among the Frank W. Benson prints was the 1915 “The Landing,” which realized $2,185 and “The Canvasbacks” from 1926 that realized $1,150.
A number of Audubon prints across the block drew mixed results. The fairly gruesome unframed depiction of the Black Vulture printed by Robert Havell sold for $1,955 and the colorful print, “Blue and Snow Goose,” also printed by Havell, sold on the Internet for $1,913. The Audubon image of “Redwing Starling or Marsh Blackbird” that he published between 1827 and 1838 drew $2,875.
The William Meyerowitz prints “Gloucester Fisherman” and “Mending the Nets” were framed together and they sold for $1,208.
A circa 1816 Italian print by Antonio Verico of the Leaning Tower of Pisa brought $1,495.
A pair of prints by Nineteenth Century artist Elizabeth Gould, the circa 1850 “Pica vagabunda” and “Pico erythorhyncha,” both from the “Monograph of the Trochilidae,” sold for $1,840. Two other Gould prints, “Pteroglossus culik” and “Pteroglossus derbianus,” from the same monograph were also $1,840.
A Boston view, a gouache en grisaille image of Faneuil Hall by Jules Guerin, also from the Haley and Steele collection, fetched $1,955.
The map “Carte Maritime de “L’Angleterre depuis les Sorlingues jusqua a Portland” by Romeyn de Hooghe from about 1693 sold for $1,610.
All prices quoted reflect the 15 percent buyer’s premium. For information, www.kaminskiauctions.com or 978-927-2223.
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