Published: June 16, 2016
MANHEIM, PENN. — Said to be a newly discovered Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) oil on canvas portrait of the artist’s daughter Jean Renoir, a signed painting took $177,000, including buyer’s premium, at a June 11 sale conducted by Conestoga Auction Company, a division of Hess Auction Group.
Signed “Renoir” lower left, the 10-by-8-inch image painted circa 1900–01 depicts Jean in a shoulder-length right side aspect wearing a bandanna and lace gown.
The sale spanned the gamut from Sixteenth Century oil paintings to Twentieth Century prints, all from the collection of Dr Morris V. Shelanski, a Philadelphia-area physician who was an avid buyer of European art, Oriental rugs and Chinese ceramics, according to Conestoga principal Jeffrey C. DeHart.
Another discovery from Shelanski’s large office and warehouse facility was a painting believed to be by Claude Monet, a signed oil on board measuring 6¾ by 11¼ inches depicting a man with a top hat and walking stick and a woman with a parasol and child in hand strolling along a sun-dappled allee. This painting, estimated $150/250,000, was passed.
“It didn’t meet the family’s reserve,” explained DeHart. “Out of 326 lots offered in the sale there were only nine with reserves. We had an enormous interest in the painting, but the first question everyone asked was ‘Has it been authenticated?’ and we had to say ‘no,’ due to the fact that time did not allow for that to happen.”
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