SKINNERA American & European Paintings & PrintsSale 2493 January 29, 2010 Boston
American & European Paintings & PrintsSPECIALISTS IN CHARGE
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AUCTION 2493 Friday, January 29, 2010Prints & Photography at 12 noon Paintings & Sculpture at 4 p.m.
63 Park Plaza Boston, Massachusetts
PREVIEWWednesday, January 27, 2010 Thursday, January 28, 2010 Friday, January 29, 2010 12 to 5 p.m. 12 to 7 p.m. 9 to 10:30 a.m.
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Collection of Melvin B. Nessel, Boston, Massachusetts Lots: 76, 81, 168, 256, 265, 572, 574, 595, 603, 609, 612, 614-616, 618-620, 624, 626-631, 633, 636, 638, 645, 669, 673 Melvin B. Nessel was a longtime Boston resident and founder of the Fenton Shoe Corporation of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nessel traveled to Europe extensively in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly Italy, to develop the companys import trade. It was during this decade that he acquired many works by notable Italian modernists such as Arnaldo Pomodoro and Ettore Colla, frequenting galleries in Rome and Florence. In his lifetime, Nessel was a major supporter of several Boston institutions such as Brandeis University, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Nessel also made a substantial gift of eighty-one works from his American modern and contemporary collection, including a Protractor series work by Frank Stella, to the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Florida.
Estate of Eleanor Kanegis Levin, East Gloucester, Massachusetts Lots: 1-3, 46, 123-126, 130, 165, 177-180, 203, 248, 249 Eleanor Kanegis Levin was the co-owner of the Kanegis Gallery in Boston with her first husband Sidney Kanegis from 1955 to the mid-1970s, which was influential in representing Boston modernists.1 She also managed Retina Gallery in Cambridge from 1968 to 1971, which specialized in optical and kinetic works by such artists as Anni and Josef Albers and Victor Vasarely.2 A practicing modernist artist herself, she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and in her later years, maintained a studio and art gallery in East Gloucester called The Guild/Sacred Cod.1. Lafo, Rachel Rosenfield, Painting in Boston, 1950-2000, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002, p. 204. 2. Lawrence, J.M., Eleanor K. Levin, 82, artist, gallery owner [obituary], Boston Globe, June 10, 2008.
Estate of Anna Eleanor Braman Grasso, Essex, Connecticut Lots: 210, 269, 569, 571, 605, 611 Anna Eleanor Braman was raised on Long Island and Old Chatham in the Hudson River Valley, attended Vassar College in the late 1940s, and in 1951, married Dr. Thomas Arthur McGraw, a graduate of Yale and Cornell Universities. The newlyweds spent their first married year in North Carolina, but subsequently lived in New York City for over a decade, until Dr. McGraws passing in 1966. During this time, the McGraws were ardent gallery-goers, and Ms. Braman was active in the art scene as a reviewer for a Manhattan publication called Park East. Ms. Braman continued to collect with her second husband Mr. Graham H.R. Jenkins of Connecticut, and her last husband of eighteen years, Dr. Thomas A. Grasso of Connecticut, the widower of Connecticuts first woman governor Ella Tambussi Grasso. In her middle to late age, she promoted the artistic and literary life of her community in Essex, Connecticut as the owner of the Clipper Ship Bookshop and member of the Connecticut River Museum.
Estate of N. David Scotti, Providence, Rhode Island Lots: 101-112, 320, 337, 338, 339, 341, 358, 374, 387, 391, 392, 394, 395, 397, 445, 492, 514, 526, 534-536, 550, 558, 562, 566, 581 N. David (Nino) Scotti was a lifelong antiques collector and enthusiast, as well as a Southern New England history aficionado. Scotti, born and raised in Providence, first began attending auctions with his mother in his teens. In his twenties, he co-founded a company in downtown Providence that became Associated Appraisers Inc., an estate auctioneer.1 In the companys last thirty years, Scotti was the primary owner and manager as well as principal auctioneer. He was active in Providences cultural scene, and was an avid supporter of societies such as the Hope Club, the Turks Head Club, the Providence Art Club, and the Providence Athenaeum.1. Providence Journal, N. David Scotti [obituary], August 26, 2008.
Prints & PhotographyLots 1-296 to be sold Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 12 noon
SKINNER presents a
Fine Art Gallery WalkPresented by Robin Starr, Director of Skinners Paintings Department
Thursday, January 28, 20105:30 p.m. Reception/6:00 p.m. Gallery Walk 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA R.S.V.P. 617.350.5400 Reservations are LimitedGallery Walk held in conjunction with a preview of Skinners January 29th auction of American & European Paintings & Prints
1. Anni Albers (German, 1899-1994) Lot of Five Images: A, 1968, edition of 50; B, 1968, edition of 50; two impressions of Camino Real, 1967-69, edition of 90; and F, 1969, edition of 60. Each signed and dated Anni Albers... in pencil l.r. and titled and numbered in pencil l.l. Color screenprints on paper, image sizes to 22 x 18 3/4 in. (55.8 x 47.5 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Margins over 3 inches. $1,000-1,500
2. Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian, b. 1927) Figure, 1953, edition of 15. Numbered, signed, dated, and dedicated 11/15 Alechinsky/53 a Madame Franck... in pencil beneath the image, identified on a label from the Nielsen Gallery, Boston, on the reverse. Aquatint and etching on paper, plate size 5 x 7 in. (12.5 x 17.5 cm), framed. Condition: Toning, not examined out of frame. $200-300
3. Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian, b. 1927) Facteur Rhsus, 1967, edition of 75 (Rivire 342). Numbered and signed 43/75 Alechinsky in pencil l.c. (within the image), annotated on the mat. Aquatint in red, green, and black on paper, plate size 20 3/4 x 27 1/8 in. (52.5 x 68.8 cm), matted, unframed. Condition: Narrow margins, minute nicks, creases and tears to corner l.r. (just affecting the plate mark). $700-900
4. American School, 20th Century The White Slave, 1911. Identified within the matrix. Color lithographic poster on paper, sheet size 27 x 36 3/4 in. (68.5 x 93.3 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Mounted on paper backed with linen (to stabilize/repair tears, losses, and/or creases), minor handling creases. $300-500
5. Niels Yde Andersen (Danish/American, 1888-1952) Lot of Four Harbor Scenes: Sailing with the Setting Sun, 1935, edition of 4; Ship at the Pier; Dock View with Tugs; and Near the Hold. The first signed and dated NYAndersen 35 in pencil l.r. and numbered 2/4 in pencil l.l., the other three unsigned. Etchings on paper, plate sizes to 12 x 9 7/8 in. (30.4 x 25.0 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Most edges deckled, unobtrusive soiling, nicks, tears and creases to some edges, additional handling marks and/or creases. $250-350
6. Niels Yde Andersen (Danish/American, 1888-1952) Lot of Four Images of Factory Workers: Smelting; Unloading the Cars; Masonry; and Working the Pulleys. All unsigned. Etchings on paper, plate sizes to 8 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. (21.2 x 19.3 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Most edges deckled, unobtrusive soiling, unobtrusive handling marks and/or creases, losses to margins on Unloading. $300-500
7. Niels Yde Andersen (Danish/American, 1888-1952) Lot of Four Genre Scenes: Horse Power and Industry; Sleigh Ride; Out of the Barn; and The Stone Breaker. All unsigned. Etchings on paper, plate sizes to 9 7/8 x 7 in. (25.0 x 17.5 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Most edges deckled, unobtrusive soiling, minor handling marks and/or creases. $200-300
8. Niels Yde Andersen (Danish/American, 1888-1952) Lot of Three Images of Factory Workers: Charcoal Man, 1936, edition of 12; Valve Repair; and Construction According to Plan. The first signed and dated NYAndersen - 36 in pencil l.r. and titled and inscribed in pencil l.l., the other two unsigned. Etchings on paper, plate sizes approximately 10 x 12 in. (25.5 x 30.5 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Most edges deckled, unobtrusive soiling, nicks, tears and creases to some edges, additional handling marks and/or creases. $250-350
9. Niels Yde Andersen (Danish/American, 1888-1952) Lot of Three Images of Factory Workers: All Together Now; Shift Workers; and At the Pits, 1935, edition of 12. The last signed and dated NYAndersen, 35 in pencil l.r. and numbered 2/12 in pencil l.l., the other two unsigned. Etchings on paper, plate sizes to 14 x 9 3/4 in. (35.5 x 24.7 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Most edges deckled, unobtrusive soiling, nicks, tears and creases to some edges, additional handling marks and/or creases. $250-350
10. Stanley Anderson (British, 1884-1966) The National Gallery, edition of 109. Signed Stanley Anderson in ink l.c., signed in the plate, titled in ink l.l., inscribed Edition 109 proofs. in ink l.r., identified on a label affixed inside the mat. Etching on paper, plate size 8 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (22.4 x 28.7 cm), matted, unframed. Condition: Margins over 2 inches, subtle staining to upper corners. $300-500
11. Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, b. 1930) Triangulated Orange, 1977-78, edition of 50, printed by Editions Lassiter-Meisel, New York. Signed, numbered, and dated ANUSZKIEWICZ 32/50 1977 in pencil (within the image) l.r., stamped RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ and ELM (the printers monogram) on the reverse, inscribed 23 on the reverse. Color screenprint on paper mounted onto board, image/support size 84 x 48 in. (213.4 x 121.3 cm), unframed. Condition: Surface grime, rubs, and losses. $500-700
12. John Taylor Arms (American, 1887-1953) Saint Paul Alpes Maritimes, 1927, final state of two, edition of 259 (Fletcher, 201). Signed and dated John Taylor Arms - 1927 in pencil l.r., titled, signed, and dated in the plate. Etching on paper, plate size 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (18.9 x 29.2 cm), framed. Condition: Mat burn, unobtrusive toning, not examined out of frame. $300-500
13. Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) Hen, 1954, edition of 25 (Lunn, 57). Signed and dated Milton Avery 1954 in pencil l.r., numbered 18/25 in pencil l.l. Identified on labels from The Alpha Gallery, Boston, and the David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, on the reverse. Woodcut on paper, image size 12 x 9 5/8 in. (30.2 x 24.3 cm), framed. Condition: Rippling, not examined out of frame. $1,500-2,000
14. Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) View of Worcester, 1953, edition of 20 (Fern & OSullivan, 240). Signed Baskin in pencil l.r., inscribed artists proof in pencil l.l. Woodcut on paper, image size 9 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. (25.0 x 21.8 cm), framed. Condition: Toning, mat burn, not examined out of frame. $300-500
15. Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) The Cry, 1960, edition of 300 issued by the New York Graphics Society. Signed Leonard Baskin in pencil l.r., titled and numbered ...131/300 in pencil l.l. Woodcut on paper, image size 14 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (37.3 x 31.0 cm), framed. Condition: Not examined out of frame. $300-500
16. Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) Lot of Three Portraits: William Morris, Camille Corot, and Jacques Gamelin, from LAUS PICTORUM, 1969, total edition of 525 (Fern & OSullivan; 416, 538 & 541). Each signed Baskin in pencil l.r. and numbered 123/175 in pencil l.l. Woodcuts on paper, image sizes to 7 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (18.3 x 11.7 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Minor soiling, minor folds to several margins at corners. $200-250
17. Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) The Moby Dick Suite, 1970, edition of 200 (Fern & OSullivan, 569577). Each signed Baskin in pencil l.r. and numbered 49/200 in pencil l.l. Lithographs (some in color) on paper, sheet sizes to 23 x 17 in. (58.2 x 43.0 cm), presented in the original portfolio, unmatted, unframed. Condition: Good. $500-700
18. Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) Hidatsa Medicine Man, 1972, edition of 160 (Fern & OSullivan, 610). Signed Baskin in pencil l.r., numbered 124/160 in pencil l.l., titled and dated in the matrix, dry stamp l.l. Lithograph on paper, image size 32 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. (81.8 x 57.0 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Very minor handling creases. $500-700
19. Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) Pedro Cajete, 1972, edition of 160 (Fern & OSullivan, 611). Signed Baskin in pencil l.r., numbered 146/160 in pencil l.l., titled and dated in the matrix, dry stamp l.l. Lithograph on paper, image size 30 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (77.3 x 57.0 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Very minor handling creases. $500-700
20. Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) Sha...