The Auction Block November 5, 2015


“Huntsmen and Hounds, North Cornish Hunt,” 1954

Sir Alfred Munnings (1878–1959)?

Estimate: $250,000 – $400,000

Auction Date: November 19

Sir Alfred Munnings is widely considered to have been the greatest equestrian artist of the 20th century. His work continues to have a devoted following. Munnings’s love of the Cornish landscape stemmed from visits he had made between 1910 and 1914 to Newlyn, an area that at that time was home to a renowned artists colony. This painting is part of Freeman’s Sporting Sale.


“Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor,” 1946

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)

Estimate: $10 million – $15 million

Auction Date: November 19

The top lot of Christie’s American Art auction, this major, large-scale work belongs to an important series of works Norman Rockwell completed for the Saturday Evening Post at the height of his career. The painting is being sold by the National Press Club Journalism Institute with the approval of the National Press Club. The proceeds from the sale will benefit both nonprofit organizations.


“The Cove, Isles of Shoals,” 1901

Childe Hassam (1859–1935)? ???

Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000

Auction Date: November 18

This painting, offered as part of Bonhams’ American art sale, comes from a prime period of Hassam’s work, when he painted on the Island of Appledore, the largest of the Isles of Shoals. It manifests, with direct fluent brushwork, the brilliant midday light, clear sky, calm water and scintillating array of blues, reds, yellows and greens that he encountered. About nine miles off the New Hampshire coast, the Isles of Shoals were a source of inspiration and refuge for Hassam between about 1880 and 1916.

Doyle New York

“I Been Rebuked and I Been Scorned,” 1954

Charles White (1918–1979)

Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000

Auction Date: November 10

Named for a Negro spiritual, this charcoal and wash drawing was created nine years before the historic March on Washington in August of 1963, at which an estimated 250,000 people witnessed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. At this same gathering, Mahalia Jackson sang “I’ve Been ’Buked and I’ve Been Scorned.” The work is part of Doyle New York’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sale.


Pale Blue Faience Ushabti of Neferibresaneith,?570–526 B.C.??

Estimate: $60,000 – $90,000

Auction Date: December 8

Sotheby’s will present an inaugural sale dedicated exclusively to Ancient Egyptian Sculpture and Works of Art. Highlights include a red granite portrait head of King Amenhotep III from the last ten years of his reign, two exceptional stone ushabtis and the piece featured here, 7.25 inches high, one of the best preserved faience ushabtis of Neferibresaneith.

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