Auction Block, Sept. 2023 

September’s auction block sees the wrapping-up of summer auctions. A rare book from Doyle, paintings out of Bonhams and Potomac and a Jean-Michel Basquiat from Christies are highlighted.   


Trouting Along a Tributary of the Lehigh, by Benjamin Marriott 

Estimate: $1,500-$2,500  

Sold for: $7,560  

This illustrated manuscript in brown and purple inks and housed in a green morocco slipcase and chemise sold for just over three times asking price. Its creator, Benjamin Marriott, was a chronicler of Pennsylvania sporting life and pays homage to trout fishing on the Lehigh River. In addition to the manuscript, hidden gems like a note presenting the manuscript to William Brown, uncle of Frank Marriott, are to be found.  
















“A Refreshing Drink” by Ernest Lawson (1873-1939) 

Sold for: $16,640  

An impressionist oil on canvas by Canadian-American painter Ernest Lawson sold for nearly $17,000. The painting (c. 1915), signed “E. LAWSON” in the lower left corner is named “A Refreshing Drink,” and features a horse with a boy sitting atop the animal.  




After Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) 

Estimate : $70,000-$100,000 

Sold for : $126,000 

The screenprint in colors and on museum board from 2016 is signed and dated 5/13/16 by the Basquiat Foundation administrators in pencil. The artist’s estate stamps are on a label on the reverse. The art is framed and in generally very good condition.  


The Potomack Company  


Charles Francois Felu “After Rembrandt” 

Estimate: $400-$600  

Sold for: $1,400  

The oil on canvas by Belgian painter Charles Francois Felu (1830-1900) is titled “After Rembrandt” and inscribed, dated and signed. On the original canvas, the work has one patch on the verso. Some inpaint is found, particularly around the head of the Virgin Mary.  







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