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The month of May brings a trio of sales to Heritage Auctions, all of which are sure to excite collectors of western art. Art enthusiasts can attend the auctions in person or bid on items online from the comfort of their homes. As usual, there is a wide range of artworks and prices on the block.
On Friday, May 10, the bidding gets started with the American Indian & Pre-Columbian Art Signature Auction. This sale features items made by members of Native American tribes from both the Plains and the Southwest, as well as African and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. According to Delia Sullivan, senior specialist and consignment director for American Indian art, there are a number of highlights in the auction, including an Apache storage jar that is estimated to sell for $15,000 to $25,000, and a Sioux pictorial buffalo-hide baby carrier estimated sell for $12,000 to $18,000. “This is definitely an auction for collectors of every stripe,” Sullivan says.
The painting COREOPSIS, NEAR SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS by prominent artist Julian Onderdonk is considered one of the highlights of the Texas Art Signature Auction, which takes place on Saturday, May 11. Onderdonk, who studied with William Merritt Chase, not only was a well-known impressionist painter in Texas but also built a national reputation during his career in the early 20th century. Onderdonk’s landscape depicting the Lone Star terrain is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. Other highlights in the Texas art auction are paintings by Bror Alexander Utter, Olin Travis, and José Arpa.
The Western & California Signature Auction also takes place on May 11. The highly anticipated appearance of Eanger Irving Couse’s painting THE RIVER BANK, which is estimated at $100,000 to $150,000, is expected to draw strong interest from bidders. “It’s one of the most iconic images by this artist—a quintessential painting that collectors look for when they look for Couse’s work,” says Kirsty Harper Buchanan, associate director of western art. “It captures two of his most beloved Pueblo Indian models engaged in a traditional pastime—a father teaching his son to hunt.”
Heritage Auctions has embarked on a campaign to celebrate the breadth of California art, and this effort is showcased in the Western & California Signature Auction. Three works in particular are stellar examples of the Golden State’s artistic talent as it has evolved through the decades—TROUT FISHING by Thomas Hill, SUNSET ON THE FOOTHILLS by Edgar Payne, and GIRL WITH CALABASH by Millard Sheets. “Thomas Hill represents the 19th century, Edgar Payne’s work is a beautiful representation of California Impressionism, and Millard Sheets’ painting is a lovely example of the movement to modernism in California,” says Alissa Ford, director of California art.
Heritage Auctions, founded in 1976, is the world’s third-largest auction house with annual sales of more than $860 million and offices in Dallas, New York, and Beverly Hills. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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