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January 27th 2013 - The Jackson auction in Indianapolis In. opened with two Hoosier Group artists who studied together in the early 1800’s at the Royal Academy in Munich Germany. John Ottis Adams (1851 to 1927) and fellow artist Theodore C. Steele (1847 – 1926) were part of a group of well known Indiana Impressionist painters that worked in the late and early 19th century. The Hoosier Group consisted of five artists; the remaining three were Richard Gruelle, William Forsyth and Otto Stark. The group first received their name in 1894 by Chicago art critic Hamlin Garland during an exhibition at the Denison Hotel in Indianapolis Indiana. Garland named them the Hoosier Group and sponsored the same show in Chicago. In addition to being members of the Hoosier Group John Adams, William Forsyth and Steele joined with other regional artists to form the Society of Western Artists.
The Adams painting up for auction appeared to be painted around the Brookville Indiana area where Adams and T.C. Steele purchased a house in 1898, later known as the Hermitage. The painting measured 26 x 32 was an O/C and Signed Lower Right. With an auction estimate of $30,000 to $50,000 and a lot of interest among buyers the final price reached the low end of $30,000. Perhaps because the painting had been repaired due to what appeared to be a small puncture in the sky. The T. C. Steele landscape painting of Cattle grazing in a valley reached the high end of its $25,000 to $35,000 estimate; selling at $35,000. Measuring 30 x 45 and signed lower right 1914 the painting was another nice Steele that has come up for auction in the last year.
Six paintings from the husband and wife artist Neil (1921 to 1997) and Lillian (1921 to 2010) Dunnigan were offered for sale. Neil was a resident of Brown County Indiana from 1962 until his death. He married Lillian Raney who also became an artist both had a studio in the Village green at Town Hill Rd in Nashville In. Paintings by Lillian included “Owens Farmstead” 18x24 O/C SLR $100 estimated at $200 to $400, “Paoli” 12x16 WC SLR that was a no sale estimated at $200 to $400. Paintings by Neil “Red Umbrella 19x22 WC SLL $150 with a pre-auction estimate of $200 – 400 and “The Farm in Winter” 11x15 WC SLR $175 estimated at $150 to $300.
Jackson has also been representing living artists in their auctions with two nice paintings from Painting Indiana II “The Changing Face of Agriculture”. Scott Sullivan painting titled “Inquistive” 30 x 36 O/C SLR with an estimated price of $3,000 to $6,000 brought a final bid price of $2,250. Another painting from the same book was by artist Robert Farlow www.robertfarlow.com. It was a very nice painting of horses titled “Discing Amish Style” SLR and 24 x 30 o/c reached $4,000 about the midpoint of its $3,000 to $6,000 estimate.. Wayne Manns www.waynemanns.com the Bloomington Indiana artist had several music themed painting for sale. A 40 x 33 musical collage O/S SLR ‘00 reached $525 of its $500 to $1,000 estimate. There were also several other nice paintings by Mann that were sold to collectors of his works.
Other Indiana Art Auction Prices of the day included:
Ida Gordan, 8x10, O/C, SLR, Winter Landscape sold for $1200
Ida Gordan, 24x20, O/C , SLL, Daisies $800
Robert Selby, 24x36, O/B, SLR 86 “Hill Country Ranch” $550
Frank Vietor, 11x14, Acrylic, SLR, Locomotive, $350
George Herbert Baker, 18x24. SLR, “Autumn at its Best” $500
Harry Davis, 29x21, Mixed Media, SLR, “The Opening” Murphy’s 10 cent store, $2,250
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September 9th 2012 – Bidding was brisk for the Theodore Clement Steele (1847 – 1926) painting that opened the Jackson auction in Indianapolis In. T. C. Steele and his wife Selma Neubacher Steele purchased 211 acres in Brown County Indiana in 1907, constructing a house they subsequently named “The House of the Singing Winds” The 20x24 oil on canvas, SLR depicted Steele’s House reached and final bid of $50,000.
Rarely up for auction were two very nice Genevieve Goth Graf (1890 – 1961) floral still life’s. Genevieve, the sister of Marie Goth and wife of Carl Graf studied at the John Heron Institute in Indianapolis, In. and was a member of the Brown County Art Gallery from 1935 to 1954. Both paintings were oil on board, signed lower right and measured 20x24, receiving a final bid of $2,500 and $1250.
There were six small paintings by Mary Frances Overbeck (1876 – 1975) who was one of the four Overbeck sisters that founded the Overbeck pottery and studio in Cambridge Indiana. All of the oil on board paintings depicted various types of birds with the exception of one which was titled “The Busy Body Squirrel”. Paintings ranged in size from 5x7 to 8x10 with the highest price being paid by bidders was $525 to low of $250. The sisters were part of the Arts and Crafts movement which was reflected in the style of pottery they produced with a distinctive matte finish. In later years they transitioned to a more modern style with shiny glazes and small figural pieces of people and animals. Of which fourteen of these figurines were up for sale. Ranging in size from 4.5 inches to 1.5 inches the small figure were mostly of animals with prices ranging from $300 for a dog and $100 for a small rabbit.
The Overbeck sisters were not the only potters represented at the auction. Two works by the Brown County potter Carl Martz (1912 – 1997) and two by his wife Becky were available for auction. The couple produced pottery in their Nashville Indiana studio from 1936 to the early 1990’s. Karl founded the Ceramics Arts program at Indiana University in 1945 and taught studio ceramics until he retired in 1977. The following were auctioned to the highest bidder.
Red 5” vase by Karl, singed on the bottom and dated 1938 sold for $225.
Yellow 7” vase by Karl, signed on the bottom and dated 1938 sold for $225.
Blue 3” vase by Becky, signed on the bottom sold for $125
Multi Color vase with slight chip by Becky, signed on bottom sold for $55
In all there were 134 works of art available to collectors with a broad range of styles, media and subject matter, making it a good day to buy or just watch the variety of art cross the auction block.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 07:09
March 25th 2012 – The March Art auction was held at Jackson’s new location at Arch at Chatham in downtown at Indianapolis, In. and just one block south of Massachusetts Ave. There was an exceptional painting by Ada W. Shulz (1874 to 1954) that was the highlight of the afternoon. The painting was a 14x16 oil on canvas titled “My Garden”, signed lower left and sold at the mid-point pre-auction estimate for $75,000. A second Ada Shulz oil painting was very nice as well, measuring 20x24 and signed lower right received a final bid of $12,500.
Four of the five Hoosier Group artists were represented at the auction with six William Forsyth (1854–1935) paintings available to collectors. William was a student at the Indiana School of Art in Indianapolis In. and went to the Munich Academy in 1882 with T. C Steel and John Ottis Adams. He also contributed to the founding of the Herron School of art. The first Forsyth oil painting measured 24x32 SLR 09 and sold at the low end of the pre-sale estimate of $20,000 - $40,000 at $23,000. A self portrait SLR measuring 24x18 SLR went to a bidder for $7,000, and a Forsyth water color measuring 10x14 SLR 1929 brought a final bid of $700. An Indiana art auction is not an auction unless there is a Theodore Clement Steele (1847 to 1926) painting for sale. Purchased by the highest bidder for $17,500, the Steele oil painting measured 22x32 and was signed lower right ’09. The third member of the Hoosier Group was the self taught artist Richard Buckner Gruelle (1851 to 1914), with a very nice watercolor SLL 95 and measuring 14x20, sold to a collector for $2,500. Rounding out the final four artists was a 10x5 watercolor SLL 81 by Otto Stark selling for $1,400.
A rare Adam Emory Albright (1854–1935) oil painting titled “Wall Flowers” signed lower right and received heavy bidding with the final bid at $15,000. The painting measured 26x36 and included a book written by Adam.
Randolph LaSalle Coats (1891-1957) was born in Richmond Indiana and studied at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis under William Forsyth. He was a well known portrait and figure painter as evidenced by the two figure paintings offered for sale. A 14x12, O/B Semi Nude, SLR sold for $1,500. The second painting titled “Freda” measured 14x14 and signed lower right brought a final price of $2,000.
Dale Bessire lived in Nashville, In. on a 30 acre orchard splitting his time between painting and growing apples. He must have found a lot of inspiration in the hills of Brown County as reflected in the 24x30 Oil on canvas signed lower left and titled “Impending Showers”, the painting reached $3,000 as a final bid. Titled “Sumac Time”, the 20x24 oil signed lower left was a well done painting and sold for $2,250.
Other Indiana Art Auction Prices of the day included:
Gustave Baumann, 8x7, Colored Woodblock, SLR ’09, “The Builders” sold for $5,500
Robert Selby, 36x24, O/B. SLR, “Forsyths Porch”, sold for $2,000
Claude Curry Baum, 8x16, O/B, SLR, “November Morning”, sold for $900
John Elwood Bundy, 16x20, O/C, SLL Richmond Woods with stream, sold for 3,500
Paul A. Randall, 16x20, O/B, SLR, “The Hilltop Cabin”, sold for $2,250
Leota Loop, 20x26, O/C, SLL, Late Autumn in Brown County, sold for $900
Ruth Anderson, 12x16, O/C, SLR, Looking at Nashville Winter, sold for $1,300
Clayson Baker, 12x16, O/B, SLR, Early Autumn Landscape, $225
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 07:06
September 11th 2011 – One hundred and twenty paintings were available to the highest bidder at the Jackson’s art auction held in Indianapolis. The 10th anniversary of 9/11could have contributed to the much lower than normal attendance at the auction and what appeared to be slightly lower prices.
The first painting of the auction was an unsigned Theodore Clement Steele (1847 to 1926), 28x36 o/c, of Shirley Steele at Fletcher mansion which resulted in a no sale. There was not enough interest to reach the auction estimate of $20,000 to $40,000.
Two nice Georges (Jack) La Chance (1888 to 1964) paintings were offered to collectors interested in Brown County Artists. Georges visited Brown County regularly in the 1920’s, moving there permanently around 1931 and lived there for 30 years until his death in 1964. The first painting offered up for auction was a very nice, 30x36 o/c SLL, and titled “Dip into Springtime” which brought a final price of $11,500, the low end of its estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. No matter the artist, harbor and ocean scenes do not seem to appeal to collectors of Indiana art. The 30x30 O/C SLL painting of Gloucester Harbor by LaChance brought $1750, well below the estimate.
A 36x40 O/C SLL painting by Richmond Group artist John Elwood Bundy (1853 – 1933) depicting a wooded hillside took a final bid of $7,000. Auction house estimate was at $7,500 to $15,000. An exceptional 16x20 o/b SLL painting by Bloomington Indiana artist Hallie P. Prow (1868 – 1945) was offered for sale. Hallie lived in Bloomington, In with her husband Dr. Prow and her children and did not start painting professionally until she was in her mid fifties. Her paintings do not come up for auction as often as other artists, which sparked a lot of interest by bidders. The lucky bidder took home the painting for $5,500 the mid-point for its $3,500 to $7,000 auction estimate.
Anthony Buchta (1886 to 1967) moved Nashville, IN in 1936 and he was a member of the Chicago Galleries Association, Painters and Sculptors of Chicago, Joliet Art League, Palette and Chisel Club of Chicago, Scarab League of Detroit, Hoosier Salon, Brown County Art Gallery Association, Charter Member of Brown County Art Guild. Three paintings by the artist were offered to collectors of his work. A 20x22 O/B SLR, depicting a Brown County landscape brought $1,000. Also available were two 8/10 oil on boards, SLR, the first of a winter scene reached $350.
Other Indiana Art Auction Prices of the day included:
Edward K. Williams, 17x22, W/C. SLL, “The Village” sold for $650
John Zwara, 22x30, O/B, SLR 1948, Brown County Landscape sold for $800
Harriet Jefferies, 16x20, O/C, Initialed LL “6 faces north” sold for $2000
George Mock, 16x20, O/B, SLL, Brown County Landscape sold for $650
Randolph Coats, 16x20, O/B, SLR, Summer in Brown County sold for $800
Harry Davis, 30x40, O/C, SLR 68, Methodist Church at 56th and Meridian sold for $16,000