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Jackson’s Indiana Art Auction Results & Prices January 17th, 2016

Jackson kicked off 2016 art auction in Indianapolis with a variety of artwork suited for any level of buyer. A very well executed 27 x 24 oil painting by Arnold Turtle with an auction estimate of $6,000 to $12,000 was offered to buyers.  Arnold Turtle (1892-1954) emigrated to the United States from Birmingham England and attended the Art Institute of Chicago at night. He became a member of the Chicago Palette and Chisel club in 1926 and took frequent visits to Brown County Indiana to paint the landscape. The painting was signed lower right and sold to the winning bidder for $8,000.

A 14 x 18 oil on canvas painting by Lafayette, Indiana artist Eleanor Brockenbrough (1880 to 1935) received a lot of interest from bidders. Eleanor was born in Lafayette and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. After returning to Lafayette from her studies in Chicago, she became an accomplished painter, winning second prize at the Annual Exhibition of Work of Indiana Artists in 1925. She was also the first woman president of the Lafayette Art association. The painting signed lower right and dated 1918 reached a high bid of $3,500.

Robert Grafton (1876 - 1936) was a well known portrait artist and figure painter that received his education at the Art Institute of Chicago and traveled and painted throughout England, France and Holland honing his skills. The painting offered for sale was a well executed figure in a cabin reminding you why he was selected to paint three Indiana Governors. Warren Terry McCray painted in 1927, Edward L Jackson painted 1927 and Harry Guyer Leslie painted in 1929. Robert made his home in Michigan City, Indiana, traveled extensively and visited New Orleans during the winter between 1914 and 1918. The painting measured 30 x 36 and sold for $3,500.

Offered for sale was a painting by Gordon Benjamin Mess brother of George Joe Mess. The oil on canvas painting depicting a harbor scene measured 20" x 17" was signed lower left and had an auction estimate of $500 - $1000. Gordon was from Indianapolis and studied art at the Herron Art Institute and the Fountainebleau School of Fine Art in France.  He exhibited in France, Philadelphia and throughout Indiana. He was a member and past president of the Indiana Artists club. The painting was unable to find a buyer and did not sell.

January 17th, 2016 auction prices provided by Indiana Art Online

Harold Hancock, 19x24, WC, SLR, Winter Landscape sold for $225
George Herbert Baker, 17x23, Mixed Media, SLR, Landscape sold for $174
Edward K. Williams, 30x36, O/C, SLL, Landscape sold for $9,000
Frank V. Dudley, 20x22, O/C, SLL, Dune Landscape, sold for $6000
Leota W. Loop, 9x8, O/C, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $225
L. O. Griffith, 12x10, Colored Etching, SLR 84/100 landscape sold for $150

Jackson’s Indiana Art Auction Results & Prices September 6th, 2015

The September 6th 2015 Indiana art auction started off with a nice 25" x 38" Theodore Clement (1847 to 1926) oil on canvas depicting a woodland pathway.  The painting was signed lower right and reached a high bid of $65,000.  Another Steele oil painting measuring 22" x 32" was not signed but had an estate stamp on the back of the painting. Due the the lack of a signature the painting only reached a final sell price of $5,000.  

Offered to collectors, of well known printmaker Gustave Baumann (June 27, 1881 to October 1971), was a nice 10" x 12" colored woodblock print signed lower right, and 52 out of 125. Born in Magdeburg Germany, Gustave's parents moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. At the age of 23 in 1904, Gustave returned to Germany to attend the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich where he studied wood carving and learned woodblock printing methods.

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Jackson’s Indiana Art Auction Results & Prices June 4th, 2015

T. C. Steele 6_4_2015The June 4th 2015 art auction hosted by Jackson Auction and Real Estate Company in Indianapolis included a very nice selection of Hoosier Group artwork and other well known Indiana artists totaling 154 pieces of art being offered for sale. The first painting of the day was by Theodore Clement Steele (1847 to 1926) with the estate stamp verso. Although not titled by the artist anyone who has visited the T.C. Steele State Historic Site and toured the home would recognize the fireplace and books in the living room. If you are interested in Indiana art and Steele who was one of the most well known Indiana artist of the time the historic site is well worth the visit. The tour of the studio and house provide the opportunity to view many paintings from his time in Munich to the more impressionistic works that he loved to paint around his home in Brown County. The oil painting that sold, measured 18x22 and sold for $22,500.  

Ruth Anderson

Born July 7, 1914 Ruth Bernice Anderson attended the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis studying under Clifton Wheeler. She was a self-employed artist and taught at Short Ridge High School and the Indianapolis Arts League. Offered for sale was her 1973 Hoosier Salon entry titled "Sanctuary" which won an award.  The 20x16 oil painting was signed lower right and obtained a final bid of $10,000 reaching the top end of the $5,000 to $10,00 auction estimate.

Ada Shulz (1870 to 1928) was well known for her paintings of children in and around Nashville, Indiana and sell very well due to being a favorite of collectors. Jackson had two of her paintings of children for sale. Reaching a high bid of $12,000, the small 14x11, oil on board, and signed lower left reached the midpoint of the $10,000 to $15,000 auction estimate.  

Born in Richmond Indiana Edgar Forkner (1867 to 1945) received his training at the Art Student League in New York City. A member of the well know Richmond group of artists, Edgar worked with John Elwood Bundy (1853 to 1933) and other artists to establish the association.  Although he eventually left Richmond Indiana he kept ties to Indiana by exhibiting for more than twenty years at the Hoosier Salon winning many awards.  Two watercolors went to the high bidder for $250 each. The first painting measured 21x17.5 and was still life of Zinnias in a vase, it was signed lower right.  The other was an Harbor scene, likely Seattle since Edger eventually moved there and became a member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest painters. The painting measured 14x18 and was signed in the lower left.

Margaret Rudisill (1857-1933) was born in Montgomery County Indiana and showed interest in art at the age of five. Educated at the Academy of Ladoga and at the Glendale Seminary in Ohio. She studied art first with the early Indiana artist Jacob Cox and later at the Julien Academy in Paris. The first recognition of her work was by Carl H. Lieber when she exhibited her work at the Propylaeum in Indianapolis. She won a silver medal at the Indiana state fair and also won high recognition for her work at the Paris Salon in Chicago and at the St Louis exposition.  The three paintings offered for sale were representative of the subject matter she was known for, landscapes and figure painting. An 11x14 oil on board village scene with barn and figure was signed lower right and reached a final bid of $500. A painting depicting a woman feeding chickens was not signed but had authentication verso and brought $200, it measured 16x20 and was an oil on board. The last painting was also authenticated verso but was larger at 26x22, oil on board, with a scene of a women gathering wood. It sold for $300.

Additional Sales of the Day

Fredrick W. Rigley, 11x14, O/C, SLL, "Quiet Street" sold for $5,500
Otto Stark, 12x19.5, WC, SLR, Sunset Landscape, sold for $650
Randolph Coats, 25x30, O/C, SLR "Retired Rum Runner (1920)" sold for $2,000
Helen Goodwin, 18x22, O/C, SLR, "The Artist Garden" sold for $900
Ida Gordon, 20x24, O/C, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $600

June 4th, 2015 auction prices provided by Indiana Art Online

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