|Lot 91, The Silver Vase, 1905 by Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933)|
Usually, when there is an auction of American Art at a major dealer, I am disappointed by the selection of artworks featured in the sale. Too often, too many of the lots are pieces done after World War II, and rarely are those works representational. I typically don't bother examining the catalog of these particular auctions, but I had heard that the upcoming sale of Fine American Paintings, Drawing and Sculpture at Christie's contained a few paintings by George Inness and a couple of landscapes by contemporary realist Marc Dalessio, so I decided to take a look. What I found was a sale containing mainly representational works, including illustrations, Western art, and several pieces by living realist artists. Perhaps it is a sign that the current interest in representational art is now influencing the auction houses: either sellers are seeing the trend, and are hoping to cash in on the renewed popularity of the works, or the auction houses are seeing the popularity and are more actively seeking these types of works to sell. Either way, I am happy to see these beautiful pieces coming to light.
Previews for the sale of Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture at Christie's will begin later this month at the auction house's Rockefeller Center location. The lots are available for viewing from 10 AM - 5 PM February 26th and 28th, and also on March 1st; from 1 PM until 5 PM on February 27th; and from 10 AM until 2 PM March 2nd. On March 3rd at 10 AM the sale of the nearly 200 works of art will go on sale.