Oil painting on canvas by Australian-American artist Richard Hayley Lever (1876-1957), titled The Old Lighthouse and Fleets of St. Ives ($ 162,500, a new world auction record).
Shannon’s Art Auctioneers

MILFORD, CT – High prices were reported at Shannon’s 20th Anniversary Fall Art Auction, held on October 26. Almost 300 lots went under the hammer, totaling over $ 2.3 million, with 72% of lots sold. Shannon’s set a world record price for at least three artists in the auction, reaching an impressive $ 162,500 for Richard Hayley Lever’s The old lighthouse and the fleets of St. Ives.

Six works by American realist Henry Martin Gasser were nominated, all obtaining notable prizes. Winter corner, a city scene by Gasser, sold for $ 32,500, setting a world record price for a work on paper by the artist. A large oil painting, titled Industrial scene, sold for $ 22,500, while Winter port scene, a watercolor on paper, broke the high estimate to sell for $ 13,750.

Shannon’s continued its trend of getting high prices for Dale Nichols, after its record price of $ 120,000 in May 2017. Both lots in the October auction exceeded their low estimates: Through the Clouds went for $ 100,000 and Silent morning brought in $ 35,000.

In American genre painting, a new world record was set for William Tolman Carlton, whose The Yankee peddler more than doubled its high estimate to end up at $ 75,000. The painting was documented in two exhibitions at the New England Art Union in Boston in 1851. This rediscovered masterpiece sheds new light on Carlton’s career and the history of American genre painting. Shannon’s held the previous world record for the artist at $ 47,800 in 2005, for the work titled Manufacture of cider.

The best-selling lot of the sale, a scene of bathers, by William Glackens, sold for $ 187,500 to a private collector. Other notable highlights included In the garden by Abbott Fuller Graves ($ 112,500); an early winter scene from AT Bricher ($ 62,500); DIY Low tide, Grand Manan ($ 35,000); another Bricher, entitled Summer Pond, Southampton ($ 25,000); an allegorical marble Bust of Eve by Thomas Ball ($ 37,500); a beautiful portrait titled Indolence by European artist Guillaume Seignac ($ 42,500); and a large painting by Eric Sloane, titled Sunrise at the farm ($ 30,000).

Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers always accepts quality shipments for future auctions. Shannon’s will be holding an online art only auction in January 2018 and another cataloged art auction in April 2018. To send a single artwork, estate or collection, you can call them at (203) 877-1711; or send an email to [email protected] To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers and the company’s calendar of upcoming events, please visit www.shannons.com or follow Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers on social media.

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Sandra germain

Shannon’s Art Auctioneers

(203) 877-1711

[email protected]


About Shannon

Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers ~ Founded in 1997. Shannon’s pride themselves on providing each client with personalized service, educating shippers and buyers on fine art, the auction process and market trends. Spring and Fall Art Auctions: Each year Shannon’s holds two cataloged art auctions in the spring and fall. These sales present more than 200 lots of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from the 19th century to the contemporary. Winter and Summer Online Art Auctions: Shannon’s also hosts online art auctions in January and June of each year. These sales are hosted exclusively online with in-person previews available. Periodically, Shannon’s hosts online auctions of unique private owner collections or corporate collections. Our areas of specialization include American art, European art, modern art, contemporary art, prints, sculpture, impressionism, etc. First New England Fine Art Auction House: Shannon’s is aggressively positioned to compete with New York City auction houses in the mid-market. Shannon’s offers a bank of over 20 phone lines, online auctions and an app available to buyers. Targeted emails, full-color catalogs, an extensive mailing list, and a user-friendly website attract buyers from the US and around the world. Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers opened in 1997 as New England’s first fine art auction house. Founded by partners Gene and Mary Anne Shannon, the firm quickly established an international reputation for integrity, knowledge of the fine arts and personalized service. In 1998, their daughter, Sandra Germain, joined the firm, bringing her extensive experience in business, marketing and the fine arts. In 2014, Sandra assumed the position of Managing Partner. Shannon’s team of employees continue to provide their clients with a personalized and responsive service that is unmatched in the auction market.


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