Signed jewelry, diamond rings and American artists lead the spring auction

Lot 21. Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943), Wild White Rose, 1936, oil on cardboard, 16 x 12 in. Estimate: $50,000-80,000

[BOSTON, MA] Grogan & Company’s Annual Fine Art and Jewelry Auction will take place on Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m. The auction includes a curated bid of more than 200 lots of artwork and jewelry, and will be broadcast live from the company’s Boston headquarters.

The fine art portion of the sale includes a strong selection of works by notable American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The sale is led by a recently rediscovered painting by Mardsen Hartley titled wild white rose ($50,000 to $80,000). The work was painted in 1936, a pivotal year in Hartley’s oeuvre, and it reflects his deep sadness at the loss of his friends at sea in early summer. Hartley became fascinated with the wild roses that grow along the Atlantic coast, repeatedly incorporating the rose motif into his work in remembrance of his friends. Wild White Rose remained in the artist’s collection until her death, after which it was purchased by a private collector. The work has hung in the collector’s family home since 1960, until now unknown to Hartley scholars.

Other paintings by Maine artists include James Edward Fitzgerald’s iconic watercolor Burial of Monhegan ($5,000-10,000) and Marguerite Thompson’s bright, bold, and geometric landscape painting Zorach titled Mountainside road ($6,000-9,000). Zorach was a pioneer of American Modernism, and this painting expresses the influence of both Fauvism and Cubism on her work. Other notable landscapes include a Spring View of Cambridge by Grandmother Moses measuring 18 x 24 in. ($50,000 to $80,000) and a serene view of the Shetucket River by Julian Alden Weir measuring 19 x 23 in. ($7,000 to $9,000),

Other important works by American artists in the sale include Frank Duvenek’s portrait of fellow artist Theodore Wendell ($6,000-12,000), a study of drawing hands by John Singer Sargent ($5,000-8,000 ), floral paintings by John Furguson Weir ($7,000-9,000) and Abbott Fuller Graves ($8,000-12,000), a striking interior scene by Walter Gay ($3,000-5,000), and a portrait family of James Shannon ($6,000-8,000).

Lot 22. Marguerite Zorach (American, 1887-1968), Mountainside Road, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. Estimate: $6,000 to $9,000

Notable European works include a 1935 watercolor and ink painting by Lyonel Feininger titled The bark with the flag measuring 7 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. ($10,000-20,000) and two paintings by Rudolf Wacker, a leader of the Austrian New Objectivity and Magical Realism movements. The two paintings by Wacker come from direct descent within the artist’s family to the current owners.

The jewelry portion of the sale includes important signed pieces, such as a custom Van Cleef & Arpels suite designed in Paris for a fortieth anniversary. The suite includes two lots, gold and diamond “Fuschia” ear clips ($50,000-70,000) and a gold and diamond “Fuschia” pendant/brooch and necklace ($60,000-80,000). Other signed pieces include pieces from Tiffany & Company, Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin, JE Caldwell, Bailey Banks & Biddle and a range of Cartier signed pieces. Cartier pieces include a Cartier “Trinity” ring in tricolor gold and diamonds ($5,000-7,000), a “Panthère de Cartier” ring in gold, lacquer and diamonds ($3,000-5,000), a gold bracelet “Love” ($2,000-4,000), an Art Deco silver pegasus figure humidor ($20,000-40,000), a mirror framed in gold, diamonds and velvet ($10,000-15,000 ) and a gold and diamond “Roadster” wristwatch ($6,000-$10,000). The sale also includes an excellent condition stainless steel Rolex Daytona chronograph wristwatch ($15,000-20,000).

Lot 138. Van Cleef & Arpels Pendant/Brooch and Necklace “Fuchsia” in Gold and Diamonds. Estimate: $60,000 to $80,000

The auction also includes a series of fine diamond rings, including a 5.19 ct platinum and diamond ring. E, VVS2 round brilliant cut diamond flanked by baguette cut diamonds ($60,000-80,000) and platinum and diamond ring centered on a 6 ct. D, VVS1, pale flour pear-shaped diamond flanked by trillion-cut diamonds ($100,000-150,000). Colored stones include a cabochon ruby ​​and diamond ring ($5,000-7,000) and an oval-cut sapphire and diamond ring from a family in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Other items in this area include a Tiffany & Company Schlumberger ring, a set of gold and diamond brooches, and a platinum and diamond Riviere necklace ($15,000-20,000).

The auction will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast live from Grogan & Company’s auction gallery in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill. Please visit groganco.com to bid live on sale day, view the online catalog, request a print catalog, or schedule a preview at the gallery. Exhibit hours will begin on Monday, April 18. For more information, call 617-720-2020 or visit groganco.com.

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