Gilbert Stuart Paintings for Grogan Fine Art Auction

Grogan & Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers is pleased to announce their April Auction will be held on Sunday, April 19th at 12 noon. The sale will be comprised of American and European Paintings, Prints and Sculpture, 18th and 19th century Furniture, Decorative Works of Art, Silver, Jewelry and Oriental Rugs and Carpets from a variety of estates and collections.

The Fine art offerings will feature a collection of paintings and miniatures descended from Frederick Tuckerman, the writer and brother of the famous botanist, who’s name graces Mount Washingtons’s Tuckerman’s Ravine. The collection includes a Portrait of their father, Edward Tuckerman III (1775-1843), by venerated American portrait painter Gilbert Stuart (pre-sale estimate $3,000-5,000). Tuckerman commissioned Stuart to paint this portrait of himself and one of his first wife, Hannah Parkman Tuckerman, between 1798 and her death in 1814. He later commissioned Stuart to paint two portraits of his second wife, Sophia May Tuckerman. The auction features another important work by Stuart, Portrait of Jean Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, the beloved first Roman Catholic Bishop of Boston and founder of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The painting, an exact duplicate to the one donated to the Museum of Fine Arts in 1921 by Ms. Charlotte Gore, is expected to bring $8,000-12,000. Mrs. John Gore commissioned Stuart to paint the work shortly before the Bishop’s recall to France in 1825 and a duplicate was made for the Archidiocese of Boston.

The large selection of Decorative Works of Art will include an impressive Sevres Cobalt Blue Gilt Decorated Presentation Box, from the Estate of Claire Golant, Newton Massachusetts. The box is inscribed “To Lady Caperton, the Directorate of the Port of Montevideo, 1918” and is expected to fetch $7,000-10,000. Additional items from the Golant collection include a Three Piece Dresden Porcelain Bird, Flower and Fruit Encrusted Urn, estimated at 00-6000 and Clotilde de Surville, a patinated bronze sculpture by Jean Gautherin, estimated at $5,000-7,000.

Americana offerings include a Silk Embroidered Mourning Picture in memory of William Turner, circa 1808, wrought by Elizabeth Turner , a Brewster descendent, estimated to bring $5,000-7,000 and a Rare Dedham Pottery Rose Pattern Decorated Plate, signed HR for Hugh Robinson, estimated to bring $1,500-2,000. Other items of interest include a collection of Jade objects from the MacDonald Jade Collection and a Collection of Gold U.S. Coins and South African Krugerands.

Other fine art offerings include a China Trade Painting depicting a Domestic Scene from the collection of the late Peter Wilson, estimated between $3,000-5,000; two etchings by Pablo Picasso from his Vollard Suite, estimated to bring $6,000-8,000 each and a rare bronze sculpture by Harriet Frishmuth, titled Bubble Dance, estimated to fetch $8,000-12,000.

The sale will also feature a selection of American and European Furniture, Silver, Jewelry and Oriental Rugs. A Queen Anne Tiger Maple Highboy is estimated to fetch $5,000-7,000 and a Henry Dasson Louis XV style Parquetry and Tooled Leather Ormolu Mounted Ladies Writing Desk has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-15,000. A Set of Four George III Weighted Silver Candlesticks, c. 1790, are estimated to bring $3,000-5,000 a Platinum and 3.9 Carat Marquise Diamond Ring, from the Estate of Claire Golant, is estimated at $10,000-20,000. A Persian Sarouk Fereghan Carpet, circa 1890, is estimated to bring $8,000-10,000, while a Bessarabian Carpet, c. 1925, 16’9” x 11’7”, is estimated at $3,000-5,000.

The auction exhibition is open to the public and will begin on April 16th. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. The gallery is located at 22 Harris Street, Dedham, Massachusetts. View their on-line catalogue at www.groganco.com. For more information, contact the gallery at 781-461-9500.

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