Arthur Meltzer Painting Auctioned for Record Price

On Saturday, January 30, 2010, Garth’s Auctions of Delaware, Ohio in its Fine & Contemporary Art and Asian, Continental & American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction. auctioned Lot 202, the monumental 42” x 46” oil on canvas landscape by Pennsylvania artist Arthur Meltzer titled “The Robe of Winter”, opened up at $20,000 – just a bit higher than the conservative estimate listed in the catalog – and did not stop until it was knocked down for a record breaking $156,875 to Boyertown, Pennsylvania dealers, Valerie and Kurt Malmberg of Greshville Antiques and Fine Art.

Deaccessioned from the Columbus Museum of Art and retaining labels from six major, early 20th century exhibits and the evidence of three other missing labels, the landscape was displayed in its original frame as well. All these features prompted the Malmbergs to cancel their previously arranged phone bids and make the trip to Ohio to bid and eventually win the lot in person.

A complete review of Garth’s January 29-30 auction will follow in coming weeks. In the meantime, visit for additional information or call 740.362.4771.