New world records for Dale Nichols and Alice Mattern paintings

A large-format oil on canvas painting by Dale Nichols (Am., 1904-1995), titled Mid-Nation Winter, sold for $120,000 – a new record price for the artist at auction – at a Fine Art Auction held May 4th by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, online and in the gallery at 354 Woodmont Road in Milford. The work dated to a key period in Nichols’ successful career.

The 30 inch by 40 inch painting, executed by Nichols in 1967, soared past its pre-sale estimate to finish in the six figures, shattering previous records. The work depicted a red barn in a bold and vivid snowy setting. It was in fabulous condition, which drove up the price. Nichols was a Nebraska-born Regionalist painter.

Shannon’s broke its own prior record for another artist when an oil on canvas by the American Modernist Alice Mattern (1909-1945), titled Allegro, impressive at 42 ¼ inches by 39 inches, finished at $55,200. Leading lots depicting New York City were Birge Harrison’s Bryant Park at Evening, New York, which brought $60,000, and Lee Lash’s Wall Street, which made $28,800.

The sale was largely successful, grossing over $2 million dollars, with more than 80% of the lots sold. Sandra Germain, co-owner of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, said, “It was an exciting auction. Records were broken and activity levels were very encouraging. We saw many familiar faces and met several new clients. The room was full and bidding at all levels was competitive.”

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Oil on canvas painting by Dale Nichols (Am., 1904-1995), titled Mid-Nation Winter, 30 inches by 40 inches ($120,000).