Sotheby’s January 2004 Americana Week

Sotheby’s January 2004 Americana Week will feature American Folk Art from the Collection of Raymond and Susan Egan. The single owner offering is comprised of folk paintings by Ammi Phillips, Sheldon Peck, Ruth and Samuel Shute, M.W. Hopkins, William Kennedy and Sturtevant J. Hamblin, among others and will also include a small selection of carvings and painted furniture. The sale of approximately 35 items is estimated to bring in excess of $1 million. A highlight of the sale is Ammi Phillips’ Portrait of a Young Woman in White Bonnet, circa 1836, a stunning example of one of the artist’s graceful women leaning slightly forward within a solid, dark background. Nancy Druckman, Director of Sotheby’s American Folk Art Department, said, “This is one of the works by Phillips in which all of the stylistic elements for which he is so famous come together in a harmonious way. The handling of her face, the detailing of the eyelet around her bonnet and collar, the sheen of her bow and the elongation of her figure and hand are all exquisite.” Ammi Phillips was born in 1788 and had launched a career as a portraitist by 1811, working in western Connecticut and Massachusetts and in the several neighboring counties of upstate New York. The work is estimated to sell for $40/60,000.

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