1897 Portrait Painting by William Merritt Chase (Am., 1849-1916) achieves $118,750 in Shannon’s May 2nd Fine Art Auction

American Impressionism led strong results at Shannon’s Spring Auction on May 2nd. The 205-lot sale grossed $2.5 million and was over 80 percent sold. Notable prices were achieved for women artists, works on paper, Contemporary art and American Impressionism. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

The top lot in the auction was a Portrait of Caroline Allport from 1897 by William Merritt Chase. The work depicted an adorable young girl with a pink bow. Inscribed on the reverse was a sweet poem about Jumbo the elephant described as “Our favorite song, Caroline and Mr. Chase.” The lot was accompanied by a letter from the artist describing details pertaining to the commission. The portrait sold for $118,750 to a private collection.

Following the success of the cover lot from Shannon’s Fall sale, a $450,000 Frieseke titled Lady Trying on a Hat from 1909, Shannon’s again offered another exceptional painting by the artist. In the Spring auction, Dressing sold for $112,500. The painting depicted a woman tying her shoe and illustrated the influence of French Impressionism.

Both American Impressionist highlights were consigned from private collections and sold to private collectors. The Chase came from a notable Michigan collection that consigned 17 works to the auction and the Frieseke led the offerings from an important collection in North Carolina with 23 works in the auction.

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