This stunning 11" x 13½" white-line color woodcut print by Provincetown, Massachusetts, artist Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956) was in remarkable condition. In vivid blues, greens, reds, yellows, and browns, signed and dated 1931, Sail Boat sold for $106,200 to a bidder at the sale.
Robert C. Eldred Co., Inc., East Dennis, Massachusetts
by Jackie Sideli
Photos courtesy Eldred's
Every August, the Robert C. Eldred Co. hosts a three-day Americana, paintings, and sporting auction in East Dennis, Massachusetts. Held in a big tent outside its main building, the sale has become a staple for antique collectors on Cape Cod.
The top lot for the August 1-3 sale was a vivid and brilliant white-line woodblock print by Provincetown, Massachusetts, artist and printmaker Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956). It depicted in strong shades of blues, greens, reds, yellow, and brown a view of Provincetown Harbor with two people pushing a sailboat out into the water. Signed and dated 1931 in pencil, it opened at $70,000 from a phone bidder and sold for $106,200 (including buyer's premium).
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Bidders on the floor and on the phones competed for this unsigned late 19th-century view of a baseball game. Estimated at $2000/4000, the 18" x 26" oil on canvas hit a solid $11,210.
A 25" x 30" oil on canvas by Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957), signed lower left and titled on the upper stretcher bar, was an evocative view of After Rain (est. $2000/3000). Interest from the floor and phone pushed the price to $5605.
A big winner among the paintings was the stunning 18" x 20" oil on canvas harbor scene, probably of Gloucester, Massachusetts, by Fern Isabel Coppedge (1883-1951). Signed at lower center, it brought a solid $15,340 (est. $6000/9000).
This stunning 20½" x 24" oil on canvas, Dock Scene, Provincetown by Gerrit Albertus Beneker, opened with a $6000 bid and sold for $10,030 to a bidder at the sale. Signed and dated 1916, it still had its original hand-carved Newcomb-Macklin frame, and a partial label on the back read "A Blue...."
One of the last lots in the three-day sale, this simple and appealing early 20th-century unsigned American Impressionist style oil on board of women and children at the beach elicited much speculation about the painter. Bidding opened at $700, and with active bidding from several phones and absentee bids, the 8" x 10" beach scene went at $6490 (est. $500/700) to a phone bidder.
There were lots of phone bidders and plenty of interest from the Internet and the floor for this 13'8" x 24'8" Tabriz rug with seven columns of bold palmettes and floral medallions in blues, greens, yellow, tan, pink, and ivory on a red background (est. $3000/5000). All that interest pushed the price to a solid $14,160.
This enticing collection of artifacts from the 18th century was said to have belonged to General Artemas Ward, who acquired the trunk at auction after the British evacuation of Boston in 1775. The lid of the trunk was decorated with flowers and a central crown flanked by initials "GR" for King George. The collection included a large scroll, "Return of Ordnance Stores" to Roxbury and Cambridge, June 5, 1777; a piece of General Ward's red bed curtain; a piece of Marie Antoinette's bed drapes; 19th-century photos of the general's family home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; and much, much more. It brought $9440 from a phone bidder.
Another Masonic item that did well was a framed 16¾" x 14¾" (sight size) apron from the 1820's. Inscribed under the flap "Daniel Woodworth," it had hand-painted decoration of a six-pointed star above a temple flanked by columns plus Masonic emblems throughout. It sold for $2006 (est. $600/800).