Daniel Garber auction success shows 'resilience' of art markets

Led by the success of Daniel Garber's "Old Farm in the Hills", which realised $457,000 against an estimate of $200,000-300,000, Freeman's June 13 sale of Fine American & European Paintings and Sculpture was a testament to the strength and resilience of the current art market.

Works by other Pennsylvania artists also fared well, as did a number of British and Continental paintings, with 87% of the lots offered selling (by value) for a total of $2,089,433.

Old Farm in the Hills by Daniel Garber, a Pennsylvania impressionist,
led the sale

Two Dutch paintings, "Street Scene with Figures" by Cornelis Springer (estimated at $60,000-100,000) and "At the Beach," by Bernardus Johannes Blommers ($80,000-120,000), in particular, sparked transatlantic bidding wars.

The former, a fine piece of 'day-in-the-life' Dutch art, sold for $193,000 and the latter, one of the largest seashore pictures by The Hague master to come to market recently, realised $109,000.

Other highlights among the European paintings offered in this sale included Edouard Jean Baptiste Detaille's "L'Oeil Du Maitre" ($20,000-30,000) which more than doubled its high estimate, selling for $67,000.

Edouard Jean Baptiste Detaille's L'Oeil Du Maitre more than double its
high estimate

"Interest has remained consistently strong for good blue chip paintings by American masters, including the leading lights amongst the Pennsylvania impressionists," said Vice-Chairman and head of department Alasdair Nichol.

Freeman's next sale of Fine American & European Paintings and Sculpture will be held December 5. All prices include buyer's premium. 


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