Selection of Works by Bierstadt, Burchfield, Hartley, Hassam and Wyeth
Is Expected to Realize More Than $10 Million
New York — Christie’s is honored to announce it has been entrusted with the sale of selected works from one of the most important corporate collections of American paintings ever to appear at auction. On May 18, as part of its sale of Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, Christie’s will offer 29 paintings from the private collection of The Westervelt Company, formerly Gulf States Paper Corporation, based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Amassed over four decades by Jonathan (Jack) Westervelt Warner, the former chief executive of Gulf States Paper Corporation, the selection includes masterworks by the leading American artists of 19th and 20th centuries, including Albert Bierstadt, William Trost Richards, Childe Hassam, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Marsden Hartley, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Ephraim Burchfield, and Andrew Wyeth, among others. The complete group is estimated to achieve in excess of US$ 10 million.
Eric Widing, Senior Vice President, American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, stated: “The Westervelt Company collection is one of the most celebrated in the field of American art. The selected works represent a cross-section of American art at its finest, from the landscapes of the Hudson River School to the vibrant experiments of the Early Modernists and the Stieglitz Circle. For years, collectors, dealers and curators have anticipated art from this storied collection becoming available, and the sale is expected to be one of the high points of the year.”
More highlights of the May 18 sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture will be announced in the coming weeks.
The complete e-catalogue for this sale will be available online at www.christies.com
Auction: Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture May 18, 2011
Viewings: Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries May 14-17, 2011
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