Library Paintings Sell Higher Than Estimated

After a subpar auction in November, almost all of the Prendergast Library oil paintings up for auction were sold Thursday, with three of them selling for four times the estimated sale price.

Sotheby’s hosted the fourth auction of Prendergast Library oil Paintings that resulted in 14 of 15 paintings being sold. In November, Sotheby’s held an auction with nine Prendergast Library paintings, but only three sold during that auction.

On Thursday, three of the paintings sold for several times the estimated sale price. Those sale results, with buyer’s premium included, included Emilie Preyer’s “Still Life with Peaches and Grapes On A Table” selling for $30,000. The painting was estimated to sell for $5,000-$7,000. Luis Jimenez Aranda’s “Washday on the Seine” sold for $27,500. The painting was estimated to sell for $5,000-$7,000. Jean-Baptiste Robie’s “Roses” sold for $21,250. The painting was estimated to sell for $5,000-$7,000.

The other paintings auctioned Thursday included Emilio Sanchez Perrier’s “Autumn,” which sold for $17,500; Wilhelm Schutze’s “The School Master,” which sold for $8,125; Alberto Pasini’s “The Passageway,” which sold for $7,500; Charles-Olivier de Penne’s “Awaiting The Master,” which sold for $6,875; Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, R.A.’s “A Landscape with Herdsmen, Animals,” which sold for $5,250; Georges-Jean-Marie Haquette’s “The Fisherman’s Wife,” which sold for $4,375; Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour’s “Reminiscences of the War,” which sold for $3,750; Paul Jean Clays’ “Port of Ostend,” which sold for $2,250; Paul Louis Narcisse Grolleron’s “Sharpening the Knife,” which sold for $2,000; John Lewis Brown’s “On Guard,” which sold for $2,000; and Leo Herrmann’s “Painting a Madonna,” which sold for $1,000.

The one painting that did not sell was Leon-Jean-Basile Perrault’s “Sleep, Baby, Sleep,” which was estimated to sell for $30,000 to $50,000.

Of the 44 paintings consigned to Sotheby’s by the library board, 33 have been made available for auction. Proceeds from the art auctions will go toward the library’s endowment fund.