Prendergast Library Art To Be Auctioned Today

Georges-Jean-Marie Haquette’s “The Fisherman’s Wife” and Paul Louis Narcisse Grolleron’s “Sharpening the Knife” are two of the 15 Prendergast Library oil paintings available for sale today during an auction held by Sotheby’s. 
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Georges-Jean-Marie Haquette’s “The Fisherman’s Wife” and Paul Louis Narcisse Grolleron’s “Sharpening the Knife” are two of the 15 Prendergast Library oil paintings available for sale today during an auction held by Sotheby’s. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

More Prendergast Library oil paintings are available for purchase today during an auction hosted by Sotheby’s.

The auction titled “Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art” will include 15 Prendergast Library oil paintings.

The paintings include Wilhelm Schutze’s “The Schoolmaster,” which is estimated to sell for $3,000-$5,000; Leo Herrmann’s “Painting a Madonna,” which is estimated to sell for $1,000-$1,500; Alberto Pasini’s “The Passageway,” which is estimated to sell for $3,000-$5,000; Paul Jean Clays’ “Port Of Ostend,” which is estimated to sell for $2,000-$3,000; Georges-Jean-Marie Haquette’s “The Fisherman’s Wife,” which is estimated to sell for $2,000-$3,000; Luis Jimenez Aranda’s “Washday on the Seine,” which is estimate to sell for $5,000-$7,000; Paul Louis Narcisse Grolleron’s “Sharpening the Knife,” which is estimated to sell for $2,000-$3,000; Leon-Jean-Basile Perrault’s “Sleep, Baby, Sleep,” which is estimated to sell for $30,000-$50,000; Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour’s “Reminiscences of the War,” which is estimated to sell for $2,000-$3,000; Emilie Preyer’s “Still Life with Peaches and Grapes On A Table,” which is estimated to sell for $5,000-$7,000; Emilio Sanchez Perrier’s “Autumn,” which is estimated to sell for $8,000-$12,000; Charles-Olivier de Penne’s “Awaiting the Master,” which is estimated to sell for $3,000-$5,000; Jean-Baptiste Robie’s “Roses,” which is estimated to sell for $3,000-$5,000; Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, R.A.’s “A Landscape with Herdsmen, Animals,” which is estimated to sell for $5,000-$7,000; and John Lewis Brown’s “On Guard,” which is estimated to sell for $1,500-$2,000.

This is the fourth auction, with Sotheby’s handling three and Stair Galleries operating one, that will include Prendergast Library oil paintings. The last auction in November didn’t go as library officials had planned. Of the nine paintings available for auction, only three met or exceeding the reserve price to be sold.

The library board last month approved a post-auction offer for one of the six paintings that didn’t sell. The Prendergast paintings that weren’t sold during Sotheby’s November European art auction are scheduled to be reposted during a future auction at a mutually agreed upon date between the library board and Sotheby’s officials.

“I hope this one goes better than the last one,” said Tina Scott, library executive director. “It is definitely a good selection. Fifteen different paintings is a good selection. We are hopeful.”

Of the 44 paintings consigned to Sotheby’s by the library board, 33 have been made available for auction, including today’s. Prior to today’s auction, 13 paintings have been sold with proceeds, not including the buyer’s premium, totaling a little more than $700,000. Proceeds from the art auctions will go toward the library’s endowment fund.

Scott said Stair Galleries will host a future auction that will include Prendergast Library oil paintings, but no date has been scheduled yet.

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