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By Thomas Elliot Norton

The background of excellent artwork auctions in the USA is an indelible list of public opinion within the realm of aesthetics and style. In each public sale, the murals that has the best charm instructions the top rate, and a interpreting of the roster of items and artists most often chosen supplies a transparent and engaging photo of the evolution of favor and style in America.

The background of Sotheby Parke Bernet and its predecessor organizations in the US offers us a short synopsis ot the place we have been and the way now we have replaced and what kind of we loved ourselves within the method. the various illustrations of artworks offered over the process a century, we're mesmerized by way of the diversity of items that experience undergone their public sale rooms.

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York. 22". premium. See Notes mid Sources, page 227. Rogicr van dcr Weyden. Saint Luke Painting 1889 Virgin, 1435. c. Museum Oil on panel, 54'/t the x 4VA". of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. Henry Lee Higginson. Lot auction of Old Masters belonging to admission to the painters' guild of Brussels, in about 1435. Henry Lee Higginson (1834-1919), Museum who gave of Fine Arts, was Gift of Mr. and Mrs. the painting to the 67 Brahmin financier and founder of the Boston Symphony. Saint Luke was the first major Flemish painting to enter an American public in the His Highness Durcal, ciation Don Pedro de Borbon, managed by and held 10-11, 1889.

Albert Pinkham Ryder. Pegasus, c. 1883-87. Oil on wood panel, 12 x ll 3/s". Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts. Lot 30 in the sale of Stanford White's paintings con- ducted by the American Art Association on at Mendelssohn Hall. which brought 51,225, had been created for Charles de Kay, a prominent New York collector and writer on the arts. The title de Kay preferred was Tlie Poet on Pegasus Entering the April 11-12, 1907, Pegasus, Realm of the Muses. Albert Ryder (1847-1917) is one of the truly great painter-poet-eccentrics in art history.

Museum Purchase. As Girl Sewing, lot 56 in the artist's estate sale held on March 24, 1898, at the American Art Galleries. , The 46 price: $200. The story of collecting in America during the second half of the nineteenth century is inextricably linked with the name of Thomas Benedict Clarke businessman, 1899 — Treaty of Paris ending Spanish-American War is ratified by the United States clubman, collector, dealer, patron, connoisseur, Born Con- Clarke made in 1848, and promoter. a fortune in the collar-and-cuffs manufacturing gress.

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