One of the Upper East Side’s best-known purveyors of early American art, Spanierman Gallery, is abandoning the genre after more than 50 years. It plans to move into the modern and contemporary market instead, and is selling off hundreds of its old works at Doyle New York, beginning with a sale of about 30 pictures on November 13.
Highlights include Philip Leslie Hale’s impressionist painting “A Summer Visit (Matunuck, Rhode Island),” 1895, for $100,000-$200,000; four works by John Henry Twachtman, for whom the gallery is currently compiling a catalogue raisonne; and a sketchbook of studies by Maurice Prendergrast, the last one available on the market, for $50,000-$70,000.
Another 36 artworks from the collection will hit the block during Doyle’s American furniture, decorations, and 19th-century paintings sale on November 19. The rest of the inventory is scheduled to be sold throughout the end of this year and 2013.
— Rachel Corbett
(Photo: Philip Leslie Hale, “A Summer Visit (Matunuck, Rhode Island),” 1895, at Doyle New York)