Sunday, May 29, 2016

Feature from June 11th Action: Lot 110

With our June 11th action only 2 weeks away we would like to showcase another preview of a selected work from the auction, bringing to light its context and historical significance. 

The auction will begin at 1pm EST at our Madison Avenue Gallery in New York City. As always we are happy to provide offsite bidding options if you cannot be present.

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Auction Highlight: Jane Austin's Bath

Lot 110 John Claude Nattes  (C. 1765-1822)
Bath, Illustrated by a Series of Views  
London: William Miller; Bristol: William Sheppard, 1806.
Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000.  Retail Price: $35,000
The beautiful plates include iconic views of Bath from the Claverton Road, the Royal Crescent, the Pump Room, and Concert-Room dating from the time when Jane Austen was living there with her family (1802-1806). Jean-Claude Nattes was one of the most successful watercolour artists of his time. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1782 and 1814, and at the Old Watercolour Society, of which he was a founding member. However, in 1807, shortly after publication of this magnificent series of views of Bath, and at the height of his success, Nattes was excluded from the Society after accusations of exhibiting work of other artists under his own name. Abbey Scenery 41; Tooley 340.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Feature from June 11 Auction Lot 184

Albert Bierstadt
Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie
paper size: 31 1/2 x 18 inches
framed size 41 x 27 1/2 inches
London: Thomas McLean, 1869
  Bierstadt was among the most successful 19th-century artists who worked to capture America's hopes for future greatness in the untamed expanses of the West, creating images of grandeur which could not help but add to America's love of the mythic frontier and the spirit of adventure and discovery that it represented.  To achieve his glorious compositions, Bierstadt combined both imaginary and actual elements to create scenes that were based as much in reality as in the ideal.   In educating the American public about the West, Bierstadt depicted a landscape which could rival any in Europe in magnificence, while conveying a distinctly American pioneer spirit that embodied the compelling notion of Manifest Destiny.

Born in Germany in 1830, Bierstadt came to the U.S. in 1832.  He spent his childhood in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  At the age of 23 he returned to Germany to study at the Academy in Dusseldorf.  Afterward he painted with Worthington Whittredge in Rome, returning to the U.S. in 1857.  The next year Bierstadt headed west with Colonel Lander's surveying expedition to map an overland route from St. Louis to the Pacific.  Bierstadt left the party to sketch the Wind River and Shoshone country on his own.  In 1863 he made another western trip with Fitzhugh Ludlow, who recorded the journey in The Heart of the Continent (1870).  The success of the paintings inspired by that experience placed Bierstadt in competition with Frederic Church as America's most successful painter of masterpiece landscapes, and together the two became the first American artists to rival their European colleagues.

Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie is a chromolithograph after one of Bierstadt’s most celebrated paintings, now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.  Contemporary critics described the image in this way: “A powerful light is streaking over the rocky gates of the mountain on the left, and radiating down on the lake in the foreground, which it seems to invest with enchantment.  Indeed, the light here is handled with such exquisite skill, and is so singularly pure and effective, that many of the spectators fancy it produced by some artificial means behind the canvas.”  Another wrote: “As a work of art, the picture is almost universally pronounced the best production of American genius.”  The chromolithograph was issued in the fall of 1869 by Thomas McLean of London and distributed in both the United States and Europe, answering to the spreading fascination for Bierstadt’s splendid views of majestic American scenery.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Summer Auction is Coming! June 11th

Summer is coming and so is out next Auction!

As usual our Auction will be hosted at 1 pm EST  on June 11th at Arader Galleries 1016 Madison Avenue New York City, NY 10075.  Rest assured, if you are unable to bid onsite we are happy to provide several bidding options at your convenience. 

Below is a SPECIAL PREVIEW of our upcoming auction, showing highlights from our finest lots. You can now browse our lots online.

 If you would like to receive a hard copy of our catalog in the mail, PLEASE call us at (415) 788-5115, we are happy to send you auction catalogs at no cost. 

June 90th Auction Preview
Lot 18: John James Audubon, Purple Heron or Reddish Egret, Plate 256
Original Aquatint Engraving
Lot 85: Shepherdess of Salem (American School)
Mixed Media Incl. Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Paper
Lot 141: Antonio Floriano Untitled World Map 
Engraved Map 
Lot 184: Albert Bierstadt Storm in the Rocky Mountains, MT. Rosalie
London: 1869
Lot 202: Thomas McLean The Trellis Window, Tretham Hall Gardens
If you are interested in any Lots and wish to bid Please contact Arader Galleries at (415) 788-5115, 432 Jackson Street, San Francisco, Ca 94111. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Extrodinary Panoramic Views of Old San Francisco

This week Arader Galleries would like to share our Outstanding views of our wonderful city, the City of San Francisco.  Read further to view the progression of the San Francisco urban landscape we enjoy today. 
Panoramic View of San Francisco at the Height of the Gold Rush
New York: 1855
This view of San Francisco depicts the city after it had received its charter from the new stat legislature in 1851, after expansion brought on by the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevadas in 1848. The population of the city, on y 200 in 1846, and by then end of 1852 grew to 42,000. This meteoric expansion can be traced in this view, in which the vast expanse of the city is emphasized by the panoramic format. 

Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912) and Edward H. Bennett (1874-1952)
Panorama of the City from Twin Peaks
From: Report on a Plan for San Francisco
San Francisco: 1908

Architect and Urban designers Burnham and Bennett were hired to help re-design San Francisco in 1904, they later planned the city-scape of Chicago in 1909. They chose Twin Peaks as the best vantage point to study the layout of the City to create a new city plan. The City was to be organized by functional districts, commercial, financial, residential, entertainment, and industrial areas, separated but conveniently laid out. The view of the City from Twin Peaks inspired Burnham and Bennett’s plans to elevate and urbanize San Francisco.

Eadweard Muybridge (English-born, American photographer, 1830-1904)
“Panorama of San Francisco”
San Francisco: 1877
Albumen prints from glass negatives
11-panel photograph panorama
13” x 88” framed
Provenance: Collection of Daniel G. Volkmann, Jr.

Eadweard Muybridge was a brilliant, eccentric photographer, who gained worldwide fame photographing animal and human movement imperceptible to the human eye. Muybridge’s breathtaking 360-degree panorama from California Street hill, taken, it is believed by scholars, between May 23 and June 23 1877 (due to examination of the shadows), and probably on Monday (people are doing their wash). This image is Muybridge’s most famous single work, providing not only one of the best views of the bustling metropolis, but also a wealth of entertainment upon
close examination. This picture tells many stories. Visible in striking detail are the mansions of the rich and the dwellings of the poor, the churches, hotels, banks, and other features. Muybridge also
produced a mammoth plate panorama of San Francisco, which is excessively rare. The present, smaller version was issued folding, into cloth covers.

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