The Frank Duveneck painting Portrait of a Young Girl, recently available at auction through Cowan’s realized a phenomenal price of $42,300. The pre-auction estimate of $10,000 -$15,000 was met several times over.
Other items of local interest to Cincinnatians in the Winter Fine & Decorative Art auction included a Rookwood Pottery vessel executed by Artus Van Briggle in 1882, before he went on to found his own highly successful pottery firm in Colorado Springs in 1899. Van Briggle is best known for his re-discovery of ancient Chinese glaze and firing techniques. After his tragic death at an early age due to tuberculosis, his wife, Anne, a fine artist in her own right, continued her husband’s work and Van Briggle Pottery is renowned to this day as one of the finest purveyors of the potter’s art.
An interesting portfolio of ten silkscreen prints featuring works by Cincinnati artists, created in 1971 for a public art project sponsored by the Carl Solway Gallery, also sold during the weekend event.