The most anticipated lot at the auction, with an estimate of $ 20,000 / 30,000, is a 14 “x 11” oil on canvas by Fidelia Bridges (American, 1834-1923). She studied under William Trost Richards, who became a friend and promoted her work to his patrons.

East Dennis, Mass. – Eldred’s will hold its first annual Women in the Arts auction, featuring listed American women artists, from 19th century examples to important contemporary works, on Thursday, October 28. The auction will take place at 4 p.m. at the company’s headquarters in East Dennis, Mass., Cape Cod, and a portion of the proceeds will go to WE CAN, a Cape-based women empowerment organization.

“The goal of the auction is to rediscover female artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries that the market may ignore, and to provide a new sales channel for established contemporary female artists looking to expand their reach.” said Joshua Eldred, president of Solidify.

The planned upper lot, estimated at $ 20,000 / $ 30,000, is a serene view of birds in a marshland landscape by Fidelia Bridges (American, 1834-1923). It is a characteristic work of the artist, with special attention and realistic details. Other examples from the 19th and early 20th centuries include an interior scene with two women by Eda Elisabeth Sterchi (American, 1885-1969), estimated at $ 7,000 / 10,000, “The Mountain, Bearsville, New York, 1947 ”by Georgina Klitgaard (American, 1893 -1976), estimated at $ 6,000 / 8,000, pencil drawing“ Louise, in a fluffy beanie and coat, kept by Queen ”by Mary Cassatt (American / French, 1844–1926), estimated at $ 4,000 / 6,000, and a Landscape with Swans by Olive Parker Black (American, 1868–1948), estimated at $ 4,000 / 6,000.

The sale includes just over 260 lots, featuring works by contemporary artists Molly Dee, Elaine Coffee, Pamela Pindell and Katherine Ann Hartley, as well as several lots of artists from Provincetown and Cape Cod including Anne Packard, Elizabeth Mumford and Martha Cahoon. In addition to the paintings, the auction also includes jewelry and handicrafts made by women artisans.

“When I was a young boy, every artist I knew was a woman – from my mother who drew for me, to my art teachers in elementary school, to the neighbor who sold her paintings at local exhibitions.” , Eldred said. “When I imagined an ‘artist’, I imagined a woman. The sad reality, however, is that women are extremely under-represented in the art world. Tellingly, Eldred said it was harder than expected for his assessment team to find paintings by female artists, especially examples from the 19th century, although he is proud of what the company has. discovered.

Portrait of a Mother and Child by Pauline Palmer, a staple of the Chicago art scene in the early 20th century, is estimated at $ 3,000 / 5,000 before the sale. Palmer began spending the summer on Cape Cod around 1915 and studied with Charles Webster Hawthorne in Provincetown.

Eldred’s charitable partner for the auction is WE CAN, a 20-year-old organization based in Harwich, Mass., Which annually serves more than 2,500 local women with free and confidential legal services, support for the employment and business, as well as financial empowerment and personal development. programs.

“There has been great enthusiasm for the sale from the time we announced it, within our community and clientele to the larger art market,” said Eldred. “We think this is just the start of what will become an annual auction for us.”

The Women in the Arts Auction is a live auction with in-person, online and telephone auctions. A preview of the sale will take place on Wednesday October 27, the day of the sale, and by appointment. Interested bidders are asked to visit or call 508-385-3116 to confirm the exhibition schedule and submission options. A complete catalog is available online or by mail.

About Eldred
The Robert C. Eldred Co. is New England’s oldest antique and fine art auction house, now in its third generation of owners within the Eldred family. In addition to its corporate headquarters on Cape Cod’s historic Old King’s Highway in East Dennis, Mass., The company also has an office at 5 Roosevelt Avenue in Mystic, CT. Eldred’s, the country’s leading marine art auction house, holds approximately 25 auctions per year encompassing Americana, paintings, Asian art, European decorative art, sports art, and collectibles in addition to marine art. It was recently named one of the world’s best auction houses by Art + Auction and holds auction records in a wide range of collecting areas.

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