Arader Galleries Auction February 28, 2015
Our next auction is going to be February 28, 2015 at 1 pm at 1016 Madison Avenue, New York City.
The auction is filled with John James Audubon's masterpieces from two very different works - the first, of course, The Birds Of America, has quite a few masterpieces for sale: the Carolina Parrot (Lot 12), the Ivory Billed Woodpecker (Lot 11), the White Heron (Lot 17) and the Great White Heron (Lot 3). This is especially compelling as the Parrot and Woodpecker are two of the four significant extinct birds that Audubon portrayed. All of these aquatints come from a collector who has seen our results from the past and is giving us the valued chance to help him with his retirement.
The next part of the sale is the largest auction ever of individually offered examples from Audubon's "other" work – the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America published as lithographs in Philadelphia by J.T. Bowen between 1845 and 1848. This collection of 79 animals have the finest color, best pull, and right patina of paper and ink, with full margins, and no restoration or repairs. It has always fascinated me that this work was issued during the years of the Mexican War when the United States increased its land by 50% including Texas and California.
What a diverse country we were even then! While Winfield Scott, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis were winning a furious (perhaps wicked as well?) war, J. T. Bowen was producing masterpiece of lithographs for his patrons - Audubon, his son, John Woodhouse and John Bachman. This was the largest color plate book of the United States in the 19th century. It presented Americans and Europeans with the final chapter in the illustration of the Upper Missouri's anthropology and natural history based on their voyage of 1843. It started with George Catlin's trip in 1832, then Karl Bodmer's in 1833-4, then Alfred Jacob Miller’s in 1837.
The qualities of these lithographs are superior to all other American natural history illustrations of the 19th and 20th centuries. The stunning, dimensional musculature, the vibrant backgrounds, and arresting poses of his foxes, wild cats, bears, deer, rabbits, buffalo, wolves,squirrels, beavers, raccoons, and capture the breathtaking beauty of the natural world in the nineteenth century.
Below are the links to the auction where you can bid online and read detailed information on each of the 163 lots in the sale: