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October 22 - California & American Fine Art Auction Highlights

Lot# 112 John Christopher Smith (1891-1943 Los Angeles, CA)


''Cambria'', Figures in conversation at a house at the edge of town, oil on canvas laid to canvas, 24'' H x 30'' W, est: $8000/10,000
*Price Realized: $15,600.00 - A new record was set for this artist!

circa 1928, signed lower left: J.C. Smith, titled on gallery label verso. Exhibited: Fleischer Museum, Scottsdale, AZ, n.d. (see verso label). Provenance: George Stern Fine Art, West Hollywood, CA; Private Collection, Cambria, CA, acquired from the above, circa June 1996. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Blacklight: Scattered touch-up along the lower edge and in the lower right corner. A scattered 2'' area of touch-up in the upper left. A pea-sized spot of touch-up on the peak of the house on the left.





Lot# 133 Filastro Mottola (1915-2008 Laguna Niguel, CA)


''Crystal Bar at Taylor and C Streets, Virginia City, Nevada'', oil on canvas, 25'' H x 30'' W, est: $2000/3000
*Price Realized: $3,900.00 - A new record was set for this artist!

circa 1950, signed lower right: Fil Mottola, signed again and titled verso. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Minor craquelure upper right corner. A few areas of scattered minor crazing in some of the darker pigments. Blacklight: Quarter-sized spots of touch-up upper center and right center with corresponding patches verso. A dime-sized spot of touch-up upper center with corresponding patch verso. An area of touch-up upper left corner. A few small spots of touch-up scattered throughout the sky.





Lot# 139 Gordon Coutts (1868-1937 Palm Springs, CA)

Cowboy cottage by moonlight, oil on canvas, 24'' H x 31'' W, est: $10,000/15,000
*Price Realized: $33,000.00 - A new record was set for this artist!


signed lower right: Gordon Coutts, titled on the stretcher. Exhibited: The Valley Club of Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA, September - December 2002; Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, ''California Missions'', August - September 2006. Provenance: Fortner Fine Art, British Columbia; sale, Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA, 5 August 2008, lot 263; The Estate of Ernest A. Bryant III, Santa Barbara, CA. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Scattered areas of crazing throughout. Blacklight: Two small spots of touch-up in the right and left centers. Two lines of touch-up right center: one 3'' and one 4''. A 1.5'' line of touch-up lower right. Scattered touch-up upper left, lower right, and right center.





Lot# 141 Henry Chapman Ford (1828-1894 Santa Barbara, CA)

''Santa Barbara Mission'', Sweeping view of Santa Barbara and the Mission, oil on canvas, 10'' H x 24'' W, est: $20,000/30,000
*Price Realized: $51,000.00 - A new record was set for this artist!


signed and dated lower right: H.C. Ford 1881, titled on gallery label verso. Exhibited: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, ''A Painter's Paradise: Artists and the California Landscape'', November 1996 - February 1997; The Valley Club of Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA, ''Art Exhibition of California Plein Air Paintings 1878 - 1950'', November 2001 - January 2002; Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, ''California Missions'', August - September 2006. Note: The present work is an exceptional example from Henry Chapman Ford?s unprecedented and historically important portfolio of oilpaintings, watercolors, and etchings of the Missions of California that the artist executed in the late 19th Century. The sweepingly impressive and detailed vista of the City of Santa Barbara features the Queen of the Missions at the center of the composition. Ford painted the historically accurate scene in realistic tones with fine, precise brushwork, but still includes a moment of whimsy -- along the lower center edge Ford paints a charming California ground squirrel on his haunches positioned as if he is surveying the majestic view before him. Provenance: Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; The Estate of Ernest A. Bryant III, Santa Barbara, CA, acquired from the above. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. A speck of loss along the upper center edge. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.





Lot# 156 Jack Laycox (1921-1984 San Francisco, CA)

''Expressway'', watercolor on paper under glass, sight size: 21.5'' H x 29.5'' W, est: $3000/5000
*Price Realized: $15,600.00 - A new record was set for this artist!

signed lower right: Jack Laycox. Provenance: Private Collection, Long Beach, CA. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. A small scratch with minor paint loss right center. Not examined out of the frame.





Lot# 248 Meredith Brooks Abbott (1938-* Rincon, CA)


''The Dairy - Nye Property, Santa Ana Road, Ojai'', oil on canvas, 30'' H x 40'' W, est: $1200/1800
*Price Realized: $8,400.00 - A new record was set for this artist!

signed lower left: M.B. Abbott, titled and dated verso: 1989. Exhibited: Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara County's Channing Peake Gallery, ''Strong Spirit: A Century of Santa Barbara Landscape Painters'', September - November 1991; Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Museum of Art, ''Meredith Brooks Abbott, Still Lifes and Landscapes of Santa Barbara'', October - December 2005. Literature: H.D. Klein, ''Meredith Brooks Abbott'', Art of California magazine, December / January 1991, illustrated. Provenance: Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; The Estate of Ernest A. Bryant III, Santa Barbara, CA, acquired from the above, December 1989. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.

Artist Name, Lot #


Abbott, Meredith Brooks - 186, 248
Aspevig, Clyde - 62, 253, 254

Bartlett, Dana - 52, 176
Baumgartner, John Jay - 63, 64
Bischoff, Elmer - 221, 222
Bischoff, Franz A. - 2, 27, 44, 229
Bongart, Sergei - 224
Borg, Carl Oscar - 60, 79, 80
Botke, Jessie Arms - 46
Brandriff, George - 203
Brandt, Rex - 162, 163
Braun, Maurice - 6, 36, 54, 175
Breuer, Henry J. - 107
Brown, Grafton Tyler - 120, 121
Brown, William Mason - 93
Buff, Conrad - 173
Bunn, William E.L. - 217

Califano, John - 101
Case, G. Russell - 132
Chambers, Attributed to Thomas - 92
Clark, Alson Skinner - 3, 4, 42, 58
Coburn, Frank - 7
Coleman, Mary Darter - 155
Coleman, Michael B. - 131
Cooper, Colin Campbell - 5
Costello, Val J. - 25
Coutts, Gordon - 139
Craig, Thomas Bigelow - 94
Cromwell, Joane - 40
Cuprien, Frank W. - 73, 205, 206

Dabo, Leon - 49, 118, 119, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 193, 194, 195, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236
De Longpre, Paul - 43, 67, 227
De Rome, Albert Thomas - 22, 196, 197
Dike, Phil Latimer - 165, 166
Domela, Jan Marinus - 252
Dye, Clarkson - 199

Elwell, D. Jerome - 91
Espoy, Angel - 129, 207, 239

Farnsworth, Alfred Villiers - 140
Fery, John - 110
Firfires, Nicholas S. - 130
Ford, Henry Chapman - 141, 145, 231
Francisco, John Bond - 123, 237
Franquinet, Eugene - 136
Fries, Charles Arthur - 32, 33, 38

Gamble, John Marshall - 19, 115, 116, 201
Gibson, George - 167
Gies, Joseph W. - 59
Gile, Selden Connor - 23
Gray, Percy - 20, 69
Greer, A. D. - 225
Grimm, Paul - 127, 128, 170, 208, 240, 241, 246, 247

Hamilton, Hamilton - 96
Hansen, Ejnar - 223
Harmer, Alexander F. - 122, 135, 146, 190
Harris, Sam Hyde - 35, 168, 169, 171
Hill, Thomas - 105, 106
Hills, Anna A. - 57, 78
Hinkle, Clarence - 200
Hiraga, Kamesuke - 89
Hohnstedt, Peter Lanz - 56
Hunt, Esther A. - 65

Johnson, David D.J. - 97
Jorgensen, Christian A. - 18
Judson, William Lees - 70, 71, 204

Keith, William - 103, 104, 109
Kennedy, Norman - 216
Kester, Leonard - 202
Kleitsch, Joseph - 53
Kosa Jr., Emil J. - 177, 178, 242, 243
Kuntz, Roger - 213

Lawson, Tim Allen - 250, 251
Laycox, Jack - 156
Leighton, Kathryn W. - 84, 85, 86, 134
Loveridge, Clinton - 16
Lutz, Dan - 159

Mannheim, Jean - 211
Martinez, Alfredo Ramos - 152
Masereel, Frans - 219
Megargee, Lon - 126
Mitchell, Alfred R. - 34, 37, 174
Mondrus, Martin - 154
Moran, Peter - 142
Mottola, Filastro - 133

Otis, George Demont - 209
Otte, William Louis - 113, 230

Parshall, DeWitt - 102, 214, 215
Payne, Edgar Alwin - 24, 90, 114, 182, 244
Perkinson, Tom - 55
Peterson, Jane - 26
Podchernikoff, Alexis M. - 8, 191, 192
Poray, Stanislaus P. - 47
Puthuff, Hanson - 39, 238

Raphael, Joseph Morris - 88
Redmond, Granville - 28, 41, 72
Richter, Henry Leopold - 108, 245
Riddick, Ronald Stephen - 210
Rider, Arthur Grover - 61
Riley, Art - 157
Rix, Julian - 81
Robinson, Charles Dorman - 9
Rockwell, Cleveland S. - 12

Safford Smith, Helen M. - 31
Sanborn, Alan - 158
Sauerwein, Frank T. - 144
Schloss, Richard - 249
Scott, Clyde Eugene - 125
Sharp, Joseph Henry - 226
Sheets, Millard - 160, 161
Silva, William Posey - 21
Simkhovitch, Simka - 218
Smith, Jack Wilkinson - 138, 183, 184
Smith, John Christopher - 153, 112
Steinberg, Saul - 220
Stevens, George Washington - 100
Strong, Ray - 185
Sykes, John - 11, 143
Symons, George Gardner - 30

Taggart, Richard Thompson - 179, 180, 212
Teague, Donald - 164
Tiffany, Louis Comfort - 51

Valencia, Manuel - 111
Valentien, Albert R. - 228

Wachtel, Elmer - 1, 75, 117
Wachtel, Marion Kavanagh - 74, 76
Wagoner, Harry B. - 124
Warner, Nell Walker - 48
Welch, Ludmilla Pilat - 13, 14, 15
Welch, Thaddeus - 17, 82, 83
Wendt, William - 10, 29, 172, 187, 198
White, Orrin A. - 189
Widforss, Gunnar M. - 66
Williams, Virgil - 98
Woodward, Mabel M. - 77
Wores, Theodore - 87
Wright, Raymond Stephens - 181

Yard, Sydney J. - 68, 99
Yates, Cullen - 95
Yens, Karl - 137
Young, Florence Upson - 188