NEW YORK, NY.-
Seven of the top 10 lots in Swann Galleries
September 16 auction Scenes of the City: Prints, Drawings & Paintings of New York 1900 2000 were by Martin Lewis, and all of them set auction records. Lewiss Shadow Dance, drypoint, 1930, depicting a bevy of lovely young women in cloche hats, walking down the street lit from behind so that the outlines of their figures show through their sheer dresses, sold for $50,400an auction record for any work by the artist.
Shawna Brickley, Works on Paper Specialist at Swann, said, We are very happy with the results of this sale, Swanns first prints auction devoted entirely to images of New York City. We are especially pleased to have set an artist record for Martin Lewis.
Other record-setting Lewis highlights included the drypoints Stoops in Snow, 1930, $33,600; Winter on White Street, 1934, $28,800; and Arc Welders, 1937, which appeared on the cover of the auction catalogue, $26,400.
Rounding out the top 10 lots were Edward Hoppers Night Shadows, etching, 1921, which brought a record $38,400; Lewis Lozowicks Mural Study: Lower Manhattan, lithograph, 1936, a record $19,200; and Raphael Soyers The Mission, lithograph with hand coloring in watercolor, 1933, $18,000.
Also setting records for specific prints were three etchings by Childe Hassam, The Billboards, New York, 1896, $10,200; Fifth Avenue, Noon, 1916, $18,000; and Washingtons Birthday, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, 1916, $14,400; and Howard Cooks Financial District, lithograph, 1931, $14,400.
Other sale highlights included Arnold Rönnebecks Brooklyn Bridge, lithograph, 1925, $7,800; Walter Tittles Grand Central, Night, drypoint, circa 1930, $7,800; and George Groszs Brownstone Houses, New York, watercolor on paper, circa 1937, $13,200.