SAN FRANCISCO, CA.-
On Sunday, October 21, Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The Attic Sale, showcasing the final auction of the personal collection of John Pence, supplemented by works from his acclaimed gallery in San Francisco, which closed in 2017 when Mr. Pence retired. The focus of Mr. Pences own assemblage and his gallery has been on academic realists, abstract art, and significant works that inspired them.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 10:30 am PST; sale items can be previewed online now until the sale starts. The sale will be featured on three platforms: LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable and Turner Auctions + Appraisals free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Apps ("Turner Auctions"). All are easily accessed through Upcoming Auctions at the companys website
Featuring artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, this sale offers over 260 lots of diverse subject matter works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pencil, ink, and mixed media; as well as posters, etchings, lithographs, sculpture and art pottery. Artists from the 19th century include Raymond Nott, Jacques Maroger, Walter Clark, Robert Hallowell, and Frank Herrmann. Works from the 20th century were created by Douglas Fenn Wilson, Jason Gaillard, Donald Jurney, Gregory Hull, Farre Harada, Will Wilson, Robert Maione, Robert LaVigne, Michael Bergt, John Koenig, Daniel Phill, Steve Armstrong, Gary Viviano and Eric Goulder, among others. Women artists represented in the auction include Mary Foote, Iola Lorie Benton, Marguerite Takvorian-Holmes, Maria Alquilar and Judith Clancy.
From Mr. Pences personal library are numerous reference materials, including books on art and artists, catalogues raisonnés, coffee table books, and diverse auction catalogs. Among several items of decorative arts are an African drum, a Japanese fireplace hook, and Gold Rush bottles.
John Pence was founder and owner of the largest art gallery in San Francisco, which was also one of the premier academic realist galleries in the U.S. He retired in 2016 from his eponymous firm after 44 years in business. Now, as Mr. Pence figuratively clears out his attic, the resulting sale means his noteworthy collection of artworks by well-known artists and reference materials are available at exceptional prices to tempt savvy buyers. Some items of other collectors are also included in the sale.
Here are some highlights of the upcoming sale:
Lot 156: Artist: Douglas Fenn Wilson (born 1953). Title: Waterfall. Signature: signed bottom right. Size: Artwork: 17 x 10 1/2 inches. Frame: 21 3/4 x 15 inches. Medium: Oil and mix media. Estimate: $500-700.
Lot 92: Artist: Mary Foote (1872-1968). Title: Girl with Doll. Size: Artwork: 21 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches. Frame: 21 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches. Medium: Oil on canvas. Estimate: $600-800.
Lot 21: Artist: Steve Armstrong. Title: Whimsical Sculpture. Size: Artwork: Approximately 19 x 15 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. Medium: Wood - Sculpture. Estimate: $300-500.
Lot 19: Gold Rush Bottles, including one "Boley Blue". Tallest example is 9 inches tall. Estimate: $800-1,200.
Lot 85: Artist: Donald Jurney (born 1945). Title: Lake Agawam, Southampton. Signature: Signed bottom left. Size: Artwork: 12 x 16 inches. Frame: 12 3/4 x 20 inches. Medium: Oil on paper. Estimate: $300-500
Lot 121: Artist: Gregory Hull (born 1950). Title: Forbidden Fruit. Signature: signed bottom right. Size: Artwork: 11 x 14 inches. Frame: 16 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches. Created: 2004. Medium: Oil on Panel. Estimate: $300-500.
Lot 158: Artist: Jacques Maroger (1884 - 1962). Size: Artwork: 25 X 30 inches. Frame: 24 1/2 X 29 1/4 inches. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Estimate: $300-500.
Lot 17: African Drum. Height: Approximately 22 inches. Top diameter: Approx. 31 1/2 inches at the widest part. Estimate: $200-300.
Lot 141: Artist: Michael Bergt (born 1956). Title: Serpentine Scene. Signature: signed lower left. Size: Artwork: 13 x 11 inches. Frame: 19 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches. Created: 1979. Medium: Egg tempera. Estimate: $200-400.
Lot 32: Artist: Daniel Phill (born 1955). Signature: Lower center. Size: Artwork: 82 x 62 1/4 inches. Frame: 83 x 63 inches. Medium: Mixed Media. Estimate: $500-700.
Lot 25: Artist: David Simon (born 1970). Title: Male Bust. Size: Artwork: 13 x 6 1/4 inches Medium: clay. Estimate: $200-300.
Lot 82: Artist: Eric Goulder (born 1964). Title: Nude Figurative Sculpture. Signature: Signed. Size: Artwork: 10 x 30 x 20 inches. Medium: Bronze. Estimate: $7,000-10,000.
Lot 104: Artist: Vladimir Cora. Signature: Signed bottom right. Size: Artwork: 38 x 30 1/2 inches. Acrylic box: 47 3/4 x 40 x 3 inches. Created: 1990. Medium: Print 4/100. Estimate: $1,500-3,500.