James D. Julia Auctioneers to Present a Special Showing of the John F. Gale Collection of Outstanding New England Paintings at the Rockport Art Association

Exhibit on January 12, 2013 to feature over 120 paintings and a talk by “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser and fine art expert Colleene Fesko

The exhibit, to be held on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at the Rockport (Massachusetts) Art Association, will include a special showing of the John F. Gale collection and other fine paintings. These works will be subsequently sold at our Annual Winter Antique, Asian & Fine Art Auction which will be held January 30th through February 1st. Mr. Gale is credited with assembling one of the largest and finest private collections of twentieth century Cape Ann School paintings to be sold in many years. Included are 35 works by William Lester Stevens, 26 by Aldro Hibbard, 5 by Frederick Mulhaupt, 3 by T.M. Nicholas, and one by Emile Gruppé, among others. The collection speaks in terms of subject, palette, and style to the quintessential New England aesthetic. The event will also feature a presentation by Colleene Fesko, noted art expert and consultant, on the history and context of the Cape Ann School movement.

Three outstanding works that truly exemplify John Gale’s discerning eye are certain to be of great interest to global fine arts enthusiast, including Lot 1010, painted by Frederick John Mulhaupt. Entitled “Gloucester Gill Netters,” it features a peaceful, dockside view of traditional New England fishing boats. It is estimated at $50,000-80,000. The second, lot 1028, by Aldro Thompson Hibbard, is called “West River Valley VT.” It presents an idyllic panorama of a sleepy riverside town in winter and is estimated at $30,000-40,000. And the third, lot 1022, was created by artist William Lester Stevens. “Mill Dam” pictures an aging yet still proud mill building on the snowy banks of a rocky, winding river. It is estimated at $15,000-20,000.

The Gale Collection comes from Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a great example of the recent efforts by Julia’s to better serve the Boston market. Earlier in 2012, Julia’s opened their satellite office in Woburn, Massachusetts to deliver first-rate identification, valuation, and auction services to customers in the Boston and southern New England areas. According to Jim Julia, company President and national auction authority, “We are delighted to be able to present this world-class body of work to our clients and collectors. The Gale Collection is without question the finest and largest offering of Cape Ann School paintings to come to auction in many years. Gale was a very discerning buyer; he was very careful about what he bought and put a lot of effort and thought into the pieces he added to his collection. Any collection that included a Frederick Mulhaupt is fortunate and Mr. Gale’s collection includes five.”

The public is invited to attend the Gale Collection exhibit event. It will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 2pm to 6pm in the Rockport Art Association’s Hibbard Gallery. The Association is located at 12 Main Street, Rockport, Massachusetts, 01966. There is no admission charge and metered street parking is available. Space is limited; please reserve your place by RSVP’ing to us at 207-453-7125 or antiques@jamesdjulia.com by Friday, January 11, 2013.

For more information on James D. Julia, Inc. and the company’s Annual Winter Antique, Asian & Fine Art Auction, please visit http://www.jamesdjulia.com.

Contact:
William Gage
Department Head, Antiques & Fine Art Division
James D. Julia, Inc.
207-453-7125
Bill.Gage@JamesDJulia.com