Bonhams Announces "Behind Closed Doors" Sale of SoCal Impressionist and Western Art

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On August 4, Bonhams will offer important and fresh to the market works in the sale of California and Western Art. Featured are 161 works from notable collections of Barron Hilton, Russell Chatham, and The Kelton Foundation, among others.

The sale features strength in Southern California Impressionist landscapes, including significant works by Granville Redmond, John Frost, and Elmer Wachtel.

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Leading the sale is the striking Poppies and Lupine by Granville Redmond (estimate: $100,000-150,000). Painted in 1914, this work is a prime example of Redmond's talents as the leader in painting elegant depictions of California wildflowers. 

Granville Redmond (1871-1935) Poppies and Lupine, oil on canvas, painted in 1914

(estimate: $100,000-150,000)

Poppies and Lupine is symbolic of the tradition in early California plein air painting and distinguished Granville Redmond as one of the top Impressionist painters. Other fine landscapes include San Jacinto Mountain by John Frost (estimate: $60,000-80,000) and Elmer Wachtel's scenic view of The Grandeur that is California (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

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The grandeur of the American West is also captured in works ranging from Edgar Payne's Canyon de Chelly (estimate: $50,000-70,000) to Birger Sandzén's In the Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (estimate: $20,000-30,000).

John Frost (1890-1937), San Jacinto Mountain, oil on canvas (estimate: $60,000-80,000)
RIGHT: Edgar Payne (1883-1947), Canyon de Chelly, oil on canvas (estimate: $50,000-70,000)

In addition, selections of Hawaiian art distinguish the sale, with works of classic Hawaiian imagery by Robert Eskridge's dazzling mural of Waikiki (estimate: $25,000-35,000) and Lloyd Sexton Jr.'s Yellow plumerias along the coast (estimate: $10,000-15,000).  

LEFT: Robert Eskridge (1891-1975), Waikiki, oil on canvas, painted circa 1945 (estimate: $25,000-35,000)
RIGHT: Arthur Grover Rider (1886-1975), Sun and Sail, oil on canvas (estimate: $40,000-60,000)

Additional highlights include:

William Alexander Griffith (1866-1940), Along the Laguna Coast, oil on canvas, painted in 1931 (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

Arthur Grover Rider (1886-1975), Sun and Sail, oil on canvas (estimate: $40,000-60,000).

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The sale will be a live 'behind-closed-doors' auction. An auctioneer will be present on the rostrum, and bids will be accepted in the following formats: online, on the phone, or by leaving an absentee bid. All bidding will be done remotely in accordance with the latest government guidelines.
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney.

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With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit 

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