09-07-2012 09-07-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2609B Boston
September 7, 2012 12:00PMCalender

Horace Brown (American, 1876-1949) Sunlight over Vermont Hills

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2609B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 07, 2012 12:00PM


Horace Brown (American, 1876-1949)

Sunlight over Vermont Hills
Signed "Horace Brown" l.l., stamped "...Horace/Brown" within a circle on the
reverse, inscribed "Presented to/Margaret Clement Rhodes/by/Horace Brown/1913" on a label affixed to the back of the frame.
Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm), in a signed Laurent frame.
Condition: Craquelure.

Provenance: Collection of Cheryl and Paul Scott, New Hamphire.

N.B. Modernist sculptor and frame maker Robert Laurent (American, 1890-1970) came to New York City in 1901 from France with his family under the aegis of Hamilton Easter Field, who took interest in the young man's artistic education. Laurent subsequently studied in Rome and in Paris, where he was exposed to avant-garde art. Returning to New York in 1910, Laurent began carving frames for his artist friends including John LaFarge, Leon Kroll, Robert Henri, and Childe Hassam, and for wealthy collectors like Dr. Albert Barnes, who commissioned a large number of frames.

Margaret Goodwin Clement Rhodes (1881-1975), to whom the work is dedicated, is buried in Rutland, Vermont.
Estimate $800-1,200

Very minor craquelure to l.l. quadrant; very minor surface grime/accretions; no additional condition issues to report.


Horace Brown, Paul Scott, Vermont Hills, Margaret Clement Rhodes, Robert Laurent, New York City, frame maker, France, Modernist sculptor, Paris, Returning, John LaFarge, Leon Kroll, Albert Barnes, Margaret Goodwin Clement Rhodes, Vermont, Rutland