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2024 Winter Fine Art, Antiques & Jewelry (Day 2)

Sun, Jan 28, 2024 01:00PM EST
Lot 736

Two New England Maritime Paintings, Cappy Amundsen & Arthur Laws

Estimate: $400 - $450

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1st item: Casper Hjalmar Amundsen (American/New England, 1911-2001), also known as "Cappy" or William Ward, Jr., oil on canvas board painting depicting several sailboats and rowboats moored by a pier with dock houses and a single figure. Signed "William Ward Jr.," lower left. Stamped copyright information en verso along with old auction and framing labels. Housed in a fluted gilt wood frame. Sight: 9 1/4" H x 9 3/8" W. Frame: 12 1/4" H x 14 5/16" W. 2nd item: Arthur J. Laws (New York, 1894-1960) oil on canvas board painting entitled "Beached for Painting," depicting a beached sailboat attended to by two men, with a harbor in the background. Signed lower right. With Salmagundi Club and old auction labels en verso. Housed in a painted wood frame. Sight: 10" H x 8" W. Frame: 15 1/8" H x 13 1/8" W. Biographical Note: Casper "Cappy" Hjalmar Amundsen was born in New York City to the artist, Casper Emerson, Jr., and grew up learning drawing and painting in his father's studio. He attended the Blair Academy and the Grand Central School of Art. In 1932, Cappy, along with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Beaufort Delaney and others, founded the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show. Amundsen later traveled via yawl along the eastern seaboard working as a commercial fisherman to support himself for. During this time, he developed skill as a painter and. Amundsen has operated under more than twenty pseudonyms, including Hjalmar, I. Emerson, Hjalmar Emerson Amundsen, C. Hjalmar Amundsen, J. J. Enwright, William Ward, Jr., F. H. McKay, W. Hughes, Sven Sagg, and many others. The multiple signatures were probably a marketing ploy to enable Amundsen to place different prices on his works, sometimes executed in differing styles, when displaying them in his usual outdoor/street art shows such as the Washington Square Art Show. (Source: Terry Wallace, "Cappy: The Life and Art of C. Hjalmar Amundsen")


Both items in very good overall condition. 2nd item's frame with abrasions and paint loss.

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