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Featuring the American and European paintings collections of the following, among others:
The Estate Collection of Father Paul Plante (Proceeds to benefit the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine)
A Greater Boston Family Collection
The Estate of Thomas Crotty (Frost Gully Gallery, Freeport)
An Important Important Family Collection, Lexington, Massachusetts
An Important Important Family Collection, Gastonbury, Connecticut
The Estate of the artist Charles Fromuth
The Estate of William F. Herman
An important Connecticut family collection
A private New York Collection of American Still Lifes
And other fine paintings from private collections and families around the world
The Father Paul Plante Estate Collection of American paintings will be sold by Barridoff Galleries at the request of Fr. Plante with proceeds to benefit the Portland Diocese. Plante was a highly regarded artist in Maine and several of his works will be included.
Barridoff Galleries was established in the mid 1970's by Annette and Rob Elowitch in both their home towns of Portland, Maine. It was the first auction house in Maine to specialize in the auction of fine art. It is the only auction house in Maine to offer only works of art at two auctions a year which are held in April and October. The auctions, which feature Old Masters, American, European, Russian, Asian, Modernist and contemporary work, are the Galleries' only business. In that regard, it was the forerunner to regional auction houses in America and probably throughout the world. Unusually extensive stories about the Galleries' owners and auctions have been featured on every national news network in a strong, positive way with unusually in depth stories on the Today Show on NBC, the Osgood File on CBS, and, with an extensive 15 minute story, on the the News Hour on PBS. Barridoff Galleries, which sells to major museums and important collectors throughout the world, responds to
potential consignors within 24 hours and to auction buyers usually even sooner with accurate condition reports and answers to any questions regarding the consignment or sale of art. Art is both a passion and a business at Barridoff Galleries, a combination that makes buying and selling it an incomparable experience for everyone. The feature length movie about Barridoff and the Elowitches titled "Canvasman" has been telecast on public television in prime time and been an official selection at many important film festivals. (The DVD is available at Amazon.com.) The live previews and auctions are held at Abromson Center, University of Southern, Maine, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine. The art school has played a particularly integral part in the rebirth of Longfellow's "beautiful city..seated by the sea." The Galleries donates a small percentage of every auction to the School.
The Abromson Center
88 Bedford Street
On the campus of the University of Southern Maine
401 Cumberland Avenue Apt 401
Portland, Maine 04101
Shipping and mailing address:
50 Market Street
South Portland, Maine 04106
For all business:
Tel: 207 772 5011
Fax: 207 772 5049
Maine Auctioneers License #1092
Contract Information: Barridoff Galleries acts as an agent for its consignors and the contract for sale is between the consignor and the buyer. Barridoff Galleries may reject any bid for any reason. Items may be subject to a reserve, and Barridoff Galleries may reject any bid below the reserve. The auctioneer may bid on behalf of the consignor or of Barridoff Galleries. Barridoff Galleries reserves the right to withdraw any property at any time before its actual sale. The buyer will be the highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer. Barridoff Galleries has the authority to decide any disputes over the auction process in its sole discretion, and its decision shall be final and binding. As a convenience to clients who cannot aend a sale in person, Absentee/Telephone bid forms are found at the back of this catalog. Barridoff Galleries is not responsible for errors and omissions in connection with telephone, Internet, or other absentee bidding.
Payment: We accept cash, personal check, money order and bank transfer. We do not accept credit cards or paypal.
Shipping Information: Barridoff does not handle the shipment of any items. All shipping requests are handled through a local shipping agent whose contact information will be provided to all winning bidders. Goods will not be shipped until payment has cleared.
Buyer's Premium: Barridoff Galleries charges the buyer a premium to be added to the hammer price on each item purchased. This premium is equal to 25% of the hammer price up to and including $500,000.00, plus 20% of the hammer price over $500,000.00.
Taxes on your purchase:
All purchases are subject to Maine sales tax unless the buyer possesses a sales tax exemption number either from or acceptable to Maine Revenue Services and presents to Barridoff Galleries at or before the auction a valid signed certificate from the Services stating that Barridoff Galleries does not have to withhold Maine sales tax on the purchase. Maine sales tax is applicable to the full purchase price as determined by the hammer price plus premium.
Statements in the catalog and any other information provided by Barridoff Galleries and any of its employees are opinions; Barridoff Galleries and the consignors are not responsible for errors and omissions therein. Barridoff Galleries makes no representation or warranty with respect to and is not responsible for the description, quality, condition, or authenticity of any items sold, and makes no warranty as to merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. All items are sold "AS IS." Prospective bidders should inspect the property before bidding to determine its condition, size, and whether or not is has been repaired or restored. No representation or warranty is made as to copyright of any property or whether the buyer acquires any reproduction rights of the property.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Please note that whenever possible, the specific medium of all photographic images in this sale is listed in the various catalogue entries. Whether they are listed as "photographs", or more specifically as "gelatin silver prints", 'photogravures", etc..., the medium is the original.
When mounted, the catalogue entry includes that information. However, lots 76 and 77 are catalogued as mounted but are not. They are listed correctly with all the condition reports. If a lot was mounted, it was most likely always mounted and was intended to be mounted.
A statement of condition as found here on Artfact.com for any lot that includes only the four words "Good condition, good appearance" and no further explanation of a lot's condition, indicates a preliminary examination only by the staff of Barridoff Galleries. In such a case in particular, although also highly recommended for any lot, the prospective bidder should ask for a more extensive examination, examine the painting him or herself, or have a professional restorer do so on his or her behalf.
All oils in the sale must be assumed to have some craquelure. Craquelure will be mentioned if it seems, in our opinion, to be extensive, separated, or obtrusive, especially for its date. Loss of intensity or color in watercolors will be mentioned only if it seems, in our opinion, to be significant or obtrusive. Almost every watercolor has some loss of intensity from aging and direct or indirect light over time. We qualify those pictures we feel to be in mint condition with the term "mint or nearly mint", "pristine or nearly pristine", "little or no restoration", "little or no restoration, probably none", or the like, in order to avoid problems arising from differences of opinion and interpretation. We use "restoration" to mean inpaint or overpaint, and treat lining and thinness (or overcleaning/loss of paint surface) as issues separate from restoration. "Very minor scattered restoration" means it seems to us almost not worth mentioning; "minor scattered restoration" means a bit more. "Scattered restoration" alone may mean anything from several scattered spots to many scattered spots, but none of these is usually or particularly meaningful or bothersome. Unless very serious, we usually don't include thinness of surface paint in most condition reports because, again, it is often a matter of opinion and taste. The problem would have to be very obvious to the naked eye to be included. We do not mention minor ghosts of a crease or line on the surface caused by a stretcher unless it is in some way atypical or impacts significantly on the surface. If an image is painted directly on Masonite, board, canvasboard or the like, it is not considered lined and therefore nothing about its being lined is mentioned in condition reports. Barridoff Galleries tries to distinguish between works painted directly on such supports and those canvases that are laid down on such supports, but does not guarantee the type of support or lining. Although we will answer as best we can any questions in regard to the surface, if the buyer has questions about it, he or she is cautioned to examine the work under consideration in person or have an expert look at it for him/her. If a condition report includes no mention of lining, the subject artwork is probably not lined or is painted directly on a hard surface such as a panel. No one representing Barridoff Galleries is a qualified expert in regard to condition or restoration. While we do our best to provide an accurate description of condition no matter the medium, our description is in no way to be understood as a guarantee. Again, bidders are herein advised to examine any item in the sale prior to bidding in person and/or to have a qualified restorer of his/her own choosing do so for them. The Conditions of Sale found on the inside front cover and on page 4 of the catalogue also preclude any statements made in any other fashion and in any regard. Condition reports are in no way to be considered a guarantee of any kind. Our expertise in regard to condition is limited. This is particularly true of works on paper (including photographs), sculpture, and, most particularly of all, Old Masters. Those very few, if any, paintings whose condition reports may be more extensive and technical, are done by or with the help of a professional restorer. However, this disclaimer applies to all condition reports.