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Lot 49: Thomas Beach (Attr) 18th Century Oil Painting "Portrait of a Gentleman"

Est: $2,500 USD - $5,000 USDSold:
Worthington GalleriesMarch 03, 2018Gallatin, TN, US

Item Overview

Description

Splendid 18th Century half length portrait attributed to renowned English Portraitist Thomas Beach (1738 - 1806) | Medium: oil on canvas. Measures 29 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ – Framed in a Gold Gilded Wooden Frame | Entitled Portrait of a Gentleman. Although the work was previously thought as originating in Europe (Continental School), the fantastic rendering is now believed to be attributed to Thomas Beach from the British School. Aside from the fact that the painting is likely too early to be included in the Continental School (19th Century), there are several indicators that would suggest the painting more properly be catalogued as being from the earlier British School. Some such indicators include the painted oval portrait border, the candle-light palette, the type of powdered wig, ascot and subdued high collared uniform, among others. Furthermore, in our qualified opinion, based on the information available, the painting is a work of the period of the artist which may be in whole or part the work of Thomas Beach. While the work has similarities to portraits of several English 18th century portraiture artists, the piece has the strongest resemblance to the work of the prolific english portrait artist Thomas Beach. Beaches work exhibits a similar style, used painted oval borders, subdued candle-lit lighting, specialized in half length portraits, preferred painting the subject from the left side, with sitter usually turned 45 degrees, brush stroke and technique likeness, etc. (E.g. Portrait of Francis Steward, Thomas Beach self-portrait, 4th Baron Coleraine, Portrait of a Man, and the portrait of James Scott Beach). While numerous other British School portraiture painters have been studied, and may have a few similarities (see Thomas Hardy, Henry Walton, Arthur William Devis, an earlier work of George Knapton, Cosmo Alexander, with similar painted textures, especially in the wigs, also added some streaks of color in the wigs, similar depth (or lack of depth) among others) none seem to reflect the closeness of style and rendering as Beach. Thomas Beach (1738 – 17 December 1806) was an English portrait painter who studied under Sir Joshua Reynolds. Beach was born at Milton Abbas, Dorset in 1738, and showed. a strong predilection for art from an early age. In 1760, under the patronage of Lord Dorchester’s family, he became a pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds, while at the same time studying at the St. Martin’s Lane Academy. He then settled at the fashionable resort of Bath, where he was much in demand for his portraits and portrait groups. The British (or English) school, was a dominant school of painting in England throughout the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th. Its establishment marked the rise of a national tradition that began with the emergence of native artists whose works were no longer provincial but rivaled continental art in quality and ended by exercising considerable influence on the course of European painting. British national initiatives to bolster art in the 18th century proved an important step in the history of art in this region. With portraits being previously outsourced elsewhere in Europe, the British School began to flourish with portrait painters that rivaled the best on the Continent. Condition: Upon inspection in the frame, with the exception of a small lacuna as pictured and the age appropriate craquelure there is no major apparent damage to rendering or medium. Attribution: Please see terms and conditions. It is not always known with certainty who created a painting or piece of art work. An attribution is a reasonable assessment of who was responsible for creating a particular work of art. Attributions are made with different degrees of certainty, depending on factors such as style and documentary and scientific evidence. When a work of art is “attributed” to an artist, the assessor has concluded that, based on all available evidence, the art is reasonably believed to be an original work in whole or in part by the artist. However, the assessor maintains a degree of uncertainty that would prevent a definitive attribution (thereby removing the term attribution). Consequently, there can be no assurance or guaranty that the paintings attribution will necessarily ever be further proven or confirmed. Consequently, the buyer is encouraged to seek an independent professional assessment from a qualified appraiser or examiner. Pricing: The most recent public sale of a Thomas Beach portrait (of almost the exact size as the present painting) was the Portrait of John Rogers sold on January 16, 2016 by Brunk Auctions for $3,000 (unfortunately our records do not contain a picture of the painting). However, immediately preceding was the sale of Beach’s Portrait of William Helyar at Christies in London on April 30, 2015 for $24,612. The Five Beach portraits sold in public auctions immediatley prior to the sale of William Helyar carried the following hammer prices: In 2015 – Sotheby’s London $14,613; In 2014 – Woolley & Wallis, England $6263; Bonhams London $13,713; Christie’s London $3,328 and 2013 – Bonhoms London $4,826. Nonetheless, Worthington strongly encourages all interested buyers to conduct their own independent investigation.

Dimensions

29.5" x 24.5"

Artist or Maker

Medium

Oil on Canvas

Date

18th Century

Condition Report

Upon inspection in the frame, with the exception of a small lacuna as pictured and the age appropriate craquelure there is no major apparent damage to rendering or medium.

Literature

Entitled "Portrait of a Gentleman"

Payment & Shipping

Payment

Accepted forms of payment: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Other, Paypal, Visa, Wire Transfer

Shipping

Worthington Galleries provides in-house shipping at additional costs. We will separately invoice all winning bidders for packing, shipping, handling, and insurance costs. Please contact us to make shipping arrangements. If for whatever reason a winning bidder chooses not to use our in-house shipping, we will be happy to provide names of carriers and shippers. Should Purchaser choose to use a third-party shipper, Purchaser agrees that packing and shipping is done solely at the purchaser's risk and that the Purchaser will pay for all packing expenses, materials, carrier fees and insurance charges. Worthington Galleries will have no liability for any loss or damage to shipped items. Items must be paid for in full before they will be shipped. Any shipping estimates given are only estimates and cannot be construed as the final shipping cost. All property should be removed from the auction site premises at the auction's conclusion unless prior arrangements have been made with Worthington Galleries. Purchased items not picked up or shipped within ten business days of the auction will be assessed a storage fee of $10.00 per day. If the purchaser fails to have their item(s) removed from the Auction Site 30 days after the auction, Worthington Galleries reserves the right to take possession of the item(s) and dispose of them at their discretion to recoup storage costs.

Auction Details

Spring Fine Art & Collectibles Auction

by
Worthington Galleries
March 03, 2018, 10:00 AM CST

112 Public Sq, Gallatin, TN, 37066, US

Terms

Live bidding may start higher or lower

Buyer's Premium

$0 - 500:20.0%
$501+:23.0%

Bidding Increments

From:To:Increment:
$0$99$10
$100$499$25
$500$999$50
$1,000$2,999$100
$3,000$9,999$200
$10,000$19,999$500
$20,000$499,999$1,000
$500,000+$5,000

Terms & Conditions

Payment: All Sales Are Final. We accept the following forms of payment: Cash (In House Only), American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashier's Check, Visa, and Wire Transfer. All winning bids must be settled by the end of sale. If we do not hear from you within 5 business days from the auction date, a credit card may be charged through invaluable. Purchaser is responsible for all bank fees incurred for wire transactions. Payment may be made by cash (In House Only), wire transfer, certified funds, credit card or other form approved by Worthington Holdings, LLC ("Worthington Galleries") in writing. We reserve the right to require payment by wire transfer or certified funds. Payments from outside the United States and Canada should be made by wire transfer. Credit cards will not be accepted for international transactions. Checks may take up to three weeks to clear and be verified. Buyers not known to us presenting a check must provide a "letter of guarantee" from a bank officer on original stationery to Worthington Galleries. This letter should state an exact amount of funds guaranteed and should be presented to the cashier at time of registration. Credit arrangements must be made by the Friday prior to the day of auction so bank statements or letters of guarantee can be verified. We reserve the right to not issue a bidder number or to withhold merchandise if appropriate credit has not been established. Worthington Galleries reserves the right to hold all merchandise until receipt of funds is verified. A $50.00 service charge will be assessed when a check fails to clear the purchaser's bank. In addition to this returned check administrative fee, late payment fees may be assessed. We require cash, cashier's check or wire transfer to replace the returned check and any service fees.

Shipping: Worthington Galleries provides in-house shipping at additional costs. We will separately invoice all winning bidders for packing, shipping, handling, and insurance costs. Please contact us to make shipping arrangements. If for whatever reason a winning bidder chooses not to use our in-house shipping, we will be happy to provide names of carriers and shippers. Should Purchaser choose to use a third-party shipper, Purchaser agrees that packing and shipping is done solely at the purchaser's risk and that the Purchaser will pay for all packing expenses, materials, carrier fees and insurance charges. Worthington Galleries will have no liability for any loss or damage to shipped items. Items must be paid for in full before they will be shipped. Any shipping estimates given are only estimates and cannot be construed as the final shipping cost. All property should be removed from the auction site premises at the auction's conclusion unless prior arrangements have been made with Worthington Galleries. Purchased items not picked up or shipped within ten business days of the auction will be assessed a storage fee of $10.00 per day. If the purchaser fails to have their item(s) removed from the Auction Site 30 days after the auction, Worthington Galleries reserves the right to take possession of the item(s) and dispose of them at their discretion to recoup storage costs.
Buyer's Premium: A buyer's premium will be applied to the purchase price of all items as listed below. (The "Sales Price" is the hammer price plus the buyer's premium, plus applicable convenience payment fees, plus applicable taxes). All bidding at auction and all purchases will be in U.S. Dollars. 

Shipping Information

Payment

All Sales Are Final. We accept the following forms of payment: Cash (In House Only), American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashier's Check, Visa, and Wire Transfer. All winning bids must be settled by the end of sale. If we do not hear from you within 5 business days from the auction date, a credit card may be charged through invaluable. Purchaser is responsible for all bank fees incurred for wire transactions. Payment may be made by cash (In House Only), wire transfer, certified funds, credit card or other form approved by Worthington Holdings, LLC ("Worthington Galleries") in writing. We reserve the right to require payment by wire transfer or certified funds. Payments from outside the United States and Canada should be made by wire transfer. Credit cards will not be accepted for international transactions. Checks may take up to three weeks to clear and be verified. Buyers not known to us presenting a check must provide a "letter of guarantee" from a bank officer on original stationery to Worthington Galleries. This letter should state an exact amount of funds guaranteed and should be presented to the cashier at time of registration. Credit arrangements must be made by the Friday prior to the day of auction so bank statements or letters of guarantee can be verified. We reserve the right to not issue a bidder number or to withhold merchandise if appropriate credit has not been established. Worthington Galleries reserves the right to hold all merchandise until receipt of funds is verified. A $50.00 service charge will be assessed when a check fails to clear the purchaser's bank. In addition to this returned check administrative fee, late payment fees may be assessed. We require cash, cashier's check or wire transfer to replace the returned check and any service fees.

Shipping

Worthington Galleries provides in-house shipping at additional costs. We will separately invoice all winning bidders for packing, shipping, handling, and insurance costs. Please contact us to make shipping arrangements. If for whatever reason a winning bidder chooses not to use our in-house shipping, we will be happy to provide names of carriers and shippers. Should Purchaser choose to use a third-party shipper, Purchaser agrees that packing and shipping is done solely at the purchaser's risk and that the Purchaser will pay for all packing expenses, materials, carrier fees and insurance charges. Worthington Galleries will have no liability for any loss or damage to shipped items. Items must be paid for in full before they will be shipped. Any shipping estimates given are only estimates and cannot be construed as the final shipping cost. All property should be removed from the auction site premises at the auction's conclusion unless prior arrangements have been made with Worthington Galleries. Purchased items not picked up or shipped within ten business days of the auction will be assessed a storage fee of $10.00 per day. If the purchaser fails to have their item(s) removed from the Auction Site 30 days after the auction, Worthington Galleries reserves the right to take possession of the item(s) and dispose of them at their discretion to recoup storage costs.

Additional Terms

Condition and Descriptions: Worthington Holdings, LLC ("Worthington") has endeavored to accurately describe all items being sold. All items are sold as is, where is, with all faults. There are no warranties or representations of merchantability, of fitness, nor of any other kind, express or implied. All items are available for your examination prior to bidding. Your bidding will signify that you have examined the items as fully as desired, or that you have chosen not to examine them. Please note that photographs may have had size modifications for display purposes, or been trimmed to exclude framing, matting, and wide blank margins. Also, imperfections from the photography process can include reflections and variations in color due to digital processing. Worthington shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear, imperfections or aging. Any condition statement, written or verbal, is given as a courtesy to the client, and is only an opinion. It should not be treated as a statement of fact. Written and oral descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, materials or any other feature of items being sold. Our goal is to provide prospective bidders with accurate and detailed information. We recommend prospective bidders examine all items in which they have an interest. If you require absolute certainty in all areas of authenticity, and the results of your evaluation leave uncertainty in your mind, we recommend you not bid on the item in question. Estimates provided are our opinion of the price that a willing buyer would pay for the property at auction. These estimates are neither a representation nor a prediction of the actual selling price that will be realized at auction. All sales are final. No statement written or oral made by the auctioneer or a representative of Worthington shall be deemed a warranty or assumption of liability by Worthington or by any seller represented by Worthington. Worthington reserves the right to withdraw any property before the sale. The preview for the sale will be one day before the sale, or by appointment.

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Taxes: Purchases may be subject to 9.25% Tennessee sales tax unless the Tennessee Department of Revenue Blanket Certificate of Resale form is completed and provided, along with a copy of the resale certificate from your state and received prior to time of purchase. International buyers are responsible for tariffs, taxes, or assessments of shipped items to the buyer's country.