Our May specials begin with a walk in mid-20th-century Central Park, then takes a trip to summer resorts: turn-of-the-century Long Island, 1930s Cape Cod, and 1970s Montauk Point. Then we stroll around the corner of Chestnut and Fourth Streets in the 1830s to admire the eye-popping illusion of a "horizontorium" of the Bank of Philadelphia.
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Sale prices in effect through June 15, 2018.
A WALK IN THE PARK
This sunlit view of the plaza in Central Park was painted by John Agnello, probably in the 1950s not long after the statues of Latin American heroes General Jose de San Martin and Simon Bolivar were installed there, at the location where Avenue of the Americas meets Central Park South. Agnello was known for his urban genre scenes. Regularly $3,250, sale price $2,900. More information.
Sunlit view of the green lawn and leafy trees of Central Park with pedestrians on the paths and buildings rising in the distance, from a series of paintings of New York City scenes by George Stimmel. It appears to depict the portion of the park near 59th Street. Stimmel worked as a set designer at the Metropolitan Opera and was a member of the Scenic Artists Union active in the mid 20th century. He also exhibited his work at the Salmagundi Club and Salons of America. We have other New York scenes by Stimmel, including the Treasury Building, the Chrysler Building, and City Hall Park. Regularly $1,250, sale price $1,050. More information.
Set of four large Maps of Long Island, each measuring about three feet wide overall, that together show the entire island in great detail from Brooklyn to the Hamptons and Montauk (one shown left with detail of Southampton below it). These maps were produced prior to the establishment of Nassau County in 1899. They contain detailed information of interest to property owners, the insurance industry and government agencies, such as different markings for “fairly good roads,” “macadamized and good roads,” “poor roads,” and “private roads.” Also depicted are churches, schoolhouses, hotels, houses labeled with the names of the homeowners, waterworks, lighthouses, life saving stations, railroads and rail stations. Regularly $5,250 the set, sale price $4,725. More information.
The Long Point Light in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is shown in dramatic late afternoon light, emphasizing its stark geometric form in this 1935 watercolor by Sandor Bernath (above left). Located at the tip of Cape Cod, the 38-foot brick lighthouse still functions as a navigational aid, though the keeper’s house has since been torn down. Regularly $1,800, sale price $1,600. More information.
In 1972, Bernath painted a view of Montauk Point in the looser, more experimental style he adopted later in his career. The lighthouse is silhouetted in the haze while seagulls circle in the foreground (above right). Regularly $1,800, sale price $1,600. More information.
Optical illusion lithograph called a “horizontorium,” showing a morphed, elongated architectural view of the Bank of Philadelphia. This novelty print resolves into a properly proportioned image that appears to be three dimensional when viewed horizontally through a simple device. The bird's-eye view depicts the Gothic style building designed by the architect Benjamin Latrobe. It was published in 1832, six years before the structure was demolished. Regularly $4,500, sale price $4,000. More information.