Exceptional offerings by Charles Burchfield will lead Shannon's Spring Fine Art Auction, April 28th
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A public preview begins on Monday, April 18th at Shannon's galley in Milford, Connecticut. The full catalog, preview hours and sale information are available now, at shannons.com.

MILFORD, Conn. - Hartok -- Shannon's Fine Art Auction planned for Thursday, April 28th, at 6 pm Eastern time, will include leading lots by Charles Burchfield, Francis A. Silva, Guy C. Wiggins and more. A public preview begins on Monday, April 18th at Shannon's galley in Milford. The full catalog, preview hours and sale information are available now, at shannons.com.

Headlining the auction are three exceptional works by Charles Burchfield (American, (1893-1967). Nighthawks and the Moon, (1965) 1966, 35 inches by 26 inches, was exhibited at ACA Galleries in New York in 1970. The watercolor work is a nocturnal scene of nighthawks circling the moon. In the foreground trees and flowers vibrate in the moonlight, lending a mysterious air to the composition. This painting is easily among the artist's best (est. $200,000-$300,000).

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Another stellar Burchfield, Fires of Spring in Big Woods, measures 40 inches by 30 inches. The poetic title comes from the artist's journal entry, "There had been forming in my mind an idea of showing deep winter in a woods, but with openings at the top of a hill showing the fires of spring." Indeed, the trees look as though they are on fire, with the sunlight foretelling the emergence of spring (est. $150,000-$250,000).

The last Burchfield in the group is from the artist's self-proclaimed 'golden year,' 1917, when he was most prolific. This work illustrates a scene from Burchfield's native Ohio just after a rainstorm. Loosely associated with the Regionalist artists, Burchfield found inspiration in his immediate surroundings. He painted primarily in his native Ohio before he established his studio outside Buffalo, New York (est. $50,000-$75,000). A large painting by Dale Nichols, another artist associated with the Regionalists, will also be offered at $40,000-$60,000.

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In the category of 19th century American Art, marine artist Francis A. Silva (American, (1835-1886) leads the group. By the Seaside, New Jersey Shore was painted in 1883 and depicts the beach at Keyport, New Jersey where the artist first met his wife. It is a classic example of Silva's masterful ability to capture the light at sunset. The sky and water in this painting are equally remarkable (est. $200,000-$300,000).

Previews will be held by appointment from April 18th-27th, weekdays from 11 am to 6 pm Eastern time, and Saturday, April 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm, closed Sunday. Virtual previews and additional photos are available by request. Bidding is available by telephone, absentee or live on shannons.com. For more, visit www.shannons.com.

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