Friday, July 6, 2012

Western Art at the Couer d'Alene Art Auction 2012

The Sutter Creek Stage (1932) by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939)

The Couer d'Alene Art Auction is coming up Saturday July 21st, with an artwork preview and party on Friday, July 20th at the Silver Legacy Resort  in Reno, Nevada.

Heralded as the biggest Western art auction by the Wall Street Journal, the Couer d'Alene auction offers some wonderful art treasures for Western art collectors and dealers.

This year some of the highlights include art by deceased artists such as Albert Bierstadt,  Frank Tenney Johnson, Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, as well as living masters Howard Terpning, G. Harvey, Morgan Wiestling, and Mian Situ, just to name a few.

Most of the artwork comes to auction from museum or private collections, but there are also some new paintings created just for the auction by some of today's top Western and wildlife invitation only.

At the recent Scottsdale Art Auction in March of 2012,  many Howard Terpning paintings exceeded auction estimates dramatically. Captured Ponies had an estimate of 400-600K and ended up selling for over 1.9 Million, and Mystic Power of the War Shield had an estimate of 600-900K and sold for over 1.7 Million, which were the two top lots in the auction. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Terpning paintings at the Couer d' Alene this year.

The Autry Museum just hosted an exhibition about Howard, who is now in his 80's with more than 80 of his original paintings on display. A new book of his art,  Terpning: Tribute to the Plains People ,was recently released.

Not all of the art is at the seven figure range at the Couer d'Alene auction, however. There are lots with low estimates starting from a few thousand up to the strong six figures.

You can  preview the art that will be at the Couer d'Alene Auction here. If you can't attend you can place a proxy bid, or if you would prefer to have an art dealer take care of the process, J Watson Fine Art offers bidding assistance for our collectors. You may contact us at 661 476-7558 or e-mail us at  for more information.

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