500 Gallery

1243 Pond Street, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

About Auction House

500 Gallery presents curated and distinctive exhibitions of antique and vintage artworks. The gallery staff is composed of artists and art historians with Masters Degrees and experience in evaluating and authenticating fine art. Most exhibitions culminate in live auctions which are webcast to art buyers world-wide.

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    Significant Works by Artists of the First American Art Movement Come to Sale with 500 Gallery

    American sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872 – 1955) was renowned for her small-sized bronze sculptures and garden fountains. These included works portraying domestic details of everyday life in the modern American world. The upcoming Fall Painting & Drawing Discovery sale, offered by 500 Gallery, will feature Girl on a Swing, a noteworthy sculpture by Vonnoh. The bronze garden piece depicts a young girl swinging with a serene and graceful expression on her face. Signed and dated 'Bessie Potter Vonnoh/1906', it is stamped 'Roman Bronze Works NY.’ An oil on canvas painting attributed to Lee Lenore Krasner leads the listings. Specializing in collage, the American Abstract Expressionist blended 20th-century style and postwar American ideas. Like most of her works, this abstract painting represents psychological content manifesting the horrors of WWII and other events that overwhelmed the minds of Americans. Another noteworthy oil on canvas is attributed to Thomas Hart Benton, a distinguished American painter and muralist. Year of Peril features significant motifs from a series the artist created soon after the Pearl Harbor bombing. Benton is known for his prolific portrayal of the people and culture of his home state, Missouri. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Georgia O’Keeffe’s Study for “Red Amaryllis” Available With 500 Gallery

    Massachusetts-based auction house 500 Gallery will soon present its early September sale of antique and modern paintings. Among the top lots is a 1937 oil painting of a red amaryllis flower attributed to Georgia O’Keeffe. This subdued painting is possibly a study for another work with the same subject, also produced in 1937. The piece zooms into the tiny but vibrant flower, divorcing the viewer from reality and imbuing the subject with an imposing presence. A smaller and final version of Red Amaryllis resides in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art. Also notable is an oil on board painting attributed to Thomas Hart Benton. A leader of the American Regionalist art movement, Benton sought to capture the everyday lives of working people in the Midwest. The available work depicts three Black American workers chopping cotton in a field.  Beyond American artworks, this auction includes several lots from European sources. This includes a portfolio of German posters from the early 20th century. Together, they show a story of a life unfolding. Bidders can also consider oil studies in the manner of Pablo Picasso, as well as works in the styles of Rufino Tamayo, Sanyu, Jean Cocteau, and Dr. Seuss. The catalog takes in the breadth of Western art history, including stoic English portraits, Op Art prints, Modernist experiments, and contemporary artworks. View the complete catalog of this and other online auctions by visiting Bidsquare. 

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    500 Gallery will hold the first in a series of online African tribal art auctions on Wednesday, Sept. 30

    FRANKLIN, Mass. – 500 Gallery will make a brief departure from its core business of fine art originals and attributions with the first in a series of all-tribal art auctions, online-only, on Wednesday, September 30th, at 5:30 pm Eastern time. The sale features African tribal sculptures and masks from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century. People can register and bid now, at www.500Gallery.com. Early 20th century house post from the Yoruba People of Nigeria, 73 inches tall, made from carved wood enhanced with pigments, with a main figure of a queen (est. $50,000-$150,000).500 Gallery The catalog – a taut 60 lots – is packed with rare examples of Bangwa, Dogon, Baule, Ibibio, Yoruba, Bakongo and Senufo art, gathered over the past few decades by a collector in Massachusetts. “This auction has an abbreviated, ‘teaser’ selection from a deep collection of African tribal art that will be coming to market over the next few years,” said Bruce Wood of 500 Gallery, adding, “Cataloging it has become a fascinating endeavor and we're looking forward to presenting many surprisingly rare masterworks.” Watch the 500 Gallery website for more details as they emerge. A prime candidate for top lot of the Sept. 30 sale is the early 20th century house post from the Yoruba People of Nigeria (est. $50,000-$150,000). The house post, 73 inches tall and made from carved wood enhanced with pigments, is designed to stand at an entryway, and shows the status of the occupants within. The main figure is a queen, seated on an elaborately decorated stool. A marital group (or Nomos) from the Dogon People of Mali, estimated to have been made circa late 19th century, is expected to bring $30,000-$60,000. The seated group of eight hermaphroditic figures, with alternating male and female attributes, is dense-wood carved with raised arms and upward stretched fingers, a gesture of praying for special gifts (or, specifically, marital success). An early 20th century Badu plank mask with a female form from the Nafana People of the Ivory Coast carries a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$60,000. The 47 ¾ inch by 16 ¼ inch carved wood mask…

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    Artworks done in the style of, or are attributed to, master artists will be in 500 Gallery’s online-only auction June 17

    Multiple artworks attributed to Vincent van Gogh and Maurice Prendergast are just a few expected highlights in the June 17th online-only Summer Fine Art Sale. Two sketches attributed to Vincent van Gogh (Dutch) 1853-1890) will be offered as one lot. Both were done with materials van Gogh used, on 19th century paper (est. $25,000-$35,000). Multiple artworks attributed to Vincent van Gogh (two signed studies, in materials that van Gogh was known to use and on paper dated to the 19th century) and Maurice Prendergast (a pair of watercolor and pencil works on illustration board) are expected highlights in an online-only Summer Fine Art Sale scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th by 500 Gallery. The auction, with a 5:30 pm Eastern start time, is packed with decorative artworks that have been done in the styles of, or are attributed to, master artists such as Warhol, Basquiat, Monet, Klein, Krasner, Renoir and others. 500 Gallery has launched a new bidding platform, with discounted or free shipping for those who bid on it, at https://bid.500gallery.com/auctions/catalog/id/24195. In addition, folks can also bid on the popular online bidding platform www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Two watercolor paintings attributed Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924) will come up for bid, to include this lovely framed untitled (Women in a Park) work (est. $20,000-$30,000). “One of the really strong parts of our Summer Sale is that it has so many great examples of preliminary work, by really well-known artists,” said Sable Matula, the Gallery Director of 500 Gallery. “We have quite a few quick, but very strong, sketches in all sorts of media.” Ms. Matula added that ten percent of bid prices will be applied to shipping, up to the full shipping value. The two sketches attributed to Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) are iron gall ink on paper. Both are signed. One, titled Orchard Blossom, is 4 ¼ inches by 10 ½ inches, is a possible study for his 1889 painting of an orchard in Aries, France. The other is a sketch of trees, 3 ½ inches by 3 ¼ inches. The pair will be offered as a single lot, with a pre-sale estimate of $25,000-$35,000. Gouache and ink…