John Coker, Ltd

1511 W Hwy 11E, New Market, Tennessee 37820

About Auction House

Established in 1971, John Coker, Ltd. is located in Eastern Tennessee. John conducts appraisals of fine art and antiques, estate liquidations, brokering, and auctions both on site and online.

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    John Coker’s Jan. 15 auction led by European fine art with important provenance, antiques with Washington family provenance, Pre-Columbian artifacts

    Featured: Impressionist & Post-Impressionist art including works by Pissarro, Loiseau, Roussel and Friesz; 1898 Jeter portrait of child from prominent Southern family, Judaica collection KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Saturday, January 15, 2022, John W. Coker & Co., will auction antiques and fine art from several distinguished estates and families. The online-only event, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, is highlighted by a very special selection of European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings formerly in the collection of Dr. Albert Kinkade Chapman (1890-1984), president and CEO of Eastman Kodak. E. Othon Friez, Bright Landscape with House, oil-on-canvas, 1901, signed lower right. Provenance: Collection of Dr. Albert K. Chapman; M.R. Schweitzer Gallery NYC. Estimate $60,000-$80,000 “Very few people even knew Dr. Chapman’s collection existed before we auctioned part of his collection in 2010,” said Coker Auctions’ founder/owner John W. Coker. “He started collecting in the 1940s and acquired most of his artworks prior to the 1960s, buying from Knoedler, M.R. Schweitzer, Sam Salz, Milch and other well-known New York dealers. He never exhibited his collection. Once he purchased a painting, he did not want it out of his possession.” Artworks in the January 15 auction with Chapman provenance include Ker-Xavier Roussel’s oil-on-canvas titled Satyr Chasing a Woodland Nymphette, estimate $60,000-$80,000; and a Camille Pissarro graphite-on-paper work titled The Artist’s Mother, $50,000-$75,000. Other oil-on-canvas highlights include E. Othon Friez’s Bright Landscape with House, $60,000-$80,000; and Gustave Loiseau’s A View From The Artist’s Studio Window, $40,000-$60,000. The auction opens with an enchanting portrait whose lineage is connected to Southern “royalty.” Painted by Atlanta artist E. Sherwood Jeter (1862-1930), the oil-on-canvas depicts Mary Abbott Candler, a niece of Asa Griggs Candler, who purchased the full rights to Coca-Cola from the soft drink’s inventor in 1891. The portrait has passed by descent through the sitter’s family since its creation in 1898. It is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. There are many other artworks deserving of consideration, including a highly detailed Gifford Beal (American, 1879-1956) graphite-on-paper drawing of a park scene, possibly in New York City. Its estimate is $1,000-$2,000. A circa-1901 oil-on-canvas by F. Luis Mora, which…