Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers

49 Research Drive, Milford, Connecticut 6460
203 877 1711

About Auction House

Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneer’s opened in 1997 as Connecticut’s premier fine art auction house. Founded by partners Gene and Mary Anne Shannon, the firm quickly established a reputation for integrity, knowledge of fine art a...Read More

nd personalized service. With over 40 years of experience as a fine art dealer and auctioneer, Gene Shannon provides his clients specialist knowledge of American and European 19th and early 20th century paintings and the fine art market.

Sandra Germain, Gene and Mary Anne’s daughter,  joined Shannon’s in 1998 bringing her extensive background in business, marketing and fine art. Since 2014, Sandra has been Co-Principal at the firm. She has organized successful sales of corporate collections and expanded the area of specializations to include Modern and Contemporary Art.

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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Female Artists Janet Scudder And Emily Mason Headline Shannon’s Summer Online Auction On Thursday, June 24th

    Bronze sculpture by Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940), titled Victory, signed, 31 ½ inches tall. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. MILFORD, CONN. – Online bidding for Shannon’s summer online auction is open now through Thursday, June 24th at 2 pm Eastern time for 212 lots of fine art from the 19th century through the present. Leading the sale are two bronzes by Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940), titled Cupid and Tortoise Fountain and Victory, each estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Scudder succeeded during her lifetime as a sculptor in a field that was dominated by men. She was a feminist and a suffragette, often marching in parades and demonstrations to support women’s issues. Headlining the contemporary offerings are two paintings by Emily Mason (American, 1932-2019). Mason worked in the Abstract Expressionist and Color Field traditions to develop her own “lyrical, luminous abstraction” ( A New York City native, Mason taught painting at Hunter College for over 25 years. Shannon’s will offer Gentian Waves, an oil on canvas from 1986-1987 for $8,000-$12,000, and an untitled oil on paper at $5,000-$7,000. Other works by women artists in the sale include two botanical drawings by Connecticut artist Fidelia Bridges, portraits by Anna Meltzer, Modernist sculptures by Marg Moll, Doris Caesar and Brenda Putnam, and prints by Kathe Kollwitz and Louise Nevelson. Other contemporary offerings include a suite of four paintings commissioned by The Lego Group from Danish artist Hans Tyrrestrup. The suite of paintings was executed in primary colors with an abstracted Lego motif. Tyrrestrup’s works have been exhibited internationally and he is widely collected in Denmark and the United States. Each of the four, 30 inch by 30 inch works are estimated at $700-$1,000. 19th century American paintings are led by a sweet scene of a young girl with her picnic basket by genre artist J.G. Brown, estimated at $12,000-$18,000. A rare Charles Theriat work titled A Beauty by a River (circa 1888) is offered at $8,000-$12,000. This diminutive 6 inch by 9 inch work is among the artist's best, featuring many hallmarks of American Impressionism. A William T. Richards of The Cornish Coast is offered at $5,000-$7,000.  Prints…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Shannon’s Spring Fine Art Auction Now Open For Bidding

    MILFORD, CONN. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will kick off the spring auction season with a sale of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures on Thursday, April 29th, at 6 pm Eastern time. The 200-plus artworks include American art, modern and contemporary art, sculptures, Hudson River School paintings and various offerings by female artists in various categories.  Oil on canvas by William Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925), titled The Road that Leads to Home (Woodbury, Conn.), signed, circa 1919, 26 inches by 29 inches (est. $150,000-$250,000). Leading the sale is a painting by William Leroy Metcalf titled The Road that Leads to Home (est. $150,000-$250,000). The classic Connecticut Impressionist view of the Litchfield hills depicts a farmhouse that still stands in Woodbury. Metcalf’s renowned depictions of sunlight and shadow are evident in this rural, idyllic scene of country life. A rare figural work by Metcalf, titled In the Garden, will also be offered in the sale. It has a reasonable pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000. Highlights from the 19th Century American art category include a view of Lake George Near Sabbath Day Point and A Path in the Mountains by Sanford Robinson Gifford. Both works are fresh-to-the-market, descended in a private family collection and accompanied by research letters from Kevin Avery, the acknowledged expert on Mr. Gifford’s work.  Other paintings in the category include water views by Alfred T. Bricher of Newburyport, Southampton and Grand Manan; a large, colorful still life by Severin Roesen (est. $30,000-$50,000); two sailing scenes by James E. Buttersworth (each one est. $20,000-$30,000); a Grand Tour view of Sorrento by John Gadsby Chapman (est. $20,000-$30,000); and a rare masterpiece-quality beach scene with children playing in the sand by Charles Morgan McIlhenney (est. $15,000-25,000). The numerous works by women artists will be led by two portraits of young women by Helen Maria Turner. Turner, a New Orleans native, trained at the Art Students League of New York and later became a resident of Cragsmoor. Portrait of Anne Spencer (1925) was undoubtedly painted on Turner’s sun-filled garden porch in the artist’ s colony. The other portrait, titled The Italian Girl, was…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Shannon’s Winter Online Fine Art Auction On Thursday, January 28th, Includes 123 Lots Of Fine Paintings, Drawings, Prints And Sculpture

    MILFORD, CONN. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will host its first online auction of the year on Thursday, January 28th at 2 pm Eastern time. The sale includes 123 lots of American and European art from the 19th and early 20th centuries, Modern and Contemporary art, fine prints, sculpture and drawings. Bidding is available by absentee and online through Gouache on paper by Sol Lewitt (American (1928-2007), titled Irregular Form, signed and dated, 29 7/8 inches by 22 1/2 inches, Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Leading the auction is a work on paper by Connecticut-born artist Sol Lewitt. The painting, titled Irregular Form, has excellent provenance and is in perfect condition. Visitors to the gallery will appreciate seeing this work in person, as the effects of light change the color and visibility of the shapes in the overall form (est. $12,000-$18,000).  Another visual gem is a Hannes Beckmann abstract. The work appears concave and convex at the same time, creating an optical illusion that immediately captures the viewer’s attention (est. $8,000-12,000).  The largest work in the sale is a 20-piece composition by avant-garde American architect and artist Lebbeus Woods. The work, titled Valhalla Series No. 2, can be arranged in different configurations. Woods sought to conceptualize spaces free from conventional limits and embrace “multiplicity” – a theme of constant change present in his work (est. $10,000-$15,000).  A jovial composition by French artist Henri Maik, titled Entoute Amitie (In All Friendship), leads the European paintings category. It’s estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Maik’s naive and colorful style has attracted collectors from all over the world for decades. The painting in Thursday’s auction descended in a private family collection and is fresh-to-the-market.  Other highlights in Modern and Contemporary art include a Photo-realist motorcycle, Laconia Village Green by Tom Blackwell (est. $8,000-$12,000); a celestial work on paper by Mark Tobey (est. $8,000-$12,000); a bright Paul Jenkins watercolor (est. $5,000-$7,000); and a fresh-to-the-market abstract drip painting by Rolph Scarlett (est. $3,000-$5,000).  American art is well-represented and will be led by a Walter Launt Palmer bright winter scene estimated at $8,000-$12,000, and an Eric Sloane painting titled Old North…

  • Auction Industry
    Shannon’s fall online fine art auction, November 19th, features 242 lots of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures

    The 2pm Eastern sale includes American and European art from the 19th and early 20th centuries, modern and contemporary art, fine prints, sculpture and drawings Conté crayon on paper by Rudolf Bonnet (Dutch, 1895-1978), titled Waterdraagsters, painted in Bali in 1950, signed, 23 inches by 17 ½ inches (sight) (est. $35,000-$50,000). MILFORD, CT, UNITED STATES, November 12, 2020 / -- Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will host their last auction of the year on Thursday, November 19th at 2pm Eastern time. The 242-lot online sale includes American and European art from the 19th and early 20th centuries, modern and contemporary art, fine prints, sculpture and drawings. Bidding is available by absentee and online through The expected top lot of the sale is a rare drawing by Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet, of two women carrying water jugs on their heads. Waterdraagsters was painted while the artist was living and working in Bali. Bonnet devoted his life to artistic and philanthropic efforts to promote Balinese art. His genre scenes of Balinese people capture the spirit of life in Bali and are widely collected by enthusiasts of Indonesian art. Another rare gem is an Eliseo Meifren painting of his garden in Majorca. The painting was originally shipped to the United States for the Pan-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915, where the artist was awarded a Medal of Honor. It was sold at The Anderson Galleries in New York City before the Spanish Commissioner returned home in 1919 and has since descended into a private collection. This fresh-to-the-market painting beautifully depicts the artist’s colorful garden in a Spanish Impressionist style. Oil on canvas painting by Eliseo Meifren y Roig (Spanish, 1857-1940), titled Garden of the Artist on Majorca, signed, 24 inches by 29 inches (est. $15,000-$25,000). American paintings will be led by a large Antonio Jacobsen marine rendering of the U.S.M. Pennsylvania. Measuring 32 inches by 60 inches, the painting is an impressive composition. Other highlights in American art include paintings by New Englander Eric Sloane; Hudson River School paintings by Arthur Parton and Samuel L. Gerry; 19th century genre paintings by Hamilton Hamilton and Francis Coates Jones;…

  • Auction Result
    Abstract Expressionist paintings lead Shannon’s fall fine art auction, which totaled over $3.3 million; 82% of lots sold

    Leading the auction was the highly-anticipated sale of Abstract Expressionist art from the Jeanne and Carroll Berry Collection. The results did not disappoint. Untitled, #30 (1970), an acrylic on paper by Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), signed, dated and numbered, 23 ¾ inches by 18 ¾ inches ($162,500). MILFORD, CT, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2020 / -- Shannon’s seamlessly transitioned to their “new normal” hosting an exciting online auction September 17th with lively bidder participation despite the absence of live attendees. In the saleroom, 20 phone bidders sat at socially-distanced six-foot tables and managed to generate the excitement, buzz and results of an in-person auction. Active online participation and aggressive absentee bidding helped drive strong results. Overall, the sale achieved over $3.3 million in total sales with 82 percent of all lots sold. Leading the auction was the highly-anticipated sale of Abstract Expressionist art from the Jeanne and Carroll Berry Collection. The results did not disappoint and listeners could feel the competition as auctioneer Peter Coccoluto fielded bids from the phones. Leading the group was Adolph Gottlieb’s Untitled #30 from 1970 that sold for $162,500, exceeding its presale estimate. Two lots later, Jackson Pollock’s Untitled from 1952-1956 sold for $112,500. Overall, 11 of the 22 lots hammered down above their pre-sale high estimates, a testament to the quality of the works offered. Ink and gouache on light blue paper by Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956), Untitled (1952-1956), 3 ½ inches by 12 ½ inches ($112,500). Other notable sales from the Berry Collection include Mark Rothko’s Untitled from 1968 that sold for $78,000 and a pair of Hedda Sterne drawings that set a new record at $13,750. Sterne is the only female painter in the Irascibles and competition for her work was aggressive. Harry Weldon Kees, whose work has never before been offered at auction, sold for $8,750. And, the cover lot, a work on paper by Richard Pousette-Dart, sold for $37,500. An Abstract Expressionist painting by Michael (Corinne) West from a separate collection sold for $52,500. West, a female artist, chose a masculine name to remove the bias of gender in the interpretation and…

  • Auction Industry
    Shannon’s fall auction on September 17th features 230 quality artworks dating from the 19th century through contemporary

    The auction be presented in a 180-page color catalog filled with important paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Online bidding will be via Acrylic on paper by Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), Untitled, #30 (1970), signed, dated and numbered, 23 ¾ inches by 18 ¾ inches (est. $80,000-$120,000). MILFORD, CT, UNITED STATES, September 9, 2020 / -- Shannon’s fall auction on Thursday, September 17th, at 6 pm Eastern time, will be presented in a 180-page color catalog filled with important paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. A live-stream of the auction and live-online bidding will be available via Telephone bids can be reserved in advance and absentee bids will be accepted before the auction. For more information, visit or call 203-877-1711. The centerpiece of the sale is the Jeanne and Carroll Berry Collection, assembled with great care over the past 30 years. The collection includes works by sixteen of the original “Irascible Eighteen.” The Berrys knew “advanced art” when they saw it and collected works by these leading Abstract Expressionist artists ahead of the trend. Leading offerings from the collection are a work on paper by Adolph Gottlieb from his Burst series (est. $80,000-$120,000); a Jackson Pollock work on paper from 1952-1956 (est. $80,000-$120,000); and a Mark Rothko work on paper from circa 1948 (est. $60,000-$80,000). Other artists represented in the collection include Robert Motherwell, Hans Hoffman, Willem DeKooning, Richard Pousette-Dart and Ad Reinhardt. Etching with drypoint on paper by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), titled Le Repas Frugal (1904), from an edition of 250, 18 ¼ inches by 14 ¾ inches (plate) (est. $80,000-$120,000). Modern Art is led by a selection of works from the collection of Manhattan art patron and philanthropist Vera List, including Picasso’s famed etching Le Repas Frugal (est. $80,000-$120,000); and an original Marc Chagall watercolor and ink on paper titled L’Ombrelle from 1939. Other highlights in this category include a Picasso bronze, titled Seated Woman (est. $40,000-$60,000); and a Kurt Schwitters collage titled Merz 149, from 1920 (est. $40,000-$60,000). American modernism is led by two works by Charles Burchfield, Steel Mill Homes and Buzzard Cabin, George Bellows’ Farmer and Chickens,…

  • Auction Industry
    Shannon’s Online Fine Art Auction on Thursday, June 25th, features American Impressionism, 19th century art and more

    Shannon’s expanded schedule of Online Fine Art Auctions has been a treasure trove for new and seasoned collectors. The June 25th sale is no exception. Lot 73 – John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853-1902), A View of Greenwich Harbor, oil on board, signed, 15 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches, estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Shannon’s expanded schedule of Online Fine Art Auctions has been a treasure trove for new and seasoned collectors. With diverse lots ranging from 19th century American and European Art to Contemporary Fine Prints, the offerings in Shannon’s online auctions attract a broad audience at every price-point. The Thursday, June 25th sale of nearly 200 lots, starting at 2 pm Eastern time, is no exception. Headlining the auction are several fresh-to-the-market, quality paintings by leading American Impressionists. Offerings include A View of Greenwich Harbor by John Henry Twachtman (est. $20,000-30,0000); Winter Stream by George Gardner Symons (est. $15,000-25,000); A View of the Bronx River by Ernest Lawson – a highly comparable work to another painting by Lawson in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (est. $15,000-25,000); and a Sunlit Doorway by Abbott Fuller Graves (est. $12,000-18,000). Paintings by Francis Coates Jones, Colin Campbell Cooper, Childe Hassam, John Fabian Carlson and Edward Henry Potthast will also be featured. Lot 32 - George Gardner Symons (American, 1867-1909), Winter Stream, oil on board, signed, 20 x 25 inches, estimate: $15,000-$25,000. In the 19th century paintings category, a beautiful Jules Breton painting of a young woman Mending the Nets in front a river view is sure to attract an international audience (est. $30,000-50,000). Paintings by other notable American and European 19th century artists including Louis Charles Moller, Ferdinand Richardt, Thomas Chambers, Worthington Whittredge and Victor de Grailly will be offered. An exceptional painting The Red Barn by Eric Sloane stands out amongst the handful of New England area paintings. A large 40 x 50-inch Emile Gruppe of Winter, Vermont exhibited at the North Shore Arts Exhibition in Gloucester in 1941 is another quality example in this category. Lot 38 -Ernest Lawson (American, 1873-1939), A View of the Bronx River, oil on canvas, signed, 20 1/4 x 23 inches, estimate: $15,000-25,000. New York…

  • Auction Result
    Two paintings by Milton Resnick sell for a combined $167,500 in Shannon’s online Fine Art auction, April 30

    MILFORD, Conn. – Shannon’s online-only Fine Art auction on April 30th exceeded expectations, selling 80 percent of the 185 lots. Shannon’s spring auction is usually a destination for collectors, with a busy preview, a full saleroom and a bank of 20-plus phone lines. Adapting to the COVID global pandemic, Sandra Germain, managing partner, made the decision to hold an online sale with fewer lots in place of the full catalog auction, which has been postponed. Instead of in-person interactions, the staff at Shannon’s fielded phone calls and emails from their home offices, sent video previews to clients and scheduled previews by appointment. The day of the sale, the absentee bid book was full and online demand soared. Bidders from all over the world participated online driving the strong results. MILTON RESNICK, American (1917-2004), "Ulysses,” 1956, oil on canvas, signed and dated, 57 x 44 inches, SOLD FOR $137,500Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers Leading the auction were two paintings by New York School Abstract Expressionist, Milton Resnick. Ulysses from 1956 sold for $137,500 and Apparatus from 1958 sold for $30,000. During the sale, auctioneer, Peter Coccoluto, opened the bidding on Ulysses at $45,000 and fielded aggressive bidding from online bidders and competing absentee bids. Listening to the auction felt like being present in the saleroom. In a matter of minutes, the bidding jumped past the $100,000 mark before slowing down and ultimately selling to an absentee bidder. Late 19th and early-20th century American Art, a leading genre in every Shannon’s sale, also did well led by a Daniel Ridgway Knight painting Summer Afternoon, Seine Valley that sold for $52,000 and a J.G. Brown, Shoeshine Boy, that sold for $20,800. Other highlights in American Art, include an Eric Sloane, Berkshire Barn, that sold for $27,500 against a $12,000-18,000 estimate; a Peter Sculthorpe, watercolor that brought  $10,635; an Arthur Wesley Dow, Marshes and Dunes at Ipswich, sold for $8,750 and a Reginald Marsh, Three Girls on the Boardwalk, sold for $7,500. DANIEL RIDGWAY KNIGHT, American (1839-1924), Summer Afternoon, Seine Valley, oil on canvas, signed, 32 ¾ x 25 ¾ inches, SOLD FOR $52,000Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers Germain reported increased international participation in the sale, commenting “We…

  • Auction Preview
    Fine Art Online Auction

    One of Peter Sculthorpe’s watercolor paintings titled Parker’s Cove is available in the Fine Art Online Auction, offered by Shannon’s. The winter scene is named after a Canadian town that the artist visited. In Sculthorpe’s words, “The inspiration for my work comes from areas spanning the stark regions of Newfoundland to the lush and fertile valleys of the South. The landscapes offer me form; the people I've met in these places give them color.” The French landscape of the Seine valley inspires another key lot in the auction. It is an oil painting by a 19th-century American artist named Daniel Ridgway Knight. He mostly painted landscapes and women outdoors, which helped him gain popularity and success. Another featured oil painting is titled Ulysses. The piece was created by Milton Resnick, who produced many notable works that established him as an American Abstract Expressionist. His works are displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York. Also among the 185 lots in this auction is an Andy Warhol signed U.S. one-dollar bill. Warhol was said to have signed cigarettes, food, and dollar bills to make money. One of his signed U.S. notes sold at Christie’s in 2012 for GBP 8,125 (USD 10,000). To view the full catalog for the upcoming sale, visit the Shannon’s website.

  • Auction Industry
    Shannon’s online Spring Fine Art Auction, April 30, features American, modern and contemporary art

    MILFORD, Conn. - Shannon’s recently expanded their online auction program in response to the developing “stay home, stay safe” public health initiatives, postponing their Spring catalog and opting to proceed with an Internet-only sale. The online auction will take place Thursday, April 30th at 2 pm Eastern. The catalog is now available on and via DANIEL RIDGWAY KNIGHT, American (1839-1924), Summer Afternoon, Seine Valley, oil on canvas, signed, 32 ¾ x 25 ¾ inches, Estimate $35,000-45,000Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers There is no shortage of quality in Shannon’s 185-lot online auction. The sale is led by a Daniel Ridgway Knight painting titled Summer Afternoon, Seine Valley. The painting is of a young peasant woman in a colorful garden, with the Seine River visible in the background. Purchased in New York City at John Levy Galleries, the painting descended in one family for generations and is now being offered at a $35,000-45,000 estimate. Other highlights in American Impressionism include a watercolor Ravine at Arkville, New York by Walter Launt Palmer, Horse Drawn Carriage by the Shore, Florida by Gifford Beal and Preparing the Boat by Anthony Thieme among others. Two large-format Abstract Expressionist paintings by Milton Resnick are being offered from the collection of a private non-profit institution. Each measures over 50 inches in height and both are in original, unrestored condition with provenance from Poindexter Gallery in New York City. Ulysses was painted in 1956 ($10,000-$15,000) and Apparatus in 1958 ($12,000-$18,000), both have been in a private non-profit collection since. Also in the modernist category are paintings by Konrad Cramer, Romulo Maccio, John Little and Lester Johnson. MILTON RESNICK, American (1917-2004), "Ulysses,” 1956, oil on canvas, signed and dated, 57 x 44 inches, Estimate $12,000-18,000Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers Quality prints have been a staple of Online Auctions at Shannon’s and this sale is no exception with two prints by David Hockney, Celia - Adjusting her Eyelash and Joe McDonald, two by Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled for ROCI and Piece for Tropic and seven silkscreens with baked enamel on steel plates by Jennifer Barlett. Fine prints by John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, Jimmy Ernst and Louise Nevelson will also be sold. “We are fortunate that Shannon’s has the technology in…

  • Auction Preview
    Fine Art Auction

    In Anna Robertson’s (Grandma Moses) words, “I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint, I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.’ Perhaps, one of her paintings ‘Over the Bridge’ offered by Shannon's Auction was crafted in a similar fashion. The detailed oil on Masonite depicts a snowy neighborhood where it seems children are celebrating the snow. Along with Robertson, Fine Art Auction features artists from the early 18th century to the 20th century; who explore animal paintings, nude works, landscapes, and many others. Artists like Percival Rosseau, John George Brown, Paul Cornoyer make the curation of 271 more valuable. Fernando Cueto Amorsolo’s oil on canvas is amongst the standouts. The painting from 1957 is signed "F. Amorsolo" and inscribed "Manila”. Likewise, Paul Cornoyer with his portrayal of Washington Square brings a sense of serenity in the auction. The blurred buildings, trees, and people represented in the painting are set to surprise the observers. For more information, visit Shannon's Auction.