Wednesday, July 16, 2014


What a wonderful time to enjoy living in New England!  We wait all year for these fleeting months of Summer...pure Nirvana.  

Having wrapped up an excellent July 1st auction, we have set our eyes on our next event, our Fall Art and Antiques Auction, (date to be announced).  Some remarkable things have already darkened our sun drenched threshold.  While down on the cape chasing clambakes, cookouts and cold IPA's, I happened upon something simply amazing!  Let me begin by stating that illustrator Art is a true passion of mine.  My short list of great American Artists includes N.C. Wyeth, Howard Chandler Christie and Norman Rockwell, all famous art illustrators.  I have recently added a new name to that list.

I  walked into the dining room of a favorite consignor and beheld a portfolio of original early 20th Century pen and ink and watercolor illustrations by Harrison Cady.  These beautiful works of Art appeared in books written by Thornton Burgess, the two had a collaboration spanning five decades.  I fell in love with the simple innocence these images evoke, woodland creatures with human characteristics, a bear in overalls a mouse with spectacles and of course "Blackie the Crow" with his iconic top hat and scarf.  

These works of art have all of the hallmarks of an original creation, graphite dust smudges at the margins, mingle with the artist's casual pencil notations, the reverse with studio tags affixed identifying story boards and character plot lines.  This illustration collection represents a lost art, free hand creation, inky fingers and the smell of pencil lead. Not a computer involved, no design software, nothing digital at all, how did he manage?

These wonderful creations will be offered for sale to the highest bidder at our Fall auction.  Here lies a wonderful opportunity to add original art from an iconic American Artist to your collection. Make sure you are there to win them.  As always I look forward to seeing you at the auction!