Jackson’s Indiana Art Auction Results & Prices January 25th, 2015

A painting by Maude Kaufman Eggemeyer (1/09/1877 to 12/1/1959) was the top seller in the first Jackson art auction of 2015. Maude was born in Richmond Indiana and studied under the well known Richmond Group artist John Elwood Bundy while at Earlham Cottage. She was the first women to receive a scholarship to the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1904 where she was taught by Frank Duveneck and Lewis Henry Meakin. Maude and her husband lived in Richmond Indiana in a house designed by her architect father.  After the suicide death of her husband she stopped painting and went to live with her sister in Asheville, North Carolina. The Oil on Canvas painting measured 16" x 19", signed lower left reached a final bid of $11,000 with an auction estimate of $15,000 - $25,000.

Born 1883 Wayman Adams grew up on a farm in Albany Indiana with his amateur artist father. With no formal education past grade school he eventually enrolled in the John Herron Art Institute studying under the well know Hoosier Artist William Forsythe. In 1910 Wayman went to Florence, Italy with William M. Chase in 1910 and later to Madrid with Robert Henri in 1912. While in Italy he met Margaret Graham Burroughs who became his wife in 1918.  Adams became a respected portrait artist. The oil on canvas painting titled "The Defender" measured 79" x 31" and signed lower right, it went to the highest bidder at $4,500.

Several paintings by orchardist and artist Dale Philip Bessire (5/14/1892 to 1/5/1974) was offered to collectors of his work. Dale was born in Columbus Ohio but studied art at Shortridge High School and at the Herron School of Art. In 1914 at the age of 22 he purchased a 35 acre apple orchard just north of Nashville, In. running along what is now State Road 135. In the early years Dale devoted his time to the orchard to support his family, painting in the winter to earn extra income. However, later when his boys were old enough to help in the orchard Dale was able to paint year round. Dale was one of the exhibitors at the first Hoosier Salon in 1924. He helped organize the Brown County Art Gallery and served as secretary and treasure from 1926 to 1948 and president from 1934 to 1936.  The first oil painting titled "Blossom Trail" sold for $1,500 the bottom end of the estimated sale price of $1,500 to 3,000, it measured 17" x 20" and was signed lower right. A second oil painting measuring 17 x 20 signed lower left and titled "Evening In Spring" also reached $1,500 of the same auction estimate as the previous painting.

January 25, 2015 auction prices provided by Indiana Art Online

Genevieve Goth Graf, 11x14, O/B, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $800
Frederick Polley, 25x30, O/C, SLR, "Hillside Pasture" sold for $400
E.R. Sitzman,14x20, WC, SLL, Lake Scene, sold for $100
Max Moran, Description: 18x24, O/C, SLR, Crown Plaza NY sold for $350
Dorothy Frantz: "Brown County Stream", 16x20, O/C, SLL sold for $175
J.F. Hubbard: "June Morning, Smokey Mountains", 20x24, O/C, SLL sold for $225

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