Mixed Media Painting by Thornton Dial brings ,700
Posted by Dinesh Kumar on January 20th, 2022
A mixed media painting by Thornton Dial (American, 1928-2016) titled Struggling Tiger (1991) sold for ,700, and a Tiffany Studios Favrile glass door from the 1920s titled The Sower, brought ,425 to take top lot honors in Ahlers & Ogletree’s New Year’s Signature Estates Auction held January 14th thru 16th. There was no in-person bidding.
The Thornton Dial painting – full title Struggling Tiger (The Tiger Penned In) – was a paint and mixed media on canvas backed with panel and titled on verso. The 60 inch by 60 inch painting was a spectacular example of Dial’s work. It also marked the fifth highest auction record for a work by Dial and the highest record outside of a New York auction. Dial came into prominence in the 1980s. Ten of his paintings were acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014.
The Tiffany Studios leaded and plated Favrile glass panel in oak door was the auction’s expected top lot, with a robust pre-sale estimate of ,000-0,000. It was originally commissioned by Melville Dewey (of the Dewey decimal system) as one of two doors to be installed in the Annie Dewey Memorial Chapel in Lake Placid, New York, in 1923, and dedicated to Dr. W.G. Russell.
It was the left door, showing a female as The Sower. The accompanying right door (not in the auction) depicted a male figure and was titled The Seer, by Grosvenor Dawer, Limited Club Edition #30, with Dewey’s signature. The door in the auction was likely designed by Mary Elizabeth Tillinghast (1845-1912). Overall, it measured 84 inches tall by 42 ¾ inches wide.
To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree, visit www.aandoauctions.com.
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