Fine Art from the Venerable Ritz-Carlton Hotel Boston Sold at Skinner in May Auction

A Boston landmark for nearly a century, The Ritz-Carlton’s location in the heart of the fashionable Back Bay and adjacent to the Boston Public Garden helped make it the destination for visitors and Boston’s elite seeking luxury, privacy, and discretion. As the leading Boston auction house, Skinner was pleased to offer works from the historic collection at auction in May. 

An atmosphere of gentility and elegance was created, in part, through years of art purchases guided by Boston area art professionals and acquired from local, national, and international sources. Highlights from the collection sold at auction include 19th and 20th-century works by European artists in various genres, including sporting pictures, marines, still lifes, and period costume pieces.

Antonietta Brandeis (Italian, 1848-1926),
Elegant Woman on a Balcony
Sold for: $12,500

The atmospheric Elegant Woman on a Balcony by Antonietta Brandeis (Italian, 1848-1926) sold for $12,500. Edward Percy Moran (American, 1862-1935) specialized in Colonial and historical subjects, genre, and landscapes, and his romanticized depiction of The Boston Tea Party sold for $9,375. Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1660), aptly known as the “Dean of Illustrators,” was a leading and wildly prolific illustrator and muralist active in the first half of the 20th century. His Royal Colony – Colonial Scene sold for: $32,500 . Skinner will sell additional artwork from the Ritz-Carlton Boston with European Furniture & Decorative Arts in July 2021.

Edward Percy Moran (American, 1862-1935)
The Boston Tea Party
Sold for: $9,375
Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960)
Royal Colony – Colonial Scene
Sold for: $32,500

Set within and painted in the Public Garden itself were two charmers from early in the career of Arthur Clifton Goodwin; Babies Playing, Public Garden, Boston sold for $21,250, and Loungers in the Public Gardenbrought $15,000.

Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American, 1866-1929)
In Boston Public Gardens
Sold for: $21,250
Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American, 1866-1929)
Loungers in the Public Garden
Sold for: $15,000

Other sale highlights ranged from Martin Johnson Heade’s diminutive Pink Roses in a Fragile Vase from 1860-62, which sold for $40,625, to Christo’s 1985 mixed media work The Pont Neuf Wrapped/Project for Paris at $43,750. An intricate drawing, a study for Hotel Paradise Cafe by Peter Milton, sold for $10,000, setting a world record for the artist at auction.

Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819-1904)
Pink Roses in a Fragile Vase
Sold for: $40,625
Christo (American, 1935-2020)
The Pont Neuf Wrapped/Project for Paris
Sold for: $43,750
Peter Milton (American, b. 1930)
Study for Hotel Paradise Cafe
Sold for: $10,000

Sporting Art included six watercolors of fly fishing subjects by Ogden Minton Pleissner. The top seller amongst them, Big Salmon Pool, brought $18,750.

Ogden Minton Pleissner (American, 1905-1983)
Big Salmon Pool
Sold for: $18,750

Skinner will host auctions of American Paintings & Sculpture in September 2021, followed by European Paintings & Sculpture and Modern & Contemporary Art in November. For consignment and other inquires, please contact us at

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