Lot 302    

Portrait of "Mayme" Bull Within River Landscape by Paul Sawyier,
Summer Fine and Decorative Art Auction / June 6, 2009
watercolor on paper, initialed in the lower left. This wonderfully intimate portrait of "Mayme" Bull, set in a river landscape, appears almost to be an escape for the couple, and certainly for Sawyier, who found comfort in Kentucky quiet rivers and creeks. It is interesting to note that the piece was only initialed, atypical of Sawyier, but probably because of the nature of the painting. it was almost certainly a gift to the artist's lover; 13" high x 9" wide (sight).

Accompanied with the painting are "Mayme" Bull's monogrammed gold bracelet and a pair of photographs, in which the resemblance is unmistakable.


Provenance:  
Descended directly in the family of Mayme Bull


Condition:  


Cowan's is pleased to offer the following important collection of paintings by artist Paul Sawyier. The five Sawyier paintings offered here were originally owned by Mayme Bull (presumably gifts from Sawyier), and descended in the Bull family to Mayme's niece, Elizabeth Bull Howard (likely through Mayme's sisters). The paintings were bequeathed to the current owner, a close friend of Elizabeth's.

Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) was born the son of a physician in Madison County, Ohio, but his family relocated to Frankfort, Kentucky when he was young. Paul’s early inclinations towards art were cultivated by his parents, and in 1884 Sawyier enrolled in the Cincinnati Art School. Within two years, he opened a studio in Cincinnati. In New York, Sawyier studied under William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League. Sawyier returned to Cincinnati and studied under Frank Duveneck. He then returned to Frankfort where local subjects became his focus, and it was here he developed his particular aptitude for watercolor. Between 1908 and 1913, Sawyier spent several years living on a houseboat on the Kentucky River painting his surroundings. At the 1893 Columbian Exposition Sawyier and his work achieved a level of popularity, and he, unlike most of his Kentucky contemporaries, embraced Impressionism. Proud of his status as a professional artist, Sawyier generally refused to engage in other pursuits even when money was short (which it often was). In 1913, Sawyier relocated to Brooklyn, New York, living with his widowed sister. Years later, he moved to the Catskill Mountains where he died in 1917.

Paul Sawyier first met Mary "Mayme" Bull (1865-1914), also of Frankfort in 1887,. While the two became engaged, they never married (a result of their caring for their aging and ailing parents and Sawyier's constant financial instability). Little is known of their relation because Sawyier's sister burned all of the couple's correspondence upon the death of her brother.

References: Arthur F. Jones, The Art of Paul Sawyier (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1976)
Only minor perimeter toning.
Sold: $27,025.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

<i>A View of Esplanade Row</i> by James Fraser,
Lot # 387 - A View of Esplanade Row by James Fraser,
engraving and aquatint, engraved by Robert Havell, published in 1824, with a view from the reservoir at Chandpal Ghat in India; 11" high x 17" wide (sight), unframed. > Item Details
Federal Double Chest of Drawers
Lot # 96 - Federal Double Chest of Drawers
probably Indiana, ca 1815-1825, of cherry with pine and poplar secondary. A rare form with distinctive reeded edge top, and linen-fold, carved pilasters. The four pairs of adjacent scratch-beaded drawers have brass escutcheons and original brasses, the case rising on turned legs; 48" high x 79" wide... > Item Details
Carved and Painted Chinese Tea Shop Figure,
Lot # 151 - Carved and Painted Chinese Tea Shop Figure,
American, last quarter 19th century, constructed of laminated pine. A representation of a Chinese man wearing a tunic, trousers and skullcap, holding a vial and standing on a rectangular plinth. In a vibrant polychrome painted surface (appears to be second or third paint); 63" overall height.These... > Item Details
Lot # 168 - "Three Terriers Ratting in a Barn", George Armfield (attributed),
English, 19th century. A well executed oil on canvas, unsigned and containing partial labels on verso; 17" high x 21.5" wide (sight). > Item Details
Elsmore & Forster
Lot # 406 - Elsmore & Forster "Tulip" Dinner Service,
English, mid-19th century. 97 pieces by Elsmore & Forster, in ironstone with copper lustre and flow blue trim. Covered vegetable dish is 13.5" long x 7.5" high; teapot is 7.5" high. > Item Details
Indiana Coverlet of Craig & Young Weavers,
Lot # 38 - Indiana Coverlet of Craig & Young Weavers,
Canton, Washington County, Indiana (attributed), ca 1852 to 1864, dark blue wool and natural cotton. A double weave jacquard coverlet with center seam. Courthouse logo in four corners; 87" x 76". > Item Details
Ford 1965 Mustang Convertible,
Lot # 272 - Ford 1965 Mustang Convertible,
Vehicle #5F08C670152. Engine is "c" code 289-2bbl, with automatic transmission and power steering. Assembled at the Dearborn, Michigan Plant. In navy blue paint with chrome trim. Complete with good white vinyl convertible top and boot, an undercoated chassis, newer alternator, radiator and brake lin... > Item Details
Ford Lincoln 1964 Continental Convertible,
Lot # 271 - Ford Lincoln 1964 Continental Convertible,
Vehicle #4Y86N416533. Four-door model, with suicide doors. Solid body with new complete exhaust system and sporting a V-8 engine. Black vinyl convertible top. Blue leather interior and blue carpeting. Complete with factory installed air conditioner, an optional feature at the time. Car starts and ru... > Item Details
Federal Mirror with Églomisé Panel,
Lot # 99 - Federal Mirror with Églomisé Panel,
American, ca 1800-1825, in mahogany with pine secondary. The cornice with applied leaf and vine decoration, with reverse-painted panel with gilt and silvered urn and floral decoration; 42.25" high x 20.5" wide. > Item Details
McKenney & Hall, <i>Tschusick, An Objiway Woman</i>,
Lot # 76 - McKenney & Hall, Tschusick, An Objiway Woman,
hand-colored lithograph, published in 1837 by E.C. Biddle, printed and colored by Bowen's Lithographic Establishment; 16" high x 12" wide (sight). > Item Details
Hepplewhite Mahogany Four-Drawer Chest,
Lot # 101 - Hepplewhite Mahogany Four-Drawer Chest,
Mid-Atlantic states, ca 1800-1810, mahogany with pine and poplar secondary. Four graduated cockbeaded drawers over a shaped apron and French feet; 36" high x 42.75 wide x 18.5" deep > Item Details
Blown Glass Storage Jars,
Lot # 409 - Blown Glass Storage Jars,
American, late 19th-early 20th century, Three jars of colorless glass, each with two applied rings, domed lids and knopped finials; two are 10.75" high, one is 11.75" high and has tooled rim. > Item Details
Rookwood Faience Corbels from Mills Restaurant,
Lot # 458 - Rookwood Faience Corbels from Mills Restaurant,
Cincinnati, Ohio, ca 1921. Two Rookwood faience corbels from the Mills Restaurant, formerly located at 21-29 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, Ohio. Possibly used at the top of columns. Both marked 26/Rookwood Faience/0090; each approximately 22" high x 11.5" wide x 9" deep. > Item Details
Surveyor's Compass by W & L.E. Gurley, Troy, N.Y.
Lot # 245 - Surveyor's Compass by W & L.E. Gurley, Troy, N.Y.
American, ca 1860-1880. A Vernier surveyor's compass by W. & L.E. Gurley, Troy, N.Y., of brass with silvered 5" diameter dial, fleur-de-lis at North; East and West points reversed, blued-steel needle with brass hub clamp, needle-ring divided 0-90º with individual degree divisions extending to inner ... > Item Details
Racing Legends, <i>The Great Ones,</i>
Lot # 443 - Racing Legends, The Great Ones,
Hollingsworth, Kent (ed.) [Lexington]: The Blood Horse, 1970. 4to, half lea. in slipcase, marbled endpapers, numbered 753 of 1000. > Item Details
Michigan Coverlet, A. W. Van Doren Weaver,
Lot # 39 - Michigan Coverlet, A. W. Van Doren Weaver,
Stoney Creek, Oakland CO (woven on perimeter), Michigan, red wool and natural cotton. Corner blocks inscribed Sybil Duncan A. W. Van Doren Weaver Avon 1845. A double weave jacquard coverlet with center seam; 89" x 75". > Item Details
Decorated Souvenir Book Box,
Lot # 135 - Decorated Souvenir Book Box,
late 19th century. Decorated book box with original paint, simulating leather and wood grain with floral decoration; 12" high x 2.5" wide x 9" deep. > Item Details
Dog on Turntable Mechanical Bank  by H. L. Judd,
Lot # 291 - Dog on Turntable Mechanical Bank by H. L. Judd,
Connecticut, New York or Tennessee, ca 1880-1900. A cast iron dog on turntable, mechanical bank by H. L. Judd. Having the original copper with red surface; 5" high x 2.50" wide. > Item Details
Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Meat Platter and Two Vegetable Dishes
Lot # 435 - Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Meat Platter and Two Vegetable Dishes
early 20th century, by Shreve & Co., San Francisco. Bowls are #6689, 1.75" high x 11" long; platter is #6257, 2.25" high x 16.5" long. 24.596 ozt. > Item Details
19th Century French Armoire,
Lot # 354 - 19th Century French Armoire,
19th century. A Louis XV-style carved armoire, with molded cornice over flower basket-carved frieze over a pair of asymmetrical scrolled panel doors with central floral carving and brass escutcheons, carved scalloped skirt on front cabriole legs; 90" high x 51" wide x 22.5" deep. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: