Bull Street Auctions to Auction Works of Local Artist: Augustus I Riedel
Bull Street Auctions is Proud to announced that is has been commissioned to conduct
the first public sale of the works of Savannah Artist: Augustus I Riedel.In all 7 of
Mr. Riedel's original paintings will be sold to the highest bidder on Sunday, May 3, 2009.
The items will be part of Bull Street Auctions regularly scheduled auction. The auction begins promptly at 1pm. Preview times for the May 3rd auction are Saturday, May 2nd 11am-3pm and Sunday, May 3rd 11am-2pm. Bull Street Auctions is located at 2819 Bull street; behind Maggies' Antique Mall. Photos of the paintings to be sold can be viewed at www.bullstreetauctions.com. Known as
“Gus” to his friends, Mr. Riedel served as the Paint Shop Foreman for he Central Georgia Railroad during the first part of the 20th century..He was responsible for the creation of the color scheme for the logos for the trains: Nancy Hanks II and Man of War..During his spare time he was a painter and furniture maker...His paintings were part of an exhibit at the Telfair Art Museum during the in 1921. Mr. Riedel continued his painting through the 1950s. Mr. Riedel primarily painted using water colors or pen and ink. He skills in silk screening were also well documented. His primary subject matter included: coastal scenes, scenes of old downtown Savannah, trains and paintings of African Americans.
Upon his death his works stayed in the family and were never sold until only a few years ago. A collection of his works were sold to 3 separate art dealers. We are pleased to offer to the public the first opportunity to own a true part of: Savannah, Georgia and American Art History.
The paintings to be sold at auction include:
“Broughton Street”: 1921
“School Days”: “Valona by the Sea”: A wonderful study of shrimp boats mored in river and marsh
“Midway Church": a great depiction of a historically famous church
“Sunlight and Green: A study of light and color
“Marble Yard on West Broad”:Interpretation of Marble engraving Shop
“Garage Such As It Is”: A depiction of a private garage/Pen and Ink
“Gus” Began his love affair with painting while serving as an apprentice in the Paint Shop of the Central Georgia Railroad. He By 1916 he was promoted to Assistant paint Shop Foreman, and served in that position until 1945. During a 3 year period, Riedel Earned a degree from the School of Applied Arts located in Battle Creek Michigan. In addition to his contributions related to the Nancy Hanks II and man of War, he was responsible the painting of landscape scenes used for the murals inside the Railroad's
His Estate included 140 paintings that he had painted from the 1920s through the 1960s. As a member of the Savannah Art Club, a showing of his works and those of fellow artists were conducted at the Telfair Museum from March 15-29 in 1921.
For further information regarding the sale of Mr. Riedel's Artwork or any questions regarding
Consignments or Estate Liquidations call Craig or Lisa Arcos 443-9353