Hofman’s Bird’s Eye View Soars To $533,250

DOWNINGTOWN, PENN. — Performing well above estimate Friday, October 11, at Pook & Pook’s October 11–12 auction, a Charles C. Hofman (American 1820–1882), oil on tin, “Views of the buildings and surroundings of the Berks County, Pennsylvania Alms-House,” soared over its $125/175,000 estimate to hammer at $450,000 (plus 18½ buyer’s premium equals $533,250.)

Three phones chased this 1878 painting until one buyer triumphed, winning the fine work that had a a central oval bird’s eye view of the complex within an ornate border, surrounded by eight smaller vignettes of the outbuildings and the State Seal of Pennsylvania. This work was painted for Samuel Schoener who provided Hofman with a barn to sleep in and liquor to drink in return.

A complete report on the sale will appear in a future edition.

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