WINDSOR, Conn. – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, Connecticut’s largest and fastest-growing auction house, is proud to announce the results of their October 30 mid-fall event. This premier sale had a 99% sell-through rate and impressive results across all categories.
Exquisite Asian porcelain treasures took many of the top lot slots in this auction. Leading the pack was an elegant blue and white Chinese urn, estimated at $400-$800, which achieved $20,480. It featured a bulbous body, a flared rim and dragon handles.
Selling admirably against the same modest estimate were a trio of blue and white Chinese items that realized $9,000. The group included a dish painted with lotus flowers; a bowl decorated with a wild flower; and a pot painted with figures in a landscape.
Another strong performer was an early Qing dynasty blue and white Zhadou jar. Estimated at $1,500-$2,500, it rose to $7,200. This rarity, with provenance to a private New York City collection, was painted with a panel of script writing and four claw dragons.
Fine antique furniture selections were also well-represented. The top performer in the category was a diminutive mahogany Chippendale chest that had been estimated at $10,000-$20,000 and brought $25,200. This circa-1780 example from Massachusetts measured 30in tall and was detailed with a shaped top over a conforming block front, four graduated drawers, and cutout bracket feet with original brasses. It was from the estate of James Dana English of New Haven, Connecticut, and was sold to benefit the New Haven Museum.
A second standout was a pair of distinctly designed walnut Chippendale side chairs, estimated at $5,000-$8,000 and sold for $10,000. They are attributed to Nicolas Bernard, Philadelphia, circa 1755-1765, and came from the estate of Cynthia B. Clifford.
This sale’s paintings, prints, and fine art offerings caught the attention of enthusiasts worldwide. This sale’s champion was a portrait of a noblewoman in the manner of Jean de Court (French, 1530-1584). Estimated at $1,500-$2,500, the framed, unsigned oil on panel sold for $15,600.
Also of note was Prideaux John Selby’s (British, 1788-1867) Hooded Crow from 1829, which had been estimated at $2,000-$4,000 and made $7,800. The watercolor and gouache over graphite on paper was titled and inscribed in pencil indistinctly on its lower right.
In addition, the October 30 auction featured selections of clocks, rugs, ephemera and decorative arts. Lot 44, a pair of cylindrical polychromed majolica vessels, was estimated at $300-$500 and realized $12,500. One was inscribed Grana Solis; the other was inscribed Sy De Jvivbis Me.
Equally worthy was a George Marsh hollow column mahogany shelf clock, estimated at $1,000-$2,000 and sold for $7,500. The handsome timepiece was decorated with a carved fruit basket, an eglomised glass door, and paw feet. It came from the collection of Thomas Bailey of Manchester, Connecticut.
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