WINDSOR, Conn. – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, Connecticut’s largest and fastest growing auction house, is proud to share its impressive 2021 second-quarter sales highlights. Nadeau’s is known for its premier merchandise and spectacular realized prices; these trends continued despite ongoing pandemic concerns and restrictions.
Nadeau’s recent lamps and lighting category results are simply electrifying, led by the June 12 performance of a large American leaded glass lamp that was estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and realized $26,400. It featured six lights, a blossom conical shade, and a tree form base. Another strong performer in the same auction was a Tiffany Studios bronze and green glass linenfold lamp, which sold for $18,000 against its $12,000-$18,000 estimate. Its 12-sided shade was stamped ‘Tiffany Studios, New York, 1927, Patent Applied For,’ and its bronze base was stamped ‘Tiffany Studios, New York, 675.’
Also offered on June 12 was a Tiffany Studios leaded green glass table lamp that changed hands at $12,000. Its geometric pattern shade was stamped ‘Tiffany Studios, New York, 1460’ and its Indian patinated bronze base was marked ‘Tiffany, New York, 528.’ A fourth standout result was earned by a large American leaded glass peony table lamp estimated at $4,000-$8,000 and sold for $8,400. The unsigned piece featured a patinated bronze four-light base and a shade decorated with purple and white flowers and a pale green leaf pattern.
Nadeau’s June 5 auction posted head-turning results for lighting as well. Of note was a possibly Tiffany and Co. leaded glass and bronze egg form lantern that sold for $8,400 – more than four times its high estimate – as well as a Duffner and Kimberly bronze double student lamp that was estimated at $5,000-$10,000 and sold for $10,800. Its large six panel caramel slag glass shades were decorated with a bronze shield motif.
Consistently strong prices for fine furniture were apparent throughout company’s second quarter auction events. The May 1 sale saw a group of 10 Hans Wegner armchairs realize $14,760. The seats were made from teak and vinyl and retained their original labels stating that they were made for Knoll International by Johannes Hansen of Denmark.
Robust performers from the June 5 auction include a George IV satinwood chest estimated at $1,000-$2,000 and sold for $7,200. The circa-1800 example was decorated with rosewood banding and large brass hardware; its top drawer featured a felt-covered writing surface over separated compartments. It was joined by an inlaid French Art Deco vitrine in the manner of Ruhlmann, which realized $5,120, more than five times its high estimate, and an R.J. Horner mahogany winged griffin carved desk estimated at $1,500-$2,500 and sold for $4,800. This example had lion face drawers and a faux drawer on its reverse, and was set on large claw feet.
The June 12 sale featured an Egyptian Revival ebonized settee estimated at $1,500-$2,500 and sold for $7,040. This exotic piece featured a pierced, carved back and arm supports with caned seats and paw feet.
Nadeau’s Q2 fine art and sculpture results further solidify the company’s international reputation for leadership in these key auction categories. The April 17 sale was graced by Carroll Cloar’s Trailers at the Gin, estimated at $15,000-$25,000 and sold for $70,725. This acrylic on masonite painting was signed in the lower left and dated March 1972 on the reverse. Another strong April 17 lot was a landscape painting in the manner of William Hodges, which was estimated at $4,000-$8,000 and achieved $33,825. Among the sculptures that sold well was Chief Blackbird Oglala Sioux, after Adolph Alexander Weinman, which was estimated at $1,500-$2,500 and realized $39,975. The black patinated bronze bust was marked and titled on its left side.
Several artworks in the May 1 auction notched distinctive results, such as Fernando Zobel De Ayala’s Primavera, Jucar, which was estimated at $20,000-$40,000 and realized $123,000. This oil on linen painting was signed, titled, and dated on the reverse; it is interesting to note that this piece is dated May of 1984, and Zobel died on June 2, 1984. Pavel Tchelitchew’s Revolving Head was estimated at $4,000-$8,000 and sold for $38,130. The alluring pastel and gouache on black paper example was mounted on board and signed and dated “Tchelitchew 51″ on its lower right.
Other strong May 1 art sales include Manuel Rivera’s Tabernacle II, which achieved $35,670 – nearly triple its high estimate. Made from wire mesh on wood, the piece was signed, titled, and dated on its reverse. Noemi Ruiz’s Presencia del Cosmos realized $15,990 and a new auction record for the artist. This 1988 acrylic on canvas example was signed on its lower right.
Fine decorative art is ably represented in Nadeau’s second quarter sales highlights, among them an 18th century Delft bowl from the April 17 sale, which was estimated at $250-$450 and made $24,600. It was from a Rhode Island historic home and had been in the same family since 1761.
A pair of bronze covered urns in the May 1 sale was estimated at $1,000-$2,000 and realized $14,760. The urns featured a fluted design, fruit finials, and square bases.
A Thomas Webb engraved rock crystal style footed bowl in the June 5 sale traded hands at $4,800. The stunning piece was decorated with seven engraved flowers amongst spiral flutes and rested on a round engraved base.
In addition, a Muller Freres Luneville blue and yellow mica decorated vase in the June 12 sale was estimated at $1,500-$2,500 and sold for $6,875. The large example from a premier French glassmaking company featured an eye-catching tiger motif.
Breathtaking Asian and Egyptian artifacts round out Nadeau’s second quarter sales highlights, which include a Sino-Korean monastic portrait of Yuan Chiao Kuo Shih Chih Hsiang from the April 17 sale, estimated at $4,000-$8,000 and sold for $113,775. The ink and oil on silk dated to circa 14th or 15th century or later, and featured Hsiang, a revered Buddhist Patriarch and Nations leader. This example retained its museum and gallery labels and was accompanied by three appraisals.
Also from the April 17 auction was an ancient carved Egyptian funerary statue, estimated at $1,000-$2,000 and sold for $95,325. It was in the form of a standing pharaoh, made from gilt wood, decorated with a bronze headdress, and mounted on a rectangular base. Still another April 17 result worthy of mention is a Chinese hand-colored book that realized $52,890. It was comprised of three folding books pertaining to the life of Buddha, and was housed in a silk case.
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