CRANSTON, R.I. – A figural oil painting by the acclaimed Indian artist B. Prabha (1933-2001) and an aristocratic portrait painting by Francis Cotes (British, 1726-1770) are expected headliners in an online-only Fine & Decorative Art auction slated for Monday, August 1 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, starting at 6 pm Eastern time. More than just original artworks will come up for bid in the 337-lot sale, which will feature items consigned from prominent New England estates. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The oil on canvas by B. Prabha depicts two bare-breasted blue-skinned women beside a third dressed in green and yellow. The work is signed and dated (“82”) and carries an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. It is one of two paintings by B. Prabha in the sale. The other, depicting two women carrying fishing baskets, should realize $15,000-$25,000.
Paintings by B. Prabha have been offered before by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. In November 2021, a work titled Indian Women Painting sold for $38,750 against an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. B. Prabha entered the fine art world when very few Indian women were involved professionally. She worked on more than 50 exhibitions, both inside and outside of India.
The portrait by Francis Cotes depicts an aristocratic woman with dark hair, dressed in white with pearl and gold accents. A plaque affixed to the frame is marked, “Mrs. Elizabeth Mannering / F. Cotes 1726-1770”. The work is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
Cotes trained with the portrait painter George Knapton, after which he helped found the Society of Artists, became its director, and was later invited to be one of the Royal Academy’s first members.
“This auction offers a great selection of 19th- and early 20th-century American art,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and an auctioneer, adding, “The Anthony Thieme and Charles Cahoon are my favorites for sure.”
The oil on canvas by Thieme (American, 1888-1954), titled Buggy Ride, is an Impressionist depiction of a man in a buggy traveling down a dirt path lined by birch trees and autumnal foliage as birds fly about. It is signed “A Thieme” at the lower left and is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
The oil on board by Charles Drew Cahoon (American, 1861-1951) is an Impressionist depiction of a windswept sand dune framing a distant ocean. It is signed at the lower right, and there’s a plaque affixed to the frame marked, “Charles Drew Cahoon 1861-1951.” The work has an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
The jewelry category will be led by a 17in, two-strand woven 18K ladies’ gold chain necklace set with 25 diamonds, estimated at $2,500-$3,500; and a David Yurman Chatelaine ring with a morganite center stone and pave bezel set in 18K rose gold, estimated at $1,800-$2,400.
A 19th-century Tiffany & Co. Westminster bracket mantel clock, having a wood case with four brass finials housing a decorative face depicting putti and tendril elements, carries an estimate of $2,500-$3,500; while an 18th-century south German marquetry penwork table cabinet with two ornately carved column and tendril doors, opening to 15 drawers and one door decorated with landscapes and figures, is estimated at $2,500-$4,000.
A late 19th- or early 20th-century German Meissen porcelain plate, showing a blonde, bare-breasted woman in flowing white diaphanous drapery accompanied by a winged nymph standing beside her in a forest, is estimated at $300-$500. Also, a pair of white Chinese Qing dynasty Fitzhugh gilt porcelain vases, with orange and gilt court scenes, butterflies, fans, vases and flowers, should hit $500-$800.
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