Bruneau & Co. features architectural elements, paintings April 14
CRANSTON, R.I. – A fine selection of exterior architectural antiques and fine artworks that include a Spanish street scene by Ludwig Bemelmans (French/American, 1898-1962), will headline Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ 356-lot Antiques & Fine Art Estate Auction on Saturday, April 14. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“With spring upon us, we secured a delightful selection of exterior architectural antiques for all collectors,” said Kevin Bruneau, president and auctioneer of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, who added, “From the large Indian carved stone archway to the 19th century French cast-iron putti, there is a piece for everyone’s front lawn, and at price points bidders are sure to find attractive.”
The casein paint, ink and pencil on board by Ludwig Bemelmans (French/New York, 1898-1962), titled Palma De Mallorca Street Scene (above), is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction, with an estimate of $6,000-$9,000. The painting, measuring 26 inches by 30 inches in the frame, depicts a quaint strip of homes in Palma, the capital of the Balaeric Islands of Spain. It’s signed and dated 1956. Bemelmans is best known as the illustrator for the very popular Madeline children’s book series.
The oil on canvas painting by LaMont Adelbert Warner (American, 1876-1970), is a fine example of the artist’s impressionist hand, capturing a warm fall day (below; est. 1,000-$1,500). The canvas is 22 inches by 26½ inches and the work is signed and dated 1934. Also, a 19th century oil on canvas laid on Masonite Chinese Canton Trade painting of a woman seated in a robe, with a table and flower pot by her side, measuring 28 inches by 23 inches framed, should finish at $1,000-$1,500.
The monumental 18th century (or older) Indian carved stone temple doorway – about 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide – is being sold in place, at the estate where it currently resides in Providence, R.I. Interested parties should call Bruneau and Co. to arrange for a preview appointment, at 401-533-9980. The entry consists of upright columns, two overhead lentils and a footer stone, with carvings of deities throughout. It is massive and has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
Two other exterior architectural antiques also carry estimates of $2,000-$3,000. One is a rare 19th century French cast-iron garden sculpture of putti kissing, 33 inches tall, signed “Salon France.” The other is a 19th century Italian carrera marble fountain base, quatrefoil form, with foliate ornamentation in relief and decorated with birds on each side.
Two clocks are certain to attract bidder attention. The first is a jade rock crystal bronze shelf clock, made in China and Switzerland in the late 19th century (est. $2,500-$4,000). The clock consists of a rock crystal bangle embellished dial flanked by carved and opposing green and russet jade birds. The bronze base is finely chased with acanthus leaf and lotus flower design.
The other clock is a late 19th century gilt bronze carriage clock retailed by Tiffany & Co. that should fetch $800-$1,200.
Several kids’ bicycles from the 1960s and ’70s will come up for bid. They include a 1969 Schwinn Stingray Lemon Peeler Krate series bicycle with five-speed center Stik-shift (est. $1,000-$1,500), a 1972 Schwinn Apple Krate series disc brake bicycle with five-speed center Stik-shift (est. $1,000-$1,500), and a 1970s Ross Apollo five-speed Muscle bike with a stick shift and a banana seat.
The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time on April 14. For details email Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers: email@example.com.