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Bruneau & Co. rolls out 2 classic barn finds Nov. 16

1939 Cadillac Series 75 convertible sedan, one of only 36 produced. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Bruneau & Co. image

CRANSTON, R.I. – A large selection of fresh estate fine art and antiques from several New England homes – including a 1939 Cadillac Series 75 convertible sedan and a 1948 Ford Woodie V-8 wagon, both New Hampshire barn finds – will come up for bid on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Also offered will be a selection of military letters (including three major archives from Civil War through World War II), a large selection of Czechoslovakian art glass, several rugs, several paintings by noted listed artists, Asian arts, modern arts, glassware, pottery, china, an over 60-piece collection of Swarovski crystal, a large collection of American, European and Czechoslovakian art glass and additional wonderful decorative accessories.

“This is another nice eclectic mix to finish off the year before the 2020 auction season kicks off,” said Kevin Bruneau, president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. “Plus, having two true barn finds always adds a fun vibe to the sale. To imagine only 36 of those Cadillacs were produced and we have one, I can’t wait to see who the new owner is. It promises to be a really great fall auction.”

The 1939 Cadillac Series 75 convertible sedan (above) is a great candidate for restoration. The vehicle retains the original drivetrain and the majority of the original trim. The body is by Fleetwood. The odometer reads 90,404 miles, but make no mistake: this vehicle cannot be driven home. It’s a barn find in the truest sense. The estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

The 1948 Ford Super Deluxe V-8 Woodie station wagon (below) is also a true barn find; in fact, it’s been parked in a barn since the 1950s. The original drivetrain and wood interior roof are both in great condition, while the body appears to be solid, with minimal rot and rust. The original paint shows as Barcelona blue and the odometer reads 07,095. The estimate is also $10,000-$15,000.

1948 Ford Super Deluxe V-8 woodie station wagon, parked in a barn since the 1950s. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Bruneau & Co. image

The fine art category will be led by a painting by Ryan Sullivan (New York, b. 1983). The 30-by- 22½-inch (sight) framed gouache on paper shows a black silhouette of a cannabis plant against a vibrant pink backdrop. Sullivan has had public collections at MOMA in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and at the University of Chicago.

Ryan Sullivan (New York, b. 1983), gouache on paper. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Bruneau & Co. image

“While it was executed early on in his career and contrary to his norm, I feel the Ryan Sullivan painting will scream for collectors,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and specialist. “Plus, marijuana couldn’t be a more charged topic in today’s time. I’m sure this will be a fun painting to hammer down.” The work carries a presale estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

An oil on canvas rendering of the Crucifixion by a follower of Anthony van Dyck (Belgian, 1599-1641), painted in the 18th century or earlier, is estimated to bring $3,000-$5,000. The 21¾- by-17-inch (sight) framed work depicts Christ on the cross with St. Catherine of Siena and St. Dominic with a putto. The original was painted by Van Dyck in response to a request made by his dying father in 1622. That painting is hanging at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Belgium.

Oil on canvas rendering of the Crucifixion by a follower of Anthony van Dyck (Belgian, 1599-1641), painted in the 18th century or earlier, 21¾ x 17in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Bruneau & Co. image

A nicely illuminated genre scene of families sitting outside their residence at sunset by George Washington Nicholson (American, 1832-1912) should realize $2,000-$3,000. The painting is reminiscent of the Hudson River School and measures 24½ by 20½ inches (sight). It’s artist signed lower left. Nicholson earned a gold medal at the American Art Society in 1902.

A fine statue of a classical nude woman on the back of a rearing ram by Walter Sebastian Resch (German, 1889-1962), carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,500. The bronze statue stands 12¼ inches tall; the overall height, including the marble base, is 18½ inches. It’s signed “W.R. Resch” on the base of the bronze and is from the collection of a Massachusetts gentleman.

Also up for bid will be a 19th or 20th century Italian Neoclassical marble depiction of a young girl with tight curly hair cradling a bird to her chest. The naturalistic statue stands 34 inches tall and is expected to change hands for $2,000-$3,000. Also sold will be an antique Turkish Oushak rug (circa 1900), boasting an orange and turquoise blue coloration surrounded by lively openwork floral borders. The lovely carpet, which measures 9 feet 9 inches by 7 feet 5 inches, has an estimate of $2,500-$3,500.

Circa 1900 Turkish Oushak rug boasting an orange and turquoise blue coloration surrounded by lively openwork floral borders. Estate: $2,500-$3,500. Bruneau & Co. image

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

For details contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers at or 401-533-9980.

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