CRANSTON, R.I. – An online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction featuring more than 300 lots, mostly pulled from prominent estates throughout New England, is planned for June 17 at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“This will be yet another great auction with an eclectic mix of antiques, fine art, furniture, jewelry, and more,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president and owner of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, adding, “Hopefully this will be our last time with an online-only sale. We would love to get our crowd back into the gallery.”
A monumental early 20th century bronze Art Nouveau three-basin fountain, measuring 92in tall by 62½in wide, should realize $2,000-$3,000. The fountain has a figural central column depicting a bare-breasted woman sitting atop an eagle with its wings outstretched. The top basin is decorated with flowers and wheat sheaths, and the fountain itself is supported by a decorative base.
An oil-on-canvas maritime ship painting attributed to Thomas Buttersworth (English, 1768-1842), depicting a sailing vessel cutting through choppy waves, is expected to bring $1,000-$2,000. The painting has an old label on verso which is marked: “Schooner Yacht Defender by Buttersworth.” Thomas Buttersworth was an English seaman of the Napoleonic wars period who became a respected marine painter.
An 1885 first-edition copy of the Mark Twain classic book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published by Charles L. Webster and Company (N.Y.), should change hands for $1,000-$1,500. The book has a green cloth cover–an indicator of its being a first-edition–while several typos and other printing errors hint that the book’s proofreader may have been asleep at the switch.
An oil on board tonalist winter scene by John Fabian Carlson (New York, Colorado, and Sweden, 1875-1945), signed “J. F. Carlson” at the lower left, carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The rendering depicts a snow-covered meadow with dried tall grass peeking through melted patches and bare trees reaching towards the sky. Carlson was involved in the Arts and Crafts Movement as part of the Byrdcliffe Colony.
A 19th century Chinese porcelain Sancai statue of a seated bearded man, or emperor, dressed in yellow and green and decorated with a five-toed dragon upon a dragon throne with figural foo beast legs and floral motif, is expected to sell for $1,000-$2,000. The statue is from the collection of a Barrington, Rhode Island estate. It shows general wear associated with age, but is in otherwise good shape.
A four-piece bronze and slag glass desk set made in the early 20th century by Tiffany & Co. should rise to $800-$1,000. The set includes a large inkwell, a small cylindrical inkwell, and an ink blotter decorated with botanical themes over green slag glass, plus a pen wipe with incised botanical pattern. It comes from the collection of a Somerset, Massachusetts estate, and each piece is marked “Tiffany Studios New York” on the bottom.
A group of nine U.S. two-and-a-half dollar gold coins from the collection of a Lincoln, Rhode Island, estate will be sold as one lot with an estimate of $600-$900. The gold coins, in varying grades of circulated condition, are dated from 1911-1929–specifically, the group includes a 1911, two 1912, two 1913, one 1926, two 1927, and one 1929. The coins have a weight as seen of 41.8 grams.
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