CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ online-only Spring Estate Fine Art & Antique auction planned for Thursday, April 8th at 6pm Eastern time features more than 400 lots of paintings, decorative arts, furniture, fine jewelry, silver, Asian arts and collectibles from prominent estates and collections across New England. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Kevin Bruneau, the president and owner of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, said he expects “a fun auction with a good eclectic mix of antiques and decorative arts sure to stir up some interest. It’s great to see another Steven Weinberg like what we had in the past. I find his glass remarkable.”
He was referring to two glass sculptures by Weinberg (American, b. 1954-) that will be offered as separate lots. One is an untitled polished clear glass cove boat sculpture, with bullicante bubbles wrapped in cobalt blue textured glass, estimated at $6,000-$9,000. The 6½in-tall sculpture is signed on the bottom edge.
The other Weinberg piece is an untitled Buoy Series vase-shaped clear glass sculpture with textured rust and a green overshot exterior, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. The sculpture is approximately 12in tall and 8in in diameter, and has been signed on the bottom edge. Weinberg’s work has been shown in museums that including the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
Three nude study drawings by Richard Prince (N.Y., b. 1949-) will be sold as one lot, with a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$30,000. They include a charcoal drawing depicting the back of a nude woman glancing over her shoulder, a red pastel drawing of a nude woman facing away from the viewer with her hair in a bun, and an ink study of an androgynous subject facing away from the viewer. Prince’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums.
A trompe l’oeil oil on board still life painting by Fernand Renard (French, b. 1912-), depicting exquisitely rendered oysters beside a lemon, along with a smattering of olives resting before a glistening wine glass, is expected to realize $2,000-$4,000. The work is 9½in by 13in and is signed “Renard” in the lower right corner. Born prior to World War I, Renard is one of Europe’s oldest living artists.
A pair of Knoll Wassily chairs by Marcel Breuer (New York and Hungary, 1902-1981), featuring deep brown leather strapping and rich golden colored threading over seamless chrome frames, will be sold as one lot with a pre-sale estimate of $1,500-$3,500. The chairs are from the collection of a Newport, Rhode Island, gentleman who purchased them directly from Knoll in 1978. One has a label that reads Knoll International, September 27, 1977.
An impressionist watercolor landscape painting on paper by Margaret Jordan Patterson (Massachusetts, 1867-1950), depicting vibrant foliage along a mountain path, should gavel for $800-$1,200. The work, titled Hills with Chestnut Trees, is signed in the lower left corner and titled on the verso. It measures 14¾in by 17¾in. Patterson studied in Boston and took numerous trips to Europe to do sketches for her woodblocks.
A wood and leather “station wagon” nightstand by Paul Frankl (Austria and California, 1886-1958) for Johnson Furniture, having a rectangular top with a beveled edge over three drawers with leather strap pulls, is estimated at $300-$500. Frankl had a gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where his client list included such A-list celebrities as Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston and Alfred Hitchcock.
A circa-1907 gold pocket watch made by the Waltham (Mass.) Watch Co., in a 14K gold case decorated with a shield and having a face featuring Roman numerals and inner workings set to a hunting movement configuration, should fetch $400-$600. Housed in a handsome glass display dome, the watch is marked P. S. Bartlett, Waltham, Mass., on the face. It came from the collection of a Jamestown, Rhode Island, woman.
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