BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will hold a three-day, online-only sales extravaganza Wednesday through Friday, January 25-27, featuring American furniture, folk art and Native American art, starting each day at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction will feature nearly 1,000 lots – a curated mix of fine and decorative arts spanning from the 18th century to the present day, including an exceptional selection of property from the Stanley Weiss collection, folk art from the Maggie Cohen collection and superb early American furniture from a private Connecticut collection.
Headlining the auction is property from the well-known and highly regarded Rhode Island collector Stanley Weiss. For more than 30 years, Weiss developed an eye for the early American aesthetic, with an emphasis on the Queen Anne through the Neoclassical periods. His passion and enthusiasm for quality craftsmanship and figured wood are evident in each piece he owned.
Highlights include a late Federal carved mahogany card table from Salem, Massachusetts. The table exhibits classic design elements that are often associated with Samuel McIntire and his son. Another eye-catcher is a Federal mahogany bowfront clothes press dated April 24th, 1802 and likely made in Boston, estimated at $2,500-$5,000.
Other furniture highlights include a selection of Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture from a private Connecticut collection. One standout is the Chippendale carved walnut dressing table from Philadelphia, circa 1765, which was once owned by the famous collectors Abraham and Blanche Harpending. The piece was subsequently sold at Sotheby’s twice. The rich, warm color and bold, fluid carving help to elevate this piece of colonial craftsmanship, which has an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Not to be overshadowed is the Coles-Tomlinson set of six Queen Anne dining chairs attributed to the celebrated cabinetmaker William Savery of Philadelphia. Made around 1750, these chairs have directly descended through the New Jersey families of Coles and Tomlinson. They are conservatively estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
The selection of Native American objects includes a Navajo fourth phase chief’s wearing blanket, circa 1870-1875. There is also a Navajo third phase chief’s wearing blanket from the 1880s. The fourth phase blanket is conservatively estimated at $25,000-$35,000; the third phase piece is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Also sold will be beaded moccasins and knife sheaths.
The sale features a great deal of folk art, which is headlined by the collection of Maggie Cohen of New York City. Included in her collection is a number of potato-stamped Northeast Coast Native American baskets and several whirligigs, one of which is a splendid Lancaster County, Pennsylvania example with a heart-form tail and two figures, estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
A large selection of cobalt-decorated stoneware, decoys and ships’ models come from a private Pompton Lakes, New Jersey estate. The collector also had a keen eye for some exceptionally folky paintings, which include an early view of Patterson Falls, New Jersey; a pair of house portraits depicting the recto and verso of a New England home, signed by Paul Schnitzler and estimated at $4,000-$6,000; and a splendid still fruit still life in the manner of the Peale family of painters that has an estimate of $5,000-$10,000. Coming from another consignor is a whimsical and folky whaling scene by Edward C. “Pa” Hunt (1870-1934), titled Whale Hunt and bearing an estimate of $12,000-$20,000.
Finally, there is an exceptionally rare Edison electric pen with its original box and sharpening tool. It is currently listed in the registry of the 52 known pens. Of the 52, only two are known to have a complete box. This example carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
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