Estate treasures abound in Nye & Co. auction Dec. 2-3

Estate treasures

Bayco platinum and 18K gold multicolored sapphire and diamond necklace. Nye & Co. image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two day, online-only Estate Treasures auction on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2 and 3, will offer a variety of fine and decorative arts. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction is headlined by superb jewelry and vintage watches from private collections – the perfect opportunity to acquire an incredible piece of jewelry for you or a loved one during the holidays. Highlights from the Short Hills, New Jersey and San Francisco collections include an incredible Bayco designed platinum and 18K gold multicolor sapphire and diamond necklace (above).

Also of note are several pieces of Oscar Heyman design, including a diamond and padparadscha sapphire bracelet. Padparadascha sapphires are considered one of the rarest and most desirable sapphires in the world due to their unique pinkish-orange hue. There is also a stunning pair of Oscar Heyman yellow diamond, emerald and diamond earrings, sure to stand out in any crowd (below).


Estate treasures

Pair of Oscar Heyman yellow diamond, emerald and diamond earrings. Nye & Co. image

Among the watches is a fabulous Harry Winston diamond-encrusted women’s watch. On the men’s side is a large selection of vintage automatic watches, including brands like Rolex and Omega.

For those who like to wear bling on their body (but also like to accessorize with it), there is a fabulous selection of Judith Leiber minaudieres from the New Jersey-California collection. Bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, each bag is truly a magnificent work of art. Some examples are animal-forms and others are petite pillboxes.

Carrying on the holiday theme, you can be the envy of every Christmastime visitor if you choose to decorate your tree with the collection of meticulously crafted Jay Strongwater ornaments offered in the sale. These ornaments are wonderfully designed and are stunningly beautiful. Again, some are animal-form and others are ball-form, but all are elaborately decorative.

If you prefer contemporary glass, there is a terrific group being sold from a private New Jersey and Colorado collector. There is a heavy concentration of Daum and Baccarat, including an ebony glass two-light wall sconce. The Daum glass is primarily composed of large-scale animal and floral pieces. These too are perfect for the holidays and a great way to start young children collecting by capturing their imaginations and appreciation of art with these lovely sculptures.

Estate treasures

Oil on paper titled ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Gershon Benjamin (1899-1985), dated 1966. Nye & Co. image

There is also an exceptional group of fine art included in the sale. Highlights include works by modern artists such as Gershon Benjamin, who was a close friend and contemporary of Milton Avery. In particular, there is an exceptional oil on paper of a floral still life titled Autumn Leaves (above). Modern in its approach and yet simplistic in its delivery, this work clearly exhibits the influence of Avery on Benjamin. Also included is a nude by Josef Zenk and works by artists such as John F. Carlson and Vaclav Vytlacil.

Estate treasures

Oil on board titled ‘Woman by a Window’ by Josef Zenk (1904-2000). Nye & Co. image

Those seeking more traditional works will be treated to a nice selection of European furniture and decorative arts. One such important piece is a curvaceous ormolu-mounted marquetry inlaid marble-top Louis XV commode, stamped with the initials LSP, likely for Louis-Simon Painsun. This piece is fitted with figural ormolu hardware and wonderfully expressive rococo mounts. The chest truly captures the spirit of the Rococo aesthetic.

Estate treasures

John F. Carlson (1874-1945) oil on board titled ‘Stand of Birch Trees.’ Nye & Co. image

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