Estate treasures fill Nye & Co. auction March 10-11

Estate treasures

Arman Pierre Fernandes (1928-2005) depicting an orange pate de verre glass sculpture of Venus de Milo emerging from a bronze mold of her figure, 28in high. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Nye & Co. image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Estate Treasures auction, featuring property from the estate of Bernard and Josephine Chaus, a Rumson, N.J. private collection, a private Mill Neck, Long Island collection and a New Jersey and California collection, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 and 11 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The private collection from Rumson, N.J., features a nice selection of late 18th and 19th century English furniture, as well as multiple examples of canine-inspired works of art, such as dogs in human dress and others in various pursuits. There is also a fine group of chic upholstered furniture that is often down-filled and in excellent condition – perfect for anyone looking to upgrade and brighten up their home. Accessories abound in the terms of shaving mirrors, small desks and table and floor lamps. For those who prefer more contemporary works, the collection contains Karl Springer low tables and an after Diego Giacometti Tete de Femme floor lamp.

Estate treasures

Cast bronze and lead glass lotus table lamp, after Tiffany Studios. Nye & Company image

Dovetailing nicely with the Rumson collection is property from the Chaus estate. Bernard and Josephine Chaus were the founders of Bernard Chaus Inc., which was one of the leading fashion producers of women’s sportswear and dresses. Their refined and fashionable eyes can be seen in the objects they collected, such as a pair of modern and stylish Karl Springer low tables and a monumental mahogany extension dining table. The top looks like a sea of wonderfully figured mahogany.

Nye & Company continues to offer another round of fabulous objets d’art from a Short Hills, N.J., and San Francisco, Calif., collector. The collection is both varied and disparate and features an oil on canvas painting of a somber streetscape by Oscar Rabine (below), an abstract metal and glass wall-mounted floor sculpture by Pamina Traylor and two abstract glass and bronze works by Alex Gabriel Bernstein. The Birth of Venus, by Daum and Arman, titled Naissance is another mixed media sculpture worthy of interest and spirited bidding. Another featured piece from a collection is a Louis XV-style bronze and rock crystal chandelier. Monumental in size and draped in large rock crystal drops, it would fit perfectly in an opulent home.

Estate treasures

Oil on canvas street scene by Oscar Yakovlevich Rabine (Russian Federation, 1928-2018), signed upper right ‘OSCAR RABINE 2002.’ Nye & Company image

The sale also features a nice selection of traditional early American furniture and decorative arts. There is a superb eagle inlaid clock with an elaborate white painted dial with American shields in the spandrels. Standing over 8 feet tall, the clock is symbolic of America’s prosperity and strong devotion to patriotism for our young nation.

Estate treasures

Federal inlaid mahogany tall case clock, American, 19th century. Nye & Company image

There is also a nice bow-front chest of drawers from Rhode Island or eastern Connecticut. The piece is nicely proportioned and raised on strong, tall feet. For those bidders who have a preference is folk art, there is a nice still life theorem on velvet that would be a welcome addition to any collection.  There are also needlework and mourning pictures as well.

As spring approaches, the sale also features a terrific selection of outdoor garden statuary and cast-iron seating furniture from a private Mill Neck, Long Island, collection. There are pairs of regal recumbent lions and tigers, which are the perfect ornamentation to flank a driveway or garden path.  There are also two beautifully sculpted classical figures of women that are refined and wonderfully proportioned. These would be the perfect addition to any formal garden setting.

Estate treasures

Alex Gabriel Bernstein glass floor sculpture. Nye & Company image

Session I on Wednesday will offer real-time online and absentee bidding. Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.

Session II on Thursday will be an online-only auction hosted by LiveAuctioneers.  For the fashion-conscious, this session will feature fur coats, a large assortment of women’s shoes and handbags by coveted designers such as Prada, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Mendel and Manolo Blahnik. Additionally, Thursday will offer a Discovery type sale with more moderately priced objects, including a broad and diverse selection of whimsical lighting, furniture, beach chairs, bookcases and more.

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