BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will kick off a two-day, three-session online-only auction on Wednesday, May 25, beginning with a 50-lot sale titled Property from a Private Collection. This highly curated sale features exceptional American, English and Continental furniture and fine and decorative art. Bidding starts at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction will begin immediately following, at around 11 am Eastern time, and will continue on Thursday, May 26.
The Private Collection sale features early American and English furniture and 19th- and 20th-century French furniture. Highlights include two Gothic Revival hexagonal marble top center tables, one of which is attributed to Alexander Jackson Davis and was potentially made by Alexander Roux, the well-known New York City cabinetmaker. This table, which carries an estimate of $25,000-$50,000, relates closely to the Belmead center table, which sold at auction for $235,000 in September 2000.
There are also two elaborately carved cornucopia armchairs attributed to John Henry Belter, the cabinetmaker who was an early pioneer of laminating wood for extreme effects in his designs. Each is offered individually and estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
For those who prefer more opulent furniture of the later 19th and early 20th centuries, there is an ormolu-mounted cylinder-front desk by the highly regarded French cabinetmaker Francois Linke. Its estimate is $10,000-$20,000.
The collection also features two grand-scale 17th- or 18th-century Italian Old Master paintings depicting Abraham and the Three Angels and also the Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael. Both works have estimates of $30,000-$50,000 apiece.
The wide-ranging collection also includes an early Joseph Whiting Stock portrait of young Martha Otis Bullock, which was once part of the personal collection of the highly regarded Connecticut dealers Arthur and Marguerite Riordan and retains the distinction of being one of, if not the highest price, ever paid for a Stock portrait at auction. The portrait of Bullock is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
The maritime artist William Bradford is represented in the form of his portrait of the whaleship Daniel Wood passing the lighthouse at Dumpling Rock at the western entrance of the New Bedford, Massachusetts harbor. Its estimate is $40,000-$80,000.
The Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction, scheduled for May 25-26, is anchored by a large collection of Arts and Crafts and Mission style furniture by Stickley and Roycroft from a private New Jersey collection. This group is primarily comprised of modern Stickley pieces such as inlaid dining room chairs, dining tables, sideboards, low tables, bookcases and beds. Of particular importance is the set of six Harvey Ellis style inlaid dining chairs and a Roycroft cellarette.
For those that prefer furniture from the 18th century, there are two exceptionally carved bedsteads with testers. One has carved paw feet and can be attributed to Duncan Phyfe or one of his contemporaries. The second is believed to be from the cabinetmaking center of Salem, Massachusetts.
The sale also includes two 18th-century John Durand portraits on canvas of a young lady and a gentleman. Both capture the spirit of the young American gentry. Another painting worth noting is by the American-French Impressionist Edward-Alfred Cucuel, depicting two women in a pond boat. The artist captures the sunlight in a manner that highlights the women in an alluringly verdant landscape.
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