BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – An Estate Treasures Auction featuring numerous treasures pulled from prominent estates and collections will be held Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7, by Nye & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Start times both days will be 10 a.m. Eastern. The Wednesday, June 6, session will be a live auction. The following day will be a timed online-only auction.
“It’s extremely gratifying to have such a wonderfully diverse group of property in the June auction, some of which has never been offered for sale, descended in the Winan and McNeill families, of which the artist, James A. McNeill Whistler, hails from,” said John Nye of Nye & Co. Auctioneers. “The collection has never left its important Newport, Rhode Island, family, which built the city’s second-largest house on the water, known as Shamrock Cliff.”
The family was involved in the building of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and that explains the high number of 19th-century lacquer boxes in the auction, as well as the circa 1875 Russian silver sterling dinner service by the Imperial master silversmith Gustav Alexander Sohlman. Also from the family is other Russian silver, plus bronzes, rugs and etchings by James A. McNeill Whistler.
A superb collection out of Locust Valley, N.Y., features traditional English furniture, a Baccarat chandelier and lots of Baccarat “Empire” and St. Louis “Thistle” pattern glass, as well as other pedigreed glass. Another seller also has two other Baccarat chandeliers. Jewelry in the sale will comprise approximately 100 lots and will include a vintage Rolex Oyster Precision wristwatch.
From a New York City collector comes several original artworks by the noted American painter Wilson Irvine (1869-1936), including an impressionistic view of an all-American farmhouse, artist signed and titled The Fourth of July, Essex, Connecticut. Also, from a New Jersey family, a large abstract oil on canvas by Gang Zhao (Chinese, b. 1961), in greens and orange, will be offered.
Silver will also be offered in abundance. Featured lots will include the following:
– An English silver tureen, crested with a coat-of-arms from the Dukes of Bedford, with the underside marked “N3 81:0,” hallmarked “GM” (George Metheun, London 1757), double-handled, footed, with an ornate plant-like finial, gadrooning, scrolled feet, 80 troy ounces.
– A French 19th-century silver over bronze jardinière, an oval centerpiece boasting scrolled handles with lion mask handles, centered female form masks each side, floral festooned garland, swirl form, with a beaded border pedestal set on a square base with scrolled feet.
– An important French 19th-century sterling silver oval centerpiece bowl, with rim stamped “Froment Meurice,” with the French hallmark Head of Minerva, plus a smaller illegible mark, having putti form handles on each side, a shell and scroll-shape border, engraved coat-of-arms on each side within a shaped cartouche, flanked on either side by graduated swirl motifs, ending with putti wrapped around the foot of a stylized serpent (total weight 133 troy ounces), together with shaped footed vermeil comforting insert (50 troy ounces).
Also selling will be a group of European, 18th- and 19th-century paintings from a New York City estate and early 19th-century Georgian furniture and decorative arts from a Greenwich, Conn. collection.