Harriet Frishmuth fountain atop Nye & Co. auction Sept. 2

Harriet Frishmuth fountain

Harriet W. Frishmuth, ‘Scherzo,’ bronze fountain. Nye & Company image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ Estate Treasures auction will be held just before the Labor Day holiday and offers a wide variety of fine and decorative arts. The auction is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2, online-only, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

“We will prepare an exhibition and will open our doors to the public by appointment,” said Andrew Holter of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “Clients will enjoy a seamless online experience, with accurate condition reports and detailed images for all the items in the offering.”

Disparate material comprises the first fall auction and has pieces coming to sale from all over the Tri-State area. “The beauty of estate property is that the pieces have been in private collections and out of circulation for years, often decades, and that keeps collectors’ attention on our site,” continued Holter.

A cast bronze fountain titled Scherzo (above), depicting a young nude poised on a dolphin-supported base by American artist Harriet Whitney Frishmuth is from a Frenchtown, New Jersey, collection and leads the numerous pieces of sculpture. At nearly 4 feet tall, Diana comes from a different consignor, is after Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741-1828) and could be the centerpiece of a successful bidder’s garden room. Another notable consignment from the New York City and Atlantic City areas and include works by R.C. Gorman, Yuri Krasny and Miguel Ortiz Berrocal. A third New Jersey family consigned a bronze tennis player and a bronze Priestess of Bacchus.

Harriet Frishmuth fountain

R.C. Gorman, ‘Natoma,’ bronze sculpture. Nye & Company image

The auction includes a large silver offering as well. There is sterling flatware in the “Cactus” pattern by Danish designer Georg Jensen; several lots of monogrammed and hallmarked French serving pieces; and examples of Chinese silver. Other manufacturers in the auction include such firms as Tiffany, Theodore B. Starr, Whiting and Gorham.

The fine art category is also strong as a result in part of the success Nye enjoyed earlier in the summer. A Keith Haring Subway drawing further highlights the September auction and comes from the estate of the consignor’s father.

Harriet Frishmuth fountain

Keith Haring, Untitled, chalk on paper, subway drawing. Nye & Company image

The Louis Comfort Tiffany maritime watercolor hails from a Midwest family, and the Banksy Di-Faced Tenner and Peckham Rock and Gross Domestic Product Welcome Mat, along with limited edition books by Jim Dine and an offset print by Jonas Wood, Large Shelf Still Life, partially comprise the more modern works. A visually bold and very graphic mixed-media on postcard of a Monkey-with-Crown by Jean-Michel Basquiat is accompanied by papers authenticating the work by the estate.

Harriet Frishmuth fountain

Jean-Michel Basquiat, mixed media on postcard. Nye & Company image

A large consignment of Old Master prints and drawings from a private East Coast collection will represent approximately 140 lots in the sale. Many works are by recognizable household names, such as Guido Reni, Albrecht Durer, Wenceslaus Hollar, Pieter Bruegel The Elder, Thomas Wyck and Claud Lorrain.

Harriet Frishmuth fountain

John F. Herring, pair of farmyard scenes. Nye & Company image

Bidders can pursue bucolic landscapes, architectural ruins, farm scenes and allegorical imagery. Additionally, there is a pair of paintings by John F. Herring (English, 1820-1907), and a volume of Captain Cook’s travels.


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