CRANSTON, R.I. – An online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction packed with over 375 lots of paintings, decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, Asian arts and collectibles pulled from prominent estates and collections across New England is planned for Thursday, Jan. 28, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. The auction has a start time of 6 p.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“2021 started off with a bang of a Pop Culture auction, and we are happy to follow that up with a fun, eclectic mix of antiques,” said Bruneau & Co. president Kevin Bruneau. “There is certainly something for everyone.”
Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm’s director of Pop Culture, added, “This is the auction where if you need a couch, Chinese vase and necklace for your wife, you can get it all in one day. Everything in the sale is fresh from various New England estates.”
A couch he’s referring to is one made by Paul McCobb (Massachusetts, 1917-1969) for Custom Crafts Inc. The cream tweed upholstered fabric sofa is supported by a wood base and measures 28 inches tall by 76 inches wide by 34 inches deep. A label on an inner cushion is marked, “Designed by Paul McCobb Custom Crafts Inc.” The couch has an estimate of $100-$200.
Chinese vases offer more of a selection. A pair of Qing Dynasty chartreuse raspberry calligraphy porcelain vases, each one 9 inches tall, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The flared rim bottle vases decorated with two calligraphy cartouches and two landscape panels in a raspberry glaze have a fine smooth foot and a clean end to the glaze lines. They’re marked Qing Dynasty.
A Chinese Qing Dynasty blue celadon flared rim vase with applied figural handles and decorated with foo beasts, 13¼ inches tall, finished in an exquisite pale blue celadon glaze, should gavel for $500-$800. The bottom shows the Qing Dynasty mark (probably Republic make). The vase’s only blemishes are some glaze imperfections around the handles and a light wear from age.
The fine art category will be led by an Arctic maritime gouache on paper painting by William Bradford (Mass./Calif., 1823-1892). The scene depicts three large sailing vessels between icebergs and frozen waters, with three smaller boats approaching the central ship. Measuring 7½ by 10½ inches (sight, less frame), the signed painting is estimated to hit $2,000-$3,000.
A collection of about 200 original etchings, contained in a leather-bound book and spanning the 17th-19th centuries, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Printed by W. Lewis, the book contains original etchings by Rembrandt, Vivares, Theodore Van Kessel, Cornelius Bega, Castiglione, Hollar and many others. There’s a small dedication and date (“1835”) on the front page, in ink.
An unusual and striking contemporary art side table showing a black life-size pig with a tray overhead, titled Mooi and designed by the Swedish Design team Front (consisting of Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren), should change hands for $1,000-$1,500. The plastic table, marked “Mooi by Front” on the rear of the pig, is 30 inches in height and 65¾ inches deep.
A gorgeous antique Chinese pictorial Art Deco rug, hand-woven around 1930 and boasting a sage green central field with maroon borders and botanical accents, is estimated to hammer for $200-$400. The rug, which measures 11feet 5 inches by 8 feet 11 inches, has a little edge, end and pile wear.
For details contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers at email@example.com or 401-533-9980.
Due to state COVID-19 regulations, in-house previews will be held by appointment only.
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