Millea Bros. prepares cornucopia of Thanksgiving auctions Nov. 21-23

Pablo Picasso, ‘Corrida with Spectators,’ 1950, polychrome decorated glazed earthenware charger, from an edition of 50. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Millea Bros. image

BOONTON, N.J. – Millea Bros.’ Fall Select sale arrives Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23, featuring an important group of 19th and 20th century African and Oceanic tribal art including over 55 lots deaccessioned from the Newark Museum; modern American art, including an Alexander Calder stabile; contemporary paintings by Damian Hirst, Julian Schnabel and Peter Halley; a 1935 Pablo Picasso drawing; and over 1,100 lots of fine antiques and decorative arts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Day 1 will feature Asian Arts, British and American art and antiques, silver and jewelry. The sale will open with over 150 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Indian decorative arts including spectacular jade and nacre inlaid furniture from the Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Family Collection. A group of 18th and 19th century Chinese jade carvings, bronzes, porcelain vases and furniture from a single-owner Pennsylvania collection and a group of 17th and 18th century Thai and Chinese Ming-era Huanghuali furniture from a Long Island collector are also featured.

Other Asian highlights include a massive ninth century Indian granite relief carving of Jyeshth, and a fine group of 19th century Chinese painted scrolls and embroidered silk panels.

Highlights of American and British Arts include an important Aldon Pickens oil, shown at MOMA’s 1946 edition of their “14 Artists” series, from the Arthur and Anita Kahn Collection; oil paintings by Louis Comfort Tiffany, William Glackens and Henry Gasser; a Bill Traylor folk art drawing; a selection of WPA-era paintings; and a large John Shackleton oil on canvas.

Furnishings include an Aesthetic-era specimen table attributed to Kimmel Bros. and a collection of period Regency antiques from the estate of  Shirley and Harold Leviton. Silver highlights include a rare mid-19th century Tiffany cigar server and fruit bowl, and an extensive Puiforcot “Normandie” flatware service. The day concludes with fine estate jewelry including a group of custom designed pieces by Alberto e Lina of Capri, Italy

Fon fetish figure, likely 19th century, Benin, carved wood, wrapped cloth, the surface encrusted with ceremonial projections, 20in high overall. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Millea Bros. image

Day 2 mixes modern and contemporary art and design with a rare-to-market group of antique African and Oceanic tribal art from four important collections. The African component is anchored by over 50 lots from the famed Newark Museum tribal art collection, renowned for having one of the oldest and widest-ranging African tribal collections in the world, and includes many examples of tribal masks and fetish objects from the Dan, Baule and Fang tribes of West Africa. An exceptional group of 19th century. Oceanic art comes from the Wright Art Trust, including pieces acquired through the famed Klejman Gallery in the 1960s.

Baga A-Tshol bird shrine headdress, 19th/20th century, Guinea, pierced carved wood, depicting a stylized human head with elongated birdlike beak, 18in high x 33in long x 8in wide. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. Millea Bros. image

Other highlights include zoomorphic heddle pullies from the Harold Rome collection, and a Fang four-faced helmet mask bearing a 19th century French colonial label from the collection of Marguerite Jossel Appleman.

Modern and contemporary art and design feature artworks from the estate of Arthur and Anita Kahn, whose collection of sculpture by Alexander Calder and David Smith were considered the most significant in private hands. This group includes a stabile maquette attributed to Alexander Calder, large selections of works by Dorothy Dehner, Jose de Creeft and an important group of etchings by Eduardo Chillida; contemporary paintings by Damian Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Peter Hailey, John Baldessari, Ross Bleckner and Eric Fischl.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) and Richard Guino (French, 1890-1973), ‘Buste de Paris, Barbu,’ 1915, cast bronze with blue/black patina, on granite block base, 34in high overall. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Millea Bros. image

Design highlights include works by John Vesey, Karl Springer, Josef Hoffmann, a fantastic suite of Jules Leleu from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, a rare Art Deco modernist centerpiece by Maison Desny, three c. 1910 Louis Vuitton steamer trunks from the estate of Isabella Linen Ballantine; and a group of modernist mid-century art jewelry including Arman, Sammy Gee, Hubert Harmon, and Spratling.

The sale concludes on Day 3 with French & Continental antiques, European art from Old Masters to Post-Impressionist, carpets, art photography and rare books. Fine Art highlights include a Pablo Picasso 1935  charcoal and ink drawing Femme et Tete Antique and a group of Picasso ceramics; a fine Renoir bronze likely cast in the artist’s lifetime; and a spectacular Hector Hyppolite oil painting from the Arthur & Anita Kahn collection. The sale includes an impressive selection of signed 18th century Louis XV furniture from ebenistes Pierre Wattellin, N.A. Lapie, Jean-Joseph de St. Germain, and an extraordinary pair of  Napoleon III  “Armoire a Medailles” by Befort Jeune.

Hector Hyppolite (Haitian,1894-1948), ‘Nature Morte,’ oil on cardboard. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Millea Bros. image

Additional highlights include a spectacular 19th century gilt and decorated Erard piano, a 70-piece Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica dinner service, a selection of photogravures by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Stand from the famed early 20th century avante garde photography publication Camera Works, and an archive of personal New York City and family photos by German Expressionist artist George Grosz from the estate of Richard Cohn, a close family friend.

For details contact Millea Bros. at 973-377-1500.