MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Property from prominent New York, New Jersey and south Florida families will be sold at Millea Bros.’ annual Fall Estate Auction on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-21. The auction, to be held at the Morristown Armory, will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern all three days.
LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
Millea Bros. conducts two major auctions each year and this is one of them.
“Our last estates auction had an unusually large amount items, nice quality but at lower price point. Now we’re doubling down on the really nice things,” said Mark Millea.
Included will be property from the Estate of Sidney Edison, N.Y., a lifetime collector, world traveler and heir to the Edison Department Stores; property from the Estate of Ruth D. Cushing and descendants of Reginald Vanderbilt, Palm Beach, Fla., and New York, N.Y., property from the Frelinghuysen Family Collections, Hunterdon County, N.J.; and property from the Estate of Wall Street legend Jack Dreyfus of New York.
Friday’s auction session will be a 355-lot single-owner book and poster auction. Prewar posters and antiquarian books are from the Estate of Sidney Edison, a lifetime collector and resident of New York, Venice and Paris. Edison was the first director of the MOMA Dance Archive and heir to the Edison Brothers Stores, what was to become the largest chain of women’s shoe stores in the country. Edison’s passion for Venice and the theater is reflected in his collection, which includes many 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century Italian volumes highlighted by Wm. Hamilton’s “Collection of Engravings from Ancient Vases of Greek Workmanship”, Naples, 1791-95. More than 100 prewar lithograph posters will be sold on Friday including a rare Rogers Locomotive Works poster, Paterson, N.J., circa 1850.
Saturday’s auction session will include 413 lots beginning with Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian ceramics, paintings, jades and ivories, highlighted by a Chinese School panoramic gouache painting of an Imperial palace with an Ellsworth & Goldie provenance. Up next in lot order will be English and American Furniture and Decorations, including Chinese Export armorial porcelains and a collection of Chinese Export reverse paintings on glass as well as sporting art featuring a large oil on canvas of playing dogs by August Emile Flick (1870-1882, French). The day will conclude with Modernist, Designer and Postwar and Contemporary Fine Art, Furniture, Decorations and Lighting. Featured are a rare Gio Ponti for Giordano Chiesa brass and walnut server and bookcase cabinet by Singer Bros., studio pottery by Toshio Takaezu, Mary and Edwin Scheier, and Beatrice Wood, lighting by Paavo Tynell, and a large and important Talosel mirror by Line Vautrin.
The final session on Sunday will bring 575 lots to the block. Italian and Continental Furniture & Decorations will start the day, including Old Master paintings and three ink drawings attributed to Johan Richter, 1665-1745, Swedish-born artist working in Venice, and a rare northern Italian paint-decorated console with unusual scagliola top depicting an architectural schematic. An extensive selection of French furniture and decorations will be offered including fine Parisian furniture from the workshops of Francois Linke and contemporaries, featuring a Vernis Martin painted vitrine attributed to the firm, a marble-top side table signed F. Linke, a bronze mounted parquetry bonheur du jour also by the Linke workshops and a circa 1901 Steinway grand piano in bronze mounted Louis XV-style case with possible Juilliard family provenance. More than 50 Persian, Caucasian and European tapestries and carpets, will be sold throughout the day, highlighted by a circa 1900 signed room-size Fereghan Sarouk. Silver, jewelry and objet vertu will bring up the tail end of the auction with Russian works of art and enameled silver, including the work of Faberge, Georg Jensen, Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari and Tiffany & Co.
Auctions and previews will be held at the Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave., in Morristown. Property will be available for preview on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 10 a. m. Absentee, telephone and live online bidding will be available. For details, directions and the fully illustrated catalog, visit www.milleabros.com or call 973-377-1500.
View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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