Nadeau’s marks New Year’s with time-honored art, antiques Jan. 1
WINDSOR, Conn. – A Patek Philippe minute repeater chronometer watch in an 18K gold case, a pair of George III satinwood and tulipwood marquetry bookcase cabinets in two parts, an oil on canvas depiction of 43 prominent American businessmen by Thomas Prichard Rossiter (American, 1818-1871), and a one-owner 1966 Ford Thunderbird car will all come up for bid on New Year’s Day at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
They’re just a few of the nearly 700 lots that will come under the gavel on Sunday, Jan. 1. The annual New Year’s Day auction is typically one of the premier events on Nadeau’s calendar, and this auction will be no exception. The action will get underway at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
Featured will be 150 lots of diamonds, jewelry and 33 watches, including 13 Rolex wristwatches, several Cartier, Baum & Mercier and Breitling; over 250 lots of fine art, paintings and prints; Margolis & Fineberg furniture; custom mahogany, Georgian and Continental antiques; and Oriental rugs, much of it pulled from prominent area homes, estates and collections.
The Patek Philippe minute repeater chronometer in an 18K gold closed-face case features a dial with two stopwatch hands, plus a second hand dial marked Patek Philippe & Co. (Geneva). It’s expected to sell for $15,000-$20,000. Also offered will be a Rolex stainless steel wristwatch, GMT model 1675, with the original box and papers. It should knock down for $3,000-$4,000.
Some items in the sale are from the huge, 3,500-piece Americana collection of the banking giant Credit Suisse, featuring large framed portraits, maps and more. The Thomas Prichard Rossiter painting, for example, comes from the Credit Suisse collection. In November 2015, Nadeau’s sold Part 1 of the collection. Additional itemswere sold throughout 2016.
The group portrait oil on canvas by Thomas Prichard Rossiter was a study for the original Representative Merchants of America painted in 1857 for the Chamber of Commerce, which today hangs in the New-York Historical Society. Rossiter’s work depicts 43 of the leading American businessmen of the 19th century. It is estimated to hit $15,000-$25,000. Also, an oil on canvas still life by Charles Ethan Porter (1847-1923), titled Purple Roses, should reach $8,000-$12,000.
The New Year’s Day auction will have a wide-ranging mix of merchandise, everything from a 19th century Serapi carpet measuring 10 feet 4 inches by 12 feet 6 inches (est. $25,000-$35,000) to a Yamaha C7 piano with disklavier control in a black lacquered case (est. $8,000-$12,000).
A Handel Peter Broggi Birds of Paradise table lamp, reverse painted with brightly colored exotic birds among blossoming colored flowers and foliage has an estimated value of $5,000-$10,000.
The 1966 Thunderbird, a one-owner car, has its original honey dew yellow paint and just 51,569 miles on the odometer. All numbers match on the eight-cylinder car with air-conditioning. It is expected to top out at $12,000-$18,000.
The pair of George III satinwood and tulipwood marquetry bookcase cabinets, in two parts, was possibly made by Gillows, circa 1790, and each one is impressive at 92 inches tall by 45 inches wide. The pair should garner $15,000-$25,000.
A colored print of two male ruffled grouse and a pheasant, drawn from nature and published by the renowned American ornithologist John J. Audubon (1785-1851), 25 1/4 inches by 36 3/4 inches (sight), formerly in the Credit Suisse Americana collection, is expected to go for $10,000-$20,000. Also, an oil on canvas painting in a gold gilt frame by the noted artist Emile A. Gruppe (1896-1978), titled Italian Docks, of fishermen and boats, should make $8,000-$12,000.
Leading the jewelry category is a platinum three-stone diamond ring set with three emerald-cut diamonds, each one approximately 1.8-1.9 carats. It carries a robust estimate of $15,000-$25,000. Also, a Cartier Art Deco 18K white gold, rock crystal and diamond brooch with a .80-carat center diamond flanked by diamonds on either side and end, should rise to $8,000-$12,000.
Also from the jewelry category is a lovely 20K gold and carved light green jade necklace, with jade panels carved with birds, flowers and vines, 16 inches in length and with a modest estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Speaking of birds, a seven-bird white enameled automaton clock (below), naturalistic wood with birds perched in a silk tree, marked Bontems (Paris), should bring $8,000-$12,000.
A life-size bronze of a red-colored boy doing a handstand by the contemporary Chinese Neo-Realist artist Wenling Chen (b. 1969), titled simply Handstand, 70 1/2 inches by 28 1/2 inches, has been estimated to finish at $5,000-$10,000. Also, an unsigned late 20th century bronze figure of a boy pushing a girl on a swing, 76 inches tall by 20 inches wide, should gavel for $1,000-$2,000.
For details contact Nadeau’s Auction Gallery at email@example.com or 860-246-2444.