BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A Collectors’ Passion & Fine Art Sale with a diverse offering of fine art ranging from traditional to contemporary, plus a fabulous selection of photography and wonderful decorative arts, will be held Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18, by Nye & Company Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“Most of our consignments have come from private estates and collections, and in fact we have works consigned from as far away as Ibiza, Spain,” said Andrew Holter of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “In particular we have two superb Alfred T. Bricher coastal seascapes from the estate of a Park Avenue resident.”
Both of the Bricher (American, 1837-1908) paintings are signed oil on canvas works carrying estimates of $30,000-$50,000 each. One, titled Coastline, depicts a sailboat along a coastline (above). It measures 14½ inches by 32½ inches (sight). The other, titled Rocky Coast, shows a rowboat on a rocky coastline. It measures 17½ inches by 38½ inches (sight). Both are framed.
The auction also contains artworks by contemporary artists such as Mark Mennin, Mario Arlati, Jan Stussy and Purvis Young. The photography portion includes such notables as Jock Sturges, Mary Ellen Mark, E. J. Bellocq, Eugene Atget, WeeGee, Jim Marshall and Mario Cravo Neto.
A mixed media abstract painting by the Italian-born artist Mario Arlati (b. 1945), titled Passato, Presente, No Limit (below), 35½ inches by 51 inches, verso signed by the artist and titled and dated, has an estimate of $6,000-$8,000; and an acrylic on Masonite by Jan Stussy (American, 1921-1990), titled Homage to Rodin, 48 inches by 48 inches, signed verso, should command $3,000-$5,000.
A gelatin silver print by Ernest J. Bellocq (New Orleans, 1873-1949), The Storyville Portrait (circa 1911-1913), printed later by Lee Friedlander, 10 inches by 8 inches, with reproduction limitation stamp on verso, should reach $1,500-$2,500; while a gelatin silver print by Mary Ellen Mark (American, b. 1940), titled Streetwise, Tiny in Her Halloween Costume (Seattle, Wash., 1983), printed later, probably signed, dated and numbered from an edition of 25 in graphite to verso, 18¼ inches by 12 inches on 20 inch by 16 inch paper, is expected to hit $1,000-$2,000.
The furniture category is teeming with tantalizing choices, like the handsome Chippendale mahogany chest-on-chest, circa 1770, with original brasses, 76 inches tall (est. $2,000-$4,000); the French Louis XVI marble-top mahogany cylinder front desk, circa 1790, 45¾ inches tall by 51 inches wide (est. 1,500-$2,500); or the classical mahogany metamorphic armchair made in Italy around 1820, with a caned seat and unfolding to steps (est. $800-$1,200).
Other noteworthy lots include a lovely Japanese Meiji period (19th century) Shakudo silver gilt cockerel bird figure, mounted on a wooden base and standing 14 inches tall (est. $5,000-$10,000); and The Cole Porter Etagere: a brass and metal frame bookcase with six black-lacquered shelves, based on the original design by Fred Victoria for Billy Baldwin and his client, the legendary songwriter Cole Porter, 8 feet 6 inches tall by 48 inches wide (est. $2,000-$4,000).
The furniture is a diverse group of 18th-20th century American, English, French and Italian pieces. There is even a fine selection of adorable 18th and 19th century miniature furniture.