Nye & Co. to auction Judith Applegate estate Feb. 26

1-cent Caille ‘Shake with Uncle Sam’ grip tester. Nye & Co. image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Following the success of its recent January auction and Americana Week in New York, the resurgence of traditional collecting categories continues to excite collectors and serve as the foundation for Nye & Company’s Estate Treasures auction planned for Wednesday, Feb. 26. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The Estate Treasures Auction features property from the Estate of Judith Applegate, Princeton, N.J. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

R. Lalique clear and frosted glass vase with sepia patina, Los Angeles, circa 1936, stenciled ‘R. Lalique, France. Nye & Co. image

“Judith was well-known in the museum field, auction and art worlds. She has served in a curatorial capacity at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at the DeCordova Musuem.” said Andrew Holter of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “She also had experience working at auction houses and was the owner of Applegate Appraisals, and she was an adjunct professor at a number of universities including Harvard, Tufts, Boston College, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Bard Graduate Center.”

Northwest Pacific carved wood totem pole top, 19th/20th century. Nye & Co. image

Her collection is the quintessential traditional English country house ensemble, featuring a wide variety of 17th through 19th century English and American furniture, silver, early brass, delftware, porcelain, paintings and prints. Of exceptional note is a terrific still life painting of peaches and grapes by George Henry Hall and a fabulous landscape by the American artist, Eugene Leslie Smythe (1857-1932).

George Henry Hall, (American, 1825-1913), ‘Still Life with Peaches and Grapes,’ oil on canvas, dated 1882. Nye & Co. image

Additional highlights include a superb collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century Continental and English brass candlesticks, a 17th century English oak court cupboard, an American Queen Anne cherrywood chest-on-chest and more. Some country English furniture, such as the cricket table and Windsor chairs transcend their utilitarian purposes becoming sculpture.

Emile Galle pair of faience rampant lion candlesticks, Nancy, France, circa 1875. Nye & Co. image

The sale also includes two early cast-iron stove plates from the Eric Martin Wunsch collection. Wunsch was an early and highly respected New York City collector of early American furniture, silver, Old Master Paintings and early glass.

Moving away from the early traditional collecting oeuvre, they have a nice selection of early 20th-century art glass from a private New Jersey and New York collection. Works include a Rene Lalique Los Angeles and Ronsard vase, several Tiffany Favrile glass pieces, Steuben and Quezal art glass round out the collection. There’s an art glass “Clam Shell” centerpiece by James Nowak and a Swedish glass sculpture from Chris Heilman’s Coral Reef series.