BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Folks pouring into New York City for Americana Week beginning Jan. 15 would be wise to consider sticking around for Nye & Company Auctioneers’ big Collectors’ Passion Auction planned for Wed., Jan. 31. The sale will start at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will have several important highlights, including a superb collection of American and English furniture from a prominent estate in Mount Kisco, N.Y.; a fine collection of fresh-to-the-market American furniture from a collection in Princeton, N.J.; a highly curated collection of Neoclassical American furniture; and lovely American paintings out of a New York City estate.
“Even if Americana Week wasn’t scheduled just prior to our exhibition and auction, this would still be an auction worth traveling for,” said John Nye of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “It’s really a terrific sale, with many great items.”
Furniture highlights will include a mixed metal chinoiserie decorated “Chan” coffee table (above) signed by mid-century modern designers Philip and Kelvin Laverne (est. $5,000-$10,000), a pair of Chippendale carved mahogany side chairs (below) made circa 1770 and attributed to Thomas Tufft of Philadelphia, and an early 19th-century Federal mahogany desk-and-bookcase having an Israel Sack Inc. and C.K. Davis provenance (est. $5,000-$10,000).
The artwork category will feature an oil on board by William Aiken Walker (American, 1839-1921), titled Fields (below), signed (est. $7,000-$10,000); and an oil on canvas by Alexander Helwig Wyant (American, 1836-1892) of a bucolic landscape (est. 5,000-$10,000).
Additional artworks will include a watercolor on paper by John La Farge (American, 1835-1910) of a female holding a wreath (est. $5,000-$7,000); and an oil on canvas portrait of a cow by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899), artist signed (est. $2,000-$4,000).
Lighting will feature a pair of 19th-century French Charles X gilt bronze five-light candelabra, expected to gavel for $3,000-$5,000.
Wonderful decorative items will feature a sterling silver and green hardstone-mounted double-handled vase made by Goudji (French, b. 1941), expected to bring $2,000-$4,000; another sterling silver animal-decorated vase by Goudji (est. 1,500-$2,500); and an elaborately inlaid and initialed English 18th-century William and Mary hinged table-top box (est. $1,500-$3,000).
The fine furniture category continues with an early 19th-century English Regency mahogany octagonal rent table (est. $3,000-$5,000); a late 17th-century English fold-top credence table (est. $3,000-$5,000); a Queen Anne cherrywood slant-front desk-on-frame made in New Hampshire made between 1760-1780 and a Federal inlaid chest of drawers from North Carolina or Virginia.