Parade of sporting art enlivens Nye & Co. auction, Oct. 27-28

John F. Herring, Sr., ‘Bay Horse in in Stall,’ est. $8,000-$12,000

John F. Herring, Sr., ‘Bay Horse in in Stall,’ est. $8,000-$12,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction slated for Wednesday and Thursday, October 27 and 28, will be headlined by property from Winston F.C. and C.Z. Guest; the estate of Mrs. Mimi Adler; the NAMITS collection; the collection of Steve and Stephanie Alpert; items from The Millbrook School and property from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Terian. Each sale day starts at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

One of the headliners of the auction is the collection of Winston F.C. and C.Z. Guest. With their unbridled enthusiasm, high standards and unrivaled sense of style, they became one of the most iconic taste-making couples of 20th century America.

There is also a wonderfully carved oak marble-top console table decorated with satyr faces and continuing to cloven feet. This impressive piece would have made quite the statement in its European country house.  Also of note is the sporting art from the collection. John Frederick Herring Sr., Henry Alken, Sr., Charles Towne, Harry Hall and Sawrey Gilpin are all represented, with classic English depictions of horses in the 19th century. These dynamic equestrian portraits capture an era of landed gentry and the celebration of horse racing and fox hunting.

James Seymour, ‘Hare Coursing,’ est. $30,000-$50,000

James Seymour, ‘Hare Coursing,’ est. $30,000-$50,000

Complementing the Guest collection is property from the estate of Mimi Adler. Ms. Adler and her late husband, Max, also collected sporting art, silver, English and American furniture and Chinese Export armorial porcelain.  Of particular note is an exceptional oil painting by the celebrated 18th century British sporting artist James Seymour. Hare Coursing, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, is a superb picture that would be welcomed by any serious collector.

John N. Sartorius, ‘Gentleman on Horseback,’ est. $1,500-$3,000

John N. Sartorius, ‘Gentleman on Horseback,’ est. $1,500-$3,000

Also included in this collection is a terrific portrait of a gentleman on horseback by John N. Sartorius. The exceptional work, which is estimated at $1,500-$3,000, captures the essence of an 18th century English gentleman riding in the countryside on a big bay horse. This picture has all the hallmarks that showcase the high societal status of the rider.

Liverpool ‘Success to America’ transfer-decorated creamware cider pitcher, est. $2,500-$3,500

Liverpool ‘Success to America’ creamware cider pitcher, est. $2,500-$3,500

The Adlers also collected a wide variety of both English and American furniture and decorative arts.  They acquired objects from the top dealers in the field such as Israel Sack, Inc., Hirschl and Adler, James Robinson, Arthur Ackerman & Son, Inc., Mallet and Richard Green. Acquired from the New York firm Israel Sack, Inc., is a superb Liverpool Success to America cider jug. Emblazoned with the American flag and eagle, this piece drums up patriotic fervor like no other. It carries an estimate of $2,500-$3,500. Israel Sack also sold the Adlers a great Federal writing desk that is signed by the Providence, Rhode Island cabinetmaker, William Clark.  It’s a true historical document of American cabinetmaking.

Severin Roesen still life, est. $25,000-$50,000

Severin Roesen still life, est. $25,000-$50,000

Another highly respected New York gallery, Hirschl and Adler, sold the couple a quintessential Severin Roesen still life. The picture, which is estimated at $25,000-$50,000, is brilliantly colored and symbolic of a bountiful and prosperous America.

Pablo Picasso Madoura bisque plate, ‘Nature morte a la cuiller (Still Life with Spoon),’ est. $3,000-$5,000

Pablo Picasso Madoura bisque plate, ‘Nature morte a la cuiller (Still Life with Spoon),’ est. $3,000-$5,000

Continuing along with European artists from different private collections is a small group of Pablo Picasso ceramics. These colorful and beautifully sculpted pieces offer a great opportunity to own something designed by one of the world’s most celebrated artists. A standout among the group is Nature Morte a la Cuillere (Still Life with Spoon), a 1952 Madoura square bisque plate estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Paul Emile Pissarro, ‘Le Pain de Sucre,’ est. $700-$1,000

Paul Emile Pissarro, ‘Le Pain de Sucre,’ est. $700-$1,000

The Millbrook School of Millbrook, New York has approved a selection of property to be deaccessed. Pieces include a wonderful watercolor by the French impressionist painter Paul Emile Pissarro.  Continuing in the footsteps of his father, Camille Pissarro, and his godfather, Claude Monet, Paul’s work, which is estimated at $700-$1,000, is evocative of these master technicians.

 

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