BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will hold its online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction on Wednesday, September 7, and Thursday, September 8. It features nearly 750 lots of fine and decorative arts spanning the 16th century to present day, including a group of Old Master paintings from a distinguished New England collection and a selection of modern and contemporary art and sculpture from the David and Laura Finn family collection. Start times on both days are at 10 am Eastern. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Old Master paintings date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Highlights include an en grisaille portrait of a gentleman attributed to Anthony van Dyck, estimated at $10,000-$20,000; and a portrait of Isabella of Savoy attributed to the French artist Frans Pourbus II, which is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
Those who prefer contemporary and modern works will enjoy pieces by well-known and highly regarded artists. Of particular note is a conte crayon and watercolor on paper titled Cicada Pines in August by Charles Burchfield, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; an Andy Warhol silkscreen of baseball player Pete Rose, signed by both Warhol and Rose and estimated at $15,000-$20,000; a Maxfield Parrish gouache on paper, estimated at $20,000-$40,000; and three Childe Hassam watercolors, among them an 1890 work titled Isle of Shoals, which carries an estimate of $80,000-$120,000.
William Scott, the celebrated UK artist, has one of his charcoal-on-paper abstract drawings in the sale, and Pablo Picasso appears in the form of a large-scale goat’s head in profile Madoura ceramic charger. In addition, the outsider artist Purvis Young is represented with a selection of works deaccessioned from the NAMITS collection.
As noted above, the September auction features several pieces from the David and Laura Finn family collection. David, a well-known photographer, and his wife, Laura, forged relationships with many of the artists that they collected. A portion of the collection was previously offered at Sotheby’s in May 2017 and more recently, a curated selection at Christie’s, London in June. Both performed extremely well.
The pieces in this sale were not previously offered. Highlights include a charcoal drawing of Justice by the celebrated artist Henry Moore, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. The sculptor Fletcher Benton contributes several of his bold geometric sculptures, led by Steel Watercolor Falling Rings, estimated at $15,000-$30,000. Gaston Lachaise and Max Kalish also have works in the auction lineup. Of note from the former is a bronze torso estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
Decorative arts comprise a strong component of the auction, and date from the 18th century through the 21st century. There is a heavy emphasis on the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts periods, with several pieces coming from a private New York and New Jersey collection.
Of particular note is a carved and ormolu mounted buffet attributed to the French artisan Louis Majorelle. This highly stylized and floral carved piece has a delightfully naturalistic feel. There are also several French Art Nouveau wardrobes, beds and side cabinets, all of which exhibit the characteristics and hallmarks of Majorelle’s genius.
The sale also features a selection of Arts & Crafts furniture by Stickley. Rectilinear in design, the oak furnishings include dining chairs, rockers, armchairs and desks. Complementing the furniture is a group of Arts & Crafts pottery by factories such as Roseville, Van Briggle, Weller and Grueby.
Those seeking additional images, condition reports or information about an object in the two-day sale are encouraged to visit the Nye & Company website at www.nyeandcompany.com or they may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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