Renowned Indian artists lead off Bruneau auction July 23

Indian artists

Modernist-Cubist watercolor painting by Indian artist Maqbool Fida Hussain (1913-2011), 20in x 30in, done in 2002. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Bruneau & Co. images

CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ online-only Antiques & Fine Art auction on Thursday, July 23, will kick off with vibrant paintings by Indian artists Maqbool Fida Hussain (1913-2011) and B. Prabha (1933-2001). They will be followed by more than 300 lots, collected from estates across New England. Everything will be sold to the highest bidder, with no reserves. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Lot 1 is a Modernist-Cubist watercolor painting by Maqbool Fida Hussain (often called “the Picasso of India”), depicting a galloping golden horse illuminated by the sun with a floating hand. The work, 20 inches by 30 inches (sight), is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Hussain’s son, Shafat, stating it was done in 2002. The painting should hit $8,000-$12,000.

Lot 2 is an oil on canvas Portrait of a Young Woman by B. Prabha, who entered the art world when few Indian women were involved professionally, and worked on over 50 exhibitions inside and outside of India. The portrait is of a beautiful Indian woman with red top, yellow Ghoonghat and gold hoop earrings. The 19¾-by-15¾-inch canvas has an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.

Indian artists

Oil on canvas ‘Portrait of a Young Woman’ by B. Prabha (Indian, 1933-2001), of a lovely Indian woman with red top, yellow Ghoonghat and gold hoop earrings. Estimate: $7,000-$1,000. Bruneau & Co. images

“Man, is this an action-packed catalog,” enthused Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm’s Director of Pop Culture. “From modern Indian art to Qing Dynasty porcelain, I’m sure there will be a large crowd bidding online. Typically, I’m excited to hammer something down, but this time I’m excited to accept bids behind a computer. It is sure to be a fun auction.”

The Qing Dynasty porcelain Landry referred to includes a Chinese famille rose plaque that’s exceptionally well painted and depicts two figures with a calligraphic poem and signatures. The plaque measures 17½ inches by 10¼ inches and has some light wear to the faint details but is otherwise in very good overall condition. The plaque is expected to finish at $2,000-$4,000.

Indian artists

Chinese Qing Dynasty famille rose plaque depicting two figures with a calligraphic poem and signatures, 17½in x 10¼ inches. Estimate: 2,000-$4,000. Bruneau & Co. images

Returning to fine art, a colorful egg tempera on paper depiction of an angelic figure in abstract by David Clyde Driscoll (Maryland, Washington, D.C., 1931-2020), titled Masked Angel on verso, 14½ inches by 12½ inches (22 inches by 20 inches framed), is estimated to fetch $3,000-$5,000. Driscoll studied with James A. Porter.

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Colorful egg tempera on paper depiction of an angelic figure in abstract by David Clyde Driscoll titled ‘Masked Angel’ on verso. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Bruneau & Co. images

A vibrant (and authentic) blue, green, yellow and red depiction of Peter Max’s (New York, b. 1937) iconic Liberty Head image, is expected to reach $3,000-$5,000. The acrylic on canvas measures 24 inches square. Also offered will be two estate fresh oil on canvas board paintings by the American plein air artist Abbott Fuller Graves (1859-1936).

Indian artists

Vibrant blue, green, yellow and red depiction of Peter Max’s iconic ‘Liberty Head’ image, acrylic on canvas. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Bruneau & Co. images

The second portion of the catalog will offer an eclectic mix of decorative arts, crystal, porcelain, furniture, jewelry, Asian arts and modern design. In addition to the famille rose plaque, other Asian highlights will include a second Chinese porcelain table screen, a Chinese Qing Dynasty dragon and phoenix vase and a Chinese gilt bronze lute pipa-form censer.

Furniture will be led by a set of six Limbert #1171 Ebon-Oak mission dining chairs consisting of  five side chairs and one armchair with inlaid ebony geometric design on a splat (est. $1,000-$1,500); a fine 19th century Federal satin inlaid mahogany breakfast table; a French country inlaid mahogany table; and two Louis XVI demilune gilt white console tables.

Within the furniture offerings will be a nice selection of modern design, including a Schubert Industries whiskey barrel suite, Dillingham furniture, Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, and many pieces of Danish and American mid-century modern furniture. Throughout the sale there will be more than 40 lots of fine jewelry, including a diamond and sapphire bracelet earing suite.

Other noteworthy lots include a circa 1900 antique Persian Bidjar wool carpet rug, 18 feet 7 inches by 11 feet 11 inches, having a royal blue center decorated with a floral vine pattern within layered floral borders (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a GV-1 Lancaster Glass pictorial pint railroad flask, grey-blue in color and embossed “Success to the Railroad” on both sides and a decoration of a train, 6¼ inches tall, with great color and mold impression (est. $600-$900).

“Having to adjust to an online-only crowd has been an interesting task to say the least,” said Bruneau president Kevin Bruneau. “While we miss our in-house customers, it is for their safety we host the auctions online only. We could never fit everyone in the gallery with proper social distancing. If anyone has any questions, they can call or email the gallery. We are here to help.”

The auction will start at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

For details contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers at or 401-533-9980.

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