Rubenesque KPM plaque to star in Nye & Co. auction Dec. 11  

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KPM porcelain plaque titled ‘The Lion Hunt,’ 19th century, painted by A.L. Eckart (Dresden), 11½in x by 14½in (sight). Nye & Company image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company’s Wednesday, Dec. 11, Estate Treasures Auction is bursting at the seams with nearly 800 lots of fine and decorative arts, so it will be split into two parts. A live auction, starting at 10 am Eastern, offers online, phone and in-person participation. Part II begins at 3 p.m. as an online-only format. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Part I will be held online and in the Nye & Company gallery at 20 Beach St. in Bloomfield. “Our Estate Treasures Auction is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary furniture, fine and decorative arts,” said company president John Nye. “It is sure to please the connoisseur right down to the homeowner just looking to furnish their home with fine objects that excite the eye.”

As a matter of fact, Nye said, the offering feels inspired by At Home With … Inside the Iconic Space of Bill Blass. “From the busts of emperors and kings to the bronzes of Trajan’s Column, Sphinxes and Classical fragments,” he said, “the tabletop accessories are accented by antique guns and swords. Numerous cannons sit atop Neoclassical style furniture of Continental design.”

The auction pays homage to the man who is credited with designing some of the most pleasing interiors in America and is anchored by a large-format KPM porcelain plaque (above) inspired by Peter Paul Rubens’s (Flemish, 1577-1640) 17th century painting Caccia al Leone (The Lion Hunt). The late 19th or early 20th century plaque was finely painted and signed by A.L. Eckart (Dresden) and measures 11½ inches by 14½ inches (sight). It’s impressed with the KPM mark on verso. The original painting by Rubens is in the permanent collection of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.

A private collection from Westchester County, New York, features a great deal of sterling silver and fine art. Reed & Barton, Gorham, Wallace and Tiffany are just a few of the makers. Of note are Tiffany’s Persian and Chrysanthemum flatware patterns. Several oil and watercolor paintings depict bucolic New England landscapes and there are lovely portraits as well. The decorative arts include a Gothic desk garniture, a cast bronze polar bear cigar cutter and more.

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Carved and painted wood diorama of a nativity scene, 32in tall x 60in wide x 24in deep. Nye & Company image

Another private Westchester County collection offers a broad and diverse selection of vibrantly colored and designed majolica jardinières, perfect for brightening up any home or collection.

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Oil on canvas painting by George Bruestle (American, 1871-1939), titled ‘Landscape with Clouds,’ 11½in tall x 15in wide. Nye & Company image

Also offered will be Part IV of the Myrna and Bernard Posner collection of silver and objets de vertu, featuring a selection of sterling silver jewelry. The Posners’ silver collection consisted of objects that crossed all time periods and varied from decorative objects to more utilitarian pieces. Also sold will be some of the English and French case furniture the Posners utilized to contain and display their extensive holdings.

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Ada Loumari, studio art glass Picasso vase, signed and dated 2002 on the base, 13¾in tall. Nye & Company image

The accessories are numerous and varied, with plenty of items that will be sure to catch the eye, notably the pebble-and-turtleback-glass window fitted as a side table attributed to Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co.

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Stained glass window, possibly made by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co., circa 1892-1900, now fitted as a table, 18½in tall x 32in wide x 29¼in deep. Nye & Company image

Additional consignments include Baroque-style center tables, Georgian furniture, pewter and brass candlesticks, traditional rugs and contemporary upholstered seating furniture in traditional styles.