BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Just in time for Halloween, Nye & Company’s Wednesday, Oct. 30 Estate Treasures Auction will have plenty of treats. “The trick will be to get your bids in before it’s too late,” said Nye & Company spokesman Andrew Holter. “The sale features items for just about everybody and every taste, whether it be traditional or modern. This auction has it all.” Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Also offered will be Part III of the Myrna and Bernard Posner collection of silver and objets de vertu. Highlights include a large selection Chinese, Indian and Persian figural pieces of silver, as well as more traditional English and American works. The Posners’ silver collection consisted of objects that crossed all time periods and varied from decorative objects to more utilitarian pieces.
The decorative arts and furniture categories start in the late 17th and early 18th century with a terrific figured maple and birchwood ball foot chest of drawers, probably crafted in Newport, Rhode Island. The chest appears to retain its original ball feet which is a remarkable survival.
Also being featured is an early 18th century hutch chair table coming from the well-known collection of the estate of Eric Martin Wunsch. He was an early and highly respected collector of early American furniture, silver and Old Master Paintings. Also from the Wunsch collection are a few rare cast-iron firebacks and stove plates from Pennsylvania and New York.
Additional highlights include a pair of Bennington flint glazed lions formerly in the collection of Claire and Hugh Vanderbilt Sr.; a pair of paint-decorated tole wall sconces with original candle snuffer; an 1806 stoneware flask from John Crolius (New York, 1733-1812); and a paint-decorated fireboard depicting a coastal whaling scene, probably done in Massachusetts in the 19th century.
Items made and designed in the 20th century will include a pair of Art Deco andirons designed by Jacques Adnet, while fans of midcentury modern pieces will be treated to a Hans Wegner oak hammock chaise lounge; a set of eight 1950s dining chairs designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll; and a seagull chair and ottoman by Gosta Berg and Stenerik Eriksson for Fritz Hansen.
Fine art will feature two superb works by Julian Onderdonk (Texas/New York, 1882-1922) and two Impressionist Paris street scenes by Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988). Onderedonk was an Impressionist artist who is often called “the father of Texas painting.” Blanchard (born Marcel Masson) was an enormously popular painter of Parisian streetscapes.
For those who like sparkling objects, there are approximately 30 pieces of fine jewelry from a prominent New Jersey estate, including two large carat solitaire diamond rings. Coming from another collector is a rare and attractive Breguet stainless steel triple calendar wristwatch with moon phases and champagne dial. The watch is one of a handful of similar watches with these features from the early 1950s.