BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will kick off its Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction on Wednesday, July 20, which will contain designer and English furniture and fine and decorative art. Bidding will begin promptly at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The cleaning out of a packed house and yard led to the remarkable discovery of not one, but two William F. Mangels silhouette shooting gallery targets. The example tentatively titled Shorty or The Draw is a known form that rarely comes to auction.
The other, The Stick Up, is thought to be a previously unknown example of Mangels’ ability and incorporates steam pipes on the verso to simulate the smoke of a gunshot when the target is struck. The target dubbed The Draw is estimated at $10,000-$20,000, and its compatriot, The Stick Up, carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
Mangels formed the Wm F. Mangels Co. Carousel Works in 1890, having worked in Coney Island, New York for nearly a decade under James McCullough, learning the maintenance and servicing of the various shooting galleries. His mechanical and light-up galleries raised the bar far above their stationary forerunners, thus establishing his genius and reputation as the Father of the Modern Arcade Game.
A renowned New York City psychologist’s estate appears in the auction and includes a remarkable pair of Italian painted and carved angels estimated at $10,000-$15,000. The pair was given to the consignor by his close friend Gloria Vanderbilt. One of her pieces of art, a collage, is included in the sale, along with a pair of Ionic columns and some European paintings.
A private family from the Continent is consigning a watercolor of a butterfly purchased in Madrid and signed by Albert Bierstadt (German-American, 1830-1902). Its estimate is $5,000-$10,000. Another notable artwork from the same consignor is an oil on canvas of Melvin B. Warren’s (American, 1920-1995) Supply Wagon that was acquired in Switzerland. It, too, is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
In addition, Thom Ross’s (American, b. 1952-) whimsical interpretation of Robert E. Lee and his pet chicken appears in the July 20 sale lineup with an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
A collection of Ralph Lauren and other brand-name furniture from a Florida family comprises a large portion of the decorative arts lots in the sale. There are pairs of sofas, wing chairs, side tables, bedsteads and more. Historically, Ralph Lauren home furnishings perform well at auction, so interested parties are encouraged to visit the galleries and explore this collection in person. Other designer names featured in the lineup include Jay Friedman and BoConcept.
Some of the 18th and 19th century furniture includes an elaborately inlaid German Baroque walnut wardrobe, estimated at $1,000-$2,000; a fine Regency sideboard bookcase; and a George IV mahogany wardrobe formerly in the collection of Lord and Lady Iliffe of Basildon Park, Berkshire, England. There will also be a small but elegant selection of jewelry led by a Continental charm bracelet in gold, an assortment of Cameo brooches and lots of beads and accessories.
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