Specialists of the South to present exclusive estate auction July 7

Bronze statue of a horse and rider by French sculptor Antoine-Louis Bayre (1795-1875), 30 inches tall on an acrylic stand. Specialists of the South image

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Items from the living estate of Elizabeth Nash, the former owner of a posh retail antique store in Alexandria, Virginia, will come up for bid on Saturday, July 7, at The Specialists of the South Inc’s auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Now retired and living in Wilmington, North Carolina, Nash operated Elizabeth G. Nash Antiques & Fine Art in Alexandria from 1985-1990. Nash moved to North Carolina to care for her ailing mother in 1990, but not before putting most of the inventory from her store into storage. Most of those items, much of it fine art and period furniture, will be sold in the auction.

“My mother had a wonderful eye for design and had a knack for knowing exactly what piece of furniture or fine art, or what decorative accessory, would fit perfectly in the homes of her many customers,” said Tom Byrd, Nash’s son, who lives in Panama City and oversees her estate.

Bidders will be dazzled by the broad selection of fine merchandise, which includes original artwork by noted, listed artists, French-style furniture, American furniture, large and magnificent chandeliers and mirrors, Asian objects, rugs, picture frames, silver and brass items, clocks, china, a fireplace mantel, sets of fancy chairs, lamps, girandoles, primitives and ceramics.

Pair of brass lamps with torchieres and lyres. Specialists of the South image

Certain to attract attention will be the many artworks in the sale. These will be led by a stunning bronze statue of an Arab figure riding horseback (above) by renowned French sculptor Antoine-Louis Bayre (1795-1875). The work is 30 inches tall and is on an acrylic stand. Bayre was a French Romantic sculptor who’s probably best known for his work as an animalier.

There are no fewer than 40 original paintings by Yacek Polak, (Poland, b. 1957), who happens to have been one of Mrs. Nash’s five husbands. He’s still active and producing art in Poland. Some of his paintings will be sold in multiples, while others will be offered as individual lots. Polak is a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. He has a gallery in Poland.

Also offered is a painting by Jan Cybis (Polish, 1897-1972), a block-style artist whose mentor was German expressionist Otto Mueller and who studied under Jozef Pankiewicz, all the while refining a post-impressionist style using rich, saturated color influenced by the French.

Portrait painting by noted Polish artist Jan Cybis (1897-1972). Specialists of the South image

French furniture will feature a Louis XV-style serpentine front commode, a pair of upholstered French style chairs, several sets of fancy chairs (one with Napoleonic fabric), a French provincial style curio cabinet, some nice side tables, ormolu commodes and more. Other furniture includes a beautiful antique burlwood Empire bachelor’s chest (wide, with set-back drawers), a queen-size tufted headboard, painted Chippendale pieces and more.

Lamps and lighting will be plentiful and will include a military-themed all-brass electrified 4th Infantry Rifle Division chandelier showing crossed rifles and infantry medallions and with gas keys attached, a pair of fancy Louis XV-style bronze angel candelabra, a Victorian bronze girandole candelabra, a pair of brass lamps with torchieres and lyres, Jasperware lamps and crystal chandeliers.


The Asian category will feature a pair of Toyo Japanese samurai archer bronze statues presented on a marble platform, pottery pieces, tomb soldier replicas and items made in the style of various periods (Ming, Han, Song dynasties), mostly jugs, porcelain bowls and stands for a large charger, as well as an ornate display/altar stand.

Pair of Toyo Japanese Samurai archer bronze statues presented on a marble plinth. Specialists of the South image

The auction will begin at 8 a.m. Central Time and will consist entirely of items from the estate of Elizabeth Nash, with no additions.

For details contact The Specialists of the South Inc. at 850-785-2577 or email contact@sospcfl.com.