Thaw collection comes to Millea Bros. for Nov. 15-17 auction

Honore Daumier (attrib.), ‘Third Class Carriage,’ circa 1862; from the Collection of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; ex-collection H. Fiquet, Galerie Fiquet, Paris. Millea Bros. image

BOONTON, N.J. – Millea Bros.’ Fall “Select” auction, scheduled for Nov. 15, 16 and 17, will feature property from the Eugene and Clara Thaw collection. On the heels of Christie’s successful Oct. 30 single-owner sale of the Eugene Thaw collection, Millea Bros. will offer over 1,000 over three days, showcasing the impeccable, wide-ranging collections of Eugene Thaw, one of America’s most distinguished gallerists, art historians and benefactors. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A respected authority of numerous artistic movements, Thaw’s legacy includes Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection at the Morgan Library, the Thaw Collection of Native American Art at Fenimore Art Museum, and the Thaw Collection of Ancient Nomadic Art at the Metropolitan Museum. Additionally, Eugene Thaw represented the Estate of Jackson Pollack and wrote the definitive Pollack catalogue raisonne. The sale will also offer 35 David Hockney photographs from the personal collection of gallerist Ileana Sonnabend; modern and contemporary art from the collection of Earl and Camilla McGrath; and Chinese ceramics, fine silver and antique furniture from various estates.

Antique carved wood phrenology head; from the Collection of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw. Millea Bros. image

Day 1 focuses on American and British art and antiques from the Thaw collection, including paintings by John Singer Sargent, James Whistler and Albert Bierstadt. Also featured are collections of English architectural models, salesman samples and Victorian taxidermy dioramas. A fine group of Native American art includes a spectacular Augustus Bean/Rudolph Walton Tlingit grease bowl and antique Navajo weavings. The day also presents over 100 lots of fine Chinese art, porcelain and jade, as well a group of Tsarist-era Russian silver

Day 2 features modern and contemporary art and design, leading with a group of Diego Giacometti bronzes from the Eugene Thaw collection. The sale includes 100 works from the Estate of Earl McGrath and the Countess Camilla Pecci-Blunt McGrath. Movie and music executive turned blue-chip gallerist, Earl McGrath was a powerful behind-the-scenes influencer, whose art collection consisted of the up and coming artists he championed, gifts from his many famous artist friends, and European modernist works from the Pecci-Blunt family collection. Artists include Robert Graham, Annie Leibovitz, Larry Rivers, Mark Ryden, John Alexander, Al Taylor, Louis Marcoussis and Roy Lichtenstein.

Eva Hild, ‘Complex B,’ 2003; from the Estate of Pentti Kouri. Millea Bros. image

The day also focuses on fine art photography from the estate of Ileana Sonnabend. Photography highlights include the Robert Rauschenberg portfolio Ten Photographs, as well as works by Yousuf Karsh, Man Ray, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton and a large trove of rare David Hockney photos from the 1970s. Other modern highlights include two Jesus Rafael Soto sculptures and New York School paintings by Sam Francis, James Rosenquist, Kimber Smith, Joe Stefanell and Robert Courtright.

Annie Leibovitz, ‘Jim Carroll and Parents’ photos; from the Collection of Earl and Camilla McGrath. Millea Bros. image

Day 3 brings an incredible group of art to the auction block, ranging from Old Masters to Impressionist, many from the Eugene Thaw collection. Highlights include a quintessential Honore Daumier oil painting, Third Class Carriage, not seen at auction for over 85 years; an early Eugene Delacroix oil painting, mural study for the Hotel de Ville; two Edouard Manet drawings, including a fully realized study detail for his famed painting Bal de Opera; an important Utrecht School oil painting attributed to George de la Tour, as well as works by Henri Matisse, Vincent Von Gogh, Bernard Von Orley and Claude Lorraine. Also from the collection is a fine selection of antiquity and Renaissance bronzes and marble statuary; additional French and Continental antiques come from the estates of socialite Elisabeth Stafford and Beverly Hills Hotel heiress Seema Boesky, featuring period Louis XV furniture, 18th-century Sevres porcelain and fine gilt bronze decorative objects.

Roman marble of a standing woman, Imperial Period (circa A.D. 100); From the Collection of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; Mathias Komor Gallery, New York. Millea Bros. image

For further information, call Millea Bros. at 973-377-1500.