CRANSTON, R.I. – A pair of outstanding Rhode Island collections – one of gorgeous Tiffany pieces pulled from a home in Providence and the other the modern prints collection of Lucille Comes out of Warwick, all purchased from Multiple Impressions in New York – will be just part of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ next big sale, planned for Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“This sale will not disappoint,” Kevin Bruneau announced proudly. “As owner of the company I take pride in seeing such a comprehensive catalog come to be. Whether you collect Asian art, period furniture, modern prints or more, there is definitely something for you in the catalog.”
Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer, added, “You name it, this sale has it. From Tiffany Studios to ancient Roman glass, American Fauvism and even a 1962 Rolls-Royce, there’s something for every collector. I can’t wait to see who takes home the Tiffany table lamp.”
He was referring to the circa 1905 Tiffany Studios table lamp (above) having a poppy shade consisting of variegated blue, green, red, purple and yellow Favrile glass with reticulated bronze overlay, supported by a twisted vine base. The 20¼-inch shade is impressed “Tiffany Studios 1537” and the base is impressed “Tiffany Studios 443.” The lamp should bring $30,000-$50,000.
Also from Tiffany Studios in New York is a beautiful circa 1910 paperweight Favrile glass vase that is 10 inches tall (est. $15,000-$20,000). The vase (below) is prolate form, with a thick rolled rim decorated with a freeform bleeding heart pattern in hues of red and purple throughout the iridescent amber Favrile glass. A lovely faint blue swirl pattern is cast over the entirety of the paperweight’s body.
The Rolls-Royce is lot no. 1 and a strong contender for top lot of the auction, with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000. It’s a 1962 Silver Cloud II Standard Saloon, one of only 2,417 built between 1959-1962. The velvet-green over sand left-hand drive car has a 380-cubic-inch V-8 engine and is in remarkable condition. It once resided in the Yankee Candle Car Museum in Massachusetts.
A Fauvist landscape painting by the Swedish-born American artist Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), depicting Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, with two sloped trees among rockery on the edge of a river, with mountains in the background, carries an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. The work is signed lower right “Birger Sandzen” and comes in a 21¾-inch by 18½-inch frame.
In March, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers made headlines in the trade papers when a gigantic 19th- century Chinese archaic poem scroll painting – 24 feet wide by 29 inches tall – sailed past its estimate of $800-$1,200 to command $72,500. From the same estate, two more massive Chinese scrolls will be offered in the June auction, each with an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.
The first is a 26-foot-wide ink and watercolor depiction of three cliffside landscape scenes of robed scholars by the Chinese artist and poet Gai Qi (Chinese, 1773-1828). The second is a Ming dynasty scroll painting by the Chinese artist Zhimian Zhou (1550-1610), a monumental ink and watercolor scroll depicting a panoramic landscape with birds perched among bamboo, foliage, pink flowers and rockery.
The centerpiece of Lucille Comes’ modern prints collection is a portfolio of work by Joan Miro (Spanish/French, 1893-1983), titled El Inocente (est. $4,000-$6,000). Included are three etchings and an aquatint in color on Arches paper. Each work is signed and numbered (165 of 170). The portfolio was published by Robert Lydie Doutrou of Paris in 1974 and has an accompanying text by Xavier Domingo.
Also from Comes’ collection is Pablo Picasso’s Suite 347 No. 106 (Bloch 1586, Baer 1602), etching no. 47 of 50, signed by Picasso lower right and numbered lower left, with the date within the plate. Framed, the etching measures 22½ inches by 24¾ inches. It’s accompanied by the original receipt, dated Feb. 20, 1982 from Multiple Impressions. The estimate is $3,000-$5,000.
A circa 1880 room-size Persian Sultanaban rug, 16 feet 1 inch by 11 feet 10 inches, having a central field with burnt sienna ground with ivory and blue floral decoration surrounded by multiple bands of geometric and floral borders, is expected to sell for $8,000-$12,000.
Also, an early 17th-century Northwest European allegorical hand-woven Renaissance tapestry after The Nativity by Peter Paul Reubens (1577-1640), measuring 8 feet 1 inch by 7 feet 3 inches and most certainly from that period, exhibiting routine wear from age, should hit $2,000-$3,000.
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