Variety abounds in Nye & Co. Estate Treasures Auction June 5
BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company’s Estate Treasures Auction slated for Wednesday, June 5, will be a diverse sale featuring nearly 700 lots gathered primarily from the Tri-State Area and includes ceramics, furniture, jewelry and paintings. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
“This auction includes a diverse collection of furniture,” said John Nye of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “The Continental offerings date back to the 17th century, with fauteuils and case pieces. We also have 18th and 19th century English and American mirrors; Chinese, English and American ceramics made for export and domestic consumption; a wide variety of paintings from the 17th century to the present time; and a small collection of World War I memorabilia and uniforms.”
A ceramic charger made by Pablo Picasso for Madoura in 1956 (above), titled Visage a la Grille, 16½ inches in diameter, edition 50 of 100, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and should realize more. Also, a micro mosaic from the School of Giacomo Raffaelli (Italian, 1753-1836), titled Owl Hunting a Rabbit, has an estimate of $800-$1,200.
An enamel on canvas over panel marked STP (below), by Lucien E. Smith, labeled, signed and dated 2014 on verso, measuring 45 inches by 56 inches, is expected to finish at $6,000-$8,000; while a German porcelain figure of a tailor on a goat, standing 9 inches tall, should reach $800-$1,200.
Also sold will be a 19th century brown bear automaton, probably French, 17½ inches (est. $1,000-$1,500); a 19th century Federal oval giltwood two-light mirror (Albany, N.Y.), with an eagle surmount, 39 inches tall be 30 inches wide (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a New York and New Jersey antique surveyor’s tool mounted in a fitted wood case, signed on the face “Sawyer & Hobby” (est. $800-$1,200).
Modern lots of the furniture category will include a Florence Knoll marble-top and chrome oval table, 27½ inches tall by 6 feet 6 inches wide by 47½ inches deep (est. $800-$1,200); and two mid-century modern Mies Van Der Rohe-style for Knoll Barcelona chairs (est. $400-$600).
Nye added, “One of the most enjoyable aspects of a regional auction house is the wide-ranging consignments one has the privilege of handling from one sale to the next. The idea that we have WWI memorabilia, mid-century modern and fine art alongside fine silver, estate jewelry and traditional antiques makes no two auctions the same and constantly broadens one’s knowledge.”
The quality of the 17th, 18th and 19th century “traditional antiques” is quite good, Nye remarked. “There are pieces from America, England, Sweden, France, Italy and more. There is a group inherited by the consignor from her grandparents who were dealers in London at the turn of the last century, so the furniture and Chinese ceramics have been off the market for over 100 years.”