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Henry Moore maquette, Bricher painting prize picks at Nye & Co., Sept. 27-28

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Bronze figural sculpture maquette by British artist Henry Moore (1898-1986), ‘Maquette for Warrior Without Shield.’ Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Nye & Co. image


BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A bronze figural sculpture maquette by the renowned British artist Henry Moore (1898-1986) and an oil-on-canvas marine painting by Alfred Bricher (American, 1837-1908) are expected top lots in an auction planned for Sept. 27 and 28 by Nye & Co. Auctioneers. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

A maquette is a small model or study in 3-D for either a sculptural or architectural project. Nye & Co. sold four of Henry Moore’s maquettes in its June auction, with the top earner selling for a robust $125,000. The maquette in the Sep. 27-28 sale (above) was conceived in 1952 and is titled Maquette for Warrior Without Shield. It carries a $10,000-$20,000 estimate.

Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908) was an acclaimed painter associated with White Mountain art and the Hudson River School. He was active in New York and New Hampshire and was best known for his coastal views and marine, landscape and genre paintings. His work in the auction (below) is a marine depiction that is artist signed lower right and is expected to achieve $10,000-$15,000.


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Oil on canvas maritime painting by Hudson River School artist Alfred Bricher, artist signed lower right. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Nye & Co. image


More than 850 lots will come up for bid over the course of the two sessions, the first of which, on Sept. 27, will be titled “Collectors’ Passion” and comprise around 200 curated lots (to include the Moore maquette and Bricher painting). The Sept. 28 session is an Estate Treasures Auction, with more than 600 lots.

“This sale features a diverse scope of property, ranging from 18th century Americana that’s part of a superb New England and Michigan grouping known as the Rosebrook Collection, through to modern times with a fine George Nelson desk for Herman Miller and a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and ottoman,” said Andrew Holter, Nye & Co.’s director of Business Development.

Holter added, “The sale also includes nearly 100 lots of signed and first edition books, from modern masters and poetry greats such as Hemingway, Faulkner, Robert Frost, William Styron, Wallace Stevens, Samuel Beckett and many more.”

The Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and ottoman, boasting a nice gray upholstery, has an estimate of $5,000-$7,000.


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Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and ottoman, boasting a nice gray upholstery. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Nye & Co. image


In addition to the George Nelson designed action office rolltop desk for Herman Miller, there’s also a Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman with rosewood veneer frame and black leather upholstered armrests and tufted cushions (est. $3,000-$5,000).


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Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman with rosewood veneer frame and black leather upholstered armrests and tufted cushions. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Nye & Co. image


Period furniture will feature a 19th-century red-stained pine wall cupboard made in Hackensack, N.J. (est. $3,000-$5,000); a circa 1770-1790 Chippendale cherrywood chest of drawers with blocked reverse serpentine front, made in Connecticut (est. $5,000-$7,000); and a mid-18th century Queen Anne figured mahogany dressing table, possibly Southern (est. $5,000-$7,000).

A watercolor painting by Marino Marini (Italian, 1901-1980), titled Abstract Equestrian Woman, pencil signed and dated (1958), also has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Marini is best known as a sculptor, and many of his creations are equestrian-themed, as is the painting in the auction. He moved back and forth between Italy, France and Switzerland, receiving accolades at every turn.


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Watercolor painting by Marino Marini, ‘Abstract Equestrian Woman,’ pencil signed and dated 1958. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Nye & Co. image


John Nye had a long and rewarding career at Sotheby’s before he and his wife, Kathleen, acquired Dawson’s in 2003 and started Dawson & Nye. With the move to Bloomfield, N.J., seven years later, they renamed the business to Nye & Co. (Auctioneers, Appraisers, Antiques).


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