Johnny Cash cane leads interesting walking stick collection at Nye & Co. Jan. 24

Johnny Cash's personal hand-carved cane, estimated at $7,000-$10,000 at Nye & Co.

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — The annual deluge of Americana each January means a feast for collectors, offering up items which, in many cases, are coming to market for the first time. Nye & Co.’s Collectors’ Passions brings together a major and minor collection of Americana to present a 396-lot sale Wednesday, January 24. Its catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s main focus is on items from Marjorie and Robert L. Hirschhorn, who were major collectors of American folk art marquetry, a technique in which objects are adorned with intricate cut wooden elements. Their collection was the focus of a 1998-1999 exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum on Lincoln Square in New York. That exhibition was turned into the book American Folk Marquetry: Masterpieces in Wood by Richard Mühlberger, released in 1998 in association with the exhibition.

Perhaps no better symbol of American folk art marquetry can be found than in the cane of country music legend Johnny Cash (1932-2003). Marked only as Burch 82, the 35in cane features both an owl at its top and a winding snake working its way up the staff towards the bird — a metaphor for Cash’s life. Used by Cash late in life as his health worsened, the masterpiece in marquetry is estimated at $7,000-$10,000.

Dating to 18th-century France, this carved cane is referred to as ‘satirical’ and features governmental and military caricatures, including one long-haired gent at the top with an elephant’s trunk for a nose, forming the cane’s handle. Well worn, the notes say it was purchased from the Woodhaven, Connecticut collection of Marion Harris. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

American cane-carving legend Mike Cribbins (1837-1917) was born in Ireland but is most associated with his later life in Michigan, where he created an untold number of intricate, hand-carved canes made from diamond willow. This wood takes on a snake-like diamond-back pattern when infected with fungus. Cribbins would rely on this pattern as a legend to carve faces, hands, fish, animals, names, Civil War references and much more. This example measures 34.5in in length and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Another diamond willow cane in the Hirschorn collection is this example with provenance to Deadwood, South Dakota. Marked This cane was made in Deadwood: June 11, 1894, Speceimen (sic) Gold Silver Ore, it features inlaid metal and measures 34in in length. It has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

March Avery painting, Giorgetti furniture and Lalique lead at Nye & Co., July 26-27

Detail of March Avery’s ‘Modern Figure in Blue,’ estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers
March Avery, ‘Modern Figure in Blue,’ estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers
March Avery, ‘Modern Figure in Blue,’ estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online-only 700-lot Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction, slated for Wednesday and Thursday, July 26 and 27, will feature an extensive selection of fine art and decorative arts and will start at 10 am Eastern time on each day. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Haring, Banksy and Tiffany flatware share the bill at Nye & Co., June 14-15

Jamini Roy, ‘Woman in Pink Sari,’ estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers

Jamini Roy, ‘Woman in Pink Sari,’ estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will hold a two-day sale on Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15. It will feature an extensive selection of silver and jewelry as well as fine art and prints, and will start at 10 am Eastern time on both days. The Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction contains around 800 lots and is online-only. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chinese contemporary art, antique silver and more at Nye & Co., Apr. 26-28

Yin Jun, ‘Crying Girl,’ estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers
Yin Jun, ‘Crying Girl,’ estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers
Yin Jun, ‘Crying Girl,’ estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Nye & Company Auctioneers

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ three-day Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction slated for Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28 will feature American and English Furniture, an extensive selection of silver and jewelry, and a broad selection of fine art and prints. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chippendale table among estate treasures at Nye & Co., Mar. 8-10

Ludlow-Powell-Ramsdell Chippendale mahogany marble-top pier table, made in New York, circa 1760-1780, estimated at $20,000-$40,000
Ludlow-Powell-Ramsdell Chippendale mahogany marble-top pier table, made in New York, circa 1760-1780, estimated at $20,000-$40,000
Ludlow-Powell-Ramsdell Chippendale mahogany marble-top pier table, made in New York, circa 1760-1780, estimated at $20,000-$40,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ three-day online-only Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction extravaganza, scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, Thursday, March 9, and Friday, March 10, will include almost 900 lots and will begin at 10 am Eastern time each day. The sale features American, English and Modern furniture, an extensive selection of silver and jewelry, and also a broad selection of fine art and prints. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Coveted American antique furniture abounds at Nye & Co., Jan. 25-27

Circa-1765 Chippendale carved and figured walnut dressing table, estimated at $30,000-$50,000
Circa-1765 Chippendale carved and figured walnut dressing table, estimated at $30,000-$50,000
Circa-1765 Chippendale carved and figured walnut dressing table, estimated at $30,000-$50,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will hold a three-day, online-only sales extravaganza Wednesday through Friday, January 25-27, featuring American furniture, folk art and Native American art, starting each day at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Nye & Co. makes holiday shopping a pleasure, Dec. 7-8

Marquis platinum and 6.1-carat diamond engagement ring with removeable gold cocktail jacket in a ribbed basket weave pattern, estimated at $50,000-$70,000
Marquis platinum and 6.1-carat diamond engagement ring with removable gold cocktail jacket in a ribbed basket weave pattern, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will wrap up 2022 with a two-day auction featuring jewelry for holiday gift-giving. It will take place on Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, with both sessions starting at 10 am Eastern time. The live-online Holiday Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction includes jewelry from three tri-state area consignors and other items imbued with holiday charm. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Single-owner mechanical marvels collection enlivens Nye & Co., Nov. 16

1936 Multi-bell seven-way slot machine by Caille A C Novelty, estimated at $4,000-$6,000
1936 Multi-bell seven-way slot machine by Caille A C Novelty, estimated at $4,000-$6,000
1936 Multi-bell seven-way slot machine by Caille A C Novelty, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company’s upcoming online auction, titled Property from a Private Collection: A 20th Century Machinal Delight, is slated for Wednesday, November 16, starting at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. This amazing collection – all of it the lifetime vision of a single collector – is comprised of all manner of mechanical and musical devices, games and all the associated ephemera one could ever hope to find to accompany them.

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Little red Corvette fit for a Prince at Nye & Co., Oct. 19-20

1962 Roman Red convertible Corvette with hard top, fully restored, estimated at $60,000-$90,000
1962 Roman Red convertible Corvette with hard top, fully restored, estimated at $60,000-$90,000
1962 Roman Red convertible Corvette with hard top, fully restored, estimated at $60,000-$90,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will hold back-to-back online sales in October. Wednesday, October 19 brings A Moment in Time; The Watch Sale, featuring nearly 75 lots of watches by makers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Universal Geneve and others. A large number of pieces come with the original boxes and papers. On Thursday, October 20, there will be a live-online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction featuring around 550 lots of fine and decorative arts spanning the 17th century to the present day, including a fully-restored 1962 Roman Red Corvette. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Parrish, Warhol and Moore presented at Nye & Co., Sept. 7-8

Maxfield Parrish, ‘Untitled (Figures in a Landscape with Peacock),’ est. $20,000-$40,000
Maxfield Parrish, ‘Untitled (Figures in a Landscape with Peacock),’ est. $20,000-$40,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will hold its online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction on Wednesday, September 7, and Thursday, September 8. It features nearly 750 lots of fine and decorative arts spanning the 16th century to present day, including a group of Old Master paintings from a distinguished New England collection and a selection of modern and contemporary art and sculpture from the David and Laura Finn family collection. Start times on both days are at 10 am Eastern. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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