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Nye & Company’s Online-Only Estate Treasures Auction, Dec. 2-3, Features Fine and Decorative Arts

Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two day, online-only Estate Treasures auction on Wednesday and Thursday, December 2nd and 3rd, at 10 am Eastern time, will offer a variety of fine and decorative arts. Real time Internet bidding and absentee bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com and the Nye & Company website: www.nyeandcompany.com. Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.

“In accordance with the New Jersey State mandate, we cannot open our doors to the public,” said Andrew Holter of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “However, we plan to deliver clients a seamless online experience and will strive to deliver accurate condition reports and images for all items on offer. We’ll be closely monitoring our email account and all the bidding platforms.”

The auction is headlined by superb jewelry and vintage watches from private collections – the perfect opportunity to acquire an incredible piece of jewelry for you or a loved one during the holidays. Highlights from the Short Hills, New Jersey and San Francisco collections include an incredible Bayco designed platinum and 18K gold multi-color sapphire and diamond necklace.

Also of note are several pieces of Oscar Heyman design, including a diamond and padparadscha sapphire bracelet. Padparadascha sapphires are considered one of the rarest and most desirable sapphires in the world due to their unique pinkish-orange hue. There is also a stunning pair of Oscar Heyman yellow diamond, emerald and diamond earrings, sure to stand out in any crowd.

Among the watches is a fabulous Harry Winston diamond-encrusted ladies’ watch. On the men’s side is a large selection of vintage automatic watches, including brands like Rolex and Omega.

For those who like to wear bling on their body (but also like to accessorize with it), there is a fabulous selection of Judith Leiber minaudieres from the NJ-CA collection. Bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, each bag is truly a magnificent work of art. Some examples are animal-forms and others are petite pill boxes. Treat yourself and walk the runway of life in style.

Carrying on the holiday theme, you can be the envy of every Christmastime visitor if you choose to decorate your tree with the collection of meticulously crafted Jay Strongwater ornaments offered in the sale. These ornaments are wonderfully designed and are stunningly beautiful. Again, some are animal-form and others are ball-form, but all are elaborately decorative.

If you prefer contemporary glass, there is a terrific group being sold from a private New Jersey and Colorado collector. There is a heavy concentration of Daum and Baccarat, including an ebony glass two-light wall sconce. The Daum glass is primarily comprised of large-scale animal and floral pieces. These too are perfect for the holidays and a great way to start young children collecting by capturing their imaginations and appreciation of art with these lovely sculptures.

There is also an exceptional group of fine art included in the sale. Highlights include works by modern artists such as Gershon Benjamin, who was a close friend and contemporary of Milton Avery. In particular there is an exceptional oil on paper of a floral still life titled Autumn Leaves. Modern in its approach and yet simplistic in its delivery, this work clearly exhibits the influence of Avery on Benjamin. Also included is a nude by Josef Zenk and works by artists such as John F. Carlson and Vaclav Vytlacil.

Those seeking more traditional works will be treated to a nice selection of European furniture and decorative arts. One such important piece is a curvaceous ormolu-mounted marquetry inlaid marble-top Louis XV commode, stamped with the initials LSP, likely for Louis-Simon Painsun. This piece is fitted with figural ormolu hardware and wonderfully expressive rococo mounts. The chest truly captures the spirit of the Rococo aesthetic.

People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview is being held from November 18 thru December 3rd at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or email to info@nyeandcompany.com.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Estate Treasures online only auction on Wednesday and Thursday, December 2nd and 3rd, visit www.nyeandcompany.com. The full color catalog can be viewed in its entirety right now, at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com.

Abstract Expressionist Paintings Lead Shannon’s Fall Fine Art Auction, Which Totaled Over $3.3 Million; 82% of Lots Sold

Milford, CT, USA, September 26, 2020 — Shannon’s seamlessly transitioned to their “new normal” hosting an exciting online auction September 17th with lively bidder participation despite the absence of live attendees. In the saleroom, 20 phone bidders sat at socially-distanced six-foot tables and managed to generate the excitement, buzz and results of an in-person auction. Active online participation and aggressive absentee bidding helped drive strong results. Overall, the sale achieved over $3.3 million in total sales with 82 percent of all lots sold.

Leading the auction was the highly-anticipated sale of Abstract Expressionist art from the Jeanne and Carroll Berry Collection. The results did not disappoint and listeners could feel the competition as auctioneer Peter Coccoluto fielded bids from the phones. Leading the group was Adolph Gottlieb’s Untitled #30 from 1970 that sold for $162,500, exceeding its presale estimate. Two lots later, Jackson Pollock’s Untitled from 1952-1956 sold for $112,500. Overall, 11 of the 22 lots hammered down above their pre-sale high estimates, a testament to the quality of the works offered.

Other notable sales from the Berry Collection include Mark Rothko’s Untitled from 1968 that sold for $78,000 and a pair of Hedda Sterne drawings that set a new record at $13,750. Sterne is the only female painter in the Irascibles and competition for her work was aggressive. Harry Weldon Kees, whose work has never before been offered at auction, sold for $8,750. And, the cover lot, a work on paper by Richard Pousette-Dart, sold for $37,500.

An Abstract Expressionist painting by Michael (Corinne) West from a separate collection sold for $52,500. West, a female artist, chose a masculine name to remove the bias of gender in the interpretation and sales of her work.

There was success in all categories at Shannon’s and there were no dull moments during the nearly four-hour auction. Sandra Germain, managing partner, commented “We are thrilled with the results of the sale. The long-anticipated offering of the Berry Collection finally came to fruition as well as many other works we have been holding since April. We had strong results across the board and have many happy consignors.”

A George Bellows painting from his time in Woodstock sold for $106,250 after enthusiastic bidding from five phone bidders. Charles Burchfield’s Steel Mill Homes sold for $75,000 to the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan. Charles Ethan Porter’s Peonies led the 19th century American Art category, selling to a California institution for $55,000.

Notable sales in European art include Montague Dawson’s yachting scene, The Needles, that sold for $93,750; and a Hugues Merle, Young Woman in Blue, that sold for $50,000. Modern European art did well with a Kurt Schwitter’s collage from his Merz series selling for $50,000; a Jean Dufy of Les Champs-Elysees that sold for $57,500; and a Marie Laurencin, Jeune Femme, that tripled the low estimate selling for $45,000 with international bidder participation. A painting by contemporary British artist Patrick Hughes found a new home on the West Coast for $45,000.

American Impressionism was led by Charles Courtney Curran’s Wind on the Cliff, a sweeping view from a cliff with two young women, probably the artist’s daughter and a family friend, that sold for $100,000. Other highlights in this category include Woman in a Silk Robe by Frederick Carl Frieseke, which sold for $57,500; and Guy Carlton Wiggins’ Winter at the Library that also sold for $57,500.

A regionalist work by Thomas Hart Benton of the Louisiana rice fields, Threshing Rice, sold for $87,500. Winter Stream by Southwestern artist Victor Higgins quadrupled the low estimate selling for $40,000 to a buyer in New Mexico. There were three paintings by New England artist Eric Sloane, led by Last Hay of the Season, a large 24 inch by 36 inch painting that sold for $47,500.

Prints were led by Picasso’s Le Repas Frugal, one of the artist’s first print compositions, that sold for $100,000. A Robert Rauschenberg silkscreen with iconic figures from the 1960s, Signs, sold for $27,500, while a group of prints commissioned for the Jimmy Carter inauguration fund sold for $30,000 to a museum collection.

To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, please visit www.shannons.com.

About Shannon’S Fine Art Auctioneers:
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. Shannon’s produces an extensive color catalog. To join Shannon’s mailing list, you can sign up on the website or email the gallery at info@shannons.com. The next auction will be an Online Fine Art Auction on November 19, 2020. To consign a single piece of artwork, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (203) 877-1711; or, email at info@shannons.com. To learn more about Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, please visit www.shannons.com.