New York Collectors Passion
Auction Total Reaches Nearly $1 Million
Chinese green glazed oval footed porcelain bowl with an estimate of
$1,000-$2,000 soars to $200,000 as the top item in a highly successful
Nye & Company Auctioneers’ Collectors’ Passion Auction that grossed just
under $1 million.
Held January 31st, online and in the firm’s showroom at 20 Beach Street
IN Bloomfield, New Jersey after Americana Week in New York City, the
auction had a lot of enthusiastic bidders. John Nye said, “The sale was
a huge success and the bidding in the gallery and online was both
palpable and exhilarating.”
Phone and Internet bidding were especially high and active. Both
Invaluable.com, the Internet bidding platforms,
saw heavy participation. There were over 5,000 approved online bidders
and a little more than 700 registered bidders from around the world.
Classical American furniture did quite well on the heels of Americana
Week and was buoyed by a recamier or fainting couch that sold for
$25,000. Made in New York City between 1815 and 1825, this
seven-foot-long, Neoclassical mahogany recamier featured partly ebonized
and gilted wood.
The auction featured several important highlights, including a superb
collection of American and English furniture from a prominent estate in
Mount Kisco, New York, a fine collection of fresh-to-the-market American
furniture from a collection in Princeton, New Jersey, a highly curated
collection of Neoclassical American furniture, and American paintings
out of a New York City estate. All prices quoted include the buyer’s
original artwork dominated the auction’s list of top lots, it also
included some interesting decorative arts pieces. The Asian category
included not only the Chineseporcelain bowl, but also a Chinese ceramic
pillow, 7½ inches long by 5 inches wide, in good condition, that
realized $15,000, and a pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain covered
jars, each 20 inches in height, that brought $11,563.
A figured Cherrywood bedstead, signed and dated 1994 by Mira Nakashima
(New Hope, Pa.), daughter of the legendary craftsman George Nakashima,
made for a king-size mattress and signed by her, led the American
furniture grouping with a hammer down price of $11,250. A Federal
figured mahogany desk-and-bookcase, made in Massachusetts between 1800
and 1820 brought $10,000.
pair of Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany side chairs attributed to
Thomas Tufft and made around 1770, finished at $18,750. From France, an
18th century Regence marble-top parquetry inlaid commode rose to
A French 20th century Goudji sterling silver two-handled center bowl
mounted with hardstone panels, stamped to the underside “Goudji sterling
925” and with a total weight of 137 troy oz., fetched $17,500. Also, a
bronze sculpture deaccessioned by the Newark Museum of Art, after the
antique titled Faun with Infant and marked “Chiurazzi-Napoli”, six feet
tall, gifted to a museum in 1928, brought $10,000.
Nye & Company
Auctioneers will conduct an Estate Treasures Auction, online and
live at the Bloomfield gallery, on Wednesday, March 14th. The catalog
will be up and online February 28th. “The sale is already shaping up to
be an exciting and eclectic group of works that will be sure to capture
the interest of the collector, trade, interior designers and even
institutions,” Mr. Nye said.
John Nye had a long and fruitful career at Sotheby’s before he and his
wife, Kathleen, acquired Dawson’s in 2003 and started Dawson & Nye. With
the move to Bloomfield seven years later, they renamed the business to
Nye & Company (Auctioneers, Appraisers, Antiques). The firm is
nationwide, but the vast bulk of the business comes from trusts and
estates in the tri-state area.
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