Antiques sales | Auction of works of art | Art exhibition
Nye & Co.
Wed 08 Sep 2021 – Thu 09 Sep 2021
– Bloomfield, New Jersey
Nye & Co.
September 8 – 9:10 a.m.
BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ 2-Day Online Treasures Auction of the Classy and Antique Estate of Nye & Company Auctioneers features property from the Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf family, the NAMITS collection, the estate of Peter Benchley (author of JAWS, Princeton, NJ), and several private collections. It is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, September 8 and 9 at 10 a.m. EST on both days. Thousands of lots of fine and decorative arts are auctioned.
Headlining the auction are works from a private collection based in New England. The collection includes a group of antique American furniture, folk art, and Northeast Indian baskets. Of particular note is a Queen Anne high chest in richly figured maple. The collection also includes two early mirrors which are rare survivors. The first is a small mirror from the early 18th century which is in intact condition and from the late William and Mary / early Queen Anne period. A Japanese William and Mary yard mirror has only traces of Japan, but it is a rare example of Boston craftsmanship.
Collectors have also amassed a collection of colorful and stamped woven splint baskets of North East Indian potatoes in various colors, shapes, sizes and conditions. The collection also includes a selection of 18th to early 20th century quilts. Highlights include an example of “whig rose”, as well as quilts with “log cabin” and “flying geese” patterns.
Still on the theme of popular art, the NAMITS collection features an optician’s sign in zinc and iron decorated with gilding and paint that was purchased from the dealer Alan Katz. The sale also includes painted cast iron banks acquired from Gemini Antiques, including a Clown and Globe bank.
The collection also contains a diverse selection of miniature tea boxes, boxes and dressers inlaid on both sides of the Atlantic. The collector’s tastes have also leaned into the aesthetics of contemporary and modern design and include a pair of chairs designed by Christian Astuguevielle in hemp rope and wood. These high-back chairs are reminiscent of the weeping willows that can be seen in early needlework and folk art paintings.
Another collection strongly rooted in the traditional decorative arts is offered by the descendants of the early Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf families of New England. Of note is a collection of Asian arts that includes carved jade, Japanese baskets and carved boxes that were part of the collection of Heber R. Bishop, who has assembled one of the finest collections of carved jade in the world. . Part of his collection was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum in 1902. Of particular note is a cast bronze vase which may date from the 16th century.
In keeping with this group is a selection of Asian arts collected by Charles Shultz, a collector from Montclair, NJ. This connection to the aforementioned family was reinforced by the fact that Shultz purchased several items from the Heber R. Bishop auction. from 1906 at the American Art Galleries in New York. Two Japanese bamboo baskets were woven by the basket maker Tanabe Chikuunsai (1877-1937). A pair of Samurai Warrior Chainmail Sleeves were also acquired at the Bishop auction.
The sale also offers a selection of printed books dating back to the 16th century. Included is a selection of old American prints and period War of Independence books and period travel books with detachable maps. There is also an old topographic map showing the plan of Fort Washington (now Fort Knyphausen). For those who enjoy American and English literature, there are several great ensembles, including works by Washington Irving, Rudyard Kipling, Herman Melville, and Charles Dickens.
Fine arts are also well represented in this auction. Several works have been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Many works descend to the Clinedinst family which counts the highly acclaimed artist, Benjamin West, as one of their descendants.
In the traditional furnishings, there is a selection of contemporary pieces, including a pair of Weiman kidney-shaped sofas, dining tables, and chairs. The sale features a selection of chandeliers and lighting from designers such as Sean Lavin, Thomas O’Brien and Chapman & Myers.
Leading products in the estate jewelry and watch category include pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Company and Spiral Brequet Remontion, as well as unmarked turn-of-the-century engagement rings featuring old-mine diamonds sourced from private collections.
An online preview is currently running through September 8 and 9. For more information, visit www.nyeandcompany.com or 973-984-6900.Preview / Pre-Bid starting August 25.
Queen Anne’s tall figured maple chest of drawers, New England, 1750-1770
A Chippendale mahogany chest of drawers, Boston, 1760-1780
Optician’s sign in cast iron and zinc, American, late 19th century
Embossed Sterling Silver Display Bowl, Bigelow-Kennard & Co., Boston
A pair of hand painted Royal Worcester porcelain vases signed John Stinton