Impressionist oil painting by René Maurice Fath (French, 1850-1922), signed and dated (“1896”) lower left and impressively 94 inches by 76 inches, framed ($10,000).
Auctioneers Bruneau & Cie

CRANSTON, RI – A pair of matching samplers, made by young sisters in Ohio in 1806 and 1808, sold as a single lot for $10,000 at an auction of antiques, art and jewelry held March 2 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the firm’s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. A live auction only with just over 150 lots and no online bidding preceded the main sale.

The samplers were beautifully executed in Wallingford, Ohio by sisters Kirkland – Nancy, 7 years old in 1808, and Sara, 8 years old in 1806. Each sampler was decorated with a central house motif, surrounded by birds with bushes of strawberries and trees. They were made on silk and linen, both measuring 14 inches by 11 inches. Both were framed, with no glass in either frame.

“What a thrill it was to pound the samplers for $10,000,” said Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and specialist Travis Landry. “, adding: “Associated documents went to the same buyer for $1,125.

The auction offered an array of furniture, decorative arts, paintings, jewelry, Asian antiques and modern design, 417 lots in total. More than a third of the lots were paintings, drawings and multiples. “The strong results prove the strength of us New Englanders,” said Bruneau & Co. President and Auctioneer Kevin Bruneau. “Even in blizzard conditions, any day is a good day for an auction.”

Two monumental oil paintings piqued the interest of bidders. One was an Impressionist work by René Maurice Fath (French, 1850-1922), signed and dated (“1896”) lower left and impressively 94 inches by 76 inches (in frame). The oil on canvas, depicting a grove of trees, wild grasses, shrubs and flowers under a blue sky with puffy clouds, cost $10,000.

Large 48-inch by 72-inch oil on Masonite by Leonardo Nierman (Mexican, b.1932), an Abstract Expressionist composition featuring waves of vibrant color ($4,375).
Auctioneers Bruneau & Cie

The other was a 48 inch by 72 inch oil on Masonite by Leonardo Nierman (Mexican, b.1932), signed “Nierman” on the lower left and titled Genesis on the reverse. The abstract expressionist composition featured waves of vibrant orange, white, blue and black colors and was taken from the collection of a gentleman in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. The painting went to a determined bidder for $4,375.

Here are more highlights from the auction. Internet auctions were facilitated by,,, and the “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or Google Play. All prices include buyer’s premium.

A Fauvist oil on canvas painting of an Autumn Landscape by John Adams Spelman (Minn./Ill, 1880-1941), depicting a rolling valley with farms and trees alongside a winding river with a mountainous background, found a new owner for $2,812. The 33 ½ inch by 30 ½ inch (framed) work was signed lower right and showed the influence of painter Birger Sandzen’s art.

A rare carved marble quadruple fireplace, made in the United States in the 19th century, cost $2,500. The finely carved, shimmering white marble was profusely carved with posts of bluebells and roses supporting a central frieze of quadruplet babies (one holding an apple) seated with drapery between garlands of rosebuds. The coat was 51 ¾ inches high, 57 ½ inches wide.

Fauvist oil on canvas, Autumn Landscape painting by John Adams Spelman (Minn./Ill, 1880-1941), depicting a rolling valley with farms and trees along a river ($2,812).
Auctioneers Bruneau & Cie

A marine-rendered pastel on paper inside a 39-inch by 31-inch frame by Maine artist Wade Zahares, plus four children’s books illustrated by Zahares, sold as a single lot for $2,250. The pastel painting depicted a large boat creating a huge wake as it approached with colorful wooden buoys floating in the background. It was signed “Zahares” lower left and was in generally good condition.

A 19th-century French gilt bronze and red marble inkstand with a patinated bronze model of a lion sculpture after a model by Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795-1875), fetched $2,250. The 17-inch-high piece featured a fashioned marble plinth on bronze bun feet with an ormolu frieze inlaid with acanthus leaves adorned with a patinated bronze model of the lion, which was flanked by inkwells.

Complementing a handful of the best artists of the day, a circa 1930 Turkish Oriental rug measuring 16 feet 5 inches by 13 feet 3 inches, having a large blue field with a floral and tendril pattern in polychrome layered borders, made wool, fetched $1,750.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers has a full slate of auctions ahead of spring, starting with a live-only DiscoverIt auction on Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Cranston Gallery. This will be followed by another live-only DiscoverIt auction on Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m., with the live, internet sale of George White’s Lifetime Collection immediately following at noon.

A live-only DiscoverIt Toys and Comics auction will take place on Saturday, April 20, followed that day by a live, internet-only Toys and Comics auction at noon. Next, on Monday, May 4, a live Estate DiscoverIt auction at 10 a.m. will be followed by a live, internet-based Estate Antiques auction at noon. All times Eastern. Thursday-Friday previews will precede Saturday sales.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the March 2 Antiques, Fine Art and Jewelery Auction, please visit Updates are released frequently. To contact the company by email, use [email protected] Or, you can call them at (401) 533-9980.

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